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Thinker, writer, blogger & ideas man. Social media head scratcher.
Occupation: Trade Floor Support Analyst
Location: Milton Regis, Sittingbourne
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|Tancredi Matranga||10,219||WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 13Have a Great Tuesday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 13th #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content. Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to: 1 - Do +1 t the post 2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing) 3 - Include the circle among your circles 4 - Share the circle (include yourself) 5 - Be free and smile to life! :) #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circletuesday #tuesdaycircle #tuesdaycircleshare #tuesdaycircleshare ||2013-12-03 07:43:17||499||105||59||123||CC G+|
|Donna Beckett||11,200||#BritPack circle share 1The UK certainly lags behind the US and Asia when it comes to Google Plus usage but the UK is producing more and more Plussers! This is my circle of UK Plussers which contains all kinds of UK Plussers ranging from real Google Plus experts (such as +martin shervington - highly recommended to add ) to top engagers, to complete newbies.Check out the members ( add the circle or share the circle only if you want to - do what you like) and hopefully you'll find some great people to connect with!#BritPack #CircleShare #UKPlussers ||2013-10-24 12:16:17||497||51||21||39||CC G+|
|martin shervington||267,694||People who love Google+ hints and tips!Here is a recent circle of people who are dedicated to learning more about Google+, including G+ psychology. Add them in if you also want to see people who produce great content on the subject too. #sharedcircles #ns #sharedpubliccircles ||2013-10-23 09:47:55||85||24||6||41||CC G+|
|James Steward||4,897||*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday||2013-10-21 05:47:14||431||3||0||3||CC G+|
|James Steward||4,897||*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday||2013-10-21 05:46:58||431||0||0||0||CC G+|
|James Steward||4,897||*My SEO friends v.3:Thanking my friends in SEO community.Sharing them with my other followers*#circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #seocirle #socialmedia #socialcircle #followfriday #followmonday||2013-10-21 05:46:44||431||0||0||0||CC G+|
|James Steward||4,897||2013-10-21 05:46:06||431||0||0||0||CC G+|
|James Steward||4,897||2013-10-21 05:45:54||431||0||0||0||CC G+|
|James Steward||4,897||2013-10-21 05:45:40||431||0||0||1||CC G+|
|James Steward||4,897||2013-10-21 05:45:28||431||0||0||0||CC G+|
|James Steward||4,897||2013-10-21 05:45:13||431||0||0||0||CC G+|
|James Steward||4,897||2013-10-21 05:44:59||431||0||0||0||CC G+|
|James Steward||4,897||2013-10-21 05:44:41||431||0||0||2||CC G+|
|James Steward||4,897||2013-10-21 05:44:19||431||0||0||4||CC G+|
|Mark Tillison||10,050||UK Plussers' CircleThank you. This has had an amazing response this week, helping me build this UK Circle of the most excellent UK Plussers.Those that are in this circle are all in the UK and have shared good content or been nominated for inclusion by their connections here on The Plus.The original discussion thread is here:https://plus.google.com/u/0/108087495968597596174/posts/fdeYSsim4HwI'll publish this again next Sunday.How this circle is populated:1. UK Plussers only2. Sharing great content and/or engaging3. Nominated by a friend and qualified in points 1 & 2.Please, friends, nominate anyone you think may be missing in the comments thread below.Have a great week all. Feel free to reshare, but it isn't mandatory. #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles ||2013-09-29 15:11:31||293||60||19||36||CC G+|
|Lee Smallwood||56,482||Evening all - this is my #CircleShare that includes everyone that has helped, offered feedback and tested nod3x.com They really are a great bunch - and I can't thank them enough! #ff ||2013-09-27 20:19:20||93||14||5||17||CC G+|
|Markos Giannopoulos||13,499||It's the start of a new month and as I did for June, this is my thank you to people I engaged with in July. But first some stats! In June I've had 526 plussers, 65 commentators and 95 sharers. In July the numbers are 710 plussers, 93 commentators and 158 sharers! An amazing month for which I'm most thankful :) I have added back everyone one who engaged with me (tracking is done via +Circloscope, if you want to learn how you can do it, read this http://bit.ly/14oNoYR) but since I can't fit everyone in the 500 people limit of circles, this July Engagers circle includes all sharers and commentators and the grand majority of plussers sorted according to the relevancy score that Google+ calculates for each two users (along with some other criteria where there was no relevancy score). I've also include the 20+ people who through the last months honoured me by including me in original circles as tracked by +CircleCount. My posts this month had a variety of topics around technology, web/mobile apps and web development, social media, Google+, photography and some ranting about overuse of animated GIFs :) So if you're looking for some geeky engagers, add this circle! #circleshare #circleoftheday ||2013-08-02 22:06:37||500||61||42||133||CC G+|
|Markos Giannopoulos||13,499||5000! // Celebrating braking the 5000 "in circles" mark (I don't really like the term "followers"), here is a a small thank you to the people who engaged with my posts in June. In this circle (compiled via +Circloscope) you will find people interested in web development, new technologies and photography.Add them if you're looking some new people that are not just lurking :) Many thanks for the positive vibes! #PublicCircles #SharedCircles #circleoftheday ||2013-07-15 16:26:05||496||8||9||19||CC G+|
|Technology Roundup||653||BMN Tech Journalist And Blogger List #2 The ones with last names that start from N-Z.These are people who are thought leaders, reporters, journalists, bloggers in the tech industry.As with all our circles. We try to remove people who aren't active (if you see any here, please let us know).And, if you know of folks who should be on these circles, please let me know, I'll add them.||2013-06-21 03:47:32||198||1||2||3||CC G+|
|Lucas Appelmann||16,105||For quite some time I haven't shared circles. I now will, exclusively on g+, by presenting the world my "Favorite International Users" circle. It only consists of about 100 people - and most of you will already have a good amount of them in your own circles. So why am I posting this, then?The reason is that these people are highly relevant for my g+ experience and viewing the stream for this circle it contained all the posts that I found important in my main stream. So this is why. #circleshare +Social Circles +CircleHub +CIRCLES on Google+ +The Best Circles on Google+ +How Do You Get More Followers On Google+ ||2013-06-19 10:13:41||107||17||3||11||CC G+|
|Gideon Rosenblatt||36,489||Gideon Rosenblatt's Top 100These are the folks Google tells me are my most relevant people (slightly modified to remove people who are relevant, but not active here on Google+).Looking through this list, I can tell you that these are great people full of interesting ideas and engagement. I'm not in the circle here, so I can objectively say that this group is a worthy addition to your circles. Enjoy this group of people - I know I do. They enrich my experience here. Without them, I probably wouldn't still be here today. P.S. - If you got a notification, that means you're in the circle. ||2013-06-11 20:53:39||100||67||23||66||CC G+|
|Markos Giannopoulos||13,499||197 interesting People // If you're into technology, the Web, photography and science, here's a circle to consider. Methodology: out of 3200 people that I follow, using +Circloscope I ordered them according to relevance score (calculated by Google depending on whose posts I engage the most) and filtered for a value over 30, then filtered for whether they are active (when was their last post) and finally filtered by whether they were in my "must read" circles. Voila! I hope you find it interesting :) #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing ||2013-05-26 09:51:21||197||13||4||12||CC G+|
|Lee Smallwood||56,482||This is my #dunbar circle - people's content I can't do without... #CircleShare #FollowFriday ||2013-05-17 17:19:46||161||21||4||19||CC G+|
|Lee Smallwood||56,482||Outstanding Contribution to G+ CircleActions [sometimes] speak louder than words - spoken or otherwise...Which is why I want to share this circle in particular. It contains people that go beyond the norm and their contributions to G+ are second to none.There maybe some familiar faces contained within it and some not so well known... However, together they create an entertaining and thought provoking content stream that I can't do without on a daily basis.Seriously consider adding them to your circles :) #circleshare ||2013-05-10 10:51:36||136||25||2||19||CC G+|
|Zbynek Kysela||20,940||AWESOME PLUSSERS - APRIL 2013============================This is a public circle of awesome plussers on G+! If would like to be included here in next update please follow these steps:HOW TO BE PART OF IT===================1. Add this circle to your circles (Click Add circle)2. Re-Share This Post Publicly (Click Share Button Next To +1 Button)3. Click +1 and Comment to support the circle!Done ツMy entire social presence:http://xeeme.com/bouchacFeel free to connect.=====================#Circle #Circles #Public #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #QSC #querosercirculado #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #awesomeness #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #awesome #awesomesauce #awesomeness #awesomepeople #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #awesomesauce #круг #círculo #サークル #cercle #دائرة #xeeme||2013-04-24 09:25:05||494||41||18||34||CC G+|
|Timothy Coxon||2,802||Tim's Top EngagersSeeing that +martin shervington has put out his top engagers earlier figured I might follow his lead! #circle #sharedcircles #timothycoxon ||2013-04-11 19:17:05||31||5||2||7||CC G+|
|martin shervington||267,694||Commoogling Engagers Circle 1 (April 2013)These circles are some of the longest and deepest connections I have made during my time on Google+. Thanks to everyone who make Google+ such a positive learning environment.Still learning... #commoogling ||2013-04-11 17:23:23||456||41||14||41||CC G+|
|Max Huijgen||58,677||Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps! A new circle of Europeans as I promised long ago to connect the people who responded and share them. See for the first shared circle this post https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1The original post was shared 225 times. You can find it here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/CdhmHGbYjgiPart 2 is still open and can be found here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/NDAhG4fP2a7If you didn´t do so already, post there and as long as I have spots free, I will circle you as I want to see my streams come alive during European hours.There was a shared feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, having some central point to share European circles and last but not least the desire to have hangouts without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+ It already has multiple managers out of the community and that initiative recently span off +European Photo but feel to offer a bit of your time for this community project. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. We need more peeps from all over Europe to participate and enjoy G+I hope these posts can do the rounds through Europe and gets us firmly on the G+ map. So even if you´re not European yourself, but sympathize with the initiatives to form a community here, help spread the word and share it.And don´t forget: we all love the other continents and most of us have circles which encompass the whole world. So it´s not against others, but pro us :)||2013-03-15 15:05:14||291||53||20||75||CC G+|
|Diane Barnett||3,155||I shared my circle of bloggers earlier today and have been asked to add +Ludovic Moreeuw, which I am happy to do. I couldn't figure out how to put him in the circle on a post that already exists, so I've added him to my blogger circle and am reposting. So, here again is a fine circle of all sorts of blogs. :>}||2013-02-26 01:27:58||145||2||3||4||CC G+|
|Diane Barnett||3,155||One more circle to share today. I met +Prodigal Me on here this morning. She is new to Google Plus and she's writing a blog. This is a circle of bloggers that I'm sharing to help everyone meet. If I have included you in this circle by mistake, please let me know.||2013-02-25 17:51:41||140||7||1||2||CC G+|
|Gideon Rosenblatt||36,489||My Top 150 Here are the 150 people that Google tells me are most relevant to me here on Google+. This is a really good group of people, full of interesting insights and a willingness to help others.I give you a hardy recommendation to add these folks to your circles here. Your stream will thank you for it later.:-)||2013-02-22 00:43:38||150||36||7||34||CC G+|
|Aidan Cole||3,506||This circle rewards those who take part in interaction as seen below..Everyone OLD and NEW Must ADD this circle to your own the latest versionsBELOW INSTRUCTIONS is what make this all possible so thanksFor newcomers and members this system is the best, we do 3 to 4 things every share.1. ADD THE CIRCLE if you can't try again this ensures you stay in the circle long term and you won't be removed2. Share the post3. PLUS the circle4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles #publicsharedcircles #circleshared #publiccirclesproject #growthinfollowers #followers #addmetoyourcircles ||2013-02-12 23:37:40||265||27||13||27||CC G+|
|Jens Eckleben||8,581||Its my special Circle for "Highpotential GPlussers" they are very active, share interesting news and hav more than 2.000 followers. ||2013-02-02 18:33:47||374||32||9||37||CC G+|
|Euro Maestro||66,592||Weekly roundup and the Who's Who of Google Plus ! #sharedcircles #top500 #ff #euromaestrocircles #euromaestro #weeklyreview Who are the top engagers on Google Plus this week ?Find out on +CircleCount http://www.circlecount.com/euromaestrowhoswho/Who are the top 50 in my country ?On the top of the page change "all countries" to the country that you are interested in to see the top engagers for that country. Where am I on the list ?If you don't see yourself, just put your name in the search box and you can find your scores and ranking. Click on "open page with profile" to see who is right above or below you. How can I find the list during the week if I forget the link ?Click on circlecount.com then click on specials and click on Euro's who's who.Who moved up this week ?+Shailja Sharma overtook Neila Rey to get the number 1 spot this week.+Rinus Bakker reclaimed the number 3 spot this week.Ashley Tindale slipped down to fourth place. +Hugh Jackman climbed up to number 5 from number 16 two weeks ago. +Amanda Blain always in the top 10 secured number 6 once again.+Marques Brownlee moved up to number 7.+Ali Adelstein advanced to number 8.+Trey Ratcliff entered into the top 10 for the first time at number 9.And +Luuh Santos rounded out the top 10.+Wil Wheaton has been moving up quickly from number 27 two weeks ago to numbe||2013-02-02 18:14:54||265||195||47||116||CC G+|
|Gideon Rosenblatt||36,489||Social Media FolksIt's been a long time since I shared a circle, and particularly since I shared this one. I'm just curious to see what happens these days when you share a circle. This one is made up of people involved in social media. Most of the circling I did for this was in the first half of 2012, so it will tend to be people who've been here for a while. ||2013-01-30 15:55:08||232||11||4||21||CC G+|
|Lucas Appelmann||16,105||I'm sharing my alltime favorite international users circle. It's not big, it might contain lots of people you already have in your own circles, it might annoy you to have another circle share in your stream.It's my personal selection of users that have enriched my g+ stream in the past year. YMMV.+Social Circles +Circles +Circle Me Up !!! +Pimp Your Circles +CIRCLES on Google+ +The Best Circles on Google+ +How Do You Get More Followers On Google+||2013-01-28 10:58:25||103||19||5||13||CC G+|
|AyJay Schibig||39,040||ENGAGERS CIRCLEFeel free to add and re-share. my new edition of my Engagers Circle!#circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou #ShareYourCircle||2013-01-14 21:17:41||368||16||5||29||CC G+|
|martin shervington||267,694||Circle of enrichment! - (new for 2013)This circle is full of awesome people who have most recently been enriching my life on Google+. There are also a couple of quality pages that have been supportive as well. In brief: add them in and you'll probably know with whom I interact the most.A huge thank you to everyone included and I look forward to sharing a great year ahead. #commoogling #publiccircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #publiccirclesproject ||2013-01-05 15:57:58||275||61||33||58||CC G+|
|martin shervington||267,694||People who want write a BOOK in 2013!Recently I ask people if they wanted to write more and become an author in 2013. This is the result!There are a few bloggers and existing authors in here as well.I have included myself and +Guy Kawasaki in the circle as well. All will become clear very soon.So, please add these people to you circles as they may well become your writing classmates over the coming months!And please share the circle if you want more people to be inspired to be authors. #sharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedpubliccircles #PlusYourLife ||2013-01-02 14:14:02||42||32||13||21||CC G+|
|martin shervington||267,694||Personal Development circle! - getting ready for 2013If you received a notification you are in the circle...I asked people on Google+ who is into 'personal development' and this is the circle is the result.I may well have some community based events coming up, so you'll find like-minded folks in here as well. So, whether you want more content of: inspiration, motivation, gaining focus/planning, psychological techniques, or just people with a positive outlook, this could be a great circle to add in. #PlusYourLife ||2013-01-01 14:42:35||136||39||10||52||CC G+|
|Lee Smallwood||56,482||This is my #Christmas #SharedCircle These people have made me laugh, think, cry and run around the room like an overwound toy...Getting to know them has really made my year and I'm looking forward to getting to know them more in 2013 - and you should too!||2012-12-25 08:48:58||156||17||3||18||CC G+|
|Stephan Irgenfried||441||Joined the ENGAGERS CIRCLE today and share it again to invite you to join it.||2012-12-13 15:05:51||451||11||1||19||CC G+|
|AyJay Schibig||39,040||ENGAGERS CIRCLEFeel free to add and re-share. this Circle of Engaging G Plussers! #circleoftheday #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #sharedpublicircles #circle #circles #circlemeup #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #circleme #sharedpoint #sharewithyou ||2012-12-10 03:03:08||450||17||2||30||CC G+|
|Noah Lampert||4,320||My good friend +Saleem Fayyad is asking for tips on how to get more involved with Google+.Here's what I came up with off the top of my head:1) Search for Shared Circles by topic2) Use the G+ Search Bar as you would regular Google Search3) Have people share circles with you which is what I'm doing here.Here's a shared circle that the incomparable +martin shervington put together. It's a circle of high engagers (people of all different types, those are the best kind you know) and to be quite honest it's probably the best shared circle I've added to date. For those that already follow +martin shervington you know what I'm talking about.Any other tips in terms of getting other people into G+ are greatly appreciated. Thanks!||2012-11-06 21:57:22||437||22||7||22||CC G+|
|Lee Smallwood||56,482||For my Friday #CircleShare this week, I wanted to intro you to a small circle of people I couldn't be without here on G+. They not just a bunch of typical people, but are personalities that have fantastic opinions and ideals.Some you may know already and some you might not ... but either way you should get to know them better. They enrich my stream here on G+ and I know that the engagement you'll have with them will brighten up your day.The only thing I would like to increase is the amount of time I have to spend with them... #dunbarCircle||2012-10-26 15:31:15||157||30||3||19||CC G+|
|Claudio Gagliardini||79,302||Great Engagers on Google Plus #sharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #circlesharing #circleshared||2012-10-22 08:05:15||495||38||5||35||CC G+|
|martin shervington||267,694||Commoogling Engagers Circle OneIn a change to my "Great Engagers" circle approach, here we have a collection of people who have been influential over my time on Google+.This circle is based on an earlier one and about 50 additional people added.I have met/interacted/engaged with everyone on posts and whilst commoogling in hangouts.As I am keen to support a culture of collaboration, please add/share and make it your own! #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #publiccirclesproject #commoogling||2012-10-19 13:31:48||496||43||21||51||CC G+|
|Lucas Appelmann||16,105||I've been in a few shared circles lately; I ought to give something back. These are my absolute favorites. If anybody feels they ought to be in here feel free to complain - maybe you're buried in one of my other circles.||2012-10-16 09:03:51||99||12||0||9||CC G+|
|RaMGoN GaLLaGHeR||4,819||=== Social Media Circle ===#sharedcircles #sharingcircle #socialmedia #socialmediamarketing #socialnetworks #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleday #saturdaynightlight||2012-10-13 21:51:21||498||1||0||4||CC G+|
|Lee Smallwood||56,482||This is the first time I'm sharing this circle - It's my #Dunbar circlehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunbar's_numberThey're quite an eclectic bunch (which is why I can't do without their content and banter) on a day-to-day basis.If you haven't met them on G+ yet - be sure to say hello to them :)As a follow up to this, create a #DunbarCircle and add a link in the comments below - for the people you couldn't do without.NOTE No precise value has been proposed for Dunbar's number. It has been proposed to lie between 100 and 230, with a commonly used value of 150So you can decide how many plussers are in yours :) #circleshare||2012-10-12 16:18:17||150||49||5||26||CC G+|
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2013-12-12 22:07:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
An alternative view of the Nexus 5
A somewhat contrasting opinion of the Nexus 5 from my earlier post...
2013-12-12 18:15:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Just updated the blog to WordPress 3.8 and it hasn't blown up yet ;)
The new admin panel is responsive but took a few refreshes for it to sort itself out.
I like the new admin theme options but can't wait until WordPress.org gets the same Markdown support as WordPress.com.
2013-12-12 16:16:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Steady light or flashing in sequence. I know what I want for Christmas!
2013-12-12 11:36:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Location reporting from your device back to your profile actually works correctly on Android. Never had it work properly on iOS :)
2013-12-12 09:38:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Should YouTube be policing copyright even if there is no claim?
It's a tricky subject but it is good to see game studios such as Blizzard and Ubisoft standing by their customers and advising them to contest Google's automated copyright claims.
Walkthrough videos are a big part of the gaming ecosystem so it would be a shame for them to be forced off of YouTube.
2013-12-12 09:27:30 (17 comments, 5 reshares, 18 +1s)
Nexus 5: first impressions.
The first thing that instantly strikes you is that the phone is lighter than you expect. Coming from an iPhone 4S it's quite an appreciable jump in size but the Nexus is actually lighter at 130g as opposed to 140g for the iPhone.
On the subject of size, the 5 inch screen is glorious to look at with a higher DPI than the iPhone. For all the talk of retina displays I think Apple is falling behind here and that talk of a 5 inch iPhone 6 will probably bear fruit.
Ch, ch, changes
The transition from iPhone to Android was pretty painless and I was set up in reasonable time - it helped that most of my contacts were already Google ones rather than iCloud and that I tend to live within the Google ecosystem. The only pain point was that my two most frequently used apps were iPhone only (Mailbox and Drafts) but you can't... more »
2013-12-12 08:34:04 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)
Good morning all. I'll have a "first impressions" post up about the Nexus 5 later once I finish getting my thoughts down.
Have a great day.
2013-12-11 19:39:00 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)
Early Christmas present to myself.
That's right, people - I've gone back to Android with a Nexus 5 via an early upgrade.
2013-12-06 09:50:14 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)
Hope everyone in the UK is okay after the storm surge. We had a call from a friend about 10pm asking if we were being evacuated - found out that the council and police were evacuating some of the houses at the other end of our street as a nearby creek was threatening to burst its banks (which it eventually did elsewhere).
Our house was far enough away to not bother.
Still, the attached made me smile this morning from the staff restaurant: bad English or an admission that we just don't know what to do with it any more? ;)
Have a good day.
2013-12-05 12:19:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
The psychology of change.
We have a love-hate relationship with change. We hate it but also relish it as it indicates progress.
We resent changes to an established workflow whilst bemoaning stagnation and a lack of innovation.
Do we need to change? Yes, but maybe not always for the reasons you might think.
Great post from +Graham Jones
2013-12-05 07:36:16 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)
Thought for today
Identity is a constantly moving target.
Have a good day, whatever you are doing.
2013-12-04 12:53:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
I used to be MT for a guild on Anachronos but due to politics it split up and effectively killed my experience. After a break I started playing again but from scratch - new character, new realm (Steamwheedle) but again as tank (pally).
Being in only a small family guild I've not done any raids since Lich King and was getting a bit bored but then decided to try a Draenei Shammy and am loving it.
I've gone elemental and would appreciate any tips you might have. Thanks.
2013-12-04 09:19:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Will Topsy/Apple retain access to the Twitter firehose?
With all the discussion over what Topsy will bring to the Apple table many are making the assumption that they will retain access to the Twitter firehose.
Personally, I can't see it.
2013-12-04 08:28:58 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
Ticket logged: user's Blackberry has found it's way to washing machine
Manager's facetious response: direct user's Blackberry to tumble dryer.
2013-12-04 07:40:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Why did Apple buy Topsy?
Some good speculation from +John Battelle on why Apple paid upwards of $200 million for a company that searches Twitter data - it's probably nothing to do with Twitter.
Talent acquisition? Search expertise buyout? You decide.
2013-12-03 11:33:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
The metric that matters.
Forget vanity metrics, what is the real metric that defines success? For Medium that is Total Time Reading (TTR).
Medium aims to connect authors to readers and the time they spend reading content demonstrates if this is a success.
They compare expected reading time to actual reading time which is inferred by periodically recording scroll position to filter out periods of inactivity.
2013-12-03 09:23:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
Brainstorming is just a means to an end.
Brainstorming is not the panacea some see it as, it is a means to an end - one of the steps on the creative path.
2013-12-02 16:10:51 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)
The case for moving to Android.
The more I think about it, the more strongly I am considering the move back to Android.
Why? Here's some reasons:
1. Need of a change
Let's just get this out of the way, I have a low boredom threshold and the geek in me wants different. With iOS7 already on the 4S I'm not getting much that's new if I move to a 5S apart from the fingerprint reader and a slightly larger screen. If I want a bigger screen I have more options elsewhere.
I use Chrome at home (and in officially at work) so signing in no matter the location and sharing tabs between devices is a plus. Now that Apple no longer updates Safari on Windows and third-party browsers are crippled on iOS there is a case to move.
3. Google Now improvements
I previously had hopes that Siri would become... more »
2013-12-02 12:32:40 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)
Happiness as a currency.
This is a great post about gaining and recognising value from what we do.
Don't design for pain-points and forget the joy points. Focus on joy, emotions, connections and conversation.
2013-11-29 20:45:20 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
We're back from hospital - thanks so much for the comments earlier.
The good news is that there is nothing wrong with my wife's heart - ECGs were fine. Blood pressure is up a little and she is very stressed but the main issue that she was dieting but it was a bit extreme and not balanced and her body went in to shock. She has acid reflux which is causing a lot of the pain but she should be okay once she has been to the doctor and been referred to a dietician.
Good news :)
2013-11-29 14:45:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
App.net broadcast channels and an SOS.
Could a variant of ADN's new Broadcast feature enable a new means of social curation and save our streams from the clutter of shared links?
Last year, I considered a method of "push curation" and the launch of Broadcast immediately took me back to the concept. While Broadcast is intended for high value, low volume notifications could it be extended?
2013-11-29 13:37:24 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)
On my way home as my wife has a couple of cardiac paramedics with her who says she has to go to hospital to get checked out.
Wish us luck.
2013-11-29 07:18:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)
Good morning all.
I should have a post coming later about App.net broadcast channels and how they could be expanded to achieve my idea of push curation from last year whilst simultaneously saving our streams from clutter.
I'm also reworking my ideas about a more visual approach to social conversations from a while back.
Today is a thinking day!
Have a good one, whatever you're doing.
2013-11-28 17:14:39 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
App recommendations needed.
As you will probably know I'm debating whether to move back to Android when my contract is up for renewal so I could do with some app recommendations.
First up I need a good Markdown editor that must have a nice, clean UI - Drafts is awesome on iOS so I need something equivalent.
Also, what's the best App.net client?
All recommendations gratefully received and I'll test some when I conduct my experiment on my old Desire next month.
2013-11-27 21:30:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Hop: first impressions.
Reposting this in case you missed it earlier and as I have updated the post slightly in response to feedback.
Does Hop really transform email? Read on...
2013-11-27 15:30:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Hop: first impressions.
Hop claims to transform our email experience. Can it live up to the hype or does the execution fall short of the promise?
After 5 weeks waiting in the queue I really wanted to like Hop but was it worth wait?
In a word, no!
2013-11-26 22:27:52 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)
Now that's what I'm talking about.
See what I did there ;)
I've been waiting for this since it was demoed on stage ages ago by Google.
2013-11-26 20:32:16 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)
I've got teenage daughters, ok!
2013-11-26 18:25:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
I've been seeing a number of articles about a rise in comment spam since YouTube moved to Google+ comments.
I have been meaning to post for a while that I am seeing a marked increase in the number of spam comments over at my blog (I have Google+ comments hooked in to Wordpress).
Not only that but an increasing number of spam accounts that follow and then drop off when you don't reciprocate.
Ah, Plus is just like any other network ;)
2013-11-26 17:46:33 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)
Evening all. I'm back from a case of what seems to have been mastoiditis (an infection of the bone and air spaces behind the ear) which left me largely unable to function between the constant dizziness, pains in the head and perpetual ringing in the left ear.
Antibiotics and pain killers seem to be doing the trick but I'm taking it easy back at work.
On a different note, I'm going to be posting my initial impressions of Hop the iPhone email app which transforms your mail into messaging.
Does it live up to the hype? Does the execution fall short of the promise?
Let's just say, it's not looking good.
Does anyone who's waiting in the Hop queue or considering getting the app have anything they want me to cover?
Does anyone using it (or has used it) have anything they want to contribute?
Let me... more »
2013-11-18 14:13:34 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)
Easy is difficult
Great post from +Geoff Livingston - making something easy is not as simple as it serms.
2013-11-17 22:22:39 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)
Google Now should be the default UI.
This is a great post from +Mike Elgan and really sums up the one failing of interrupt systems that don't interrupt.
I posted the other day that Android is finally reaching a point (Google Now included) where I am considering switching back from iOS (I was on Android before) but you have to wonder why such a key feature is relegated off screen rather than being front and centre.
Worth a read.
2013-11-16 14:19:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
At the Ideal Home Show at Christmas.
Free parking thanks to a friend who works at Earl's Court :)
It's manic. Had to turn off 3G as the networks are maxed out.
2013-11-14 18:54:44 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
I wrote about the reasons why I switched from Android to iOS a couple of years back and, more recently, discussed why Android wasn't ready for me to return. Now, however, with Kit Kat, improvements to Google Now, voice input and enhanced Google+ integration across the ecosystem I'm starting to wonder if I could make the switch back.
I have always said that one platform isn't necessarily better than the other and the choice comes down to individual usage requirements but we are reaching a point where it is getting harder to distinguish between platforms and make that choice.
I have an investment in the iOS ecosystem with regards to purchased applications and there are still apps I use on the iPhone that are not available on Android (Mailbox and Drafts being key among them) but I find myself in a quandary.
I'm due an... more »
2013-11-14 18:28:40 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)
Evening all. Apologies for the radio silence this week but a manic few days at work combined with bad back pain since Monday have left me with little energy.
Still, I just wanted to say hi in case you'd all forgotten me ;)
2013-11-09 08:21:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)
Now this is really clever - a rap without using the most common letter of the alphabet.
2013-11-08 17:45:28 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)
Semiotics as a driver of interaction - a value exchange.
I've just been thumbing through my notes for a post provisionally titled "The psychology of social interaction" and came across the above.
I don't remember writing it but I'm glad I did, it speaks volumes to me in just a few words but I know I will have to expand the thought.
2013-11-08 13:41:28 (18 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)
The 6 C's
Back in 2008 I wrote a blog post called "The 5 C's of Social Media" in which I said that social afforded us 5 base opportunities:
A year later, as social use expanded, I acknowledged that a 6th C could finally be adopted: culture.
This post still gets traffic today and is even quoted on the "Primary Health Care Research and Information Service" website which is funded by the Australian Department of Health. Go figure!
The 6 C's are still just as relevant today but what is quite crazy, however, is that after all this time people are still trying to work out how these base opportunities can be employed to affect change.
Community, collaboration, value exchange, leading to revised culture - these are key.
... more »
2013-11-07 16:44:47 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)
Social as a quality is still something we're trying to (re)discover... +John Kellden
We are social animals and throughout history have gathered in groups for various needs: protection, food, social companionship, etc. Recently, however, we have been less social as a species than at any time in our history.
20th century thinking, self absorption and technology have made us isolated within crowds but we are finally learning to use that technology and social tools to rekindle that old flame (albeit virtually) beyond political, societal and geographic limitations - rebuilding a new global village with 21C social presence and collaboration forming key pillars.
The internet replaces the garden fence and our "neighbours" could now be anywhere.
2013-11-06 10:53:01 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)
Needs v wants
Life is a struggle between what we need and what we want. It is unhealthy to focus too heavily on the things we want, crave or desire; instead we should focus on (and be more content with) the things that we need.
Do we need that new gadget? Do we need that new gaming console? No, but we do need that roof over our head and stability in our lives.
But, there is a problem.
Wants and needs aren't limited to physical things but also to actions, processes and deeds. We might want to learn to paint, we might want to write a book - these "wants" are to be encouraged.
If all we do is service the daily needs then we will reach burnout. All too often our wants are far outnumbered by our needs.
Wanting, wishing, dreaming is healthy, we must have goals and aspirations. We need to spend time away from the needs, and... more »
2013-11-06 05:44:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Definitely worth a read and why not add +Deborah Hughes to your circles if you haven't already - she is a great storyteller.
2013-11-05 21:41:57 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
It's a shame that "OK Google" isn't supported in UK English on iOS even though it's not that much of a stretch from US English. Seeing as you can still do voice search I don't see what the issue is - Google obviously understands you.
2013-11-03 08:51:51 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)
Are you taking the #NOD3x30 challenge for November to find new people and enhance your stream?
I've got 4 projects running over at +NOD3x monitoring different sets of keywords and the first person I have come across is: +Art Markman who was found by my search for "social psychology".
Have a great day.
2013-11-01 22:17:55 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)
Good deed done for the day.
Flagged down by a very flustered man whose wife was about to give birth at home and he desperately needed a lift.
Poor guy was so flustered he asked us three times inside 5 minutes where we'd been, the answer wasn't riveting: the supermarket ;)
Here's to new life.
2013-11-01 19:29:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)
Chockabloke checking in.
(Now that age me)
2013-10-30 00:36:44 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)
OK, couldn't resist ;)
2013-10-29 17:32:35 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)
How's your mute reflexes +Scot Duke? Jut think of all those auto-awesome movies you'll be able to practice on.
2013-10-29 17:01:11 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)
300 million active users in the stream!
Now say Google+ is irrelevant...
2013-10-29 16:32:14 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)
What a manic couple of days. The high winds here on Sunday night/Monday morning blew down our back gate so I need to replace that. Travel chaos ensued so I had to work from home yesterday.
Frantically tried to catch up today as I am now off for the rest of the week (hurrah) which will include a fun day of fancy dress for Halloween at our shop. I'm going to be all gothed up - tat sleeves and dark make-up (think Howard and Raj from The Big Bang Theory) so that will be fun (beware photos may escape).
Now, I'm looking forward to following the Google+ event as I travel home. Is anyone doing live-text updates?
2013-10-26 08:06:52 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)
Social conversations as interactive maps.
Social networks, by necessity, are linear constructs, it is far easier to both design and read if there is consistent form and structure.
Post > comment > response
Reshares may take a particular conversation in a new direction but we are just dealing with parallel linear experiences.
Branch, as a case in point, takes an initial object, turns it into a conversation and then allows us to "branch out" at any point but this is still a collection of linear threads.
When Google first introduced Ripples they excited me as, for the first time, they enabled us to natively visualise the spread of a conversation. I envisaged them iterating and perhaps becoming part of a wider analytics offering but this did not materialise.
What if this format could be applied directly to a social... more »
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