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2017-01-17 17:29:52 (501 comments; 350 reshares; 1,266 +1s; )Open 

You asked, we listened. From helping you see more of the comments, photos and posts that matter to bringing back Events, check out how we’re making the new Google+ work better for you: https://goo.gl/urfBS8

Most reshares: 461

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2017-02-14 19:31:21 (231 comments; 461 reshares; 1,304 +1s; )Open 

Become a Beta Tester for Google+

If you’re a user who’s as passionate for Google+ as we are, apply to become a beta tester for our product. We’re looking for people who want to test out new features, as well as discuss with our product team and fellow beta testers how to make Google+ the place to share your interests. Want to know what it takes?

Here’s what we’re looking for:
● Active poster on Google+
● Motivated to learn more about Google+ and contribute to product discussion
● Eagerness to provide high level feedback on our product

If you’re interested in applying, fill out the application form. Thanks!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1RQl1bWCtk8iKgnjhkAjenK2nNcHFegC7RfdK5yYpIm-frg/viewform

Most plusones: 2361

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2017-01-24 17:26:59 (174 comments; 154 reshares; 2,361 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Members +Kate & Mark - Vagrants Of The World Travel

Hey Kate & Mark! Tell us a little bit about yourselves?

”In early 2014 Kate and I made the decision to sell everything we owned and go traveling. We had always been avid travelers and the opportunity arose for us to let go of material things and take the punt on traveling full time. So after some research and a lot of soul searching we hit the road. Starting our journey in Morocco we have been going strong ever since. Our goal is to inspire those who love to travel and provide some escape for those who perhaps can’t.”

Where’s the most interesting place you’ve lived?

"Kate and I met during preparations for an Antarctic Expedition. I spent 15 months living on the ice and Kate was part of the voyage management crew aboard the ice breaker that transported usto and fr... more »

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2017-02-23 22:07:54 (56 comments; 10 reshares; 462 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member +Karin Nelson

Hello Karin, what got you into photography?

"I've taken pictures ever since I was a girl with a little point and shoot camera in the 70s. Then I moved to Italy, and I forgot about my passion - until meeting people that shared that same passion. I bought a SLR camera and started up again. Then, a few years later, I moved to Canada with only a couple of suitcases, and there was no room (and no money) for expensive camera gear, so I sold everything. In Canada, the next few years were busy, starting a family, a new job... and no time for any hobbies. But then, a few years ago, a friend showed me his new DSLR camera - and something just clicked. I was reminded of how amazing it was to hold a camera and focus on life through a viewfinder. That's when everything came together for me. I purchased a camera and I haven't... more »

Meet Create Member +Karin Nelson

Hello Karin, what got you into photography?

"I've taken pictures ever since I was a girl with a little point and shoot camera in the 70s. Then I moved to Italy, and I forgot about my passion - until meeting people that shared that same passion. I bought a SLR camera and started up again. Then, a few years later, I moved to Canada with only a couple of suitcases, and there was no room (and no money) for expensive camera gear, so I sold everything. In Canada, the next few years were busy, starting a family, a new job... and no time for any hobbies. But then, a few years ago, a friend showed me his new DSLR camera - and something just clicked. I was reminded of how amazing it was to hold a camera and focus on life through a viewfinder. That's when everything came together for me. I purchased a camera and I haven't stopped taking pictures since."

What's your favorite creation?

"I love my ""The Egg and I Trip"" collection... it combines photography with traveling and story telling. I traveled with my family on the traces of my favourite book of all time (Betty MacDonald, ""The Egg and I"") and visited some of the places she described in her book. And we saw a bit more of the beautiful Olympic Peninsula." (https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/AUBXNB)

Links to Karin's Collections:

Lights, Camera, Dinner: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/s93yZ
Floral Macros: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/YnAMg

The Create Program (g.co/PlusCreate) is welcoming high quality content creators and curators with active Collections who would benefit from an official Google+ recognition and from the insights of a diverse network of passionate people.

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2017-02-23 20:06:47 (15 comments; 5 reshares; 158 +1s; )Open 

With the #Oscars a mere three days away we talk to +Michael Brown, who runs a great Movies & TV Reviews Collection about this weekend's festivities.

Hey Michael, Where does your love of movies stem from, how long have you been an enthusiast?

"My love for movies stems from me being 14 years old and my father taking me to the theater from 12 p.m. 2:10 p.m. hoppin' to all different sorts of movies within the theater. It was a tradition we would do every month. It opened my eyes to the many different genres of films and different flavors of production that different directors have."

Can you recommend any really good sleeper films that most people haven’t seen?

"A film within the past year that I think is a sleeper is The Accountant starring Ben Affleck. However overall and pretty relevant to today, another sleeper film thatc... more »

With the #Oscars a mere three days away we talk to +Michael Brown, who runs a great Movies & TV Reviews Collection about this weekend's festivities.

Hey Michael, Where does your love of movies stem from, how long have you been an enthusiast?

"My love for movies stems from me being 14 years old and my father taking me to the theater from 12 p.m. 2:10 p.m. hoppin' to all different sorts of movies within the theater. It was a tradition we would do every month. It opened my eyes to the many different genres of films and different flavors of production that different directors have."

Can you recommend any really good sleeper films that most people haven’t seen?

"A film within the past year that I think is a sleeper is The Accountant starring Ben Affleck. However overall and pretty relevant to today, another sleeper film that comes mind is “Unbreakable” by M Night Shyamalan. Definitely M Night Shyamalan's best work previous to “Split”."

Are you rooting for any particular actors/actresses or films at this year’s Oscars?

"There were so many great performances this year but I'm reserving my cheers for Andrew Garfield winning best actor in Hacksaw Ridge, Taraji P Henson as best actress in “Hidden Figures”, and “Arrival” for best cinematography."

What’s your prediction for the winner of Best Picture this year?

"I have to give it to “Hidden Figures”. Not only did it do well in the box office but the depiction of the real life story on the big screen was nearly flawless."

This is a strong year for Black Americans at the Oscars in terms of nominations, which performances or films did you enjoy most?

"Moonlight happens to be one of the best films in my opinion from the list that are nominated this year. However I can see how the premise of the story can be dismissed or even rejected because of its strong push back on boundaries within the black community."

#Oscars
#BlackHistoryPlus

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2017-02-23 16:02:00 (51 comments; 21 reshares; 467 +1s; )Open 

Are you celebrating Carnaval?
#mycarnaval

Carnaval is a celebration that takes place in many parts of the world. It’s a time of year filled with joy, music, dance and the honoring of traditions. It's a time to party and truly celebrate life! From masked balls in Venice and Mardi Gras in Louisiana to the traditional murgas in the Canary Islands and the Samba Schools and Blocos Afros in Brazil, carnaval brings people to the streets as they celebrate, sing, and dance together until the early morning.

Carnaval is a joyful celebration of life and creativity. You can transform into a superhero, a pirate or a queen… How are you celebrating Carnaval? Are you putting your daily routine on pause to relish in the revelry?*

Share the images of your Carnaval experience on Google+ with the hashtag #mycarnaval. Create Collections about your favorite Carnavalgro... more »

Are you celebrating Carnaval?
#mycarnaval

Carnaval is a celebration that takes place in many parts of the world. It’s a time of year filled with joy, music, dance and the honoring of traditions. It's a time to party and truly celebrate life! From masked balls in Venice and Mardi Gras in Louisiana to the traditional murgas in the Canary Islands and the Samba Schools and Blocos Afros in Brazil, carnaval brings people to the streets as they celebrate, sing, and dance together until the early morning.

Carnaval is a joyful celebration of life and creativity. You can transform into a superhero, a pirate or a queen… How are you celebrating Carnaval? Are you putting your daily routine on pause to relish in the revelry?*

Share the images of your Carnaval experience on Google+ with the hashtag #mycarnaval. Create Collections about your favorite Carnaval groups, musicians and dancers, and share other exciting moments as the Carnaval season begins. With so much going on before and during the festival, we are excited to see what you have to share.

Keep celebrating!

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

2017-02-22 20:31:51 (48 comments; 9 reshares; 350 +1s; )Open 

Today, we talk Film and Sci-Fi with a NASA employee (and more importantly, Google+ Community owner 😂) +Michael Interbartolo for #Oscars Week!

Hey Michael! Please share a little bit of background information on yourself and your interest for Sci-Fi. What got you into it and how long has it been an interest?

"I’ve been a space geek since I first saw Star Wars back in the 70's. I’ve been a rocket scientist for over 20 years, working in Mission Control for the Space Shuttle program, a program manager for a Mars prototype lander as well as several design teams to evaluate and optimize the Orion spacecraft. I’m helping provide operational and mission assumptions for a Human Journey to Mars Mission as part of the Engineering Directorate at Johnson Space Center. Outside of work, my kids and I attend and cosplay at local pop culture and sci-fi conventions."
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Today, we talk Film and Sci-Fi with a NASA employee (and more importantly, Google+ Community owner 😂) +Michael Interbartolo for #Oscars Week!

Hey Michael! Please share a little bit of background information on yourself and your interest for Sci-Fi. What got you into it and how long has it been an interest?

"I’ve been a space geek since I first saw Star Wars back in the 70's. I’ve been a rocket scientist for over 20 years, working in Mission Control for the Space Shuttle program, a program manager for a Mars prototype lander as well as several design teams to evaluate and optimize the Orion spacecraft. I’m helping provide operational and mission assumptions for a Human Journey to Mars Mission as part of the Engineering Directorate at Johnson Space Center. Outside of work, my kids and I attend and cosplay at local pop culture and sci-fi conventions."

Give us a brief description of your Sci-Fi Community and everyone what they can expect there? Is it specifically focused on movies, or does it encompass other areas of Sci-Fi as well?

"The sci-fi community was started by +Craig Engler pretty much as soon as community was added to Google plus. Craig was working at Syfy at the time and saw it as an opportunity to engage folks across broad interests. It is a place of discussion with folks posting about movies, concept art, new books, as well as help each other identify old movies or books they remember snipers of but not the title. We are lucky enough to have one of the creators of Dark Matter post production updates for the TV show."

What's your favorite Sci-Fi movie of all time, and why?

"Not sure I can pick just one. For more realistic/hard scifi I would say The Martian and Moon are tied. They both represent a grounded view of space exploration. it represents a possible near term achievement for where we could be going as a specie if we put our minds to it. For the more space opera type growing up that would be the original star wars, now it would be a guardians of the galaxy. Guardians recapture the fun and excitement for me like the original star wars did when I was a kid. plus my son likes to cosplay as star lord so it is a nice bond to have with him as I made his costume."

Arrival is nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, what did you think of the movie and how do you feel it stacks up to some of the memorable Sci-Fi films of the past?

"Arrival was a grounded movie that I really enjoyed. I liked that it wasn't the typical alien first contact/invasion movie (though I do like a good popcorn invasion movie) I really enjoyed that like good science fiction it can be a mirror to get folks to reflect on current events or the human condition through a lens of alien contact. sort of like how District 9 examined how we handle the situation of contact and refugees while commenting on apartheid this asks the question would contact bring the planet closer together or to the brink of war? I also liked that the ending made you think and talk about it since it was a but timey whimey wibbly wobbly to quote Doctor Who. I thought Arrival ranks up there with the classics of 2001, Blade Runner, and Moon. I think it has the repeat viewing factor where the more you watch the more you pick up on and get a deeper understanding of the movie."

Which movie do you think will win Best Picture this year?

"I haven't seen all the nominations yet, but it seems like the science fiction movies dont seem to win the big awards. sure they may get the techincal awards for special effects, screenplay, costume and soundtrack, but best picture I think Arrival will be a long shot. I would be okay with Hidden Figures winning as it helps highlight the early days of space exploration and the unsung heroes who helped the astronauts on their journey. I guess La La Land or Moonlight are probably the odds on favorites given how well they did at the golden globes and baftas."

https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/communities/109226272642471366330___

2017-02-22 16:07:51 (149 comments; 19 reshares; 339 +1s; )Open 

The Black History In America Community

We've featured Black History Collections and creators this month, but if Communities are more of your thing this may be for you. The 'Black History In America' Community incorporates historic figures, current contemporary issues, as well as memes and art to give a well rounded perspective on the Black experience. #BlackHistoryPlus


https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/communities/103619789038738860525

The Black History In America Community

We've featured Black History Collections and creators this month, but if Communities are more of your thing this may be for you. The 'Black History In America' Community incorporates historic figures, current contemporary issues, as well as memes and art to give a well rounded perspective on the Black experience. #BlackHistoryPlus


https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/communities/103619789038738860525___

2017-02-21 21:13:18 (23 comments; 17 reshares; 291 +1s; )Open 

Talking #Oscars, film, and hidden gems with +Nathan Chase

Nathan Chase runs one of the biggest movie Communities on G+ (appropriately titled, 'Movies'), enjoy our conversation on cinema and feel free to recommend more film-related Communities or Collections in the comment section below!

Nathan, where does your passion for movies stem from?

"My passion for film draws from weekend trips to the local video store, binge-watching movies in the 80s on TV and VHS, and going to our local theaters with family and friends often. I became much more interested in film history and the medium as a whole during undergrad studies in college, and have been heavily drawn into the film world since launching +Flickchart."

What's Flickchart and how long has it been around?

"Flickchart is a website and... more »

Talking #Oscars, film, and hidden gems with +Nathan Chase

Nathan Chase runs one of the biggest movie Communities on G+ (appropriately titled, 'Movies'), enjoy our conversation on cinema and feel free to recommend more film-related Communities or Collections in the comment section below!

Nathan, where does your passion for movies stem from?

"My passion for film draws from weekend trips to the local video store, binge-watching movies in the 80s on TV and VHS, and going to our local theaters with family and friends often. I became much more interested in film history and the medium as a whole during undergrad studies in college, and have been heavily drawn into the film world since launching +Flickchart."

What's Flickchart and how long has it been around?

"Flickchart is a website and social network (and useful tool) where movie addicts can rank films two at a time, which automatically creates a personalized "best of all-time" chart of all the movies they've seen in their lifetime, and then receive targeted recommendations based on those choices they make. We launched the site in September of 2009. We're working towards a huge product release of an entirely new "2.0" version of the site built on bleeding edge web technologies hopefully later this year."

Give us one fantastic movie that most people have never heard of?

"Triangle (2009) is a horror-psychological thriller that plays with time in a way that I've not seen done before with as well since Back to the Future. The script is extremely clever, and it doesn't pander to its audience. It's a challenging, but very rewarding watch. I champion it as often as I can."

What films are you rooting for at The #Oscars this year, and why?

"I'd really like to see Kubo and the Two Strings earn Best Animated Feature, as the amount of talent and patience needed to create that style of art is infinitely impressive to me. Other than that, I'm rooting for Arrival to win as much as it can in as many categories as possible. Smartly-written science fiction often doesn't get much Oscar love, so I'm all for it making a mark this year."

What movie do you predict to win Best Picture?

"As much as Hollywood tends to self-aggrandize, it seems like La La Land has the best shot. It's possible Moonlight could be the undercard winner, but it seems like a safe or obvious pick.

https://goo.gl/LMV46R___

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2017-02-21 19:15:15 (68 comments; 26 reshares; 652 +1s; )Open 

Meet +Darren Huski, Photographer and Texas Nightcrawler

Hello Darren, what kind of photography do you specialize in?

"I am a landscape and nightscape photographer from Texas. I photograph the far reaches of the Lone Star State, across the Great Plains, and throughout the Rocky Mountain West. I seek out the empty places, lonely mountains and big sky to make images of the edge of the day and the dark of the night."

What attracts you to the dark and desolate places?

"Here in the far reaches of west Texas are some of the darkest skies in the Lower 48. Combine that with the incredible geology of the desert landscape and you have the opportunity for some great night images."

"I hiked into this area alone at 3:00AM in the morning. It was very dark and I could see the Milky Way rising over the... more »

Meet +Darren Huski, Photographer and Texas Nightcrawler

Hello Darren, what kind of photography do you specialize in?

"I am a landscape and nightscape photographer from Texas. I photograph the far reaches of the Lone Star State, across the Great Plains, and throughout the Rocky Mountain West. I seek out the empty places, lonely mountains and big sky to make images of the edge of the day and the dark of the night."

What attracts you to the dark and desolate places?

"Here in the far reaches of west Texas are some of the darkest skies in the Lower 48. Combine that with the incredible geology of the desert landscape and you have the opportunity for some great night images."

"I hiked into this area alone at 3:00AM in the morning. It was very dark and I could see the Milky Way rising over the rocks. I spent the next four hours working my around this rocky valley making 15-30 second images in the dark (you need that long to record the dim light of the stars) while listening to coyotes yipping and howling in the distance. It is locations like this and the chance to make images that keeps me going back out in the dark alone time after time."

Darren's Collections:

Nightscape:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/AXE9b

American West Landscape:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/kO2Ci

The Create Program (g.co/PlusCreate) is welcoming high quality content creators and curators with active Collections who would benefit from an official Google+ recognition and from the insights of a diverse network of passionate people.___

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2017-02-21 16:59:02 (81 comments; 32 reshares; 512 +1s; )Open 

It's #Oscars Week!

The Academy Awards will be held in a matter of days, and leading up to the big event we'll be featuring some of the best movie Communities & Collections on Google+.

If you want to recommend any movie Communities or Collections, feel free to drop a link in the comment section below. Also, use the #Oscars hashtag throughout the week for all of your movie commentary. 🎬

It's #Oscars Week!

The Academy Awards will be held in a matter of days, and leading up to the big event we'll be featuring some of the best movie Communities & Collections on Google+.

If you want to recommend any movie Communities or Collections, feel free to drop a link in the comment section below. Also, use the #Oscars hashtag throughout the week for all of your movie commentary. 🎬___

2017-02-17 18:20:02 (158 comments; 57 reshares; 485 +1s; )Open 

Explore 'The Future Is Pretty Rad' by +Wasim Muklashy. This Collection explores VR, Design, Science, 3D Printing and more!



Explore 'The Future Is Pretty Rad' by +Wasim Muklashy. This Collection explores VR, Design, Science, 3D Printing and more!

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2017-02-16 21:08:02 (164 comments; 30 reshares; 748 +1s; )Open 

Coffee: The Drink Of Life

A week ago we asked G+ users what they #CantLiveWIthout. Other than "oxygen" (smart alecks 😜), smartphones and coffee were the top answers.

Can't Live Without You
Morning Light....

To learn more about Google+ Create: https://plus.google.com/create

#CantLiveWithout #Coffee #Mac #MorningLight #Iphonephotography #connect___Coffee: The Drink Of Life

A week ago we asked G+ users what they #CantLiveWIthout. Other than "oxygen" (smart alecks 😜), smartphones and coffee were the top answers.

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2017-02-16 19:01:35 (95 comments; 30 reshares; 559 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member +Nicola Davison Reed

Hello Nicola, tell us a little bit about yourself and your photography

"I am NDR - a midlands based Monochrome Photographer using available light when working in my small studio space. I shoot family portraiture and occasional weddings to support my personal work of Street and conceptual Black & White Photography.Photography is my Class A.​"

When did your passion for photography start?

"1975 that long hot summer in the adventure playground that was the sand dunes of Blackpool Beach with a Kodak Instamatic​"

What's the story behind the portrait of the woman we're looking at?

"I was shooting a street portrait ​, this lady walks in between my camera and the subject. Watching my actions , she became curious and asked if i could takeher p... more »

Meet Create Member +Nicola Davison Reed

Hello Nicola, tell us a little bit about yourself and your photography

"I am NDR - a midlands based Monochrome Photographer using available light when working in my small studio space. I shoot family portraiture and occasional weddings to support my personal work of Street and conceptual Black & White Photography.Photography is my Class A.​"

When did your passion for photography start?

"1975 that long hot summer in the adventure playground that was the sand dunes of Blackpool Beach with a Kodak Instamatic​"

What's the story behind the portrait of the woman we're looking at?

"I was shooting a street portrait ​, this lady walks in between my camera and the subject. Watching my actions , she became curious and asked if i could take her portrait. This was a first for my 30 Second of Street Portrait project #Thecomfortofstrangers - i have been so attuned to occasional rejections and hunting for a portrait, to have this lady ask me was quite something. Thankyou wonderful Murial, i hope you enjoyed your evening at the Ice Hockey."

Nicola was "honoured to be interviewed with pictures for Fragmentary an arts website focusing solely on exploring the complex issues of mental health and emotions through photographic projects and artworks. They look for works that move, provoke, and stir a dialogue surrounding mental health, the psychology of the self and others, or projects with therapeutic potential.": http://fragmentary.org/nicola-davison-reed/

The Create Program (g.co/PlusCreate) is welcoming high quality content creators and curators with active Collections who would benefit from an official Google+ recognition and from the insights of a diverse network of passionate people.___

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2017-02-15 21:24:33 (112 comments; 81 reshares; 1,296 +1s; )Open 

This is so smooth and cool. +Shelly Corbett


Music is an outburst of the soul. ― Frederick Delius

I #CantLiveWithout music. Can you?

#Lego #legography #music #toyphotography #toy_photographers #legoChima #xxsjc
___This is so smooth and cool. +Shelly Corbett

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2017-02-15 21:20:02 (139 comments; 54 reshares; 994 +1s; )Open 

So adorable❤️ , +Shelly Corbett

Will you be mine?

I #CantLiveWithout love.

#classiclegospace #lego #legography #toy_photographers #toyphotography #xxsjc #seattle #pnw #valentinesday
___So adorable❤️ , +Shelly Corbett

2017-02-15 17:04:54 (44 comments; 20 reshares; 246 +1s; )Open 

Exploring Black Women In Horror With +Eden Royce #BlackHistoryPlus

Eden Royce's 28 Black Women in Horror History Collection profiles horror authors and succeeds in giving exposure to a demographic that is often overlooked. We spoke with Eden about her series and what inspired her to create it.

Could you tell us a little bit about your background as a writer? Specifically, what got you into writing, and what type of writing do you do?

"I grew up with a culture of oral storytelling. While I’ve written in many genres, speculative fiction—horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy—has the strongest hold on me. Most of my work is Southern Gothic, based in the culture and mores of the South."

Are there any Black writers that inspired you to pursue this? Who are they and what about them or their work inspired you?

"Istrug... more »

Exploring Black Women In Horror With +Eden Royce #BlackHistoryPlus

Eden Royce's 28 Black Women in Horror History Collection profiles horror authors and succeeds in giving exposure to a demographic that is often overlooked. We spoke with Eden about her series and what inspired her to create it.

Could you tell us a little bit about your background as a writer? Specifically, what got you into writing, and what type of writing do you do?

"I grew up with a culture of oral storytelling. While I’ve written in many genres, speculative fiction—horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy—has the strongest hold on me. Most of my work is Southern Gothic, based in the culture and mores of the South."

Are there any Black writers that inspired you to pursue this? Who are they and what about them or their work inspired you?

"I struggled to find dark fiction books by Black writers when I was growing up, as works tended to get lumped into a general “African-American Interest” category, instead of being grouped into specific genres. But I’ve always loved books by writers like J. California Cooper and Zora Neale Hurston who don’t shy away from using dialect or from portrayals of Blacks in and outside of the poverty narrative. A big inspiration was receiving the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Diverse Worlds grant, which made me want to do something more to showcase other women’s voices in dark speculative fiction."

Why did you launch the 28 Days Of Black Women In Horror series?

"During a book signing, I mentioned I was featured in the book 60 Black Women in Horror Writing, and an audience member said, “I didn’t know there were sixty Black women writing horror.” After that I reached out to Ashlee Blackwell, owner of the blog Graveyard Shift Sisters to start a series featuring these women writers. It was her suggestion to have February as a feature month for the women we celebrate all year long—she’s focusing on film and TV, while I’m focusing on literature."

If you could recommend two books (one fiction, and one non-fiction) by Black writers, what would they be, and why?

Fiction: Skin Folk, a collection of short stories by Nalo Hopkins. A blend of rich language and vivid characters, draped in an authentic voice. You feel as though Hopkins is next to you, telling you a story with a message you’d better not miss."

Non-fiction: Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison, which among other things, shows how the African-American presence was essential to the foundation and formation of American literature.


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2017-02-14 19:31:21 (231 comments; 461 reshares; 1,304 +1s; )Open 

Become a Beta Tester for Google+

If you’re a user who’s as passionate for Google+ as we are, apply to become a beta tester for our product. We’re looking for people who want to test out new features, as well as discuss with our product team and fellow beta testers how to make Google+ the place to share your interests. Want to know what it takes?

Here’s what we’re looking for:
● Active poster on Google+
● Motivated to learn more about Google+ and contribute to product discussion
● Eagerness to provide high level feedback on our product

If you’re interested in applying, fill out the application form. Thanks!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1RQl1bWCtk8iKgnjhkAjenK2nNcHFegC7RfdK5yYpIm-frg/viewform

Become a Beta Tester for Google+

If you’re a user who’s as passionate for Google+ as we are, apply to become a beta tester for our product. We’re looking for people who want to test out new features, as well as discuss with our product team and fellow beta testers how to make Google+ the place to share your interests. Want to know what it takes?

Here’s what we’re looking for:
● Active poster on Google+
● Motivated to learn more about Google+ and contribute to product discussion
● Eagerness to provide high level feedback on our product

If you’re interested in applying, fill out the application form. Thanks!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf1RQl1bWCtk8iKgnjhkAjenK2nNcHFegC7RfdK5yYpIm-frg/viewform___

2017-02-14 17:40:22 (209 comments; 26 reshares; 436 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member +Michal Vörös

Hello Michal, tell us a little bit about yourself and your photograhy?

"My name is Michal! I just love photography and I try to communicate with them peace, inner peace, harmony, mood, “infinity” etc. My favourite themes are ordinary things: sunrise, reflection, landscape, abstract landscape - where the viewer “has to” use his, her imagination then double exposures, blurry photos and of course my beautiful dog Donna. I love to connect photography with song lyrics, for me it is the ideal combination…together it is, it can be a strong story…many times metaphorical “story” it is just up to the viewer what is the main point for her, him…."

How did your passion for photography start?

"I started with photography thanks to my dog (that time with my smartphone) = thanks to herI found out what I ... more »

Meet Create Member +Michal Vörös

Hello Michal, tell us a little bit about yourself and your photograhy?

"My name is Michal! I just love photography and I try to communicate with them peace, inner peace, harmony, mood, “infinity” etc. My favourite themes are ordinary things: sunrise, reflection, landscape, abstract landscape - where the viewer “has to” use his, her imagination then double exposures, blurry photos and of course my beautiful dog Donna. I love to connect photography with song lyrics, for me it is the ideal combination…together it is, it can be a strong story…many times metaphorical “story” it is just up to the viewer what is the main point for her, him…."

How did your passion for photography start?

"I started with photography thanks to my dog (that time with my smartphone) = thanks to her I found out what I really love; then I found my way, learned technical things; learned to see etc. thanks to mentorship programs via G+ Mentorship Programs for Photographers. Now I just want to learn and take photos and create.... :))"

Michal's Favorite Shot:
(https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/photo/101940871974297004744/6364944908809939138?icm=false)

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2017-02-13 16:26:56 (100 comments; 46 reshares; 651 +1s; )Open 

Miss the Grammys? Catch up here!

Cee-Lo stole the pre-show
Twenty One Pilots lost their pants
Beyonce's chair made us gasp
and Adele swept the night

Catch up on everything you missed in the #Grammys hashtag

Miss the Grammys? Catch up here!

Cee-Lo stole the pre-show
Twenty One Pilots lost their pants
Beyonce's chair made us gasp
and Adele swept the night

Catch up on everything you missed in the #Grammys hashtag___

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2017-02-12 19:25:42 (202 comments; 85 reshares; 1,242 +1s; )Open 

We #CantLiveWithout our Content & Community Team

We also couldn't live without you and the inspiring, interesting, and original content you share every day. Thank you for creating a vibrant, dynamic, and inclusive community on Google+.

What can you not live without? Share with #CantLiveWIthout.

I #CantLiveWithout my exceptional team

Here on Google+, I manage the Content and Community Management Team. You're probably most familiar with our efforts on the Create program, but our ambitions don't stop there and there's a lot we do behind the scenes. You probably know +Sophie Bonnet​​​​ (Google+ Create), +Madeleine DeRome​​​​ (Community Vanguards), +Faith Tan​​​​ (Public Collections Community), and +Leanne Osborne​​​​ (Early Access), but there are many more Community Managers, two Outreach Coordinators, one Social Media Manager, and one exceptional Project Manager who us achieve our vision. What is that vision you ask? Well...

"We cultivate the content - and empower the creators - that make Google+ the best place for shared interests."

That's done through three core functions:
1) Identify high quality content. This is done a variety of ways, including machine learning, outreach, algorithms, and human quality evals. When we're talking about something as subjective as quality, we believe firmly that a mix of all three at scale is vital to our success. We look at a lot of stuff and +Jared Kamel​​​​ makes sure it all stays organized behind the scenes. We are all lost without him.

2) Promote it. Once we've found all that stuff, we want to make sure it gets in front of the right people - no matter how niche or popular a subject may be. We work extremely closely with our Ranking and Recommendations team to evaluate the quality of our recommendations and improve them. The content we identify feeds directly into their recommendation prowess and the more they have, the better stuff you see.

3) Retain the people who made it. And this is the part of the process where you're most familiar with the CCM Team. Google+ Create ( https://www.plus.google.com/create ) exists to bring incredible content creators and sharers together so that they - with Google's help - can maximize their impact across Google+. There's a slew of perks that come along with it, including profile verification and a ticket to our beta Community, Early Access which has direct contact to our product / dev teams to help make G+ even greater.

What you may not know is that we also have Create India run by the delightful +Sooraj Wadhwa​​​​ and Create em Portuguese run by the ambitious +Carolina Liu​​​​. Community Vanguards is a private Community for owners / moderators of some of the best Communities on G+ - and is expanding quickly. Our Social Media Manager +Dell F​​​​ makes sure that anything awesome we see if promoted through our official Google+ Page and Twitter. To make sure we keep things fresh, +Pamela Abi Najem​​​​ and McKenna Taylor scour the planet for more incredible people to come share their content with all of us.

Phew! If that sounds like a lot, it is - and it wouldn't be possible without our Project Manager +Tracy Hua​​​​. She makes sure that everything is running smoothly and speaks up for the team when they need something to be successful in their roles.

Helping you find the stuff you're into.
When I think about an exciting future, I think about one where everyone feels like they belong. All of the programs I've run in my life - whether as a Community Manager, Program Manager, or in my free time - revolve around the idea that people should be able to find the stuff they're into and connect around it. Managing projects at scale that do that gets me out of bed in the morning with a smile my face. I want to create a future where machine learning and humans, together, make sure that no matter how popular or niche or weird your interest, you can come together to create incredible things.

While my job is absolutely fulfilling, it wouldn't be anywhere near as enjoyable without seeing these hardworking, intelligent and absolutely hilarious people every day. I love this team and I love waking up in the morning to see them. This is the best team I've ever been a part of and I'm so lucky to be here. So, yeah.... #CantLiveWithout you guys. <3___We #CantLiveWithout our Content & Community Team

We also couldn't live without you and the inspiring, interesting, and original content you share every day. Thank you for creating a vibrant, dynamic, and inclusive community on Google+.

What can you not live without? Share with #CantLiveWIthout.

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2017-02-12 19:19:19 (58 comments; 24 reshares; 510 +1s; )Open 

Huge congrats to street photographer +teresa pilcher!

#ThatsAPlus for sure.

So excited to be voted 7th on the list of Top 20 Most Influential Street Photographers for 2017. Thank you to everyone for your support, it means a lot to me. Congrats to +Valerie Jardin +martin u waltz +Marie LAIGNEAU +Linda Wisdom #thatsaplus

http://www.streethunters.net/blog/2017/02/11/the-20-most-influential-street-photographers-for-2017/___Huge congrats to street photographer +teresa pilcher!

#ThatsAPlus for sure.

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2017-02-11 19:32:53 (108 comments; 40 reshares; 873 +1s; )Open 

Not taking it for granted, +John Chvatal #CantLiveWithout aviation - and could any of us?

John says, "In today's fast-paced world we, as a society can't live without aviation. Whether it is delivering your Amazon Prime package or traveling to different states or even countries would be so much more difficult and time-consuming without aviation."

What can you not live without? Connect by using the hashtag #CantLiveWithout

I #CantLiveWithout aviation..... Let me rephrase that a bit.... In today's fast-paced world we, as a society can't live without aviation. Whether it is delivering your Amazon Prime package or traveling to different states or even countries would be so much more difficult and time-consuming without aviation.

I have a passion for aviation that is much greater than the average person and an appreciation for those aviation pioneers that made air travel possible.___Not taking it for granted, +John Chvatal #CantLiveWithout aviation - and could any of us?

John says, "In today's fast-paced world we, as a society can't live without aviation. Whether it is delivering your Amazon Prime package or traveling to different states or even countries would be so much more difficult and time-consuming without aviation."

What can you not live without? Connect by using the hashtag #CantLiveWithout

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2017-02-10 17:03:36 (394 comments; 152 reshares; 1,874 +1s; )Open 

What Can't You Live Without?

Valentine’s Day is typically reserved for celebrating love and showing appreciation for your significant other. This year, beside declaring your undying love, we also want to celebrate your biggest passion - we want to know about the hobbies, places, or items that you hold dear.

What is the one thing that you wouldn’t be able to live without? Something that you cherish more than anything else - maybe it’s your daily cup of coffee, a record Collection, or your love for stand-up comedy.

Share this special something on Google+ and show us by tagging #CantLiveWithout

What Can't You Live Without?

Valentine’s Day is typically reserved for celebrating love and showing appreciation for your significant other. This year, beside declaring your undying love, we also want to celebrate your biggest passion - we want to know about the hobbies, places, or items that you hold dear.

What is the one thing that you wouldn’t be able to live without? Something that you cherish more than anything else - maybe it’s your daily cup of coffee, a record Collection, or your love for stand-up comedy.

Share this special something on Google+ and show us by tagging #CantLiveWithout___

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2017-02-09 19:03:34 (307 comments; 198 reshares; 2,201 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member +Tisha Luk

Hello Tisha, tell us a little bit about your photography?

"My name is Tisha Luk and I'm an American photographer/blogger living in Canada. I've gone through many phases of my photographic passion, including macro, product, and conceptual photography. At this time, I'm concentrating on travel, which incorporates landscape, architecture, & people photography."

How did you get into photography?

"For as long as I can remember I've loved taking photographs. Since I took my first photo on my mom's old Kodak 110 film camera, I've been enamored with capturing the world around me, as I see it. It grew from there and since my art is continually evolving as I'm always learning and growing."

Tisha's Collections:

The Scapes Photography:... more »

Meet Create Member +Tisha Luk

Hello Tisha, tell us a little bit about your photography?

"My name is Tisha Luk and I'm an American photographer/blogger living in Canada. I've gone through many phases of my photographic passion, including macro, product, and conceptual photography. At this time, I'm concentrating on travel, which incorporates landscape, architecture, & people photography."

How did you get into photography?

"For as long as I can remember I've loved taking photographs. Since I took my first photo on my mom's old Kodak 110 film camera, I've been enamored with capturing the world around me, as I see it. It grew from there and since my art is continually evolving as I'm always learning and growing."

Tisha's Collections:

The Scapes Photography: (https://plus.google.com/collection/YsF-MB)

Architectural Photography: (https://plus.google.com/collection/kKBeSB)

People Photography: (https://plus.google.com/collection/42OQNB)___

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2017-02-08 17:43:16 (135 comments; 44 reshares; 589 +1s; )Open 

The Black History Plus Collection by Google+ Create member +Michael takes a look at prominent figures from the African-American community from the past and present.

This entry takes a brief look at the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Feel free to join in throughout February by tagging your relevant posts with #BlackHistoryPlus

Michael's Black History Plus Collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gzxPpB)

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi (2013)
Founders of "Black Lives Matter"


Often when I think of “Black History”, I think of the historical moments that has happened in the distant past within the black community across the world. However, thinking of this made me want to dive into moments that has made a huge difference today and that will be taught in the future. One moment in particular is the birth of the ”Black Lives Matter” Movement.

I have followed along and stand with the strong movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people, but I never knew who started the powerful movement. Introducing, what I’d like to call, The Mothers of the Black Lives Matter movement. In a Medium post, Patrisse Cullors explains, “We didn’t start a movement. We started a network”. ¹ After the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter spread through a vast majority of Twitter fingers as a response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, activists, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi created the Black-centered political will and movement building project.

Since then, the Black Lives Matter movement has powerfully inspired many to protest against police killings of black people and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and perceived racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system. Whether that is through a social network status update, changing of profile pictures on social networks, Snapchat filters, peacefully marching through cities, and speaking out throughout colleges and universities; these three incredibly activists orchestrated the new age embodiment and extension of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Civil Rights Movement in 1954.

¹https://goo.gl/ojfJql
Image: gettyimages.com
#BlackHistoryPlus___The Black History Plus Collection by Google+ Create member +Michael takes a look at prominent figures from the African-American community from the past and present.

This entry takes a brief look at the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Feel free to join in throughout February by tagging your relevant posts with #BlackHistoryPlus

Michael's Black History Plus Collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gzxPpB)

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2017-02-07 16:51:22 (123 comments; 45 reshares; 960 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member +Your Health Tube

Hello Dragan, tell us why you started Your Health Tube?

"Hi, my name is Dragan. I’m a medical professional and a health blogger. My wife is a nutritionist, and together we created a health blog called Your Health Tube (http://yourhealthtube.com). We created a health blog because we want to provide true, scientifically proven information about health and organic food. We also enjoy taking pictures – so, most of the images (organic food, herbs, spices, etc.) that you can find on our blog are our personal photos."

Dragan’s Your Health Tube Collection: (https://plus.google.com/collection/EdUicB)

Nutrition Collection: (https://plus.google.com/collection/oxBpsB)

Meet Create Member +Your Health Tube

Hello Dragan, tell us why you started Your Health Tube?

"Hi, my name is Dragan. I’m a medical professional and a health blogger. My wife is a nutritionist, and together we created a health blog called Your Health Tube (http://yourhealthtube.com). We created a health blog because we want to provide true, scientifically proven information about health and organic food. We also enjoy taking pictures – so, most of the images (organic food, herbs, spices, etc.) that you can find on our blog are our personal photos."

Dragan’s Your Health Tube Collection: (https://plus.google.com/collection/EdUicB)

Nutrition Collection: (https://plus.google.com/collection/oxBpsB)___

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2017-02-06 16:25:32 (176 comments; 44 reshares; 694 +1s; )Open 

What was your favorite moment of Super Bowl LI? #SuperBowlPlus

Last night's Super Bowl featured a historic comeback from Tom Brady and the Patriots as they defeated the Atlanta Falcons. But interestingly enough, Lady Gaga's halftime show was the most-watched moment of the entire broadcast, according to Fox Business.

The comeback, Lady Gaga, or the memes? Which was most entertaining?

The New England Patriots are the Super Bowl 51 Champions___What was your favorite moment of Super Bowl LI? #SuperBowlPlus

Last night's Super Bowl featured a historic comeback from Tom Brady and the Patriots as they defeated the Atlanta Falcons. But interestingly enough, Lady Gaga's halftime show was the most-watched moment of the entire broadcast, according to Fox Business.

The comeback, Lady Gaga, or the memes? Which was most entertaining?

2017-02-05 22:59:36 (10 comments; 64 reshares; 148 +1s; )Open 

What are we looking forward to most tonight?

The game? The commercials? The halftime show? The memes?

#SuperBowlPlus

What are we looking forward to most tonight?

The game? The commercials? The halftime show? The memes?

#SuperBowlPlus___

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2017-02-03 20:55:04 (195 comments; 151 reshares; 1,701 +1s; )Open 

Super Bowl Spinoffs: Kittens, Puppies, and Fish... Oh My!

With the Super Bowl Sunday becoming such a cultural force and turning into an unofficial holiday in the U.S., non-sports networks have been forced to adapt football themes. If you're not interested in the big game Sunday, there are still a few things for you to check out, particularly if you're an animal lover.

The Puppy Bowl: Team Ruff vs. Team Fluff - The Puppy Bowl is comprised of 78 adorable shelter dogs who will do battle on the gridiron...or roll around looking cute. (More Info: https://youtu.be/dQmKhzPM-bY)

The Kitten Bowl: Watch "cathletes" race through tunnels and chase hamster balls in this competition that is surely destined to end with the kittens cleaning themselves before taking a nap. (More Info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9akKrbY2Gc)

The Fish... more »

Super Bowl Spinoffs: Kittens, Puppies, and Fish... Oh My!

With the Super Bowl Sunday becoming such a cultural force and turning into an unofficial holiday in the U.S., non-sports networks have been forced to adapt football themes. If you're not interested in the big game Sunday, there are still a few things for you to check out, particularly if you're an animal lover.

The Puppy Bowl: Team Ruff vs. Team Fluff - The Puppy Bowl is comprised of 78 adorable shelter dogs who will do battle on the gridiron...or roll around looking cute. (More Info: https://youtu.be/dQmKhzPM-bY)

The Kitten Bowl: Watch "cathletes" race through tunnels and chase hamster balls in this competition that is surely destined to end with the kittens cleaning themselves before taking a nap. (More Info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9akKrbY2Gc)

The Fish Bowl: The Los Angeles Clams take on the Buffalo Gills in an aquatic fight to the finish. Perhaps a few hours of watching fish will tickle your fancy? (More Info: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/fish-bowl/)

Which event will you watch? #SuperBowlPlus
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2017-02-03 17:54:10 (64 comments; 45 reshares; 815 +1s; )Open 

Reviving a Community with +Jacob Dix #ThatsAPlus

Facing problems with declining participation, spam accounts, and low value posts. Jacob whipped his Mobile Photography Community into shape and greatly increased quality and participation.

How'd he do it? Read on....

Improving The Mobile Photography Community

Some Context

The Mobile Photography Community has been around for more than two years now and has had a slow but steady increase of followers from when it started. The first 200 came roughly from my friends on G+ who did mobile photography and art, as well some of my followers who enjoyed passively viewing these. Then came lots of random people over the next year, spam accounts, image and link dumpers, etc. It finally broke 1000 members earlier this year, but most of these accounts are empty or unused. By that time, activity was practically zero! Just four months ago, the Community was at an all time low in posting (maybe 3 posts a week) and about two pluses per post, if any. It was looking like most other communities out there.

What's Going On Now

In just two months:
Active posting members is up to about 30.
Pluses went from 1-2 to an average of ten.
Comments went from 0 to an average 2-3, sometimes much more.
Reshares actually happen on occasion.
Membership in one month went from some 1250 to over 1500. At this point I closed the door as a lot of those joining were spam accounts.
I'd estimate that posts went from 7 a week several months ago (if lucky) to now 50 a week!
All of this is a great sign that we are working in the right direction!

Steps Taken

The Mobile Photography Community team is dedicated to making this a thriving place for you. What have we done and what are we doing?

* Badge: On my website, I put a community badge in the right hand widget of posts. So suddenly all 90 post pages I've got (on http://www.mobilography.net) link back to the Community. My site gets about 50 visitors a day (last I checked) and the site address should tell you that those who visit are exclusively interested in mobile photography.

* I am working on a permanent page for the website, as a short of landing page for the Community as well.

* Blog post: in addition to the Community badge widget, I posted recently a bit of history of the Community, the love that has gone into building it, and that it's something to be proud of.

* Collection: I have near 40,000 followers on my own profile, after posting almost exclusively mobile photography for 5 years straight. So I made a "From the Community" collection. It is a way to increase visibility both for Community members, and also for the Community itself. Doing this, I can increase member post views by about 1000.

* Sharing In: not only am I sharing out, I sometimes share images in. We always mention the person, so they know where their post went. It's a good way to introduce people and expose the Community to unique artists.

* Rebranding: I had an old heavily edited image and a community tag line "Edit your world. Share your artistry." Only problem is that few people do that much heavy editing. So I changed the caption to be more in line with mobilographers in general: "Capture your world. Share your artistry." Artistry already implies some editing.

The image got changed to the same image as my "From the community" collection cover image, so that it is familiar. I used Snapseed's new text tools to add the text. The weekly theme posts all have this same look too them, while Community Forum posts have the same image, different question, every week. This all gives the Community a clean and consistent look.

* Weekly Themes: these have been a hit! We love what you've all posted related to the weekly themes!

* Community Forum: we started a weekly Community Forum post to increase engagement among members and get everyone talking about various aspects, the ins and outs of mobile photography. I'd hoped for a bit more interaction on this feature, but I think, given time, it will grow.

* Community Spotlight: this feature was started only a few weeks ago, with the intention of highlighting a singular image of quality every week. The idea here is to hopefully get people talking about it, raise awareness of what goes into a good photograph, and also to applaud the skill of our members.

* Collaboration with other active Communities. This Community is unique and fills specific roles. It also exists in a wider community of mobile photography, where other Communities (with a capital C) also play their part. So we work with those Communities. It's all fun!

* Good Moderation: for the Community to work, I've put together a great team of four. Two men and two women, two from North America (myself now living in Sweden), and two from India. We cover numerous time zones, gender and culture. A moderating team has to be this way in my view.

* House Cleaning: I've put in a lot of time cleaning house. I estimate I've delved about 400 inactive or spam accounts in the last month. I am slowly working my way through the membership to look at each profile to see whether the person is real or not, and if they are even using Google+ any longer. I think this adds to the Community by making sure this is a safe place for you to share your images with people you trust.

Possibilities

There are other ideas in the works but we'll leave it here for now. Once the three features we have currently run smoothly, I'll be requesting volunteers for moderator positions yet again for more features and ways to interact.

Having written all this, wow that is a lot! And I can safely say without doubt, it's working. It's making for a great place to share.

If you've gotten this far in the post, thank you. Do take some time to thank our team of moderators +Danny Wood​, +Sonali Dalal​, and +AnGeLiN JaCoB​ for the hard work they do. It's greatly appreciated, and it makes this Community possible.

I also hope after reading this, that you will consider investing in this Community as well. We will only get something out of it if we put something in.

Capture your world. Share your artistry.

All the best!
+Jacob Dix​

Community || http://goo.gl/ROrYI0
Tags || #Mobilography #MobilePhotography #MobileArt #ThatsaPlus

___Reviving a Community with +Jacob Dix #ThatsAPlus

Facing problems with declining participation, spam accounts, and low value posts. Jacob whipped his Mobile Photography Community into shape and greatly increased quality and participation.

How'd he do it? Read on....

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2017-02-02 21:39:06 (85 comments; 60 reshares; 1,026 +1s; )Open 

The Evolution Of The Gaudy Super Bowl Ring #SuperBowlPlus

The first ever Super Bowl ring (given to the Packers in 1967) had 40 grams of gold and a one karat diamond in the center. The 2015 Super Bowl ring for the New England Patriots had 100 grams of gold and 205 diamonds (nearly 5 karats), bringing its value to a whopping $36,000.

This video takes an inside look at the location where Super Bowl rings are made (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMAKUKMmZpQ)

Additionally, you can view a gallery of every Super Bowl ring here (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/gallery/50-pictures-of-50-super-bowl-rings-in-all-their-diamond-encrusted-glory-020117)

The Evolution Of The Gaudy Super Bowl Ring #SuperBowlPlus

The first ever Super Bowl ring (given to the Packers in 1967) had 40 grams of gold and a one karat diamond in the center. The 2015 Super Bowl ring for the New England Patriots had 100 grams of gold and 205 diamonds (nearly 5 karats), bringing its value to a whopping $36,000.

This video takes an inside look at the location where Super Bowl rings are made (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMAKUKMmZpQ)

Additionally, you can view a gallery of every Super Bowl ring here (http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/gallery/50-pictures-of-50-super-bowl-rings-in-all-their-diamond-encrusted-glory-020117)___

2017-02-02 16:51:59 (74 comments; 25 reshares; 590 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member +Monika Fuchs: Your new travel resource

Hello Monika, tell us a little bit about yourself and your passions

”My biggest passions are travel, writing and photography. I have been combining these by working professionally as a travel journalist and travel blogger for the past 15 years.”

Whats your favorite creation?

”My favorite creation is our blog which I have been publishing together with my husband since 2006: (http://www.travelworldonline.de/traveller) It recounts interesting moments we had during our trips around the world. You can also find tips about various locales when you visit them yourself.”

Check out Monika’s Collections about Canada and its Provinces: (https://plus.google.com/collection/MKBecB) and USA Travel Destinations (https://plus.google.com/collection/gnl8LE). 

Meet Create Member +Monika Fuchs: Your new travel resource

Hello Monika, tell us a little bit about yourself and your passions

”My biggest passions are travel, writing and photography. I have been combining these by working professionally as a travel journalist and travel blogger for the past 15 years.”

Whats your favorite creation?

”My favorite creation is our blog which I have been publishing together with my husband since 2006: (http://www.travelworldonline.de/traveller) It recounts interesting moments we had during our trips around the world. You can also find tips about various locales when you visit them yourself.”

Check out Monika’s Collections about Canada and its Provinces: (https://plus.google.com/collection/MKBecB) and USA Travel Destinations (https://plus.google.com/collection/gnl8LE). ___

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2017-02-01 22:56:25 (58 comments; 36 reshares; 463 +1s; )Open 

How I Turned African History Into A VR Experience by +Noble Ackerson

A fantastic example of how we can take things from the past to propel us forward in a way that's current and interesting. #BlackHistoryPlus

Just shipped an early release of my VR-based side-project, an education game - you can test via the APK from the article.
Your thoughts, recommendations, and resharing welcome :D

Stack: Unity3D, C#, GoogleVR SDK (Cardboard for now), libs: iTween
https://medium.com/@nobleackerson/how-i-turned-african-history-into-a-vr-experience-4b16c61555f2#.h9i8qpq3y___How I Turned African History Into A VR Experience by +Noble Ackerson

A fantastic example of how we can take things from the past to propel us forward in a way that's current and interesting. #BlackHistoryPlus

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2017-02-01 22:20:32 (44 comments; 27 reshares; 548 +1s; )Open 

Congrats to +Jeffrey Powers and the Podcasters Community for being named to +Forbes "7 Podcast Communities To Join (And Why You Need Them) list! #ThatsAPlus

This Podcaster's group was mentioned in +Forbes as one of the top 7 community resources on the web! I am super stoked we got mentioned! Now it's time to step up the game and bring more #Podcast content to you guys!

Of course, if it wasn't for the moderating team we have on this board, we wouldn't have gotten this far. Thanks to everyone that helped contribute!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahrheawerner/2017/01/31/7-podcast-communities-to-join-and-why-you-need-them/#19419e6a62c3

#Thatsaplus
___Congrats to +Jeffrey Powers and the Podcasters Community for being named to +Forbes "7 Podcast Communities To Join (And Why You Need Them) list! #ThatsAPlus

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2017-02-01 16:41:32 (66 comments; 35 reshares; 615 +1s; )Open 

Super Bowl by the Numbers - #SuperBowlPlus

0 - Number of Super Bowls that the +Atlanta Falcons have won

3 - This will be the third time Houston has hosted the Super Bowl (1974 & 2004)

7 - Number of Super Bowls Patriots +New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has participated in.

19 - Percentage of people surveyed who said they’d skip the funeral of a loved one to see their favorite team in the Super Bowl.

5,000 - Number of journalists expected to cover the Super Bowl this week.

5,216 - Average price of a Super Bowl ticket this year (USD)

140,000 - expected out of town visitors to Houston for the event.

1,000,000 - Number of people expected to attend a Super Bowl related event in Houston this week.

5,000,000 - Price of a 30 seconda... more »

Super Bowl by the Numbers - #SuperBowlPlus

0 - Number of Super Bowls that the +Atlanta Falcons have won

3 - This will be the third time Houston has hosted the Super Bowl (1974 & 2004)

7 - Number of Super Bowls Patriots +New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has participated in.

19 - Percentage of people surveyed who said they’d skip the funeral of a loved one to see their favorite team in the Super Bowl.

5,000 - Number of journalists expected to cover the Super Bowl this week.

5,216 - Average price of a Super Bowl ticket this year (USD)

140,000 - expected out of town visitors to Houston for the event.

1,000,000 - Number of people expected to attend a Super Bowl related event in Houston this week.

5,000,000 - Price of a 30 second advertisement during the Super Bowl

51,700,000 - Cases of beer are sold on Super Bowl Sunday

1,230,000,000 - Chicken wings will be consumed at Super Bowl parties (yes, billion!)

(All Statistics via WalletHub)___

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2017-02-01 15:57:15 (193 comments; 88 reshares; 784 +1s; )Open 

Black History Month

February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month, and many take this time to observe important events and people throughout the African diaspora. During the month of February, we’ll be sharing a series of posts highlighting Black history, achievements, and contributions to culture.

We invite the Google+ community to join in and share your thoughts, experiences, and influences by using the hashtag #BlackHistoryPlus in your posts. We’ll be checking the hashtag and may possibly re-share things that are insightful or educational.

Join in, and tag a friend!

Black History Month

February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month, and many take this time to observe important events and people throughout the African diaspora. During the month of February, we’ll be sharing a series of posts highlighting Black history, achievements, and contributions to culture.

We invite the Google+ community to join in and share your thoughts, experiences, and influences by using the hashtag #BlackHistoryPlus in your posts. We’ll be checking the hashtag and may possibly re-share things that are insightful or educational.

Join in, and tag a friend!___

2017-02-01 02:42:53 (68 comments; 16 reshares; 534 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member +Jason Bayton

Hello Jason, tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

”I’m in my 20s, Welsh and am passionate about both music and technology. With technology my interests vary wildly between Linux, Disaster Recovery, Mobile Tech and everything in between. I enjoy writing for my blog (bayton.org) and am always eager to review new and upcoming hardware and software (especially enterprise-grade stuff), as well as walk newcomers through everything from installation to the configuration of solutions with user-friendly guides.”

Which Collections of yours would you recommend to others?

Technology: (https://plus.google.com/collection/MAKYX)
Music: (https://plus.google.com/collection/YBbXX)
Linux: (https://plus.google.com/collection/Q9Y5fB)

Which creation of yours are you most proudof?more »

Meet Create Member +Jason Bayton

Hello Jason, tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

”I’m in my 20s, Welsh and am passionate about both music and technology. With technology my interests vary wildly between Linux, Disaster Recovery, Mobile Tech and everything in between. I enjoy writing for my blog (bayton.org) and am always eager to review new and upcoming hardware and software (especially enterprise-grade stuff), as well as walk newcomers through everything from installation to the configuration of solutions with user-friendly guides.”

Which Collections of yours would you recommend to others?

Technology: (https://plus.google.com/collection/MAKYX)
Music: (https://plus.google.com/collection/YBbXX)
Linux: (https://plus.google.com/collection/Q9Y5fB)

Which creation of yours are you most proud of?

”My LXD, ZFS and bridged networking guide for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. It has attracted thousands of readers and tonnes of positive feedback. It's the most popular guide I've ever written. (https://bayton.org/2016/05/lxd-zfs-and-bridged-networking-on-ubuntu-16-04-lts)”___

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2017-01-31 21:25:40 (64 comments; 62 reshares; 744 +1s; )Open 

This Month On G+

January was a busy month here at Google+, we introduced a number of updates and featured a host of awesome creators. If you missed anything, here’s a quick refresher. Enjoy!

Making G+ Work Better For You - From improved comment filtering to bringing back Events, we’ve listened to your suggestions and improved the G+ experience (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/aKkoS1RVMUV)

Best Practices For G+ Collections: Interested in developing and growing your Collection? This guide will help you share your interests with others. (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/3zBwGASw3LW)

Discover The Portrait Gallery Community: World class portrait photography from G+ members like yourself (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/7nZunbCJe9A)<... more »

This Month On G+

January was a busy month here at Google+, we introduced a number of updates and featured a host of awesome creators. If you missed anything, here’s a quick refresher. Enjoy!

Making G+ Work Better For You - From improved comment filtering to bringing back Events, we’ve listened to your suggestions and improved the G+ experience (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/aKkoS1RVMUV)

Best Practices For G+ Collections: Interested in developing and growing your Collection? This guide will help you share your interests with others. (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/3zBwGASw3LW)

Discover The Portrait Gallery Community: World class portrait photography from G+ members like yourself (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/7nZunbCJe9A)

#SuperBowlPlus - Check out this hashtag throughout the week to keep up with the Super Bowl festivities heading into Sunday’s big game.

All Star Wars. All The Time - Meet the chief curator of all things Star Wars on G+ and check out cool art from The Force - https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/JgQiNfGjCEQ

Are you interested in receiving updates more frequently? Check out G+ on Twitter, where we feature content from new creators every day! https://twitter.com/GooglePlus

https://goo.gl/urfBS8___

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2017-01-31 17:06:32 (67 comments; 45 reshares; 583 +1s; )Open 

Super Bowl Week Is Here! #SuperBowlPlus

The Super Bowl may have started as a simple game to determine an NFL Champion, but it has since evolved into a huge cultural event that extends far beyond the game. This week, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite things about the Super Bowl and encourage all of you to do the same by using the #SuperBowlPlus hashtag.

We’re kicking things off with the following question: What’s your favorite Super Bowl Halftime performance?

Can you go wrong with Prince singing “Purple Rain” in the rain at 2007’s Super Bowl XLI??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEFyP-Q7CVE

Super Bowl Week Is Here! #SuperBowlPlus

The Super Bowl may have started as a simple game to determine an NFL Champion, but it has since evolved into a huge cultural event that extends far beyond the game. This week, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite things about the Super Bowl and encourage all of you to do the same by using the #SuperBowlPlus hashtag.

We’re kicking things off with the following question: What’s your favorite Super Bowl Halftime performance?

Can you go wrong with Prince singing “Purple Rain” in the rain at 2007’s Super Bowl XLI??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEFyP-Q7CVE___

2017-01-30 16:57:31 (41 comments; 27 reshares; 635 +1s; )Open 

Discover the Photograph Melbourne Community

"Photograph Melbourne is a vibrant community of photographers of all skill levels, device preferences and a wide selection of humanity all with one thing in common, the love of our city Melbourne. Melbourne has been voted the worlds most livable city for so long its hard to remember when it wasn't and we love to show both the crowning jewels but also the urban underbelly. No matter what kind of photography you enjoy or how you like to enjoy it you're welcome in our community. We run photowalks all around and nearish to Melbourne regularly and all community members are welcome to attend or even run your own activities."

Photograph Melbourne is currently moderated by +Paul Pavlinovich, +Lady Fran W, +Kelvin Morrison, +Ananda Sim and +Andrew Fenwick.

+Paul Pavlinovich is an avid photographer of more than 30... more »

Discover the Photograph Melbourne Community

"Photograph Melbourne is a vibrant community of photographers of all skill levels, device preferences and a wide selection of humanity all with one thing in common, the love of our city Melbourne. Melbourne has been voted the worlds most livable city for so long its hard to remember when it wasn't and we love to show both the crowning jewels but also the urban underbelly. No matter what kind of photography you enjoy or how you like to enjoy it you're welcome in our community. We run photowalks all around and nearish to Melbourne regularly and all community members are welcome to attend or even run your own activities."

Photograph Melbourne is currently moderated by +Paul Pavlinovich, +Lady Fran W, +Kelvin Morrison, +Ananda Sim and +Andrew Fenwick.

+Paul Pavlinovich is an avid photographer of more than 30 years experience. A qualified trainer and leader puts him in a good position to help people learn the art of photography.

Check out the Community here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116476435425093945441___

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2017-01-27 15:36:23 (151 comments; 113 reshares; 1,419 +1s; )Open 

Happy Lunar New Year! #LNY2017

All around the globe, millions are traveling home to celebrate the Lunar New Year with friends and family. Whether its giving out red packets, lighting firecrackers, or having a family meal, share your New Year festivities with us with the #LNY2017 hashtag.

Happy Year of the Rooster! 

Happy Lunar New Year! #LNY2017

All around the globe, millions are traveling home to celebrate the Lunar New Year with friends and family. Whether its giving out red packets, lighting firecrackers, or having a family meal, share your New Year festivities with us with the #LNY2017 hashtag.

Happy Year of the Rooster! ___

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2017-01-26 19:05:33 (121 comments; 81 reshares; 1,073 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member +Luci Westphal

Hey Luci! How did your passion for “Moving Postcards” form?

”In May 2010, I moved from Brooklyn to Berlin and spontaneously decided to publish a 1-minute video every week to show my friends around the world what I was seeing… as a way to stay connected and be creative. Over the 6 ½ years of making these weekly videos, I realized that a lot more “strangers” were interested in getting these postcards."

"I hope that my “postcards” help make the world a better place by capturing and delivering something beautiful and inspiring to people. I believe that a way of fighting the bad in the world is by doing something good: and sometimes a postcard is all it takes to brighten someone's day and inspire them to do something nice.”

View Luci’s Collections

In A ColoradoMinute: https://... more »

Meet Create Member +Luci Westphal

Hey Luci! How did your passion for “Moving Postcards” form?

”In May 2010, I moved from Brooklyn to Berlin and spontaneously decided to publish a 1-minute video every week to show my friends around the world what I was seeing… as a way to stay connected and be creative. Over the 6 ½ years of making these weekly videos, I realized that a lot more “strangers” were interested in getting these postcards."

"I hope that my “postcards” help make the world a better place by capturing and delivering something beautiful and inspiring to people. I believe that a way of fighting the bad in the world is by doing something good: and sometimes a postcard is all it takes to brighten someone's day and inspire them to do something nice.”

View Luci’s Collections

In A Colorado Minute: https://plus.google.com/collection/0lfov
In Another Minute: https://plus.google.com/collection/gUXL_

https://youtu.be/cke1cAYg6kU___

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2017-01-25 17:18:08 (75 comments; 50 reshares; 697 +1s; )Open 

Collections In The Classroom: Brazil Edition

Collections can make learning more interactive! Teachers around the world have found creative ways to use them in the classroom.

+Fernanda Valentim FAC- UnB- Brasil, Professor of Marketing and Branding at the Universidade de Brasília (UnB) asked her students to create Collections for their assignments. She sees Collections as a way for her students to organize information, and says “With the Collections, it is possible to build an extensive and interactive database to share knowledge". Some
of her students have even been featured on Google+.

One of her students, +Marianne de Lazari Ferreira created a Collection that showcases the ubiquity of marketing strategies in the world around us. She explains, "Collections provided the possibility of exploring a whole universe and sharing that with which I mostid... more »

Coleções na sala de aula!

As Coleções podem tornar o aprendizado mais interativo!

+Fernanda Valentim FAC- UnB- Brasil, professora de Marketing e Branding da Universidade de Brasília (UnB), diz ver muitas vantagens na utilização de Coleções em sala de aula: “A primeira delas é a possibilidade de sistematizar a informação”. Uma outra vantagem: “Com as coleções é possível construir um banco de dados extenso e interativo para compartilhar conhecimento”.

Como um dos projetos de sala de aula, Fernanda pediu para seus alunos criarem Coleções sobre determinados assuntos com postagens semanais.

Uma de suas alunas, a estudante de Comunicação Social, +Marianne de Lazari criou uma Coleção que mostra a onipresença das estratégias de marketing no mundo que nos rodeia. Ela explica que as Coleções forneceram a possibilidade de explorar todo um universo e de compartilhar o conteúdo com o qual ela mais se identificou.
https://plus.google.com/collection/QbMNXB

+Amanda Castro Ávila, estudante de Publicidade e Propaganda da UnB, ficou intrigada com a tarefa, e escolheu mostrar as complexidades das estratégias de branding e as formas que determinadas associações são cultivadas na publicidade. Ela diz: "As Coleções se tornaram em ricas fontes de conteúdos específicos, e passei a entrar nas coleções dos meus colegas e em outras que tratavam de assuntos que me interessavam.”
https://plus.google.com/collection/EKxrXB

A Coleção de +Taynara Souza sobre mensagens ocultas em campanhas de marketing chegou à página Coleções em Destaque no Google+. "Eu nunca imaginei que minha coleção poderia ser selecionada", diz a estudante de Publicidade e Propaganda. “Comecei fazendo o que foi pedido e acabei gostando de compartilhar notícias legais que eu encontrava sobre marketing.”
https://plus.google.com/collection/A2_eXB

A professora +Fernanda Valentim FAC- UnB- Brasil acredita que as coleções agregam uma possibilidade de interação fora da sala de aula e “uma abertura para discussão de assuntos que nem sempre o cronograma nos permite abordar”.
https://plus.google.com/collection/Mq_xWB
https://plus.google.com/collection/4ouxWB

Se você é professor e já usou as Coleções em sala de aula, ou se deseja discutir ideias para projetos, envie um e-mail para gplus.createbrasil@gmail.com

+Fernanda Valentim FAC- UnB- Brasil é membro da comunidade Google+ Create:
https://plus.google.com/create?hl=pt
___Collections In The Classroom: Brazil Edition

Collections can make learning more interactive! Teachers around the world have found creative ways to use them in the classroom.

+Fernanda Valentim FAC- UnB- Brasil, Professor of Marketing and Branding at the Universidade de Brasília (UnB) asked her students to create Collections for their assignments. She sees Collections as a way for her students to organize information, and says “With the Collections, it is possible to build an extensive and interactive database to share knowledge". Some
of her students have even been featured on Google+.

One of her students, +Marianne de Lazari Ferreira created a Collection that showcases the ubiquity of marketing strategies in the world around us. She explains, "Collections provided the possibility of exploring a whole universe and sharing that with which I most identified".
https://plus.google.com/collection/QbMNXB

+Amanda Castro Ávila was intrigued by the assignment, and chose to showcase the intricacies of branding and the ways that particular associations are cultivated in advertising. She says, "Collections have turned themselves into rich sources of specific content, and I began looking through the Collections of my classmates and of other people who shared my interests."
https://plus.google.com/collection/EKxrXB

Taynara Souza’s Collection about hidden messages in marketing campaigns made it to the Featured Collections page on Google+. "I never imagined that my Collection would have been selected," Taynara says. "I began simply doing what was asked by the assignment, and I ended up really enjoying sharing interesting news pieces that I found about marketing."
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/A2_eXB

+Fernanda Valentim FAC- UnB- Brasil believes that Collections add a possibility of interaction outside the classroom and is "an opening for discussion of issues that the school calendar does not always allow us to address."

If you’ve used Collections in your classroom, or want to discuss ideas for projects, email us at gplus.createbrasil@gmail.com

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2017-01-24 23:54:10 (500 comments; 460 reshares; 1,788 +1s; )Open 

See how people are responding to what you’re posting right from your profile with the new profile insights panel.

Insights for everyone

It’s always great to see a positive response to something you’ve posted. But sometimes you want to see what’s happening overall — the big picture.

To help you see how you’re doing, we’re introducing a new profile insights panel in Google+, available whether you post as a person or a page. It’s a private dashboard where you can see the engagement on all your posts, and on reshares of your posts, as well as follows on your profile and Collections.

To find your dashboard, visit your profile on the web version of Google+ (plus.google.com/me) and open the three dots menu at the top.___See how people are responding to what you’re posting right from your profile with the new profile insights panel.

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2017-01-24 17:26:59 (174 comments; 154 reshares; 2,361 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Members +Kate & Mark - Vagrants Of The World Travel

Hey Kate & Mark! Tell us a little bit about yourselves?

”In early 2014 Kate and I made the decision to sell everything we owned and go traveling. We had always been avid travelers and the opportunity arose for us to let go of material things and take the punt on traveling full time. So after some research and a lot of soul searching we hit the road. Starting our journey in Morocco we have been going strong ever since. Our goal is to inspire those who love to travel and provide some escape for those who perhaps can’t.”

Where’s the most interesting place you’ve lived?

"Kate and I met during preparations for an Antarctic Expedition. I spent 15 months living on the ice and Kate was part of the voyage management crew aboard the ice breaker that transported usto and fr... more »

Meet Create Members +Kate & Mark - Vagrants Of The World Travel

Hey Kate & Mark! Tell us a little bit about yourselves?

”In early 2014 Kate and I made the decision to sell everything we owned and go traveling. We had always been avid travelers and the opportunity arose for us to let go of material things and take the punt on traveling full time. So after some research and a lot of soul searching we hit the road. Starting our journey in Morocco we have been going strong ever since. Our goal is to inspire those who love to travel and provide some escape for those who perhaps can’t.”

Where’s the most interesting place you’ve lived?

"Kate and I met during preparations for an Antarctic Expedition. I spent 15 months living on the ice and Kate was part of the voyage management crew aboard the ice breaker that transported us to and from Antarctica. It was here we found each other and a love for travellng. Plus we both love penguins especially Emperor Penguins.”

Visit Kate & Mark’s travel Collection:(https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/wzPIsB)___

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2017-01-23 16:19:28 (99 comments; 78 reshares; 1,101 +1s; )Open 

Excited for Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Join the discussion in the Official G+ Star Wars Community

It's official. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is the next chapter of the Skywalker saga. In theaters this December. http://strw.rs/62628RpY8___Excited for Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Join the discussion in the Official G+ Star Wars Community

2017-01-23 15:42:44 (63 comments; 33 reshares; 690 +1s; )Open 

Discover the Tabletop Podcasts Community

"Here at Tabletop Podcasts we are looking for Podcasters and fans of Podcasts about Roleplaying Games, Board Games, Wargames, Minauteres and Card Games. Basically anything you can sit around a table and play with friends."

"Tabletop Podcasts is a place for gaming podcasters to advertise their latest episodes, connect with their fans, connect with game designers and publishes and promote their shows. For listeners it's a great place to leave feedback on shows you've listened to and to find new shows to add to your playlists."

Check out this Community run by Community Vanguards member +Moe Tousignant

https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/communities/116539427113002819331

Discover the Tabletop Podcasts Community

"Here at Tabletop Podcasts we are looking for Podcasters and fans of Podcasts about Roleplaying Games, Board Games, Wargames, Minauteres and Card Games. Basically anything you can sit around a table and play with friends."

"Tabletop Podcasts is a place for gaming podcasters to advertise their latest episodes, connect with their fans, connect with game designers and publishes and promote their shows. For listeners it's a great place to leave feedback on shows you've listened to and to find new shows to add to your playlists."

Check out this Community run by Community Vanguards member +Moe Tousignant

https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/communities/116539427113002819331___

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2017-01-20 22:04:43 (110 comments; 53 reshares; 744 +1s; )Open 

Google+ Tips: Following Collections

Collections are a group of posts centered around your favorite interests, be sure to search for new Collections periodically and follow them for fresh posts in your feed!

Follow a Collection

Have you found a Collection full of posts that you're interested in?

Then Follow it to see future posts in your home stream.

▶ Click the "Follow" button.
▶ If you have not followed any collections before then you'll see an info dialog with a link to more info about following collections.
▶ Once you have followed the collection you can (optionally) turn notifications on. Where you will be notified of new posts.

Find collections that interest you using search or browse some promoted collections here: plus.google.com/collections/featured ___Google+ Tips: Following Collections

Collections are a group of posts centered around your favorite interests, be sure to search for new Collections periodically and follow them for fresh posts in your feed!

2017-01-19 21:12:04 (68 comments; 80 reshares; 767 +1s; )Open 

All Star Wars. All The Time: Meet Google+'s chief curator of The Force +Raymond Mendiola IV

Hello Raymond! So, you’re a Star Wars art enthusiast, when did this start?

”I started curating Star Wars art way back in 2013, but I think it was the steady amount of new Force Awakens art last year in 2015 that inspired me to seek out new Star Wars art in general and share it everyday.”

What can people expect from your Star Wars art Collection?

“There are so many amazingly talented fans across the globe that create amazing art - whether it be based on The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels, or Rogue One. Each and every day I feature the latest and greatest new Star Wars art. I also do a monthly top-10 of the best of the best Star Wars art from the previous month as well as a couple of interviews a month with some of these incredibleartists... more »

All Star Wars. All The Time: Meet Google+'s chief curator of The Force +Raymond Mendiola IV

Hello Raymond! So, you’re a Star Wars art enthusiast, when did this start?

”I started curating Star Wars art way back in 2013, but I think it was the steady amount of new Force Awakens art last year in 2015 that inspired me to seek out new Star Wars art in general and share it everyday.”

What can people expect from your Star Wars art Collection?

“There are so many amazingly talented fans across the globe that create amazing art - whether it be based on The Force Awakens, Star Wars Rebels, or Rogue One. Each and every day I feature the latest and greatest new Star Wars art. I also do a monthly top-10 of the best of the best Star Wars art from the previous month as well as a couple of interviews a month with some of these incredible artists.”

Whats the most interesting piece you’ve encountered?

“A lot of art I feature depicts alternate or hypothetical situations in the Star Wars universe, but one of the more interesting stories is perhaps in "The Last Survivor" (plus.google.com/+RaymondMendiolaIV/posts/H1Tn6oHC1aL) by Morgan Yon."

"In the beginning of A New Hope on board the Tantive IV, a Rebel is able to get his hands on Darth Vader's lightsaber and decapitate him, he is eventually captured by the stormtroopers, and ends up the last survivor. You can just see the emotion conveyed on his face and his disbelief of being able to best a Sith lord like Vader.”___

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2017-01-18 20:50:30 (81 comments; 56 reshares; 762 +1s; )Open 

#ThatsAPlus: +Jay Patel launches a digital magazine for photographers looking to improve their craft.

Free Visual Wilderness Magazine: Oct' 2016
We started a free magazine in April 2016....Never did we imagine that it would be downloaded over 10,000 times. ;)

This month's issue deals with Being Creative. It contains ideas to help you see photos that others don't see.

Enjoy & Share.
_____________
#landscapephotography #naturephotography___#ThatsAPlus: +Jay Patel launches a digital magazine for photographers looking to improve their craft.

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2017-01-17 17:29:52 (501 comments; 350 reshares; 1,266 +1s; )Open 

You asked, we listened. From helping you see more of the comments, photos and posts that matter to bringing back Events, check out how we’re making the new Google+ work better for you: https://goo.gl/urfBS8

You asked, we listened. From helping you see more of the comments, photos and posts that matter to bringing back Events, check out how we’re making the new Google+ work better for you: https://goo.gl/urfBS8___

2017-01-17 17:21:40 (88 comments; 68 reshares; 611 +1s; )Open 

Meet Create Member +Lyubomir Spirov

What attracted you to back metal music? How long have you been a fan?

"It's been approximately 11 years since I got myself into black metal and my passion for it has grown tremendously over time. There are a number of facts that fascinate me about this kind of music but non of which can be described in mere words. In my point of view, it is a way of expressing one's darkness in a non-destructive form - through music."

What's the purpose and mission behind 'Support Black Metal'?

"Black metal is as vast as the universe itself. My mission is to discover the best underground bands and connect them to the right audience. The whole thing around SBM started more than 3 years ago on Google+ and evolved into a blog that collects rare albums, interviews and artwork. In addition, SBM... more »

Meet Create Member +Lyubomir Spirov

What attracted you to back metal music? How long have you been a fan?

"It's been approximately 11 years since I got myself into black metal and my passion for it has grown tremendously over time. There are a number of facts that fascinate me about this kind of music but non of which can be described in mere words. In my point of view, it is a way of expressing one's darkness in a non-destructive form - through music."

What's the purpose and mission behind 'Support Black Metal'?

"Black metal is as vast as the universe itself. My mission is to discover the best underground bands and connect them to the right audience. The whole thing around SBM started more than 3 years ago on Google+ and evolved into a blog that collects rare albums, interviews and artwork. In addition, SBM is a personal project that is run by one man only. Apart from supporting, it also pays homage to all the artists and musicians who continuously create and push this genre forward!"

What are the misconceptions of black metal music that some people have?

"Of course, I've come across people who are strongly against this "wicked form of music", which is totally fine. Often this is due to the fact that many bands project their visions through violent lyrical themes and imagery on stage. However, that does not mean that those people are criminals, drug addicts or lowlifes as people outside the black metal community will state. In many cases, they would be designers, developers, marketing specialists, doctors and the list goes on and on. In other words - truly remarkable people."

Lyubomir's Collections:

Black metal news (https://plus.google.com/collection/wDwOME)
Cover of the day (https://plus.google.com/collection/I3InqB)___

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