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Hans Hamers has been at 2 events

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Motorola Mobility1,137,292Join Lauren Gellman, Director of Product Marketing, and Steve Sinclair, VP of Product Marketing, for a first look at the new portfolio of Moto products.  They will be answering your questions live this Friday at 1:30 PM CT. Mark your calendars and post your questions using #askmotoA First Look at the New Portfolio of Moto Products2014-09-05 20:30:00141 
Google+8,240,650The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0034150 

Hans Hamers has been shared in 6 public circles

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Alessandro Folghera18,553#socialmediamarketing  #SharedCircle  #MondaySharedCircle To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)  Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - Include the circle among your circles4 - Share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful weekend and a better popularityKeep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #Mondaysharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme  #circlesharing   #circleshare        #circles        #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles    #share  #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday        #sharewithyou         #followme     #followers #followback #circle #googleplus    #coolpeople  #circleshare #sharedcircles #afo #myseoissocial     2013-10-21 04:21:03435393247
Alessandro Folghera17,439#socialmediamarketing  #SharedCircle  #MondaySharedCircle To be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)  Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - Include the circle among your circles4 - Share the circle (include yourself)If you come accross Google error messages, incorporating my circles, please provide me the error, I'm classifying these errors. Have a wonderful weekend and a better popularityKeep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  Special thanks to my #friends and #engagers:+Raffaele Romeo Arena +Daniela Calabrò +Rome Heels +Allana Layton +Van Bordelon +Richard Sample +Slobodan Ognjenovic +Allyson Sangster +Tatjana Vidakovic +danilova pjaca +Francesco Del Punta +Laura Biagioti +2013-10-14 19:32:06501403751
Brendan Thesingh14,475Hi +Mya T here my list of 500 Dutchies sorted by relevance to me. I have about 1600. If you or anyone else is interested I can also share the other 1100.2012-05-12 11:51:2050149312
Robert Devilee1,674Met gepaste trots deel ik met jullie deel 2 van mijn "Nederlandstalig" cirkel. Deze Nederlanders en Belgen posten misschien niet allemaal in het Nederlands maar kunnen dit wel lezen en of schrijven.2012-02-28 11:24:45384221
Robert Keizer2,319Met gepaste trots presenteer ik hierbij een cirkel met wel bijna vijfhonderd +Plusketiers . Natuurlijk weet iedereen dat +Plusketiers de Nederlandstalige beschermheren en dames zijn van het +Google+ gedachtengoed.Met dank aan de legendarische +Tom Voute , bekroond GooglePlusserT van het jaar 2011 én #IFCman -deskundoloog. Verder bevat de cirkel Google+ legendes als +Brendan Thesingh +Henk Eisema +Annelouise Verboon +Arvid Bux +Peter C.M. Klein +Jacqueline van Ravenhorst +Annemarie Hut +Ingeborg Wolters +Nico van de Putte +Jacq vd Putte-Hage +Anja Wessels +Jasmina Nellestijn +Barry Andre +Diana van Velsen +X2012-02-08 08:43:084981211926
Max Huijgen8,441Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps!now that Europe shows up as the largest continent on G+ self awareness goes up and initiatives to get together flourish.It all started this Monday with my request to post your country if you were European. I offered to circle the first 500 who would do so without any obligation to circle back. Result: we needed a part2 as we hit the 500 comments limit.The original post was shared 225 times. You can find it here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/CdhmHGbYjgiPart 2 is still open and can be found here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/NDAhG4fP2a7If you didn´t do so already, post there and as long as I have spots free, I will circle you as I want to see my streams come alive during European hours.There was a shared feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, having some central point to share European circles and last but not least the desire to have hangouts without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+ It already has three managers out of the community but feel to offer a bit of your time as it must be a community project. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. The first post can be found here:https://plus.google.com/100160648652252546872/posts/QXAJ1DFma68The community of Europeans responded and we got the following new initiatives:An compilation of the who is who in the EU countries:The Euro 200 Circle by +Euro Maestro Who are the most followed in Europe ? Who have the highest Klout score ? This circle helps to answer those questions. This is sort of a Who's Who list of Europe.https://plus.google.com/107040353898400532534/posts/YPv8bzRwYXDNext the even more exclusive circle of the most followed Europeans from all over Europe as compiled by me thanks to assistance of +CircleCount the best profiler site there is and they happen to be European as well :) The Euro Top 50 Circle: Europeans with the largest follower countNo pages, just people based in geographic Europe who were already famous or got their followers through relentless efforts on G+ https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/QUEP9UT9iVTAn attempt to crowd source the most valuable Europeans on and for G+ by +Gabriel Vasile MAKING A "BEST OF EUROPEANS" GOOGLE+ CIRCLEYou can still cast your votes there.2012-01-26 20:15:0850010012877

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2012-05-05 19:33:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Facebook is keeping you from being an asshat in comments

OK, so I go over to +Max Woolf's content area on Facebook, and respond to his post about +PandoDaily, (which is here: https://www.facebook.com/max.woolf/posts/326466947419794 ) but Facebook keeps me from posting the below comment. It gave me this error. Looks like Facebook is doing content analysis in real time before it will let you post and is looking to keep the service "happy." I sure wonder now what kind of algorithms Facebook is running on content.

Has anyone ever seen anything like this before? I haven't, and I've posted tons of comments to Facebook.

My comment?

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I'm so glad I didn't start a media business. It's actually really tough to get new and interesting stories and to avoid falling into drama. People forget that... more »

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2012-03-18 10:20:38 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2012-01-27 17:42:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps!
now that Europe shows up as the largest continent on G+ self awareness goes up and initiatives to get together flourish.
It all started this Monday with my request to post your country if you were European. I offered to circle the first 500 who would do so without any obligation to circle back. Result: we needed a part2 as we hit the 500 comments limit.

The original post was shared 225 times. You can find it here:
https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/CdhmHGbYjgi
Part 2 is still open and can be found here:
https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/NDAhG4fP2a7
If you didn´t do so already, post there and as long as I have spots free, I will circle you as I want to see my streams come alive during European hours.

There was a shared feeling that it would be great to... more »

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2014-09-10 21:11:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Wederom een mooie single van Mon Amour...

Wederom een mooie single van Mon Amour...___

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2014-07-02 08:49:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Bossers & Cnossen partner TEDxGroningen

Wij zijn erg trots om te kunnen melden dat wij Platinum Partner zijn van TEDxGroningen.

Donderdag 20 november 2014 organiseert TEDxGroningen voor de tweede keer een event in de Stadsschouwburg Groningen. Het belooft weer een inspirerende dag te worden.  

Houd onze website en socialmedia kanalen in de gaten voor bekendmaking van de sprekers en het programma .

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Over TED

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is een jaarlijkse bijeenkomst die in 1984 voor het eerst gehouden werd in Californië. Sprekers worden uitgenodigd om in maximaal 18 minuten “de presentatie van hun leven” te geven over hun gebied van expertise, over een bepaald project, of iets waarvan zij vinden dat het een idee is dat verspreid moet worden. Tijdens een event komen tientallen sprekers aan het woord. Deinhoud ... more »

Bossers & Cnossen partner TEDxGroningen

Wij zijn erg trots om te kunnen melden dat wij Platinum Partner zijn van TEDxGroningen.

Donderdag 20 november 2014 organiseert TEDxGroningen voor de tweede keer een event in de Stadsschouwburg Groningen. Het belooft weer een inspirerende dag te worden.  

Houd onze website en socialmedia kanalen in de gaten voor bekendmaking van de sprekers en het programma .

Wordt vervolgd…

Over TED

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is een jaarlijkse bijeenkomst die in 1984 voor het eerst gehouden werd in Californië. Sprekers worden uitgenodigd om in maximaal 18 minuten “de presentatie van hun leven” te geven over hun gebied van expertise, over een bepaald project, of iets waarvan zij vinden dat het een idee is dat verspreid moet worden. Tijdens een event komen tientallen sprekers aan het woord. De inhoud wordt zo toegankelijk mogelijk gemaakt. Men probeert begrip en bewustzijn te kweken en toepassingen van de wetenschap te laten zien die kunnen bijdragen aan een betere wereld.___

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2014-04-25 07:29:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

And good luck to you too, Dave!

As it turns out, I took the photo of +Vic Gundotra that's being used by the press today. He does look suave in sunglasses :) But I like this one better. It speaks to how deep a guy he is behind the smiles. He is the best boss I've ever had, a truly inspiring leader, and a very dear friend.___And good luck to you too, Dave!

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2014-04-24 18:53:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thanks Vic and good luck!

And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
+Vic Gundotra 



#andthen    ___Thanks Vic and good luck!

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2014-01-12 08:33:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Spreiden van risico is altijd een goede manier van werken. Vanzelfsprekendheid blijft een risico.

De nieuwe generatie

Tijdens het lezen van een artikel waarvan ik de link hieronder zal delen vielen me een aantal zaken op.

Ten eerste dat een heleboel diensten en start-ups boven op de bestaande gevestigde orde worden gebouwd. In het artikel wordt een bedrijf aangehaald wat is zijn disclaimer heeft staan dat het functioneren van het product afhangt of Google geen wijzigingen aanbrengt in zijn code.
Een voorbeeld daarvan is dat in GMail iedereen zijn e-mails nu kan indelen en dat de nieuwsbrieven en reclame-mails nu automatisch in een aparte tab komen en minder worden gelezen.

Een onderneming die zo afhankelijk is van een product van een ander, hetzij Google, Facebook of Twitter lijkt mij geen veilige onderneming om voor de lange termijn in te stappen.
Kijk naar alle tijd en geld die er in de diverse Twitter-applicaties is gestoken de laatste jaren. Twitter moet geld gaan verdienen, draait de kraan dicht en de een na de andere stopt ermee.

Dit gelezen hebbende moest ik gelijk aan het artikel denken wat ik onlangs voor +Androidworld over messengers schreef. (http://androidworld.nl/nieuws/messengers-blijft-whatsapp-de-grootste-en-wat-kunnen-we-verwachten/)
Mijn conclusie was dat dat de nieuwe sociale netwerken zijn, die heel klein en dus heel erg prive zijn.
Maar toch hebben een aantal van deze netwerken de sleutel tot het commercieel succes gevonden. Omdat ze hun eigen platform gemaakt hebben en totaal op geen enkele wijze afhankelijk zijn van een van de grote drie hoeven ze zich geen zorgen te maken over anderen. Line biedt zijn gebruikers korting aan via een messenger-bericht en WeChat verkoopt 100.000 +Xiaomi telefoons via een in-app-aankoop mechanisme.
Geen reclameboodschappen, geen banners, geen database ter beschikking stellen aan een ander. Nee, je laat de gebruiker de keus, maak ik gebruik van de aanbieding of niet.

Anders...
Toen ik het artikel gelezen had kwam ik ook tot een ander besef. De generatie die nu opgroeit en 15 jaar oud is heeft nog nooit een wereld gekend waar communiceren zoals wij dit nu doen niet mogelijk is.
Voor hen is er eigenlijk geen online wereld, het is gewoon hun wereld waarin ze leven. Voor hen is er geen off-en online, het is gewoon dat wat om hen heen is.

Het is misschien ook wel daarom dat de diverse Trendwatchers signaleren dat de mega-platformen als Facebook geduchte concurrentie gaat krijgen van de kleinere in de vorm van de messengers.

Bron: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/the-year-the-platforms-ruled-the-internet
#messengers  ___Spreiden van risico is altijd een goede manier van werken. Vanzelfsprekendheid blijft een risico.

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2014-01-01 09:19:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Great analysis of Google Glass from +Robert Scoble! Will it become mainstream and when?

Scoble says Google Glass is doomed

First, I love headlines that stretch the truth a bit. No one outside of Google got their Glass before March of last year. I got mine on the second day they were available, which was April 15th. So +Mathew Honan we really have had Glass, for, what, eight months now? Not quite a year, but that's just me being picky.

But Google Glass is doomed. Why do I say that? Because the tech press tells me so. 

Now that we got that out of the way, what have I learned in my eight months of wearing Glass?

1. Nearly everyone wants to try it. Google is brilliant. They got us to pay $1,500 (plus tax) to be its PR agent. It's gotten to the point where even I don't want to wear them around. At one conference a few people in a bathroom wanted to try them on. I figure I've shared my Glass with 500-1,000 people.

2. Mat says people called him an asshole for wearing his. I never have had that happen. Instead, what happens is usually closer to this encounter I had in the street with three high school girls: https://soundcloud.com/scobleizer/why-google-glass-will-be-a-hit

3. All of our angst is because of a prototype. One that still doesn't have a good API and doesn't really have much utility (I expect that Google will have a LOT to say when it introduces the final product in 2014). Things like battery life, and even design, or lack thereof, are going to change.

4. Price is gonna matter a LOT. But I'm hearing they won't be able to get under $500 in 2014, so that means it's doomed. In 2014. When they get under $300 and have another revision or two? That's when the market really will show up. 2016, I say.

5. The camera isn't that scary. Once you have them. Lots of people are afraid I'm recording them. Then I show them how it works. Then they smile and forget I have them on.

6. The really scary thing? The eye sensor. There's a reason why +Larry Page  didn't answer my question at last year's Google IO: that thing can probably tell whether you are drunk or sober (think about THAT tonight). It also can probably tell you when you are checking out someone you shouldn't be (wait until the wife gets an alert about THAT). Of course Google will use it to tell what brands you are checking out at the grocery store (coupon alert) or when you are shopping in a shopping mall.

7. Do I still love mine? Yeah, I do, but I am frustrated with the speed at which Google has iterated on these. I am hopeful that Google is just holding back a ton of goodness for launch but it should have had an app store, a real API that allows full sensor and phone integration, and a plan for helping developers build real businesses on these by now. 

I'm also worried at a new trend: I rarely see Google employees wearing theirs anymore. Most say "I just don't like advertising that I work for Google." I understand that. Quite a few people assume I work for Google when they see me with mine. I just hope it doesn't mean that Google's average employee won't support it. That is really what killed the tablet PC efforts inside Microsoft until Apple forced them to react due to popularity of iPad.

But, really, let's get back to the headline. I think Google Glass is doomed. In 2014. Why? 

1. Expectations are too high. These are on our faces and are the most controversial product of my lifetime (and that's saying something). Everyone will compare sales of Google Glass to Apple's iWatch. That is going to bring a raft of "Google Glass isn't popular" kinds of articles. Translation: Glass is doomed.

2. These are too hard to buy and acquire. They need to be custom fitted and, because they have a new user interface, users need a bit of training on how to use them. This is what will keep the price high, not the cost of making the things. If you need to spend an hour or two with a Google employee in a Best Buy just to get them working, that raises the cost and will keep these from being a high-sales item. At least in 2014.

3. Not enough apps. Enough said. That will start getting fixed after a few months of release, but early users are gonna continually ask "where's the Uber app?" Or "where's the Foursquare app?" Or "why does the Facebook app suck?" Truth is, while there are many developers excited by Glass, there are many others who look at this and see no market and a very small one that will show up in 2014. So most "pro" developers are taking a wait-and-see approach. Google hasn't helped that by not showing off a store and by making weird rules against advertising without explaining what will be allowed.

4. The current UI can't handle lots of apps. If apps do show up by some miracle how many can you really fit into the small format of Glass? Not many. This thing is gonna break if I tried to put the 300 apps on my MotoX or iPhone onto it. Why? You simply won't scroll through hundreds of apps. Your arm will get tired. And if you add too many it'll decrease voice recognition quality. "OK Glass, take a picture," now, did you just mean to use the Path app? The Facebook app? The instagram app? The SnapChat app? The SmugMug app? 

5. Battery life. Right now I want to use Glass for journalism. It works pretty well for that, if you watch my Sarah Francis video I filmed on Glass: https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts/D1jSBLQQvu2 But when doing video the battery only lasts 45 minutes AND it gets very hot. I expect that will get fixed, right now video is being compressed in software. I bet that when they release the public version it will be done in hardware. But, what is real-world battery use like? Already Google has had to ratchet back a bunch of features it wanted to include, like automatic uploads of photos. It now only does that when plugged in and on wifi.

6. Photo workflow sucks. Let's say I shot a bunch of photos on my Glass. Can I see them on my iPhone? No. Not immediately. I have to plug it in and be on wifi for that to happen. Can I share from Glass? Yeah, but how do I leave a description? Use my voice, right? But the problem is that isn't very accurate and doesn't work at all in noisy places like rock concerts, which is probably where you mostly want to use Glass. Google needs to make it much easier to push images over to my phone in real time and then let me upload photos and videos from there. Why? I can edit on my phone much nicer than trying to pick out good images on Glass (and try to do something like crop or change image to black and white before uploading -- you'll soon discover there are thousands of limitations to Glass' camera that your iPhone doesn't have).

7. Facebook is our main addiction and I can't do it in Glass. Sorry Google, but Google+ still isn't used by my family, friends, or those I speak with. At one recent conference I asked who isn't on Facebook and only one hand went up. Google+ isn't nearly as ubiquitous or as nice, truth be told, particularly for mobile users. This lack of Facebook support is the #1 thing that pisses me off about Glass. Do you really think Zuckerberg is gonna put his best developers on Glass? Hell no. 

8. No contextual filtering. When I'm standing on stage, why does Glass give me Tweets? Why can't it recognize that I'm at a conference at least and show me only tweets about that conference? Hashtag style. But it can't because Google's contextual OS isn't done and probably won't be done until 2015. Google Glass desperately needs those contextual signals to know when to show you appropriate stuff. Skiing? Only show me stuff about the mountain I'm on. In a meeting? Do something like Mind Meld does (show me stuff about what we're talking about). Shopping? Show me coupons and todo lists. But today Google Glass is pretty stupid, context wise, and makes the experience of using it suck in a lot of ways.

9. Developers are being held back because there isn't any distribution system for apps or Glass experiences. That will get fixed, I'm sure, but right now if a developer wants me to test out a cool app they almost always need physical access to my Glass. That isn't a good way to get lots of people trying/debugging/hyping up apps.

10. The Gruber problem. He just doesn't like the idea of Glass, even if Apple were to bring out one. http://daringfireball.net/2013/12/thoughts_on_google_glass I think I figured this one out after talking to hundreds of people. Most are disappointed in themselves and their lack of ability to put their phones down. They fear that if they were to go with Glass they would just totally lose themselves to their mobile addictions. They are right to be scared of that. If Glass actually worked the way I'm dreaming of I would be even more addicted to our online world than I am today. People are scared of losing their humanness. What makes them human. I get questions all the time about whether the Internet will decide everything in life for us and what that means. Personally after having them on for eight months I'm actually less scared of that than I was when first putting them on. Why? With Glass at least I'm looking at the real world more than when I'm using my phone. But it is a real fear and something Google will have to take on.

That all said, I'm still wearing mine. See you next week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show. I'll have mine on, even if +Chris Voss  takes me to a strip club. Oh, wait, maybe not. :-)

So, what would I do if I were Google? Reset expectations. Say "this is really a product for 2020 that we're gonna build with you." First release is in 2014, but let's be honest, if it's $600 and dorky looking, it'll be doomed  -- as long as expectations are so high.

By 2020 I'm quite convinced this will be a big deal and there will be lots of competitors by then. So, if you make it about 2020, then it isn't doomed. If it's about beating the Apple iWatch in 2014? Yes, totally doomed.___Great analysis of Google Glass from +Robert Scoble! Will it become mainstream and when?

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Beautiful sight!

Suspended Boulder, Kjerag Mountains, Norway
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2013-10-29 17:43:55 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I have just seen this amazing photo and video announcements of Google+. I love it!

The generator has arrived! A few minutes to start it up, then restart the equipment. We should be live shortly. Thanks for the patience.

Link to live stream below.___I have just seen this amazing photo and video announcements of Google+. I love it!

2013-10-05 21:18:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Dear Google and Rackspace: don't screw up Google Glass like Microsoft screwed up tablets

I worked at Microsoft in 2003-2006. Key years for its tablet PC efforts. Microsoft had something like the iPad way before Steve Jobs shipped one. But they screwed it all up.

I saw how. Bill Gates knew it was the future. But he didn't demand a really new operating system that couldn't run old apps. That's not really what screwed Microsoft's efforts, though. It was employee malaise. Lack of belief that tablets were the future of computing. 

You see, back then every Microsoft employee had a big ass Dell system. Most of the programmers had huge screens. Just sat at their desks all day long. Didn't think about why people outside in the real world might want a tablet. Were too busy serving existing customers who, even years later, continue making Microsoft one... more »

Dear Google and Rackspace: don't screw up Google Glass like Microsoft screwed up tablets

I worked at Microsoft in 2003-2006. Key years for its tablet PC efforts. Microsoft had something like the iPad way before Steve Jobs shipped one. But they screwed it all up.

I saw how. Bill Gates knew it was the future. But he didn't demand a really new operating system that couldn't run old apps. That's not really what screwed Microsoft's efforts, though. It was employee malaise. Lack of belief that tablets were the future of computing. 

You see, back then every Microsoft employee had a big ass Dell system. Most of the programmers had huge screens. Just sat at their desks all day long. Didn't think about why people outside in the real world might want a tablet. Were too busy serving existing customers who, even years later, continue making Microsoft one of the most profitable businesses known to humans.

When I walked around campus only a very small percentage held tablet computers. There wasn't any pressure on execs to really change everything they were doing, either from above, or from employees below. 

They didn't believe.

Corporate belief is a really important thing. It's the dirty work that +Larry Page  pays +Vic Gundotra for. 

Belief? Programmers don't care about that, right? After all, if the code compiles, that's what matters. Not whether you believe it will change the world, right?

There were customers out there who knew tablets WOULD change the world. Even some employees. Heck, Microsoft and +Bill Gates did invest in tablets. Something I thought was brave of Gates, he knew that if he didn't get to the future someone else would. It's just that he was up against too many people who didn't believe that Gates had the right impulses and there was way too much profit serving the Windows and Office brands (and the people who ran those businesses didn't believe in tablets and weren't willing to make the investments necessary to serve this new device and paradigm).

Which gets us to why I'm writing publicly to both my coworkers and to all of those at Google.

If we don't believe that wearables are the future we will continue to invest in what customers are paying us to do today. 

Belief is hugely important inside a technology company. It will drive you on every decision. Don't believe in a contextual future where companies need to run with about 100x the data they run on today? Then you will never invest in the people, systems, and very real costs of datacenters that you will need to. 

Don't believe that these kids of the future are going to wear a ton of stuff that has computing embedded? Then you never will build it and you'll let some very smart competitor like Jeff Bezos or Mark Zuckerberg or Tim Cook do it and reap all the rewards, even though  you were the first to show the world the future.

There's a lot on Google's side of the fence that needs to happen:

1. Gotta give us a real API so that there can be real apps. Right now there isn't one. 

2. We need real apps from across the Google ecosystem, like YouTube, Maps, Photos, ChromeCast, Docs and Spreadsheets, and others. Right now there aren't any. 

3. We need a low price. That might even mean you need to subsidize Google Glass as a brand for four or five years. Price it at $299 or lower and these high school girls can afford a pair. $500? I think they would rather have an iPad if we really got them to tell the truth. Anything more than $500? It's dead.

4. You need to ship BEFORE Apple ships its iWatch. Why? My friends have seen the iWatch already and are telling me it's stunning and will blow away anything the market has seen before for the wrist. If Apple gets out first, then Apple can define the wearable market and take away all the hard work that Google has done to this point to build its wearable device. If you aren't shipping by May you are dead. Period. It's that important.

For the Rackers (what +Rackspace employees call ourselves):

1. You need to push +OpenStack to be even more flexible and high performance than it needed to yet. Far more flexible and high performance. Ask yourselves, can OpenStack stand up to 100x the performance needs of today? If everyone is walking around with 150 sensors on (I predict I'll be there by the end of 2014 -- I know of some shoes coming out next year that will have hundreds of sensors on them alone) can OpenStack deal with that data flow? You better be ready for an answer by May 2014 too. Even if Google Glass fails the Apple iWatch will be pushing more data to  our customers than the iPhone currently does and I bet that Apple will sell many millions of those. Plus, add in the contextual efforts that baseball and others are about to undertake. If we aren't ready with new systems designed to keep up with streams of new data then our customers will go somewhere else.

2. We need to continue to be good corporate friends of +OpenStack  and its partners. We got the market to believe in that (thousands of people show up to your design summits, and CERN, Comcast, and tons of big and important companies are both using and contributing to OpenStack. Don't screw that up. But you WILL need to get everyone involved in OpenStack to understand that we are entering a new contextual age and that will require massive innovation. How does that get done without one of the many partners (many of whom are bigger and more important than Rackspace) putting a wrench in the innovation and slowing it down? Even more importantly, how does Rackspace continue to not do the same? If OpenStack disappears then the one shot to have the industry collaborating together on infrastructure disappears too. Belief is very important. Where we focus the energy is very important. The next 18 months are going to be critical to whether OpenStack is relevant to the contextual world or not.

3. Rackspace needs to believe in the future. Every business will be affected by the wearable, social, location, and sensor technologies (I call this contextual technology, because it will know your personal context) and every business will need to rebuild its infrastructure to support it. Will they need to learn Mongo DB? Yes? NodeJS? Yes. And maybe hundreds of other technologies, most of which will be open source, by the way. Will those new technologies run best on OpenStack and/or the Rackspace Open Cloud (the way they do today)? If so, we remain relevant and in business. If not, by 2024 we'll be another curiosity in the Computer History Museum. 

4. Will you make Object Rocket http://www.objectrocket.com/ even faster? (We acquired this company recently, it makes high speed MongoDB possible. So popular we can't keep them in stock). Will you bet the company on making everything like Object Rocket? Hyper fast, designed for the workloads of the personal cloud, the industrial internet, contextual computing?

Do you believe? Are you dreaming about the Google Glass world and how you'll need to rebuild your business in the next decade before of it? Or are you already writing it off as "Scoble's folly?" As something overhyped and never going to be adopted?  

Just listen to these high school girls. They believe and they don't even know what it does. Just listen. The belief is there.

Will you be?

Or will you sit around and let someone else build the future after you already showed everyone the way?

Speaking of which, why isn't Google using OpenStack and supporting open technologies in its own cloud like MongoDB? Why aren't our two companies working much closer together to bring the future to all of us?

I'm tired of letting the skeptics win at companies I'm involved in. I let that happen at Microsoft. Not again.___

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2013-09-29 06:44:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Amazing developments by Meta.

The next ones

If it were 1976 and you had just met Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs at a conference would you have known that they were "the ones?" You know, the ones who would go on to change the world?

If you met +Evan Williams back in 2001, when he was broke and had laid off his staff, would you have known you were sitting next to one of the world's next billionaires? I had that opportunity and I can tell you I knew he was interesting, but I missed just how interesting he would be. 

This week I had these folks on stage and at the end I said "it isn't every day I get to have the next ones on stage." 

Who are they? The folks behind Meta. They make wearable glasses that augment your reality. https://www.spaceglasses.com/

Today? They look goofy, big, and it's hard to see the utility. 

Go back to 1976. If Woz had just shown you the Apple I, wouldn't you have said the same thing? I probably would have. 

What hit me about Meron Gerbitz, CEO, though? (he's the guy in the back of this photo wearing the Tesla jacket). He didn't tell me that Google Glass would fail. He said it was a nice starting point for the industry he, and many others, will play in for quite some time.

What else did he tell me? It's all happening a lot faster than he planned when he started down this course. He says sensors and compute packages are shrinking faster than he expected and that people will be "blown away" in the next year or two by what comes out.

This isn't the first time I've heard this shift, too. I remember showing my Google Glass to kids at a Mets game and one of them said "this is my future." 

This is my future. Old people don't talk like that. No one my age has ever said "this is my future." Well, OK, there's +Francine Hardaway but, let's be honest, she's an outlier (which is why I love her too, we both share the love of the future).

This team is the future. No, I can't guarantee they will build the next Apple or Google. No, I can't guarantee they will execute on their dreams (although it sure looks like they are at this point). I can't guarantee they will be the next billionaires, but I can guarantee they are playing a role in bringing the future to us.

What can I guarantee? Within a decade each one of these four will be doing something interesting in the tech industry. 

Take a look. Maybe in a decade this little photo will be as quaint as that one of the folks who started Microsoft.___Amazing developments by Meta.

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2013-09-21 06:51:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Quickoffice for Android is for free now and the 10 GB free Google Drive space will be added later to your account.

Quickoffice for Android is for free now and the 10 GB free Google Drive space will be added later to your account.___

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2013-09-20 20:09:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Let's share the positive energy of these people. More info about their upcoming trip to the Tokyo World Championship and their search for sponsors: http://www.rolstoeldansplezier.nl/

Let's share the positive energy of these people. More info about their upcoming trip to the Tokyo World Championship and their search for sponsors: http://www.rolstoeldansplezier.nl/___

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2013-09-19 20:49:49 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2013-09-03 20:03:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Great article by +Daria Musk wearing Google Glass.

Great article by +Daria Musk wearing Google Glass.___

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2013-05-19 07:49:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Amazing stuff from Google. Update Google Play Services available now!

Amazing stuff from Google. Update Google Play Services available now!___

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2013-05-05 06:25:22 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Will it be a wild Google I/O this year? I think so, but I doubt Googlerola will be anounced in May.

Will it be a wild Google I/O this year? I think so, but I doubt Googlerola will be anounced in May.___

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2013-04-18 16:24:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Time for Google to push forward?

Time for Google to push forward?___

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2013-03-28 11:16:16 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Is this the end of MySQL?

Is this the end of MySQL?___

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2013-02-18 19:59:15 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

That is why I like Google Plus!

That is why I like Google Plus!___

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2012-12-13 21:14:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This weekend 34 hours of music: +Artists In The Plus Music Festival Hangout. Don't forget to check http://goo.gl/tVOaI 

This Saturday over sixty amazing performers will perform over 34 hours of non stop On Air Hangout Concerts! The first annual +Artists In The Plus On Air Music Festival is something you will talking about for years. So go check out all the details on the Event page! http://goo.gl/tVOaI

Performances By
+Suite 709                  +Myrna Braza            +Daria Musk  
+Ryan Van Sickle        +Laura Marie             +Rebecca Perl   
+HEATHER FAY         +LIZZY SPIT              +Anacron       
+mister ebby               +Deni Gauthier          +Meri Amber  
+James Olmos            +Wizdome                +Sonia Rao 
+Danni Rosner            +Max Lugavere          +Julia Price  
+Hannah Clive             +MadCraft                 +VK Lynne         
+Kate Butson              +Jon Levy                 +Brent Michelle 
+Kristian Jackson        +Sara Corbin             +Paul Platt        
+Suzen JueL               +Tim Behrens            +Eric Dodge 
+David Santy              +Rob Michael       +TerryLynn Melody       
+Cha bin                    +Tina Vale                 +Sabrina Signs 
+Jim Johnston           +Thread Atlas             +Justin Ehrman  
+Matt Gibson             +Corey Koehler          +Hanna Silver  
+Tom Strasser           +Sophia Dion             +Mina Koo 
+Ty Rique                  +Monte Skelton          +Jesse Crawford 
+Cecilee Linke            +Farkus                +Jonathan Standifird 
+Doc Deuce                +Lisa Marshall  
+The Mainlanders        +Sam Batt      +Christopher Joel Thomspon


#aitpmusicfestival  +Artists In The Plus  ___This weekend 34 hours of music: +Artists In The Plus Music Festival Hangout. Don't forget to check http://goo.gl/tVOaI 

2012-12-07 19:27:23 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Ik doe ook weer mee, natuurlijk... 

Ik doe ook weer mee, natuurlijk... ___

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2012-08-25 06:56:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Thank you +Max Huijgen for your post. 

Apple just got the most expensive court room win ever: Pyrrhic victory

 This case should never have reached a jury court, but the verdict is in. One billion dollar in damages although the jury was just sent back to recalculate it as judge Koh noticed some errors. 

By all means this is a commercial conflict with a worldwide impact, but it ended up before nine ordinary citizens, laymen, two women and seven man who were asked to answer a very long list of detailed questions on very technical stuff. They were treated to endless streams of expert witnesses and the few journalist who reported from the court room often noticed ´jury looks blank while expert goes on an on´.

Patents, an important part of this court case are extremely dull material. You need to read every sentence of dense technical and legal documents, look at that description and check if no prior art was found which again is not easy to do as the devil is again in the details. Patent experts are often unsure what should be the verdict; a jury of ordinary citizens has a hard time even following the argument. 

So the jury didn´t. They ignored all that stuff when a document surfaced where Samsung itself said it had to study and copy Apple´s success. Do note that it didnt´t say ´copy Apple´s devices´ but it´s easy to pick up that message so they did and skipped all those boring details and just said yes to all accusations of patent violations by Samsung.

That same jury was also asked if Samsung damaged the iPhone ´trade dress´. Now this is a lot easier for laymen. Did Samsung copy the look and feel of iPhones to create consumers with consumers? Suddenly the jurors woke up: this was their territory and no, they didn´t feel consumers would not be capable to see the differences. They skipped two questions and answered the other two with a mixture of yes on some models and no on others. Home turf.

That´s jurors territory: look and feel and consumer perception, not the technical implementations of patents like ´381 which describes the bounce back at the end of list. That patent has been discussed by professional judges and is not even considered a safe Apple asset.

The jury ignored all that boring stuff and fell asleep when Samsung countered with claims about the details of 3G and UMTS implementations. The witnesses were nerdy professors who were hard to follow so these claims were refused out of hand.

What happened is that a huge commercial conflict ended up in a completely wrong setting. Judge Koh has done everything to keep this out of her court and get the parties to solve this at a boardroom table. Jurors can´t decide this conflict and this will certainly go to an appeal court with possibly different, but also inherently false outcomes.

False because these same questions will also be addressed outside of the US where juries are rare and professional judges will decide completely different. They will study the prior art and take note of all the witness statements. Net result: it will take at least another half year before some o the worldwide dust settles and meanwhile models of both parties will be temporarily banned from sales in some regions.

 Meanwhile this and the other high profile cases outside of the US will damage Apple´s image enormously. Remember when an iPhone was cool? If an expert in 2010 would have testified about Apple´s brand image the taxation would have been in the tens, possibly hundreds of billions.  

That same image in 2012 is tarnished. A company which doesn´t innovate (the 4s only brought the already forgotten SIRI) but tries to monopolize both the smart phone and the tablet sector by using lawyers is not cool at all.

When Samsung has to withdraw its products, consumers will feel duped. They lost their choice and they will blame Apple as Samsung will surely drive that point home; is that worth $1.05 billion?

The answer is in the market share: Samsung surpassed Apple a long time ago and even in the last stronghold, - the US -, are the high-end Samsungs outselling the iPhone.

A brand which didn´t have to spend money on advertising will suddenly find the need to rebuild an image. Marketeers can tell you this is so hard that most companies never succeed. Those who did, spend an awful lot of money doing so. The $1 billion won´t cover that bill. 

Steve Jobs´ Apple did bet on a legal monopoly and for a few weeks they could possibly have one in the US. Apple reckoned that if a judge would tell it, the consumers would sympathize with Apple; victim of ´slavishly copying it´s success; the real 2012 is very different. Lawyers are not cool; underdogs are so this will turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory.___Thank you +Max Huijgen for your post. 

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2012-08-21 21:03:49 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I suppose coming month will be ''bad'' for the old iPhone...

The new iPhone is coming on Friday, September 21. http://t.co/Bp2p8HQJ___I suppose coming month will be ''bad'' for the old iPhone...

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2012-07-31 20:24:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Microsoft is changing names again...

Grab your Outlook.com email address now http://vrge.co/NSqvkx___Microsoft is changing names again...

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2012-07-12 23:17:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Office 15 coming soon now...

Office 15 coming soon now...___

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2012-06-24 06:52:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Can't wait to hear about the new Google Asus Nexus 7 tablet...

Can't wait to hear about the new Google Asus Nexus 7 tablet...___

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2012-05-05 19:33:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The end of Facebook?

Facebook is keeping you from being an asshat in comments

OK, so I go over to +Max Woolf's content area on Facebook, and respond to his post about +PandoDaily, (which is here: https://www.facebook.com/max.woolf/posts/326466947419794 ) but Facebook keeps me from posting the below comment. It gave me this error. Looks like Facebook is doing content analysis in real time before it will let you post and is looking to keep the service "happy." I sure wonder now what kind of algorithms Facebook is running on content.

Has anyone ever seen anything like this before? I haven't, and I've posted tons of comments to Facebook.

My comment?

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I'm so glad I didn't start a media business. It's actually really tough to get new and interesting stories and to avoid falling into drama. People forget that Techcrunch was built step-by-step as a new publishing form was taking shape. PandoDaily doesn't have that advantage and, is, indeed, facing competition from social networks that is quite good indeed.

I no longer visit blogs. I watch Twitter, Google+, and Facebook, along with Hacker News, Techmeme, Quora. These are the new news sources.

Plus, Pando Daily actually doesn't have enough capital to compete head on with, say, D: All Things Digital or The Verge, both of which are expanding quickly and have ecosystems behind them.

++++++++++++++++++++

UPDATE: we're discussing this over on Facebook too: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150829960634655&set=a.458123019654.251938.501319654&type=1___The end of Facebook?

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2012-04-24 18:22:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2012-04-19 19:38:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Great song by Joan Franka. Everytime I hear it, it stays in my head all day long. I hope she will win the contest...

Great song by Joan Franka. Everytime I hear it, it stays in my head all day long. I hope she will win the contest...___

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2012-04-16 20:40:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Exactly my thoughts about it. Also waiting for the new Galaxy Note with ICS 4.0.

Some truth for you.___Exactly my thoughts about it. Also waiting for the new Galaxy Note with ICS 4.0.

2012-04-12 15:12:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

You can now have full access to the Gran Alacant Plaza forum using the Forum Runner App (for Android, iPhone and iPad devices).

You can now have full access to the Gran Alacant Plaza forum using the Forum Runner App (for Android, iPhone and iPad devices).___

2012-04-02 20:15:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Google Ads page on Google+.

Welcome to the Google Ads page on Google+! We have a lot to share about online advertising and our products - everything from AdWords, YouTube, Google Analytics, Mobile Ads, and more. We want to hear from you too, so tell us what you think! And remember to add us to your circles to get in on the conversation.___Google Ads page on Google+.

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2012-03-29 17:57:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A friend of mine developed an iPhone App for photographers. Very handy if you are doing time laps shootings. Apple approved this App only a few days ago.

The Time Lapse Calculator can calculate duration and length of a video time lapse shoot. An Android version will follow later.

A friend of mine developed an iPhone App for photographers. Very handy if you are doing time laps shootings. Apple approved this App only a few days ago.

The Time Lapse Calculator can calculate duration and length of a video time lapse shoot. An Android version will follow later.___

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2012-03-21 17:28:39 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A great column of +Mike Elgan about Google becoming more like Apple. I think +Larry Page is doing a great job in transforming Google into a mainstream community and business. The Google experience feels more integrated now as one service, even while changing designs now and then.

Why Google is the new Apple.

Everyone seems confused about Google these days.

Disgruntled former Google executives, tech pundits, regulatory officials, the media and even the Google-using public are confused about Google's transformation since co-founder Larry Page took over as CEO a year ago.

Here's what's happening: Google is becoming more like Apple in three fundamental ways.

(And that’s a good thing.)

Please read my column!: http://www.datamation.com/feature/lets-face-it-google-is-the-new-apple-1.html

* * *___A great column of +Mike Elgan about Google becoming more like Apple. I think +Larry Page is doing a great job in transforming Google into a mainstream community and business. The Google experience feels more integrated now as one service, even while changing designs now and then.

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2012-03-18 10:20:38 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

For my new and old followers, all you want to know about Google Plus. Thanks +Shamil Weerakoon for sharing this great help!

THE GOOGLE PLUS "F1" DIRECTORY [Sorted A-Z]

WARNING!! : Long Post, Too Complex!!
View on Full Screen for a better view : Click Here --> http://goo.gl/sPEOF
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1. 10 Great Ways to Get Discovered on Google+ by +Louis Gray : http://goo.gl/LyzJ1
2. 10 Important Tips for Google+ Beginners by +Michelle Marie : http://goo.gl/mGpRc
3. 11 Google+ directories to help you make more Friends by +Creative Web Design : http://goo.gl/jzQsC
4. 40+ Reasons Why Google+ is better by +rahul roy : http://goo.gl/6ILPZ
5. 5 Reasons Why Google+ Is NOT a Ghost Town by +Jon Cilley : http://goo.gl/Gg6m2
6. 5 Things I Learned at MySpace that Could Help Google+ by +Tom Anderson : http://goo.gl/ercUI
7. 50 Things a +1 Can Mean by +Google+ : http://goo.gl/9Ye9O
8. 50+ Google+ Hangout Ideas by +GPlusTuts : http://goo.gl/j5Z5M
9. 6 Google+ Tips for Businesses : http://goo.gl/fFzqZ
10. 80 Users Google+ Photographers Need To Follow by +Jarek Klimek : http://goo.gl/5smYX

11. 9 Reasons to Switch from Facebook to Google+ : http://goo.gl/2h0yc
12. A Full list of Google+ Features by +Shamil Weerakoon : http://goo.gl/K2pc2
13. A Message to the Media and Bloggers That Continue to Harp on G+ Usage by +Marc Razia : http://goo.gl/kFT8r
14. About sharing later by +Jaana Nyström : http://goo.gl/02By3
15. Advice for new or dissatisfied G+ users by +Gregg Sakauye : http://goo.gl/6XeNb
16. An important Google+ Search Tip by +Melody Lynn : http://goo.gl/OUlHc
17. Best Time to post on Google+ by +Gabriel Vasile : http://goo.gl/Kv3zk
18. Can G+ catch Facebook? by +Marc Razia : http://goo.gl/ijXwB
19. Circle here, circle there? by +Jaana Nyström : http://goo.gl/j0R1R
20. Circle Management 101 - 4 Types of Circles by +Gregory Allan : http://goo.gl/LJ9eM

21. Comment More by +Christina Trapolino : http://goo.gl/5XQdA
22. Creating, Using & Promoting Google+ Pages properly by +Gabriel Vasile : http://goo.gl/oo7qs
23. Creating Your Conceptual Vision of Your G+ Network by +Gregory Allan : http://goo.gl/PFIyN
24. Dear new Google+ user by +Cora Triton : http://goo.gl/miUhF
25. Different Types of Posts by +Peter G McDermott : http://goo.gl/k7KMh
26. Directories to help make more friends by +Gabriel Vasile : http://goo.gl/eaQFF
27. Don't expect people to follow you back on Google Plus by +Gregory Allan : http://goo.gl/vAqbY
28. Don't Worry About Google, Facebook Had Challenges Too by +Gregory Allan : http://goo.gl/SYu7r
29. Facts about G+ Notifications by +GPlusTuts : http://goo.gl/VruwZ
30. FAQs that Never Gets Asked by +Carmelyne Thompson : http://goo.gl/z0sYo

31. Finding Your Place in a Google+ Community by +Billy Wilson : http://goo.gl/qQ5nx
32. EDIT Google Discovery Center by +Denis Labelle : http://goo.gl/AeWWQ
33. Get discovered on Google+ by +Louis Gray : http://goo.gl/LyzJ1
34. Getting More People to use Google+, Part I by +Ryan Crowe : http://goo.gl/qN2ra
35. Getting More People to use Google+, Part II by +Ryan Crowe : http://goo.gl/iXnWX
36. Getting More People to use Google+, Part III by +Ryan Crowe : http://goo.gl/imQFv
37. Google+ 101 by +Melody Lynn : http://goo.gl/HZaza
38. Google Business Solutions by +Denis Labelle : http://goo.gl/kbxqf
39. Google+ Discuss by +Denis Labelle : http://goo.gl/UZlpV
40. Google+ Guide for Newbies by +Shamil Weerakoon : http://goo.gl/mDHFS

41. Google+ Guides & Tips for Newbies (especially writers & illustrators) by +Debbie Ohi : http://goo.gl/pEHKu
42. Google+ for the Average Facebook User by +Ahmed Zeeshan : http://goo.gl/ozqv8
43. Google+ Hangouts by +Johnathan Chung : http://goo.gl/JyWIE
44. Google+ Hangouts and the Future of Customer Service by +Ryan Crowe : http://goo.gl/ygsJR
45. Google+ "In Groups" and "Popularity Contests" by +David Piper : http://goo.gl/TG3m6
46. Google+ is All about Quality by +Gabriel Vasile : http://goo.gl/r2gKl
47. Google+ is Google's answer to Facebook by +Gideon Rosenblatt : http://goo.gl/mQ3ya
48. Google+ Needs to Realize the Value in the Communities Formed Here by +Billy Wilson : http://goo.gl/xR1O7
49. Google+ Pages Discuss by +Denis Labelle : http://goo.gl/ByFOq
50. Google+ SEO & Google SPYW – The Ultimate Resource List by +Ivan Dimitrijević : http://goo.gl/hf6i0

51. Google+ Starter Pack by +Ahmed Zeeshan : http://goo.gl/x1iIS
52. Google+ Terms and Definitions You Need to Know : http://goo.gl/Htwta
53. Google+ Tips & Tricks by +Shamil Weerakoon : http://goo.gl/ciWLd
54. Google+ Tips, Tricks and Strategies by +Gideon Rosenblatt : http://goo.gl/5gYEi
55. Google+ Tips Compilation by +Akasha Tsang : http://goo.gl/ZluQ6
56. Google+ Tips: A Post Can Be Anything by +M Sinclair Stevens : http://goo.gl/766fA
57. Google+ Newbie Tips by +Sarah Rios : http://goo.gl/wWkEs
58. Google+ Video Tutorials by +Denis Labelle : http://goo.gl/20lTp
59. Guide for G+ Newbies by +Jeremy Baugh : http://goo.gl/7rFiH
60. Guide to Google+ Circles by +Shamil Weerakoon : http://goo.gl/gcXyg

61. Hangouts on Air by +Lynette Young : http://goo.gl/hTGci
62. Hangouts with Extras by +Google+ Your Business : http://goo.gl/AP5o2
63. Helpful resource for new and old Google+ users by +Ryan Crowe : http://goo.gl/YbkXA
64. How can I find some cool people to circle? by +Dolidh Young : http://goo.gl/ZUOwq
65. How to attract the circling motion by +Jaana Nyström : http://goo.gl/XB3RA
66. How to create bookmarks or save favorite posts in Google+? : http://goo.gl/iaR38
67. How to find a Shared Circle by +rahul roy : http://goo.gl/X4bcg
68. How to find amazing people on G+ using +CircleCount by +Gabriel Vasile : http://goo.gl/cJ6MX
69. How to find People on Google+ with same interests & passions by +Carmelyne Thompson : http://goo.gl/S7Hfh
70. How to Get Circled by +Rehan Ahmad : http://goo.gl/6PJ0e

71. How to Get Your Facebook Friends Over To Google+ by +Michelle Marie : http://goo.gl/T7vMM
72. How to Get People to Circle You by +Armando Lioss : http://goo.gl/XMZNx
73. How to import your Facebook Photos to Google+ by +Gabriel Vasile : http://goo.gl/tJxxT
74. How to Increase YOUR Engagement on Google+ by +Steve Hall : http://goo.gl/b4yLH
75. How to use Google+ - Video by +Peter G McDermott : http://goo.gl/XlveV
76. How to write a successful post by +Hugo Fernandes : http://goo.gl/ggCfI
77. If I Were Starting Out On Google+ Today by +Anthony Fox : http://goo.gl/A97OH
78. Important views on commenting by +Jaana Nyström : http://goo.gl/fhBwj
79. Is your Google+ quiet? by +Jaana Nyström : http://goo.gl/lBp2R
80. Introduction To Google+ Pages by +Denis Labelle : http://goo.gl/LGAW1

81. Keeping up with the volume when you become more popular on Google+ by +Anthony Russo : http://goo.gl/P0u7G
82. Learn from What's Hot by +Google+ Your Business : http://goo.gl/SvAuA
83. Making Google+ Easier For Beginners to Find Communities by +Billy Wilson : http://goo.gl/kkFVq
84. Massive New to Google+ list by +Paul Spoerry : http://goo.gl/HPxld
85. No space to follow all the Google+ pages? by +Ryan Schultz : http://goo.gl/d39hX
86. No stealing posts from others! by +rahul roy : http://goo.gl/naXUT
87. Public Circles Project by +Jarek Klimek : http://goo.gl/Tu7sE
88. Reshare: Public or limited? by +Jaana Nyström : http://goo.gl/hfRMZ
89. Revisiting Old Tips by +Ryan Crowe : http://goo.gl/oMSLJ
90. Share your problems: Whom to ask? by +Gabriel Vasile : http://goo.gl/TJkB5

91. Social Media Butterflies Migrating to Google+ by +Peter G McDermott : http://goo.gl/D7SdH
92. Starter Kit for Google+ Newbies by +Michelle Marie : http://goo.gl/eXpsC
93. Ten circle tips to help improve your Stream & G+ Experience by +matthew rappaport : http://goo.gl/gCezD
94. The Google+ Netiquettes by +Ahmed Zeeshan : http://goo.gl/ikOP7
95. The Google+ Welcome Wagon by +Christina Trapolino : http://goo.gl/AvCHI
96. The visual Start-up guide by +Saidur Hossain : http://goo.gl/mLVSe
97. Tip For Circling New People by +Rehan Ahmad : http://goo.gl/VyjLX
98. Tips for G+ Newbies by +Linda Lawrey : http://goo.gl/wjWo1
99. Ultimate G+ Collection by +Johnathan Chung : http://goo.gl/wdarZ
100. Use Google+ Search effectively by +Shamil Weerakoon : http://goo.gl/navO3

101. Understanding Google+ by +Gabriel Vasile : http://goo.gl/xZCf9
102. Want To See The Magic of Google Plus? by +Amanda Blain : http://goo.gl/TGNeY
103. What lingo to use to promote your Google+ Business Page by +Up Your Plus : http://goo.gl/mmTzv
104. Why Google+ Can Make You Forget About Your Friends Not Being on It by +Jon Cilley : http://goo.gl/jMauT
105. Why you need to be active on Google+ by +Gregory Allan : http://goo.gl/EuPmP


--☛ I know I haven't included all. Please use the following link to enter your Google+ Help Post to the Directory.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1x6M-dwkUwTfjtVM7ofsb928-FsV55DFCZ8pOV13Doks/edit


Thank You!!
#googleplushelp #googleplustips #ddstips___For my new and old followers, all you want to know about Google Plus. Thanks +Shamil Weerakoon for sharing this great help!

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2012-03-16 09:19:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The media available on the hardware will become more and more important. More than the hardware itself. New York is the place to be, according to +Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer at Rackspace.

Why I'm in New York to buy my iPad; the new PR

So, later tonight I will join a line in New York to buy my iPad. Why here and not in Palo Alto?

Because I'm sensing a world shift and wanted to be here to participate in it.

What's the shift? Well, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple and the ecosystems that depend on them are increasingly going to compete on media, not on speeds and feeds.

We're already seeing this with Apple, even as it brings out a device with four times as many pixels on it that most reviewers are saying is stunning. Read those reviews at http://www.techmeme.com/120315/p42#a120315p42

These changes are underlined by Wall Street Journal reporter +Yukari Iwatani Kane who says she's not buying an iPad. She isn't impressed by twice as many pixels: http://www.yukarikane.com/?p=139

I theorize that we'll get more and more bored with hardware over time and make more and more of our decisions based on the media that's available on that hardware.

New York is a leader in media, far more than San Francisco is (to highlight this tomorrow I'll be on Fox Business News talking with Varney and Company -- the network is headquartered in New York).

While walking around New York with Glancee and Highlight on today I saw just how different the communities in both places are. In San Francisco I see engineers, VCs, CEOs. Here I've seen people involved in advertising, financial institutions, and many media types. Last night I had dinner with Jeff Sica. Valley types know him as a financial manager, his firm is at http://sicawealthmgt.com/ . But he also helps make movies, including Hugo, through his involvement with New Deal Studios. He deftly switched talking about economics to talking about the next UFO movie and how the aliens were developed in it.

It's guys like Sica who are the new power players in the war between Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple and sitting with us at dinner was PR maven at Davos +Nichole Rhodes (she seems to know everyone who was hanging out at the Piano Bar in Davos), who got me invited to meet up with him at New York's famed private Grand Havana Room.

Sica bragged that Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, had just been there too which underscores that I'm not the only one interested in New York's shifting role in the tech industry.

It's this crossing of media, tech, finance, and startups like Foursquare that make New York so interesting. If Amazon can get movies or TV shows that iPad can't, that will make it more interesting to consumers (and vice versa).

Tomorrow I will visit as many startups as I can before hopping back on the plane to come home with my new iPad but I will be back a lot, I sense, as the ecosystems move their attention from the semiconductor-focused Silicon Valley to the media-focused homes of New York and Hollywood.

While waiting for the first iPad I met many of the developers who now are the rock stars of the iPad development world. Tomorrow it won't be apps, but media, that will get us to adopt new things and make the new rock stars of the world.

Are you sensing the same shifts going on? I hear that up in Seattle Amazon has only one company they are aiming at: Apple. They know that if Apple wins the media deals their business goes away (look at all their latest offerings, everything from eBooks to music to movies -- most of those businesses are headquartered in New York).

Anyway, meet me in line at the Fifth Avenue Store after about 3 a.m. in New York and we'll discuss this new power center more.

By the way, there's a new PR thanks to new people discovery apps Highlight and Glancee and Kismet and +Nichole Rhodes is hardly the only PR person on them. I have half a dozen PR folks, from +Brandee Barker (formerly of Facebook) to +Brooke Hammerling to quite a few agency folks on the service.

PR is all about relationships and walking around New York you can see just how powerful these new tools are. Within seconds of passing through the tunnel into New York I was chatting with an engineer at Foursquare on that service and I've found it to be bringing many interesting people, including many in media, into my life here in New York and that trend will just continue.___The media available on the hardware will become more and more important. More than the hardware itself. New York is the place to be, according to +Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer at Rackspace.

2012-03-11 16:12:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Nice feature on my desktop! Thank you +Mike Hendrickson for sharing it on time...

Really like the time.is site to calibrate precise time. Check it out.

http://time.is/___Nice feature on my desktop! Thank you +Mike Hendrickson for sharing it on time...

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2012-03-10 09:37:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A Day Made of Glass, a second look into what the future could be like. I love the touchscreen part! Thanks +Igo Tan for sharing!

Video about the future of touch screen technology___A Day Made of Glass, a second look into what the future could be like. I love the touchscreen part! Thanks +Igo Tan for sharing!

2012-01-27 17:42:25 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Europe calling... I have reached my daily limit according to Google. Thank you +Max Huijgen for this initiative.

Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps!
now that Europe shows up as the largest continent on G+ self awareness goes up and initiatives to get together flourish.
It all started this Monday with my request to post your country if you were European. I offered to circle the first 500 who would do so without any obligation to circle back. Result: we needed a part2 as we hit the 500 comments limit.

The original post was shared 225 times. You can find it here:
https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/CdhmHGbYjgi
Part 2 is still open and can be found here:
https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/NDAhG4fP2a7
If you didn´t do so already, post there and as long as I have spots free, I will circle you as I want to see my streams come alive during European hours.

There was a shared feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, having some central point to share European circles and last but not least the desire to have hangouts without having to burn the midnight oil.

To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+ It already has three managers out of the community but feel to offer a bit of your time as it must be a community project. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. The first post can be found here:
https://plus.google.com/100160648652252546872/posts/QXAJ1DFma68

The community of Europeans responded and we got the following new initiatives:

An compilation of the who is who in the EU countries:
The Euro 200 Circle by +Euro Maestro
Who are the most followed in Europe ? Who have the highest Klout score ? This circle helps to answer those questions. This is sort of a Who's Who list of Europe.
https://plus.google.com/107040353898400532534/posts/YPv8bzRwYXD

Next the even more exclusive circle of the most followed Europeans from all over Europe as compiled by me thanks to assistance of +CircleCount the best profiler site there is and they happen to be European as well :)
The Euro Top 50 Circle: Europeans with the largest follower count
No pages, just people based in geographic Europe who were already famous or got their followers through relentless efforts on G+
https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/QUEP9UT9iVT

An attempt to crowd source the most valuable Europeans on and for G+ by +Gabriel Vasile
MAKING A "BEST OF EUROPEANS" GOOGLE+ CIRCLE
You can still cast your votes there.
https://plus.google.com/106393478695568433143/posts/62vZyfksGGk

And as promised the most important circle: you, the people!
The very first shared circle of 500 Europeans who got into action on my call out on Monday.
The last thing we want is a small elite running this place so we need more peeps from all over Europe to participate and enjoy G+

I hope this post can do the rounds through Europe and gets us firmly on the G+ map. So even if you´re not European yourself, but sympathize with the initiatives to form a community here, help spread the word and share it.

And don´t forget: we all love the other continents and most of us have circles which encompass the whole world. So it´s not against others, but pro us :)

If you got this through a share this link will bring you back to the discussion:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1___Europe calling... I have reached my daily limit according to Google. Thank you +Max Huijgen for this initiative.

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2012-01-23 21:12:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Naming policy for Google+ has changed!

Toward a more inclusive naming policy for Google+

With Google+, we aspire to make online sharing more like sharing in the real world. And during the Google+ signup process, we've asked users to select the name they commonly use in real life.

Since launch we've listened closely to community feedback on our names policy, as well as reviewed our own data regarding signup completion. The vast majority of users sail through our signup process -- in fact, only about 0.1% submit name appeals.

When we analyze the set of all name appeals on Google+, we find that they generally fall into three major categories:
- The majority (60%) of these users want to simply add nicknames.
- About 20% of appeals are actually businesses (who are inadvertently trying to set up their business as a Profile, rather than using Google+ Pages which were intended for this purpose.)
- And the remaining 20% would either prefer to use a pseudonym or another unconventional name.

Today we’re pleased to be launching features that will address and remedy the majority of these issues. To be clear - our work here isn’t done, but I’m really pleased to be shipping a milestone on our journey.

Nicknames and Names in Another Script

Over the next week, we’ll be adding support for alternate names – be they nicknames, maiden names, or names in another script – alongside your common name. This name will show up on your Google+ profile and in the hovercards which appear over your name. In the next few weeks, we’ll be displaying it more broadly as part of your name in other areas of Google+ as well. So if you’re Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jane Doe (Smith), or Saurabh Sharma (सौरभ शर्मा), you can now communicate your identity the way you want to.

To add an alternate name, go to your Google+ profile, click Edit Profile, select your name and click on “More options.” (See attached photos)

It’s important to remember that when you change your name in Google+, you’re changing it across all services that require a Google Profile.

Other Established Identities

On Google+, we try to flag names which don’t represent individuals, such as businesses or abstract ideas which should be +Pages. Sometimes we get this wrong, so starting today we’re updating our policies and processes to broaden support for established pseudonyms, from +trench coat to +Madonna.

If we flag the name you intend to use, you can provide us with information to help confirm your established identity. This might include:

- References to an established identity offline in print media, news articles, etc
- Scanned official documentation, such as a driver’s license
- Proof of an established identity online with a meaningful following

We’ll review the information and typically get back to you within a few days. We may also ask for further information, such as proof that you control a website you reference. While a name change is under review, your old name will continue to be displayed. For new accounts without an old name, your profile will be in a non-public, read-only state during the review. Either way, you'll be able to see the status of your review by going to your profile.

For more details, check out the Google+ Names Policy: http://support.google.com/plus/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1228271

To reiterate, the features described herein will be rolling out over the next couple days.

Today is a small step towards improving the ways in which you can communicate your identity on Google+. We will be listening to feedback from the community and will continue to refine all aspects of how we handle names and identity over the coming weeks, months and beyond.

Thanks for your continuing feedback and support.

Bradley and Team G+

#googleplusupdate___Naming policy for Google+ has changed!

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2012-01-22 21:19:23 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The Asus Transformer Prime with Android ICS. One of the best tablets available at this moment! Nice review +Marques Brownlee.

It's finally here - The Transformer Prime Review! +1 for more!___The Asus Transformer Prime with Android ICS. One of the best tablets available at this moment! Nice review +Marques Brownlee.

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2012-01-21 21:15:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Dutch authorities tried to block Dekker's trip, arguing she was too young to risk her life, while school officials complained she should be in a classroom."

16-year-old Laura Dekker completes solo trip around world
Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Sat Jan 21, 3:05 p.m. AST: +The Associated Press reports that a teenager from the Netherlands has ended a yearlong solo journey around the globe aboard a ketch named "Guppy."

Laura Dekker celebrated her 16th birthday during the trip and claims she is the youngest sailor to complete a round-the-world voyage.

Several Dutch officials tried to block her trip, arguing she was too young to risk her life. School authorities have complained she should be in a classroom.

+The Associated Press - http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gSHPPPY3i8cRZsJZq-aLZ_LU3gIQ?docId=1a266c3a3ae9464b9b3ab4cb1870fa7c___"Dutch authorities tried to block Dekker's trip, arguing she was too young to risk her life, while school officials complained she should be in a classroom."

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2012-01-17 19:24:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Wikipedia and Reddit are going black on Wednesday, Google will post links against Internet censorship on its homepage. I think Google will be giving a good signal to the politicians who endorse the SOAP law.

Wikipedia and Reddit are going black on Wednesday, Google will post links against Internet censorship on its homepage. I think Google will be giving a good signal to the politicians who endorse the SOAP law.___

2012-01-07 21:19:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

If This, Then That, a really useful 'app' which I'm using for some time now. I hope the Google+ API will be integrated soon. Nice to have +Robert Scoble on board :-)

One of the coolest web apps I've seen in some time

Thanks to +Shashank M for telling me about this: http://ifttt.com/recipes

What does it do? It lets you write little macros in this syntax: "If This, Then That..."

So, if my profile picture on Facebook changes then also change it on Twitter. That kind of thing. Already has a ton of different pre-done ones, and you can add your own. Thanks!___If This, Then That, a really useful 'app' which I'm using for some time now. I hope the Google+ API will be integrated soon. Nice to have +Robert Scoble on board :-)

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2012-01-06 21:24:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

+Mike Elgan is telling about the tremendous power of using Google+. Great summary for new users!

Don't be shy!

Millions of people are on Google+, but not getting much out of it. Why? They're shy.

Most people on Google+ have never posted anything publicly, commented, participated in a hangout, posted pictures of themselves or their lives or blocked anyone. Yet these are the very things that make Google+ enriching and enjoyable.

Here's the problem: Google+ is massively powerful.

On Twitter, everyone feels comfortable posting anything. I just searched Twitterfall for the word "dream," and up came these tweets:

"I had a dream i guess it was just a dream tho"

"Dream a little dream of me."

"I wonder what that dream meant :/ lmaooo"

And a thousand others posted within the span of a minute or so.

Posting on Twitter is utterly without consequence. Nobody is paying much attention. A tweet is just a needle in a haystack. People tweet like it's a bodily function, and feel no pressure or embarrassment. A tweet is there for a second for the minority of followers who happen to be looking at Twitter, then it's gone forever.

On Facebook, people feel pretty comfortable engaging, too. It's mostly just family and friends. And EdgeRank will prevent most people from seeing it anyway.

But something about Google+ gives people stage fright. That something is: power.

When you post something publicly, it's indexed and placed on the public Internet. When you comment, your comment will be "judged" by a lot of smart people. Doing your first hangout is like public speaking. Posting pictures feels exposing. And blocking people feels rude.

That's why Google+ is "dominated" by journalist, celebrities, writers, musicians, bloggers and others who are used to being "out there," living and thinking in public.

And that's the key to overcoming Google+ shyness: Understand that it's simply a matter of acclimation. Just do it, as the Nike ads say, and your shyness will soon fall away.

Here's my advice to everyone on how to overcome Google+ stage fright:

Public posting: Start by sharing other people's posts publicly (like this one). When you feel more comfortable, add comments to those shares. Eventually, graduate up to posting things publicly from scratch. Why post publicly? You won't know until you try it!

Commenting: You don't have to become the Debate Club president to comment. Just do it. Remember that your comment can later be edited or deleted. Just be yourself, speak your mind. And if anyone attacks you or makes you feel lousy, block them (see below).

Hangouts: Ah, now we get to the truly hard thing for shy people to do. Here's the secret to becoming acclimated to Hangouts: Be a lurker. That's right. Join or start hangouts, and turn off both your mic and your camera. Other people in the hangout will see a black screen and a red symbol indicating a muted mic. You can see and hear them, but they can't see or hear you. It's OK! Nobody minds. By lurking, you'll get to see how friendly, supportive, interesting and fun hangouts are. Eventually, you'll want to turn on your mic and your camera. But only when you're ready.

Pictures: You don't have to post beauty shots or personally exposing pictures. Take a picture of anything with your camera phone -- your food, your dog, your workplace, or anything at all. Of course, you don't have to post pictures. But you shouldn't be avoiding it because of shyness. Pictures are fun, and people like seeing them.

Blocking: Blocking people is one of the secrets to a great Google+ experience. And it's NOT rude to block someone. Think of your stream as a party in your home. Everyone there is by invitation only -- people are by default invited. Blocking is merely not inviting them to future parties. Block for any reason -- because people are rude, because they spam, because they're negative. Any reason is a good reason. Why? Because you're only going to interact with fewer than 1% of the people on Google+ anyway. Blocking and circling are the two controls you have on who those people are. Use them!

I hope this advice is helpful. But ultimately, there's no substitute for just doing it. Post! Comment! Hangout! Share pictures! Block!

Yes, Google+ is powerful, and that can be scary. But once you get into it, power = awesome.

Pic props to TriStar Pictures___+Mike Elgan is telling about the tremendous power of using Google+. Great summary for new users!

Buttons

A special service of CircleCount.com is the following button.

The button shows the number of followers you have directly in a small button. You can add this button to your website, like the +1-Button of Google or the Like-Button of Facebook.






You can add this button directly in your website. For more information about the CircleCount Buttons and the description how to add them to another page click here.

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