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Google Россия817,828*22 апреля в 19:00 (МСК) на странице +Google Россия пройдёт видеовстреча, посвящённая вопросам интеграции Google+ и YouTube.* Гиды форумов @100275833344620826400 и @100541073128408623254 расскажут о том, как эффективнее использовать оба сервиса вместе, создавать единый бренд для своего канала/страницы/профиля, как оформлять посты и события, общаться с аудиторией. Мы также затронем самые распространенные проблемы с использованием этих сервисов: привязка канала к страницам Google+, управление комментариями, получение персональных URL и не только. На ваши вопросы будут отвечать Ведущие Участники с форумов Google+ и #YouTube . Вопросы принимаются через приложение «Вопросы» (http://goo.gl/R8irn1) или в комментариях к мероприятию. Чтобы поучаствовать в видеовстрече, примите приглашение на это мероприятие и перейдите по ссылке на прямой эфир в указанное время. Полезные ссылки: Сообщество Поддержки Google+: g.co/GooglePlusRu; Форум Поддержки Google+: http://goo.gl/asTbP; Сообщество Авторов YouTube: http://goo.gl/XjO8uY; Форум Поддержки YouTube: http://goo.gl/oJ6yxR.   #HOA #YouTube #GooglePlusКак работают вместе Google+ и YouTube. Отвечаем на самые часто задаваемые вопросы!2015-04-22 18:00:00347  
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2017-04-06 18:13:59 (375 comments; 152 reshares; 1,908 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member, +Artigiano della Luce Photography

Hello Artigiano, introduce yourself to Google+!

"I’m an amateur photographer from Brescia, Italy. I have a math degree and I work as a Computer science teacher. I started to create portraits in 2011, and from the first portrait I captured I realized that this was the best way of expressing myself."

You started taking portraits in 2011, what fueled your decision to pick up a camera?

"I started photographing food for a blog, and eventually that spread into other areas like portrait photography. After taking my first portrait I instantly knew that I wanted to be a conceptual portrait photographer. Right now I’m studying the craft in order to become a better one."

Artigiano's Portrait Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/47x-qB<... more »

Most reshares: 284

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2017-04-04 17:42:40 (282 comments; 284 reshares; 2,687 +1s; )Open 

My Artwork :)

Most plusones: 2708

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2017-04-07 19:35:42 (307 comments; 200 reshares; 2,708 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week: +Clint Burkinshaw’s Travel Photography

Take a trip around the world through the lens of Clint’s camera. Zanzibar, Albania, and even Kings Landing from Game Of Thrones (filmed in Croatia) are featured in his work.

Check it out! https://plus.google.com/collection/YNef_

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

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2017-04-22 18:15:31 (79 comments; 13 reshares; 768 +1s; )Open 

For Earth Day, +Mark Hurn explains how pollution and dumping affects the wildlife ecosystem #CreateABetterEarth

Southern Right Whale & Kelp Gull - Ballena Franca Austral y Gaviota Cocinera
Puerto Madryn - Provincia de Chubut, Argentina

We need to be more careful and responsible with our food waste: Having survived hunting by humans, the Southern Right Whale now faces a different enemy in Argentina: the Kelp Gull. Huge open air refuse dumps attract vast numbers of gulls, causing a local population explosion. And the whales, whose fat is a rich source of energy for the birds, are an easy target in this location. Food for the birds, but wounds open to infection for the whales.

Tenemos que ser más cuidadosos y responsables con nuestros deshechos de comida: Habiendo sobrevivido a la caza humana, la Ballena Franca Austral afronta ahora un nuevo peligro en Argentina: la Gaviota Cocinera. Enormes vertederos de basura atraen grandes cantidades de gaviotas, causando una explosión en su población local. Y las ballenas, cuya graza es una fuente rica de energía para los pájaros, son un blanco fácil en este lugar. Comida para las gaviotas, pero heridas abiertas a infecciones para las ballenas.


We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic project with the theme: Earth Day 2017 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay2017
#CreateABetterEarth


#argentina #patagonia golfonuevo #chubut #whales #ballenas #birds #aves___For Earth Day, +Mark Hurn explains how pollution and dumping affects the wildlife ecosystem #CreateABetterEarth

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2017-04-22 18:08:26 (37 comments; 8 reshares; 409 +1s; )Open 

+Trudy Grossman speaks about the importance of recycling and repurposing items for Earth Day #CreateABetterEarth

Create Community Earth Day 2017 - My planet. My part
Celebrate Earth Day, April 22

Earth Day has been special to me for many years as I taught kindergarten children the significance of why we celebrate it and what we can do to reduce, reuse and recycle. We woud make cakes out of mud and sand, decorate with pine cones, trigs etc., put a recycled candle on top and light it on Earth Day. I practice all the 3 Rs in my own home as much as possible. I compost, buy local, and purchase international fair trade products.

I visited my friend at Bella Latina Jeans in Stony Plain this morning. She had these gorgeous hand woven draw string bags up on a self. On further inspection, I read the sign that explained the origin of these authentic bags. Of course I wanted one, not only to support these women, but also because they are durable and made from wool, a sustainable product. Please read the photo of the sign for more information.

We are a group of members of Google+ Create, a Google program for recognizing creative users of Google+. This year we are celebrating Earth Day with this small, symbolic project with the theme: Earth Day 2017 - My planet. My part.
#CreateCommunityEarthDay2017
#CreateABetterEarth
___+Trudy Grossman speaks about the importance of recycling and repurposing items for Earth Day #CreateABetterEarth

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2017-04-21 20:46:36 (85 comments; 32 reshares; 968 +1s; )Open 

Celebrate #CreateABetterEarth with the Create Community

Let's keep it clear! Like literally clear. ;-)
Without clean air, land, and water, we couldn't subsist. Our planet deserves to be recognized, loved, and cared for. To remind all of us, this April 22nd, let's turn Google+ green!

Share Your Green!
Look around you, and notice Nature's presence. Maybe you barely pay attention to the beautiful flower on your way home or the cute plant in your office. Do you have a favorite tree you love to climb? And what about the plants you cherish at home?

Join us in celebrating Nature around you by posting something natural (and possibly green), and include the hashtag #CreateABetterEarth to make sure we can see your posts!

You are also welcome to go deeper, and share your own thoughts/feelings/actions... more »

Celebrate #CreateABetterEarth with the Create Community

Let's keep it clear! Like literally clear. ;-)
Without clean air, land, and water, we couldn't subsist. Our planet deserves to be recognized, loved, and cared for. To remind all of us, this April 22nd, let's turn Google+ green!

Share Your Green!
Look around you, and notice Nature's presence. Maybe you barely pay attention to the beautiful flower on your way home or the cute plant in your office. Do you have a favorite tree you love to climb? And what about the plants you cherish at home?

Join us in celebrating Nature around you by posting something natural (and possibly green), and include the hashtag #CreateABetterEarth to make sure we can see your posts!

You are also welcome to go deeper, and share your own thoughts/feelings/actions on this Earth Day. Our Create members will also publish their own Earth Day stories. Get inspired!

A big shoutout to +nomadimitri, +Azlin Bloor, and +Valeria Bressan for organizing this initiative!

This initiative was created by Google+ Create members. Create is a program that celebrates the inspiring individuals behind the most captivating Google+ content. Want to learn more about it? Check the Create website g.co/PlusCreate !

Photo Credit: +Valeria Bressan___

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2017-04-21 17:34:15 (107 comments; 59 reshares; 1,282 +1s; )Open 

Collections Tip: Be Different

+Shane Dallas suggests to try something different with Collections. Don't do what everyone else is doing, build a Collection that only you can build. For his travel photos, he discovers different locations instead of the typical tourist routes and has developed a reputation because of it. Remember to not find your niche with your Collections, find your voice instead!

Check out the rest of his unique Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/kSfB2

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For more great tips check out #Collections101, a panel event featuring Shane that walks you through the basics of building high quality Collections. https://youtu.be/l1Fh6m4ySvo

You can also head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback... more »

Collections Tip: Be Different

+Shane Dallas suggests to try something different with Collections. Don't do what everyone else is doing, build a Collection that only you can build. For his travel photos, he discovers different locations instead of the typical tourist routes and has developed a reputation because of it. Remember to not find your niche with your Collections, find your voice instead!

Check out the rest of his unique Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/kSfB2

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For more great tips check out #Collections101, a panel event featuring Shane that walks you through the basics of building high quality Collections. https://youtu.be/l1Fh6m4ySvo

You can also head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections here for feedback from moderators and the G+ team. https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024
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2017-04-20 20:18:16 (55 comments; 26 reshares; 476 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practices: Enforcing Community Guidelines

This post was written by +John Chvatal for Community Vanguards

One key ingredient to a healthy Community is the enforcement of community guidelines.

Community Guidelines
A great foundation starts with a set of community guidelines. The Landscape Photography Community's Guidelines have been refined over time and have been tested by its 1 million strong membership. Even if your community isn’t as big as the Landscape Photography Community, it is still worth your time to look over their Community Guidelines when crafting your own set of Community Guidelines.

Landscape Photography Community Guidelines: https://plus.google.com/+MargaretTompkins/posts/j3Pfj2rQ1qA
For a more detailed look at how to write a set of Community Guidelines, please check out PaulP... more »

Community Management Best Practices: Enforcing Community Guidelines

This post was written by +John Chvatal for Community Vanguards

One key ingredient to a healthy Community is the enforcement of community guidelines.

Community Guidelines
A great foundation starts with a set of community guidelines. The Landscape Photography Community's Guidelines have been refined over time and have been tested by its 1 million strong membership. Even if your community isn’t as big as the Landscape Photography Community, it is still worth your time to look over their Community Guidelines when crafting your own set of Community Guidelines.

Landscape Photography Community Guidelines: https://plus.google.com/+MargaretTompkins/posts/j3Pfj2rQ1qA
For a more detailed look at how to write a set of Community Guidelines, please check out Paul Pavlinovich's post on Writing Community Guidelines:
https://plus.google.com/+googleplus/posts/CgdHqXEViEV

Consistency is Key
Whether your Community is managed solely by you or by multiple moderators, consistency is key. Be kind but firm. Point to the Community Guidelines whenever a member breaks a rule. Make sure all of your community moderators are enforcing the Community Guidelines as well. A great way keep the moderator team on the same page is to develop canned text for common infractions of community rules and put it in a shared Google Doc. It is okay for each moderator to decide how to word their own canned text in order to put a personalized touch on the comment they are leaving on a post. This is also useful if your Community has moderators that can communicate in other languages.

Communication
A good way to communicate with a member that broke a community guideline is to leave a comment on the post where the infraction happened and provide a link to the Community Guidelines post. Pinning your Community Guidelines post to the top of the Community for easy access and visibility is best practice. After leaving the comment, it is best to delete the post from the Community.

Another way to communicate with a member that broke a Community guideline is to privately share the post where the infraction happened by +mentioning the member and providing a link to the Community Guidelines. Be sure to include an explanation along with the link to the Community Guidelines post. Then delete the post from the Community.

Tools
In addition to a shared Google Doc, you may find these other tools useful in keeping your canned responses within easy reach:

Text Expander for Windows, Mac and iOS.
PhraseExpress for Windows.
Text Replacement option under Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement on iOS.
[Need Android Path].

As your Community grows it is inevitable you will encounter spammers that will try to distribute spam posts on your community. To combat this Google+ has a tool that helps you to fight back. Please check out Margaret Tompkins' post on the Hold for Review feature: https://plus.google.com/+googleplus/posts/9UUCWGaLUEw

Have Fun
Managing a Community can be hard work. You mustn’t forget to enjoy yourself and take the time to participate in the Community as if you were just a member.

+John Chvatal runs the Gazing Skyward Aviation page and Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/114416383815843442147
as well as the Aviation News Central Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/110244012068284039073___

2017-04-20 18:19:52 (50 comments; 13 reshares; 319 +1s; )Open 

Connecting the world through postcards with +Geri Linda Metterle

Geri's 'Connecting the World' Collection combines communication of the old world with social media of today. She trades postcards with other users, and in her dedication to the personal touch, requires that everything be handwritten with a photo you captured yourself.

"As soon as I get your picture postcard, I will send you one of the picture postcards from this collection ... and it will come with a very special and unique stamp with a picture of my hometown on it."

You can learn more by exploring Geri's Collection below or visiting the following link! http://linkingpostcards.blogspot.com/


Connecting the world through postcards with +Geri Linda Metterle

Geri's 'Connecting the World' Collection combines communication of the old world with social media of today. She trades postcards with other users, and in her dedication to the personal touch, requires that everything be handwritten with a photo you captured yourself.

"As soon as I get your picture postcard, I will send you one of the picture postcards from this collection ... and it will come with a very special and unique stamp with a picture of my hometown on it."

You can learn more by exploring Geri's Collection below or visiting the following link! http://linkingpostcards.blogspot.com/
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2017-04-19 17:23:21 (56 comments; 14 reshares; 459 +1s; )Open 

Um Fouad’s Coffee Ritual: A Syrian refugee's recipe for hope amid adversity

+Yaansoon's Illustrated Women Who Can Collection highlights empowering women who accomplish amazing things. In this first edition, Yaansoon tells the story of the woman who inspired the series. Um Fouad, a Syrian refugee, who organized a morning ritual for women in camp to start their day with positivity and enjoy a brief escape from politics and heartache.

Um Fouad’s Coffee Ritual: A Female Syrian Refugee Recipe for Hope amid Adversity | #RefugeesWelcome | By Yaansoon Illustration + Art

Um Fouad is an extraordinary woman I met a couple of years ago while working as a media officer for Oxfam GB. Women everywhere can learn from this female Syrian refugee's strong will and resilience. Inspired by how she started a spark of hope at Zaatari cup with her daily Coffee Ritual, I decided to create an illustration depicting Um Fouad's recipe for hope!

https://yaansoon.com/illustrated-women-who-can/female-syrian-refugee/

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#illustration #womensday #womensday2017 #sheinspiresme #womeninhistory #editorialillustration #illustrator #handlettering #lettering #wacom #digitalillustration #drawing #digitalart #nomad #woman #womenempowerment #illustratedwomen #feminism #WithSyria #WithRefugees #Feminism #WomenRights #SyrianRefugees #Oxfam #OxfamGB #UNHCR #Hope #WomenIssues #ToTheGirls #HeForShe #InternationalWomensDay #WomensHistoryMonth #CelebratingBoldWomen
___Um Fouad’s Coffee Ritual: A Syrian refugee's recipe for hope amid adversity

+Yaansoon's Illustrated Women Who Can Collection highlights empowering women who accomplish amazing things. In this first edition, Yaansoon tells the story of the woman who inspired the series. Um Fouad, a Syrian refugee, who organized a morning ritual for women in camp to start their day with positivity and enjoy a brief escape from politics and heartache.

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2017-04-18 21:26:02 (170 comments; 112 reshares; 1,716 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week (Apr 17-21): Seascape

+Kouichi Hirayama's 'Seascape' shares beautiful snapshots along various coasts. You can check out the rest of his awesome photography here: https://goo.gl/R7qScp

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

___Collection Of The Week (Apr 17-21): Seascape

+Kouichi Hirayama's 'Seascape' shares beautiful snapshots along various coasts. You can check out the rest of his awesome photography here: https://goo.gl/R7qScp

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

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2017-04-17 17:46:14 (135 comments; 43 reshares; 1,033 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member, +Sandhya Hariharan

Hello Sandhya, introduce yourself to G+!

”My Name is Sandhya Hariharan and I am a food blogger at Sandhya’s Kitchen for nearly 8 years, a blog catering to candid photography, Food Styling and Recipe creation. For the last two years, I have been pursing Stock Photography, apart from blogging and this has opened up many arenas.”

Do you have any Interesting stories behind one of your pictures?

”I literally lost my mind and had become obsessive about capturing the perfect motion for sifting flour. I sifted normal flour and then cocoa flour for at least 2 hours and shot at least 100 images. And then I made my daughter’s birthday cake. My madness didn’t end there. I wasn’t pleased with the light quality in the image that I began sifting and dropping every ingredient for yet anotherCHOCOLATE CAK... more »

Meet Create Member, +Sandhya Hariharan

Hello Sandhya, introduce yourself to G+!

”My Name is Sandhya Hariharan and I am a food blogger at Sandhya’s Kitchen for nearly 8 years, a blog catering to candid photography, Food Styling and Recipe creation. For the last two years, I have been pursing Stock Photography, apart from blogging and this has opened up many arenas.”

Do you have any Interesting stories behind one of your pictures?

”I literally lost my mind and had become obsessive about capturing the perfect motion for sifting flour. I sifted normal flour and then cocoa flour for at least 2 hours and shot at least 100 images. And then I made my daughter’s birthday cake. My madness didn’t end there. I wasn’t pleased with the light quality in the image that I began sifting and dropping every ingredient for yet another CHOCOLATE CAKE :)”

Here’s the final result: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SandhyaHariharan/posts/DbfYq5uXBhR

Sandhya’s Collections:

Food Photography (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/8UBFNE): This collection is all about my learnings in food photography. Settings ,light and how I go about shooting them. I enjoy sharing details about the shot.

Indian Vegetarian Recipes (https://plus.google.com/collection/8CeqME): A collection of Indian vegetarian recipes

Website: http://sandhyahariharan.co.uk___

2017-04-14 17:35:50 (105 comments; 41 reshares; 402 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week: App-less April

Sex & Relationships Editor +Michelle Toglia's App-less April Collection is designed to encourage millennials to take it back to the 90's and meet new people the old fashioned way. She explores themes like "Are dating apps effective?" and "How to actually meet people in real life" for those who need a little extra help.

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

Collection Of The Week: App-less April

Sex & Relationships Editor +Michelle Toglia's App-less April Collection is designed to encourage millennials to take it back to the 90's and meet new people the old fashioned way. She explores themes like "Are dating apps effective?" and "How to actually meet people in real life" for those who need a little extra help.

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024___

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2017-04-14 17:00:52 (197 comments; 68 reshares; 756 +1s; )Open 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Official Teaser)

A teaser for the next installment of Star Wars dropped this morning and we're geeking out in excitement! Be sure to join us on May 4th for #StarWarsDay, we'll definitely be observing the most important holiday in the galaxy 😜

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB4I68XVPzQ

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Official Teaser)

A teaser for the next installment of Star Wars dropped this morning and we're geeking out in excitement! Be sure to join us on May 4th for #StarWarsDay, we'll definitely be observing the most important holiday in the galaxy 😜

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB4I68XVPzQ___

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2017-04-13 18:04:32 (191 comments; 63 reshares; 1,325 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member +Michael B. Stuart

Hello Michael! How did you start your passion for photography?

”Photography became a huge part of my life as self-prescribed therapy when I suddenly lost my Dad to multiple myeloma cancer in 2011. Google+ had just launched with a new photo-centric community, and I was seeing all kinds of stunning photos that didn’t look like anything I’d seen before. I circled/followed every cool photographer I could, and ultimately began taking my own photos.”

What’s your favorite creation, and why?

”It was the photo title “Its Roar Awoke the Sun” and It’s my favorite for a few reasons. Because of the crazy story behind it, because the shot turned out so well and stands up to the millions of other photos taken of Niagara Falls. And because it was my first photo ever chosen and featured onChromecast."... more »

Meet Create Member +Michael B. Stuart

Hello Michael! How did you start your passion for photography?

”Photography became a huge part of my life as self-prescribed therapy when I suddenly lost my Dad to multiple myeloma cancer in 2011. Google+ had just launched with a new photo-centric community, and I was seeing all kinds of stunning photos that didn’t look like anything I’d seen before. I circled/followed every cool photographer I could, and ultimately began taking my own photos.”

What’s your favorite creation, and why?

”It was the photo title “Its Roar Awoke the Sun” and It’s my favorite for a few reasons. Because of the crazy story behind it, because the shot turned out so well and stands up to the millions of other photos taken of Niagara Falls. And because it was my first photo ever chosen and featured on Chromecast."

Original photo in a Google+ Post here: https://plus.google.com/+michaelbstuart/posts/WHyTUfayMp6

Is there an interesting story behind the paddle board shot we see here?

"So as I'm doing my long exposures and stranger walks up and starts asking about my gear. I could tell right away he knew what he was talking about, so I filled him in on what I was up to. The man's name was Greg Craybas. We were talking about getting up to Whiteface Mountain for some shots later in the day. I was immediately out skilled and out gunned when he pulled out the Photographer's Ephemeris and showed me what side of the trees the sun would be shining on when he planned on being there. This was higher level thinking and shot planning than I was used to."

"Besides just meeting and talking with Greg, I can 100% credit him with telling me to get the above shot. I was busy capturing probably my 10th long exposure in the same spot out on the dock when he saw a standing paddle boarder coming in from a distance. He said "Ooh, that will make for a great shot!" At first I had no intentions of unscrewing my ND filter, but then after reflecting for a moment, and realizing why not I took off the filter and captured one of my favorite shots and a rare one for my portfolio since it included a person!"

You can find the full paddle board shot story here: (https://fstoppers.com/originals/there-nothing-photographing-sunrise-part-1-168350 )___

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2017-04-12 18:00:20 (130 comments; 55 reshares; 661 +1s; )Open 

Gain the support you need to run a healthy Community on Google+!

Apply to Community Vanguards to meet other community managers and learn more about running Communities!
https://goo.gl/qvGHPL

What is Vanguards?
Community Vanguards is a supportive network for community owners and moderators to exchange best practices for running successful Communities on Google+. Our team here at Google+ moderates the private Community and works to promote Vanguards members’ Communities here on our social page (see the other posts in this Collection!).

We are looking for people to join our growing network of Community managers in Vanguards. To qualify, you must:
- Run an active Community on G+
- Have at least some experience as a community owner/mod, though you don’t need to be an expert
- Be interested in exchanging tips and tricks and fostering asup... more »

Gain the support you need to run a healthy Community on Google+!

Apply to Community Vanguards to meet other community managers and learn more about running Communities!
https://goo.gl/qvGHPL

What is Vanguards?
Community Vanguards is a supportive network for community owners and moderators to exchange best practices for running successful Communities on Google+. Our team here at Google+ moderates the private Community and works to promote Vanguards members’ Communities here on our social page (see the other posts in this Collection!).

We are looking for people to join our growing network of Community managers in Vanguards. To qualify, you must:
- Run an active Community on G+
- Have at least some experience as a community owner/mod, though you don’t need to be an expert
- Be interested in exchanging tips and tricks and fostering a supportive dynamic
- Maintain an active presence on Google+ and in your Community

What are the perks?
- Gaining a supportive network of other community managers
- Profile verification
- Getting promoted on our social marketing channels
- Access to helpful discussions and resources shared by our team and other members
- A direct line of communication to the Google+ team
- The chance to join Google+ Create, our network of top content creators
- The chance to join Early Access, our beta program where members can test upcoming features and share their feedback

If you qualify, apply here: https://goo.gl/qvGHPL

If you haven’t started a Community yet and want to learn more, check out our Best Practices guide: https://goo.gl/4YW3wy___

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2017-04-11 16:29:12 (303 comments; 76 reshares; 1,143 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member, +Nergling

Hello! Tell us a little bit about yourself?

”My name is Alex and I live in the UK, I have been collecting miniatures for 25 years this year! My models range from high fantasy to dark science fiction and horror. I don't really collect any one thing, I just buy and paint what I like the look of and what suits my tastes, usually that turns out to be barbarians, monsters and zombies! I have a side passion that meshes quite well with painting models, that being photography.”

What is your favorite creation, and why?

”Currently my favorite creation is probably my miniature of Eddie (you may recognize him from somewhere) the Time Traveller. He is a one piece metal model pinned and glued to a hexagonal base, I painted him in a dark style and then designed his base to look like part of a scrapyard byadorn... more »

Meet Create Member, +Nergling

Hello! Tell us a little bit about yourself?

”My name is Alex and I live in the UK, I have been collecting miniatures for 25 years this year! My models range from high fantasy to dark science fiction and horror. I don't really collect any one thing, I just buy and paint what I like the look of and what suits my tastes, usually that turns out to be barbarians, monsters and zombies! I have a side passion that meshes quite well with painting models, that being photography.”

What is your favorite creation, and why?

”Currently my favorite creation is probably my miniature of Eddie (you may recognize him from somewhere) the Time Traveller. He is a one piece metal model pinned and glued to a hexagonal base, I painted him in a dark style and then designed his base to look like part of a scrapyard by adorning it with cogs and old watch pieces. He stands 30mm tall from head to toe and is just a classic looking little fella."

Heavy Metal Time Traveller by Nergling
http://nergling.deviantart.com/art/Heavy-Metal-Time-Traveller-617624760

What’s the most interesting piece you have?

”My large half beast/half factory model is probably the most intricate and bizarre. It came about after receiving some pipework and vats at the same time as the large monster, so they ended up getting stored together whilst I worked on other projects. I think I must have just gotten used to seeing a pile of pipes on the monsters back so I started playing around with used paint pots for chimneys and mocking up pipework on him. One thing led to another and now I have this monstrosity guarding my desk!”

Nurgle Walking Factory by Nergling
http://nergling.deviantart.com/art/Nurgle-Walking-Factory-582784258

Nergling’s Collections:

D&D Miniatures: https://plus.google.com/collection/w8q6bB
Photography: https://plus.google.com/collection/slQ-ME___

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2017-04-10 18:05:50 (138 comments; 64 reshares; 885 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practices: Writing Community Guidelines

(This post was written for the Best Practices series by Community Vanguards member, +Paul Pavlinovich.)

Communities are societies, they tend to attract people from all walks of life with a common interest that the community targets. When you first start out possibly with yourself and some of your friends chatting and sharing your topic everything is rosy.

Over time, strange things start to rear their heads: different interests; cliques; politics; and new directions. These things are all ok in their place, but do they belong in your community?

Generally speaking a community has a topic, cause, or common interest in mind when they’re started by the owner. This can drift over time driven by the community members and sometimes even the moderators in ways that the owner didn’tant... more »

Community Management Best Practices: Writing Community Guidelines

(This post was written for the Best Practices series by Community Vanguards member, +Paul Pavlinovich.)

Communities are societies, they tend to attract people from all walks of life with a common interest that the community targets. When you first start out possibly with yourself and some of your friends chatting and sharing your topic everything is rosy.

Over time, strange things start to rear their heads: different interests; cliques; politics; and new directions. These things are all ok in their place, but do they belong in your community?

Generally speaking a community has a topic, cause, or common interest in mind when they’re started by the owner. This can drift over time driven by the community members and sometimes even the moderators in ways that the owner didn’t anticipate. This can lead to exciting new adventures, but it can also leave the owner feeling a little left out or it can lead to rifts in the community that ultimately may lead to an unexpected outcome, in the worst case the community becoming lost.

Guidelines help provide direction. The community owner, the moderators and the members need a combined vision of what the community is about and how everyone is expected to behave.

Start with a Vision, an example from one of my communities called COALS is “COALS discusses all aspects of Live Steaming in Australia.” - this immediately sets the scope for everything that goes on. It’s has some key elements - “live steaming”, “Australia”, “discuss” which helps people understand what the community is all about and what it’s for.

Always positive before negative in your guidelines, try to reinforce what you want people to do in your community worded in a positive way. For me, nothing turns me off more than a list of “No” and “Don’t” when I first enter a community. You’ve only got about 10 seconds to intrigue a prospective member. I love to see things like Discuss any aspect of live steaming limited to Australia, and please respect each other and each other’s views. We celebrate difference and robust but polite discussion.

Once you’ve established the positive it’s ok to talk about the things you don’t want people to do which could be things like Please limit your posting to one or two at most each day. Please ensure any material you contribute is your own or that you have permission to share and always attribute the source when it’s not yours. This statement is still a “do” style of wording but it’s clearly giving the reader an understanding of the “don’ts”.

Stay brief and on the member’s level try to keep your guidelines simple and brief, they’ll be much easier to digest and enforce. Write in a way that you would want to receive the information if you were a member. It’s very easy to talk down to people. Have your moderators or someone else read your guidelines before you put them in place.

Establish the moderation process sometimes it is necessary to sanction someone, it’s good to define how that will happen e.g. Members who are unable to abide by the guidelines may be removed from the community after a warning. you may also wish to establish how much power the moderators have e.g. “Moderators may delete posts or comments that do not fit in with the community guidelines. Only the owner may ban an established person from the community. Any moderator can ban an obvious spammer via the spam queue.

(Photo Credit: +Paul Pavlinovich, who runs the Photograph Melbourne Community, among others: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116476435425093945441)___

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2017-04-07 19:35:42 (307 comments; 200 reshares; 2,708 +1s; )Open 

Collection Of The Week: +Clint Burkinshaw’s Travel Photography

Take a trip around the world through the lens of Clint’s camera. Zanzibar, Albania, and even Kings Landing from Game Of Thrones (filmed in Croatia) are featured in his work.

Check it out! https://plus.google.com/collection/YNef_

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024

Collection Of The Week: +Clint Burkinshaw’s Travel Photography

Take a trip around the world through the lens of Clint’s camera. Zanzibar, Albania, and even Kings Landing from Game Of Thrones (filmed in Croatia) are featured in his work.

Check it out! https://plus.google.com/collection/YNef_

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Interested in building your own high quality Collection? Head over to the Collections Community which serves as your one-stop shop for learning and sharing Collections on Google+. Submit your Collections are for feedback from moderators and the G+ team.

https://plus.google.com/communities/104797282868426074024___

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2017-04-06 19:25:28 (156 comments; 13 reshares; 543 +1s; )Open 

Bad Lip Reading: Star Wars Style

This may be the mid-day pick me up that you didn't know you needed until now. Thanks for sharing, +Raymond Mendiola IV!

The Force Awakens: A Bad Lip Reading

Featuring Mark Hamill as Han Solo

#StarWars #TheForceAwakens #BadLipReading___Bad Lip Reading: Star Wars Style

This may be the mid-day pick me up that you didn't know you needed until now. Thanks for sharing, +Raymond Mendiola IV!

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2017-04-06 18:13:59 (375 comments; 152 reshares; 1,908 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member, +Artigiano della Luce Photography

Hello Artigiano, introduce yourself to Google+!

"I’m an amateur photographer from Brescia, Italy. I have a math degree and I work as a Computer science teacher. I started to create portraits in 2011, and from the first portrait I captured I realized that this was the best way of expressing myself."

You started taking portraits in 2011, what fueled your decision to pick up a camera?

"I started photographing food for a blog, and eventually that spread into other areas like portrait photography. After taking my first portrait I instantly knew that I wanted to be a conceptual portrait photographer. Right now I’m studying the craft in order to become a better one."

Artigiano's Portrait Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/47x-qB<... more »

Meet Create Member, +Artigiano della Luce Photography

Hello Artigiano, introduce yourself to Google+!

"I’m an amateur photographer from Brescia, Italy. I have a math degree and I work as a Computer science teacher. I started to create portraits in 2011, and from the first portrait I captured I realized that this was the best way of expressing myself."

You started taking portraits in 2011, what fueled your decision to pick up a camera?

"I started photographing food for a blog, and eventually that spread into other areas like portrait photography. After taking my first portrait I instantly knew that I wanted to be a conceptual portrait photographer. Right now I’m studying the craft in order to become a better one."

Artigiano's Portrait Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/47x-qB

(Note: Some content on this users profile depicts artistic nudity allowable by Google+'s community standards. Discretion advised.)
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Interested in the Google+ Create Program? Get more info at g.co/PlusCreate."___

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2017-04-05 17:04:06 (371 comments; 265 reshares; 2,522 +1s; )Open 

Nothing Says 'Spring' Like A Superbloom

If you like the image in this post, you may want to check out this drone footage of a wildflower superbloom in California. The video by +COREY EIB is a sight to behold.

Watch: https://goo.gl/qdbhDb

Anza Borrego Desert wildflower Superbloom. ___Nothing Says 'Spring' Like A Superbloom

If you like the image in this post, you may want to check out this drone footage of a wildflower superbloom in California. The video by +COREY EIB is a sight to behold.

Watch: https://goo.gl/qdbhDb

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2017-04-04 17:42:40 (282 comments; 284 reshares; 2,687 +1s; )Open 

The Animal Kingdom, Surrealist Style

A very interesting piece of artwork from +Sylvain BINET. Great job!

My Artwork :)___The Animal Kingdom, Surrealist Style

A very interesting piece of artwork from +Sylvain BINET. Great job!

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2017-04-04 15:05:47 (140 comments; 36 reshares; 901 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member, +Ron Clifford

Hello Ron, tell Google+ a little bit about yourself?

”Hey all. I'm a visual artist who uses my camera to connect my to the world around me and the people in it. I bring artistic sensibility to my images and love to enhance images to feel like it did when I was shooting them. Sometimes this means they travel far from their original form and other times they are close to exactly as photographed. I always say if I wrote a book it would be titled "It's Not About The Camera, It’s About Connection" My camera connects me to my humanity and to a global community through platforms like Google+”

What’s your favorite creation?

”My favorite creation is an image called "Swans in the Mist" and it represented a turning point for my work. It was a personal challenge to takea flat un... more »

Meet Create Member, +Ron Clifford

Hello Ron, tell Google+ a little bit about yourself?

”Hey all. I'm a visual artist who uses my camera to connect my to the world around me and the people in it. I bring artistic sensibility to my images and love to enhance images to feel like it did when I was shooting them. Sometimes this means they travel far from their original form and other times they are close to exactly as photographed. I always say if I wrote a book it would be titled "It's Not About The Camera, It’s About Connection" My camera connects me to my humanity and to a global community through platforms like Google+”

What’s your favorite creation?

”My favorite creation is an image called "Swans in the Mist" and it represented a turning point for my work. It was a personal challenge to take a flat uninteresting image I had taken and create what I saw in my mind when I took it. I applied my artistic sensibility as a former painter and created a work I feel really conveys a feeling of being there.”

Ron’s Collections:

Collection 1 - My Antarctic Adventures
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/Qb5aJB

Collection 2 - Landscape Photography
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/ImS2u

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"Interested in the Google+ Create Program? Get more info at g.co/PlusCreate."___

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2017-04-03 15:19:08 (112 comments; 56 reshares; 1,146 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practices: Moderators - how to pick them, how to keep the best!

(This post is a contribution from the Best Practices series by Community Vanguards member +Margaret Tompkins.)

You decided to create a community around that special interest that you have and you have every right to be pleased with your accomplishment!! It’s thriving, members are joining, and the engagement and discussion are incredible!! G+ is a 24x7 platform. Have you discovered yet that you aren’t a 24x7 platform? That new community is a labor of love and you’re giving it lots of time but there are other priorities in your life too. You have a job that pays the bills, family, pets, church, other hobbies and interests, and I hope you sleep a few hours each day!! Who’s minding the store when you’re not around? You need some help!!!

Who Do I Get To Help?Other tha... more »

Community Management Best Practices: Moderators - how to pick them, how to keep the best!

(This post is a contribution from the Best Practices series by Community Vanguards member +Margaret Tompkins.)

You decided to create a community around that special interest that you have and you have every right to be pleased with your accomplishment!! It’s thriving, members are joining, and the engagement and discussion are incredible!! G+ is a 24x7 platform. Have you discovered yet that you aren’t a 24x7 platform? That new community is a labor of love and you’re giving it lots of time but there are other priorities in your life too. You have a job that pays the bills, family, pets, church, other hobbies and interests, and I hope you sleep a few hours each day!! Who’s minding the store when you’re not around? You need some help!!!

Who Do I Get To Help? Other than creating your community in the first place, this is THE most critical question that you will ever answer. Who will be your moderator(s)? There is one quality to consider above everything else. PICK SOMEONE YOU TRUST. With the current structure of communities in G+, moderators have all the privileges that an owner has except one. Only an owner can “delete the community”. This means that anyone you make a moderator has great power and authority. If you select the wrong person, your wonderful community can and will be turned to chaos. You could even lose control of your community. There are plenty of documented horror stories and you don’t want your awesome community to become one of them!!

I own the Landscape Photography Community (LPC), a large public community with one million members. We have 3 owners and 18-20 current moderators and about 6 who are super active! This team is without a doubt one of the best on G+!! We haven't always picked the right people and we have paid the price for it. I'll offer up a few suggestions in no particular order but I think these are important ideas to remember.

Pick a person knowledgeable about the content but no need to have an expert. Some of our best moderators have been those who were keenly interested in photography but they were amateurs and hobbyists. Professionals and experts may be more interested in showcasing and promoting their own work instead of moderating the community.

Give them written guidelines. Write down your rules for moderators. How do you expect them to respond to common rule infractions? Consistency between moderators is important.

Give them a place to ask questions and vent. We have a separate private community just for the moderators. It's an open forum and the moderators can say and post anything that they want. I would rather have them vent in the private community than to do it publicly in the LPC. It's also a great place where they can forward a post and ask fellow moderators how to deal with it. It's a great learning environment too. We also use Google docs as a group resource for moderators.

Verify their profile. If you don't know the proposed moderator, check them out. You're looking for how they respond to others on their own posts and how they comment on posts by others. Go back several months.

Can they take direction? We've picked a moderator or two that simply would NOT follow directions. We paid the price for those poor selections. As an owner of a community, YOU are responsible. YOUR name is on the line. You must have moderators who are willing to take direction and guidance. You absolutely want their feedback and ideas so you want them to express their thoughts. However, once a decision has been made, everyone needs to get with the program.

Say Thank You. Sounds simple I know, but we don't say it enough. They are volunteers not employees!! Treat them with respect!!

Mine your own community for moderators. Who are your active posters? Do you like their posts? If so, they might make a good moderator. Be sure to check out their profiles to see how they respond on their own posts.

Post an ad in your own community. We've done this several times with mixed results. We've gained some excellent moderators from doing this but you get a lot of "pick me" blueheads too. I always ask these questions:

1) How much time per day on average do you have to donate to the LPC? We expect 1/2 hour per day on average. Some of course do much more!!
2) What experience do you have as a curator or moderator on a social media platform? Experience is helpful but not required.
3) What is your location? You want timezones around the world.
4) Why do you want to be a moderator for the LPC?

Answering the questions is their first test. I follow up privately with them later.

Does the proposed moderator have the time? Even the best moderator won't do you any good if he doesn't have time to moderate. I have found that retired people often make outstanding moderators. Generally they have more time and also more experience and patience in working with people!

Your Moderating Team becomes more like family, your G+ family, as you work together as a team to grow and build your community. They will help you succeed if you pick them carefully and correctly. Be willing to admit mistakes when a moderator doesn’t work out. Real life may get in the way of even the best moderator. Be prepared to give them a leave of absence or let them go. Some moderators may be more active than others. You might designate them as Senior Moderators and less active moderators as Associate Moderators. Of course, they all have the same set of privileges but it may be meaningful to those who work the hardest.

Organize Your Community by organizing your moderators.

Photo by +Margaret Tompkins, who also runs the Landscape Photography Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116871042716967304935___

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2017-03-31 19:40:26 (206 comments; 113 reshares; 1,504 +1s; )Open 

This Month On G+: March Edition

Didn't have time to catch all of the action on G+ over the last month? We've got you covered here!

The second edition of #Collections101 featured a panel of experts from the G+ community during a live stream on March 28th. You can find a recorded version of the live stream as well as an easy to follow .pdf here (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/cfaRkesxfy7)

For International Women's Day, the G+ community celebrated strong, creative, and awesome women by using the #SheInpsiresMe hashtag.

Additionally, throughout the month the #WomensHistoryMonth hashtag was buzzing with awesome insights and tributes all month long.

The G+ Create program celebrated its first anniversary! Members used the #CreatorsFirst hashtag to share... more »

This Month On G+: March Edition

Didn't have time to catch all of the action on G+ over the last month? We've got you covered here!

The second edition of #Collections101 featured a panel of experts from the G+ community during a live stream on March 28th. You can find a recorded version of the live stream as well as an easy to follow .pdf here (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/cfaRkesxfy7)

For International Women's Day, the G+ community celebrated strong, creative, and awesome women by using the #SheInpsiresMe hashtag.

Additionally, throughout the month the #WomensHistoryMonth hashtag was buzzing with awesome insights and tributes all month long.

The G+ Create program celebrated its first anniversary! Members used the #CreatorsFirst hashtag to share their memories and milestones from the last 12 months

G+ Top Contributor +Peggy K's Tips Collection is a great resource to enhance your experience on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/jRGbzKVeWKF)

Interested in growing a Community on G+? This piece shares insight on the finer points of community management (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/64jL2G2zBhj)

(Photo courtesy of +Trey Ratcliff, who recently joined G+ Create!)___

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2017-03-30 16:05:02 (239 comments; 111 reshares; 1,793 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create member, world traveler, and photographer: +Trey Ratcliff

Hello Trey! Introduce yourself to Google+

”Hi! I'm Trey Ratcliff and I'm crazy about creating photos and helping others find their own creativity inside. I live in New Zealand with my wife and three kids. I've named my two girls Search & Destroy.”

How did you start your passion for photography?

”By accident! I didn't even get a camera until I was a "grown-up" and then I slowly found that I just loved creating and sharing!”

What’s the most interesting story behind one of your pieces?

”I made this video for my wife when we found out she had a rare form of cancer. I made it to explore ideas of life and death and as a gift to everyone. It's made from all the quadcopter footage I've capturedwhile trave... more »

Meet Create member, world traveler, and photographer: +Trey Ratcliff

Hello Trey! Introduce yourself to Google+

”Hi! I'm Trey Ratcliff and I'm crazy about creating photos and helping others find their own creativity inside. I live in New Zealand with my wife and three kids. I've named my two girls Search & Destroy.”

How did you start your passion for photography?

”By accident! I didn't even get a camera until I was a "grown-up" and then I slowly found that I just loved creating and sharing!”

What’s the most interesting story behind one of your pieces?

”I made this video for my wife when we found out she had a rare form of cancer. I made it to explore ideas of life and death and as a gift to everyone. It's made from all the quadcopter footage I've captured while traveling the world the last 10 years.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pokPdMxfWg

Trey’s Burning Man Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/ECI6FE

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Interested in the Google+ Create Program? Get more info at g.co/PlusCreate.___

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2017-03-29 21:38:40 (101 comments; 74 reshares; 664 +1s; )Open 

Experience 'All The Things'

'All The Things' is a short animation that weaves random individual narratives into a cohesive experience. Check it out!

All the things___Experience 'All The Things'

'All The Things' is a short animation that weaves random individual narratives into a cohesive experience. Check it out!

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2017-03-29 18:24:07 (171 comments; 61 reshares; 724 +1s; )Open 

Exploring today's faces of female empowerment with +Miss Dimplez

The #WomensHistoryMonth Collection by Dimplez is a wide ranging celebration of women in entertainment, politics, and academics who are "bold enough to change the world and how we do business".

From Rep. Maxine Waters to Simone Biles and Solange, this Collection acknowledges contributions of women across the spectrum.

Check out the rest of the Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/0ngnmB

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah is making history by being placed at Johns Hopkins Hospital's neurology department.

"I want to be remembered for serving my community, whether it is through providing quality surgical care or helping mentor the next generation of surgeons. Unique Thing: Everything is special about the match. It will be a dream come true." #SheInspiresMe #WomensHistoryMonth

http://www.essence.com/essence-africa/nancy-abu-bonsrah-johns-hopkins?xid=essence_socialflow_twitter ___Exploring today's faces of female empowerment with +Miss Dimplez

The #WomensHistoryMonth Collection by Dimplez is a wide ranging celebration of women in entertainment, politics, and academics who are "bold enough to change the world and how we do business".

From Rep. Maxine Waters to Simone Biles and Solange, this Collection acknowledges contributions of women across the spectrum.

Check out the rest of the Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/0ngnmB

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2017-03-29 15:48:29 (23 comments; 44 reshares; 368 +1s; )Open 

Catch up on yesterday's #Collections101 event here!

If you weren't able to attend the live stream of our second #Collections101 event, we've got you covered!

Designed to help you build better Collections and utilize one of Google+'s core features, we covered everything from post templates to pinned posts, and polls in this panel.

A huge thanks to panelists +Peter Quinton and +Randy Resnick for a job well done!

Watch the recorded video here: https://goo.gl/OCsGYZ
View the presentation here: https://goo.gl/2CEVSh 

Catch up on yesterday's #Collections101 event here!

If you weren't able to attend the live stream of our second #Collections101 event, we've got you covered!

Designed to help you build better Collections and utilize one of Google+'s core features, we covered everything from post templates to pinned posts, and polls in this panel.

A huge thanks to panelists +Peter Quinton and +Randy Resnick for a job well done!

Watch the recorded video here: https://goo.gl/OCsGYZ
View the presentation here: https://goo.gl/2CEVSh ___

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2017-03-28 22:05:59 (138 comments; 58 reshares; 884 +1s; )Open 


Meet Create’s force of nature +Johnny Stork

Hello, Johnny! Introduce yourself to the good people of G+

"I am an earthling and a Jolly Mystic Dude. As well as being a lonely old fat guy with diverse interests and a broad background and education in many fields acquired through decades of coddiwompling. I have been pursuing graduate studies in transpersonal psychology and intend on moving into a career of transformational and transpersonal coaching. I am deeply connected with the outdoors and as often as possible I like to spend my time 4x4ing, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing or just sauntering in solitary reflection on my belly button lint. I am also a "practicing" color-blind photographer with an eclectic and inclusive world-view informed by knowledge and wisdom across a wide range of spiritual, religious, mythological and psychologicalp... more »


Meet Create’s force of nature +Johnny Stork

Hello, Johnny! Introduce yourself to the good people of G+

"I am an earthling and a Jolly Mystic Dude. As well as being a lonely old fat guy with diverse interests and a broad background and education in many fields acquired through decades of coddiwompling. I have been pursuing graduate studies in transpersonal psychology and intend on moving into a career of transformational and transpersonal coaching. I am deeply connected with the outdoors and as often as possible I like to spend my time 4x4ing, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing or just sauntering in solitary reflection on my belly button lint. I am also a "practicing" color-blind photographer with an eclectic and inclusive world-view informed by knowledge and wisdom across a wide range of spiritual, religious, mythological and psychological perspectives."

What fuels your interest in social media?

"Beyond the obvious role that social-media plays in the spread of knowledge, ideas and democracy, I also believe these trends towards global collaboration and open knowledge-sharing are going to fundamentally change educational pedagogy and influence the evolution of participatory models of psychology and even an evolution of human consciousness."

Care to share the backstory on the photo in this post?

"During the 80’s and first half of the 90’s I was a serious rock climber and spent most of my time in Squamish BC climbing on the Stawamus Chief which is the second highest granite monolith in the world at 2000’ (second only to Half Dome in Yosemite Valley). Around 1987 I had a long lead-fall off the Chief at around 500 feet up. I fell around 60 feet before the rope, and my belayer, caught me. But during that fall I had a Near Death Experience, a transcendent and mystical experience which fundamentally changed who I was as a person and how I viewed the world and my life. From that day forward the Chief has been a Sacred Mountain for me and so this photo shows me on one of my overnight journeys where I slept at the top of one of its peaks."

A Few Of Johnny's Collections:

Philosophy: https://goo.gl/bW03zf
Meditation & Mindfulness: https://goo.gl/eEoCaG
Joyful Living: https://goo.gl/jtSJA7___

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2017-03-28 15:40:16 (62 comments; 37 reshares; 544 +1s; )Open 

The second edition of #Collections101 is here!

At 9:30am PST (UTC-7), our panelists will give you expert tips on how to create great Collections on G+ and increase engagement and exposure.

#COLLECTIONS101 is TOMORROW
Tune in 3/28 at 9.30am PDT (UTC-7)

We’re excited to see you at #Collections101 tomorrow! Join us as our expert Panelists +Randy Resnick and +Peter Quinton give us the 101 on how to create great Collections and more!

Catch the YouTube live-stream at 9.30AM UTC-7 here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9PIKbfXoLw___The second edition of #Collections101 is here!

At 9:30am PST (UTC-7), our panelists will give you expert tips on how to create great Collections on G+ and increase engagement and exposure.

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2017-03-27 20:29:03 (295 comments; 238 reshares; 2,650 +1s; )Open 

Norway Skies

Fantastic shot, +Maciej Markiewicz!

Norwegian jewels

Today an image made during my first trip to Norway. This one was made close to the Jostedalsbreen National Park with a #Sony A900 I was using at that time. Have a great week


Shared today for the +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell #mountainmonday
+NatureMonday curated by +Rolf Hicker +Jen Baptist #NatureMonday, +BTP Landscape Pro curated by +Nancy Dempsey +Nancy Dempsey #BTPLandscapePro
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla
+European Photo curated by +Janusz Brakoniecki +Jean-Louis LAURENCE +*** +Michael Muraz +Susanne Ramharter #EuropeanPhotography
+HQSP Landscape curated by +Anja Wessels +David D +Leo Schubert Foto +Mike Hankey +Peter Marbaise +Hans-Juergen Werner +Shannan Crow #hqsplandscape___Norway Skies

Fantastic shot, +Maciej Markiewicz!

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2017-03-27 19:32:44 (164 comments; 55 reshares; 491 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practices: Full vs Limited Member setting

Recently, Google made an important update to the way Google+ Communities can be moderated. This update has a direct effect on controlling the quality of content seen in the Community, and making sure only trusted users can share that content.

What is the update?

Community Moderators can now enable the new "Hold Posts for Review" option. If enabled, Moderators can then select who becomes a Limited Member - either Everyone (all current members), or just new members joining the Community.

What's a Limited Member?

Limited Members have full access to comment, +1 and reshare Community content. They can also share content to the community, but it will be placed into a special new queue until a moderator reviews them and decides whether they are appropriate... more »

Community Management Best Practices: Full vs Limited Member setting

Recently, Google made an important update to the way Google+ Communities can be moderated. This update has a direct effect on controlling the quality of content seen in the Community, and making sure only trusted users can share that content.

What is the update?

Community Moderators can now enable the new "Hold Posts for Review" option. If enabled, Moderators can then select who becomes a Limited Member - either Everyone (all current members), or just new members joining the Community.

What's a Limited Member?

Limited Members have full access to comment, +1 and reshare Community content. They can also share content to the community, but it will be placed into a special new queue until a moderator reviews them and decides whether they are appropriate for the general Community members to see. How long it takes for a Moderator to approve/reject the post depends on the Community's Moderators themselves, as they will need to manually review posts in the queue. Posts for regular members (ones who are not Limited Members) do not get held for review.

How does a Limited Member become a Full Member?

If the Community Owners and Moderators decide that a Limited Member has demonstrated that their posts are of high enough quality, the Owner or Moderator can promote the person from being a Limited Member to a Full Member. The reverse is also true, in that Owners/Moderators have the ability to demote Full Members to being Limited Members, as well.

Why the change?

Google have listened to the user feedback, requesting the ability for Community Owners and Moderators to control whether low quality content is seen in the Community.

How is this new Hold for Review queue enabled?

Community Owners and Moderators can enable the Hold for Review queue from within the ‘Edit Community’ dialog of their Community.

This post was written by Community Vanguards member +Paul Snedden___

2017-03-27 16:36:58 (58 comments; 22 reshares; 300 +1s; )Open 

Engage your audience by getting to know them

Check out +Rajesh Narayanan's Collections tips & tricks post where he talks about timing, presentation, polls, and more ways to engage your audience on Google+.

#Collections101 is only one day away, tune into the livestream on March 28th for more helpful Collections tips! (https://plus.google.com/+FaithTanSM/posts/YHY9aLDRPHX)

Collections tips and tricks
Hello !
Recently one of my page's collection with great support from G+ has now 1 million followers. I would like to share few tips and tricks, having been here for a quite a while :)
(I am not a good writer, so I will just highlight the points. Please bear with me.)

1.First and foremost is know your audience.
Unless you know your audience and their tastes, it is difficult to get real engagement.
2.Timing of the post is as important as the audience. Choose the best day and time, which you can identify after few postings.
3. Present it in the best possible way - headlines, short summary and about 3 or hashtags, with a good picture. It all depends on the niche you are posting about.
I have seen few food collections with blog/web links alone, which don't get good engagement. People don't like link dropping.
4. Another way to attract audience and get good engagement is to create polls on topics, which the audience might be interested or related to you collection.
5.Share your posts with one or two active communities, related to your collection.

Above all we need some good support from G+ :)
I am sure collections with great content are given good exposure from Create team.
It is easy. But, yes, it takes time !
#collections101



___Engage your audience by getting to know them

Check out +Rajesh Narayanan's Collections tips & tricks post where he talks about timing, presentation, polls, and more ways to engage your audience on Google+.

#Collections101 is only one day away, tune into the livestream on March 28th for more helpful Collections tips! (https://plus.google.com/+FaithTanSM/posts/YHY9aLDRPHX)

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2017-03-25 23:23:47 (140 comments; 50 reshares; 501 +1s; )Open 

Adding captions to your images will bring your post to life

Want to create quality Collections? +Azlin Bloor recommends adding a few words to your posts to reach out to your audience and engage your followers!

Interested in more tips? Join us for the #Collections101 livestream on March 28th! More info here: https://plus.google.com/+FaithTanSM/posts/YHY9aLDRPHX

Creating Quality Collections
>Add Words to your Images!<

Collections shouldn't just be about the images and the hashtags.
If a picture speaks a thousand words, imagine how much more it'll be saying when you add just a few words to it!
>> You want to reach out to your audience and get more engagement and followers, don't you?

Don't know where to start?
Not good with words?
No Sweat!

Go Back to Basics
* WHO is in the picture?
* WHAT is happening?
* WHERE was the picture taken?
* WHEN was the picture taken?
* WHY

See how easy it can be to create quality Collections?

#Collections101 ___Adding captions to your images will bring your post to life

Want to create quality Collections? +Azlin Bloor recommends adding a few words to your posts to reach out to your audience and engage your followers!

Interested in more tips? Join us for the #Collections101 livestream on March 28th! More info here: https://plus.google.com/+FaithTanSM/posts/YHY9aLDRPHX

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2017-03-25 17:00:41 (103 comments; 40 reshares; 448 +1s; )Open 

Create Compelling Collections

+Shane Dallas shares some great tips on how to find your voice and create Collections that stand out.

For more tips and insights, tune into #Collections101 on March 28th! https://plus.google.com/+FaithTanSM/posts/YHY9aLDRPHX

I love the creative process of deciding on and building Collections. After putting together a number of them over the past 2 years, there are some important lessons I've learnt.

Be Different
Number one is to try something different. Don't do what everyone else is doing, build a Collection that only you can build. For my travel photos, I post different locations to the usual tourist route and it is what I'm known for. Remember to not find your niche with your Collections, find your voice instead!

Choose A Narrow Theme
I've seen wonderful Collections of subway stations, doors and windows - it works beautifully. I tend to have mine a bit broader. For example, notice with the Egypt title, it says Lower Egypt - why? Because I know that any journey to Upper Egypt (Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel) is going to give me many dozens of photos to post, and I don't want my Collections to get too large - which would certainly occur is I put all my Egypt photos into one Collection.

Cover Photo and Colours
Look at the photo with this post - notice how I try to match the dominant colour in the cover photo with the colour of the Collections. This occurs in 4 of the 6 Collections - especially with Somaliland and Iconic Monuments. Iran is different, as there are so many colours coming through the window there is no dominant one, so purple seemed to match with the Collection name of "Majesty". Also Lower Egypt - the colour reminded me of what it was like to be in the tombs, that neutral colour - but not dark and depressing - it felt more vibrant to me, so I chose a lighter tone.

Order your Images Carefully
I always try to avoid posting similar images together. For example, in the Sana'a Collection, I try to mix images of people, buildings and cityscapes - you won't find too many of each clumped together. Likewise, for Indonesia, the images come from 5 different area I've visited in the country, but it is rare to see more than 2 photos from the same area posted in a row.

#Collections101
___Create Compelling Collections

+Shane Dallas shares some great tips on how to find your voice and create Collections that stand out.

For more tips and insights, tune into #Collections101 on March 28th! https://plus.google.com/+FaithTanSM/posts/YHY9aLDRPHX

2017-03-24 17:43:24 (98 comments; 34 reshares; 369 +1s; )Open 

'Foods & Cooking Gadgets' is your new guilty pleasure Collection

This quirky Collection is filled with two things:

1. Cool kitchen gadgets that you never knew existed.

2. Snacks and treats that are extremely unhealthy but look oh-so good 😩

(If you know of any Quirky Collections that we should feature, please drop the link in the comment section so everyone can check it out!)

'Foods & Cooking Gadgets' is your new guilty pleasure Collection

This quirky Collection is filled with two things:

1. Cool kitchen gadgets that you never knew existed.

2. Snacks and treats that are extremely unhealthy but look oh-so good 😩

(If you know of any Quirky Collections that we should feature, please drop the link in the comment section so everyone can check it out!)___

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2017-03-24 16:46:45 (59 comments; 28 reshares; 416 +1s; )Open 

Move and remove posts from Collections

A helpful reminder from +Nina Trankova that you can move or remove from a Collection. It's never too late to start a Collection and retroactively move posts there to populate it.

Our #Collections101 live stream will be happening on March 28th, we're looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Remove and Move Posts in Collections
Are you making changes in your Collections? With "move and remove" option this is made easy.
#GooglePlusCollections #removeandmove___Move and remove posts from Collections

A helpful reminder from +Nina Trankova that you can move or remove from a Collection. It's never too late to start a Collection and retroactively move posts there to populate it.

Our #Collections101 live stream will be happening on March 28th, we're looking forward to seeing everyone there!

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2017-03-23 14:40:44 (66 comments; 39 reshares; 481 +1s; )Open 

#Collections101 is next week!

Collections are a central piece of what makes Google+ special. If you want to learn more about them and receive tips & tricks on how to make your Collections awesome, then be sure to attend the #Collections101 event on March 28th!

Visit the Collections Community to learn more: https://plus.google.com/u/1/communities/104797282868426074024

FIVE days to #Collections101!
Save the date: 3/28, 9.30am PDT (UTC-7)

What is Collections 101?
Want to learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+? Collections 101 will not only bring you tips on how to create Collections that stand out, but you’ll also hear insider strategies for creating great content from our expert panelists, +Peter Quinton & +Randy Resnick!

When is it? How do I join?
The event is March 28th, at 9.30am Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7). Anybody can join, just use this link to access the YouTube livestream on the day! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9PIKbfXoLw

Got questions for our Panelists? Leave a comment below.
See you there! ___#Collections101 is next week!

Collections are a central piece of what makes Google+ special. If you want to learn more about them and receive tips & tricks on how to make your Collections awesome, then be sure to attend the #Collections101 event on March 28th!

Visit the Collections Community to learn more: https://plus.google.com/u/1/communities/104797282868426074024

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2017-03-22 18:39:31 (92 comments; 48 reshares; 643 +1s; )Open 

Know great work when you see it? Let us know! We're excited to get your help finding the best Collections and Communities to feature on Google+.

Getting your help to find the best Collections and Communities

We know you know Google+ best. That's why we're excited to get your help identifying the best Collections and Communities to feature. Featured Collections and Communities are more likely to show up in recommendations and represent the most interesting aspects of our network. From Lego photography to aviation, Google+ is a destination for people interested in just about about anything.

We're starting with a small group of folks to see how things go. If you'd like to help out, please let us know here: https://goo.gl/forms/C5EwVYNSkKDdJPtf2___Know great work when you see it? Let us know! We're excited to get your help finding the best Collections and Communities to feature on Google+.

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2017-03-20 16:57:46 (105 comments; 52 reshares; 644 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practices: Collaboration Driving Community Engagement

This post was written by Community Vanguards member +nomad dimitri​, who runs the Foodies+ Community along with +Azlin Bloor​

Cooking together through posts: Labs at Foodies+

It is almost 4 years since we launched the "Let's cook together" experiment at our Foodies+ Community. It has been a success and, 4 years later, it is still running. I am especially proud of it because, to work, it implies a lot of commitment and trust among participants, so the bar is very high.

(You can read the details below but, essentially, participants schedule to cook a particular dish "together", coordinating their cooking & posting and, essentially, "interlinking" their posts on launch day, so each post points to all the others. This way, on asin... more »

"Let's cook together": a new series at foodies+

Here's the idea:
- a foodie+ member comes up with a fun recipe or menu to try together with other members & makes an invitation post 
- members that are interested in participating do so by commenting on the invitation post & arrange responsibilities ie I will cook this, you cook that (example: see comments on post above)
- each participating member cooks their own part of the recipe or menu as agreed
- each participating member prepares a post on their own part of the recipe or menu
- on "publication day", all participating members post together, linking each other's posts together & tagging them with #foodiescooktogether
- the end result are interlinked posts by multiple members covering a particular recipe or menu

Example: 
1. My invitation post (here: http://goo.gl/nsBPo) was to help me cook Chef Scott Carsberg's famous double dessert: Orange confit + Chocolate Caramel Mousse
2. I made the Orange confit (which is hard enough) & I was looking for members to attempt the even more difficult Chocolate Caramel Mousse
3. To my delight, not one but three members, +Lisa Watson , +Sally Weatherley  & +Anne Ricci , rose up to the challenge
4. We all posted together & interlinked our posts - this means that from any of the posts you can find the others by clicking on the links at the end of the post (example final post here: http://goo.gl/Mbie2)

Ready to try it?
-
#foodiescooktogether
#nomadimitrig+communities___Community Management Best Practices: Collaboration Driving Community Engagement

This post was written by Community Vanguards member +nomad dimitri​, who runs the Foodies+ Community along with +Azlin Bloor​

Cooking together through posts: Labs at Foodies+

It is almost 4 years since we launched the "Let's cook together" experiment at our Foodies+ Community. It has been a success and, 4 years later, it is still running. I am especially proud of it because, to work, it implies a lot of commitment and trust among participants, so the bar is very high.

(You can read the details below but, essentially, participants schedule to cook a particular dish "together", coordinating their cooking & posting and, essentially, "interlinking" their posts on launch day, so each post points to all the others. This way, on a single day, the same recipe is published by several members while a reader, by clicking on one post, gets the links to all the other ones as well, thereby accessing different "takes" on the same dish.)

The concept has broadened through the years (the hashtag is now #labsatfoodiesplus) and "to lab" a recipe in our community also means to test another member's recipe & interlink the posts.

The additional value of undertaking complicated experiments in a community is that it helps you identify truly committed members among whom, eventually, you can recruit successful moderators.

(And here, just below, is the reshared post i refer to above).

Check it out: https://plus.google.com/communities/114884141077604568395

2017-03-17 18:39:55 (121 comments; 66 reshares; 425 +1s; )Open 

Vibrant & Colorful Reflections From Tokyo

+Tetsu Fukushima's Collection ToykoReflection is simple yet vibrant and beautiful. 

Vibrant & Colorful Reflections From Tokyo

+Tetsu Fukushima's Collection ToykoReflection is simple yet vibrant and beautiful. ___

2017-03-16 16:57:18 (88 comments; 41 reshares; 480 +1s; )Open 

#Collections101 Panelist: +Peter Quinton
Save the date: March 28th, 2017

We are excited to announce our second #Collections 101 panelist, +Peter Quinton!

Peter is a lawyer, a farmer, and a writer. He used to write serious stuff about constitutional law, copyright/digital law, and social change, but these days has more fun writing about dragons and time. He lives in the southeast mountains of Australia: hiking to waterfalls, chasing eagles, and sailing on mountain lakes. On G+, Peter has built various types of collections to help tell his stories and organize his photographic adventures. Peter hopes that some of this experience will be useful for others as part of the learning process around the development of collections and Collections 101.

What is #Collections101?

Want to learn how to create... more »

#Collections101 Panelist: +Peter Quinton
Save the date: March 28th, 2017

We are excited to announce our second #Collections 101 panelist, +Peter Quinton!

Peter is a lawyer, a farmer, and a writer. He used to write serious stuff about constitutional law, copyright/digital law, and social change, but these days has more fun writing about dragons and time. He lives in the southeast mountains of Australia: hiking to waterfalls, chasing eagles, and sailing on mountain lakes. On G+, Peter has built various types of collections to help tell his stories and organize his photographic adventures. Peter hopes that some of this experience will be useful for others as part of the learning process around the development of collections and Collections 101.

What is #Collections101?

Want to learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+? Collections 101 will not only bring you the basics on Collections, but also give you insider tips on how to create Collections that stand out. The event is March 28th 2017, at 9.30am Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7). Stay tuned for more information about the live-stream!

Leave a comment if you have any Collections questions for Peter, and be sure to check out his breathtaking Collections like this one about the Waterfalls and Cascades of Australia!___

2017-03-15 13:45:19 (64 comments; 47 reshares; 595 +1s; )Open 

Ketogenic for Life

Community Vanguards member +Kimberly Ann Graham runs the San Francisco & Bay Area Local Guides Community, and most recently has started a new Community centered around the Ketogenic lifestyle. Read on to find out why she started this group:

"Kimberly Ann Graham here! My most recent Community is a project reflecting my passion for health and fitness. It's centered on the Ketogenic lifestyle. Keto is dietary plan that many scientific studies support as a better diet to help people avoid things like diabetes, possibly cancer and Alzheimer's. It's also a sure-fire way to lose and control your weight.

I'm currently doing a 6 week Weight Loss Challenge at my gym (ends Monday) and I decided to go hardcore Keto. Turns out, that's difficult to get started on but once there, it's amazing! I've currently lost 17 pounds and... more »

Ketogenic for Life

Community Vanguards member +Kimberly Ann Graham runs the San Francisco & Bay Area Local Guides Community, and most recently has started a new Community centered around the Ketogenic lifestyle. Read on to find out why she started this group:

"Kimberly Ann Graham here! My most recent Community is a project reflecting my passion for health and fitness. It's centered on the Ketogenic lifestyle. Keto is dietary plan that many scientific studies support as a better diet to help people avoid things like diabetes, possibly cancer and Alzheimer's. It's also a sure-fire way to lose and control your weight.

I'm currently doing a 6 week Weight Loss Challenge at my gym (ends Monday) and I decided to go hardcore Keto. Turns out, that's difficult to get started on but once there, it's amazing! I've currently lost 17 pounds and plan to keep losing till I hit a better weight for me.

My Community is special because I don't believe there is another one dedicated to this subject on G+. I looked for one to join before I created this one. I'd like to reach anyone that's looking for a better way and have them join and contribute."

https://plus.google.com/communities/116772097331398747097___

2017-03-14 17:42:48 (114 comments; 45 reshares; 483 +1s; )Open 

#Collections101 Panelist: +Randy Resnick

Save the date: March 28th, 2017

We are excited to announce our first #Collections101 panelist, Randy Resnick!

Randy is a musician, a writer and longtime internet aficionado. His Paris communication business helped put several of the top Bordeaux and Burgundy wines on the Internet. In 2007, he founded the IP Communications and VoIP Community weekly conference, first in audio, and now on Youtube Live. He has created 18 collections and keeps wondering if that is enough. It is this enthusiasm that has inspired him to participate in Collections 101.

What is #Collections101?

Want to learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+? Collections 101 will not only bring you the basics on Collections, but also give you... more »

#Collections101 Panelist: +Randy Resnick

Save the date: March 28th, 2017

We are excited to announce our first #Collections101 panelist, Randy Resnick!

Randy is a musician, a writer and longtime internet aficionado. His Paris communication business helped put several of the top Bordeaux and Burgundy wines on the Internet. In 2007, he founded the IP Communications and VoIP Community weekly conference, first in audio, and now on Youtube Live. He has created 18 collections and keeps wondering if that is enough. It is this enthusiasm that has inspired him to participate in Collections 101.

What is #Collections101?

Want to learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+? Collections 101 will not only bring you the basics on Collections, but also give you insider tips on how to create Collections that stand out. The event is March 28th 2017, at 9.30am Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7). Stay tuned for our next panelist and more information about the live-stream!

Leave a comment if you have any Collections questions for Randy, and be sure to check out his inspiring Collections like this one about Saving Earth’s Oceans!
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2017-03-13 19:44:34 (158 comments; 98 reshares; 1,197 +1s; )Open 

+Ron Clifford's Antarctic Adventures

Take a quick moment out of your day to explore this cool Collection of photography from the 'forgotten' continent. (https://plus.google.com/collection/Qb5aJB)

Great work, Ron!

+Ron Clifford's Antarctic Adventures

Take a quick moment out of your day to explore this cool Collection of photography from the 'forgotten' continent. (https://plus.google.com/collection/Qb5aJB)

Great work, Ron!___

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2017-03-13 17:07:24 (76 comments; 60 reshares; 499 +1s; )Open 

Hold For Review

Find out how to take advantage of this useful Community setting with Community Vanguards member +Margaret Tompkins

What Is It? And How Do I Get It? Hold for Review is the strongest feature provided by Google to protect communities from pornography and spam. It is a community wide setting enabled by an owner or moderator. From the 3 dots menu on the upper left of your community home page, select “Edit Community”. The second setting is “Hold posts for review”. When invoking Hold for Review, you will be given two choices for “Whose posts do you want to review?” The options are EVERYONE and ONLY NEW MEMBERS.

How Does It Work?

With Hold for Review, posts are held in a special queue that is only seen by moderators and owners. Your members don’t see the post until you have had a chance to review it to see if it is suitable foryour communit... more »

Hold For Review

Find out how to take advantage of this useful Community setting with Community Vanguards member +Margaret Tompkins

What Is It? And How Do I Get It? Hold for Review is the strongest feature provided by Google to protect communities from pornography and spam. It is a community wide setting enabled by an owner or moderator. From the 3 dots menu on the upper left of your community home page, select “Edit Community”. The second setting is “Hold posts for review”. When invoking Hold for Review, you will be given two choices for “Whose posts do you want to review?” The options are EVERYONE and ONLY NEW MEMBERS.

How Does It Work?

With Hold for Review, posts are held in a special queue that is only seen by moderators and owners. Your members don’t see the post until you have had a chance to review it to see if it is suitable for your community. If you have selected EVERYONE as an option, then all of your current and new members will be considered “new”. That means that every post shared to your community will be held in that queue waiting for your review. If your community has lots of members, think carefully before you enable this feature for EVERYONE. If you have chosen ONLY NEW MEMBERS, then only those members who make their first post after you have invoked this feature, will have their posts held in the queue.

Moderating the Hold for Review Queue:

You have a number of options for each post in the Held for Review queue. Select the 3 dot menu to find the options “Auto-approve all posts” and “Ban”. The other options are available directly on the post itself. You may plus the post, comment on it, and share it also.

Auto-approve all posts

Selecting this option will approve the post you are reviewing and all future posts from this profile will automatically go directly to your community without any review. This is perfect for those posters you know will be valuable members of your community.

Ban

You may ban the poster and this works the same throughout the community. The poster will not be allowed to post further to your community. However, it doesn’t remove any posts that are already there.

X

You may reject the post being reviewed by selecting the “X” button. The next post from the same poster will also go in the Hold for Review queue. They will continue to arrive there until you Auto-approve the poster or ban the poster.

Check Mark

You may approve the post being reviewed by selecting the “Check Mark” button. The next post from the same poster will also go in the Hold for Review queue. They will continue to arrive there until you Auto-approve the poster or ban the poster.

All “new” members are considered limited members. When you Auto-approve a poster, that profile becomes a full member. If you select the EVERYONE option, then all of your members instantly become limited members.

My Tips for Using this Feature: When you see a post here, you know that you are looking at the first post from a new member. This is the perfect opportunity to welcome the poster to the community and perhaps share a link to an on-boarding message or rules post. It’s also a great opportunity to educate your new member about various procedures that you may have.

You may use the single time approval or rejection (Check Mark or “X”) to process posts where you are not sure of the poster. I do this on all the posts that are questionable. This allows you plenty of time and experience with a poster before they become a full member of your community.

Strict Filters

Google automatically provides your community with a set of spam filters. You may optionally use “Stronger content filters & controls.”. To get these strict filters, from the 3 dots menu on the upper left of your community home page, select “Edit Community”. You will see “Content controls” for the strict filters. Move the slider to the right.

With strict filters in place, the pornography and spam will be trapped in the spam filters and you can clean this out when you want. You will find more false positives with strict filters than without them. This is a small price to pay for keeping spam out of the public areas of your community.

Posts from approved full members may still end up in the Spam Filter. Being fully approved doesn’t stop that action.

Recommendations: I’m one of the owners of the Landscape Photography Community. Its one million members generate thousands of posts and being a large public community, it is often the target for spammers. Since we have invoked Hold for Review and Strict Filters, we have NOT had a single pornography post make it to the public areas of the LPC and very few spam posts have made it public.

I strongly recommend that you use Hold for Review and Strict Filters on your community. I also recommend that you invoke this for only new members rather than everyone.

This piece was written by Vanguards member Margaret Tompkins, who owns and moderates the Landscape Photography Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/116871042716967304935

Learn more about the Community Vanguards program and apply here: https://plus.google.com/+googleplus/posts/LAMQSnnjnbV___

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2017-03-12 18:57:15 (142 comments; 43 reshares; 756 +1s; )Open 

1 Year Of Google+ Create: +Michael Brown shares his favorite moments

My 1 Year Anniversary with Google+ Create

I can't believe it has been an entire year that I have been part of the +Google+​​​​​ Create team! One of the founding members in fact! It's still surreal to me to think the +Google+​​​​​ team recognized me as a creatively passionate, interesting individual. Since joining the team, I have been blessed to watch the program grown to accepting up to 300 or more members. All of the early members can be seen here: http://plus.google.com/create.

What makes this program so special to me is that it allowed me to connect with other creatively passionate and interesting individuals around topics of interests that we all share. Not only that, we are celebrated for it with a lot of cool insider perks and opportunities to have our creative work placed front and center across many Google products. In short, as Googlers would like to put it, we're Google+ Celebrities.

My greatest moments throughout this amazing year was meeting with some of the +Google+​​​​​ Create team, learning their backgrounds, and them celebrating and inspiring me to do what I've already passionately been doing. Create. This program reminds me a lot of +Casey Neistat​​​​​'s ad with +Samsung Mobile​​​​​ celebrating creators that you can check out here: https://youtu.be/JKpeIxh4ScY

So no matter if you are a mother of three who loves to code, a chef who sees your food as art, happily married spouse who enjoys talking about relationships, a sports fanatic who loves talking about sport statistics, or even someone who loves keeping up with pop culture and writing about it, come create with us!

Apply here: https://goo.gl/4UZe6S

Heres to another amazing year! It's already off to an awesome start!

#CreatorsFirst___1 Year Of Google+ Create: +Michael Brown shares his favorite moments

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2017-03-12 14:48:18 (103 comments; 60 reshares; 622 +1s; )Open 

Let’s Play Holi

The colorful festival will be celebrated on March 13th. It’s time to bridge your social gaps and renew sweet relationships with fellow friends and family. Holi is celebrated in India and Nepal and is known as the 'Festival Of Colors' and represents good over evil and marks the arrival of spring. It also gives you chance to send blessings and love to your dear ones. Therefore, join us to spread the love on this vibrant day.

How to participate

- Write and share about what do you like most about Holi.

- Is there anyone you'd want to rub gulal on before saying “Holi Hai”? +mention that person on Google+ to spread the love. It could be your friend, family member, or any user.

- Post to a public Collection or Community with the hashtag #HoliHai2017

The video below will give you some perspective onhow Hol... more »

Let’s Play Holi

The colorful festival will be celebrated on March 13th. It’s time to bridge your social gaps and renew sweet relationships with fellow friends and family. Holi is celebrated in India and Nepal and is known as the 'Festival Of Colors' and represents good over evil and marks the arrival of spring. It also gives you chance to send blessings and love to your dear ones. Therefore, join us to spread the love on this vibrant day.

How to participate

- Write and share about what do you like most about Holi.

- Is there anyone you'd want to rub gulal on before saying “Holi Hai”? +mention that person on Google+ to spread the love. It could be your friend, family member, or any user.

- Post to a public Collection or Community with the hashtag #HoliHai2017

The video below will give you some perspective on how Holi is been celebrated in Vrindavan, India. A video by member of Create:India Program +Siddhartha Joshi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWgyrQ-YKlA

This initiative was created by the Google+ Create: India Program, a program that celebrates the inspiring individuals behind the most captivating Google+ content. Want to learn more about it? Check the Create website g.co/PlusCreate!
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2017-03-12 01:12:31 (167 comments; 39 reshares; 892 +1s; )Open 

1 Year Of Google+ Create: +Leo Deegan, "Creators help creators create.....And eat lunch. :P"

Retrospection

Thinking back over the year since the inception of the Google+ Create program, the fond memories I have is meeting Create members face-to-face, whether over video conference or, in this particular case, in person.

Mid December of last year, +The Social Traveler here along with +Lori Friedrich +Alex Lapidus and +Sean Cowen paid us a visit on campus, and it was such a fun gathering. As they say, a single creator creates, a group of creators have lunch.

Or maybe I just say that. Well, every time I'm in the company of creative types like +Alex Lapidus +Linda Villers +Swee Oh +Sam Breach +Eric Raeber +Roxanne Bouche' Overton +Dan Shehan +Sunny Wu +Sean McLean +Lora Lee Chapman +Elizabeth Hahn +Brian B. Sørensen +David R Robinson +Cynthia Pyun +Mitchell Weinstock +George Fletcher +Shelly Corbett +Nigal Raymond (and more than I can count) it always seems to involve food. Or beer. Preferably both.

Anyway, how'd we get off topic.

Back to mid December, that visit was memorable because +The Social Traveler allowed me to take his portrait with my new film camera I was trying out. What a dude to stand patiently, letting me awkwardly fiddle with my camera settings to fire off my first shot.

And that's what I was probably trying to say. Creators help creators create.

And eat lunch. :P

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2017-03-11 18:16:18 (78 comments; 38 reshares; 602 +1s; )Open 

1 Year Of Google+ Create: +Valeria Bressan shares what makes Create special

What makes Create special?

I joined Google+ Create as a proud founding member, not sure about the road ahead, but very excited about the program. I quickly came to realize that this was a very special place, and over the year I have been fortunate to meet many of you, to share ideas and to collaborate with like-minded people.

The first initiative that I collaborated was the Earth Day Celebration (https://goo.gl/VAEDWL) and it was an amazing experience.

I participated in many other initiatives after that, and at one point I collaborated with +Tauno Erik on a poem (https://goo.gl/9tSqLg).

The collaboration with +Tauno Erik was just the first step towards something much bigger…

Over the past few months, Tauno and I have been collaborating on the production of our first book. It has been a long process, full of brainstorming, hard work, and many long nights, but a truly rewarding and lovely experience.

We can’t wait to share more details with all of you. For now, this is just a quick preview on what is coming up. Stay tuned, connect and follow us. We plan to share more as we progress…

Happy anniversary, Create, and thanks Google+ for such an amazing program!

Valeria

Do you want to create with me and us? Here's the Create Application Form: http://goo.gl/HuPMcf

#CreatorsFirst
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