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Elaine Lindsay39,056Test for hangout settings2014-09-11 22:30:0041  
Network Round Table: The Softer Side of Business763*Network RoundTable: Inspiration, Motivation and Education during your Small Biz Happy Hour* *Friday, September 5 2014* *12:42 pm MST* (2:42 pm EST, 1:42 pm CST, and 11:42 pm PST) This Weeks Guest: @111552522175915203592    Let us know what you think about "Flow" by filling in this quick survey:  Mobile Link: http://goo.gl/50yfnO Watch on Google+: http://goo.gl/83sVTk Watch on YouTube: http://goo.gl/50yfnO Watch on my Blog:  Network Round Table, your #SmallBizHappyHour , is back for the Season of Movement!   From now until the end of 2014, we’ll be talking with our guests about the different aspects of movement and how movement (in all its forms) impacts your business.   We’ll inspire and motivate you at the beginning of the show, so that your energy is up and your stress is down. Then, it’s time to get educated – by our guest and by YOU, our #HappyTribe . We believe that sharing experiences is one of the most powerful ways to learn, so we want to hear from you about your experience with this week’s subject:    *FLOW*   What is flow as it relates to business? Is flow something that we experience on our own, or can it happen in teams? And what role do relationships play in our ability to achieve flow? Get the conversation started on the event page, and of course, post any questions you’d like to have answered during the show!   And don’t forget the Lightning Round! It’s up to YOU to tell us how this week’s show *moved* you. Did you have an “aha” moment, were you able to identify with something that was said? We want to hear all about it with the hashtag #LightningRound  after the show.   We’re thrilled to have @111552522175915203592  as this week's #plusonesuperhero ! *Tagline* G+ Nerd & Relationship Enthusiast *Introduction* Hey my name is Wade and I'm a full time social media marketing blogger!  I have a Psychology degree and I use it to help people create action from their updates on social media.  I love helping newbie's at my social media marketing website.  I have also recently started another blog at WadeHarman.com that I will share more of the relationship marketing and Google Plus side of things. I'm all about building relationships online.  People these days have a twisted sense of how marketing is done and I'm here to set them straight!  Become a Hero to one individual at a time and stop marketing to the masses!  One on one, investment in time and personalize everything you do, and that is going to help you!  I can show you more Relationship Marketing tips through my coaching,too.  My social media marketing blogs are dedicated to helping people succeed with social media through techniques such as creating a social presence, building relationships, and driving traffic!   I use Psychology to prompt action from the reader and I can help you to do the same.  You see emotion plays a big part in what we see on social media.  Learning how to pull an emotion that creates action out of the reader can be a pretty powerful thingHow To Use Flow in Small Business with Wade Harman on Network Round Table2014-09-05 20:42:0044  
Wade Harman19,229Building A Google Plus Community Have you tried out @108883357423682942734 for your G+ account yet?  It will literally open up a brand new world for you to explore here on Google Plus! http://nod3x.com Also, don't forget one of the best cross posting platforms out there devoted to G+ as well called @105750980959577516811!  If you're serious about marketing, get the $10 plan, it works awesome for my business! http://goo.gl/Dolyku Join @111552522175915203592 from @108827198716965466311 as I talk to @103008963082975341976 and @117547081660023231214 about how we can go about building a successful Google Plus community here!  What makes a community successful, how to keep out spam, and how to keep people engaged other than on their own material. Join the Social Media Strategy Community here: http://goo.gl/tFhMXi Join the Relationship Marketing Community here: http://goo.gl/ma1wej Don't forget you can sponsor my *Relationship Tips* segments and become a Patreon for only $1mo! http://www.patreon.com/wade #googlepluscommunity   #googlepluscommunities   #googlepluscommunitytips   #relationshipmarketing  Building A Google Plus Community2014-06-13 00:00:00102  
Spartan Spark Inc.56Monday, May 19 2014 1:00 pm Pacific (4:00 pm Eastern, 3:00 pm Central, and 2:00 pm Mountain)   We're excited to start this HOA series specifically for the Entrepreneurs' Community, entitled "Pooling Our Knowledge". Each week, a community member (or two!) will speak on their area of expertise, and give you some tips to improve your business in that specific area.   Of course, we'll take all the questions from the audience that we have time for during the show, and do our best to respond to those we can't answer on-air afterwards.   Not only will you get some helpful tips, but you'll have the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs who may be struggling with the same issues that you are!   This week's topic is "Setting up your Home Page for Maximum Engagement". We'll be covering some of the essential tools you need to set up your website's home page, including adding a call to action, how to establish your credibility and some essential SEO tips. If you have any questions, please leave them on the event page! This week's host is: @103082680437088577070    Dafne is one of the partners at Spartan Spark Inc, an online marketing company that helps small businesses reach their ideal clients, connect with them and consequently grow their business. Spartan Spark's unique process brings all your online tools into a single Business Dashboard making your life easier and your lead generation more effective. Dafne's passionate about teaching entrepreneurs how to maximize their time using online tools and techniques so they have more time to do the things they love.   We look forward to seeing you for the first of many community hangouts!Pooling Our Knowledge: Entrepreneurs' Community Hangout2014-05-19 22:00:0026  
Stephanie Sims2,012*Pooling Our Knowledge: Entrepreneurs’ Community Hangout* *Monday, May 12 2014* *1:00 pm Pacific (4:00 pm Eastern, 3:00 pm Central, and 2:00 pm Mountain)*   We’re excited to start this HOA series specifically for the Entrepreneurs’ Community, entitled “Pooling Our Knowledge”. Each week, a community member (or two!) will speak on their area of expertise, and give you some tips to improve your business in that specific area.   Of course, we’ll take all the questions from the audience that we have time for during the show, and do our best to respond to those we can’t answer on-air afterwards.   Not only will you get some helpful tips, but you’ll have the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs who may be struggling with the same issues that you are!   This week’s topic is *“Setting Your Business up for Financial Success”.* We’ll be covering some of the essential tools you need to manage your finances, including financial projections and financial reporting (and NO, they aren’t the same thing!). If you have any questions, please leave them on the event page! This week’s hosts are: @100507762856957104832    Judi is the founder of GrowthCast. She helps small businesses see their financial future. Judi and GrowthCast are on a mission to demystify business financials and allow any business owner to understand the health of their business. @104267556228949747305  Stephanie gives owners a new way to measure the value of their business, using a method called Finance-Ability. She wants owners to understand the value of their company before they get involved in any financial decisions, so they are dealing from a position of strength. Knowing your worth is always a good thing - in life and in business!   We look forward to seeing you for the first of many community hangouts!   #PoolingOurKnowledge #EntrepreneursCommunityHOA  POOLING OUR KNOWLEDGE - Entrepreneurs' Community Hangout2014-05-12 22:00:0033  
Andy Nathan14,793We had a great conversation last Tuesday with a number of the Learning From Failure authors. Now, let's get the rest of the authors on part 2 of our discussion Learning From Failure. Guests this week will be: @106239597077013550982 @104337529165562531044 @114080279619551546069 @101723402717315646723 Here is the link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JL2O9LY Also, do not forget to check out our sponsor's website: @102183121375310741688 Start Up Gap Episode 22: Learning From Failure Part 22014-05-06 23:00:0016  
Jerks Bike Shop506*BIKES, BIKES AND MORE BIKES!* Watch Live on Google+ http://goo.gl/peMwEL Watch Live on YouTube http://goo.gl/LwCVPD Watch live on Facebook http://goo.gl/2BBYdE You never know who might show up in Jerks Corner...For that matter you never know if Jerks Corner will be in Jerks Corner. If @100270464766216570533 gets his way this weeks show is going to be *HUGE!* Join us as we give you tips and tricks on how to make the most of your bike riding life! Our guest this week (The one that I know about...Kirk will probably have someone show up about 10 minutes before we go live) is: @104267556228949747305 (http://goo.gl/1PVaM4) *Tagline* Recovering investment banker, champion of business owners, lover of the written word, wife of a Frenchman, mom of three *Introduction* I help business owners understand finance and how it can work for them instead of the other way around. By showing owners how to make the most of the financial tools at their disposal, I help them maximize the value of their business and provide a secure future for themselves and their families. When I'm not helping clients, I'm cooking, playing tennis, reading like a fiend and schlepping the kids all over. My idea of a great evening includes Name that Tune (but only with songs from the 80s), Brie aux truffes and champagne. Not necessarily in that order.... Watch Live on Dennis Duce's personal blog http://goo.gl/9oJMER Watch Live on Jerks Bike Shop Blog http://goo.gl/5Uj5NL Watch All of the Jerks Corner HOA episodes http://goo.gl/9mCimT Each week  we bring in interesting people from the work of biking.  See the Blog on Jerk's Bike Shop Website http://goo.gl/GTkSN5 See the Blog on Gomboc.me websit http://goo.gl/jrPoAV You host on this bike adventure is @100270464766216570533  owner of @100752257194070480190   http://www.jerksbikeshop.com Thanks @104641199698156385999  and @103050032525628487835  for producing this weekly HOA Kirk Sherrod on G+ http://goo.gl/M0QDmT Jerks Bike SHop on G+ http://goo.gl/U4ghDU Dennis N. Duce on G+ http://goo.gl/hMJHTa Gomboc.me on G+ http://goo.gl/sGLrIvJerks Corner: Live Bike Advice From The Pros2014-02-24 21:00:0040  
James Fierce18,775 Are You Passionate About Your Business?  This weeks show is all about passion:   1. Is it a requirement for success?  2. Why is it important to cultivate your passions?  3. What to do if you are not passionate about your business/ career 4. When can it be a problem and how do you recognize it? 5. How to use it to your advantage for growth and bringing in new clients.  We have two special guests:  *Marilyn Moore:* I am the coordinator for SEO and social media for SonicSpider LLC and RightStartwebsites.com.  Following a career in education,I am now our company's go-to person for using Google+ for business, Semantic Search, and developing content marketing strategies/SEO. *Rachael Alford:* is a success coach, fundraising consultant and meeting and event planner. Most days, Rachael can be found helping others with their crowdfunding campaigns.Is Passion Essential For Business Success?2013-11-12 20:00:0023  
James Fierce18,775*It's Not What You Know But Who You Know* We are usually on at 11:00 PT but this week I have an IRL commitment so we are coming to you an hour earlier. Note this is an HOA so unless you are on the panel you won't actually be in the hangout...of course, you can watch us live and we are going to be using comment tracker so you can engage with the panel by asking comments or questions directly in the event comment section on this event page.  *To Be Discussed* Why Networking is important How to network effectively How to become the one others want to network with Tips for introverts Tips for extroverts How to use hangouts  I am looking to add a few guest panelists for this show. So check back here on the event page to see how well I really am at using the networking skills  :) *Please share this event or invite anyone you know that may be interested in learning more about networking*Get Bizy with Nate and Jim - Networking Effectively2013-10-15 19:00:0011  
Stephan Hovnanian38,504Some say the role of the web designer is no more, and in many cases, they're right. But a professional can be extremely valuable to your online presence. Part one of this 3-part mini-series explores the front-end of your website, when it's okay to "DIY" and when you should bring in a pro. Go to the URL below for complete details (and to watch on your mobile device), as well as to sign up to be notified of the Parts 2 and 3! http://www.websighthangouts.com/diy-websites-vs-professionally-designed-part-1/"DIY" vs. "Professionally-Designed" Websites (Part 1 of 3)2013-02-14 19:30:009  
martin shervington1,116,648*Want to ask questions about publishing YOUR book?* Well, next week I will be joined by Shawn Welch, co-author of 'APE: author, publisher, entrepreneur'. I am sure he will have a lot of answers for you as well. *When.* Sunday at 7pm GMT; 11am PST; 2pm EST. *What it is all about.* Since reading Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch's book 'APE: Authors Publisher and Entrepreneur' I felt inspired to help more people follow their dream. I've motivated people for years to find their enthusiasm of writing, and published a few books myself along the way (both traditional and self-publishing). *The Plan:* Guy has launched the FREE 4 session course and Shawn will take us into Session two. So get yourself ready with some interesting questions! Then, in the following two on-air hangout sessions, I will help you get some structure in place that will help motivate you to become a successful author - I've gone down the publishing and self publishing route myself.  There may also have additional guests to the subsequent hangouts to get you focused and inspire your inner author! *Next Dates:* 17th Feb 17th March *Interested in getting involved?* Click ‘YES’ on the event, read Guy’s book and I’ll see you at the launch! Want to know more about Guy and Shawn’s book check out this post on my blog: http://www.martinshervington.com/getting-books-published-with-ape-author-publisher-entrepreneur-self-publishing/Going 'APE' with Shawn Welch!2013-01-20 20:00:0060  
General Assembly548,842Join General Assembly for a Hangout on Air focused on helping you set entrepreneurial goals that stick. Learn to focus on the simple things that can change the goal setting life for you or your company. You'll learn how things like the fear of success, the circles you keep, perfectionism, busy work, over thinking and lack of social accountability are large hurdles holding you back. RSVP to this event and it will be added to your Google Calendar. 30 minutes before the event starts we'll add the live Hangout on Air link so you can tune in live!Setting Entrepreneurial Goals That Stick - Hangout on Air2012-12-12 20:00:0076  

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2015-07-02 20:24:36 (25 comments, 11 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

Sigh

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2015-06-28 03:42:03 (10 comments, 35 reshares, 134 +1s)Open 

Now wouldn't this impress your friends and neighbors. 

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2015-07-01 22:05:19 (5 comments, 19 reshares, 140 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, in Canada.  Happy #CanadaDay  for all our northern friends. 

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2015-07-03 05:40:27 (11 comments, 31 reshares, 133 +1s)Open 

A street performance 

A street performance ___

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2015-07-03 05:18:56 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

For me?  Oh my - you shouldn't have.  

For me?  Oh my - you shouldn't have.  ___

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2015-07-02 22:53:48 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Nice technique by +Terence Chang 

To be honest, I have been lazy, since Google has made life much easier. I did learned something today. So here is how I quickly search on Google+ in Chrome browser with just a + symple and search terms

PS. I am using Microsoft Sway to create this page. It is pretty cool and free. 

#Chrome   #tips   #tricks   #Sway  ___Nice technique by +Terence Chang 

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2015-07-02 20:24:36 (25 comments, 11 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

Sigh

Sigh___

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2015-07-02 20:21:30 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Good a reason as any I guess. 

Good a reason as any I guess. ___

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2015-07-02 18:36:38 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Google never hears the screams - Part II,  Why does this not surprise me?   Actually they got the problem right "the company's super-nerdy, relatively homogeneous make-up can can sometimes lead to questionable product decisions" but the solution is questionable to day the least.   I have mentioned before that I heard Microsoft actually goes to users homes to learn how they use their products, and I am positive that Google does not do that.  So this is what they do instead?  

I often find myself here wanting to know the answer to a really simple question - how did the original designer at Google  _think_ we were supposed to use the product?  So much here simply makes no sense at all - at least to me, and never has.   Where should we make a topic post? - to our own profile?, to a circle, to a tag? to a community?, or multiple communities?  To a collection?  What isthe diffe... more »

Google never hears the screams - Part II,  Why does this not surprise me?   Actually they got the problem right "the company's super-nerdy, relatively homogeneous make-up can can sometimes lead to questionable product decisions" but the solution is questionable to day the least.   I have mentioned before that I heard Microsoft actually goes to users homes to learn how they use their products, and I am positive that Google does not do that.  So this is what they do instead?  

I often find myself here wanting to know the answer to a really simple question - how did the original designer at Google  _think_ we were supposed to use the product?  So much here simply makes no sense at all - at least to me, and never has.   Where should we make a topic post? - to our own profile?, to a circle, to a tag? to a community?, or multiple communities?  To a collection?  What is the difference between Google Circles and Contact Groups, and when should I use each?  I still don't know the answer to these, and many other questions, and while I may not be as smart as Google employees, I am not stupid, so they shouldn't need to "simulate stupidity" by getting drunk. 

Google also seems to pride itself in not talking to us.  The have even set up a buffer of unpaid support workers called "Preferred Contributors" they use to insulate themselves from direct contact with the outside world.  Right now I can't even get through to my own contact data on Google - the most "mission critical" information of any small business, and there is now way to get help.  

I have also been trying to find out what is going on Google Communities for months now.  I have worked my ass off to keep my entrepreneurs community going with zero support and a rather lame technology, and have written several heartfelt letters to Google trying to get any information at all.  Somehow, we are supposed to keep our communities professionally managed with no information or decent moderation tools.  

There have been no upgrades to the Communities technology in over a year and no communication from Google product managers.  Will Communities be dumped? - or will they be upgraded and improved?  I have no idea, and needless to say, Google hasn't responded to any of my messages.  With any company other than Google this would be described as "poorly managed" but somehow Google always gets a pass.  

Who knows, maybe I am too old to use Google products - that company, with an average age of 29, seems to have gone out of its way to normalize age discrimination, but I believe Google is caught in a horrible feedback loop.  They have gotten so used to people praising their every move that they have come to believe that everything they do is brilliant, and now they think must get drunk to be able to understand their own users. ___

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2015-07-01 22:05:19 (5 comments, 19 reshares, 140 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, in Canada.  Happy #CanadaDay  for all our northern friends. 

Meanwhile, in Canada.  Happy #CanadaDay  for all our northern friends. ___

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2015-07-01 20:36:47 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

A Canada joke, in honor of #canadaday  

Meanwhile, in Canada.___A Canada joke, in honor of #canadaday  

2015-07-01 19:18:00 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Google Contacts Fail.  This is incredibly frustrating.   Google has now made that new "contacts preview" the default contacts manager, and I haven't been able to access my own contacts for weeks.    I get the error

"There was a problem loading your contact.  Please reload the page and try again

Except that reloading the page just gives the same error.  I have a decent Windows machine that doesn't have problems with other programs - just this one.   As usual, the Google support forums don't seem to have any useful information that I can find.  

As a small business, this is my most mission critical information so this is a serious problem.  It is also embarrassing for me, because I have gone above and beyond trying to use Google products - this one in particular, for small business development which has clearly been a mistake. 
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Google Contacts Fail.  This is incredibly frustrating.   Google has now made that new "contacts preview" the default contacts manager, and I haven't been able to access my own contacts for weeks.    I get the error

"There was a problem loading your contact.  Please reload the page and try again

Except that reloading the page just gives the same error.  I have a decent Windows machine that doesn't have problems with other programs - just this one.   As usual, the Google support forums don't seem to have any useful information that I can find.  

As a small business, this is my most mission critical information so this is a serious problem.  It is also embarrassing for me, because I have gone above and beyond trying to use Google products - this one in particular, for small business development which has clearly been a mistake. 

Does anyone know if there is some way to get the old Google Contacts back?   Some hidden link?   - or is there some other solution someone might know?  ___

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2015-07-01 17:34:56 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

I don't get this either.  Remember when Rush Limbaugh called a young woman a slut because she believed that birth control should be covered by health insurance.  Mitt Romney didn't renounce it, and he lost any chance for my vote then and there.   It was a softball lobbed over the plate, and no one swung at ti.  Republicans often come off as bullies - attacking the weakest members of our society like single mothers on food stamps just trying to feed their kids, but they also don't stand up to bullies.   Honestly, I understand why Trump is rising in the polls.  He has made the rest of the Republican field look like a bunch of wussies. 

I don't get this either.  Remember when Rush Limbaugh called a young woman a slut because she believed that birth control should be covered by health insurance.  Mitt Romney didn't renounce it, and he lost any chance for my vote then and there.   It was a softball lobbed over the plate, and no one swung at ti.  Republicans often come off as bullies - attacking the weakest members of our society like single mothers on food stamps just trying to feed their kids, but they also don't stand up to bullies.   Honestly, I understand why Trump is rising in the polls.  He has made the rest of the Republican field look like a bunch of wussies. ___

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2015-07-01 05:49:21 (8 comments, 12 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

Maybe it would be a good idea to have your set completed before you start broadcasting. 

Maybe it would be a good idea to have your set completed before you start broadcasting. ___

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2015-07-01 05:43:32 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

So I was near the park today and decided to stop and do some break dancing. 

So I was near the park today and decided to stop and do some break dancing. ___

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2015-07-01 05:36:53 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

No kidding - and just my luck one of them decided to move into my apartment where he will have no chance at all to get laid.  

No kidding - and just my luck one of them decided to move into my apartment where he will have no chance at all to get laid.  ___

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2015-06-30 03:49:21 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Did I ever show you guys a picture of my water slide?

Did I ever show you guys a picture of my water slide?___

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2015-06-30 03:44:46 (15 comments, 17 reshares, 126 +1s)Open 

Sammich trouble. 

Sammich trouble. ___

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2015-06-28 18:50:04 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Happy Sunday everyone - hope you are all enjoying this beautiful day. 

Happy Sunday everyone - hope you are all enjoying this beautiful day. ___

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2015-06-28 05:46:03 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

Now that is a #fail  via +Bryan Maher 

Look before you leap.___Now that is a #fail  via +Bryan Maher 

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2015-06-28 05:18:41 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Now, if they could just come up with some "past due bills" spray.  

Now, if they could just come up with some "past due bills" spray.  ___

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2015-06-28 03:49:54 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

She likes Harry

She likes Harry___

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2015-06-28 03:42:03 (10 comments, 35 reshares, 134 +1s)Open 

Now wouldn't this impress your friends and neighbors. 

Now wouldn't this impress your friends and neighbors. ___

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2015-06-28 03:34:42 (4 comments, 13 reshares, 83 +1s)Open 

Art!

Art!___

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2015-06-27 04:33:05 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

That's a tough situation - hope they work it out, for #fidofriday  

That's a tough situation - hope they work it out, for #fidofriday  ___

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2015-06-27 04:18:57 (6 comments, 9 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Well how the heck you doing!  Happy #fidofriday

Well how the heck you doing!  Happy #fidofriday___

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2015-06-27 04:05:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The dog will see you now, on #fidofriday  

The dog will see you now, on #fidofriday  ___

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2015-06-27 04:00:57 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Dangerous dogs, for #fidofriday  

Dangerous dogs, for #fidofriday  ___

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2015-06-27 03:56:51 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 91 +1s)Open 

A happy dog, for #fidofriday  

A happy dog, for #fidofriday  ___

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2015-06-27 03:54:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

A photogenic dog, for #fidofriday  

A photogenic dog, for #fidofriday  ___

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2015-06-26 20:38:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Especially since bike riders are already somewhat sensitive to the comfort of bicycle seats. 

Remind me not to ride the bikes in Melbourne. Ouch.___Especially since bike riders are already somewhat sensitive to the comfort of bicycle seats. 

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2015-06-26 19:55:45 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Cyber road rage?

Cyber road rage?___

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2015-06-26 05:33:47 (4 comments, 19 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Wow - I was having enough trouble with the emotions I know about. 

___Wow - I was having enough trouble with the emotions I know about. 

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2015-06-26 05:15:43 (8 comments, 12 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

A diabolical lizard.  

A diabolical lizard.  ___

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2015-06-26 04:43:19 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Yeah, me too!

Yeah, me too!___

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2015-06-26 04:31:01 (6 comments, 9 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

I never thought about that before. 

I never thought about that before. ___

2015-06-25 21:43:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Just had a nice meeting with +Jo Guerra  as part of our new "virtual co-working" program on the entrepreneurs community.   These are hybrid public HOA / private hangout meetings.   For some reason, the video quality was horrible on my end and this part still went longer than I wanted - but I am getting better at that.   We had a nice chat about the need of "creative professionals" before we went into our private hangout. 

This is a virtual co-working session with +Rob Gordon and +Jo Guerra.  The public part of this session will be brief - just a few minutes for us to introduce our project, but feel free to ask any questions you might have.  

We will be happy to schedule more if these - just let us know if you would like to participate. ___Just had a nice meeting with +Jo Guerra  as part of our new "virtual co-working" program on the entrepreneurs community.   These are hybrid public HOA / private hangout meetings.   For some reason, the video quality was horrible on my end and this part still went longer than I wanted - but I am getting better at that.   We had a nice chat about the need of "creative professionals" before we went into our private hangout. 

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2015-06-25 18:37:14 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

A few quick thoughts about Uber.   This company just can't stay out of the news, can they?   The most important thing is to first dispel a myth that Uber is somehow a brilliant innovation that deserves its massive success.  Uber was simply an idea whose time had come.  The "legend" the company pushes is that founder Travis Kalanick got the idea because he couldn't find a taxi in Paris.   Can you find them now Travis?

Maybe that is true, but the idea was NOT UNIQUE - probably millions of people had the same idea - I did - it was an idea whose time had come.  Uber was simply the victor in the Silicon Valley "picking winners" contest.  It is what economists call "a natural monopoly" and that is what Silicon Valley venture capitalists love.  Later they were joined by Google Ventures, and as we know, Google always goes for the monopoly play.  
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A few quick thoughts about Uber.   This company just can't stay out of the news, can they?   The most important thing is to first dispel a myth that Uber is somehow a brilliant innovation that deserves its massive success.  Uber was simply an idea whose time had come.  The "legend" the company pushes is that founder Travis Kalanick got the idea because he couldn't find a taxi in Paris.   Can you find them now Travis?

Maybe that is true, but the idea was NOT UNIQUE - probably millions of people had the same idea - I did - it was an idea whose time had come.  Uber was simply the victor in the Silicon Valley "picking winners" contest.  It is what economists call "a natural monopoly" and that is what Silicon Valley venture capitalists love.  Later they were joined by Google Ventures, and as we know, Google always goes for the monopoly play.  

Was this really not predictable?  Here in San Diego the taxi drivers had to pay like $10,000 for a now worthless license.   I am not saying that this change wasn't inevitable - or that it might not even be a good thing eventually - but the little guys are always left out of the debate - until this happens.    The Uber "contractors" also get screwed - on rates and of course the security and benefits the the "real" Uber  employees get.   That's what happens when a market is controlled by monopoly or  quasi-monopoly,.  

Long ago an associate of mine described what he thought was a problem with capitalism.   While he believe in "free markets" capitalism often gets the "costs" part of the equation wrong.  "Someone can cut down a tree in a rain forest",  he said, "and then sell the hardwood from that tree at great profit - but no one ever accounted for the true cost to the rest of humanity".

Uber has sound a little trick to transfer the true costs of their activities to others, and Silicon Valley has worked to ensure that they are a controlling monopoly.  They wanted to disrupt, and now they have disrupted - but they don't think they should have to pay for that. 

Uber has cut down a tree in a rain forest, and we are supposed to think about how innovative they are for doing that. ___

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2015-06-25 05:46:10 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Are hashtags broken on Google+?   It sure seems like mine are, and have been for some time.  Could someone verify that it is not just my account?   Today some of my tag no longer work at all, and others return far fewer results than have actually been listed. Is that happening with the tags others create here also?  It has been going on with me for several weeks at least.    

So far the ones that aren't working have just been m joke post tags, but I have occasionally have used this for business purposes - is this feature now too unstable to use for anything where some reliability might be expected?    Is it just me, but isn't this kind of a big deal?   Maybe I am old school, but information technologies - like databases, should just work and return logical results.   Here, increasingly, the algorithm decides what works and what doesn't.  

Maybe somethingelse is goi... more »

Are hashtags broken on Google+?   It sure seems like mine are, and have been for some time.  Could someone verify that it is not just my account?   Today some of my tag no longer work at all, and others return far fewer results than have actually been listed. Is that happening with the tags others create here also?  It has been going on with me for several weeks at least.    

So far the ones that aren't working have just been m joke post tags, but I have occasionally have used this for business purposes - is this feature now too unstable to use for anything where some reliability might be expected?    Is it just me, but isn't this kind of a big deal?   Maybe I am old school, but information technologies - like databases, should just work and return logical results.   Here, increasingly, the algorithm decides what works and what doesn't.  

Maybe something else is going on.   Could this be one of those situation that always seem to happen with Google where starts to break a function before it is eliminated?   Maybe Google no longer wants that kind of cross-communication- or maybe we are supposed to use collections now instead of tags?   

This is not an earth shaking loss for me.  I never really cared for the way they implemented hashtags here - I thought the way it was done in the old Google Reader was much better, where the tags were not in the article, but could be effectively searched.  

The bigger issue is why don''t the tell us.  Small business in particular needs information about what is going on with the technologies they use in order to lan, and with Google products that is all but impossible.  I have tried, for example, to get information about what is going on with communities but no one will tell me.   Apparently they think some horrible fate will befall Google if anyone knows anything about their development plans. ___

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2015-06-25 03:52:29 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Making a friend, for #womanwednesday

Making a friend, for #womanwednesday___

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2015-06-25 03:33:31 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Honesty in advertising

Honesty in advertising___

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2015-06-24 20:20:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I was mesmerized.  Atlanterhavsveien is in Norway apparently.   Nothing really happens, but I couldn't stop watching.  

I was mesmerized.  Atlanterhavsveien is in Norway apparently.   Nothing really happens, but I couldn't stop watching.  ___

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2015-06-24 17:49:55 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Now, if only they could also make that time-traveling Delorean from "Back to the Future" we will be getting somewhere 1 

Now, if only they could also make that time-traveling Delorean from "Back to the Future" we will be getting somewhere 1 ___

2015-06-24 17:27:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I posted this yesterday on Hacker News without comment - just a link to the the Google video on how to provide this unpaid support labor for them.  People seem more free to comment on this issue there - over 50 comments so far, reflecting a variety of opinions. 

I posted this yesterday on Hacker News without comment - just a link to the the Google video on how to provide this unpaid support labor for them.  People seem more free to comment on this issue there - over 50 comments so far, reflecting a variety of opinions. ___

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2015-06-24 05:34:37 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Did I ever show you guys a picture of my lookout tower?

Did I ever show you guys a picture of my lookout tower?___

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2015-06-23 20:27:33 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The Gig Economy  Yesterday, I wrote about a new Google's program that will use unpaid workers to provide support for its commercial products.  As I said, in my opinion "it is cheap, it is greedy, and it is wrong" - and I stand by those words.  Google is not a non-profit organization - they are a highly profitable, and immensely rich multi-national corporation, and they should pay people they are using to provide services for them.  

What I didn't mention in the post, however, is that anyone who agreed with me would likely be intimidated from commenting. While it doesn't make what Google is doing right, the designation of being a "Top Contributor" could have value to some of them as a credential in their profession or business. That is the same justification the "unpaid internships" scams use.  People in this program know they could  lose thestatu... more »

The Gig Economy  Yesterday, I wrote about a new Google's program that will use unpaid workers to provide support for its commercial products.  As I said, in my opinion "it is cheap, it is greedy, and it is wrong" - and I stand by those words.  Google is not a non-profit organization - they are a highly profitable, and immensely rich multi-national corporation, and they should pay people they are using to provide services for them.  

What I didn't mention in the post, however, is that anyone who agreed with me would likely be intimidated from commenting. While it doesn't make what Google is doing right, the designation of being a "Top Contributor" could have value to some of them as a credential in their profession or business. That is the same justification the "unpaid internships" scams use.  People in this program know they could  lose the status Google has granted them in exchange for their free work if they raised these same issues. This article makes this exact same point with a real world example:

Want to express your concerns? Think twice. When TaskRabbit, a popular platform for thousands of gig workers decided to shift its business model last year, quite a few of its workers expressed their concerns with the new model on the company’s forum. As a result, some has their accounts suspended or started receiving less assignments from the company.

The romantic notions of the "Gig Economy" are often written by affluent Silicon Valley workers who are getting rich of our new "two tiered" society.  The reality is FAR different.  I decided to express my opinion about what Google is doing because it seemed like a more sophisticated version of the real slime bags I have met while looking for gigs, who always seem to have some scam to get people to work for them for free.  

While few companies go as far as Google has and actually get people to work for them for no pay at all,  they all transfer risk and often overhead to the contract worker.  Here is how this article explains it"

There are many stories of vast competition in this space, which means that low (and dropping) prices are the norm. To deliver on these low prices often means that the majority of money goes to the corporations that own the software, while the risk shifts to workers. Employees have no recourse if their bottom line is slashed. When Uber recently slashed its UberX prices to compete with New York’s yellow taxis, it was the drivers who took the hit. They’re now making 20% less.

This is the kind of world our Silicon Valley saviors are designing for us. I recently heard a radio program where the announcer was describing her experience in hiring a oDesk to help here get some writing done.  She found that she could essentially "spy" on her contract worker by using the oDesk program that monitors keystrokes and worker efficiency.  

When she talked to her worker about this, however, something more important was revealed. This worker would turn off this monitoring, and do all her editing - not an insignificant amount of work "without charge" because she wanted to keep her efficiency statistics high.  When you have a marginally profitable job, this totally kills it.  The article describes this phenomenon: 

Workers are continuously monitored and rated on quality and reliability. There are many stories where even the slightest deviations or doing the right thing for the customer can get people fired or deprioritized for future work... Humans do not manage the workers delivering the majority of these services. They are managed by algorithms that divide almost any job into discrete tasks that can be parceled out to workers when they’re needed. With pay determined by demand for that particular job at that particular moment, workers’ incomes are at the mercy of an algorithm.

Does that sound like a romantic future to you?  Yeah, me neither.     
  
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2015-06-23 16:26:07 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Happy Tuesday!  Everyone having a hard charging week?

Happy Tuesday!  Everyone having a hard charging week?___

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2015-06-23 04:45:04 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Oh thank God - does this mean I can turn the damn thing off?  I has been ridiculous since collections.  

The Google+ name also seems to be fading even more - remember how that was "unthinkable" not too long ago. 

Oh thank God - does this mean I can turn the damn thing off?  I has been ridiculous since collections.  

The Google+ name also seems to be fading even more - remember how that was "unthinkable" not too long ago. ___

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2015-06-23 04:40:31 (5 comments, 14 reshares, 80 +1s)Open 

No, probably not. 

No, probably not. ___

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2015-06-23 04:29:49 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

So that's it - dogs never watched TV when I was a kid. 

So that's it - dogs never watched TV when I was a kid. ___

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2015-06-23 02:21:22 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

I am so happy we live in an era when everything is being miniaturized. 

I am so happy we live in an era when everything is being miniaturized. ___

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2015-06-22 21:06:48 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Google now using unpaid workers to provide technical support.  I am sure many will disagree, but while Google makes amazing technology, they seem to have great difficulty putting together decent business programs.  I first noticed it while trying to get involved with that  "Google for Entrepreneurs" program, and came to the conclusion, as many others did, that the program wasn't for entrepreneurs at all - it was for Google.  

Did you ever wonder how you can get one of those "verified" check marks on your profile?  No one knows - having a credit card on file with Google doesn't do it.  I have even heard Google employees describe it as "hit or miss" - whatever that means.  As near as I can figure, the most likely way to get verified is to use your account here to repeatedly praise Google. 

That's why when I heard about Google's"T... more »

Google now using unpaid workers to provide technical support.  I am sure many will disagree, but while Google makes amazing technology, they seem to have great difficulty putting together decent business programs.  I first noticed it while trying to get involved with that  "Google for Entrepreneurs" program, and came to the conclusion, as many others did, that the program wasn't for entrepreneurs at all - it was for Google.  

Did you ever wonder how you can get one of those "verified" check marks on your profile?  No one knows - having a credit card on file with Google doesn't do it.  I have even heard Google employees describe it as "hit or miss" - whatever that means.  As near as I can figure, the most likely way to get verified is to use your account here to repeatedly praise Google. 

That's why when I heard about Google's "Top Contributor Program"  I just winced.  As some of you know, some of the "Google+ helpers" launched a week long smear campaign against me, accusing me of multiple criminal activities - some really horrendous.  Those people didn't really have official Google status though - they were just extremist fanboys trying to curry favor with Google for whatever reason.  Google may give these people a "wink and a nod" as they attack anyone who says anything critical of Google, but they have no official status.  

Now, however, this "Top Contributors Program" has given some of them official status.  My first experience with this new class of users that Google has defined came during a discussion here about "shared circles" - which Google recently eliminated with no warning and little explanation.  A number of insightful comments were made on this tread, then someone joined, went down the list of people who had commented, and issued rebuttals to a half dozen or so of them that had been somewhat critical of Google for taking this action with no notice.  

 I was struck by how person was both arrogant and ignorant at the same time - in every case, the comments he had dismissed where made by people who seemed to have a much deeper knowledge and understanding of the product  than he did.  When I called him out on one of these, he pompously announced that he was one of Google's "Top Contributors" and made it clear that this made his opinion more valid than ours. 

That is just one person, of course, but I have had unsatisfactory experiences almost every time I have tried to get some support about one of Googles product's - they have a whole army of people who "run interference" and block any question they deem inappropriate. Recently, I was trying to get help on an issue on a Google product forum and another "Top Contributor"  jumped in immediately and gave a pat "party line" answer - technically correct, but not at all helpful.  Then another "top contributor" then jumped in and congratulated the first top contributor on coming up with "the right answer" and they gave each other virtual high fives, but I was left with my issue unresolved,

I am not writing this to complain about another crappy program,though -  I am writing this for wholly a different reason, but wanted to first make it clear that I am not impressed by these"Google Top Contributors" - at all.  I just wanted to make the point that:

Google Should Pay These People!!!

That's right - I don't care for them at all but I think Google should pay them - if not as employees, then as contracted workers.   In fact, I think Google is morally and maybe legally obligated to do just that.  Other companies pay for their support staff, why shouldn't Google?  They pay their own staff astronomical salaries and benefits the rest of us can only dream of, but they expect to get people to provide support for them for free?  

As everyone who works in the freelance market knows, there are scumbags everywhere trying different schemes to get people to work for them for free.  Sometimes these take the form of "unpaid internships" that prey on young people desperate for work experience; other times, they take the form of "commission only" jobs that transfer all the risk and overhead to the "employee"  That is just two of the "free work" scams, but there are many others, and it looks like Google is busy inventing a new one. 

While it is not my primary concern, there is another reason Google should pay these people - by not doing so, Google itself is being harmed.  They are once again conducting a social experiment by creating two classes of users in a social environment, but they also seem to have become addicted to having this "buffer" between the real world and their employees.  Is it any wonder they have become so horrible at communicating here?  

In the apartment complex where I live we had a neighbor who did all the landscaping for free, took out the trash, did light maintenance, etc.  We all came to expect this - and then he moved.  Suddenly I noticed, weeds were growing right outside our apartments, newspapers and flyers that had been left on the property were not picked up, trash days were forgotten.  We had all become lazy and sloppy, because the person doing the "free work" - and it took some time for us to regain the habit of keeping the place up.

I think something similar is happening to Google - they have become  become addicted to free work, and it is starting to show.  I always wondered why the documentation for Google products is so bad, and have even joked that Google should budget "a few thousand bucks" to get someone to write some decent user guides.  The reason they don't, apparently, is because people do it for them - for free.  Until fairly recently, this network was flooded with unofficial "How To" guides.

Make no mistake about it, however, this is an official program of Google, Inc, and Google has given the policy of unpaid work official status. They even have a slick video describing how you can become an unpaid worker for Google.  I personally hate the name - it more than implies that Google considers are somehow better than everyone else and their opinions are more valid.  They seem to share a "worldview" however that is common here - that if there is something that isn't working for you with Google products, then their is something wrong with you, and you should adjust your life or business to better serve Google's needs.    

The argument could be made that these people are simply volunteers, and I imagine many of them are at least somewhat satisfied with this arrangement. They can brag on their Linkedin profile or on their business website that they are "Google Top Contributors" and though I am not, some people will doubtlessly be impressed.  

This doesn't make it right though, and with this official "zero pay" program, Google is screwing things up for lots of other people.  What if a free support staff becomes the "new normal" for major corporations with Google "leading" the way?  They are harming the market and devaluing the work performed by those in the independent workforce.  

It is cheap, it is greedy, and it is wrong.___

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2015-06-22 17:15:50 (6 comments, 12 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

Happy Monday everyone - hope your week is off to a good start. 

Happy Monday everyone - hope your week is off to a good start. ___

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