Rod Dunne2012-08-14 16:42:16
Now I've (not) seen everything - an invisible cycling helmet 
Really hope these 2 become millionaires off the back of it.

edit> FYI this is not a prototype.. the invisible helmet is on the market > http://www.hovding.com/en/hovding
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  • Rod Dunne2012-01-22 19:34:50
    The Hierarchy of G+ Needs

    As +Google+ is a social network it makes sense to think of it in terms of Maslows Hierarchy of Needs. The technology, features & addons in the G+ system are there to facilitate our social interaction.

    I've looked at the needs with a view to how individuals & small business need to integrate Google+.

    Its based on a full 10 minutes day-dreaming based research gleamed during my morning coffee ;§)>


    Here's the How to's I mention:
    - Adding Google Badges to your: http://goo.gl/6ok9u
    - Add an author’s credit link on web pages to their G+ profile: http://goo.gl/TXIUu
    - How to add a +1 button on your site: http://goo.gl/2leaj
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-16 08:51:45
    RECIPROCITY
    Give & Take

    Phil collins knows it. Dr Robert Cialdini knows it. Heck, even I know it!!!
    Now, YOU know it too. Happy Friday Plussers. :§)>
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-24 12:00:31
    How Do We REALLY Feel About People Using Google+ Profiles for Marketing Purposes?
    SURVEY RESULTS are at
    http://product-ivity.com/survey-results-to-what-degree-is-marketing-punished-in-google-plus

    The results from last weeks G+ survey are in and available on my blog below. I've included the responses to each question along with the interpretation & analysis of the various nuances of the survey design.

    I would welcome any feedback on the results & analysis and have tried to provide suggestions about how to apply digital marketing techniques within Google+ using the findings.Please use this thread for discussing the post results.

    SURVEY DISCUSSION HANGOUT THIS THURSDAY

    Feel like talking bout this? I can do a hangout this Thursday to discuss at 8PM GMT (= 9PM CEST Paris / 3PM EDT New York / 2PM CDT Chicago). I'll be online for 30 minutes if you wish to drop by.

    A massive thank you to everybody on Google+ who shared the post, those who +1’d it and everybody who participated filling out the survey. In addition, several people contacted me directly with votes of support, fresh ideas and viewpoints and possible suggestions for future surveys which was most helpful. Finally, thanks to +Patrick Sharpe for reviewing and contributing question ideas prior to the survey going out.

    Cheers, Rod :§)>


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    FAQs about the survey

    Why did the survey focus on your first impressions & reactions to marketing techniques in G+?
    http://product-ivity.com/survey-results-to-what-degree-is-marketing-punished-in-google-plus#GOAL1

    Why did the survey focus on negative punishment reactions only?
    http://product-ivity.com/survey-results-to-what-degree-is-marketing-punished-in-google-plus#GOAL2

    Why did the survey focus specifically on detailing sole traders who use Google+ Profiles?
    http://product-ivity.com/survey-results-to-what-degree-is-marketing-punished-in-google-plus#GOAL3

    Why did the survey NOT cover prolonged exposure to marketing by an individual you know?
    http://product-ivity.com/survey-results-to-what-degree-is-marketing-punished-in-google-plus#OUTOFSCOPEA

    Why did the survey NOT cover the upper limits of tolerance to post frequency (e.g. reaction to 5/10/15 marketing posts from one person)?
    http://product-ivity.com/survey-results-to-what-degree-is-marketing-punished-in-google-plus#OUTOFSCOPEB

    Why did the survey NOT query the positive reactions and rewards of marketing?
    http://product-ivity.com/survey-results-to-what-degree-is-marketing-punished-in-google-plus#OUTOFSCOPEC

    And lastly an FYI: Heres the original G+ post promoting the survey https://plus.google.com/100807029253466370478/posts/34KNorx1rdv

    #googleplus #marketingonline #digitalmarketing #socialmediamarketing #marketingsurvey #survey
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  • Rod Dunne2013-02-26 19:42:42
    CGI!... Actors no longer needed.
    Audrey Hepburn Galaxy Commercial
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  • Rod Dunne2012-02-13 17:27:37
    The 3 Social Networks within Google+ and The Part You Play

    You thought Google+ was just one social network, right? Technology-wise it’s all bundled in as one application - true. But the ecology of this knowledge network contains 3 different hidden networks we all overlook.

    I’ll show you the 3 hidden networks, the part you & your collaborators play in this and why you should even care... especially if you’re doing business on G+.

    [SPOILER ALERT] If you just can’t wait... the 3 social networks in Google+ are:
    1: Collaborative innovation networks
    2: Collaborative learning networks
    3: Collaborative interest networks

    None the wiser? – Read the full article on my blog… :§)>

    #collaboration #COINs #CIN #CLN #CKN
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-19 17:26:33
    How do you feel about people using Google+ profiles to market their wares?
    Quick 30 Second Survey all About Google+

    HERE IS THE SURVEY LINK
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFBGNW84bVRJYjZ0NHo5YVVOd0t2RkE6MQ

    One unwritten rule in G+ I find very interesting is the idea that blatant marketing of products/services is frowned upon. However, this rule is not explicitly defined for exact contexts and types of promotion. It's unwritten.

    I have created this short survey (6 questions - 60 seconds max) to evaluate perception to marketing of products and services in G+ and would love you to take a minute to complete it for me.

    I'll openly publish the results once it has at least 500 replies.

    Cheers, Rod :§)>

    Please SHARE this post too: The more participants, the more likely the results reflect a larger consensus.

    Major props to +Patrick Sharpe for helping me out contrbuting some great ideas & text for the survey content.

    Disclosure: This is NOT being done for any company/agency, but for my own personal interest in social psychology & normative behavior in social media.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-02-16 20:26:40
    41 Lessons Learned From My 41 Years on This Planet

    I decided to take an evening off from the serious posts and do a fun brain-dump of my life lessons. Hope you enjoy this tour round my grey matter ;)

    I may never discover what potpourri is for. Stephen Hawkings doesn’t know either. That makes us equals in my books.

    Most people don’t know what they want to do when they grow up. And most folk never will. The fun part is the journey so try to do as many jobs as possible. It’s easier to filter out those you don’t want to do.

    Love is a Battlefield. And you carry the battle scars for life.

    Fear of the unknown and worry about what might happen in the future are excuses for inaction.

    Nobody has a bloody clue what’s going on, anytime, anyplace, anywhere. Everybody is winging it. It’s just some people look more confident than others.

    Saying nothing and having a quizzical look on your face is highly recommended. You can never put a foot wrong.

    Family are more important than work. Workmates are not mates. Don’t lose sight of which ones are important.

    Being fired from a job is one of the most exciting things that can happen. I only regret waiting until my 30s to start getting fired.

    I was a lot better looking than I thought when I was 20.

    Having to report to a boss is life sapping. Most bosses have been promoted far above their ability.

    Having to be the boss is life sapping. All your employees actively do things to ensure your objectives will fail.

    Regretting things in the past is pointless. You can’t change it so move on.

    The music I liked as a kid has never been beaten since. And nothing that came before it was as good either.

    Nobody actually looks good naked. That’s why dimmer switches were invented.

    Every five years I change into someone better than I was. I’d hate to meet me when I was 20. By 100 I’ll have been 20 different people.

    Most TV is completely pointless. It took me a long time to realize that non-productive time watching soaps really didn’t feed my mind or my bank balance. All it is is the lettuce in an advertisement sandwich.

    You don’t need the latest gadgets. You’re just being exploited by marketing departments and advertisers to think you just can’t live without these things. Drive your car until it falls apart.

    Most people are generally quite nice and up for some banter. You can find common ground with just about anyone.

    I will never like classical music. This does not mean I’m a Neanderthal. It just doesn’t float my boat. Ditto rap music. Sorry Snoop - but I do dig your style.

    Everyone is looking out for their owns interests. When push comes to shove people become selfish and will shaft you at the first opportunity. Don’t let this weigh you down, but likewise don’t be the one to get caught saying I didn’t see that coming.

    People who don’t buy a round of drinks after you bought the last round deserve a slap in the face. I will never talk to you again if this happens. Never. Ever. Ever. This rule will not change.

    There is no point worrying about what people think. You’d be surprised to realize how little they do think. And it’s rarely about you or me. Its usually about food or smartphones.

    Most people are really just big babies. They continuously try to see what they can get away with due to their inherent selfishness, just like a child. If you let them away with this once then they’ll continue doing it.

    Very religious people make very boring dinner guests.

    Nearly everybody will try to avoid conflict. They’ll freeze or try to make flight. I’ve discovered it pays to stand up to people who are bullies or oppressive to you. The person who is more belligerent and persistent will win the argument or discussion. Perseverance is a virtue.

    Starting up your own business is easier than you think.

    As I grow older I like more of the things my parents like. Music, films, art, everything.

    I may never understand why some people walk really fast to work. You’d swear they really loved their job.

    Brainstorming sessions are a way of avoiding work. Everyone knows this.

    Look before you leap, but don’t look too long.

    Academic knowledge is great in small doses. Applying what you learn in real world situations and testing what fails and succeeds is much more beneficial.

    I don’t like pictures of cute animals. That does not make me evil. It just means I’m thinking of other things.

    All governments are flawed. I’d love to think politicians are a cut above the rest but most are veering towards corruption or being outright zealots. Zealots believe they champion causes for the greater good but usually only satisfy their moral codes. At least corrupt politicians can be paid off and do some good for some portion of society.

    The state of the shoes you wear tell a lot about the person you actually are. They are the furthest thing from your head. All women know this at some sub-atomic level. All men who wear tuxedos with casual shoes don’t.

    The shower in swanky hotels are always better than the one you have at home.

    All creativity involves destruction of some kind. Even bushfires occur so that fresh growth can happen.

    You only truly fall in love once. Anything after that is a compromise.

    Don’t do what everyone else does as it’ll only get you the same results. You are an individual after all so apply your individual flavor to everything you do.

    Working late nights and long hours in a job will not get you the big promotion & pay increase. Bosses will just see you as the big Patsy they can’t afford to replace or promote as they’ll need two people to do your job.

    Painting, music and dance are primitive art forms. We’re hardwired to enjoy doing them. Anything else we fill our hours doing in our civilized society will never compare to those three art forms.

    I’m just one person spending one hour to write this one little list. Every person you pass by, see or interact with each day could make up just as big a list too. We all have stories to tell though some choose not to share them.

    This is a full excerpt of my own thoughts, not rehashed quotes. If I see any of these turned into memes then may the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits. Just sayin.

    Full post on my blog at: http://squidinky.com/41-lessons-learned-from-my-41-years-on-this-planet
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  • Rod Dunne2012-02-26 14:06:43
    Discovering the Lost Tribes of the Google Plus Ecosystem
    (or why curating & sharing your own circles is mission-critical social strategy)

    After a week curating posts on Google Plus I came to a revelation. Namely that curating circles is a MUCH more critical social strategy for strengthening your bonds & engagement levels online... i.e. uncovering YOUR tribe.

    This revelation came to me thanks to a community of G+ Bellydancers. In particular, a shared circle curated by +Sabrina Rakkasah of 160 Professional & Semi-Pro Bellydancers communicating on G+ thanks to their shared interest.

    You'll need to read the full article [linked below on my blog] to understand why curated circles hold the key to Google Plus's & Your social success.

    [FYI: Sabrina’s circle is actively looking to include more bellydancers, especially for connecting dancers internationally. Heres the circle details where you can connect. https://plus.google.com/u/0/106634103094186665612/posts/VkDheipcdQF]

    [PROPS: To Sabrina's friend +Jason Wells for resharing the circle originally.]
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  • Rod Dunne2012-07-16 15:57:11
    Finally Unleashing My Sci-fi Novel - Terra Swarm
    The first of my sci-fi series featuring autonomous anti-hero Linien Primae
    Now available to buy/preview on Amazon Kindle - http://goo.gl/YuqpJ
    ePub edition - http://goo.gl/M4XXu
    or you can buy a paperback copy via Lulu - http://goo.gl/YWLVj

    Please SHARE this on to your Sci-Fi friends

    The Back Cover Teaser

    Linien Primae is awoken to answer the call of duty every Terra Swarm space explorer must face – rejoining a long established hive mother ship on the way to habitable planets. But what he finds aboard the hive makes him question the very logic and voluntary servitude his mission demanded of him.

    Commercial enterprise had used cues from social animals in nature to form terra swarms of individual space craft to explore, probe and infest the galaxy. As suitable terra firma was identified swarms of craft consolidated as hive ships. They were all meant to be bound by swarm intelligence directives to ensure the best chance of long-term survival.

    The nature was right. The execution flawed.

    What’s the book about?

    On the surface my books deal with major themes. The first installment ‘Terra Swarm‘ focused firmly on positive & negative liberty.

    The sci-fi genre is used as the catalyst for putting these themes across, without myself and the reader getting hung up by modern day baggage.

    My writing contains a natural sprinkling of suspense, intrigue, romance and humor. But dig deeper and you can unearth sub-text relating to psychology, politics, sociology, religion and philosophy.

    Terrasodes: More to Come From Linien Primae

    I’m currently working on a series of Terrasodes – episodic books detailing deep space exploration and terra formation. The books will delve into the odyssey of autonomous anti-hero Linien Primae.

    My current blueprint for the series consists of 6 books in total, though the number increases as I keep thinking of new themes to cover and adventures for Linien & Co. to experience.

    Cover Art/Design

    The cover art is called Barcelona Muse (Acrylic on Canvas) by Rod Dunne.

    It’s a piece I did previous to the book, and YES, it does have a bearing on the story… but you’ll have to read the book to find out :c)

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    This excerpt taken from my blog post launch:
    http://squidinky.com/terra-swarm-linien-primae-terrasodes
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-04 07:28:56
    Only 1% of the Internet Ecology are actually creating..... Thats all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So heres the scoop. I'd not heard of the 90-9-1 principle (aka the 1% rule of Internet culture) before this morning. The "90–9–1" version of this rule states that 1% of people create content, 9% edit or modify that content, and 90% view the content without contributing.

    If this holds (and its based on research of forums) then theres really not that much creation goin on is there :c|

    Oh, and 90% of people are lurking... thats a lot of folk hanging back. Pity.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/90%E2%80%939%E2%80%931_principle
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-15 21:41:30
    Your Project Manager circle needs You!

    If you, or someone you know, are a:
    - Project Manager
    - IT Project Manager
    - Project Management Office Manager
    - Scrum Manager
    - Agile Team Manager
    - etc....

    I'd like to build a SMALL Circle of PMs. Irrespective of methodology (agile, waterfall, PMP, Prince2, SPM, etc.).

    How small? Very - I'd rather it stay a small group interested in discussing the academic nature of our work, ways to improve process etc. I'd also hope its not a chance to hawk something.

    Interested? Add your name to the comments if interested or share on.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-01-27 11:30:02
    Perception in the Advertising World
    #advertising
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  • Rod Dunne2012-11-07 11:55:17
    Mitt and Ann Romney secretly pleased they don't have to move into a smaller house. ;)
    #election2012  
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-13 10:31:42
    NSFW: Its like Edison said - Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% getting your name out there

    If your social media ego is getting a little inflated, or you know someone who is 'Twitter Famous' then they need to be sat down and forced to see this witty satire.

    Its a house of cards built on sand.

    Tip o' the hat to +Irma Walter for the find & ego-realignment ;)
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  • Rod Dunne2012-01-21 11:51:53
    Googles new 'Your Circles' option - Whats it for then?

    After posting about Google+'s 'Your Circles' option last night, +Chris Lang rightly asked what the point of it was... its certainly not apparent.

    Get a coffee, settle into your chair/beanbag/hammock/tree-house and prepare for the Lord of the Rings of G+ posts.

    A little testing
    So heres what I did (see screengrab pic wayyyyyyyyy below - or a clearer version here > http://cdn.product-ivity.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Your-Circles.png)
    - I used a second G+ account and posted to 'Your Circles', which included my 'Rod Dunne' account.
    - I then logged in as 'Rod Dunne' to see what I could do with the post.
    - The only standout item is that recipients cannot share the post to Public

    So it doesn't seem like a security feature in that sense. Its just keeping it to extended circles, maximum.

    Hmmm: Ok, still no clearer. Whats the benefit then?

    Well it just seems like a handy way of picking a group of circles you wish to share to (family, acquaintances, etc.) as one big sharing bundle and posting to them.

    By default the Following circle is disabled from Your Circles.

    Think of it then like people you're okey sharing posts with, being kept separate from people you just want to stalk follow.

    Google Chat: The possible real benefit

    In Googles FAQ it says: By default, only people in “Your circles” can chat with you.

    Now, maybe THIS is the security feature.

    I have 600 followers - enlightened, good-looking, salt-of-the-earth beings one 'n' all. Always up for virtual canapes & champers in the VIP Circle. However, I've had 5 prank Google Chat popups from Followers in the past week.

    Ok, no biggy you say. 1% ain't bad.

    Think how Lady GaGa or Bono or Shakira must feel. They have 500,000+ followers all of whom can ping them for a chat. If 1% ping them that makes 5000 unwanted pings a week!!! That'd put me off using G+ rapidly. Chat being enabled - across the board - doesn't scale with your increasing number of followers.

    G+ is still in early days. In 12 months time I hope to build up more followers and I certainly don't want all followers being able to Google Chat via G+ to me.

    Its a privacy thing.

    Being able to pull down someones jolly post off the stream is grand. But having my day interrupted is another.

    So, I suspect Your Circles is there to protect anyone with big followings from constant harranging and the inevitable sales pitches yet to come. And also future-proof the rest of us as our beguiling, debonaire & endearing followers increase.

    P.S. I will not feel harassed if Shakira chooses to Google Chat with me :§)>
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  • Rod Dunne2012-10-09 12:24:14
    Milky Way over the Cliffs of Moher
    by Damien Stenson
    Super take on what is a normally an over-seen view of one of Irelands landmarks.
    Original on http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=394842770585888&set=a.223193854417448.52085.223011774435656&type=1
    #ireland #irelandphotography
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-14 11:42:51
    RESHARE:
    Would You be More Loyal to a Social Network YOU Part-Owned and Profited From?

    So here we all are. Freely contributing content and socialising on a great social network, which I'm very fond of.

    But when advertising comes along will we profit from it? Chances are, nope, we won't.

    This is the elephant in the room here in G+.

    If followers = ad revenue then it'd turn into a big(ger) game to get followers and have as many eyes as possible seeing your advertisements and clicking through.

    You don't profit from page ads on FB so why would it happen in here.

    So whats the alternative? A network you profit from being on

    How about if you owned or part-shared in the social network. Zurker. eu is in BETA and is following this model. Before you rush over to see it - its still in development.

    Now this I like.

    Think of it. The more friends & colleagues that join, the more (virtual?) shares you receive.

    Ultimately, you gain some kind reward outside of the pleasure & fun of being on board.

    Which, if you've been on G+/FB/Twitter for a few months You should be starting to think - What am I getting out of this?
    - Peer recognition
    - Ego massage
    - Social validation of your view points

    Maybe if you're a photographer then G+ is the ideal showcase for your 'wares'. And you get some residual business that way.

    But if you want to promote your brand in any other niche then G+ is not the place to be.

    I'm looking at the many writers on G+ and wondering how many get the same benefit you get on Twitter. Over there, you post a link to your blogpost about writing/some facet of your book and - BINGO - folks head on over and buy your book.

    On G+ the model is different. To a greater extent the need & expectation is to remain on G+ and in-stream. Not clicking out to the external blog.

    And before you shoot that thought down - think of how many posts today on the stream with links to blogs you clicked through to? Now remove the big bloggers from that list - the ones you're always going to click through to. Whats that leave? Hmmmmm, thought so.

    So then if all You & me are doing is socializing and sharing interests then there has to be a tail-off point where interest fades. Or if your interest is widespread (e.g. Formula1, Psychology, yoga) then surely your interests are better catered for elsewhere in niche forums?..... You tell me!

    Springwise article about Zurker http://goo.gl/HFgXO

    Major Props also to +martin shervington whose post on Adsense integration had me thinking all week about Social Monetisation techniques.
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/114918475211209783081/posts/cDfBW1cCNdx

    Reshared text:
    Would You be More Loyal to a Social Network YOU Part-Owned and Profited From?

    So here we all are. Freely contributing content and socialising on a great social network, which I'm very fond of.

    But when advertising comes along will we profit from it? Chances are, nope, we won't.

    This is the elephant in the room here in G+.

    If followers = ad revenue then it'd turn into a big(ger) game to get followers and have as many eyes as possible seeing your advertisements and clicking through.

    You don't profit from page ads on FB so why would it happen in here.

    So whats the alternative? A network you profit from being on

    How about if you owned or part-shared in the social network. Zurker. eu is in BETA and is following this model. Before you rush over to see it - its still in development.

    Now this I like.

    Think of it. The more friends & colleagues that join, the more (virtual?) shares you receive.

    Ultimately, you gain some kind reward outside of the pleasure & fun of being on board.

    Which, if you've been on G+/FB/Twitter for a few months You should be starting to think - What am I getting out of this?
    - Peer recognition
    - Ego massage
    - Social validation of your view points

    Maybe if you're a photographer then G+ is the ideal showcase for your 'wares'. And you get some residual business that way.

    But if you want to promote your brand in any other niche then G+ is not the place to be.

    I'm looking at the many writers on G+ and wondering how many get the same benefit you get on Twitter. Over there, you post a link to your blogpost about writing/some facet of your book and - BINGO - folks head on over and buy your book.

    On G+ the model is different. To a greater extent the need & expectation is to remain on G+ and in-stream. Not clicking out to the external blog.

    And before you shoot that thought down - think of how many posts today on the stream with links to blogs you clicked through to? Now remove the big bloggers from that list - the ones you're always going to click through to. Whats that leave? Hmmmmm, thought so.

    So then if all You & me are doing is socializing and sharing interests then there has to be a tail-off point where interest fades. Or if your interest is widespread (e.g. Formula1, Psychology, yoga) then surely your interests are better catered for elsewhere in niche forums?..... You tell me!

    Springwise article about Zurker http://goo.gl/HFgXO
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  • Rod Dunne2012-10-06 14:56:10
    Please +1 this post if you have SEEN it and also have me circled
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    A social experiment called #viewershiptest
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    My # of followers = 12,000
    Viewership rate as a percentage =
        (Number of plus ones / Number of followers) X 100

    Implies the following viewership rates would be witnessed with 12000 followers
    2% = 240 plus ones
    1% = 120 plus ones
    0.1% = 12 plus ones

    ================================================
    If you want to join in then
    - Copy and paste this post (changing the figure for YOUR # followers above)
    - Use the hashtag #viewershiptest so others can follow the results.
    - (optional) Post your results after the post is live for TWO DAYS in the following Google form I set up https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHR2ZEp1d2RqbjZISkl2RFY3SlpPUEE6MQ

    ================================================
    Purpose of this test

    I'm curious to see just how many people view or see my posts.
    - It may indicate viewership is quite high... just that folks generally don't interact with my posts.
    - Or it may show that the viewership is low, or people think this is spam, or that posting on a Saturday is always going to have low results.

    Either way, if you too are curious then try posting it for yourself to see your viewership rate.
    - Maybe you have 100 great engagers in your timezone all actively participating.... in which case kudos.

    MICRO LEVEL: In the absence of Google providing engagement rates this was a makeshift approach I thought may work at a micro level.

    MACRO LEVEL: If folks join in posting their own #viewershiptest post results to my form ( https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHR2ZEp1d2RqbjZISkl2RFY3SlpPUEE6MQ ) then it may be useful for showing some independent statistics.

    Cheers, Rod Dunne
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  • Rod Dunne2014-03-25 21:06:45
    Take your paper based  #Resume , roll it into a ball and throw it into a basket labelled 'Lame'.
     For there is one - lets call him Robby Leonardi - who has made all resumes obsolete.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-08-14 09:10:04
    Maps in Fiction Books? Good? Bad? Tacky? Useful?

    Little question, what's the vibe about providing basic maps of fictitious lands/locations/cities in fiction novels... is this useful or just tacky?

    - One argument is that if the writing is good enough then no map is needed?
    - But doesn't a picture tells a thousand stories?
    - Is having a map stealing something from the reader's imagination?

    E.G. I seem to remember Lord of the Rings having maps in.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-01 10:51:26
    Why I Stopped Watching TV 2 Years Ago
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-01 17:16:29
    Q: You concerned about how to talk on G+?
    A: Just be human. Forget whatever business-speak you've had drilled into. Talk to me like you would if I were sitting there with ya. Thats your voice and its unique to you!
    :§)>
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  • Rod Dunne2014-03-21 15:01:27
    While the news still bleats about austerity and tightening budgets its worth remembering how Iceland went from zero to hero economically, without austerity measures and without private bank bailouts. 

    If only all politicians had the balls to stand up to big money.

    Public servants == serving the public

    3-min vid of Iceland's Pres. Grimsson explaining their four year turnaround.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-08 10:48:21
    The Birth of the Reciprocal G+ Share Drivebys
    G+ Town - A cold winters night on a social network near you

    G+ Town was a fickle mistress. Just when you thought you knew this ole town it turns around and smacks you in the kisser.

    Sure I'd seen the lurkers-a-lurkin before. You know how it is - 10 people circle you then 3 days laters you see 3 or 4 uncircle you. Heck, I guess they didn't like that your humble private eye can't keep track of those he's circling already.

    This is different though. A new beast has come out to play.

    There we are goin about our business in G+Town sending out our posts, running the numbers and living it up. And lots of great people sharing them on. Thats what makes the whole darn town keep on spinning.

    Then it struck me. There's all these new beasts lurking in and sharing on posts only to delete them a few days later (pic). It ain't one or two neither.. more like 6 or 7.

    Strikes me the lurkers ain't too happy if they don't get circled off the back of sharing your post.

    What the heck!!!

    Well, I'm onto ya. We all know how this plays out. The bad guy gets a slug in the chops and the good guy gets the dame. The G-Men keep watchin, lurkers keep lurkin and the crazy-carousel takes another spin until the next point of weakness is found in G+ Town.

    #reciprocalgoogleplussharedriveby
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    FYI: Nope, I've not lost the plot. There's a serious point to this. Plussers are sharing then DELETING posts in some bizarre game to gain circlees.
    See the ripple with its deletions here: http://goo.gl/0BV5R

    [props to +Miguel Rodriguez for highlighting the ripple changes in his post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/115970504272079730559/posts/5uqMP2Uu8Ji ]
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  • Rod Dunne2012-06-28 08:23:21
    I was about to post a rant about 'Events' when I got the popup to say events are a new addition.

    Rant: I had 17 notifications (via little red box up top). 10+ were invites by people I don't know to stuff I don't care about. Pointless!!!
    And as I could only view 10 notifications, i didn't see my regular notes. Bummer.

    Not impressed.

    EDIT: Went straight into config - https://www.google.com/settings/plus - and disabled the bloomin lot.
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  • Rod Dunne2013-03-25 22:29:20
    The Revolution was Not Televised

    While Greeks, Cypriots, Italians & Irish pay through the nose for failing banks, with payments that are only paying off foreign investors, you have to wonder why we were so lazy, so fearful of revolting against the Government and Banks.

    Think it wouldn't work?
    Think it would involve violence?

    Think again... and Think of Iceland.
    How to start a revolution: Learn from Iceland!
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  • Rod Dunne2012-12-08 20:27:31
    Robert Cialdini's Psychology of Persuasion - A 12 minute animation

    .... What get's us to saying YES!

    I really enjoy RC's books so this is a great/fun overview

    #psychology #persuasion #animation #persuasionscience  
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  • Rod Dunne2012-11-29 09:59:32
    Small OR Faraway?
    (... or big table & chairs)

    Farmer denied permit to build horse shelter. So he builds giant table & chairs which don't need permit.
    .. via twitter
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-21 14:46:43
    Windows XP & Chrome & Google+

    It may well just be my setup but its worth checking the Task Manager and/or closing Chrome when using G+ for long periods to clear the RAM cache.

    Depending on how many tabs I have open (1 for each circle I'm scanning) the memory levels can go over 400mb fairly quickly. Only becomes a problem if I open resource-heavy apps in conjunction.

    This is more so an FYI for anyone who keeps browsers open for days on end :)
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-23 08:20:13
    Clawing Back Ownership of the Word ABOMINABLE

    For far too long now that snowman fella (gal?) has had the monopoly on the word abominable. Nowhere else is this adjective used in common language.

    I believe this to be unfair.

    I wish to reclaim it for use in mixed company under the creative commons agreement. One adjective to rule them all!!!

    Yours,
    The Abominable Rod Dunne ;§)>

    Happy Mondays peeps - Gotta get these silly posts out to kickstart the week!
    #abominable
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  • Rod Dunne2012-11-24 15:31:02
    Some days, it feels like this is all I see on social networks :(

    #caturday #bacon #ingress #googleglass #blackfriday

    http://squidinky.com
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-13 18:47:12
    RESHARE:
    Lest yee forget...

    Reshared text:
    It’s about who you follow, not your followers

    I’d a great conversation with two of the original Twitter adopters yesterday evening. They put it so well : it’s not about gathering numbers, it’s about who you follow, it’s about finding the best out there and sharing their expertise and brilliance.
    I’m following lots of brilliant people here on G+ and loving it, …Thanks
    Forget about counting sheep…..
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  • Rod Dunne2012-08-17 19:18:49
    RESHARE:
    lmao x 1,000,000
    via +Mike Milton  & + bob marchand

    Reshared text:
    A new perspective on the Republican Candidates...Bwhaa, ha, ha, ha, ha!!!!!
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-15 11:49:37
    Q: Why are folks marking a lot of their posts 'Public (locked)?

    I've seen some popular G+ folk use it on a bunch of their posts. I assume this is how it appears when the comments are disabled on the post alright. Is it just something folk like to do to reduce the noise on old posts? Maybe when going on hols?

    Or is it something else? He says worrying that its some kinda security mechanism to restrict comments by readers who've been blocked
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  • Rod Dunne2012-11-01 10:19:14
    RESHARE:
    Universal truths..
    [via +Vincent Murphy]

    Reshared text:
    True story.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-10-12 12:53:47
    RESHARE:
    The joy of playing.. upstaging the rest of the group.
    via +Steve Faktor 

    Reshared text:
    Now this? THIS is how you upstage someone!

    via +Kristin Guttormsen 
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-09 10:14:11
    Little clear transparent things
    We overlook in a deluge
    But up close when looking through
    Just so perfect

    Photo: Raindrops macro Google Image Search is at http://goo.gl/7KB4b

    Inspired by +Annie Yim's umbrella pic... I'd forgotten how much I like macro raindrop shots
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-31 13:44:09
    Project Management Interest Circle

    Following my call to arms post a few week back (http://goo.gl/sLfHz) I can now re-share out a small circle focused around Project Management & PMO interests.

    Rather than just restrict it to anyone in PM/PMO/Scrum roles it seemed fair to open this to anyone with an interest in project management, or who use the methodologies within their roles.

    We're starting with a tidy group of 22. I'm up for engaging on any academic nature of our work, ways to improve process, and so on.

    As I said in the post, this is irrespective of methodology as we all have our favorites and each approach have benefits. As one Managing Director said to me before "_I don't care which methodology use Rod, as long as you settle on properly using one alone_"

    I'll periodically share this out again as more interested parties come forward.

    Cheers, +Rod Dunne

    #projectmanagement #pmo #pmi #prince2 #scrum #agile #waterfalldevelopment #xp #extremeprogramming #kanban
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  • Rod Dunne2012-02-27 16:43:17
    Body Language Question: Do you focus on the left or right eye of people you're talking with?

    I have a hazy memory of reading about reading peoples attitudes based on whether they focus on your left eye or right eye during a conversation.

    From recollection:
    - They focus on your left eye: They are taking a weak stance in the conversation (good in a severe conflict scenario).
    - They focus on your right eye: It can be perceived as a more direct stance. Depending on the context this could be aggressive (in a conflict negotiation), stronger interest levels (in a discussion) or more caring (romantic scenarios).

    Any body language experts point me toward something definitive on this?
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  • Rod Dunne2012-10-15 13:55:02
    It was like Christmas morning today - Awoke to find Santa Postman delivering the first print copies of my book Erebus... 440pgs of bliss :)

    Get a load of my '2001 Space Odyssey' Monolith book posing ;)

    http://squidinky.com/erebus
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-27 19:50:04
    Circle Clearout Time - Who Made the Cut?

    Now it's time for the easiest part of any coach's job. The cuts.
    Although I wasn't able to cut everyone I wanted to, I have cut a lot of you.
    Wendell is cut. Rudy is cut. Janey, you're gone.
    Steven, I like your hustle [Steven smiles]
    That's why it was so hard to cut you [Steven's smile drops]
    Congratulations, the rest of you made the team! [random sighs of relief]

    Except for...
    ... Dead to Me Circle - You're cut!
    ... World politics Circle - You're cut!!
    ... Cat people Circle - You're all cut!!!
    ... Bacon-Infatuators Circle - You're definitely cut!!!
    ... Irritatingly Talented Photographers Who Get to See the World Circle - You're all cut too!!!

    Ok lots of cuts.

    In reality.. I just used Uncircle Inactives+ chrome app to clearout 150 inactive peeps :)
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-12 20:00:59
    RESHARE:
    Zen Roddy moment ;§)>

    Reshared text:
    Life Lesson #5

    5/41 @ http://squidinky.com/41-lessons-learned-from-my-41-years-on-this-planet

    #lifelessons #humor
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-14 18:43:50
    RESHARE:
    Where Do Clouds Come From?

    Where do clouds come from? Big chimneys on the sun
    And where do dreams come from? Your mother weaved them all

    Don’t you forget my son I told you not to hurt no-one
    You’ll be the judge of that
    Another You, another Me, another pharaoh taking liberties
    And just don’t stand for that
    Some day this all will seem like petals lost amongst a stream
    Don’t let this hold you back
    These clouds and dreams you want cannot be gifted only fought for liberty

    How does freedom sound? Much better by the pound
    And why is mum still mad? Shes had enough of lying

    Where do clouds come from? Look kid go ask your mum

    These clouds and dreams you want cannot be gifted only fought for liberty

    Words by Rod Dunne
    From http://squidinky.com/where-do-clouds-come-from

    Reshared text:
    Where Do Clouds Come From?

    Where do clouds come from? Big chimneys on the sun
    And where do dreams come from? Your mother weaved them all

    Don’t you forget my son I told you not to hurt no-one
    You’ll be the judge of that
    Another You, another Me, another pharaoh taking liberties
    And just don’t stand for that
    Some day this all will seem like petals lost amongst a stream
    Don’t let this hold you back
    These clouds and dreams you want cannot be gifted only fought for liberty

    How does freedom sound? Much better by the pound
    And why is mum still mad? Shes had enough of lying

    Where do clouds come from? Look kid go ask your mum

    These clouds and dreams you want cannot be gifted only fought for liberty

    Words by Rod Dunne
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-04 15:00:37
    RESHARE:
    G+ with or without a link to external blogs?

    I'm firmly in the camp that any decent post I write lives on external blogs and only gets referenced here in G+ land.

    Pros:
    ... External blog gets some link love
    ... G+ provides a teaser
    ... External post lives on wayyyyyy past the G+ post has flew through the stream.
    ... At least this way you can monetise your work (take your pick on weapon of choice) since you get no ad revenue back from freely putting your content on G+

    Cons:
    ... G+ just becomes a thin wrapper... link baiting your external work.
    ... G+ becomes a discussion forum not intended for bigger posts (i.e. > 300+ words)

    Just wanted to garner some feedback after +Irma Walter had pointed me to her post about this linky/no-linky concept.

    Anything I'm missing? Is G+ then destined to be a cat-meme, bacon-obsessed, youtube linking machine?

    If its an interest network, then all the interesting stuff will be external! If its to become a collaboration network then all it becomes is the communication medium (maybe thats enough)!

    Someone get me in off the (purely metaphorical) ledge on this one. :§)>

    Reshared text:
    By now it bothers me when people make G+ their main output, like a blog.
    Inzwischen stört es mich wenn jemand G+ als Hauptsprachrohr, wie einen Blog benützt.

    I don't say this with either a negative or a positive connotation, just noting a habit I've developed. If a G+ post doesn't have a link to the outside, it feels like something's missing. My mind doesn't readily absorb long posts on G+, as they look the same and the distraction of scrolling on is just too much. The stream calls 'let's keep going'. A blogpost invites you to rest.
    Dies sage ich weder mit negativer oder mit positiver Einstellung, sondern bemerke einfach nur eine neue Gewohnheit. Wenn ein G+eintrag keinen Link nach draußen hat, dann fehlt irgendetwas. Ich kann mich nicht lange auf G+einträge konzentrieren, da sie alle gleich aussehen und die Versuchung weiterzuscrollen ist eine zu große Ablenkung. Ein Stream ruft 'und es geht weiter', ein Blogeintrag lädt zum Verweilen ein.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-18 08:16:59
    Online Cog Notes - John Cleese on Creativity

    In addition to the PNG image files of my MindMaps from yesterday

    John Cleese's talk on Creativity floated my boat. He managed to tie together several psychology concepts in a fun way. But as is the case in modern life I, like you, see dozens of videos a day so his concepts can so easily be forgotten tomorrow. Which is why I did up some cog notes so I'll remember.

    Some parts are full transcription of Johns speech. Others is me paraphrasing.

    Dynamic brower mindmap: https://www.mindmeister.com/154553644/creativity

    Image exports: https://plus.google.com/100807029253466370478/posts/fbYBMeVKgtm

    Mindmaps by +Rod Dunne
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-21 20:56:01
    What is Your First Memory & What Age Where You?
    Can you remember your earliest memory as a child? And approximately what age you were?

    I used to ask people this quite a bit and was amazed by how far back some people could remember.

    I'm asking it again today, here, due to Haruki Murakami's book "1Q84" where the protagonist goes around asking everyone he meets what their first memory was. The author was aptly reminded to me by one of +Thomas Morffew's earlier posts.

    Please, if this memory was something harrowing then I recommend NOT sharing it on such a public forum. I'm not being rude. Its just, some things are best not discussed with strangers. Close friends & family would be a much better option.

    #memorylane #childhoodmemories #firstmemory #murakami
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  • Rod Dunne2012-07-25 22:02:17
    The art of the politician's kiss

    The writers at the Guardian can really hit the funny bone... the caption on this pic reads:

    Sam Cam: "OMG! If David gets to kiss her that means I get to kiss … OMG, OMG! Just try and stay cool, Sammy girl! Stay cool!"

    The other 7 pics in the series are class too.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/shortcuts/gallery/2012/jul/25/psychology-davidcameron#/?picture=393605113&index=2
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  • Rod Dunne2013-06-07 18:08:36
    Just me, or does every White House initiative now look like a snoopers charter?
    #nsa #prism #spyingfromcradletograve
    https://twitter.com/whitehouse/status/342720617952460801
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  • Rod Dunne2013-04-06 12:36:54
    Crossing the Rubicon...
    3 quotes happened across my transom all about BOUNDARIES _ in the space of 60 mins._

    #kismet #boundaries #crossingtheline  
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-12 21:21:29
    Project Management Interest Circle

    Following my call to arms post a few week back (http://goo.gl/sLfHz) I can now re-share out a small circle focused around Project Management & PMO interests.

    Rather than just restrict it to anyone in PM/PMO/Scrum roles it seemed fair to open this to anyone with an interest in project management, or who use the methodologies within their roles.

    We're up to having a tidy group of 26. I'm up for engaging on any academic nature of our work, ways to improve process, and so on.

    As I said in the post, this is irrespective of methodology as we all have our favorites and each approach have benefits.

    I'll periodically share this out again as more interested parties come forward.

    Cheers, +Rod Dunne
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  • Rod Dunne2012-02-27 10:18:55
    Please, please, please...
    please update your profile pic if you've left it just as the default blue thingy.

    I'm chuffed to bits that folk circle me but it gets so impersonal to see my 'added to' emails and 40 - 50% of the profile pics are blueheads.

    I know some folk are concerned over privacy, are camera-shy or feel they don't look good in pictures.. Well take a look at my profile pic!!! Hairy potato head might sum me up ;) The perfect face for radio ;;)

    So c'mon - do one thing today and update your profile pic for me :)

    EDIT: As +Eileen O'Duffy pointed out in the comments-- this seems to be a bug with the email notifications not showing the profile pic. I'm seeing only 10% of the 'blueheads' are using the default pic... the remainder have personalized pics. My mistake
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  • Rod Dunne2012-02-23 17:41:03
    Monet Inspired Music

    Credits:
    Written, performed, and produced by +Patrick Sharpe & +Rod Dunne
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  • Rod Dunne2012-06-08 10:21:10
    Experience Autism through Carly's Eyes
    Words from Carly Fleischmann:

    So today is the wrap party for Carlyscafe.com and my dream and my wish is that today the world gets to experience Autism through my eyes. I have never asked this before but I think that social media can connect with the world unlike any other medium. This is Why I am asking for your help to turn social media into autism media for tonight. I need everyone to share Carlyscafe.com on any social media that you have.

    For tonight autism should be a buzz word not a word that people dont want to talk about. You and I are all the same and tonight we are going to do something so amazing that everyone is going to talk about it tomorrow. We are going to re tweet this, share it and post it on every social media site and even get the attention of reporters stars and politicians.

    A wise man once told me that life is about understanding but how can we understand some thing when we don't talk about it. 
    Tonight we talk about it. Tonight we share it. Tonight we start something amazing. 

    Tonight we see autism @ Carlyscafe.com
    http://carlyscafe.com/
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-12 21:58:15
    RESHARE:
    Fable | The Cat And The Pepper
    by Rod Dunne from my blog http://squidinky.com/fable-the-cat-and-the-pepper

    Chinese fable commonly attributed (wrongly?) to Chairman Mao

    The Grandmaster summoned two of his advisers to help with an important issue. Two gentlemen arrived in his quarters and asked how they could help.

    The Grandmaster looked around and made eye contact sternly to evaluate the mood of the room. His reputation for being surly and inpatient with subordinates was widely known so all those in his presence walked on egg shells throughout their days.

    “How would you get a cat to eat pepper?”, he bluntly blurted. The two advisers looked bemused but cautious as to what the Grandmaster meant. Perhaps it was a ploy. He was prone to asking such questions to evaluate appointees.

    The first advisor stepped forward and looked to the Grandmaster. “Simply, by holding down the cat by one person and forcing pepper into its mouth by another”, he proudly declared. The Grandmaster’s frown grew deeper.

    “Brute force will get the job done but create an enemy which will someday come back to challenge you”, the Grandmaster said.

    The second advisor stepped forward, thinking he now understood what the meaning of the question was and how to provide an answer the Grandmaster wanted.

    “Grandmaster, I would starve the cat for several days then place the pepper inside a juicy piece of meat. The cat would be so famished it would eat the morsel without chewing and swallow it whole”, the second advisor confidently declared.

    “No. No. No! Such deception would still court anger and feelings of revenge for the cat”, the Grandmaster shouted.

    “So how would you proceed, Grandmaster”, the advisor asked.

    “Simple. By rubbing the pepper on the cat’s behind. It’s natural instinct once the pepper started burning would be to lick the pepper off. And it would be happy for the opportunity of doing so”.

    Interpretation

    Manipulation of persons and people can be done in many ways. Using direct brute force or deceit will only foster hatred by your adversary and the risk of revenge.

    The key to manipulation is making the target think they have control over their actions, and are in a better situation for enacting the choices they make.

    Application

    Politics: How many times have governments feinted with some large scale policy/war that adversely affects citizens in order to sneak in stealth taxes or other lesser demands. The larger policy is never intended to succeed (if it does, all the better). The public get to feel good that they have manipulated the government while not realizing the smaller policy/tax was the politicians main goal.

    Society: Whether in the workplace or in relationships, applying brute force to coerce others rarely works. It simply feeds feelings of rebellion. Planning circumstances which leads others to make decisions that are aligned to your own goals can better achieve this and the target the feeling empowered.
    Yours, Rod

    P.S. No cats were harmed during the making of this fable.

    P.P.S. Nor is this tale intended to incite cat-related manipulation or coercion. Be good to your cat.

    Reshared text:
    1 In case you hadn't noticed.
    2 I've spent a chunk of the day testing the bounds on Google+
    3 Seeing how far I can stretch its bounds. Its only natural
    4 I do like pics and contribute many myself
    5 But I'm more into words... lots of them
    6 So I've been trying to work out how to get as many of my words..
    7 Onto G+ real estate as possible following the changes
    8 The solution for now >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    - Your first post displays un-expanded with only 8 lines of text
    - However when reshared the text limit is larger. I've not worked that out yet... but guess what the shared post I'm doing {'Fable | The Cat And The Pepper'} is the test :)

    So scribblers, ranters, ravers, raconteurs and writers... For maximum screen space of your text post it in a reshare
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-21 11:00:16
    RESHARE:
    Google+ is a Digital Woodstock!
    Not my words --- but I wish I'd thought of it :). Great post from +Ricardo Nuno Silva about the inherent joy of G+

    Reshared text:
    From where I stand... Google+ is my digital Woodstock

    It just dawned on me (yes, I'm new here)... What I've been feeling here in G+ for the last couple of months is a mix of energy, enthusiasm, fresh air, informality and courteousness like I've never seen anywhere online since the advent of the web in the 90's.

    Maybe it's because...
    ... everyone has a name and a reputation attached
    ... sharing and appraisal mechanisms are the core of the system
    ... easy tracking allows to monitor and gauge each other reactions
    ... there's little friction following and unfollowing people, and
    ... there's also self-control by 1-click reporting of misbehaviors

    I suppose this is kinda Woodstock back in 1969: great party, music to reach the stars (knowledge is the "music" in G+), nice and groovy people, love in the air (among other substances ;) and an overall great "user experience" of being, sharing and networking!

    And yes, I also noticed the less glamorous stuff: the anxiety of sharing real-time stuff (the Twitter syndrome), the race to gather followers, the obsession with circling.

    But I think time will bring balance... I hope... before people start burning-out ;)

    All in all, for me, the combination of tools and collective behavior of plussers is (for the time being) a truly unique mix.
    Yup, this "ghost town" is very much enjoyable ;-)

    #googleplus #woodstock #ghosttown
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  • Rod Dunne2012-07-24 10:02:58
    This just blew my mind - Intravenous Injectable Foam Oxygen

    I really feel a Homer Simpson moment coming on... you know. 
    "What the heck am I doing breathing all this oxygen when I could just inject some in."

    Seriously though - It has some major applications if it gets past prototype.
    - Providing oxygen to those who are chocking/drowning/trapped underground in confined spaces.

    http://www.springwise.com/health_wellbeing/injectable-foam-delivers-oxygen-intravenously/
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-12 10:30:42
    Crowdsourced Lyrics: The Whitespace Rap

    As a wee test of engagement on G+ with its funky new design, lets see if we can't crowdsource the most cliched, pun-driven rap we can. In fact, you know what... its a new rap offshoot we'll call GRAP.

    I'll get the ball rolling with the first line:

    Yo wave yo hands in the mother plussing air, an wave them mothers plussers like ya just don't care

    Who's up? Add a line or two then give a 'holla' to your homies you'd like to see add to it.

    Prompted by MC #whitespace himself (nee +Mark Traphagen ) MC G (nee +martin shervington) and MC ROFLMAO (nee +Lee Smallwood ) over at da club > http://goo.gl/REqsA
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  • Rod Dunne2013-06-25 20:16:32
    Happy 110th Birthday to George Orwell
    Sadly '1984' was meant to be a dystopian critique, not a blueprint.

    Oddly not celebrated by a Google (Inc.) Doodle today... woulda been a bit hypocritical I guess.

    Pic: https://www.facebook.com/GeorgeOrwellAuthor
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-11 14:59:48
    Social Media for Time Travelers
    A guest post by H.G.Wells from 1912
    http://squidinky.com/social-media-for-time-travelers

    #googleplustips #humor #timetravel #hgwells
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-10 08:20:18
    RESHARE:
    Understanding Autism, and giving hope to familys with autistic children.
    Incredible story.
    Via +Chris Robinson

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    This is a remarkable video of a young autistic girl who learns to communicate. It would definitely be interesting to read her blog. Here's her facebook page: http://goo.gl/wl1NI.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-31 12:03:58
    The need for reframers in Innovation environments

    A great piece by +Haydn Shaughnessy on a key role in innovation - that of the Reframer. It ties in nicely with some of the integrative thinking techniques that author Roger Martin deals with ('The Opposable Mind').
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  • Rod Dunne2012-02-02 09:00:44
    Happy 130th Birthday to James Joyce - Feb 2nd 2012

    For those here in Ireland, the Irish Times have a supplement to celebrate his life & literary work.
    And for those who've not read his books... Start with Dubliners before attempting climbing the north face of Ulysses ;§)>

    [EDIT: Just spotted on a seperate thread by +Susan Broe that Ulysses is now part of an iTunes classics collection by +Ideal Binary - linky link to it on iTunes bit.ly/tw_classic ]
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  • Rod Dunne2012-08-20 20:29:15
    More #nightmusic - Ryuichi Sakamoto - 'Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence'
    Solo piano performance
    This is just beyond beautiful.
    On the technical side theres all sorts of jazzy 4ths (?) and 7ths in the chords  as each chorus is played.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-09 08:05:42
    Project Management Interest Circle

    Following my call to arms post a few week back (http://goo.gl/sLfHz) I can now re-share out a small circle focused around Project Management & PMO interests.

    Rather than just restrict it to anyone in PM/PMO/Scrum roles it seemed fair to open this to anyone with an interest in project management, or who use the methodologies within their roles.

    We're up to having a tidy group of 26. I'm up for engaging on any academic nature of our work, ways to improve process, and so on.

    As I said in the post, this is irrespective of methodology as we all have our favorites and each approach have benefits. As one Managing Director said to me before "_I don't care which methodology use Rod, as long as you settle on properly using one alone_"

    I'll periodically share this out again as more interested parties come forward.

    Cheers, +Rod Dunne
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-03 10:09:42
    Whats Your Guilty Pleasure?

    Something you enjoy (keep it clean folks) but feel guilty about doing or letting others know about.

    This is where the healing/ intervention/ exorcism process can begin ;§)>
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  • Rod Dunne2012-06-01 11:16:51
    Thought for the day: Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
    Its an old quote but i like it.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-02-13 10:58:16
    Tool recommendation: Trello - organising tasks with collaborators, or your own to-dos
    #taskscheduling #todolist #projectmanagement

    Over the years I've collaborated within many teams and the bug bear has always been organizing tasks in some central system, making the work list visible to all and keeping people honest accountable for work they commit to doing.

    Tried MS Project, Basecamp, JIRA, Greenhopper, ... etc. And have oftern reverted back to old school spreadsheets (maintained in Google docs) to get the most flexibility I'm looking for. If I'm on co-located teams then whiteboards are the go... but most teams these days I'm on aren't even in the same continent!

    So I've found this online tool - Trello.com - and am loving it. I'm using it to organise personal tasks and just starting to roll out to dispersed teams. Whats more its free.

    Yes. Theres heaps of tools like this. Its just a buzz to find tools that do well what should be simple functionality :)

    FYI: I'm not affiliated with these guys.. Just felt compelled to get quality s/w makers like these some kudos
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  • Rod Dunne2012-10-15 21:14:28
    Redux of the old John Glenn gag... ;)

    If we'd worn the masks it would have been exactly like this > The Simpsons - Dr. Zaius [Planet Of the Apes]
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-21 23:03:46
    G+ Circle Management Made Easy

    1: Please watch the 30-Second Bunnies version of Jaws below.

    2: If you fail to laugh then please add yourself to (a) my 'Dead to Me' circle or alternatively (b) to my 'Time Travelling Series-800 Cyborg with Emotion Chip Removed' circle.

    Apol #1: Busy with work & writing so this is all I can muster for Googlopolis - I'll be back!
    Apol #2: The 30-sec Bunnies are ancient.... but damn it they are golden.
    Apol #3: You're gonna need a bigger boat.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-12-07 21:26:29
    Wave bye bye to free Google Apps.. for Business

    How long before email/drive/other storage heavy apps get a price tag?
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  • Rod Dunne2012-12-09 21:18:37
    Tonight, I shall be mostly watching - The Third Man - on DVD.

    Written by Graham Green. Welles is killer diller though is only in it for a few minutes (great writing, everyone talking about Harry Lime the whole time building tension).

    Also features Joseph Cotten as the grumpiest man alive.

    Remember the zither music? Do- pee- doo- pee- do, p- do- pee- doo- pee- do, ba- do- pee- doo- pee- do- bee- doooooo...

    And sure what did 500 years of democracy and peace produce for the Swiss?

    ba- do- pee- doo- pee- do- bee- doooooo...
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-31 15:26:04
    Some wild skankin going on :C) 1st wave dancehall days. Makes ye wanna be there and jump in the fun.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-06-12 09:21:26
    BRILLIANT evening at the +Propellerhead Producer Conference Dublin yesterday. Well worth getting along to these.

    Props to Gary Bromham and James Bernard for some great presentations.

    Highlights for me:

    - JB's One block approach to tunes in Reason
    - JB's multiple hat approach to creation/mix/mastering
    - JB's whistle-stop tour of Reason 6.5... Polar is a standout and can't wait to get my mitts on EtchRed

    - GB's mixing overview incl (a) start a mix with master bus comp enabled (b) using racks for grouping visually instruments/fx (c) the proprogressive Q (d) dup'ing bass to give the hi end some scream/UN16 (e) master bus config base setting recommendations
    - GB's mastering setup with dual compressors

    .. have a notebook full of great suggestions ready to start mangling my tunes to the max ;c)

    Don't think it was recorded for uploading, but if possible it'd be great if the London show could be recorded as the advise was absolute gold!

    Ping: +Patrick Sharpe You would have LOVED the mix/mastering section with Gary... superb info and tips that are all highly applicable. Gary does a similar Mixing masterclass at: Reason 6 Mixing Masterclass mit Gary Bromham (Englisch)
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  • Rod Dunne2012-07-14 12:36:50
    RESHARE:
    What the man says... +1 :C)

    Reshared text:
    If this does not make you smile then there is no light behind your eyes ;-)
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  • Rod Dunne2012-05-10 10:36:17
    Smorgasbord of 30 great posts on G+

    Some of these were in my 5@5 lists at the start of the year, but that page/idea never took off so this list is just to put it out there, complete, with all the goodies I found

    1 Neuroscience The role of visual processing in neuroscience Andrej Karpathy https://plus.google.com/100209651993563042175/posts/RpmWaYgQvHv

    2 Art Making Magic... erm, Paint: Yellow Series Abigail Markov https://plus.google.com/115029186078239273995/posts/5aqLUQTi3d4

    3 Music Songwriting Tips: Don’t Let Perfection Kill Your “Perfect” Song (part 1 of 8) Greg Kocis https://plus.google.com/111899272101870509760/posts/7uqrpHeTc67

    4 SEO Google+: Destroying SEO and Why That’s a Good Thing Jon Cilley https://plus.google.com/111375948281096990867/posts/E5WkVDnaGdA

    5 Health People Need Oil Changes Too Marie Meservy https://plus.google.com/109609033365821520549/posts/frXHzNo8KpD

    6 Astronomy NASA Celebrates 50 Years of Americans in Orbit Jason Rhian https://plus.google.com/115508351532350603485/posts/abtd3HeiY6z

    7 Food Sweet Thai Chili Marinade Liz Lui https://plus.google.com/114208209189461132868/posts/ga7gu1mFuHD

    8 Dance Tijeras, Argentine Tango Brett Long https://plus.google.com/109234384849465502427/posts/8up2DuVbL1B

    9 Politics Bacchus or Back-us? Conservatism, Hypocrisy & Taxation—US and UK Colin Lucas-Mudd https://plus.google.com/100324134371388101482/posts/23Eh2aU8rFT

    10 Writing Writing Tip: Number vs. Amount Amanda Patterson https://plus.google.com/103636214904400746295/posts/KVmGJjxPpyV

    11 Comedy Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen. Dartanion London https://plus.google.com/105849067982327218754/posts/UWbjtyamZgH

    12 Copywriting Dear Freelance Writer: Remember You're Running a Business...Or at Least You Should Be Joshua Monen https://plus.google.com/109442862262900171091/posts/BeuTzBe6Brx

    13 Photography 360º - The Art of Framing Sassi Sassmannshausen https://plus.google.com/110784099379805584044/posts/gMYx9SUrqkT

    14 Fashion We are just paying for the label Amit Anand https://plus.google.com/117670476597177414362/posts/cyMbm9N9wof

    15 Travel "The Crush" - A travel romance Jeremy Branham https://plus.google.com/102450352305115433979/posts/PMSb6ZM79UV

    16 Investor relations Stop Making Excuses! Social Media IS Investor Relations Serena Ehrlich https://plus.google.com/112198627258727043899/posts/efqVM9radGy

    17 Pilates Pilates on the foam roller, a quick series of 5 exercises Lisa Johnson https://plus.google.com/100573313303107965390/posts/Auy51GGjkGk

    18 Films Things Learned in Monochrome #120: Knock the Opening Scene Out of the Park. Ryan Dunlap https://plus.google.com/109982584584852213935/posts/9dXsHPQ82kY

    19 Social Business/Strategy The realistic pace of change Peter Kim https://plus.google.com/113227252986293896064/posts/FPkezxNzwum

    20 Innovation Innovation in story telling Rowan Norrie https://plus.google.com/110908444150012188782/posts/axpWVA2od99

    21 Animals Scamp, a former stray dog, saved the lives of six kittens izzi cornelissen https://plus.google.com/113139375288791617641/posts/Tw7AbYrqzzg

    22 Fitness Kettlebell Therapy: Spine Wellness, Physio-Style (Part 2) Dr. Ben Fung, PT, DPT https://plus.google.com/101126379769662945506/posts/Ppg5YgB6eaM

    23 Finance Bootstrapping a Business Mike Southon https://plus.google.com/100537640715301759863/posts/hDP7MJ2Qmca

    24 Design Very cool visualization on users activity on G+ Cinthya Yukari Urasaki https://plus.google.com/109280758276914754699/posts/gLBFHintcMM

    25 Music Production Live remixing (DJs will get it) Monika MHz https://plus.google.com/101390634499212890400/posts/ExqPgz3puRD

    26 Journalism/Political Science Polisci in the Kansas Media Mark Brandt https://plus.google.com/101829990343558867698/posts/gCbPXHfNvdA

    27 Project Management Long, boring meetings are a waste of time and create stress at work Project Management by Lise Halskov https://plus.google.com/113307840205986434475/posts/G5Awej7rJTq

    28 Marketing How Companies Learn Your Secrets Ward Plunet https://plus.google.com/115785601687445616629/posts/T9ssUaGwydN

    29 Public Relations Tebow Mania Teaches Eight Timely PR Lessons Laney Cohen https://plus.google.com/107556263402046419201/posts/PHbDhhtzoRS

    30 Health End of Life Issues are partisan issues in politics Gary Levin https://plus.google.com/114503806689722509896/posts/b4BG6QhNKFr

    ENJOY!!! +1 & share
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-26 09:21:44
    Does the phrase proto social rapport mean anything to you?

    I'm writing about it and wondering all of a sudden if maybe I'm going too far off-piste with some of my ideas :C)

    #protosocialrapport
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  • Rod Dunne2012-11-04 15:35:37
    Great-great Grandpa Dunnes arrest mugshot in 1864 #NYC .
    http://c.bbca.me/5m2f

    Great-great grandpa Dunne was a gentleman & a scholar, running the numbers, and the rackets on the side. He did the Big Con up in Indiana for the mobsters, grifting the old-timey widows out of their millions so had to dress smart.

    #backintimemugshot  
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  • Rod Dunne2012-02-07 10:03:48
    So much for the clean interface for Facebook on mobile. Ads to be on moby's within weeks.

    Next question is
    - Where are they going to place the ads in Mobile?
    - How obtrusive are they going to be?
    - Is this the downside for getting IPO? The need to make profits for shareholders
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  • Rod Dunne2012-11-02 15:17:12
    Ripley-tastic
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  • Rod Dunne2013-06-19 13:02:14
    Fact!
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-09 15:28:13
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    Why has no-one thought of this before???? it seems so fundamental.
    Venture capitalists take note as this is gonna be big in 2012

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    An Absolute Genius Of An Idea

    So simple and yet so true

    This totally amazing website shows you in one incredibly easy way how to start thinking for yourself:

    http://howtothinkforyourself.co.uk/

    If you find it useful please do pass it on
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  • Rod Dunne2012-08-26 22:25:16
    Testing the theory which says the equation for maximum viral-icity (MV) is

    MV = ((cG + Q) ^ b)/R

    where
    - cG = confirmed genius
    - Q = quotation; smarter the better; needs explaining to others => best of all
    - b = buns (real or painted on vase).
    - R = Relativity (to computers/internet/geekology)
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  • Rod Dunne2012-10-21 10:44:29
    Great story for a Sunday - Irish surfing champion invades Iran... Oh okey, she's there to promote surfing with the Iranian women. Major kudos to her for surfing in that heat, in a hijab, in a stretch of water I wouldn't feel confident goin through on a boat.

    Really great spirit to doing this too:
    "I've seen a lot of newcomers fall in love with surfing and I hope to be back in Iran next year getting a few of those women I met out on a board for the first time. That would be something to get them out frolicking in the ocean, with all the freedom of the sea to enjoy."

    #surfing #iran #empowerment #reclaimsport  
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  • Rod Dunne2012-03-08 09:55:06
    RESHARE:
    If Google+ Was a Car Then CIRCLES are the Engine!

    Put it this way. Adding circles, sharing circles and curating circles is the primary way for you & me to expand into the web of plussers, ideas and interest networks (props +Gideon Rosenblatt).

    Who's putting petrol/gas into the G+ car? Today its +Shamil Weerakoon who has curated a killer-diller list of top quality circles - one list to rule them all ;)

    Lovin it.

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    TOP SHARED CIRCLES ~~ Curated by +Shamil Weerakoon.
    "I don't always share circles, but when I do, I make a list of the best ones." ~ Gabriel Vasile

    ** View on Full Screen for better and easy reading.

    00. The Google+ Suggested User List - by Google
    https://plus.google.com/getstarted/follow

    01. Out of the box into a circle by +Max Huijgen
    https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/TRozRwKLEkz

    02. 10000 Photographers by +Robert SKREINER
    https://plus.google.com/117000139571713536948/posts/S1RDgE5MUXm

    03. B & W Photographers by +David Bowden
    https://plus.google.com/112022983294967948367/posts/7636HuJ3HPJ

    04. Must followers for Newbies by +Amanda Blain
    https://plus.google.com/107982618909749811163/posts/abM2sjCLqKx

    05. Google+ Interaction Circle by +Peter G McDermott
    https://plus.google.com/108541235642523883716/posts/TAW7sAi5wts

    06. Google+ Mentors by +Lee Smallwood
    https://plus.google.com/100034828195835575273/posts/SemZTYEKsn2

    07. Artists by +Charles Lupica
    https://plus.google.com/103236949470535942612/posts/7sRQwRe6SQi

    08. Google+ Gamers and News Circle by +Joe Martinez
    https://plus.google.com/106382433884876652170/posts/HRCHpzMtG22

    09. People who has not been recognized enough on G+ yet by +Sean Cowen
    https://plus.google.com/103333429938529668020/posts/TUNP5tCWqwy

    10. Top Google+ Tips Posters by +Mark Traphagen
    https://plus.google.com/107022061436866576067/posts/RMvS5mAN2CT

    11. Must Follow peeps on Google+ by +rahul roy
    https://plus.google.com/109008933900993103361/posts/SfZtYk8SkS5

    12. Top Gplussers who deserves more followers by +rahul roy
    https://plus.google.com/109008933900993103361/posts/9ZJme9vfi7T

    13. Your Recommendations Circle by +Mike Shaw
    https://plus.google.com/102518365620075109973/posts/9he73o8e6FS

    14. Google+ Users the Community Couldn't Live Without by +Dan Leveille
    https://plus.google.com/101269616518480136760/posts/iKpWK1DgAof

    15. Google+ Goodness Circle by +Jaana Nyström
    https://plus.google.com/107742059751171695340/posts/3qnGysx8wCC

    16. Developers Circle by +Jason Calacanis
    https://plus.google.com/103716847685048716973/posts/a9fp1kyvjwm

    17. The engagers circle by +stephanie wanamaker
    https://plus.google.com/113067760031784364231/posts/WUF42yzCphn

    18. Wildlife photographers by +Adam Kumiszcza
    https://plus.google.com/104042965789095032304/posts/4dTkHb8d2kH

    19. Best of the Best Google+ People to Follow by Joe Martinez
    https://plus.google.com/106382433884876652170/posts/PtyD913YfMC

    20. Top Europeans on Google+ by +Max Huijgen
    https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1

    21. G+ers who were Featured on Best of Google+(unOfficial) by +Shamil Weerakoon
    https://plus.google.com/109471940039062886080/posts/gM59bnqibRH

    22. Google+ Mockup Artists by +Jacob Dix
    https://plus.google.com/100152754393360938972/posts/H8y8ZrbSoL8

    23. Android Circle by +Amanda Blain
    https://plus.google.com/107982618909749811163/posts/2MgYqDGupuR

    24. Start Hangingout with them by +Peter G McDermott
    https://plus.google.com/108541235642523883716/posts/1aj2gRxaNE9

    25. See the Magic of Google+ by +Amanda Blain
    https://plus.google.com/107982618909749811163/posts/abM2sjCLqKx

    UPDATE :
    26. Science circle by +Fraser Cain
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/107022061436866576067/posts/cgekE7Y1x3s

    27. We Are the Community by +Anthony Fox
    https://plus.google.com/107632017202083922980/posts/ZiCZkd9BgaW

    28. Suggested user circle by +Christopher Franko
    https://plus.google.com/105699527508121484553/posts/G3B5BaJhQ4B

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    *BEST GOOGLE+ CIRCLES EVER SHARED* by +Gabriel Vasile
    https://plus.google.com/106393478695568433143/posts/3CGaFRVrGK8

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Recommended Searches to find more Shared Circles:
    1. +CircleCount : http://www.circlecount.com/sharedcircles/
    2. Public Shared Circles : http://publiccircles.appspot.com/
    3. Google+ Shared Circles : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ao1OX3UN25EvdHRWR3lwWXQ0a0RhWnFuWml5RnJHdkE&hl=en_US

    I know I haven't included all top Circle shares.
    So, please be kind enough to suggest the other Top Shared Circles on comments with links.

    Thank You!
    #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #ddstips
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  • Rod Dunne2012-11-18 22:29:48
    Insta-shots. Digital cameras. Cameraphones. Bugger that... go old school
    How to use an Afghan box camera "kamra-e-faoree"
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  • Rod Dunne2012-04-03 20:41:04
    2 Hours of Prince & the Revolution back in 1985
    ... another of my guilty pleasures. Killer diller band. 2 hour show complete.
    Probably won't be on YouTub for long (usually gets blocked rapido).
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  • Rod Dunne2012-08-14 10:42:00
    Me & My Maps

    Part of the reason for asking about maps in fiction earlier today was due to my own map making efforts.

    I'm finishing the preliminary work on my 2nd fiction book and had to visualize for myself a settlement on some new terra firma way out in space.

    It was a fun little exercise and greatly helped me to 'design' the book. 

    However, given the positive impressions most readers have for fiction maps I'll have to transform my own doodles (below) into something more presentable.

    The pic shows 
    - Left: The topology on Erebus
    - Right: The Citadel at Senan

    My earlier post about Maps in Fiction: Good, bad, tacky?
    https://plus.google.com/100807029253466370478/posts/e5RQwSyf1EP

    #maps  
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  • Rod Dunne2012-07-31 18:18:08
    Congrats to +martin shervington - Number 1 Highly Engaging Content on +CircleCount! *

    I don't know whose bed you had to put a decapitated horses head into to scoop this Martin, but I suppose your great content coulda had something to do with it :)

    The fact that the losers (cough, cough, snigger) were for the most part big brand-y blog-y types goes to show the old saying still holds true:
    "Little mouse roar, big elephant run"... I'm paraphrasing something from Karate Kid of course.

    Scoop 2: Martin, you're Prom King with Britney at the Circlecount G+ Ball.
    Scoop 3: 'One' can drop 3 dress sizes apparently with some fangled new diet ;)

    * Don't know if this is specific to 'zones' - but its good all the same
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  • Rod Dunne2012-09-30 10:31:41
    RESHARE:
    Let's not breakdown why this is funny... just that its killing me with the smarts ;)

    Reshared text:
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  • Rod Dunne2012-10-19 12:38:55
    Finally!!! I've found the job I was born to do!!!
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  • Rod Dunne2012-08-14 08:57:58
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    So Shining was just a prequel to Good As it Gets.... Who'da thunk! %c}
    The power of editing & soundtrack... brill stuff via +M Sinclair Stevens.

    Reshared text:
    Shining
    The Shining reimagined as a family romantic comedy.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-05-17 11:50:35
    Having just spent a week tracking down & reporting those sites scraping my blog content this article goes into some ingenious ways of stopping it happen and/or making it work to your advantage.
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  • Rod Dunne2012-01-24 12:23:33
    Why “Hangouts”?

    Why did Google choose the word ‘Hangouts’ and not ‘Chat Rooms’? Or ‘Chat Room 2.0’?

    In this post I want you to don your NLP hat (neuro-linguistic programming) - I’ve got mine on - and spend far too much time pondering one single word - Hangouts.

    While I’m using some humour here to point out some elements, there is a serious point. You can be sure the Google crew thought long and hard about the choice of feature name. So, I am too. Poor brand names can kill a business, no matter how good the product is.

    <Just an FYI - Other post titles I thought of using:
    - Rebranding Chat Rooms: Hello Hangouts!
    - Revealed: The dirty reason Google don’t want you to call their Hangouts Chat Rooms. This will rock your very being to the core.
    - Hangouts: Pervs Not Welcome. Obama could rock up ye know.
    …>

    Act 1: Scene 1: Any office in downtown corporate-land

    Ok so here’s the scenario around the office coffee machine throughout the nation. Fade in to our 2 protagonistas:
    Sue: Hi Ellen. You tried out the Google+ Hangouts?
    Ellen: No Sue. Whats that? Some kind of Google sponsored lynching app?
    Sue: Nope. It allows you to video-conference online with lots of people.
    Ellen: Huh. So its a chat-room!
    Sue: No, no, no. Its much much more.
    Ellen: Still full of pervs though showing you their bits?
    Sue: <indignantly>Definitely not!!
    … and the debate goes on with neither side making ground.

    Chatroom 2.0 - The Great Rebrand

    Joking aside (for a moment). Google have done a good job rebranding Chat Rooms. Sure, the Hangouts allow you to screen-share and collaborate on Google Docs while hanging out. But, c’mon, lets face it. This is an upgrade to what chat rooms did.

    Crucially. I think the rebranding does come back to 2 things:
    - Distancing Hangouts from the seedy image Chat Rooms have.
    - Re-establishing Trust and Openness in a self-regulating free & open environment that users will willingly choose to be a part of (i.e. they don’t need to be coerced into it, or pay some membership fee*)

    _ - Yes, I realize you do need to have a G+ account.. but that’s free_

    The trust element comes in a big part because this is a Google app. Locked in with your Google+ profile. It feels more legit. Folks aren’t signing up to some third-party site pretending to be 16-year old school girls. You have to give your real name on Google+ to get in.

    _ For the record - full disclosure - I was christened Roderick Dunne but use ‘Rod’ in Google+. Shameful I know but I don’t want you thinking I’m Lord Roderick of Snodsbury. If I’m kicked off G+ for this indiscretion then I’ll miss you all immensely ;) Its been a blast. I’ll be over on MC Hammers Social network* if you need me_

    For a lot of people that are not web-savvy its still a worry putting anything personal online. I’m in IT since 1993 (so should know better) but still worry about security.

    The clue is in the word “Hangouts” - NLP hat back on.. if not already

    What does the word hangout mean to you?

    To me. It paints a picture of hanging out, lolling about with some buddies, pondering all the worlds wrongs, goofing around about some dumb thing that happened, brainstorming how we’ll be millionaires this time next year, etc.

    Its relaxed, open dialogue. Hanging out! Put some free-form jazz on, pull up a beanbag and lets improvise like a good thing!! Biddley bop!!!

    Its not a business meeting. Its not a serious conference call. Its not a chat room which has the connotation of being enclosed, within an enclosed space, surrounded by 4 walls. What happens in the chat-room, stays in the room. (though some do record it for later delectation - pervs ;) )

    Hangouts includes the word out. Now what does that conjure up for you? Out-side, out-doors, out and about in open spaces. In a word - Openness.

    NLP visor can come off now - Time for an insight

    So whats the sweet bit about the upgrade/rebrand? Well. This bit I do like. Its clever stuff. And its about the rules of engagement & operation.

    In chat rooms, they invariably had rules set down to enforce behaviours, norms, etc. For example (i hear you holler) the rules around safety and integrity. Users had to be members. Had to conform to being a specific age in some circumstances. Room owners had to warn users about the use of inappropriate language. Some even have moderators.

    The rules on Google+ Hangouts? Okey, sure there’s terms of usage you agree to by joining G+. But who of you have read them? I couldn’t even find the bloomin thing!! And have these Hangout rules been forced upon you? Nope.

    We interact in Hangouts in what appears to be a self-regulating environment. If users perceive someone is breaking the rules they can block/report them. You/me/we decide the rules of engagement and what it means to cross the line.

    But everyone has different rules & perceptions so this can change from group to group. The soundbite = Google don’t force you into accepting their vision of rules. Meaning more involvement as every person can set their own rulebook. Kudos Googlie-peeps! That’s clever.

    Whatcha reckon? The ramblings of a madman or do you think its the secret sauce and a sneak-peek behind the curtain at what the Wizard of G+ is up to?

    +1 your pref in the comments below :§)>*
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  • Rod Dunne2013-02-01 18:28:28
    Doubtful Sound - Jan 2013. Spent 2 days on a boat in this wonderful place... and this is one of the few cloudy shots I got (at daybreak). I'd show the other (sunny) shots but given the poor weather in Europe at the mo it may be rubbing it in a bit to show em :)
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  • Rod Dunne2012-02-22 12:17:44
    GMail - Dropdown for Contacts & Tasks + Showing Tasks in Full Screen

    Nice little change I've just spotted in GMail - top left.
    The GMail text has a drop down for Contacts (in page) and Tasks (popup)

    Tasks is invaluable to me so I'm always looking for it :) You can also show tasks in the full browser by going to:
    https://mail.google.com/tasks/canvas?pli=1
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  • Rod Dunne2012-12-21 18:17:11
    RESHARE:
    This has to be grounds to get these #NRA crack pots sectioned under the mental health act?

    Reshared text:
    Defiant #NRA leader rejects gun controls, asks to put police in schools

    National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre defiantly blamed violent video games and movies, the media, gun-free zones in schools and other factors during the organization’s first public statement following the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. last week. 

    Read more: http://nbcnews.to/XULBBk
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  • Rod Dunne2012-10-26 16:34:50
    Memo to Google+ developers.

    Adding a 'You May Know' link to a profile that is almost completely empty, incl no profile pic, is pointless... actually gets up my goat.

    No offense to Robert... this profile was probably recommended as I've remarked on author Robert Greenes books a few times.... dunno if its the same person (since they provided zero info).
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