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Google Россия817,972*22 апреля в 19:00 (МСК) на странице +Google Россия пройдёт видеовстреча, посвящённая вопросам интеграции Google+ и YouTube.* Гиды форумов @100275833344620826400 и @100541073128408623254 расскажут о том, как эффективнее использовать оба сервиса вместе, создавать единый бренд для своего канала/страницы/профиля, как оформлять посты и события, общаться с аудиторией. Мы также затронем самые распространенные проблемы с использованием этих сервисов: привязка канала к страницам Google+, управление комментариями, получение персональных URL и не только. На ваши вопросы будут отвечать Ведущие Участники с форумов Google+ и #YouTube . Вопросы принимаются через приложение «Вопросы» (http://goo.gl/R8irn1) или в комментариях к мероприятию. Чтобы поучаствовать в видеовстрече, примите приглашение на это мероприятие и перейдите по ссылке на прямой эфир в указанное время. Полезные ссылки: Сообщество Поддержки Google+: g.co/GooglePlusRu; Форум Поддержки Google+: http://goo.gl/asTbP; Сообщество Авторов YouTube: http://goo.gl/XjO8uY; Форум Поддержки YouTube: http://goo.gl/oJ6yxR.   #HOA #YouTube #GooglePlusКак работают вместе Google+ и YouTube. Отвечаем на самые часто задаваемые вопросы!2015-04-22 18:00:00347  
Google+13,851,275The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033489  
Google+13,851,275A visual recap of this week on Google+.Google+ Photo Recap (9/30/2013 - 10/6/2013)2013-09-30 14:00:0023  

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2017-02-28 18:16:25 (523 comments; 282 reshares; 1,171 +1s; )Open 

G+ Android version 9.6.0: Support for GBoard Animated GIFs

Starting today with version 9.6.0 of the G+ Android client, we are enabling a new feature: support for adding animated GIFs to your posts and comments using Gboard! Now it’s easy to find and send an Animated GIF for the perfect reaction.

We hope you have as much fun using this new feature as we did in developing and testing it!

Most reshares: 282

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2017-02-28 18:16:25 (523 comments; 282 reshares; 1,171 +1s; )Open 

G+ Android version 9.6.0: Support for GBoard Animated GIFs

Starting today with version 9.6.0 of the G+ Android client, we are enabling a new feature: support for adding animated GIFs to your posts and comments using Gboard! Now it’s easy to find and send an Animated GIF for the perfect reaction.

We hope you have as much fun using this new feature as we did in developing and testing it!

Most plusones: 1552

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2017-03-03 18:48:36 (181 comments; 127 reshares; 1,552 +1s; )Open 

Three Rockets Launched within Hours Explore Auroras over Alaska
 
Three NASA rockets carrying instruments into active auroras over Alaska to aid scientists studying the northern lights and the interactions of the solar wind with Earth’s upper atmosphere and ionosphere were launched within a nearly two-hour period March 2, 2017.
 
The instruments were successfully carried on Black IX sounding rockets from the Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks. The first two rockets were launched nearly simultaneously at 12:41 a.m. and 12:42:30 a.m. EST as part of the Neutral Jets in Auroral Arcs mission.  The third rocket launched at 2:50 a.m. EST was part of the Ionospheric Structuring: In Situ and Groundbased Low Altitude StudieS or ISINGLASS mission.
 
Preliminary reports indicate that data was received from instruments aboard all three rockets.
 
PhilEbersp... more »

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2017-03-22 18:39:31 (17 comments; 12 reshares; 315 +1s; )Open 

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

Getting your help to find the best Collections and Communities

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

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

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2017-03-20 16:57:46 (63 comments; 23 reshares; 426 +1s; )Open 

Community Management Best Practices: Collaboration Driving Community Engagement

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

Cooking together through posts: Labs at Foodies+

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cooking together through posts: Labs at Foodies+

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017-03-17 18:39:55 (94 comments; 48 reshares; 327 +1s; )Open 

Vibrant & Colorful Reflections From Tokyo

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

Vibrant & Colorful Reflections From Tokyo

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

2017-03-16 16:57:18 (64 comments; 27 reshares; 356 +1s; )Open 

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

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

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

What is #Collections101?

Want to learn how to create... more »

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

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

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

What is #Collections101?

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

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

2017-03-15 13:45:19 (45 comments; 36 reshares; 448 +1s; )Open 

Ketogenic for Life

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

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

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

Ketogenic for Life

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

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

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

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

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

2017-03-14 17:42:48 (73 comments; 33 reshares; 378 +1s; )Open 

#Collections101 Panelist: +Randy Resnick

Save the date: March 28th, 2017

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

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

What is #Collections101?

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

#Collections101 Panelist: +Randy Resnick

Save the date: March 28th, 2017

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

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

What is #Collections101?

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

Leave a comment if you have any Collections questions for Randy, and be sure to check out his inspiring Collections like this one about Saving Earth’s Oceans!
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2017-03-13 19:44:34 (128 comments; 68 reshares; 966 +1s; )Open 

+Ron Clifford's Antarctic Adventures

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

Great work, Ron!

+Ron Clifford's Antarctic Adventures

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

Great work, Ron!___

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2017-03-13 17:07:24 (81 comments; 50 reshares; 419 +1s; )Open 

Hold For Review

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

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

How Does It Work?

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

Hold For Review

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

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

How Does It Work?

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

Moderating the Hold for Review Queue:

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

Auto-approve all posts

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

Ban

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

X

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

Check Mark

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

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

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

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

Strict Filters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2017-03-12 18:57:15 (119 comments; 31 reshares; 632 +1s; )Open 

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

My 1 Year Anniversary with Google+ Create

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2017-03-12 14:48:18 (99 comments; 39 reshares; 526 +1s; )Open 

Let’s Play Holi

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

How to participate

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

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

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

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

Let’s Play Holi

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

How to participate

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

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

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

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

This initiative was created by the Google+ Create: India Program, a program that celebrates the inspiring individuals behind the most captivating Google+ content. Want to learn more about it? Check the Create website g.co/PlusCreate!
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2017-03-12 01:12:31 (148 comments; 28 reshares; 761 +1s; )Open 

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

Retrospection

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

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

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

Anyway, how'd we get off topic.

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

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

And eat lunch. :P

#CreatorsFirst http://plus.google.com/create___1 Year Of Google+ Create: +Leo Deegan, "Creators help creators create.....And eat lunch. :P"

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2017-03-11 18:16:18 (61 comments; 27 reshares; 499 +1s; )Open 

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

What makes Create special?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Valeria

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

#CreatorsFirst
___1 Year Of Google+ Create: +Valeria Bressan shares what makes Create special

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2017-03-10 22:21:08 (110 comments; 35 reshares; 638 +1s; )Open 

1 Year Of Google+ Create: +Paolo Amoroso shares our passion for community building

Google+ Create turns 1
One year ago today Google announced Google+ Create, a program for recognizing creative, passionate and active Google+ users plus.google.com/create I had the privilege of being an early member and watching the program grow.

What makes Create special to me is realizing how many talented and passionate people there are here and how much they value Google+. I learn their stories, see the ever new things they create, and watch them experiment with the platform.

My best Create moment was learning about the program and realizing Google is as much passionate about Google+ as we are.

#CreatorsFirst___1 Year Of Google+ Create: +Paolo Amoroso shares our passion for community building

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2017-03-10 18:10:25 (92 comments; 16 reshares; 454 +1s; )Open 

1 Year Of Google+ Create: +Nina Trankova shares thanks

My Year on G+Create
#CreatorsFirst
Being among creators is special. You know immediately all things that you are not good at. On the better side of it, that helps focus on what skills and talents one has already. I have talked in public and committed to neutrality and to becoming Google+ Top Contributor. I have solved a very important question about the value of time, or I think I did it for myself. It's the time spent in collaboration with Top Contributors team on G+Help Community and the time spent with the team on G+Collections Community.
*Now is my first day with the TC green badge! *
Thank you to +John Skeats +Rupert Wood +Peggy K +Paul Snedden +Paolo Amoroso +Kamal Tailor +John Elstone +Pat Higgins +Robert Wallis +Kim Flowers +Julie Wills and Community Manager +Lesia Sliusarenko

My passion since I joined Create program is implementation of Collections. I'm proud to be moderating together with +Azlin Bloor the G+Collections Community and do my best to support the members and Community Manager +Faith Tan.

Each of us is a creator and we are creating an extraordinary experience on G+Create and all G+ platform.
+Sophie Bonnet +Carter Gibson and G+ team, I'm deeply thankful for all that you are doing!

The create members who participate on the video impression +David Amerland +Zara Altair +Gina Fiedel +John Skeats +Peggy K +Paolo Amoroso +Azlin Bloor +Denis Labelle
The overview is on the interviews for "You and Google+" Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/YyyRcB

You, who are reading this, take your Creator inspiration and apply: https://plus.google.com/create

Thank you for your constant support +Stan Bush!
#BeKnownForWhatYouCreate___1 Year Of Google+ Create: +Nina Trankova shares thanks

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2017-03-10 15:33:11 (117 comments; 42 reshares; 986 +1s; )Open 

Beautiful shot, +Ron Clifford!

The Color Of Hope

If colour effects mood, then today this image gives me a feeling of hope :-)

#landscape #monochrome #mountains___Beautiful shot, +Ron Clifford!

2017-03-09 22:15:08 (117 comments; 21 reshares; 362 +1s; )Open 

1 Year Of Google+ Create: +Clarissa Silva Shares Highlights

As someone who uses behavioral science to study relationships, Clarissa has used Google+ and Create for research purposes. We've enjoyed her insights and are looking forward to another year of success.

Happy 1st Anniversary, +Google+ Create! Today, I celebrate 2 wins because of Google create!”

How google create helps me understand human behavior better
As a behavioral scientist and researcher, collecting data to better understand human phenomena is sometimes challenging. See, for us, we really on what is “convenient” to us which means our students or our clients. But, in a rapidly evolving tech world where we live on devices, rising cost of healthcare and many opting out of college, how do we include their voices?

I decided to use “non-traditional” data collection methods and google create as a place that is rich with data. We consume and share so much data, we just don’t realize that it is. Our opinions=data. Our comments=data. Our posts=data.

#ResearchWin I have collected 1500 responses on polls and questionnaires using google create within days and weeks. In the traditional approach, it would take me years to collect those many responses.

#BehavioralScienceWin super excited about this I am also assisting the google create team with identifying a few new Topic Areas: Lifestyle, Relationships and Dating. For this project, I am assisting by helping identify new talent to enhance content, provide users with many solutions to address their relationship challenges, better inform content and how the algorithm will behave in those topic areas.

I also started a new collection: Dating and Relationship Science that features the research that google create has helped me better understand. Thanks to everyone that participated in my research! You are helping others find solutions!

Want to join the program? Here's the Create Application Form: http://goo.gl/HuPMcf

Special thanks to +Madeleine DeRome +Sophie Bonnet +Carter Gibson and the entire team for all the hard work they do to make this a dynamic platform.

#CreatorsFirst #ThursdayThoughts #TBT #dating #relationships #lifestyle #love #science #googlecreate #men #women
___1 Year Of Google+ Create: +Clarissa Silva Shares Highlights

As someone who uses behavioral science to study relationships, Clarissa has used Google+ and Create for research purposes. We've enjoyed her insights and are looking forward to another year of success.

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2017-03-09 20:26:10 (52 comments; 15 reshares; 352 +1s; )Open 

Get the inside scoop on Collections at #Collections101

Save the date for this panel hosted by Create members where they share tips & tricks on how to create Collections that stand out!

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

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2nd Collections 101 Panel
Save the date: 3/28, 9.30am PDT (UTC-7)

What is this panel about?
Want to learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+? #Collections101 will not only bring you tips on how to create Collections that stand out, but we’ll also hear insider strategies for creating great content from some of our top Creators on Google+!

When is it? How do I join?
The event is March 28th, at 9.30am Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7). It will be livestreamed on Youtube. Keep an eye out for the event link closer to the date. Anybody can join, so feel free to invite your friends and share about it on Google+!

Hope to see you there!
And stay tuned for our Panelist reveals next week!___Get the inside scoop on Collections at #Collections101

Save the date for this panel hosted by Create members where they share tips & tricks on how to create Collections that stand out!

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

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2017-03-09 19:05:15 (33 comments; 17 reshares; 492 +1s; )Open 

Hidden Faces In Everyday Objects

This Collecction from +Jean-Valentin Grigoras features funny faces hidden in everyday objects from bags, to cars, to office chairs. Check it out!

When Usual Becomes Creative: https://plus.google.com/collection/st0-c

The grimaces of the objects
Ever notice the seemingly humanistic faces that stare at you, from the most unlikely places?

#face #pareidolia___Hidden Faces In Everyday Objects

This Collecction from +Jean-Valentin Grigoras features funny faces hidden in everyday objects from bags, to cars, to office chairs. Check it out!

When Usual Becomes Creative: https://plus.google.com/collection/st0-c

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2017-03-09 15:46:46 (78 comments; 39 reshares; 785 +1s; )Open 

Happy Birthday, Create!

This initiative was created by the Google+ Create Program, a program that celebrates the inspiring individuals behind the most captivating Google+ content. Go to g.co/PlusCreate.

The Create Program is full of inspiration and energy from engaged Google+ users with an insatiable passion. It helps members grow their audience and their interests, recognizes their efforts and dedication while giving them the opportunity to help shape Google+ by talking directly to the Google+ team, getting updates before the public and testing upcoming features.

Today we are celebrating its 1st birthday with #CreatorsFirst!
The Google+ Create team would like to give a huge shoutout to our amazing members in the English Community (https://plus.google.com/collection/o_CnSB), Vanguards Community (https://plus.google.com/collection/4G0lkB), Portuguese Community... more »

Happy Birthday, Create!

This initiative was created by the Google+ Create Program, a program that celebrates the inspiring individuals behind the most captivating Google+ content. Go to g.co/PlusCreate.

The Create Program is full of inspiration and energy from engaged Google+ users with an insatiable passion. It helps members grow their audience and their interests, recognizes their efforts and dedication while giving them the opportunity to help shape Google+ by talking directly to the Google+ team, getting updates before the public and testing upcoming features.

Today we are celebrating its 1st birthday with #CreatorsFirst!
The Google+ Create team would like to give a huge shoutout to our amazing members in the English Community (https://plus.google.com/collection/o_CnSB), Vanguards Community (https://plus.google.com/collection/4G0lkB), Portuguese Community (https://plus.google.com/collection/w91vbB), and Indian Community.

Credit: +Daniel Raynaud, our wonderful Create founder.
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2017-03-08 23:14:54 (66 comments; 29 reshares; 371 +1s; )Open 

It’s been great to see the inspiring stories and reflections from your International Women’s Day posts! Your appreciation doesn’t have to stop there - find out how to get involved in fighting for equality every day of the year at internationalwomensday.com

It’s been great to see the inspiring stories and reflections from your International Women’s Day posts! Your appreciation doesn’t have to stop there - find out how to get involved in fighting for equality every day of the year at internationalwomensday.com___

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2017-03-08 20:11:53 (70 comments; 21 reshares; 483 +1s; )Open 

Amazing Women Vol. 1 #SheInspiresMe

Illustrator, G+ Create member, and all around awesome person +Virginia Poltrack created this pdf profiling great women from recent history. We're looking forward to Vol. 2 Virginia!

This initiative was created by the Google+ Create Program, g.co/PlusCreate.

I made a free zine of "Amazing Women" (volume 1) and you can get a copy here: http://virginiapoltrack.com/images/Awesome_Women.pdf
More to come, feel free to print it out at home, share it and enjoy ❤️___Amazing Women Vol. 1 #SheInspiresMe

Illustrator, G+ Create member, and all around awesome person +Virginia Poltrack created this pdf profiling great women from recent history. We're looking forward to Vol. 2 Virginia!

This initiative was created by the Google+ Create Program, g.co/PlusCreate.

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2017-03-08 15:45:01 (111 comments; 32 reshares; 439 +1s; )Open 

Four Girls In Search Of The Definition Of Love #SheInspiresMe

+nomad dimitri's video details a chance encounter with a group of students in Lisbon who wanted to spread the message of love and take a stand against domestic violence.

This initiative was created by the Google+ Create Program, g.co/PlusCreate.

International Women's Day 2017

Four young girls come up with an idea to make a difference. In the middle of the street, armed with bright eyes and wide smiles, they ask the people passing by for their definition of love. One of them is shyer than the rest: she holds the bulletin board from behind, leaving only her eyes visible.
They hand me the pen and I scribble a smiley where her hidden mouth is. They laugh, the ice is broken, the quick intimacy of well-meaning strangers is the oasis where we meet.
They want me to write my definition of love on a Post-It and stick it on the board. I shift to Greek: they are young and I know they will appreciate the exoticism of a foreign tongue. I write: "Ή αγάπη είναι το παν" ("Love is all").

They are here to raise awareness on domestic violence. My admiration for them is bittersweet: at their age, I did not even know such a thing even existed. I wish them the best and walk away, a flash of friendship in a sea of strangers on a rainy afternoon.

#SheInspiresMe
#nomadimitritravel
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on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/nomadimitri___Four Girls In Search Of The Definition Of Love #SheInspiresMe

+nomad dimitri's video details a chance encounter with a group of students in Lisbon who wanted to spread the message of love and take a stand against domestic violence.

This initiative was created by the Google+ Create Program, g.co/PlusCreate.

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2017-03-08 15:34:59 (42 comments; 14 reshares; 335 +1s; )Open 

An International Women's Day video from Create In Portuguese member +Sueli Bernuci da Silva! #SheInspiresMe

Dia da Mulher - Woman's Day 08-03
Minha homenagem a todas as mulheres
Hoje, amanhã e sempre!
Porque merecemos ser felizes!

Eu escolhi viver de escolhas, não de chances, ser motivada, não manipulada, ser útil, não usada, me sobressair, não competir. Eu escolhi amor próprio, não auto piedade. Eu escolhi ouvir minha própria voz, não a opinião dos outros...
Bruna Valente

Voz e adaptação do texto Sueli Bernuci
#Portugal #ElaMeInspira

___An International Women's Day video from Create In Portuguese member +Sueli Bernuci da Silva! #SheInspiresMe

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2017-03-07 21:48:30 (30 comments; 21 reshares; 358 +1s; )Open 

How to help save the ocean, with Ariadne Reynolds #SheInspiresMe

She Saves the Ocean
 
Marine biologist Ariadne Reynolds is restoring the underwater ecosystem in Santa Monica Bay
and... #SheInspiresMe___How to help save the ocean, with Ariadne Reynolds #SheInspiresMe

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2017-03-07 18:32:27 (70 comments; 33 reshares; 546 +1s; )Open 

Women's Month: Who inspires you?

+Priya Adivarekar's 'Unforgettable "Sheroes" Of Cinema looks at accomplished women in the film industry.

Use the hashtag #SheInspiresMe when posting your inspiration and + mention another user so they can do the same.

Madhubala - born Begum Mumtaz Jahan Dehlavi, came from a poor, conservative family based in Delhi and went on to become one of the most iconic female actors of the Indian film industry.

Due to financial crisis within the family, Madhubala turned to films at the age of 9. After starring in some films as a child artiste, Madhubala went on to work in some of Bollywood's most iconic films as the lead female actor. Some of her most popular films include Mahal, Mr & Mrs 55, Half Ticket and of course, the iconic Mughal-e-Azam, where her portrayal of a doomed courtesan earned her a nomination for Best Actress. However, in a career spanning 22 years, Madhubala never won prominent awards. Due to a prolonged illness, the actress died in the year 1969, shortly after her 36th birthday.

She is also considered to be one of the most beautiful female actors in the world, and was often compared to Marilyn Monroe. She was also offered several Hollywood projects, but they were declined due to her father's disinterest.

On #InternationalWomensDay, we salute Madhubala for her contribution to Indian cinema! #SheInspiresMe #bollywood #womensday #movies #films #madhubala ___Women's Month: Who inspires you?

+Priya Adivarekar's 'Unforgettable "Sheroes" Of Cinema looks at accomplished women in the film industry.

Use the hashtag #SheInspiresMe when posting your inspiration and + mention another user so they can do the same.

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2017-03-06 21:16:36 (81 comments; 57 reshares; 835 +1s; )Open 

Growth vs. Engagement: is bigger always better?

What is better for your community? Do you want more members? More engagement? Both? The following piece by +Paul Pavlinovich of Community Vanguards explores the finer points of managing a growing Community.

Growth - Pros
Most community owners like to see their communities grow because growth brings reach, influence and a sense of defeating your own mortality in creating something that might endure and enrich people after the creator is gone.

Cons
Growth also brings work and increases the challenges of moderating that community. Work to maintain harmony among the members and work to eradicate spam and other unwanted materials in both posts and comments.

Growth can also bring something unanticipated by the owner, disaffected core members who in the beginning helped make the community... more »

Growth vs. Engagement: is bigger always better?

What is better for your community? Do you want more members? More engagement? Both? The following piece by +Paul Pavlinovich of Community Vanguards explores the finer points of managing a growing Community.

Growth - Pros
Most community owners like to see their communities grow because growth brings reach, influence and a sense of defeating your own mortality in creating something that might endure and enrich people after the creator is gone.

Cons
Growth also brings work and increases the challenges of moderating that community. Work to maintain harmony among the members and work to eradicate spam and other unwanted materials in both posts and comments.

Growth can also bring something unanticipated by the owner, disaffected core members who in the beginning helped make the community vibrant, colorful and engaging. Should those core people become disaffected they can change the community in an instant either by leaving or worse by snarking. In the worst case, the latter might even lead to the closure of the community.

An example from my own experience

Normally as a community owner I like to see growth and all of my communities are own to join with stronger content controls and limited members controls turned on. I was handed custodianship of a vibrant focused art community on the plus around six months ago. Its members shared imagery they had created and were tight knit with good engagement on each others posts. In the beginning I kept it as it was with Ask to Join turned on. After a while, I became lazy and thought I’d open it up with the same controls I’d used successfully in my other communities and initially it was fine. To put it simply, my change failed. Some members stopped posting and some started to discuss their disenchantment with having blue heads. No spam had hit the community and I had policed comments deleting any rubbish. In this community it wasn’t enough.

I failed my prime duty as owner, I did not consult my core members before changing. The poison spread so far that when the original owner returned from their hiatus and I returned the community to them, they closed it and created a new one. It’s early days, but signs are good. Let’s hope the new one re attracts the original core people and is again vibrant and engaging.

Conclusion

In short, no - growth isn't always better if it means that engagement is reduced or lost entirely.

#teamvanguards #buildingcommunity

This post was written for the Best Practices series by Community Vanguards member, +Paul Pavlinovich. The photograph was also taken by Paul, who runs the Photograph Melbourne Community, among others: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116476435425093945441___

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2017-03-06 20:08:31 (68 comments; 14 reshares; 375 +1s; )Open 

Moderating your Google+ community from the iOS app is now easier than ever with this update.

Native Community Moderation

Today we’re launching native community moderation for the iOS App. This should make the experience of moderating a community on your mobile device quicker and easier. Simply tap the moderate button and get to posts held for review, posts identified as spam, and requests for approval to your community. Let us know what you think!___Moderating your Google+ community from the iOS app is now easier than ever with this update.

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2017-03-06 18:11:29 (88 comments; 63 reshares; 505 +1s; )Open 

Celebrating International Women’s Day on Google+ #SheInspiresMe

On March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day, recognizing the important women in our lives and those who have come before us to pave the way!

Join us in celebrating these powerful role models by sharing a post to a public Collection or Community, and tag #SheInspiresMe! Plus mention another person in your post, nominating them to write one of their own and keep the challenge going!

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 g.co/PlusCreate !

Celebrating International Women’s Day on Google+ #SheInspiresMe

On March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day, recognizing the important women in our lives and those who have come before us to pave the way!

Join us in celebrating these powerful role models by sharing a post to a public Collection or Community, and tag #SheInspiresMe! Plus mention another person in your post, nominating them to write one of their own and keep the challenge going!

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 g.co/PlusCreate !___

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2017-03-03 18:48:36 (181 comments; 127 reshares; 1,552 +1s; )Open 

Rockets Over The Aurora

You ever see a picture that makes you think "I didn't know I needed this until now"? Simply beautiful.

Three Rockets Launched within Hours Explore Auroras over Alaska
 
Three NASA rockets carrying instruments into active auroras over Alaska to aid scientists studying the northern lights and the interactions of the solar wind with Earth’s upper atmosphere and ionosphere were launched within a nearly two-hour period March 2, 2017.
 
The instruments were successfully carried on Black IX sounding rockets from the Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks. The first two rockets were launched nearly simultaneously at 12:41 a.m. and 12:42:30 a.m. EST as part of the Neutral Jets in Auroral Arcs mission.  The third rocket launched at 2:50 a.m. EST was part of the Ionospheric Structuring: In Situ and Groundbased Low Altitude StudieS or ISINGLASS mission.
 
Preliminary reports indicate that data was received from instruments aboard all three rockets.
 
Phil Eberspeaker, chief of the Sounding Rocket Program Office, said, “The ability to successfully launch these three rockets is a testament to the capabilities of the range, science and sounding rocket teams.  Great coordination is required to institute the complex countdown required to prepare and launch three rockets in a short period.  The team did a fantastic job executing these launches.”
 
Neutral Jet scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, explain that electric fields drive the ionosphere, which, in turn, are predicted to set up enhanced neutral winds within an aurora arc. This experiment seeks to understand the height-dependent processes that create localized neutral jets within the aurora.
 
Flying the two similar payloads simultaneously to different altitudes provided researchers unprecedented vertical measurements within an aurora. The first rocket flew to an altitude of 205 miles of above the Earth and the second flew to 118 miles.
 
The third rocket, flown to 227 miles altitude, was preceded by another ISINGLASS launch on Feb. 22. As with the first rocket, the payload included the deployment of a sub-payload and also several instrumented deployable canisters.  The use of these various miniature subsystems and the main payload will give researchers a multipoint view of spatial structures within the aurora.
 
Kristina Lynch, ISINGLASS principal investigator from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, said, “The visible light produced in the atmosphere as aurora is the last step of a chain of processes connecting the solar wind to the atmosphere.   We are seeking to understand what structure in these visible signatures can tell us about the electrodynamics of processes higher up.”
 
 The three rockets launched were part of five launched in January through March from the Poker Flat Research Range, operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, to study auroras. The Polar Night Nitric Oxide mission, from Va. Tech in Blacksburg, flew successfully on January 27.
 
The five launches from Alaska are supported through NASA's Sounding Rocket Program at the agency's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Virginia, which is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Orbital ATK provides mission planning, engineering services and field operations for the NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract. NASA's Heliophysics Division manages the sounding-rocket program for the agency.
 
Header image caption: Two NASA sounding rockets are launched 90-seconds apart into an active aurora from the Poker Flat Research Range in Alaska.
 
Credit: NASA/Terry Zaperach
 
Keith Koehler
NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia
 
 
#nasa #esa #spaceexploration___Rockets Over The Aurora

You ever see a picture that makes you think "I didn't know I needed this until now"? Simply beautiful.

2017-03-02 20:51:49 (75 comments; 38 reshares; 161 +1s; )Open 

Brush up on your G+ tips and updates with +Peggy K

Peggy K is one of our most helpful and knowledgable top contributors, take a moment to explore her Collections to stay in the know!


Brush up on your G+ tips and updates with +Peggy K

Peggy K is one of our most helpful and knowledgable top contributors, take a moment to explore her Collections to stay in the know!
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2017-03-01 22:29:01 (137 comments; 37 reshares; 748 +1s; )Open 

Google+ Create member +Federico Enguix's beautiful photograph was recognized by the World Photography Organization.

Congrats, Freddy!

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.

I’m delighted and astonished to announce the world's largest photography competition “2017 Sony World Photography Awards” have voted as commended my “Foggy Light” panorama in the TOP 50, between a mind boggling 227.596 images from 49 countries!!!

¡Estoy tremendamente emocionado de anunciar que la competición de fotografía más importante del mundo “2017 Sony World Photography Awards” ha votado mi imagen panorámica “Foggy Light” en el TOP 50, entre la impresionante cifra de 227.596 participantes de 49 países!

#SWPA #WPO #landscape #awards #competition #mountain #lake #alps #switzerland #swissalps #panorama #paisaje #premio #competicion #fotografia #photography #suiza #alpes #montaña #rigi #luzern #Vierwaldstättersee #lucerne +World Photography Organisation +Sony +Sony España +MySwitzerland

Higher resolution image and prints:
http://www.freddyenguix.com/Portfolio/Panoramas/i-dsPzG6n/A

2017 Sony World Photography Awards:
https://www.worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards/winners-galleries/2017/open/enhanced/enhanced___Google+ Create member +Federico Enguix's beautiful photograph was recognized by the World Photography Organization.

Congrats, Freddy!

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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2017-03-01 19:25:43 (106 comments; 19 reshares; 403 +1s; )Open 

Google+: Your Aviation Destination

+John Chvatal wrote a great piece for Aviation Business Consultants about why G+ is great for connecting around shared interests. (http://gstv.us/2mIrRo9) #ThatsAPlus

Keep up the great work, John!

Hello to the people that have come over from the article I wrote for +Aviation Marketing by ABCI on my top 5 reasons to use +Google+.

If you haven't already read the article, here is the link: http://gstv.us/2mIrRo9

I created this post to point you towards a few links that I think may be of interest to you. Also, don't hesitate to leave a comment below if you have any questions about Google+, digital media, or myself.

Links:
Gazing Skyward TV Google+ Page: https://plus.google.com/+Gazingskywardtv

Gazing Skyward TV Website: www.gazingskywardtv.com

Google+ for Aviation Enthusiasts and Professionals Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/YVDVlB

My Aviation Lifestyle Logbook Collection: https://plus.google.com/collection/0effTB

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnchvatal/

I'd like to thank +Paula Williams for the opportunity to share with you my thoughts on where Google+ is headed.

#avgeek #Thatsaplus
___Google+: Your Aviation Destination

+John Chvatal wrote a great piece for Aviation Business Consultants about why G+ is great for connecting around shared interests. (http://gstv.us/2mIrRo9) #ThatsAPlus

Keep up the great work, John!

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2017-02-28 23:09:29 (178 comments; 130 reshares; 1,289 +1s; )Open 

This Month On G+

Didn't have time to keep up with everything we posted this month? Here's your chance to catch up!

We asked the Google+ family what they #CantLiveWithout (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/CnUN68gYjHm)

We featured the best movie Communities on G+ for #Oscars week (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/hGWVxyATFrv)

Gifs.....gifs everywhere - https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/P8bznArxijA

We celebrated Black History Month with #BlackHistoryPlus - (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/jdrf334a7Ey)

We discovered how cool the future looks (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/1amoZet4naa)


(Photo... more »

This Month On G+

Didn't have time to keep up with everything we posted this month? Here's your chance to catch up!

We asked the Google+ family what they #CantLiveWithout (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/CnUN68gYjHm)

We featured the best movie Communities on G+ for #Oscars week (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/hGWVxyATFrv)

Gifs.....gifs everywhere - https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/P8bznArxijA

We celebrated Black History Month with #BlackHistoryPlus - (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/jdrf334a7Ey)

We discovered how cool the future looks (https://plus.google.com/b/101560853443212199687/+googleplus/posts/1amoZet4naa)


(Photo Credit: +Tisha Luk, a featured photographer from G+ Create)

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2017-02-28 22:14:08 (95 comments; 65 reshares; 896 +1s; )Open 

The Carnaval celebration in Madeira is one of the region's liveliest festivals. (Shot by +Mais Portugal)

How are you celebrating Carnaval? Share the images of your Carnaval experience on Google+ with the hashtag #mycarnaval.

Bom Carnaval a todos!!
Carnaval da Ilha da Madeira
Chegou fevereiro e junto com ele o Carnaval uma festa muito esperada divirta-se!!
O Brasil detém o galardão de maior e melhor Carnaval do Mundo.

Em Portugal existe uma grande tradição carnavalesca. Os mais importantes carnavais portugueses são o de Estarreja, da Madeira (de onde saíram os imigrantes que haveriam de levar a tradição do Carnaval para o Brasil), Ovar, Loures (remonta a 1934 e tem o maior grupo de carnaval organizado do país, "Mastronças"), Podence, Loulé, Sesimbra, Sines, Elvas (chamado de Carnaval Internacional de Elvas) e Torres Vedras que juntamente com o Carnaval de Canas de Senhorim é um dos mais antigos de Portugal.
Wikipédia. #meucarnaval e #mycarnaval #portugal

Fotos http://www.madeira-web.com
___The Carnaval celebration in Madeira is one of the region's liveliest festivals. (Shot by +Mais Portugal)

How are you celebrating Carnaval? Share the images of your Carnaval experience on Google+ with the hashtag #mycarnaval.

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2017-02-28 19:06:47 (170 comments; 79 reshares; 1,306 +1s; )Open 

+Charleen Stokes: Create Member & World Traveller

Charleen, tell us about yourself and your creations?

" I'm a creative artist from Canada, writer, and traveller who has worked much of my life (both across Canada and overseas) in the helping professions since 1997 - I consider myself a "citizen-of-the-world." I have travelled to every continent but Antarctica having been to almost 60 countries. I write with my photos, sharing with you all, everything that my sense(s), heart and mind have experienced in life and continue to. "Let all of my journeys' in life, be yours!"

How did the allure to travel extensively get so big for you?

"Since I was a child, I've always felt destined to travel, help and write - to travel the world like a 'Mother Teresa', going wherever the need was great, and... more »

+Charleen Stokes: Create Member & World Traveller

Charleen, tell us about yourself and your creations?

" I'm a creative artist from Canada, writer, and traveller who has worked much of my life (both across Canada and overseas) in the helping professions since 1997 - I consider myself a "citizen-of-the-world." I have travelled to every continent but Antarctica having been to almost 60 countries. I write with my photos, sharing with you all, everything that my sense(s), heart and mind have experienced in life and continue to. "Let all of my journeys' in life, be yours!"

How did the allure to travel extensively get so big for you?

"Since I was a child, I've always felt destined to travel, help and write - to travel the world like a 'Mother Teresa', going wherever the need was great, and to help; and to write about these experiences, teaching and giving people the same experiences as if they were there. Being a highly sensitive person and being so aware of everything, experiencing all extremely with my senses, and caring so much about everything, through my writing, and the way in which I present, I aim to touch people's souls, mind and hearts. I was born passionate about traveling, helping and writing; and have been helping and traveling most of my life - in the last year, I've been focusing more on my writing and the sharing my experiences. "

Charleen's Collections: (https://plus.google.com/115797832368061619149/posts/BGtUan6VfCo)

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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2017-02-28 18:16:25 (523 comments; 282 reshares; 1,171 +1s; )Open 

You can now add GIFs to posts and comments straight from your keyboard on Android.

G+ Android version 9.6.0: Support for GBoard Animated GIFs

Starting today with version 9.6.0 of the G+ Android client, we are enabling a new feature: support for adding animated GIFs to your posts and comments using Gboard! Now it’s easy to find and send an Animated GIF for the perfect reaction.

We hope you have as much fun using this new feature as we did in developing and testing it!___You can now add GIFs to posts and comments straight from your keyboard on Android.

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2017-02-28 15:26:06 (85 comments; 39 reshares; 639 +1s; )Open 

Samba School Costa de Prata parading in the 2017 Carnival celebration in the city of Ovar, Portugal. (Shot by +Portugal 4 estações)

How are you celebrating Carnaval? Share the images of your Carnaval experience on Google+ with the hashtag #mycarnaval.

Carnaval de Ovar 2017, porta bandeira da escola de samba Costa de Prata
#Portugal #meucarnaval #mycarnaval___Samba School Costa de Prata parading in the 2017 Carnival celebration in the city of Ovar, Portugal. (Shot by +Portugal 4 estações)

How are you celebrating Carnaval? Share the images of your Carnaval experience on Google+ with the hashtag #mycarnaval.

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2017-02-27 19:27:46 (61 comments; 25 reshares; 385 +1s; )Open 

Carnaval In France #MyCarnaval

Carnaval Season...

“Carnaval” is an international festival that attracts millions of people from around the world.

The festival normally happens sometime between February and March and marks the beginning of Lent (forty-day period before Easter). It is truly a beautiful and unique festival. In fact, many people in Brazil work the entire year to put this huge festival and “party” together.
How wonderful the only thing we have to do is to enjoy.

I am sure this information is not new for some of you, and also very easy to find ~ thanks to Google -:).

What you may not know is (that in reality) a Carnaval, or some small version of Carnaval, or even a mini Carnaval happens anytime and literally anywhere during the calendar year.

The reason is very simple. Brazilians are a passionate group of people who love to have lots of fun with friends new or old. We take our traditions very seriously and most importantly with us whenever we go.

Chances are you may find some form of Carnaval in very unexpected places such as this one: Lyon, France...cold weather, wrapped in a warm coat, gloves, a scarf and a hat.

Indeed, it was quite different than a Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo or Bahia... but still very warm, special and now a lovely memory…

A Brazilian (native or by heart) can always find the sound of drums anywhere. I can’t wait to see the surprises I may get this weekend!

Happy Carnaval Season!

#mycarnaval

Note: The video is a bit dark and the camera moves a lot. Sorry, but I am sure you all can understand the reason!
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2017-02-27 16:43:43 (98 comments; 22 reshares; 448 +1s; )Open 

What was your favorite moment from last night's #Oscars?

The 89th Academy Awards ran the gamut from fun, to inspirational, to flat out bizarre. In a moment that will live in social media infamy forever, La La Land temporarily won Best Picture for about 45 seconds until Moonlight was declared the actual winner.

Other tidbits from the broadcast:

Nicole Kidman forgot how to clap: (https://plus.google.com/+Obviusgeek/posts/1Dus977XAMg)

Gary From Chicago is everyone's favorite uncle: (https://plus.google.com/+nbcchicago/posts/Zn5QPMCb8CJ)

Viola Davis gave the best acceptance speech of the night: (https://plus.google.com/+EmmaMaryRobertson/posts/5R1mt8ba7Jt)

Asghar Farhadi won Best Foreign Language Film but boycotted the show due to U.S. foreign policy:... more »

What was your favorite moment from last night's #Oscars?

The 89th Academy Awards ran the gamut from fun, to inspirational, to flat out bizarre. In a moment that will live in social media infamy forever, La La Land temporarily won Best Picture for about 45 seconds until Moonlight was declared the actual winner.

Other tidbits from the broadcast:

Nicole Kidman forgot how to clap: (https://plus.google.com/+Obviusgeek/posts/1Dus977XAMg)

Gary From Chicago is everyone's favorite uncle: (https://plus.google.com/+nbcchicago/posts/Zn5QPMCb8CJ)

Viola Davis gave the best acceptance speech of the night: (https://plus.google.com/+EmmaMaryRobertson/posts/5R1mt8ba7Jt)

Asghar Farhadi won Best Foreign Language Film but boycotted the show due to U.S. foreign policy: (https://plus.google.com/+TheCut/posts/D8mrF22CsKA)

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2017-02-24 22:06:42 (86 comments; 28 reshares; 366 +1s; )Open 

Video Nasties: Exploring The Banned Films Of Yesteryear With +Nergling

The #Oscars are almost upon us, and today we're featuring one of the more interesting movie Collections G+ has to offer, Video Nasties. We spoke to the Collection owner, Alex, who is a Sci-Fi enthusiast and amateur filmmaker.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and the Sci-Fi models you create. How did you get into that?

"I am a 32yr old modeler and painter from the UK and have been into science fiction and fantasy my whole life. My love of miniatures though comes from my uncle who gave me a game called 'Battlemasters' for my 8th birthday. It was a stand alone game which had everything you needed to build two sizable armies with which to fight across a mat with a battlefield painted on it. My collection of models ranges from high fantasy, dragons, giants and knights... more »

Video Nasties: Exploring The Banned Films Of Yesteryear With +Nergling

The #Oscars are almost upon us, and today we're featuring one of the more interesting movie Collections G+ has to offer, Video Nasties. We spoke to the Collection owner, Alex, who is a Sci-Fi enthusiast and amateur filmmaker.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and the Sci-Fi models you create. How did you get into that?

"I am a 32yr old modeler and painter from the UK and have been into science fiction and fantasy my whole life. My love of miniatures though comes from my uncle who gave me a game called 'Battlemasters' for my 8th birthday. It was a stand alone game which had everything you needed to build two sizable armies with which to fight across a mat with a battlefield painted on it. My collection of models ranges from high fantasy, dragons, giants and knights to deep space colonies full of mutated denizens!"

You have a very interesting Film Collection called Video Nasties. Where did the idea to create this Collection come from? Have you watched any of the films? Are the tame by today’s standards or are they still “shocking?”

"Being into sci-fi and fantasy you inevitably get drawn into horror too as there is a lot of cross over between the genres (think Alien, Starship Troopers, Robocop etc.) I love a good horror movie, ever since discovering Evil Dead on late night TV (thanks Channel 5).

The idea to create the Collection came to me as I hadn't seen anything like it before on G+ Collections, there is always a large horror community on any big social media platform so I thought that people might enjoy it and I am passionate about movies. I've watched 90% of the Video Nasties, having started watching them in my late teens either on VHS or on DVD when many of them were released by VIPCO (Video Instant Picture Company). VIPCO billed itself as the leading distributor of banned movies, naturally the Video Nasties would be front and centre stage of any horror fans movie collection!

To be fair most of the Video Nasties are pretty tame by today's standards and they really only stand up to any scrutiny if you watch them with a pre-internet view of the world. The main reason any of them are still banned in the UK is the intent to shock rather than the content itself, or the fact that the distributor just hasn't bothered to approach the BBFC for a reclassification since their initial ban."

What are some Sci-Fi or Horror films that you would recommend to everyone?

"I would recommend the following movies for anyone into horror: 'Alien' (1979) and 'The Thing' (1982) as they are both a masterclass in building dread and paranoia amongst the characters. 'Evil Dead 2' (1987) and 'Braindead' (1992) by Peter Jackson (yes THAT Peter Jackson) if you want a more lighthearted yet gruesome experience.'Phantasm' (1979) which stands on its own as a quite unique horror experience. 'Kill List' (2011) a more modern film with some pretty strong content and a killer twist!"

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2017-02-24 19:16:52 (142 comments; 77 reshares; 1,150 +1s; )Open 

A different kind of street traffic. Great shot +John Soanes!

Gridlock

...Venetian style

#RoutesDetoursWaypoints #LandscapePhotography #venice #italy #streetphoto #streetphotography ___A different kind of street traffic. Great shot +John Soanes!

2017-02-24 16:24:03 (49 comments; 31 reshares; 340 +1s; )Open 

'Get Out' hits theaters today and it has the distinction of being one of the few Black horror films to enjoy a wide release throughout the country. We spoke with +Ashlee Blackwell, a horror film enthusiast about her G+ Collection focusing on Black women in the genre.

Ashlee, tell us about Graveyard Shift Sisters and the purpose of 28 Days Of Black Women In Horror Movies?

"In honor of February being Black History Month and Women in Horror Month, 28 Days Of Black Women In Horror highlights 28 Black women entertainers in the film and television industry who've starred in anything to be considered horror. Giving these women the spotlight directly pertains to the site's mission of demonstrating the contributions of Black women in the horror genre."

Please give us a little bit of your background as it pertains to Graveyard Shift Sisters. Are... more »

'Get Out' hits theaters today and it has the distinction of being one of the few Black horror films to enjoy a wide release throughout the country. We spoke with +Ashlee Blackwell, a horror film enthusiast about her G+ Collection focusing on Black women in the genre.

Ashlee, tell us about Graveyard Shift Sisters and the purpose of 28 Days Of Black Women In Horror Movies?

"In honor of February being Black History Month and Women in Horror Month, 28 Days Of Black Women In Horror highlights 28 Black women entertainers in the film and television industry who've starred in anything to be considered horror. Giving these women the spotlight directly pertains to the site's mission of demonstrating the contributions of Black women in the horror genre."

Please give us a little bit of your background as it pertains to Graveyard Shift Sisters. Are you a writer or filmmaker, and how long have you been doing it?

"I'm a writer with a MA in Liberal Arts from Temple University. I have been blogging on and off for almost ten years and consistently for about 4 years with Graveyard Shift Sisters."

What's one (or a few) Black films that you recommend everyone watch, and why?

"For those interested in an exhaustive and extensive catalog of horror films that feature Black characters and stories unique to the Black experience in America, I recommend Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Dr. Robin Means Coleman."

#BlackHistoryPlus

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2017-02-24 14:19:18 (133 comments; 67 reshares; 838 +1s; )Open 

Baianas dressed in traditional attire blessed the main carnaval venue in Rio de Janeiro to bring good luck to the festival.

Lavagem da Marquês de Sapucaí #mycarnaval

How are you celebrating Carnaval? Share the images of your Carnaval experience on Google+ with the hashtag #mycarnaval.

Lavagem da Marquês de Sapucaí - Carnaval 2017
Foto: Lia Amorelli

Como não se emocionar com elas ??

"...Mãe, baiana mãe
Empresta o teu calor
Eu quero amanhecer no teu colo
Onde deito, durmo e rolo
E isolo a minha dor
Eu quero, quero te saudar nesta avenida
Pra valorizar a vida
Que a vida valorizou.."

MÃE BAIANA MÃE (Aluisio Machado e Beto Sem Braço - Império Serrano 1983)

#meucarnaval ___Baianas dressed in traditional attire blessed the main carnaval venue in Rio de Janeiro to bring good luck to the festival.

Lavagem da Marquês de Sapucaí #mycarnaval

How are you celebrating Carnaval? Share the images of your Carnaval experience on Google+ with the hashtag #mycarnaval.

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2017-02-23 22:07:54 (228 comments; 75 reshares; 1,097 +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 (52 comments; 17 reshares; 304 +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 (113 comments; 84 reshares; 844 +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 (65 comments; 23 reshares; 550 +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 (236 comments; 29 reshares; 466 +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 (37 comments; 29 reshares; 376 +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 (126 comments; 43 reshares; 906 +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

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