Google+ Tip for the day: Stop treating Google+ like Facebook.
When I got my Google+ invitation, I was already itching to shed my Facebook profile. I still feel that way, but I’m starting to realize something really surprising (at least for me): I don’t think Google is my Facebook stand-in. I think Google is far more than a measly “social network,” and that’s why some of my Facebook friends who are migrating over right now seem to be, as they say on the Internet, “doing it wrong.”
I've been a devoted Googlephile for many years, so if Google wanted me to use G+ instead of Facebook, it was gonna happen -- unless they really goofed it up, of course (I'm still not entirely over my breakup with Wave, Google -- but at least I've stopped leaving those creepy voicemails, right?). The push and pull factors were there. They were obvious: Facebook is for “moms” and spam robots -- Google was going to be my new social network.
But something didn't feel quite right about treating my Google+ profile like my Facebook profile, nor treating my Circles like the Facebook social groups I wished I'd always had. There was content everywhere, written by people I’d heard of -- and many I hadn’t. Something about this space was very different than anything Facebook has ever allowed me to experience. It felt like something else, something... bigger, maybe more important. Something collaborative, perhaps. How very Google!
My friends, however, don’t seem to be having the same Google+ experience I am. My tendency so far has been to add as many people with as many interesting views as possible to my Circles, and then to read voraciously and respond all over the place. Meanwhile, my real-life friends are complaining that there’s not enough content to appease them, and I’m the only one dominating their Streams. Why is this happening for them? I think it comes from a fundamental set of expectations about moving from Facebook to Google+. People are treating their Google+ accounts just like Facebook accounts. And I think that’s a doomed approach.
Here is how I think Google+ can be most fully enjoyed and utilized, at this early stage:
Think about what you use Facebook for. If it’s for keeping up with old friends and for keeping up with current, local friends, great. You can use Google+ for that, and it’s definitely got a leg up on Facebook for filtering content.
Interact with content created by users you don’t know personally. If you don’t follow people you don’t already know, you’re going to get bored, and not just because your friends aren’t all here yet. You’ll get bored even after they’ve all arrived. Why do you think Facebook started implementing games and applications? Well, to make money, obviously, but what was the draw for the userbase? I’m willing to bet Facebook figured out that simply reading your friends’ thoughts all day long gets old, and let’s be honest: very few of us have enough friends with enough interesting posts to keep us engaged.
If you like the social games on Facebook, well...you’re not really my target audience. Sorry. For the rest of you -- if you don’t like how Facebook allowed third party junk to start bombarding you with game requests and access to your information, embrace its absence here so far!
I realize that at some point, developers may come up with cool ways to implement games on Google+, but I expect that Google will have learned from the clunky, disorganized, and downright invasive way developers approached this in Facebook. And the best way to keep Google+ rich in content and devoid of lame, invasive apps is to let go of your old ideas about what it means to be on a social network.24905.23 points - Christina Trapolino - Read in G+:ssa
This is called The Minister’s House-- the world's largest tree house! It is over 97 feet tall and uses six Oak trees as support. It's got over 11 floors, and is about 10,000 sq ft. It's in Crossville, Tennessee, which means I'm gonna go to Crossville some day! They do give tours. (About 400 people a week visit.) I want take some photos of this thing! (Construction started in 1993, and because people started donating, the total cost so far has been less than $12,000 to the landscape architect/builder, Horace Burges. Go Horace!) More photos here: http://bit.ly/ttaHJa14944.76 points - - Read in G+:ssa
If SOPA passes, it will destroy the Internet. That's not hyperbole, that's simple fact.
Please read this, and please make as much noise as you can about it: tell people, share this post, put it on your networks, and call your congressman and tell them in clear and simple terms that you want them to vote against SOPA.12062.97 points - - Read in G+:ssa
This is the intersection of Crusher Avenue and Picard Lane. This is a real place.10332.60 points - - Read in G+:ssa
You know you are getting old when your favorite childhood toys are sitting in a museum.10320.48 points - - Read in G+:ssa
English is a Crazy Language
I love this play at words to show how English is. I mean in what other language do people RECITE at a PLAY and PLAY at a RECITAL?10137.93 points - Ahmed Zeeshan - Read in G+:ssa
The Long Road to New Zealand
This is one of countless beautiful roads that crisscross New Zealand. I'm afraid I've forgotten exactly where I was when I took this photo! I know that is very lame, but I bet people around here can help me pinpoint the area. As far as the camera settings, this is the kind of shot you can get with something called "compression," a method where you use a zoom lens and zoom in quite far. It takes images in the distance and makes them larger than life.9997.14 points - Trey Ratcliff - Read in G+:ssa
What have you agreed to? This site will show you.
If you use Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, DropBox, Linkedin, Flickr or Instagram, you've agreed to allow a lot of companies to do things inside your accounts.
Good morning Google Plus. #Craftidea for today- if you want creative envelopes, go to #Google Maps, map the route from your letter to the other person's mailbox. Print them up, fold them into 8 by 11 envelopes (or smaller if you are sending #holiday cards).
Edit/Clarification I am getting a lot of confused comments on the directional thing, with people asking, 'what do you do if the person lives west of you?' Use the zoom feature to manipulate the map so the return address is on the back. The postal service has no problem with this. In fact, for formal wedding invitations, it's quite customary to put the return address on the back.
Name labels: Names can done on a sticky label you print out from your computer. Or, if you don't want to bother with printing white labels, use a black sharpie and write the address. This is a very "do it how you want to" project.
Today we're rolling out two new features: 1) real-time search results; and 2) improved hashtag support. Together, we're trying to make it easier to follow and contribute to live events on Google+, including breaking news, sporting events, and many others.
Real-time search Now when you search in Google+, you'll see a message about new posts the instant they're available. If you click on this message, or select "Most recent", then relevant posts will start appearing in real-time.
Improved hashtag support People have long used hashtags to mark their posts with certain topics -- just ask our very own +Chris Messina, hashtag inventor. You don't have to use hashtags on Google+ (search works fine without them), but when you do, we'll automatically link to search results.
Check out the video to see both features in action, and let us know what you think in the comments! #googleplusupdate8540.66 points - Vic Gundotra - Read in G+:ssa
OK, this was fun to put together -- love how active the Googlers are on this platform! Please feel free to add anyone I missed and share this. Circle the ones that most interest you based on what they do, or circle them all as I did :)
On this day in 1999, Anne and I said "I do." Today, I celebrate 12 years together with my best friend, co-conspirator, and favorite person on Earth.
Happy anniversary, Mrs. Wheaton. I love you the most. 8230.73 points - - Read in G+:ssa
Five Reasons Why I Don't Care if My Stuff is Pirated - A New Way of Thinking
An article just came out in Wired (http://goo.gl/Nyaf9) and it featured many of my quotes. I have approached copyright, products, and business models in a very non-traditional way. I'm sure that I'm doing it the right way -- most others disagree. The article is about how I have chosen to share my photography from http://www.StuckInCustoms.com with a Creative Commons Noncommercial license, but it falls into an overall digital online strategy.
All of my stuff is pirated. Everything from my HDR Video Tutorial to eBooks to Apps. Fine. It's all there on PirateBay and MegaUpload and all that stuff. Here are the reasons why I don't mind:
1) Theft of bits are like the Tic Tacs that get stolen from the 7-11. It's the cost of doing business on the Internet.
2) It is a LONG life. Many people that pirate stuff now from me just don't have any money. But, they like me and want my stuff. Some day, when they have money and get their financial act under control - maybe even in five years - I'll still be around. And then, they'll think, "You know what? I like that Trey guy... he put out stuff in the past that I like, and now I will start buying his new stuff."
3) The "pirates" are part of my community. Not everyone in the community has equal means. Pirates are not cretins riddled with immoral behavior in every part of their life. These are all generally good people who would gladly support me, their friendly local neighborhood artist, if they could easily afford it. They can't now, but they will be able to some day... I give them something now, and they will give me something later. For example, 24 years ago in high school, I used to pirate Sid Meier games on my Amiga (including a game called Pirates). Now that I have money, I buy every single game that Sid Meier puts out.
4) Pirates have friends that have money. It's still word-of-mouth, the most effective friend-to-friend marketing in the world. If pirates like what you do, they'll tell their friends. Not everyone is so handy with bittorrent and this sort of thing. Since I make purchases simple on my website at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com , many will come make the purchase because it is easier than pirating.
5) Last, and most important, as soon as I opened everything up, our business has grown and grown. Our team now of about 10 people are happy and everything is profitable. It is strange to see a chart over time that shows an increase in revenues and an increase in piracy. Now, piracy is not the reason that revenues are increasing, but they are not hurting revenues.
I'm proud of my artistic work and the creations that I have put on the internet, and for every thousand pirated downloads, I plant a thousand seeds.8188.72 points - Trey Ratcliff - Read in G+:ssa
Fun with +Colin GreyClearing up 10 Misconceptions:
10. The Great Wall of China is visible from Space 9. Cracking your knuckles gives you arthritis 8. People only use 10% of their brains 7. Eskimos have 100s of words for snow 6. You need 8 glasses of water a day 5. Tap water is bad and bottled water is good. 4. Gum takes 7 years to pass through your digestive system
I found this while moving some things from one part of the garage to another part of the garage (like you do.)
It was on my first car, a 1989 Honda Prelude si4ws. Some of you may know that car as my "slightly-better-than-Patrick-Stewart's Honda Prelude"... and now you know why I call it that.7844.64 points - - Read in G+:ssa
This phenomenon is called Prandtl–Glauert singularity, The Prandtl–Glauert singularity is the prediction by the Prandtl–Glauert transformation that infinite pressure conditions would be experienced by an aircraft as it approaches the speed of sound.7487.52 points - Alireza Yavari - Read in G+:ssa
This is pretty amazing that - for the first time - one can actually SEE light/photon moving along...7303.34 points - - Read in G+:ssa
Skyrim players, you will laugh at this. Non-players, you will be so confused. Personally, I'm the holder of over 200 tomatoes.7025.14 points - - Read in G+:ssa
Wow!? Another creature escaped from our splash gardens:-) All real splashes, captured by canon and frozen by PCB Einstein lighting. Post-production by +Genia Larionova (if you like photoshop, do not forget to add her to your circle: she is the best:-) Behind the scene of splash garden (very similar to this one) is on Splash Master's corner: http://goo.gl/mJNz5
Status conscious? Check out this social media flowchart. heheee - this is actually really well done and surprisingly accurate. ha!! Well, ahem, tongue-in-cheek accurate. I'm sharing on G+, so let's see if anyone will actually see it?! :)
(Btw, I just discovered this flowchart image when a friend shared on my Facebook profile. I always like to identify the exact source of images and provide proper credit. With this image, the owner can clearly be seen in the lower right. But I also wanted to find the exact location so used the fairly new Ninja trick of dragging and dropping an image right into the Google images search box. http://images.google.com - with images on Facebook, the drag n drop works whether from the lightbox or not. Coolio!!)6845.63 points - Mari Smith - Read in G+:ssa
Let's talk resumes #resumes #resumecrit
For those of you that don't know, I've spent most of my college career working in American University's Kogod Center for Career Development and have seen a lot of resumes. I know a lot of you are using Google to network, so let's talk about what makes one successful and explore the place different types of resumes have in various industries (two of my many are included for fun!).
Customize Resumes Alright. Here's the deal. Just like one outfit won't work at every company, one resume won't either. Get a feel for a company's culture and job requirements and then modify an existing template. For instance, a nontraditional company would appreciate a creative resume while a financial firm absolutely would not. Beyond design choice, what you chose to highlight in your resume should significantly change as well. Choosing which projects to highlight will be vital to your success.
You have to get the right people to look at it Are you frustrated that you keep applying for jobs, submitting that perfect resume over and over again, but getting no response? Well, that's because your resume isn't the most important part about your resume. Your resume means little to nothing if no one reads it. Networking is vital and even just getting that first foot into the door to ask someone to circulate your resume will pay off much better than constant submissions.
Get feedback I get it. Your resume is like your baby and criticisms to it can be taken personally as an attack on your accomplishments. Try not to think of it that way. Shop it around to some of your friends in the industry and get feedback. It's so much better to have your friend catch a typo than your dream company.
Holy hell! Why are pizza delivery companies not using this product? This has got to be one of the coolest eco friendly inventions I've seen in a long time.6602.54 points - Michelle Marie - Read in G+:ssa