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Gideon Rosenblatt

Susan Stone -
+7 - 3 shares - 29 comments


Susan Stone Susan Stone

Nickelodeon has premiered Dora and friends: into the city tonight. Its a preteen version of Dora the explorer, I'm holding out for Barely legal: Dora the whorer
G Hartman G Hartman

Joining the Dots

We know that nothing happens without a cause. There is an underlying reason for everything. The situation in Ferguson, sparked off by a cop-on-black shooting (http://goo.gl/dCGJ6R) has sparked off further protests in other cities across America. 

It’s easy here to get sanctimonious and judgemental. To wonder how a first world country suddenly descends to this. The truth is that first world countries have, for some time now, been coasting on systems that are imperfect, that have been accumulating errors, that are hard to fix because they are still constrained by opposing political ideologies rather than the willingness to find common ground. 

Search data gathered over a ten year period (http://goo.gl/Uk5nJa) speaks of inherent inequalities. A preoccupation with experiential subjects on one side and a deep uncertainty that tries to look for hope in belief systems on the other. A chasm of non-communication and, quite possibly, non-awareness of each other, dividing the two. 

Before you can say “that’s people” consider the implication of these different groups living within the same environment. What has to happen (or more correct not happen) for them to be able to continue living this way for a decade. And then square it with other data: Ferguson, a city of 68% black population has just three black cops in its police force. 

It all fosters a mentality on one side that’s exemplified by an open letter from a police officer shared by +Yonatan Zunger  (http://goo.gl/7dOBbp). 

The picture that emerges then is profoundly different. A nation that has a deep lack of communication amongst ‘classes’ and even citizens at its heart. Fear and uncertainty on every side and a banal preoccupation with the mundane by those who can, as an antidote. 

The way forward here is difficult. It needs a different approach rather than more of the same and a different kind of thinking. Whether we will get it now rather than later is open to debate. 
David Amerland David Amerland

Turn Any YouTube Video into a Sharable Animated GIF!

I just created the animated GIF below from a 2-minute video on my YouTube channel using the gifyoutube.com tool.

Just plug in the URL of any YouTube video, select the starting point for your GIF, select a length (up to 10 seconds) and the tool creates an animated GIF!

HT +Google+ and +Marvin Chow 
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

Important Things to Know About Private Messages on Google+

Private Messages are CC: NOT BCC:!
If you share a private message to more than one person on Google+ you should be aware that the list of everyone included in the message can be seen by anyone else included, even if you don't +mention everyone in the message body.

To see the entire list of accounts with which the message was shared, a recipient just has to click on the "Shared Privately" link at the top of the post to see icons of all the post recipients. Hover over each one to see the profile name.

That means you should think of all Google+ private messages as CC: not BCC:!

Mentioning Someone Breaks the Privacy
If you +mention someone in a private message who was not in the original recipient list, they will get a notification and the message becomes visible to them, as with any other Google+ post.

So use +mentioning with caution in a G+ PM, and make sure you have the consent of everyone else in the message before you bring someone else in! (HT to +Rupert Wood who reminded me about this in the comments.)

UPDATE: Great further tip shared by +John R. Ellis: If you want to prevent anyone from +mentioning someone else into your private message, select "Disable reshares" from the dropdown menu at upper right after publishing the post.

How to Create a Private Message
Just in case you didn't know you could send PMs here, here's how:

1. Open a new share box.
2. Delete any circles currently shown in the share box.
3. Either plus mention (type a + and then immediately the name) anyone you want to include OR enter their name in the "Add more people" box.
4. If you use the "add more people" box, remember what I said above: those people can still be seen by other recipients!

#gplustips   #googleplustips  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

He Who Laughs Last ...

Twenty years ago I was working as a freelance, just off the eLan Desk of The European and I covered this story. I remember writing a sarcastic piece about the advantages of lugging a brick with you everywhere (it weighed over 500g) and how at the very least (reception and coverage were not exceptional) you will end up having a strong right arm, if nothing else, which meant it was important to get into the practice of switching hands during a call. Typing this on a smartphone to post I can only think of who is having the last laugh. :)   

#smartphones  
David Amerland David Amerland

If You Were a Cat, You'd Be Creepy

A humor video so well done, it's as funny with the sound off as on.

#plusonly  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

Careful guise, every last one of us there seeds die is motherfucking.
G Hartman G Hartman

Why I won’t be taking the Ice Bucket challenge.
Has anyone asked you to throw ice over your head yet or pay a fine of $100?

One very friendly, kind, caring member of the Plus Your Business community member challenged me and, well, I refused. And I really like and respect the person who challenged me.

Before I get started, I know these will be the responses...

“Well, you are no fun.”

"Spoilsport."

“But it is for a good cause. Don’t you believe in giving to charities?”

“You do silly things on Google+ they involve lots of people doing campaigns…”

Sure, I take on-board all of that but something in me would not allow me to do it.

Actually, I was pulling up outside the garage when I felt a deep feeling that doing this seemingly simple act was going to be a ‘bad’ move. All I heard was someone screaming ‘noooooo’. You know, like that scene in ‘The Man with Two Brain’s’ when Steve Martin character (Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr) asks permission from his departed wife to marry again. Not seen it? Shame on you. It is awesome. 1983 at its best.

The Man With Two Brains -- just give me a sign

Needless to say, he ignored ‘the sign’.

And I even was thinking of challenging one of the Geek Beat team (which one was undecided), but alas, no.

The easiest thing for me to have done was to say yes, to pass the parcel to the next person. To allow them to be the one who has to make a choice.

“But Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Bill Gate, Mark Zuckerberg have done it…”

I don’t care who has done it. Increasing the social proof around something that I feel deeply is a bad move to do is not going to make me do it.

I’ve sensed in my life, time and time again, the tension between social expectations and my personal freedom of choice, and as a kid you didn’t want to be seen as a ‘spoil sport’, so you just did it.

And, here is what I think it going on…

The challenge is genius, but faulty:

This challenge is spreading like wild fire. Why? Because we have:

a) a very worthwhile cause (my father died of Motor Neuron Disease, so I’ve seen first hand the suffering such diseases like ALS bring)

b) a simple, replication methodology for getting involved, i.e. entry price of the ticket is simply the ice bucket

c) a mode of communication, i.e. social (inc. video), which enables ease of information transfer

d) influential people getting involved, and through this endorsement others feel they should follow suit

This really is a monster meme. Clever, but nonetheless faulty in my view.

The Outer Game:

The mechanism of a highly socialized campaign, with ‘all the big names’ doing it, is very appealing. But it is build on a few key principles:

The game forces people to buy into the conditions of the game or be shown to be non-compliant to a larger audience. In other words, it is a bind, a social trap. And as I say, a very clever one.

So let’s look at the three main responses available in this situation:

1. They accept the challenge to tip the ice bucket

2. They refuse the challenge but still ‘play the game’ and pay the fine

3. They refuse to play the game, and therefore fail to be a 'team player' or are a spoil sport in a game to which they never chose to party.

The last one may well be met with a response that they will, however, give to charity (as did Obama). This is a concessionary move to exit the relational loop in a way then allows both parties not to have lost.
No real surprise Obama refused to be put in a bind. 

I am sure this could be far more eloquently explored: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_theory

There is also an inner game for each player…

The Inner Game of 'Stick or Twist'

I’m sure you know the card game BlackJack (or a version called Pontoon as we used to say as kids).

Imagine you have 16, that is 5 short of getting 21. Do you twist? Do you take the gamble? Possibly.

What about when you have 19 or 20?

You stick right?

Why? Because you know the odds in that game.

In a much broader and more complex social game you cannot know the odds - relationships are far more complex. So when someone challenges someone to do something in a public space, they are throwing down the gauntlet there are several ways it can go.

Let’s look at the ice bucket challenge specifically:

The person challenges someone in perceived authority or a subordinate (both of which I am sure is happening in corporates around the world right now) and in essence that person takes a gamble.

At this point their dopamine levels will kick in and they get a high. “Will they DO IT?”

Then they wait for the response. And that person either buys into the game, or not.

But either way, you wait to see if you influenced them to take the challenge.

The gamble people take is a very similar internal experience as e.g. “will they email me back?” or if I plus mention them in this Google+ post, will then arrive on my thread, or as in my ‘Why Dave? Why didn’t you click the button?” video, will they +1 my hilarious/insightful/entertaining comment.

Why? Why didn't you click the button Dave?

i.e. it is a gamble against yourself, all the time. You decide on the wave you take, and the ones you leave.

But here is the thing if you reject the games, the approaches, the requests: you are not responsible for someone else’s dopamine. They take a gamble, and you just have to do your best in your response.

It is similar as to when people may ask you to share their content, putting you (on occasions) in an awkward position. If you stand up and say 'no', they may feel bruised by this, but it is they who took the gamble. You cannot be responsible for the response people may have to your actions, e.g. the refusal to accept the bet that someone made against you without your agreement to be party to it. You can still love them, but you don’t have to play their game.

There is a social risk that needs to be insured against though, so people's response could well be to try to make the person who refuses to play 'look bad', to name and shame. Or simply, this is inherent with the rejection of the game itself - you are excluded from that tribe, but is a tribe you never choice to join.

The meme will morph. They usually do.

There is another response which is this: they change the rules of the game, and in fact because the foundations of this game were faulty i.e. ice or money, it has morphed towards ‘ice+$10’ or $100.

Already we seen the meme move from the original ‘Ice bucket or fine’ to ‘Icebucket and $10, to fine’ to Charlie Sheen’s “forget the ice, I just challenge you to donate $10,000’, which is great.

Charlie Sheen -- Ice Bucket Challenge with a BIG Twist

Well done Mr Sheen.

In a wider scheme, I do wonder about the effect of adults, with great awareness, endorsing the ice bucket action.

Money may well be raised for a cause, but I bet you this meme has hit many a school playground and is now used as a form of bullying.

Why do I think this? I’ve run many campaigns and there is always the risk of it ‘going wrong’ i.e. simply not being in your control, and this can include it being taken in a negative or abusive direction.

What is all fun and games on minute can become abusive the next, especially when it doesn’t have a very tight time constraint when the game organizing can call an end.

As such, yes, I decided not to play.

Hold on a minute, I know I’ve heard all this somewhere before. It was 1983…

That scene from War Games

Sometimes the winning move it not to play.

Seth Godin, tribes and asking permission:

For those looking more at a Google+ angle on all this, then this bit is for you...

I have enormous respect for Seth Godin and his influence upon me is daily. Between him Jay Baer, Chris Brogan and Mike Stelzner I am beating my own path in the world, and seeing who want to join the movement.

One time I saw Mike refuse to do something on stage in front of 1800 people at a conference (I think it was a dance upon the request of a speaker). At the time, I 'noted it'. And now I know why. He chose not to be forced into someone elses game.

But let me be 100% transparent once more about what I do...

Myself and the team Google+ to build the communities; along the way I build my personal brand, and to connect with likeminded people with whom I can collaborate.

As you may have noticed, I give you free content, a lot of it. In return I do expect something though. I expect you to ‘tell your friends’, or in G+ speak, +1/comment/share, and this is what naturally happens when you like something. This will signal to Google’s algorithm that this content is ‘WOW’ and should surface in Google Search. This is then found by people interested in those topics, and who visit the websites, and maybe even sign up and buy something from myself and the community members involved.

To help this process I create content that many people would sell, and then give it away for free to people. Very often I will create a circle of people who are interested in previewing the content, which brings them together and gives them a bonus in return for me being allowed to notify them when the big post goes live. I kind of a bribe, yes.

The method I often us is to ask people “Who would like to join a circle for content around e.g. Google+ Marketing” i.e. they opt in.

In other words, I ask your permission would you like to join in. Or, alternatively, you follow me on Google+ by adding me into circles and you choose whether or not to engage on my content.

The ice bucket challenge approach is contrary to the one I tend to take.

I believe the permission marketing approach is so much more healthy than a meme which could easily turn into a mechanism for dominance, creating a social trap for those who are unable to transcend the emotional discomfort and reject the game outright.

And sure, they have raised $15 million+, but it has been raised this approach may not benefit the charity long term. As the L.A.Times says, “The concern of philanthropy experts is that high-profile fundraising campaigns like this end up cannibalizing other donations” and continues “You want to contribute to the fight against ALS, great. But if you're doing it just because you saw or heard about Bill Gates, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake or Ethel Kennedy dumping ice water on their head, maybe you should give a bit more thought to where you donate your money.”

Conclusion:

The memes we create, join, and perpetuate are the ones which will determine the cultural norms of the future i.e. what is ‘ok’ and what is not ‘ok’, which is why I’ve chose not to put people over a barrel, well, under an icy cold bucket.

I also owe a huge thank you to the person who challenged me, you know who you are; you have enabled me to say express something that would not have otherwise been said. It is much appreciated, truly.

My final words are this: Donate to charity. A charity to which you relate.

I’ve just donated here: http://www.mndassociation.org/

Then invent your own games. Find those who want to play of their own free will.
And let everyone leave when they want, hopefully with a smile on their face.

#icebucketchallenge  
David Amerland David Amerland

Susan Stone -
+18 - 7 shares - 10 comments


Susan Stone Susan Stone

Twitter Analytics: This Best Kept Secret Shouldn't Be Secret!

+AJ Kohn reveals the absolutely stunning amount of information available in Twitter's analytics free to any user.

AJ's amazed that more hasn't been said about this tool, but perhaps it's because it's buried inside the Twitter Ads interface, even though you don't need to use Twitter ads to access the analytics.

Among the ,many cool things you can learn: how many people followed you because of a particular tweet. I don't know anywhere else you can get that information.

#twitter   #socialmedia   #analytics   #plusonly  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

Bet your local metal specialist doesn't have an in-house florist. They probably outsource.

#plusonly
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

Evening sky before a microburst - #cloudwars  
David Amerland David Amerland

A nice piece from +YES! Magazine on love. 

A visitor from another planet might think that we earthlings—and Americans in particular—were obsessed with chasing love. If you asked the sages of ancient India, however, they’d probably say that love is not what we’re actually chasing. Instead, we pursue the intense but fleeting emotional high of “falling in love,” which generally doesn’t last very long.

So how do we keep the life-giving flame of love alive? The ancient thinkers of India, who devoted a great deal of attention to this problem, recognized and honored the power of sex and romance to jump-start our flagging emotions. But the important question for them was, where do we go from there? How do we harness the intoxicating power of falling in love to create a happiness that endures even after the initial flame dies away?

#love  
Gideon Rosenblatt Gideon Rosenblatt

Why I won’t be taking the Ice Bucket challenge.
Has anyone asked you to throw ice over your head yet or pay a fine of $100?

One very friendly, kind, caring member of the Plus Your Business community member challenged me and, well, I refused. And I really like and respect the person who challenged me.

Before I get started, I know these will be the responses...

“Well, you are no fun.”

"Spoilsport."

“But it is for a good cause. Don’t you believe in giving to charities?”

“You do silly things on Google+ they involve lots of people doing campaigns…”

Sure, I take on-board all of that but something in me would not allow me to do it.

Actually, I was pulling up outside the garage when I felt a deep feeling that doing this seemingly simple act was going to be a ‘bad’ move. All I heard was someone screaming ‘noooooo’. You know, like that scene in ‘The Man with Two Brain’s’ when Steve Martin character (Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr) asks permission from his departed wife to marry again. Not seen it? Shame on you. It is awesome. 1983 at its best.

The Man With Two Brains -- just give me a sign

Needless to say, he ignored ‘the sign’.

And I even was thinking of challenging one of the Geek Beat team (which one was undecided), but alas, no.

The easiest thing for me to have done was to say yes, to pass the parcel to the next person. To allow them to be the one who has to make a choice.

“But Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Bill Gate, Mark Zuckerberg have done it…”

I don’t care who has done it. Increasing the social proof around something that I feel deeply is a bad move to do is not going to make me do it.

I’ve sensed in my life, time and time again, the tension between social expectations and my personal freedom of choice, and as a kid you didn’t want to be seen as a ‘spoil sport’, so you just did it.

And, here is what I think it going on…

The challenge is genius, but faulty:

This challenge is spreading like wild fire. Why? Because we have:

a) a very worthwhile cause (my father died of Motor Neuron Disease, so I’ve seen first hand the suffering such diseases like ALS bring)

b) a simple, replication methodology for getting involved, i.e. entry price of the ticket is simply the ice bucket

c) a mode of communication, i.e. social (inc. video), which enables ease of information transfer

d) influential people getting involved, and through this endorsement others feel they should follow suit

This really is a monster meme. Clever, but nonetheless faulty in my view.

The Outer Game:

The mechanism of a highly socialized campaign, with ‘all the big names’ doing it, is very appealing. But it is build on a few key principles:

The game forces people to buy into the conditions of the game or be shown to be non-compliant to a larger audience. In other words, it is a bind, a social trap. And as I say, a very clever one.

So let’s look at the three main responses available in this situation:

1. They accept the challenge to tip the ice bucket

2. They refuse the challenge but still ‘play the game’ and pay the fine

3. They refuse to play the game, and therefore fail to be a 'team player' or are a spoil sport in a game to which they never chose to party.

The last one may well be met with a response that they will, however, give to charity (as did Obama). This is a concessionary move to exit the relational loop in a way then allows both parties not to have lost.
No real surprise Obama refused to be put in a bind. 

I am sure this could be far more eloquently explored: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_theory

There is also an inner game for each player…

The Inner Game of 'Stick or Twist'

I’m sure you know the card game BlackJack (or a version called Pontoon as we used to say as kids).

Imagine you have 16, that is 5 short of getting 21. Do you twist? Do you take the gamble? Possibly.

What about when you have 19 or 20?

You stick right?

Why? Because you know the odds in that game.

In a much broader and more complex social game you cannot know the odds - relationships are far more complex. So when someone challenges someone to do something in a public space, they are throwing down the gauntlet there are several ways it can go.

Let’s look at the ice bucket challenge specifically:

The person challenges someone in perceived authority or a subordinate (both of which I am sure is happening in corporates around the world right now) and in essence that person takes a gamble.

At this point their dopamine levels will kick in and they get a high. “Will they DO IT?”

Then they wait for the response. And that person either buys into the game, or not.

But either way, you wait to see if you influenced them to take the challenge.

The gamble people take is a very similar internal experience as e.g. “will they email me back?” or if I plus mention them in this Google+ post, will then arrive on my thread, or as in my ‘Why Dave? Why didn’t you click the button?” video, will they +1 my hilarious/insightful/entertaining comment.

Why? Why didn't you click the button Dave?

i.e. it is a gamble against yourself, all the time. You decide on the wave you take, and the ones you leave.

But here is the thing if you reject the games, the approaches, the requests: you are not responsible for someone else’s dopamine. They take a gamble, and you just have to do your best in your response.

It is similar as to when people may ask you to share their content, putting you (on occasions) in an awkward position. If you stand up and say 'no', they may feel bruised by this, but it is they who took the gamble. You cannot be responsible for the response people may have to your actions, e.g. the refusal to accept the bet that someone made against you without your agreement to be party to it. You can still love them, but you don’t have to play their game.

There is a social risk that needs to be insured against though, so people's response could well be to try to make the person who refuses to play 'look bad', to name and shame. Or simply, this is inherent with the rejection of the game itself - you are excluded from that tribe, but is a tribe you never choice to join.

The meme will morph. They usually do.

There is another response which is this: they change the rules of the game, and in fact because the foundations of this game were faulty i.e. ice or money, it has morphed towards ‘ice+$10’ or $100.

Already we seen the meme move from the original ‘Ice bucket or fine’ to ‘Icebucket and $10, to fine’ to Charlie Sheen’s “forget the ice, I just challenge you to donate $10,000’, which is great.

Charlie Sheen -- Ice Bucket Challenge with a BIG Twist

Well done Mr Sheen.

In a wider scheme, I do wonder about the effect of adults, with great awareness, endorsing the ice bucket action.

Money may well be raised for a cause, but I bet you this meme has hit many a school playground and is now used as a form of bullying.

Why do I think this? I’ve run many campaigns and there is always the risk of it ‘going wrong’ i.e. simply not being in your control, and this can include it being taken in a negative or abusive direction.

What is all fun and games on minute can become abusive the next, especially when it doesn’t have a very tight time constraint when the game organizing can call an end.

As such, yes, I decided not to play.

Hold on a minute, I know I’ve heard all this somewhere before. It was 1983…

That scene from War Games

Sometimes the winning move it not to play.

Seth Godin, tribes and asking permission:

For those looking more at a Google+ angle on all this, then this bit is for you...

I have enormous respect for Seth Godin and his influence upon me is daily. Between him Jay Baer, Chris Brogan and Mike Stelzner I am beating my own path in the world, and seeing who want to join the movement.

One time I saw Mike refuse to do something on stage in front of 1800 people at a conference (I think it was a dance upon the request of a speaker). At the time, I 'noted it'. And now I know why. He chose not to be forced into someone elses game.

But let me be 100% transparent once more about what I do...

Myself and the team Google+ to build the communities; along the way I build my personal brand, and to connect with likeminded people with whom I can collaborate.

As you may have noticed, I give you free content, a lot of it. In return I do expect something though. I expect you to ‘tell your friends’, or in G+ speak, +1/comment/share, and this is what naturally happens when you like something. This will signal to Google’s algorithm that this content is ‘WOW’ and should surface in Google Search. This is then found by people interested in those topics, and who visit the websites, and maybe even sign up and buy something from myself and the community members involved.

To help this process I create content that many people would sell, and then give it away for free to people. Very often I will create a circle of people who are interested in previewing the content, which brings them together and gives them a bonus in return for me being allowed to notify them when the big post goes live. I kind of a bribe, yes.

The method I often us is to ask people “Who would like to join a circle for content around e.g. Google+ Marketing” i.e. they opt in.

In other words, I ask your permission would you like to join in. Or, alternatively, you follow me on Google+ by adding me into circles and you choose whether or not to engage on my content.

The ice bucket challenge approach is contrary to the one I tend to take.

I believe the permission marketing approach is so much more healthy than a meme which could easily turn into a mechanism for dominance, creating a social trap for those who are unable to transcend the emotional discomfort and reject the game outright.

And sure, they have raised $15 million+, but it has been raised this approach may not benefit the charity long term. As the L.A.Times says, “The concern of philanthropy experts is that high-profile fundraising campaigns like this end up cannibalizing other donations” and continues “You want to contribute to the fight against ALS, great. But if you're doing it just because you saw or heard about Bill Gates, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake or Ethel Kennedy dumping ice water on their head, maybe you should give a bit more thought to where you donate your money.”

Conclusion:

The memes we create, join, and perpetuate are the ones which will determine the cultural norms of the future i.e. what is ‘ok’ and what is not ‘ok’, which is why I’ve chose not to put people over a barrel, well, under an icy cold bucket.

I also owe a huge thank you to the person who challenged me, you know who you are; you have enabled me to say express something that would not have otherwise been said. It is much appreciated, truly.

My final words are this: Donate to charity. A charity to which you relate.

I’ve just donated here: http://www.mndassociation.org/

Then invent your own games. Find those who want to play of their own free will.
And let everyone leave when they want, hopefully with a smile on their face.

#icebucketchallenge  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

Mystified or not, Sony are in an enviable position :)
Ayoub Khote Ayoub Khote

It feels like just yesterday my wife, two kids and I packed all our belongings, sold our house in New Jersey, and made the long trip to California. It was almost 14 years ago, and I was on my way to join Google’s Search team. 

One of the more memorable moments during the years that followed was the company’s IPO, where Larry and Sergey introduced their vision to the world. I can’t believe that was 10 years ago tomorrow. Their founders’ letter [http://goo.gl/t7Ylc7] highlighted Google’s long-term focus:  

“Our business environment changes rapidly and needs long term investment. We will not hesitate to place major bets on promising new opportunities.”

Since 2004, Google has of course made a range of big bets: YouTube, Android, Chrome, Google Maps….and recently, many of the amazing long-term projects Google[x] is pursuing.

But the heart of Google is still search. And in the decade since our IPO, Google has made big bets on a range of hugely important areas in search that make today’s Google so much better than the 2004 version (see our homepage from back then below). Larry has described the perfect search engine as understanding exactly what you mean and giving you back exactly what you want. We’ve made a lot of progress on delivering you the right answers, faster. But we know that we have a long way to go -- it’s just the beginning.

I thought it might be fun to share the 10 biggest Google search milestones since 2004 that really stand out in my mind:

1. Autocomplete: We built a way for Google to predict the most likely useful words and phrases as you type, and even load search results instantly—so you can quickly get to that perfect recipe for “silky gingered zucchini soup” (even if you can’t remember the dish’s whole name). Typing out a whole phrase feels archaic.

2. Translations: Google Translate was barely a beta product ten years ago. Today people use it in 80 languages to do over a billion translations a day. Just tell Google to “translate 10 years into German” and see this magic in action.

3. Directions and traffic: Search used to be just about webpages, but our amazing Maps team made it possible to search the real world too. Now you can ask, “How far is it to Santa Cruz?” and with one tap you can open walking, biking, public transit, or driving directions—with the fastest route so you avoid traffic.

4. Universal search: Sometimes the best answer isn’t just text—if you’re asking about JFK’s “Moon Speech,” you probably want to watch John F. Kennedy deliver his famous speech. We’ve made that possible, blending different types of results so you get the most relevant info, no matter the format.

5. Mobile and new screens: No matter what device or platform you may be on, whether it’s a tablet or a smartphone (or even a watch!), you need information and answers. So we’ve adapted Search to all these new devices. This includes redesigning our mobile products to help those who weren’t born with the fastest typing thumbs! 

6. Voice search: Gone are the days of typing queries as clunky keywords—you can now ask questions by voice in the Google Search app. Instead of typing [weather chicago], just say “Ok Google, will I need an umbrella tomorrow?” We’ve invested years of research into speech recognition and natural language understanding, and voice search works in 38 languages today.

7. Actions: With the Google Search app you can quickly text, email or call someone without digging and typing. Just say: “Ok Google, send an email to Jason: do you guys want to go to the beach with us for a picnic this Saturday?” You can even set sophisticated reminders like “Remind me to pick up coffee filters next time I’m at Target,” and Google will buzz your phone when you get to any Target.

8. The Knowledge Graph: The world is made of real things, not just text strings. So we built the Knowledge Graph to show how things are connected—ask “How tall do you have to be to ride the Cyclone?” or “Who’s in the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy?”, and then click to explore across the web. 

9. Info just for you: If you’ve got a flight reservation saved in your Gmail, you can ask the Google Search app, “What gate does my flight leave from?” and get the answer directly. You can also ask about shipments ("Where's my package?") or for appointments (“When do I have yoga?”). All this is private of course, visible just to you. 

10. Answers before you have to ask: If you have the Google Search app on your phone, you'll get automatic help with everyday tasks. Google can automatically show you your plane, bus, and train reservations right when you need them; warnings when traffic is bad to your next appointment; reminders of bills coming due; a best guess at the last spot you parked; and much more.

And all that is just a sample of the work we’ve done since 2004. We made more than 890 improvements to Google Search last year alone, and we’re cranking away at new features and the next generation of big bets all the time. We've come a long way in 10 years -- on Google and so many other general and specialized search apps, it's now so much better than just the 10 blue links of years past. In 2024, the Google of 2014 will seem ancient, and the Google of 2004 prehistoric. 
Yifat Cohen Yifat Cohen

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G Hartman G Hartman

Question of the Day

Is the work you enjoy most also the work you’re most experienced in?

The work I'm most experienced in is work I enjoy, but it’s not the work I enjoy the most :D

#questionoftheday #crosspostall
Ayoub Khote Ayoub Khote

Susan Stone -
+18 - 8 shares - 2 comments


Susan Stone Susan Stone

This week, I was touched by the story of a supermarket chain called Market Basket, which is going through some real turmoil right now as customers and employees mount a resistance to changes in the firm's ownership that they fear will turn their much-beloved stores into just another network of profit-making machines. 

The story got me thinking about being of service, and inspired me to write this quick piece on meaning, value and service in business. 

To be of service is to become bigger than the way we normally see ourselves. Our attention shifts. We set aside our preoccupation with ourselves and turn our focus outwards, towards others.

Being of service through a business is really no different. We expand our sense of the firm beyond the narrow interests of our shareholders and employees, and turn our gaze outwards to the many people with a stake in the impact our work has in the world.

#service   #mission   #value   #marketbasket  
Gideon Rosenblatt Gideon Rosenblatt

Big Props to my man +Scott Scowcroft
This dude has been working day and night on video snippets for the It's Your Business Show which has been airing before the You've Got This Summit daily sessions.  

It was great meeting him in person a couple of weeks ago, where he is as awesome as he is on his HOA's (of course, any dude who displays the horns with such expertise and pairs that with long hair has to be awesome, right?). 

Ping +Jessica Dewell +Nora Whalen 
Phil Bowyer Phil Bowyer

Weightless

My grandkids enjoying Eno River State Park near Durham this spring. Original video created with the slow motion feature on my iPhone.

(BTW a little fail for gifyoutube.com - They have a share button to Facebook which does NOT display animated GIFs, but not for Google+ which does)

#plusonly   #animatedgif   #gif  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

My BIL is going to be in surgery this afternoon to repair his aorta...stabilized enough they felt he could handle the procedure.
Susan Stone Susan Stone

Dog meets mini-truck. (about 1 min)
I'm pretty simple really...
#amusing   #leaveit  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

It feels like just yesterday my wife, two kids and I packed all our belongings, sold our house in New Jersey, and made the long trip to California. It was almost 14 years ago, and I was on my way to join Google’s Search team. 

One of the more memorable moments during the years that followed was the company’s IPO, where Larry and Sergey introduced their vision to the world. I can’t believe that was 10 years ago tomorrow. Their founders’ letter [http://goo.gl/t7Ylc7] highlighted Google’s long-term focus:  

“Our business environment changes rapidly and needs long term investment. We will not hesitate to place major bets on promising new opportunities.”

Since 2004, Google has of course made a range of big bets: YouTube, Android, Chrome, Google Maps….and recently, many of the amazing long-term projects Google[x] is pursuing.

But the heart of Google is still search. And in the decade since our IPO, Google has made big bets on a range of hugely important areas in search that make today’s Google so much better than the 2004 version (see our homepage from back then below). Larry has described the perfect search engine as understanding exactly what you mean and giving you back exactly what you want. We’ve made a lot of progress on delivering you the right answers, faster. But we know that we have a long way to go -- it’s just the beginning.

I thought it might be fun to share the 10 biggest Google search milestones since 2004 that really stand out in my mind:

1. Autocomplete: We built a way for Google to predict the most likely useful words and phrases as you type, and even load search results instantly—so you can quickly get to that perfect recipe for “silky gingered zucchini soup” (even if you can’t remember the dish’s whole name). Typing out a whole phrase feels archaic.

2. Translations: Google Translate was barely a beta product ten years ago. Today people use it in 80 languages to do over a billion translations a day. Just tell Google to “translate 10 years into German” and see this magic in action.

3. Directions and traffic: Search used to be just about webpages, but our amazing Maps team made it possible to search the real world too. Now you can ask, “How far is it to Santa Cruz?” and with one tap you can open walking, biking, public transit, or driving directions—with the fastest route so you avoid traffic.

4. Universal search: Sometimes the best answer isn’t just text—if you’re asking about JFK’s “Moon Speech,” you probably want to watch John F. Kennedy deliver his famous speech. We’ve made that possible, blending different types of results so you get the most relevant info, no matter the format.

5. Mobile and new screens: No matter what device or platform you may be on, whether it’s a tablet or a smartphone (or even a watch!), you need information and answers. So we’ve adapted Search to all these new devices. This includes redesigning our mobile products to help those who weren’t born with the fastest typing thumbs! 

6. Voice search: Gone are the days of typing queries as clunky keywords—you can now ask questions by voice in the Google Search app. Instead of typing [weather chicago], just say “Ok Google, will I need an umbrella tomorrow?” We’ve invested years of research into speech recognition and natural language understanding, and voice search works in 38 languages today.

7. Actions: With the Google Search app you can quickly text, email or call someone without digging and typing. Just say: “Ok Google, send an email to Jason: do you guys want to go to the beach with us for a picnic this Saturday?” You can even set sophisticated reminders like “Remind me to pick up coffee filters next time I’m at Target,” and Google will buzz your phone when you get to any Target.

8. The Knowledge Graph: The world is made of real things, not just text strings. So we built the Knowledge Graph to show how things are connected—ask “How tall do you have to be to ride the Cyclone?” or “Who’s in the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy?”, and then click to explore across the web. 

9. Info just for you: If you’ve got a flight reservation saved in your Gmail, you can ask the Google Search app, “What gate does my flight leave from?” and get the answer directly. You can also ask about shipments ("Where's my package?") or for appointments (“When do I have yoga?”). All this is private of course, visible just to you. 

10. Answers before you have to ask: If you have the Google Search app on your phone, you'll get automatic help with everyday tasks. Google can automatically show you your plane, bus, and train reservations right when you need them; warnings when traffic is bad to your next appointment; reminders of bills coming due; a best guess at the last spot you parked; and much more.

And all that is just a sample of the work we’ve done since 2004. We made more than 890 improvements to Google Search last year alone, and we’re cranking away at new features and the next generation of big bets all the time. We've come a long way in 10 years -- on Google and so many other general and specialized search apps, it's now so much better than just the 10 blue links of years past. In 2024, the Google of 2014 will seem ancient, and the Google of 2004 prehistoric. 
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

Almost Intelligent

+Chris Green  brought to my attention a piece on article spinning this morning., This is cool stuff not just because it is an enjoyable read but also because it actually shows how mathematically analysed word association (the semantics of old) can approximate intelligence but cannot quite stand for it.

In a truly semantic analysis of an article the spinner of today would re-translate the concept of the entire text (much like a human would) preserving the sentiment but changing the words.

Of course  Nabokov's Lolita might be almost there with the mention of the "three way": 

Lo-lee-ta: the tip of a tongue taking a good trip involving three ways down the palate... Check it out.

#semantics   #articlespinning  
David Amerland David Amerland

Google+ the next generation, or what I like to call - Emotional SEO

+Dietmar Reigber did a great job summarizing the hour long conversation I had with +Jason T. Wiser about where Google is heading...

We talked about - Cyber Identities, 
Reputation management,
Hashtags strategies,
Lead Capture
Emotional SEO!
Hangouts are coming to your TV!
Hangouts becoming like TV channels.
Audience building. and more...

Get the rundown and everything in between in the link below.

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#emotionalseo   #hangoutsonair   #hashtag   #gplusgotogal  
Yifat Cohen Yifat Cohen

For those of you who (also) publish on LinkedIn, here's a good resource explaining how user posts get "tagged" on one of the 50 LinkedIn channels (which is the primary way to get visibility on your posts if you're not Sir Richard Branson). 

Basically, there are 3 ways to get tagged:
(1) By The Algorithm
(2) By Editorial Pick
(3) By Working For LinkedIn


#linkedin  
Gideon Rosenblatt Gideon Rosenblatt

A major UK bakery found that Google was using an extremely unflattering logo for them, in its search results.
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

A very well written discussion on whether game violence is a contributing factor to real-world violence.

Worth a read.
Ayoub Khote Ayoub Khote

Police: If you don't want to get hurt, don't challenge me

Good article has valid good points as well as some bad ones. In my experience with Police for mostly minor traffic violations it has been cordial, we both were respectful of each other and ended in a civil manner. 
Chris Veerabadran Chris Veerabadran

Announcement: Photo Sphere for iOS
Today we bring the magic of #photosphere to the iPhone and iPad with "Photo Sphere Camera". Get it on the App Store: http://appstore.com/PhotoSphereCamera

Photo Sphere Camera creates 360-degree panoramas up to an amazing 50 megapixels! We've also made it really easy to publish your favorite photo spheres straight to +Google Maps and Views (g.co/views) to help other people explore the world.

I'm really loving this app as I travel. It's perfect when I'm visiting hiking trails or urban downtowns, historic locations or resort hotels. Below are some of my favorites...

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
http://goo.gl/o45EhK

North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii
http://goo.gl/nEvM99

Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas
http://goo.gl/GcHnKr
(note some post-processing)

Pigeon Point Lighthouse
http://goo.gl/Gyw3Wv
(note some post-processing)

Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Hawaii
http://goo.gl/ZSpx6x

Under the Boardwalk in CA
http://goo.gl/cj6oLn

Beijing Summer Palace, China
http://goo.gl/6CMC5G

Pellegrini Vineyards, NY
http://goo.gl/yqquz6

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, CO
http://goo.gl/GLTvEF

Apple Store in Palo Alto, CA
http://goo.gl/WQZCDL

Googleplex, CA
http://goo.gl/ybVLwG

Check out my Views profile to explore more:
http://views.evanrapoport.com

If you create amazing photo spheres with your iOS device, let us know by using the #photosphere hashtag and linking to the image on your Views profile.

http://appstore.com/photospherecamera
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

This week, I was touched by the story of a supermarket chain called Market Basket, which is going through some real turmoil right now as customers and employees mount a resistance to changes in the firm's ownership that they fear will turn their much-beloved stores into just another network of profit-making machines. 

The story got me thinking about being of service, and inspired me to write this quick piece on meaning, value and service in business. 

To be of service is to become bigger than the way we normally see ourselves. Our attention shifts. We set aside our preoccupation with ourselves and turn our focus outwards, towards others.

Being of service through a business is really no different. We expand our sense of the firm beyond the narrow interests of our shareholders and employees, and turn our gaze outwards to the many people with a stake in the impact our work has in the world.

#service   #mission   #value   #marketbasket  
John Blossom John Blossom

Rand Fishkin: Separating Content Marketing Success from Failure
Episode 5 of the Digital Marketing Excellence Podcast

Few people in the online marketing world have become as well-known and respected as +Rand Fishkin, founder of +Moz. In this episode host +Eric Enge and guest co-host +Mark Traphagen get Rand to share from his vast experience in content marketing. Rand talks about what works, what doesn’t, and why content marketing may not be for everyone.

Listen via iTunes >>> http://stonet.co/DMEPodcast

While there, please subscribe, and if you like what you hear.A 5-star review would be most appreciated! 

If you use Stitcher, find us at http://stonet.co/DMEShowStitcher or in the Stitcher app just search for "dmeshow"

#dmeshow   #dmepodcast   #podcasts   #contentmarketing    #seo   #randfishkin  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

Susan Stone -
+4 - 3 shares - 5 comments


Susan Stone Susan Stone

How To Grow Your Google HOA Audience
As a hangout host of a weekly show, I've done some extensive research into the art of building live viewers every week, and I've also been watching a lot of other pretty popular HOA hosts and what they have been doing as well.

Here's 5 strong tips that I have seen that has been working all across the board.

#hangouttips  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

British women have to work 14 years more to earn what men do

"Female managers have to work 14 years longer than their male counterparts if they want to achieve the same career earnings, new research has found.

A growing pay gap in the upper echelons of employment means that women aged 40 and above in senior positions are being paid 35pc less than men. Based on a pension age of 65, this means they would have to work until they were almost 80 to earn as much over their working life.

The findings come from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and XpertHR’s analysis of the National Management Salary Survey. The organisations’ analysis of 68,000 professional workers found that female executives suffer a “mid-life pay crisis”, with women aged 46 to 60 earning an average of £16,680 a year less than men in the same age range."
Chris Veerabadran Chris Veerabadran

Right-wing extremists can't break the marriage of a Muslim man and Jewish woman in Israel

Live long Mahmoud and Morel. 
Chris Veerabadran Chris Veerabadran

Susan Stone -
+14 - 1 shares - 2 comments


Susan Stone Susan Stone

A major UK bakery found that Google was using an extremely unflattering logo for them, in its search results.
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

Oh, how the tables have turned. The Egyptian government, which according to human rights groups last year committed one of the largest massacres in recent history, on Tuesday urged the United States to exercise restraint in dealing with protesters in Ferguson, MO.
Susan Stone Susan Stone

Susan Stone -
+8 - 1 shares - 3 comments


Susan Stone Susan Stone

Conscious Business and A New Vision of Success

Many Business owners, small and large are beginning to identify themselves as 'conscious' -- but what does that really mean?  Wikipedia refers to the term 'conscious business' as businesses that are committed to being aware of the effects of their actions and implementing practices that serve and benefit both humanity and the planet.  While we hear so often about corporations and NPO's who are committed to a conscious business model, there is also an emerging group of solo-preneurs and independent small business owners that identify themselves as change agents who are mission-driven and here to make a difference by contributing their unique talents to humanity. 

In this episode of Hangouts with Visionary Leaders, I'm bringing back +MarcGafni to discuss the concept of conscious business and to take a look at a new paradigm for success--- one in which we, as evolutionary entrepreneurs recognize that our most important asset in these times is our infinite resourcefulness, and the infinite possibility for creativity and innovations that can directly affect the very real challenges that our world faces.

Please join us for this evolutionary discussion this coming Tuesday, August 19th at Noon PST.  

Just respond "Yes" to the event, bookmark this page and come back at show time.  

Do you like this topic?  Invite 2 friends to come to the hangout, and get involved in the discussion by posting your comments below.

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About Marc Gafni

Marc Gafni is a visionary thinker, philosopher, wisdom teacher, and provocateur. He is the initiating thought leader, together with Ken Wilber, of World Spirituality based on integral principles, and is the leading theorist and teacher of Unique Self Enlightenment. He is the author of ten books, including Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment, which was named #1 Spirituality in 2012 (USA Best Book Awards).

Connect with Marc:
http://www.marcgafni.com
http://www.ievolve.org/
G+ : https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarcGafni/about
FB: https://www.facebook.com/DrMarcGafni

About Lisa Engles

+Lisa Engles  is an evolutionary entrepreneur and visionary coach, author, speaker and consultant.  She is the founder of * InnerState Coaching* where she helps people who feel like 'something has to give' to find their internal compass so that they can make decisions that help them regain momentum and awaken to their highest potential.  

Lisa is committed to using her gifts of connecting and communicating to reach a world-wide audience through her Google+ Hangouts: The Power of Practice and Hangouts with Visionary Leaders.  She believes that humanity is collectively experiencing the symptoms of awakening but is largely unaware of how to navigate through the turmoil and upheavals.  Her hangouts address the inherent challenges and opportunities of the consciousness shift while also offering innovative ideas and practical resources and tools for the journey.
Yifat Cohen Yifat Cohen

Conscious Business and A New Vision of Success

Many Business owners, small and large are beginning to identify themselves as 'conscious' -- but what does that really mean?  Wikipedia refers to the term 'conscious business' as businesses that are committed to being aware of the effects of their actions and implementing practices that serve and benefit both humanity and the planet.  While we hear so often about corporations and NPO's who are committed to a conscious business model, there is also an emerging group of solo-preneurs and independent small business owners that identify themselves as change agents who are mission-driven and here to make a difference by contributing their unique talents to humanity. 

In this episode of Hangouts with Visionary Leaders, I'm bringing back +MarcGafni to discuss the concept of conscious business and to take a look at a new paradigm for success--- one in which we, as evolutionary entrepreneurs recognize that our most important asset in these times is our infinite resourcefulness, and the infinite possibility for creativity and innovations that can directly affect the very real challenges that our world faces.

Please join us for this evolutionary discussion this coming Tuesday, August 19th at Noon PST.  

Just respond "Yes" to the event, bookmark this page and come back at show time.  

Do you like this topic?  Invite 2 friends to come to the hangout, and get involved in the discussion by posting your comments below.

==============================================
About Marc Gafni

Marc Gafni is a visionary thinker, philosopher, wisdom teacher, and provocateur. He is the initiating thought leader, together with Ken Wilber, of World Spirituality based on integral principles, and is the leading theorist and teacher of Unique Self Enlightenment. He is the author of ten books, including Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment, which was named #1 Spirituality in 2012 (USA Best Book Awards).

Connect with Marc:
http://www.marcgafni.com
http://www.ievolve.org/
G+ : https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarcGafni/about
FB: https://www.facebook.com/DrMarcGafni

About Lisa Engles

+Lisa Engles  is an evolutionary entrepreneur and visionary coach, author, speaker and consultant.  She is the founder of * InnerState Coaching* where she helps people who feel like 'something has to give' to find their internal compass so that they can make decisions that help them regain momentum and awaken to their highest potential.  

Lisa is committed to using her gifts of connecting and communicating to reach a world-wide audience through her Google+ Hangouts: The Power of Practice and Hangouts with Visionary Leaders.  She believes that humanity is collectively experiencing the symptoms of awakening but is largely unaware of how to navigate through the turmoil and upheavals.  Her hangouts address the inherent challenges and opportunities of the consciousness shift while also offering innovative ideas and practical resources and tools for the journey.
Yifat Cohen Yifat Cohen

Does Anyone Really Care About Their Privacy?
+Sam Fiorella suggests that we don't.
Even though we scream complaints at Facebook's Messenger app it's "the number one app on iTunes despite the fact that it has received one of the lowest ratings (average 1-star) that any app can earn."

Can We Go Back?
"No. We’ll continue to rely on mobile devices and we’ll increasingly need to share personal data to benefit from their utility. However, we can take better steps to protect ourselves."

#privacy   #mobileapps  
Ray Hiltz Ray Hiltz

Chandra Flashback of the Day – Submillimeter Galaxies in the Chandra Deep Field-North (SMG 123616.1+621513): Era of Galaxy and Black Hole Growth Spurt Discovered 
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2005/smg/
Daniel Ely Rankin Daniel Ely Rankin

Dang, as expected HTC released their new Windows Phone version of the HTC One. I was so ready for a Nexus tablet. Ah, well.
John Blossom John Blossom

BGD @BlackGirlDanger
Funny how violence is never the answer when used by oppressed people, and always the answer when used by the state.
Susan Stone Susan Stone

"If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you."

That's the beginning of a Washington Post Op-Ed post written by a police officer.
Read the rest of the +Yonatan Zunger post for the whole piece.

Coincidently, I read a +The Globe and Mail article last week about the current state of policing: The Nine Commandments of policing which Ferguson police forgot

These commandments were written in 1829 by Sir Robert Peel at the creation of the first modern police force.

The 6th & 7th Commandment speak directly to use of force and relationship with the public:

6. To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.

7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

As the article states, this isn't only an American issue, it happens everywhere. Police have become an insular professional community that pits them against the rest of us. 
The friendly neighbourhood beat cop is for the most part, a Rockwellian myth. Unless politicians have the willpower to do something to correct this, we'll all be prisoners under the control of heavily armed guards instead of citizens paying other citizens to serve and protect us.
Ray Hiltz Ray Hiltz

And for a somewhat different pleasure for the evening, I bring you the legal complexities of a man who is legally dead according to Ohio, legally alive according to the Federal government, and apparently alive according to his own statements in court, although Ohio is not convinced and the Feds apparently want his children to pay back his death benefits, which is somewhat harsh if you think about it, given that the reason he was considered legally dead is that he vanished without a trace, abandoning his family, eight years earlier. 

This is, oddly enough, one of two news stories I've encountered tonight involving the law, dead people, and the state of Ohio, but it is very definitely the only one which can be discussed in polite company.
David Amerland David Amerland

The power of consumer activism again - big changes at Sea World.
Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring

How to host your 1st Google Hangout On Air Show without freaking out! 

In this 3 minute #dmeshownuggets  video, experience Hangout show hosts +Ronnie Bincer, +Dan McDermott, +Chef Dennis Littley and +Mia Voss share some of their best tips for using the pre-show "green room" to get everyone comfortable and primed for the live show.

+Eric Enge and +Mark Traphagen can tell you from their experience: what you do with your guests before the show can often influence how entertaining and useful the live show will be.

See all our Digital Marketing Excellence Show Nuggets at http://stonet.co/DMEShowNuggets

And be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to never miss any of our useful video content! Subscribe at http://stonet.co/STCvideos
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

I don't offer any commentary, but here is an interesting point of view.
Daniel Ely Rankin Daniel Ely Rankin

I don't need your filter bubble (or, Just get rid of the damn algos already.)

Twitter is following Google's misstep in shoving content into your timeline that you never asked to see. Yep, that's right, they are forcing favorites and RT's by people you don't follow into your timeline.

To get around this very annoying feature, simply ditch your main feed.

Pro-Tip
 Use Twitter Lists in Tweetdeck or Hootsuite see the content/tweets that matter most to you. These lists can be groupings of people, topics or hashtags.

Mini-Rant
I really wish companies would stop pushing their idea of how we should use their service, and just give us the right tools in order to maximize and customize our experience. While it's their platform, it would cease to exist without us, so we should get to decide what we want to see.

http://thenextweb.com/twitter/2014/08/20/get-used-tweets-people-dont-follow-twitter-timeline-now-official-feature/
Phil Bowyer Phil Bowyer

Font Pairing Like a Pro – Part Two
You LOVED our first post on font pairings so we've followed up with more tips to make your designs look top notch!

Learn great tips for fonts here: http://blog.canva.com/font-pairing-like-a-pro-part-two/

Pin it for later: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/190066046749307208/ #designtips #graphicdesign
Dawn Mentzer Dawn Mentzer

Yes, Homeschooling is a Progressive Option
I'd go further and say that homeschooling brings new tools to the table that can help in changing schools. 

Those concerned with not just the common good, but also the quality of children's lives, should strive to bring the freedom many homeschoolers experience to children in socially oppressive, conventional schools. More broadly, progressive homeschoolers and progressive public educators should heed homeschooling mother and self-described anarchist Eva Swidler's call to unite to support public institutions such as libraries, parks, recreation centers, museums, and other facets of the common good, including the transformation of public schooling.

#homeschooling   #Truthout  
dixie pomerat dixie pomerat

This addictive online game will let you trade clicks for physics discoveries #gaming
http://adafru.it/dQM

If you’re hearing an incessant clicking sound right now, someone around you has probably just discovered Particle Clicker.

Particle Clicker is an addictive computer game a group of students created over the course of a 48-hour hackathon at CERN. Modeled after another compulsive clicking game, Cookie Clicker, it allows the player to work through a full career (or several, really) in particle physics over the course of about a day.

“We thought it would be good to have an addictive game that sneaks in some physics content,” says Igor Babuschkin, the Technical University of Dortmund student who originally proposed the idea.

In the beginning, the player must click on an image that looks suspiciously like the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider. Each click creates a particle collision, which produces data. Produce enough data, and you can conduct research, which earns you reputation points, which wins you grant money, which allows you to hire other people to do the clicking for you.

For the rest of the game, data and money accumulate on their own at faster and faster rates the more research you do, the more upgrades you purchase and the more staff you hire. Eventually you’re running a lab with PhD students, postdocs, research fellows, tenured professors, Nobel Prize winners and—most productive of all, according to the game—summer students. The research options follow a rough history of discoveries in particle physics.

Read morehttp://adafru.it/dQM
Daniel Ely Rankin Daniel Ely Rankin

Scredible Anagram of the Day
BLAMED AIR

Ready, set, solve! #SAotD  

Congratulations to +Brandon Rosenbaum for guessing - Enhance!
Ayoub Khote Ayoub Khote

Re-Imaging School: Lessons from Unschoolers
Eva Swidler writes about ways unschoolers can contribute to the progressive movement to change public schools. 

In supporting the fight for really public education, unschoolers can not just do the right thing, but also potentially contribute our insights and philosophies to the open-minded among the teachers and administrators in public education. In fact, there are a number of ways in which I see progressive homeschoolers potentially aiding progressive public educators and the students in public educational institutions. And though this coalition may seem unlikely to ever flourish, in a post on his website, Pat Farenga (formerly publisher of John Holt’s now-defunct Growing Without Schooling magazine) recently highlighted a joint “reimagining education” three-day conference and on-going project in Michigan started by unschoolers and attended by public school superintendents, principals and teachers. At this event, he writes, “The school officials weren’t trying to get homeschoolers to conform to their model of school, but instead were asking homeschoolers, along with the others who were present, for ideas they could use to help the children in their districts learn more effectively.”

#homeschooling   #unschooling  
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Phil Bowyer Phil Bowyer

The posture of a brand when engaging consumers around their sustainability efforts must be one of servant leadership with a commitment to real and measurable social impact rather than self-promotion:
Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring

Pump It Up!: Exercising Your Heart to Health

It's not too often that you see a body-builder who's also a trained medical specialist in heart health, and even less often that you happen across such a person when you need them most. I was so very fortunate to find Joe Petreycik as one of the lead specialists in my cardio fitness program that set me on the road to a new lifestyle after a heart stent procedure more than five years ago. 

Joe's expertise and encouragement were truly life-changing. I live a very healthy lifestyle today, I have a very healthy heart - always fun to "break" those stress tests! - and I owe it to the good disciplines that Joe got me "hooked" on in my cardio fitness training. Whether you're a "do-it-yourselfer" under a doctor's care or considering help in getting your heart back into shape with exercise, diet and medication, Joe's book is a great place to start.

I hope that Joe's book - which includes my true story! - gets on your reading list soon. Please share this with those who you know could benefit from Joe's message and expertise. Believe me - you don't have to be a body-builder to learn good lessons from one!
John Blossom John Blossom

This week, I was touched by the story of a supermarket chain called Market Basket, which is going through some real turmoil right now as customers and employees mount a resistance to changes in the firm's ownership that they fear will turn their much-beloved stores into just another network of profit-making machines. 

The story got me thinking about being of service, and inspired me to write this quick piece on meaning, value and service in business. 

To be of service is to become bigger than the way we normally see ourselves. Our attention shifts. We set aside our preoccupation with ourselves and turn our focus outwards, towards others.

Being of service through a business is really no different. We expand our sense of the firm beyond the narrow interests of our shareholders and employees, and turn our gaze outwards to the many people with a stake in the impact our work has in the world.

#service   #mission   #value   #marketbasket  
John Blossom John Blossom

A wonderful reminder from +Carol Roth via a personal experience.

As marvelous as online relationships are, the power of connections built face to face cannot be denied.

#networking #smallbiztips
Dawn Mentzer Dawn Mentzer

17 years later - what we did with the ChoiceSeat system is now available = as an App
Marc Canter Marc Canter

Here's a fun video I just did. It demonstrates what's possible with off-the-shelf littleBits synth modules.
Marc Canter Marc Canter

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