Daily Plus 2014-08-26

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Jaana Nyström

See who’s online more easily in Hangouts in Gmail
Starting today it's easier to see which of your chat buddies are currently online, thanks to a new tab in Hangouts in Gmail. In this new tab, friends who are online are shown first, followed by those who aren’t. Of course, you can still send your offline friends a message and they’ll get it the next time they check Hangouts on their computer, phone or tablet. Plus, you can also now pin your favorite contacts (you know, your mom, your BFFL, or your crush) to the top of your contact list. 

Many of you have asked for these features, so we hope you enjoy this update, which will be rolling out over the next few days. If you’re not already using Hangouts in Gmail, simply click on “Try the new Hangouts” under your chat settings to upgrade today. 
Google+ Google+

Do people spell your name right?

People never spell my last name right. I actually spell it b-l-a-i-n-no e :) ... Doesn't matter. E is always added.

How about you? Name spelling issues?

#spelling #name #geekhumor
Amanda Blain Amanda Blain

Google is a dog friendly workplace, which means that many Googlers bring their furry BFFs to the office each day. Today, in honor of National Dog Day, meet some of the dogs—aka dooglers—who hang out at the Googleplex while their humans work. 

Meet more dooglers from our Dog Days of Summer series: http://g.co/go/dogdays

#NationalDogDay  
Google Google

When you’ve already got waterfalls and rock formations, a dramatic sky is just Iceland on the cake. #PhotoSphere goo.gl/am5ThU

Share your own beautiful discoveries by publishing your photo spheres to Views. goo.gl/AUNAHo
Google Maps Google Maps

If the only Italian phrase you know is “al fresco,” you’ve still got it made in the shade. #BusinessView #Sicily goo.gl/CJt0EC
Google Maps Google Maps

This is an incredibly dangerous selfie, but at least they're getting their potassium: http://on.mash.to/1q2asoK
Mashable Mashable

See more posts from your favorite communities. To control the amount of communities posts you see in your home stream, click on the gear icon in the community and make sure you've selected to "Show posts in Home stream" and then select the "More" option below. #TipTuesday  
Google+ Google+

#NowCasting NPR One and WATCH ABC

Public radio fans can rejoice as NPR One is now available for Chromecast. You can now access great NPR programming such as Morning Edition, Snap Judgment or just LOL with Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! on demand and around the clock.

Starting today, you can also tune in to your favorite ABC shows with the WATCH ABC app -- catch favorites such as Grey’s Anatomy, Castle and Dancing with the Stars, or the highly anticipated Selfie and How to Get Away with Murder.  (To watch live stream or recent episodes, you’ll need to sign in with a participating TV provider account.)

Happy casting!
Google Chrome Google Chrome

Today, after a successful experiment with Chrome 64-bit Windows in our Dev and Canary channels in June, 64-bit Windows support is coming to Chrome Stable with the release of Chrome 37.
Google Developers Google Developers

“We went around without looking for each other, but knowing we went around to find each other,” wrote Argentine novelist and intellectual Julio Cortázar in his stream-of-consciousness novel, “Rayuela” (“Hopscotch”).  We mark Cortázar’s 100th birthday on our homepages throughout Latin America today. 
Google Google

Heading #BacktoSchool but not ready for all the email addresses and club listervs that are bound to wreak havoc on your inbox? Here’s a tip from +Alex Cory, Google Student Ambassador for San Francisco State University, on how to manage your contacts:

“Every time I get an email from someone who goes to my school, I add their email address to my SFSU (San Francisco State University) Circle on Google+. I have a ‘Professor’ Circle, too, where I add all of my professors. Circles allows me to quickly and easily find the contacts I need.” 
Google Google

One Hamas Rocket Just Hit a House in Israel!

This is one of thousands. Anyone wanna tell me that if this was their house, they wouldn't expect their government to respond in the strongest way possible?

Dear anti-Semites, Think! Think before you respond!

Dear Gaza, the innocent ones among you are not our enemy. Those that elected Hamas? Get ready to continue facing the consequences of your actions!

We endured this kind of violence in Europe and throughout our history, no more!

Sorry you don't like that we can now defend ourselves but the IDF can and will defend us and punish those that try to kill us.

Innocents killed? 1,000,000 German civilians killed in WWII vs 12,000 American civilians. Remember that number. War is war!

Now pardon me while I run to a bomb shelter. 
Hillel Fuld Hillel Fuld

Awesome Indian food.

We had some really good Indian lamb, chana masala and malai kofta at Shree Indian Cuisine in Petaluma. 
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

The only thing you need to know is: Knowledge is obsolete.

If you like Google's Knowledge Graph, you're going to love Google Knowledge Vault: http://goo.gl/k2Dv0H

The Knowledge Vault is a radical step forward because it’s machine-curated. It automatically gathers and combines information it finds on the web, then uses a system of confidence to estimate how likely the knowledge is to be true.

The Knowledge Vault has harvested 1.6 billion facts so far, but only 271 million of them have more than a 90 percent chance of being right. Both numbers will keep increasing indefinitely.

The result of this kind of technology, plus advances in wearable and mobile devices over the next few years, will render knowledge itself obsolete. There will no need to remember things and learn facts, for the most part.

In some ways, this transformation of how the human mind works through the outsourcing and collectivization of human memory is probably the most profound change technology will bring to our species in our lifetimes.

Here's what's coming: 

http://www.eweek.com/database/transactive-memory-applies-technology-to-free-up-your-mind.html

#knowledgevault  
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Reach the right people more quickly with improvements to Hangouts in Gmail

Today we’re introducing a new tab in #Hangouts in +Gmail that allows you to see whether your contacts are online. If you find yourself talking regularly with a few particular contacts, like your team, you can even pin them so they’ll always be at the top of your list. This is rolling out in the next few weeks, so look for this update soon. Read more: http://goo.gl/8JwI4O
Google Enterprise Google Enterprise

Bullying take many shapes.. here's how it happened to me.

You've heard the saying - If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
~Jim Rohn

Well, that's exactly what happened to me.
In the past 2 years, I've met men who knew where they were going and took me for the ride of my life - the school of very hard knocks.

I had a very bad feeling about the first one, but I didn't trust myself and my instincts, and I teamed up with him anyway.
I'm such a loyal and trusting person that even when my friends tried to warn me about him, I didn't listen. I thought I was smart enough to not fall into the same traps that other people have fallen into with this guy.

I did, however, listen to my business mentor and run 2 scenarios - what if this guy's a scam, and what if he's real. And I operated from the notion that he is a scam so at least I protected myself.

Or so I thought... 
When our agreement ended and his actions made clear that we were not building a brand together, but that instead he used me to build himself up, fill up his membership site with all the students I trained and left me with no income at all,  I took down all my training materials thinking that we will have a conversation about it and he'll license them from me. He didn't.

Instead, he had one of his assistance recreate my entire curriculum (breaching our contract that clearly stated Confidential Information may not be copied or reproduced without the Disclosing Party’s prior written consent.) He began to speak ill of me, defame me and finally served me with a breach of contract law suit. 

That law suit was dropped when a bigger bully came to the scene - my hard knocks lesson number 2. 

#2 had a bigger vision for my role in his life - "I know you'll add another zero to my bottom line", he said. And between you and me - I was happy to do so if it meant I'll be adding one to mine as well.

But it didn't.

Instead of growing my business with the copy and marketing he promised to do, I became his (unpaid) employee... supporting his clients on all levels of operation - from technical support, strategy consultations, and all the way to actually building a G+ audience for them with daily engagement. My entire days were spent on writing content for his clients, reaching out to my community to build theirs, hosting hangouts, promoting them, and in between - trying to maintain and grow my own.

Yet, nothing I did was good enough (that should have been the first sign of emotional abuse, but not ever being in that situation, I didn't recognize it for what it was) - I didn't work hard enough, I didn't stay up late enough, I didn't wake up early enough, I didn't create good enough materials, my show wasn't good enough, my membership site hangouts weren't up to par...and the last straw - I spent too much time with my son, or in his own words - "well, who told you to become a mom?!?"

It's been a year of lost sleep, lost relationships, business loss and mental / emotional abuse.

All because I didn't know where I was going, and I trusted him to take me "there".

Just like with the first bully - I didn't have a vision, I didn't have a plan and I let them both quiet my voice and take advantage of my knowledge and my relationships. 

How do you deal with bullies mommy?
My little 5 years old came to me and asked me this one day - "mommy, how do you deal with a bully?"

I don't know if he overheard my conversations, saw it somewhere else or what...but he's intuitive enough to be there with just the right questions that wake me up from my internal chaos.
I looked at him and said - you kick him right in the nuts!

and I realized that there's a good reason why both of them clang on.. why #2 is not leaving, is threatening and using all kind of scare tactics to stay in business with me. 

I realized that I don't need to change to become him, that all the smoke and mirrors these guys are holding up are nothing but that - smoke and mirrors to cover up their own insecurities and lure inexperienced people like me into their den. 

And I also learned just how amazing the people in the Plus are. How invaluable real relationships, true friendships, honesty and vulnerability are... which is why I''m sharing this story with you today.

Google+ is truly a transformative platform, and a Hangout show will take you and your business to new heights. It's not going to happen over night, but it will happen just like it happened to me, +Krystalle Keszainn, +Lisa Engles+Mia Voss, +Jason T. Wiser and +Ande Lyons, +Mani Saint-Victor  - just to name a few.

And when that happens, the predators will come out of the shadows, promising the world on a silver platter only to ride on your inevitable fame. 

So learn from my experience, and don't waste 2 years like I did, learning the hard lessons the hard way - don't hurry to partner up with people, have a vision for yourself and know where you're going.

You don't have to know the entire plan right away - many things will change and morph as new people and opportunities come to your life.
But the good people will never want to take from you, put you down or change you. They'll support you, collaborate with you and love you for who you are - just as you are.

So don't let this happen to you - 
“If you don't have a plan for yourself, you'll be part of someone else's”

The Plus will change your life. Make it a change for the better.

PS. and when worse comes to worse.. +Peter Hoppenfeld has been around the block a few times, and he's a great guy to have in the ring with you.

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#bullying   #lifeplans  
Yifat Cohen Yifat Cohen

Google releases their official partner playbook for Google+!

For those who think Google has sidelined Google+, think again. Google has released the Google+ Partner Playbook, and it's filled with easy to follow material on getting the most out of Google+

Here's what is covered:

- Getting Started
- Promote Your Presence
- The Stream
- Google+ Pages
- Hangouts
- Communities
- Photos
- Events

See the full pdf guide here: http://bit.ly/1AOlUHS

#googleplustips   #googleplusguides   #gettingstartedongoogleplus  
Jaana Nyström Jaana Nyström

A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota, which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. 

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

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1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary' ).
yougowords.com

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2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.'

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3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

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4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse.

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5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

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6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

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7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.

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8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

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9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

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10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.

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11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies).

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12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

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13.. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

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14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

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15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save the Queen!

PS: Only share this with friends who have a good sense of humour (NOT humor)!
James Cordeiro James Cordeiro

Import your videos from Google+  to Youtube

Update
Now you can try it yourself with changing Youtube VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie to "Badb5ZKodfY"

#googleplusupdate     #youtubeupdate  
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

"Google Cloud Endpoints is a great way to add a mobile backend to your app..." Good overview here: http://goo.gl/oN5NiD
Google Developers Google Developers

It has been two years since I first began toying with the idea of a 3D printer that was capable of constructing homes. In my vision of using 3D printers as new technology, I wanted a light, portable, and stable machine. First, I built a small 3D printer that used plastic for its main material, and from that, I started experimenting on enlarging the printer and using variations of cement mixes. Layering cement was an extremely difficult task- it required extensive tuning of the printer on a programming level, as well as using exact quantities for the cement mix. While testing the printer, I ran into obstacles (such as the nightmare of the extruder clogging) and discovered even further abilities of the printer, like that it can print much more than 50cm a day as I originally thought. I was able to calibrate the machine so that it prints nearly perfect layers now, and I played with various heights and widths of the cement layers. My current standard is 10 millimeters in height by 30 millimeters in width, but countless other options are available with just the click of a button.
This two year long journey has led me to build the world’s first 3D Concrete Printed Castle. Finally, it stands!

In desire to start the 3D printing of the castle model sooner, I relied on my own resources. When I started out, people struggled to believe this project would progress any further. However, I was lucky to get lots of invaluable input and support from individuals from the RepRap community. Specifically, I am eternally grateful to James Newton for his constant support with the drivers (http://www.massmind.org/Techref/io/stepper/THB6064/index.htm). These drivers ended up being the only ones to work properly with Marlin Firmware (I sampled other drivers, which failed), and were powerful enough to move such a huge printer. Also, I am greatly thankful for Mikhail Tikh, a design engineer collaborating with me on the project and responsible for the 3D model of the castle. I’m also really grateful for all the help I received with manual labor on this project.

Right now, I am in the process of redesigning the printer based on the lessons learned. My biggest priority is ensuring that the upgraded printer will be ready for the new project. My goal will be to print 24 hours a day until the project is finished. I’m also planning to print the structure in one piece; printing the castle turrets by themselves was a bad idea as they were extremely difficult to lift and place. Additionally, I’ve figured out how to print a roof; the only thing is that the material I’d print with would have to be used in warmer climates for now.

The next project is a real full-scale livable house. The amount of correspondence I am getting proves high demand and interest in this new technology. I want to make sure that for the next project, I have the right team doing the job to fully use all of the benefits of the 3D printing machine. I am open to offers from individuals or companies interested in owning the first house of this type built with the newest 3D technology and ready to provide abundant funds to completely cover the project and all its expenses. The interested party needs to own the lot/site and possess a permit for a house built by 3D Printing technology. While the location for the next project will be selected based on many factors, I have decided that ideally it should be a region with warm, mild climate so that printing can start in the fall and continue during the winter season. Since the technology is ready, I’d like to start printing as soon as I have a real offer for this first 3D-Printed House. I’d also like to collaborate with the interested architects, designers, and software engineers experienced in 3D tools. Contact me at 3dprint@totalkustom.com for any questions, suggestions, and offers.

Finally, our website is live (though still with lots of room for improvement); it will be a place to write updates on the 3D printing progress, as well as be a posting wall for new ideas and findings. I’ve included a page in which I outlined the artistic capabilities of the 3D printer to print design elements; some of the decorative elements worked very well during the castle printing. My hope is that designers and architects looking to create a new look for buildings will find this information useful. The new 3D technology allows us to implement completely new architectural ideas in construction and it is remarkable how we can vary the current architectural structures of homes. With this new technology, it is possible to print limitless amounts of classical décor as well as brand new elements and shapes, whereas previous technology made innovative constructions difficult and expensive.

A new era of architecture is inevitable, and I’m excited to see where the next few years will lead in terms of construction and design. I have previously been sure I could print homes, but having finished the castle, I now have proof that the technology is ready. 

Regards,
Andrey Rudenko
Web: www.totalkustom.com
Email: 3dprint@totalkustom.com
Jeff Dean Jeff Dean

Thank you
Watch the complete animation to see why ;)

You can find out your number on our dashboard:
http://www.circlecount.com/dashboard/

The animation is taken from this spot of Skechers with Mr.Quiggly:
SKECHERS-GO RUN Mr.Quiggly!

#50000 #celebration #circlecount
CircleCount CircleCount

Google Plus Power in Personalized Search

Here's a more detailed blog post based on something I shared with you over the weekend: a particularly powerful example of how Google+ combined with personalized search can allow you to break through into top rankings for a competitive keyword to a targeted market.

Learn how powerful Google+ is in personalized search, and how you can take advantage of that power for your business!

Read the article at http://stonet.co/GooglePlusSearchPower

#seo   #socialseo   #googleplus   #plusonly  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

Here we see the reticulated giraffe feeding on the planes of Africa

Photo Caption contest - suggest best caption in comments above caption by +Rod Thorell
Euro Maestro Euro Maestro

You won’t believe what Facebook is cracking down on now!

Facebook is cracking down on click-bait. The company announced yesterday that its changing its news feed algorithm to keep shared click-bait headlines and links from showing up in people’s news feeds. The change has serious implications for publishers like Buzzfeed and Upworthy who rely on manipulative headlines to get traffic. 

WATCH NOW: http://youtu.be/h5tOlSR-uC8?t=30m50s

SUBSCRIBE: http://twit.tv/tnt

Co-anchor: +Joe Panettieri  
Co-host and technical director: +Jason Howell 

#Facebook #TechNewsToday #TNT #TWiT
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Wearing my necklace from +Michael Baker. Cool isn't it? 
Pam Adger Pam Adger

Just over a year ago, we announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge—committing not to sue any user, distributor, or developer of open-source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Our goal was to encourage pro-competitive, defensive uses of patents to support open-source innovation. 

Today we’re expanding the Pledge for a third time to include an additional 152 patents related to technologies that help deliver fast, secure experiences on the web, including encryption, XML parsing and prefetching. We’ve also added 5 additional patents related to the MapReduce data-processing technology created at Google.

Visit our website for more information and stay tuned for additional expansions of the Pledge: https://g.co/opnpledge. 
Google Developers Google Developers

Helpful new feature for +Google+ users
The Next Web The Next Web

Your piggy bank could be much more valuable than you think.
Mashable Mashable

Hillbilly Gas Station
Rodney Pike Rodney Pike

It is difficult to imagine how the airline can overcome the shadow cast by the disastrous MH370 and MH17.
Mashable Mashable

Matt Damon did the #IceBucketChallenge without wasting drinking water.
Mashable Mashable

Take a trip to Downton Abbey...

Visit the +Google Maps blog to visit Downton Abbey and other locations you'll recognise from television: http://goo.gl/eDNW2S

Search on.
Google UK Google UK

Burger King wants to buy Tim Horton's. People were not very happy about it.
Mashable Mashable

#icebucketchallenge   #meanwhileincanada  Proof that Harper is a wimp he refused the icebucket challenge and just donated iinstead! If he was decent he would have done both!
steph wanamaker steph wanamaker

Just felt another earthquake.
Mike Elgan Mike Elgan

Hesitant to post that political link on social media? It might be changing how you talk offline.
Mashable Mashable

Rodney Pike - #meme  
+76 - 10 shares - 6 comments

#meme  
Rodney Pike Rodney Pike

Learn how The Weather Company’s IT team uses Google Drive to speed up projects and provide self-service customer support. As the parent company of The Weather Channel, weather.com, and Weather Underground and Intellicast.com, The Weather Company is a high-tech and big data company that attracts tech-savvy employees.

However, until recently, onboarding a new employee required involvement from many different parts of the IT team. This impacted the employee experience as well as the IT team’s workload. The Weather Company’s IT team now uses Google Drive to provide self-service resources to new employees, which has significantly improved employee satisfaction and reduced support ticket volume.   Join us for a Hangout on Air with Nick Gardner, Sr Director of Internal Systems at The Weather Company.

Ask questions before and during the event by clicking the Q&A button. Join the live broadcast at 11 am Pacific on Thursday, September 11, 2014. We will also share the recording after the event.

See you On Air!
Google Enterprise Google Enterprise

HOW TO BUILD AN AWESOME GOOGLE PLUS PAGE : VISUAL BUT NOT CASUAL?

You are starting a new +Google+ page for yourself or for a business... Before using the Get Started Guide  (http://goo.gl/NM4rXw):

THINK first about your IDENTITY informations and links: 
e.g. for a personal profile page > http://goo.gl/Fg1McP
e.g. for a business page > http://goo.gl/7uW8xE

SHOW your subject with THE BEST pictures:
Sizes on Google support > http://goo.gl/sbjBdk
Use this amazing (free) design tool (also for your posts) > https://www.canva.com/

SCALE your knowledge and never give up until you get SUCCESS:
More informations for reaching the right people (your audience) > http://goo.gl/vtIvUG

● Make it KISS > Keep It Smart and Simple ;-)

#PYBacamdemy   #googlestart    #googleplustips   #googleplus   #google   #webkiss  
Denis Labelle Denis Labelle

This episode of #DevBytes  on Notifications in the L Developer Preview is from +Lisa Wray 

Get your app's notifications ready for the Android L launch now.  Lisa explains the expanded roles and capabilities of notifications in the L Developer Preview.

#AndroidDev  
Google Developers Google Developers

How to avoid a logo misfire: Steps to a positive rebranding experience http://tnw.co/1p7aq9Y
The Next Web The Next Web

Evernote now sell beautiful desk tidies and tablet stands like these http://tnw.co/1qJpD2r
The Next Web The Next Web

Linda Lawrey - I have NO words.
+24 - 8 shares - 18 comments

I have NO words.
Linda Lawrey Linda Lawrey

Have you ever almost sent a text to the wrong recipient? My phone defaults to the last person I texted. I didn't realize that I had texted my daughter after my hubby and wrote out a naughty text...finger hovering over the send button and something told me to look at the top of the screen. Daughter would have killed me. I already owe her 1000 years of therapy. 
Pam Adger Pam Adger

"Can I Help You?"

This wondrous bird gave me the stare down!

We call these shiny colourful feathers "iridescent" - as the bird will flare up, to express a feeling of defense, as another contender flies by the prospective perch.

I was at least 10 feet back, and of zero concern to the bird, so my lucky horseshoe was in my back pocket with this shot.  My guess is that he was demonstrating to another bird, and I just happened to be at the best possible angle for the nasty look.

My apologies to everyone, the last post /image was a hummingbird called the purple-throated mountain gem., so I will go back now to correct my mistake.  Thanks to everyone for over 400,000 views!
(so far!)

Best wishes, and safe travels!


Magnificent Hummingbird
RJB Colours of Costa Rica Tour
www.raymondbarlow.com
1/200s f/4.0 at 400.0mm iso500

#raymondbarlow   #wildlifephotographers #wildlife
#hqspbirds  +HQSP Birds by +Philippe Avenel +Suzi Harr +Andy Brown
#birdsgallery  +Birds GALLERY by +Heinrich Wagner +Susan Wilkinson
#birds4all  +Birds4All by +Walter Soestbergen +Ricky L Jones
#photomaniacanada #naturephotography #BTPBirdPro    +William Joers +Rinus Bakker  
#birdphotography   #birdphotographs   #googlephotos #googlephotography      #wildlifephotographer
#raymondbarlownaturephototours  #nature   #travel #travelphotography   #10000photographers
Rodney Pike Rodney Pike

Two Russian rooftoppers' expeditions in Hong Kong. Beautiful pictures!
Jeff Dean Jeff Dean

Happy 1st birthday Cooper!!!

(He'll be happily munching his birthday cow femur for the next month or so)
Amy Gabriel Amy Gabriel

It's a LOTR/Hobbit birthday for my soon to be 8 year old stepson!


I live for this stuff. #nerdgasm
Amy Gabriel Amy Gabriel

The workforce will look considerably different in just five years.
Mashable Mashable

It's finished? - for now?

"Thousands of Palestinians are celebrating in Gaza after Israel and Palestinian groups agreed an open-ended ceasefire to end seven weeks of fighting in Gaza.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said on Tuesday from the occupied West Bank that a formula had been accepted by all parties and that a ceasefire had gone into effect at 16.00 GMT.

He hailed the agreement as a chance to "build a new nation and end the occupation", before thanking Egypt, Qatar and the US for their roles in brokering the agreement made during indirect talks in Cairo.

The Reuters and AP news agencies quoted Israeli officials as saying that the Israeli government had accepted the deal. Israeli media reported the same..."

+Al Jazeera English 

#Gaza     #Israel     #Truce  
Jaana Nyström Jaana Nyström

Learn how the +U.S. Small Business Administration can help you start and grow your business. Tomorrow at 4:30pm ET: Join our live #Hangout on Air with SBA Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet. RSVP & submit your questions: goo.gl/m4bp5U
Google Enterprise Google Enterprise

This Guy Is Nuts - Builds DIY Iron Man Suit to Have Fireworks Shot at Him

Now, it's definitely not and aesthetic equal to +Marvel Entertainment's rendition, but functionally-- it is made of metal and can take heavy fire... or at least heavy fireworks. 

Watch the video on +The Verge here: http://dustn.ws/1rwjjBD

#justforfun   #ironman   #gif  
Dustin W. Stout Dustin W. Stout

TMI Tuesday
I told this story on a post last night. I have poor cell phone reception at home. I often use g+ to send hubby a message or more importantly a picture. I had just finished my bath and was all shaved and pretty so I took a picture of my vulva and sent it as a post to hubby and then texted him to tell him that he should check g+. When I went back to the post, I noticed that the post was in fact public. I immediately deleted it, but for about 30 seconds or so a picture of my vulva was public.

Your turn. 
Pam Adger Pam Adger

Do Press Releases Still Have Any SEO Value?

+Melissa Fach on +AuthorityLabs has asked several SEO experts (including +Eric Enge of +Stone Temple Consulting) this question.

Read their answers at http://snip.ly/EDJk

#seo   #pressrelease   #plusonly  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

Despite its age, Super Smash Bros: Melee has reestablished itself as one of the world's most popular fighting games — largely due to its professional tournament scene:  http://on.mash.to/1qfoUs7 
Mashable Mashable

This Kind of Shit Just Pisses Me Off

Here's the thing, having worked in the charities sector, I can speak to this:

The extra money raised outside of the regular annual amount that a charity manages to raise goes to the reason for the charity, be it ALS research or whatever.

The figures paid to staff do not increase as the income increases, so the CEO or staff won't get a bigger paypacket when a charity raises more money. The research, or reason for that charity, gets more.

People seem to forget easily that charities operate in the real world, and to have good management of a business, large salaries must be offered.

You pay peanuts, you get monkeys, as an old boss of mine used to say.

So no, this isn't "ruthless politics," it's ruthless ignorance. It's a marked lack of understanding of how charities work. Anyone who looks at this and thinks that the $70+ million raised by the Ice Bucket Challenge will be distributed evenly by the ALSA among those percentages doesn't understand how, in pie charts like these, fixed costs (like salary etc.) remain fixed, and thus take up less of the pie when the pie becomes bigger.

This kind of shit just doesn't stand up to scrutiny. It's designed to be inflammatory, and it's designed to stop you from being charitable.

Frankly, it stinks.

#CrossPostAll  
Ayoub Khote Ayoub Khote

Breaking Bad's domination at the Emmys shut out other major players.
Mashable Mashable

The Next Web - Finally.
+51 - 7 shares - 1 comments

Finally.
The Next Web The Next Web

Flying through an Aurora.
Linda Lawrey Linda Lawrey

Instagram just made it very easy to create a time-lapse.
Mashable Mashable

Wearable tech and fashion are about to collide at the U.S. Open.
Mashable Mashable

Top Google+ Tipsters You Need in Your Circles

+martin shervington 
Martin is everywhere posting as much good stuff as its physically possible to post in order to help you thrive on Google+. He posted the Beginners Guide to Google+ and from this link you will find a wealth of resources such as the Quickstarter Guide.
http://www.plusyourbusiness.com/beginners-guide-google-plus/

+Brian Jensen 
Brian shares great content including some real gems to help you advance your skills on Google+. See Google+: Looking Behind The Scenes of Profiles and Posts
https://plus.google.com/+BrianJensen/posts/8Zk5BAtTZKV

+Denis Labelle 
Denis shares awesome curation posts and this one will blow your mind (its already had more than 700 reshares)
Google+ Toolbox: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DenisLabelle/posts/681cuDoMC17

+Guy Kawasaki 
Guy is Chief Evangelist of +Canva which is an essential tool for creating stunning visual images that are perfect for social media sharing even if you have a complete absence of design skills. Guy also wrote the Book What The Plus: http://whattheplus.com/what-the-plus/

+Jaana Nyström 
Jaana is one of the Top Contributors to the official Google+ Help Community. Follow her for more tips than you can handle and join this community: https://plus.google.com/communities/115758385206378551362

+Mark Traphagen   
Mark writes tirelessly about Google Plus. He may even be Mr Google+. Follow him for posts, test results, informative hangouts and subscribe to his Flipboard magazine called Google+ Plus Power which is packed full of tips http://flip.it/5ZD5n

+Christine DeGraff 
Christine's Circoscope is THE essential tool for circle management. The tool is about to be updated (release any day now) to improve the user interface but what you can achieve with this is tool truly jaw dropping. https://plus.google.com/+ChristineDeGraff/posts/i4KcUeNLZgM

+Ryan Hanley 
Ryan's Google Plus Starter Kit is an excellent series for building your confidence on the Plus https://plus.google.com/+RyanMHanley/posts/8SKscGXcnsd

+Rick Eliason 
Rick's comprehensive series of 50 tips is hard to miss but here is a link for your to find all of them Things You Can Do On Google Plus Right Now - 50 Tips https://plus.google.com/explore/googleplus50

+Stephan Hovnanian 
Stephan's About section of his Google Plus Profile is packed with links to his ebooks, HOA series and articles he has written to provide tips for Google+ users. Stephan (pronnounced Step-han) is often the first person to greet newbies so you probably know him already. https://plus.google.com/+StephanHovnanian/about

+Ben Fisher 
Ben's company +Steady Demand  is a must-have tool for learning more about your page performance. They created a free tool to help check connections from G+ business brand pages to websites. The tool will also grade your posts and teach you how to make them the best they can be. http://www.steadydemand.com/Google-Plus-Brand-Audit-Tool.php

+Ronnie Bincer 
Ronnie Bincer is The Hangout Helper and he runs the Hangout Mastery Community - its a paid subscription worth every penny if you are planning on hosting Hangouts and the man is pure awesome sauce! https://plus.google.com/communities/100896960081583252164

There are many others we could include as our top tipsters but these guys and the tips we've highlighted will sky-rocket your Google Plus journey, guaranteed!

#googleplustips   #gplustips  
Denis Labelle Denis Labelle

Friends is the most annoying show on Earth. 
Pam Adger Pam Adger

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Joe Martinez Joe Martinez

Turns out my old GP was right. Antibiotics should be used rarely - and only when the infection is bacterial in nature.  Throwing them at every sniffle is not the answer - and can cause bacteria to become resistant.. and now, apparently, there is evidence that too many antibiotics in childhood may be behind the increase in allergies.
Pam Adger Pam Adger

Top Google+ Tipsters You Need in Your Circles

+martin shervington 
Martin is everywhere posting as much good stuff as its physically possible to post in order to help you thrive on Google+. He posted the Beginners Guide to Google+ and from this link you will find a wealth of resources such as the Quickstarter Guide.
http://www.plusyourbusiness.com/beginners-guide-google-plus/

+Brian Jensen 
Brian shares great content including some real gems to help you advance your skills on Google+. See Google+: Looking Behind The Scenes of Profiles and Posts
https://plus.google.com/+BrianJensen/posts/8Zk5BAtTZKV

+Denis Labelle 
Denis shares awesome curation posts and this one will blow your mind (its already had more than 700 reshares)
Google+ Toolbox: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DenisLabelle/posts/681cuDoMC17

+Guy Kawasaki 
Guy is Chief Evangelist of +Canva which is an essential tool for creating stunning visual images that are perfect for social media sharing even if you have a complete absence of design skills. Guy also wrote the Book What The Plus: http://whattheplus.com/what-the-plus/

+Jaana Nyström 
Jaana is one of the Top Contributors to the official Google+ Help Community. Follow her for more tips than you can handle and join this community: https://plus.google.com/communities/115758385206378551362

+Mark Traphagen   
Mark writes tirelessly about Google Plus. He may even be Mr Google+. Follow him for posts, test results, informative hangouts and subscribe to his Flipboard magazine called Google+ Plus Power which is packed full of tips http://flip.it/5ZD5n

+Christine DeGraff 
Christine's Circoscope is THE essential tool for circle management. The tool is about to be updated (release any day now) to improve the user interface but what you can achieve with this is tool truly jaw dropping. https://plus.google.com/+ChristineDeGraff/posts/i4KcUeNLZgM

+Ryan Hanley 
Ryan's Google Plus Starter Kit is an excellent series for building your confidence on the Plus https://plus.google.com/+RyanMHanley/posts/8SKscGXcnsd

+Rick Eliason 
Rick's comprehensive series of 50 tips is hard to miss but here is a link for your to find all of them Things You Can Do On Google Plus Right Now - 50 Tips https://plus.google.com/explore/googleplus50

+Stephan Hovnanian 
Stephan's About section of his Google Plus Profile is packed with links to his ebooks, HOA series and articles he has written to provide tips for Google+ users. Stephan (pronnounced Step-han) is often the first person to greet newbies so you probably know him already. https://plus.google.com/+StephanHovnanian/about

+Ben Fisher 
Ben's company +Steady Demand  is a must-have tool for learning more about your page performance. They created a free tool to help check connections from G+ business brand pages to websites. The tool will also grade your posts and teach you how to make them the best they can be. http://www.steadydemand.com/Google-Plus-Brand-Audit-Tool.php

+Ronnie Bincer 
Ronnie Bincer is The Hangout Helper and he runs the Hangout Mastery Community - its a paid subscription worth every penny if you are planning on hosting Hangouts and the man is pure awesome sauce! https://plus.google.com/communities/100896960081583252164

There are many others we could include as our top tipsters but these guys and the tips we've highlighted will sky-rocket your Google Plus journey, guaranteed!

#googleplustips   #gplustips  
Jaana Nyström Jaana Nyström

"Coffee is a language in itself." - Jackie Chan

I will have to agree with Mr. Chan on this one. If you're a coffee person, you understand. 

More versions of this quote (and others) can be found here: dustn.tv/quotegraphics

#quote   #coffee   #quotegraphic   #mycoffeeaddiction  
Dustin W. Stout Dustin W. Stout

A Tale of a Community Gone & Resurrected (& Lessons Learned)

A very valuable post from +David Amerland detailing what happened when the largest fitness community on Google+ (started by none other than +Neila Rey) was suddenly suspended without warning.

The good news is that the community is back. David's post, though, shares some good lessons learned about handling such a crisis, along with some kudos for the responsiveness of Google+ and its larger community of users and volunteers.

#plusonly  
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

No, the researchers were not robots.
Mashable Mashable

What Was the Best Year for Film? 1993 or 1994?

Man, this is one tough choice because these two years in film history were, to say the least, epic! +The Verge is holding an open poll with a full list of blockbusters that came out in each respective year. 

Here's what it comes down to for me:
1993
- Groundhog Day
- Super Mario Bros.
- Jurassic Park
- Hocus Pocus
- The Sandlot
- Free Willy
- Robin Hood: Men In Tights
- Coneheads
- The Fugitive
- Demolition Man
- Nightmare Before Christmas
- Mrs. Doubtfire
- Wayne's World 2
- Schindlers's List

1994
- Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
- D2: The Mighty Ducks
- The Crow
- Speed
- The Lion King
- Forrest Gump
- Angels In The Outfield 
- True Lies
- The Mask
- Timecop
- Pulp Fiction
- The Shawshank Redemption
- Stargate
- The Santa Clause
- Dumb and Dumber
- Richie Rich 
- Street Fighter

These are the films from both years that I really loved. There's more listed in the full article on +The Verge

If I had to go off of just the films that mattered to me, I would have to choose... 1994. I'm going to leave my vote now! 

What year wins for you?

#entertainment   #film  
Dustin W. Stout Dustin W. Stout

Follower Map/Demographics on CircleCount
Episode 5 of our 6 Part CirlceCount Beginners Series

An overview of your follower map and demographic information about your followers.

Feel free to subscribe to our channel if you like it: https://www.youtube.com/user/CircleCountTV

Thanks again to +Christine DeGraff for making this great tutorial video!

#circlecount #videotutorials #profile
CircleCount CircleCount

Question of the Day

What kinds of pain can you tolerate without treatment?

If it’s a dull ache, I'm fine. Any sort of sharp pain and I’ll reach for the meds :)

#questionoftheday #crosspostall
Ayoub Khote Ayoub Khote

The $10 “Meat Mountain” from Arby’s: It’s exactly what it sounds like.


Linda Lawrey Linda Lawrey

#shomi   finally a Canadian streaming service ! looks like they are getting great shows and lots that Netflix doesn't have like Modern Family!  The launch is first week of Novermber !
steph wanamaker steph wanamaker

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steph wanamaker steph wanamaker

My Top 3 Google+ Tips for New Users

When I first joined Google+ I quickly lost my way. I made the classic mistake of focusing on follower count instead of building relationships. In no time I was overwhelmed by hundreds of posts in my stream from people I didn’t know or relate to.  It felt like walking down Oxford Street in London on a busy shopping day trying to start conversations with people as we jostled past each other.   

Everything changed for me when I joined a handful of communities. At last I was meeting and getting to know people who had similar interests and began to build relationships and learn from others. In particular I am very grateful to +Mark Vang and the members of the Sanctuary Community for helping me to find my feet on Google+. 

Each person will build their own Google+ experience which will be different and unique. From my own experience I would offer these 3 tips for new users:

Find a guide(s)

At first Google+ will feel like a foreign country with an unfamiliar language and customs. It’s important to find some guidebooks and a guide. Google+ is a very supportive environment; there are many people and resources who can help you with your journey.  I have mentioned some of the best ones that I know below.

Fill in your profile

This is very important for 3 reasons:

• Your profile information and the links you list will be searchable on      Google
• People will often check out your profile before deciding to put you in  their circles
• Google uses the information from the profile to create a “Hovercard” – a bit like a business card -  which appears whenever someone  hovers over your picture.

Find and participate in a small number of communities

Communities are one of the best ways to make connections and build relationships. Although you could join literally hundreds of communities in practice you can only really be active in a handful so chose these carefully. 

You can search for communities in the communities section on the left hand side menu. 

Here are some communities I would recommend:

Google+ Help: The official Google+ help page.

Plus Your Life  and Plus Your Business these are communities run by
+martin shervington who has put together a world class team with some of the very top Google+ experts including
+Ronnie Bincer (The Hangout Helper),
+Mark Traphagen and +David Amerland (Google authorship and semantic search experts)
+Christine DeGraff and +Lee Smallwood (Google+ Tools Authors). 

Make sure you have all these people in your circles.

#PYBacademy
Mark Traphagen Mark Traphagen

If McConaughey plays The Walkin' Dude, I am so going to the movies to see The Stand. 
Robert N. Lee Robert N. Lee

An uncomfortable story
I feel driven to write something, but I don't know where it's coming from. It's sort of dark and perverse, and I can't tell whether people would be turned on or revolted by it. Where does this come from? Ick.
Tessie L'Amour Tessie L'Amour

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.
-Mother Teresa

I read this quote and it resonates with me. I find myself thinking "Yes. What other reason could there be for so many of the atrocities we inflict on one another?"

Today I hope that you will love others in a way that shows them they belong.

#MotherTeresa #Peace #Humanity
Mike Searle Mike Searle

Mr Tattoo man said...you will have to shave around the tattoo....that spider is going to be looking mighty hairy in a few days. 
Pam Adger Pam Adger

Happy Birthday Ehsan!!!
Please join us in wishing +Circloscope's founder +Ehsan Ahmadi Gharacheh a very happy birthday!!!

Take the rest of the day off Ehsan!!! You have earned it!!!

- Christine & Craig
CircleCount CircleCount

NEW PHOTO: HTC's 'world first' Octo-Core 64-bit smartphone teased
The Next Web The Next Web

One brain to connect them all.

Today, backed by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm, Saxena and his team unveiled what they call RoboBrain, a kind of online service packed with information and artificial intelligence software that any robot could tap into. Working alongside researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, Brown University, and Cornell University, they hope to create a massive online “brain” that can help all robots navigate and even understand the world around them. “The purpose,” says Saxena, who dreamed it all up, “is to build a very good knowledge graph—or a knowledge base—for robots to use.”
Gideon Rosenblatt Gideon Rosenblatt

Import +Google+ Videos directly to +YouTube 

Either vids from Auto Backup or maybe a cool #autoawesome  one that G+ made for you. Shazam! Looks like G+ and its brand is gonna be around longer than +TechCrunch predicted back in April. 

h/t +Derek Ross ala +Google Plus Daily 
http://www.googleplusdaily.com/2014/08/youtube-will-soon-let-you-import-your.html
matthew rappaport matthew rappaport

Makes ya think ...
Jack C Crawford Jack C Crawford

Time to lay back and relax... :)
Joe Martinez Joe Martinez

We finally found something Grumpy Cat is a fan of. #IceBucketChallenge
Mashable Mashable

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steph wanamaker steph wanamaker

Pam Adger - Goodnight! dessert
+25 - 3 shares - 3 comments

Goodnight!
dessert
Pam Adger Pam Adger

JUST IN: +Instagram launches Hyperlapse (iOS)
The Next Web The Next Web

Hewlett-Packard has issued a recall for more than five million notebook computer AC power cords. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the cords can overheat and pose a potential fire and burn hazard.
Linda Lawrey Linda Lawrey

Some interesting musings from +Rob Gordon on the future of social media along with some critiques of Google+. The best part are his thoughts on nine trends for the future of social media. 
Gideon Rosenblatt Gideon Rosenblatt

Daily Circles check it out

Name Author Members

Austrian Photographers

54

Finnish active people and Pages circle

111

Google Developers GTUG

152

Super Science Circle

220

Photography Newbies

100

Food, Beer, and Wine Circle

165

Social SEO

25

Google+ Pages and interesting people

241

Android Pages

31

Banken und Finanzen

170

Think different: the interaction circle

200

Play Ball! Baseball

31

some great people

501

experts in social business

90

Writer's Circle

99

Science Circle

300

Google Services

48

Daily Fine Art

199


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