Jonathan Schofield2012-02-09 11:14:11
Finding your stuff and reshares of your stuff on Google+
I've been playing with search in +Google+ a bit more. I've known for a while that you can search for things that are From you (screenshot 1).

But I've found it a bit unreliable. It doesn't always turn up things I know I've posted on a given search term.

This morning, and I can't think why I haven't tried this before, I used my G+ ID as part of a search term with From everyone selected (screenshot 2).

And lo and behold, it returns not just my posts but also all public reshares of my posts: https://plus.google.com/s/103363186582409589918

[ Update: and comments on posts in which I've posted a full URL to one of my own posts; go to plus.google.com/s/ to see the search options shown in the screenshots (thanks +the g+ resource) ]

Handy!

Put your ID in and give it a whirl (the 21 figure number in your profile URL).

#gplus #gplustips

What would be really good too is if there were a syntax for searching the date-time stamp. I haven't figured a way to do that yet, but I have some ideas for Google: plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/L9qFH4PdLpY.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-18 16:07:33
    How Google Circles interact with Streams, Incoming and more: an overview for newcomers

    Although Google Circles are really easy and intuitive to create and edit, figuring out how your own Circle decisions interact with those of everybody else's is not so obvious.

    Plenty of folks are writing their own guides to G+ [1] but, like Google's own G+ Help [2], the focus tends to be on words when visuals could be more succinct.

    So I've used Google+'s own Photo album options to put together a slideshow [3] that attempts to visualise the way Circles interact between users more clearly.

    Share freely – all feedback welcome, especially if I've got something wrong!

    ---
    Footnotes to the above

    [1] eg: +Ben Parr has written a comprehensive 4000 word Mashable guide to Google+ http://goo.gl/1qDvx.

    [2] Google's own Circles Help has a nice video intro (http://goo.gl/Hufhi) but is surprisingly text dependent from that point on.

    [3] This post is a successor to my previous flawed version last Friday! http://goo.gl/KOh7m
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-27 09:01:13
    Communication failures in the Google+ 'name' debacle need fixing fast

    What happens when:

    A. You leave your policies open to interpretation
    B. You launch a product that is a runaway success and then say nothing on your public blog about it afterwards
    C. You communicate only through the product itself, a product which has no global messaging system at present

    Yup, that's right, misinformation, distrust and paranoia step in and spread like wildfire [1].


    Blogging

    To look at http://googleblog.blogspot.com, you'd think that nothing had been happening inside G+ since they launched it nearly a month ago.

    If the 'field trial' status of G+ means they don't want to say too much on their corporate blog because it would overshadow everything else that they do, then create a dedicated blog – their audience is not just all G+ users but all potential ones as well.


    Communicating inside G+

    It's great that +Bradley Horowitz said what he did on Monday [2] but that only directly reaches people who have Circled him, or through the lens of people who share that post (who may themselves be distrustful of it).

    I mentioned yesterday [3] that G+ is poor for "friendly permalinks, findability of content, and semantic formatting and readability of lengthy posts".

    There really ought to be a mechanism for important global messages to appear prominently and then be easily dismissed. 37Signals do this pretty well in Basecamp.

    There also should be an easy means to find the Google execs with whom the buck stops, but via a list that is maintained by Google, not members of the community [4]! That should be on the blog as well.

    [1] +Alice Cabrera https://plus.google.com/u/0/100772959431098862192/posts/dzbBT43Bx3r
    [2] https://plus.google.com/113116318008017777871/posts/VJoZMS8zVqU
    [3] https://plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/Tk9c3mTK4r8
    [4] +Craig Kanalley https://plus.google.com/103399926392582289066/posts/LX4g7577DqD

    Violet Blue's article below found via +Jake Sharman and +Mark Davidson.
    PS: is Violet Blue on G+ or is she also a victim of the Pseudonym crackdown? Guess I should have looked, she is!
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-12 17:46:47
    Everyone's a noisy geek

    So, soon it won't be just us web and social media geeks here. Our other Friends will be here. And then maybe our Family, eventually. And they'll be geeks too -- in their area of expertise.

    And then there'll be less parochial discussion of the mechanics and dynamics of G+ (which I'm guilty of) and more really interesting stuff from both our professional and personal realms. We'll all have the option to post:

    1. Non-work stuff publicly
    2. Work related stuff publicly (knowledge sharing and direct and indirect marketing)
    3. Personal stuff with a limited share
    4. Work stuff with a limited share (project/deal related stuff)

    Stuff like 3 and 4 go straight to the relevant people so there'll be a high degree of receptiveness to it. But stuff like 1 and 2 is highly likely to be viewed as noise. Some will embrace the noise, some will tolerate it, but others will find it a real annoyance.

    An example of noise of type 1 that springs to mind is all the people who are pissed at +John Gruber's baseball tweets…

    "If you don't like the baseball tweets, there's a big fucking UNFOLLOW button over there." http://twitter.com/gruber/statuses/5355696463

    In theory, the noise of type 2 problem could be solved by us creating multiple Google+ personas a la Facebook Pages. But doesn't that then fragment our identities in a way that Google+ could avoid, at least for those of us who are knowledge workers striving to be 'authentic' (http://goo.gl/JHdu6)?


    Circles is a great idea but is it enough?

    Circles is clearly the G+ big idea at this point in the 'Project'. But it provides a mechanism for filtering who we are listening to not what they are saying, so it doesn't solve noise of type 1 or 2 above does it?

    All of which means we need the option of content filters not just people filters don't we, or have I missed something?


    I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-08 16:19:25
    At school today a class mate of my daughter said, evidently in all seriousness…

    Isn't France in England?

    A shame that natural curiosity is allowed to atrophy to the point that this can happen :(
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-27 09:50:07
    The promise of feed-posts in Google+
    Further clarity on my hopes for Google+, Reader and blogging

    cc +Alan Green +Vishnu Suresh
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-28 11:39:55
    Google+ noise control: Circles, Contexts and Volume
    A proposal for a Google+ 'personal mixing desk'.

    The basic premise of this is that, given the right tools, humans are better at making noise filtering decisions than machines. It needs work but I feel like I've got the basis of something worth considering here, so I'm just going to throw it out there and see where it lands. I'd love to know what you think.


    Background: going round in Circles

    If like me you've got misgivings about how useful Circles actually are, you might want to read +Brian Shaler's excellent reflections on the failings of G+ as it stands [1] – it's a long post but worth it, hopefully this is too!

    I think Circles solve one problem really well: scalable privacy (caveat: it's not entirely clear to me how reshares to extended circles [2] affect this).

    But as anyone who has spent much time here already appreciates, when it comes to content in your Stream (incoming content), Circles only affect who you are listening to, not what.

    If you are anything like me, once you've figured the full implications of this, you realise that your Circles are already a mess: the way I've categorised people is just not going to work long term. And that's a headache because I know I'm going to have to go in and completely rethink how I've set them up. In short, I have more Circles than would be necessary if there were other filters that combined with them.

    So, what other filters?

    I propose that for each person we follow there are Volume settings on a finite set of Contexts that combine with 0 or more Circles for optional privacy. Let me explain…


    A. Standardised Contexts

    I reckon most of us post stuff that falls into a small number of what I'm calling Contexts. Here are some suggestions:

    1. Personal life (family, close friends and domestic stuff)
    2. Fun (quirky, silly, entertaining stuff)
    3. Personal interests (sports, hobbies, fascinations)
    4. Professional interests (vocational focus and skills)
    5. Society (politics, culture)

    I'm assuming that everyone would have a workable shared understanding of what content is appropriate for 1, 2 and 5.

    For 3 and 4, imagine that each of us had the option to fill in a field on our Profile for personal interests and professional interests.

    Then, when each of us chooses to add a person to 1 or more Circles, we create volume settings for each of the 5 Contexts…


    B. Volume setting

    Note: I mean 'volume' here in the sense of amplitude (hence the 'mixing desk' analogy).
    Volume 0 is 'off'; volume 10 is maximum – no need for a Spinal Tap setting [3] of 11 ;)

    Here's an example…

    I follow +Robert Scoble. I don't know Robert personally but he is consistently interesting and engaging. So imagine if in choosing to follow Robert I could give him the following volume settings:

    Personal life: 0
    Fun: 2
    Personal interests: 3
    Professional interests: 7
    Society: 5

    Let's work through that…

    I'm actually really interested in most of what Robert has to say on his professional interests but I'm not going to set him at 10 for that Context because he is pretty noisy!

    The settings I give him are global for my relationship to him (the way I choose to consume his content) regardless of how many Circles I choose to put him in.

    Robert has declared his personal interests and professional interests in his Profile. I guess the field could use tags like LinkedIn's Skills [4] but it could work just as well as plain untagged prose, because we humans are pretty good at understanding intent and scope without the need for a binary classification system.

    And hey, if I feel I've misunderstood Robert's declared interests or feel that from my own perspective he has misrepresented them or misinterpreted other Contexts, I can go back and change the volume settings for him at any time, for all 5 Contexts.

    Suppose that Robert hadn't filled out his personal interests. Then my default setting for him for that Context will be 0. It's an incentive to each person filling out their Profile. If Robert subsequently fills that Context out, I get a notification so I can go and edit the volume setting for it if I wish.

    Another example…

    I have a friend (who isn't here yet) who is a Portsmouth University Librarian in their Map Department. His kids and my kids are good friends. We both read the same papers and have a similar political outlook. I might have his Contexts as follows:

    Personal life: 8
    Fun: 9
    Personal interests: 5
    Professional interests: 2
    Society: 8


    Applying it: posting stuff

    When we create a post, we choose 1 or more of the 5 Contexts it is suitable for and we:

    1. Send it out to the world as Public or
    2. Send it to 1 or more Circles

    Note that because we now have some useful content filters our Circles can be defined more clearly for their primary purpose of privacy, and are therefore likely to be fewer in number and easier to manage.


    Applying it: receiving stuff

    Here's where I haven't fully figured things out but I sense that the above can be useful and workable.

    The volume settings I have for a given person's Contexts affect the probability and/or the default manner of display of one of their posts in my Stream.

    And, along with a menu of Circles on the left as Stream filters, I also have a menu of 5 Contexts as filters.

    If you've got this far, hope this has been worth the read.
    Discuss!


    Notes

    [1] The honeymoon is over, and I'm a little nonplussed about G+ by +Brian Shaler https://plus.google.com/105741610296406100064/posts/c57jv2vk4e4
    [2] Google+ help for extended circles http://www.google.com/support/profiles/bin/static.py?page=guide.cs&guide=1257347&answer=1302427
    [3] YouTube Spinal Tap - These Go Up To 11
    [4] LinkedIn Skills http://www.linkedin.com/skills/
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-17 15:13:29
    RESHARE:
    Via +Fiona Koga

    Reshared text:
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-20 11:13:49
    Gauge what people can see of your web page without scrolling
    Just enter a URL at browsersize.googlelabs.com.

    Be sure to read ‘How Google Browser Size Works’ to understand its limitations: browsersize.googlelabs.com/static/about-browser-size.html. In particular…

    "Browser Size works best on web pages with a fixed layout aligned to the left. If the content reflows as the width is adjusted or it is centered, then the results can be misleading. In this case, you can obtain more accurate results by reducing the browser width".

    And remember, scrolling is not bad per se:

    1. thereisnopagefold.com
    2. blog.clicktale.com/2007/10/05/clicktale-scrolling-research-report-v20-part-1-visibility-and-scroll-reach/

    …it's how your content/design deals with the need to scroll that matters.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-11-04 14:46:35
    If it’s not too soon I propose a poll called…
    All I want for Google+ Christmas is…

    I'll start us off in the comments. Add your +1 to them or add your own to the wishlist or reshare and start your own list.

    [Creative Commons Santa by Dave Mott: http://www.flickr.com/photos/davemott/4257575571/]
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-07 20:19:30
    RESHARE:
    Scary stuff. Although…
    I think it may have been +Vishnu Suresh who alerted me some months ago that photos shared to Google with a limited share are not private if you know the URL.

    Can anyone confirm if that is still the case?

    Reshared text:
    This is the sort of stuff that still scares me about Facebook :(
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-24 18:25:56
    Tres Amigos: Blogger, Google+ and HTML are about to get cosier

    Lessons learned sniffing around in the source code and help forums

    Extract from my shared post…

    Inferences and speculation…

    1. Keeping It Simple, Stupid: Google+ and Blogger probably share a code base for parsing submitted user content and the rules that govern what they permit on input and produce on output are likely to stay pretty much as is for the foreseeable future (to keep things simple for the masses who don’t give a toss about semantic markup).

    2. A silver lining: Google Reader’s impending update will allow us to push RSS feeds from Blogger (and other platforms) directly to Google+, and consequently Google+ posts (but not comments) are about to be capable of being a lot richer semantically.

    Fingers crossed.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-21 09:21:51
    +Scot Hacker posted [1] the following quote from Robert A Heinlein…

    "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly."

    Which of these can you honestly say you are sure you could do with a reasonable degree of competence? Vote in the comments below or add your own commentary.

    [1] https://plus.google.com/109994087837059387993/posts/Nb76ufVX2Mq
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-17 12:07:03
    RESHARE:
    How will you do? No Googling now!

    Reshared text:
    This problem can be solved by pre-school children in 5-10 minutes, by programer - in 1 hour, by people with higher
    education ... well, check it yourself! :)
    8809=6
    7111=0
    2172=0
    6666=4
    1111=0
    3213=0
    7662=2
    9313=1
    0000=4
    2222=0
    3333=0
    5555=0
    8193=3
    8096=5
    7777=0
    9999=4
    7756=1
    6855=3
    9881=5
    5531=0
    2581=?
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-03 23:28:09
    Please fix this, Google:
    Let us reshare a reshare commentary

    Here's the scenario
    1. Someone spots a post worthy of a reshare
    2. They reshare it and add their own commentary
    3. You like their commentary so much that it's that you want to reshare yourself
    4. But you can't, because there is only an option to Share the post that they reshared in the first place (diagram 1)

    This matters because being able to reshare a commentary would encourage having something to say instead of just sharing for its own sake. And it is a much needed function if you think the commentary is better than the originating post that inspired it, especially if it takes a contrary position.

    What to do about it
    Suppose we had a commentary reshare function. If the reshare chain were fully preserved, it would probably become unmanageable pretty quickly.

    So instead, in a commentary reshare, the shared uneditable content is the commentary, plus of course a box for you to add your own further commentary (diagram 2).

    But hold you horses! Couldn't we also have permalinks back to the originating posts as well (diagram 3)?

    Any takers?
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-27 10:55:16
    +Accenture are sharing a lot of interesting stuff here on G+ -- which is good -- but a look at their posts suggests they are treating it like another feed for their news, not as a platform for engagement.

    #justsaying cc +David Blanar
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-09 11:59:33
    A date-time stamp search syntax proposal for Google+
    I'd like to be able to search Google+ within a specific date-time range. Here are some suggestions:

    indt:foo
    Where 'foo' is the date-time being searched.

    indt:"jan 2012"
    A search for a specific string in the date-time.

    indt:2012-01-01_2012-01-14
    A search for a specific date range where start and end dates are expressed in ISO 8601 format (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601).

    What say you +Google+? cc +Natalie Villalobos

    #featurerequest
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-07 18:26:40
    If you can see this public post, I'd be grateful if you can let me know.
    Why? Because it seems like my discussions with +Callum James Hackett today have tripped the Google+ content filters. And that perhaps I am temporarily(?) being blocked. Callum, I presume this has happened to you too?

    Evidently, it seems one cannot have a civil, adult discussion about the use of language without being sandboxed.

    It would be nice if Google could at least let me know. I have certainly not given offence intentionally.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-21 09:03:11
    GitHub would benefit from not making newcomers like me feel like dunces

    For those that don't know what GitHub is, here's some context in GitHub's own words…

    "Git is an extremely fast, efficient, distributed version control system ideal for the collaborative development of software."

    and…

    "GitHub is the best way to collaborate with others. Fork, send pull requests and manage all your public and private git repositories."


    GitHub is a phenomenon

    Pretty much anyone like me who delights in crafting good front end web code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) and who dabbles in server side code like PHP must at the very least be aware of GitHub's myriad repositories – more probably, they've consumed assets from them.

    People like me wear the term 'geek' as a badge of honour (even though we know we're not proper programmers), so it's insulting to your pride when you decide you want to actually start using GitHub for your own repositories, and then find the entry points almost impenetrable.

    I know I'm only GeekLite. GitHub has been built for geeks by ÜberGeeks who, it would appear, revel in using terminology that they assume doesn't need explaining.

    Go to GitHub right now in a logged out state (https://github.com) and look for the 'New to Git' introduction piece, the place where a newcomer is walked through the terminology and how these entities and actions knit together into a basic process. A place that uses diagrams to make it visual so it's really easy to make sense of for designer coders like me (or just people short on time because, hey, good visuals work for all of us: http://5by5.tv/bigwebshow/16).

    That's right, the Git intro is not there!
    (Or if it is, I'm damned if I can see it.)

    The assumption is "You're a programmer, you're one of us, we don't need to explain any of this, right?"

    The irony is that GitHub have produced a fantastic app in the form of GitHub for Mac (http://mac.github.com) that must have been designed purposefully for people like me. But…

    1. It has no presence on the front page of GitHub's root domain.

    2. The Mac app subdomain site has a Help tab that I just didn't see until too late, after I'd finally managed to get something up on GitHub.

    3. When you look at the content of http://mac.github.com/help it still assumes you understand how the whole thing works and what the terms mean. Here's an example…

    "By default, we encourage you to use the Sync Branch button. In one step, we'll bring in new changes from the remote and push any commits you haven't published yet. Behind the scenes, we do the equivalent of a git pull --rebase (but make sure to never rewrite merges)."

    Terms like repository, push, pull, sync are pretty much self explanatory and the diagrams provided help make them obvious, but if you don't understand what is meant by commit (as I thought I did but didn't) the above statement becomes opaque. (And in any case I didn't discover that whole page until too late.)


    The opportunity for GitHub

    1. I know that the good people of GitHub don't intend to make people like me feel like dunces. On the contrary, they are clearly invested in reaching out to a wider audience of GeekLites like me, but they really need to have their comms for this new audience articulated by people who don't already intimately understand the product (the classic failure of documenting technical products).

    2. They need to signpost this new offering on the main site.

    3. They need to provide clear paths for their new GeekLites to progress from the desktop app to the Terminal if they choose to. An analogy is that I started out designing web pages in Photoshop, began dabbling in Dreamweaver (when it was in its infancy), and then made the switch to crafting code by hand. Not everyone wants to make such a journey but some will be intrigued by the power that lies in the command line (especially if they listen to +Merlin Mann: http://5by5.tv/b2w), they just need their hand holding.


    An appeal to other GeekLites

    If you've had a similar experience or thoughts, please add your voice to this.

    ----
    The above is is a follow-up to my rant yesterday: https://plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/fAxt61hFbg6
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-15 09:42:30
    What happens when FREE doesn't work?

    We've all got used to getting content and services for free online in return for advertising cluttering our experience. But online display advertising is broken…

    Gerry McGovern writes:
    "The next time your ad agency trumpets its 1% conversion rate, spare a thought for the 99% you annoyed. Because they may remember you."
    http://www.gerrymcgovern.com/nt/2011/nt-2011-07-18-Measure-negative.htm

    What happens when we are free of such advertising, when the masses figure they can just use AdBlock, NoScript et al and enough of us renege on our collective Faustian pact? And what happens when advertising arrives here in G+?

    Discuss.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-12-06 13:23:51
    Destroying the web with Chrome extensions
    Last month I went to heartandsole.org.uk 2 where +Bruce Lawson of Opera gave a fantastic talk on How to Destroy the Web [1], a tongue-in-cheek list of top tips for screwing up the web for everyone.

    It strikes me that browser extensions/add-ons, and in particular Chrome extensions, are a good candidate for Bruce to add to his list…

    When the added function is a utility that in principle can be applied to any content -- eg: Readability, NoScript, AdBlock, Web Developer -- that's OK because it's giving the user a choice over how they interact with the web as a whole. But when the added function is targeted at a specific site, that's a whole different story, especially when the site owner actively promotes the extension in question [2] because it just so happens to be for a browser that they make! And this latter approach of adding domain specific functionality seems to be particularly prevalent with Chrome.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful to good people like +Mohamed Mansour and +Harry Ledley to name but 2, who are contributing Chrome extensions to change or add functionality to Google+. They have every right to, and their hard work is giving options to thousands of web users.

    I just think the overall effect is insidious, not healthy and what Bruce was obliquely telling us to beware of.

    It's also unmediated for the user, with little or no quality metrics. Install a dodgy extension and you can end up breaking your own web experience instead of enhancing it.

    That's what happened to me. When Google+ came along I made the move from Firefox to Chrome for day-to-day browsing. Over the following weeks I installed a number of extensions, only to find that Chrome was then running way slow, and I've ended up going back to Firefox.

    A Chrome extension for everything is not the way the web needs to go.

    [1] http://speakerdeck.com/u/brucel/p/how-to-destroy-the-web
    [2] https://plus.google.com/100535338638690515335/posts/6dvyk3cgisa
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-25 14:31:46
    Auto created link text could minimise Google+ link clutter
    There's a great thread that +Gabriel Vasile has started from which the attached screenshot is taken [1].

    This post is not about that thread. Instead, it’s to illustrate one of my pet G+ peeves: verbose, ugly, absolute URLs as link text (not Gabriel's fault in the screenshot as he has no realistic alternative).

    If Google will not give us Textile or some equivalent to put us in control of link text (see [2] for more), couldn't they at least auto generate link text in the same way as they do for YouTube URLs?

    One way this might work is to leverage the well established convention of using an emboldened string of text as a pseudo heading for G+ posts -- as I have done with this one.

    - If a 'heading' is present in the first line of the G+ post referenced in the URL, Google+ would use it as link text.
    - If not, Google+ would just show the full URL in plain view.

    Any takers?

    [1] https://plus.google.com/106393478695568433143/posts/Gte8UTwuxn1
    [2] http://urlyman.blogspot.com/2011/10/sign-pollution-and-google.html

    #gplus #gplusfeedback #gplusfeaturerequest
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-15 12:27:23
    In support of the G+ hashtag for topic discovery
    I'm trying to form a new habit of consistent use of #hashtags . Here's why…

    In terms of increasing one's discoverability by others, I reckon Google+ search works well enough the vast majority of the time without resorting to hashtags, if one just has the right text content in the post to start with.

    But where they really add juice is in providing a kind of 'browse' route for easy discovery of your own posts around particular topics. And that can then help people understand what makes you tick by pointing them at G+ID + topic search streams. Here's an example:

    plus.google.com/s/103363186582409589918%20%23hashtags
    That collection of hashtag related posts includes my own and also ones by others that I've commented on.

    #gplus #gplustips
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-08-09 09:22:02
    Consumerism running riot in London, watched on an old TV

    Last night I sat shaking my head at the TV as I watched people smash into Debenhams in Clapham Junction, south west London. It used to be an independent department store called Arding & Hobbs where, in 1994, my wife and I bought our first TV together.

    17 years later a lot has changed but our TV hasn't: we watched these depressing scenes on that same Philips (narrowscreen) telly that hasn't ever needed repairing.

    Back in '94 we had just come out of the recession that followed a decade of free marketeering from Reagan and Thatcher, Premier League football had only been running for 2 years, there was no widescreen telly and no flat screen technology (let alone HD or 3D), the first PlayStation console was launched, SMS was in its infancy and there was no commercial internet to speak of and no Google.

    Since then mainstream politicians of all hues have wholeheartedly embraced the free market monoculture, consumerism and the cult of celebrity has run rampant, the average premier league footballer's weekly wage has risen from around £3k to £34k, every aspect of culture has converged on the internet from commerce to mobile to gaming to social connection, and we are 4 years into a recession that only shows signs of deepening.

    There have been numerous studies about the widening wealth gap, some paint a picture of continued divergence, others show that the gap narrowed between 2000 and 2005. Some observers are citing (relative) poverty as the trigger for the riots.

    I'm sceptical about that. It's opportunism and thuggery fuelled by a frenzied desire to have stuff – because that's what it means to be 'better off' – and facilitated by instant encrypted mobile comms like Blackberry.

    We as a society are in thrall to consumer electronics and there is a disproportionate cult of it in this place. I too find the tech fascinating and seductive and my day job requires me to make stuff that works on some of it.

    I do see a lot of technology as a force for good, but it's too often overstated [1], and I can and do consciously resist the temptation to buy it. I've owned 3 mobile phones and 2 laptops in 10 years, 4 secondhand cars in 15, and 1 living room telly in 17. I'd hazard a guess that that's less than the average. And I don't feel 'worse off'.


    [1] https://plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/B8L2ibrwea5
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-12-09 09:30:37
    Hmm, ifttt.com no likey the feed from googleplusrss.nodester.com. Is this an Atom vs RSS thing, +Jeff Turner and +ifttt?

    The feed works fine in Google Reader.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-19 09:49:40
    Are G+ID based searches too flaky to rely on any more?
    I don't normally reshare my own stuff -- dodgy! -- but bear with me in this case.

    A few days ago I posted my discovery below but, as of this morning, it seems to be highly erratic. It works superbly sometimes and then not at all at others. (It wasn't flawless but more reliable before.)

    -- Does it work for you?
    -- Has Google changed something?
    -- What factors dictate when it will and won't work?

    I'd like answers because this search technique is a really useful function. It would be great if someone from Google could comment. If any of you reading this have the ear of someone at Google perhaps you can help bring it to their attention. Thanks.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-08-10 09:37:09
    Lists are top of my formatting wishlist
    (And a plea to Googlers to explain why we don't have them)

    4 weeks ago I bemoaned the lack of semantic markup options for our posts and comments [1].

    Of all the things I highlighted then, it's lists I want the most, and it surely could be straightforward to implement with a Textile [2] or Markdown [3] style parser. Wouldn't it be great if making well styled bullet pointed lists that are much easier to read could be as easy as…

    * Preceding a new line of text with an asterisk and a word space
    + Or a plus symbol and a word space
    - Or a hyphen and a word space

    Or, for numbered lists, just…

    1. Precede a new line of text with a number, period and a word space
    2. So you don't get list items that wrap to a second line or more without proper indenting like this one probably does when viewed in the Stream

    My extended semantic wishlist [1] still stands though!

    I imagine there must be good reasons to do with performance that explain why we don't have the ability to apply lists, linked text, etc in our posts and comments – and yet we do in the Introduction section of our Profile page.

    I'd really like to hear from +Joseph Smarr and/or his team on their rationale.

    cc +Natalie Villalobos.

    [1] https://plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/SSHcym8ZStP

    For those that don't know, Textile and Markdown are ways of entering simple patterns of text like the example lists shown above that then get automatically converted into HTML that can then be styled. For more detail, see:
    [2] Textile Reference Manual: http://thresholdstate.com/articles/4312/the-textile-reference-manual
    [3] Markdown syntax: http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax

    If you've emboldened or italicised words here on Google+ then you are already using their easy-to-learn principles!
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-08-10 14:10:07
    What the London riots are really about

    Two days ago I reflected [1] on the rampant consumerism that's the root cancer causing the aberrant behaviour we've seen over the past week. But today +Jake Sharman pointed me [2] at Shopocalypse Now, a blog post by Mike Freedman that articulates my perspective so much better than I can myself. Here's an extract…

    "These people have been marketed at since birth. They have been groomed in a manner more insidious than the tactics of the most hungry-eyed paedophile. Their sense of self, their very existence, has been mediated by the economy into which they have been prepped for entry.

    "From personalised ringtones to Celebrity Big Brother, every possible act of engagement or empowerment has been a commercial transaction for them. Every sub-culture becomes an economic sector. Anything they were taught was only on the syllabus because of its utility in the “knowledge economy”. Who needs to know history or facts when there’s Wikipedia? Who needs maths when there’s a calculator? Who needs handwriting and spelling when there’s Microsoft Office and spell check? Who needs music or art classes when there’s no demand in the marketplace for those skills? Or should I say skillz?

    "They have been raised as consumers, not as citizens."

    Shopocalypse Now does not excuse their behaviour but it does a pretty good job of explaining it. Read it: http://criticalmassfilm.com/blog/?p=50.

    [1] Consumerism running riot in London, watched on an old TV: https://plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/JKdCtyQwZSZ
    [2] Jake Sharman's reshare post: https://plus.google.com/107671625306995512637/posts/dLMQDv2i1f7

    Creative Commons image from Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/albaum/1678496121/in/photostream/
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-10 11:14:27
    Day 2: 30 day song challenge: least favourite song

    Just as hard as choosing a favourite song, this.

    In general, I loathe any music that samples most of another track and does barely anything new with it (there's plenty of that around), and I'm not a fan of bubblegum/sacharine pop or r'n'b with gratuitous vocal gymnastics (though there are exceptions), but then there's also a category of song that is accomplished and catchy but just makes me want to *&H$%DG! when I hear it -- my choice is one of those.

    I can't stand their phoney transatlantic accent. These guys are from Eastbourne fer feck's sake! And that hair (yeah, I know, I'm just jealous).

    #jpms30dsc
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-16 18:47:43
    G+B2B: your recommendations please
    I want a condensed guide making the case for using G+ for Business to Business, both generally, and how it wins over Facebook specifically.

    I'm more interested in posts by G+ users that pull together and link to evidence or more detail than I am in Google's own marketing pieces (I know where those are).

    What can you recommend as the best posts?
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-11 15:33:07
    What I’m cooking up with RSS as of today
    Google+ > zipl.us > ifttt.com > Twitter
    #t
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-14 08:18:26
    Day 6: 30 day song challenge: a song that reminds you of somewhere

    I used to play Ultimate a lot (it's a team sport played with a Frisbee flying disc) [1]. It ran my life for about 15 years and it was how I met my wife.

    I was good at it then but I'm not now. I still play occasionally but it's a young person's sport.

    Back in the 90s there was a team who used to run an annual weekend tournament in Chew Magna just south of Bristol in the UK.

    The Ultimate was intense but so was the Saturday night party held outdoors on the host's private land in the depths of the countryside. And in ’94 the tune that stood out was Cowgirl by Underworld (thank you Simon Moore for introducing me to it). I'm posting the live version because it evokes the party spirit better.

    Good times.

    [1] Ultimate Frisbee Highlights

    #jpms30dsc
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-08 16:05:56
    Having your web cake and eat it
    Amid all the gnashing of teeth about the Open Web in the last week between +Robert Scoble [1] , +Dave Winer [2] and +John Battelle [3], +Kingsley Idehen has been quietly explaining the virtues of WebID to me and others.

    Wouldn't it be great if we could easily…

    A. Create and control our own personal data spaces
    B. Manage Access Control Lists (ACLs) determining who can view which bits of our content

    This is the promise of WebID and the infrastructure that it will enable. As Kingsley says…

    "When the above is widespread, folks will come to understand the ‘opportunity costs’ associated with selling their personal profile and social network data at $0.00 to commercial ventures such as Facebook, Google, Apple etc."

    The implication is that new services could rise up that consume our content with our blessing but at our discretion. See webid.info for more.

    And a WebID enabled ecosystem could solve the problem I posted on earlier today: why your private images aren't really private: plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/SxQAnv1zkBk

    As Esther Dyson counsels, where we are now need not be where we are headed [4].

    [1] Robert Scoble: scobleizer.com/2012/02/04/its-too-late-for-dave-winer-and-john-battelle-to-save-the-common-web/
    [2] Dave Winer: scripting.com/stories/2012/02/03/iDontLoveGoogleBut.html
    webid.info
    [3] John Battelle: battellemedia.com/archives/2012/02/its-not-whether-googles-threatened-its-asking-ourselves-what-commons-do-we-wish-for.php
    [4] Esther Dyson: techpresident.com/news/21730/open-web-doomed-open-your-eyes-and-relax
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-22 15:35:36
    Day 14: a song that no one would expect me to love

    This is a weird category. It implies you're deaf, or have no friends or loved ones who know what you like, or only have narrow musical tastes. I'm glad none of that applies to me. So I'm just going to choose something that isn't from the mainstream of commercial music.

    I loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a boy and renewed my fondness for it as each of my kids discovered it when they were younger. The stand-out moment is Lionel Jeffries as Grandpa Potts getting a dunking as he's hauled off by Baron Bombhurst, but despite it all, singing the praises of the travelling life…

    Port Out Starboard Home, POSH with a capital P.O.S.H., POSH.

    The song has added significance for me for a few reasons:

    1. Because Lionel Jeffries's performance reminds me of my dad's military bearing.

    2. Because my mum spent WWII in India as a young girl. Her father was an officer in the Gurkhas and stationed out in what is now Pakistan. With her sister and mother, my mum travelled out by boat to be with him when war broke out. And they went port out, lived out some of the final days of the British Raj, and then came back starboard home.

    My grandmother was apparently something of a relic of the Raj. My dad always said she had something of a memsahib complex though I was too young to understand such things when she was alive. I'm fascinated and intrigued by that world I'm descended from but glad the days of the British Empire are over and that we have different sensibilities now.

    3. I spend my professional life immersed in the world of Plain Old Semantic HTML (though I agree with those who point out that using the acronym POSH in that way is tautological -- as one of the main design goals of HTML is to be semantic ).

    #jpms30dsc #30daysongchallenge
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-12 10:49:56
    The general lack of scope for semantic markup in G+ posts and comments is bugging the hell out of me

    Things we don't have include:

    * Titles (primary heading and title tag: everything is 'Post by [Name]')
    * Linked text (let's litter the stream with strings like https://plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/SSHcym8ZStP [that's this post BTW])
    * Blockquotes (or quotes)
    * Paragraphs (ooh, look at all those double <br> tags)
    * Subheadings
    * Lists (you know, like this one)
    * Basic and strong emphasis ( b and i are subtly but importantly different)
    * Inline embedded media

    It seems you can have all these things and more if your RSS feed gets picked up in G+ from Google Reader -- see this example (and the comments I and +Esther Gons added to it): https://plus.google.com/115873385623873825711/posts/MK4dMZ1YcFb

    What we do have:

    * bold
    * italic
    * strikethrough
    * Attached embedded media (see below ↓ shame it can't appear up top if I want it to)

    There, said it.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-24 20:44:16
    RESHARE:
    101 useful sites: cripes, this is going to ruin my productivity (evaluating it)… and then improve it.

    via +Arun Shroff

    Reshared text:
    I just ♥♥♥♥ this list and the great comments that I get from everyone who uses it...
    The sites mentioned below, well most of them, solve at least one problem really well and they all have simple web addresses (URLs) that you can easily learn by heart thus saving you a trip to Google.
    01. screenr.com – record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube.
    02. bounceapp.com – for capturing full length screenshots of web pages.
    03. goo.gl – shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes.
    04. untiny.me – find the original URLs that’s hiding behind a short URLs.
    05. localti.me – know more than just the local time of a city
    06. copypastecharacter.com – copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard.
    07. topsy.com – a better search engine for twitter.
    08. fb.me/AppStore – search iOS app without launching iTunes.
    09. iconfinder.com – the best place to find icons of all sizes.
    10. office.com – download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents.
    11. woorank.com – everything you wanted to know about a website.
    12. virustotal.com – scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses.
    13. wolframalpha.com – gets answers directly without searching – see more wolfram tips.
    14. printwhatyoulike.com – print web pages without the clutter.
    15. joliprint.com – reformats news articles and blog content as a newspaper.
    16. isnsfw.com – when you wish to share a NSFW page but with a warning.
    17. e.ggtimer.com – a simple online timer for your daily needs.
    18. coralcdn.org – if a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN.
    19. random.org – pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.
    20. mywot.com – check the trust level of any website – example.
    21. viewer.zoho.com – Preview PDFs and Presentations directly in the browser.
    22. tubemogul.com – simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other video sites.
    23. truveo.com – the best place for searching web videos.
    24. scr.im – share you email address online without worrying about spam.
    25. spypig.com – now get read receipts for your email.
    26. sizeasy.com – visualize and compare the size of any product.
    27. whatfontis.com – quickly determine the font name from an image.
    28. fontsquirrel.com – a good collection of fonts – free for personal and commercial use.
    29. regex.info – find data hidden in your photographs – see more EXIF tools.
    30. tineye.com – this is like an online version of Google Googles.
    31. iwantmyname.com – helps you search domains across all TLDs.
    32. tabbloid.com – your favorite blogs delivered as PDFs.
    33. join.me – share you screen with anyone over the web.
    34. onlineocr.net – recognize text from scanned PDFs and images – see other OCR tools.
    35. flightstats.com – Track flight status at airports worldwide.
    36. wetransfer.com – for sharing really big files online.
    37. pastebin.com – a temporary online clipboard for your text and code snippets.
    38. polishmywriting.com – check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.
    39. awesomehighlighter.com – easily highlight the important parts of a web page.
    40. typewith.me – work on the same document with multiple people.
    41. whichdateworks.com – planning an event? find a date that works for all.
    42. everytimezone.com – a less confusing view of the world time zones.
    43. warrick.cs.odu.edu – you’ll need this when your bookmarked web pages are deleted.
    44. gtmetrix.com – the perfect tool for measuring your site performance online.
    45. imo.im – chat with your buddies on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, etc. from one place.
    46. translate.google.com – translate web pages, PDFs and Office documents.
    47. youtube.com/leanback – enjoy a never ending stream of YouTube videos in full-screen.
    48. similarsites.com – discover new sites that are similar to what you like already.
    49. wordle.net – quick summarize long pieces of text with tag clouds.
    50. bubbl.us – create mind-maps, brainstorm ideas in the browser.
    51. kuler.adobe.com – get color ideas, also extract colors from photographs.
    52. followupthen.com – setup quick reminders via email itself.
    53. lmgtfy.com – when your friends are too lazy to use Google on their own.
    54. tempalias.com – generate temporary email aliases, better than disposable email.
    55. pdfescape.com – lets you can quickly edit PDFs in the browser itself.
    56. faxzero.com – send an online fax for free – see more fax services.
    57. feedmyinbox.com – get RSS feeds as an email newsletter.
    58. isendr.com – transfer files without uploading to a server.
    59. tinychat.com – setup a private chat room in micro-seconds.
    60. privnote.com – create text notes that will self-destruct after being read.
    61. flightaware.com – live flight tracking service for airports worldwide.
    62. boxoh.com – track the status of any shipment on Google Maps – alternative.
    63. chipin.com – when you need to raise funds online for an event or a cause.
    64. downforeveryoneorjustme.com – find if your favorite website is offline or not?
    65. example.com – this website can be used as an example in documentation.
    66. whoishostingthis.com – find the web host of any website.
    67. google.com/history – found something on Google but can’t remember it now?
    68. errorlevelanalysis.com – find whether a photo is real or a photoshopped one.
    69. google.com/dictionary – get word meanings, pronunciations and usage examples.
    70. urbandictionary.com – find definitions of slangs and informal words.
    71. seatguru.com – consult this site before choosing a seat for your next flight.
    72. sxc.hu – download stock images absolutely free.
    73. zoom.it – view very high-resolution images in your browser without scrolling.
    74. wobzip.org – unzip your compressed files online.
    75. vocaroo.com – record your voice with a click.
    76. scribblemaps.com – create custom Google Maps easily.
    77. buzzfeed.com – never miss another Internet meme or viral video.
    78. alertful.com – quickly setup email reminders for important events.
    79. encrypted.google.com – prevent your ISP and boss from reading your search queries.
    80. formspring.me – you can ask or answer personal questions here.
    81. snopes.com – find if that email offer you received is real or just another scam.
    82. typingweb.com – master touch-typing with these practice sessions.
    83. mailvu.com – send video emails to anyone using your web cam.
    84. ge.tt – quickly send a file to someone, they can even preview it before downloading.
    85. timerime.com – create timelines with audio, video and images.
    86. stupeflix.com – make a movie out of your images, audio and video clips.
    87. aviary.com/myna – an online audio editor that lets record, and remix audio clips online.
    88. noteflight.com – print music sheets, write your own music online (review).
    89. disposablewebpage.com – create a temporary web page that self-destruct.
    90. namemytune.com – when you need to find the name of a song.
    91. homestyler.com – design from scratch or re-model your home in 3d.
    92. snapask.com – use email on your phone to find sports scores, read Wikipedia, etc.
    93. teuxdeux.com – a beautiful to-do app that looks like your paper dairy.
    94. livestream.com – broadcast events live over the web, including your desktop screen.
    95. bing.com/images – automatically find perfectly-sized wallpapers for mobiles.
    96. historio.us – preserve complete web pages with all the formatting.
    97. dabbleboard.com – your virtual whiteboard.
    98. whisperbot.com – send an email without using your own account.
    99. sumopaint.com – an excellent layer-based online image editor.
    100. lovelycharts.com – create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.
    101. nutshellmail.com – Get your Facebook and Twitter streams in your inbox.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-12-05 14:13:20
    1. We should be able to unsticky the Google global nav and call it up with a keyboard command
    2. We should be able to decide which Google properties are listed first in the drop-down menu of Google products

    We should also be able to focus the search box with another keyboard command.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-20 15:52:20
    Silly Walk to School Day
    This morning, on the spur of the moment, I decided it was Silly Walk to School Day. My daughter and her 2 friends enthusiastically adopted it, though none of them have ever seen Mr Cleese do his thing below.

    We did get some scornful looks from fellow pedestrians, though -- how dare we have fun.

    Henceforth, I declare the 3rd Friday of each month Silly Walk to School Day.

    Will you join me?

    #python #montypython
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-10 18:06:56
    RESHARE:
    Engagement in discussions is a key consideration for me. I wonder if +CircleCount or +Gerwin Sturm's allmyplus.com can help with this or shed some light on it?

    Would I be right to say that both your services crunch numbers on total comments on a given user's posts but don't tell us anything on how many comments they themselves have made on their own posts or anyone else's?

    Am I right in thinking that the G+ API allows us to get info on comments for a given post (which you then aggregate across a given user's posts) but not on all comments made by a given user across G+?

    Presumably you could calculate how many comments a user has made on their own posts and that at least would be a useful engagement benchmark. There are a few high profile people here for whom that would be quite revealing, methinks ;)

    Any more thoughts?

    Reshared text:
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-28 12:07:46
    Fancy a typographic chuckle?

    #fun #professional-interests
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-20 10:16:47
    RESHARE:
    Here's hoping…

    #gplusbusiness

    Reshared text:
    Why Google+ is Kicking Facebook’s Ass

    by +Sharon Hurley Hall

    Facebook, Shmacebook! If you’re still on the fence about Google+, it’s time to get off and get your account. Google+ users have known for months that this was a better social network for businesses than Facebook, but if you need convincing here’s why Google+ rules and why you need to get a Google+ profile fast.

    #business #opinion
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-26 11:10:08
    SEO irony
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-27 17:43:21
    Google+ Ripples are ridiculously cool…

    See also this from +Louis Gray: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100535338638690515335/posts/G374YVBV3BY
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-08-02 08:56:35
    This morning my G+ mood has changed
    (Subtext: don't be evil stop being shit, Google)

    It's no single thing. Here's a selected list in no particular order:

    Wider context

    New Scientist's Welcome to the age of the splinternet: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21128211.900-welcome-to-the-age-of-the-splinternet.html?full=true

    Nymwars

    GrrlScientist's open letter to Google on the Guardian from last week: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/punctuated-equilibrium/2011/jul/28/google-open-letter-google. You won't find her here, but you can find her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/grrlscientist.

    And Kirrily ‘Scud’ Robert on Google is gagging user advocates: http://infotrope.net/2011/07/29/google-is-gagging-employees/ You won't find her here either but you can find her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Skud.

    Communication

    The role Google seems to want Google+ Community Manager, +Natalie Villalobos, to perform is to be a prolific resharer, ask questions soliciting feedback, but not actually have much to say. She must have a very tough job right now.

    Google's idea of a global Google+ comms channel and dialogue appears to be:

    * Go to the Tools menu top right
    * Click Google+ help
    * Click What's new in Google+: http://www.google.com/support/+/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=release_notes.cs&rd=1


    So, right now, I feel a bit jaded about all this. I know we're all in a somewhat Faustian pact together. Like +Violet Blue (https://plus.google.com/105822688186016123722/posts/Ab2DZYMwaC3) I think I need a break. But can I stay away?
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-11-09 12:59:12
    RESHARE:
    These are beautiful.
    (They remind me of +Jon Hicks's logo for hicksdesign.co.uk.)

    Reshared text:
    You may find these Space Missions Infographics interesting to view. I combined them into this collection set. Some of the images are very wide so I split them in two images for improved aspect dimension. The larger photos are located at the end of the album. Most of the images are found at the NASA website. Don't forget to visit the +NASA Google+ page. Oh yea, one more mention +Ron Garan is a NASA Astronaut.

    www.nasa.gov/missions/index.html

    #infographic #space #nasa
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-25 11:21:59
    Timezones UI idea: Google+ Time Buddy
    In which Google buy worldtimebuddy.com and build its approach into Google+, but much more elegantly than this quick and dirty mockup.

    - Clocks can be shown only when needed and hidden when not
    - Users can add as many locations as they want as per worldtimebuddy.com
    - Users get visibility not just of the time now but also of upcoming optimal times to post for their followers

    Inspired by +Thomas Morffew's excellent earlier post: https://plus.google.com/110352049954858592591/posts/HojbxbwN9PK
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-11-02 14:30:49
    RESHARE:
    Some great stats here for browser watchers…

    Reshared text:
    Progress.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-12-06 14:46:47
    Google, please give us official feeds for our +Google+ activities
    There are folks who have been plugging this gap and had to fold [1] and others who are still plugging away [2], but they really shouldn't have to. You should provide this, with options.

    [1] +Russell Beattie was running plusfeed.appspot.com but had to close it down: https://plus.google.com/104961845171318028721/posts/DamjzZBVxd7
    [2] +Plu.sr is, I think, doing some screen scraping but my initial trial with it doesn't seem to work.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-08 13:47:07
    CAN'T TOUCH THIS. Actually, you can.
    Why your private images aren't really private.

    Here's the scenario

    You upload an image to +Google+ Photos or picasaweb.google.com, share it with a limited circle and lock the post. Only the people in that circle can ever see it, right? Well, kind of. Here's why it's not that simple and your #privacy not so watertight…

    Every digital file must have a URL if it is to be viewable in a browser as embedded media or to be downloadable. If the host (~= a web domain) is available via the internet, then any file it hosts is available to anyone that knows that file's URL unless there are directives on the host server(s) that:

    1. Prohibit hotlinking: embedding a file in a URL hosted on another domain
    2. Prohibit direct file access: requesting the image URL directly

    For example, Google+ Photos are hosted on the googleusercontent.com domain. Google could prohibit all direct requests to image URLs hosted there, but they don't. And as far as I know, neither do Facebook, or Flickr.

    . . . . .

    And to prove a point…

    I know you can see the video below, that's just an eye-catching diversion for this post, but I've also shared an image to a circle that only I'm in, locked the post, and…

    CAN'T TOUCH THIS.
    Here is the URL to the private post in question:
    https://plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/dzuS2SjSizm

    CAN TOUCH THIS.
    And here is the URL to the not-so-private image within it:
    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-iFJMIzxgtcM/TzJy-wVpxJI/AAAAAAAAB9s/RgUUtswF0wU/s800/u-can-touch-this.jpg
    Note the file type ending of .jpg (other file types might be .gif or .png).

    . . . . .

    Should you care?

    Someone would have to acquire the URL to one of your 'private' images from the context of viewing a limited access post where it is embedded. So perhaps not.

    But, given access, it's not hard to do technically. For example, in Chrome, just right click on the image and select Copy Image URL.

    - Someone at work could do that when you are away from your desk.
    - Someone with access to a device belonging to a person you shared the image with could do that.

    . . . . .

    What about videos?

    The same is true, but to a lesser extent. Most video is still served wrapped up inside a Flash movie so the URL to the video file that runs inside that movie is obscured -- for now. But as HTML5 uptake grows, video files will be served to the browser natively with their URLs easily accessible.

    . . . . .

    What about text?

    Well, text is not embedded, so it can just be copied and pasted, or captured in a screenshot.

    . . . . .

    Now you know one of the dark sides of image sharing. Does that make Google the evil Empire? I don't think so, but forewarned is forearmed. What do you think?

    cc +Vishnu Suresh
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-08-05 15:15:34
    RESHARE:
    G+ poll: vote with your +1's on the 7 dwarfs comments beneath the pic.
    (You can vote for more than 1 feeling)

    This image makes me feel…

    Reshared text:
    mmm... tasty
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-12-06 14:24:12
    IF I could have THIS cross posting thing how I want it, THEN I'd do THAT #t -- maybe ifttt.com from @ifttt can help
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-11-29 17:16:26
    Do you frequently use search instead of just entering a domain URL you already know?
    I'm always taken aback when I realise someone is doing this. I don't judge them for it (well, maybe a little bit) -- it just seems such an odd thing to do…

    1. Type search term for domain/company name
    2. Click on link in Google search results

    Instead of…

    1. Type address and hit return

    I'm not talking about a web address you're not sure about here. I'm talking about a URL you really know off by heart.

    Do you do this? Vote or comment below…
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-11-08 11:38:40
    I want the Google+ favicon to be black.
    Don't like the red
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-09 14:17:12
    Day 1: 30 day song challenge: favourite song

    The moment you start thinking about it, choosing a favourite song is impossible, so in the end I stopped thinking about it and just went with the song I've probably played more than any other since it was released last year, and it still makes me feel good every time I play it.

    One way or another, Damon Albarn has been a recurring part of my life since seeing Blur play on the Modern Life is Rubbish tour in 1993 (think it was in Kentish Town somewhere).

    #jpms30dsc
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-17 22:40:59
    Sign me up

    I hope we can hold it together long enough to make the transition to this kind of future in a reasonably orderly fashion. Here's an excerpt…

    "The old geopolitics was accompanied by a scientific paradigm that viewed nature as objects; the new biosphere science, by contrast, views nature as relationships. The old science is characterized by detachment, expropriation, dissection, and reduction; the new science is characterized by engagement, replenishment, integration, and holism. The old science is committed to making nature productive; the new science is committed to making nature sustainable. The old science seeks power over nature; the new science seeks partnership with nature. The old science puts a premium on autonomy from nature; the new science, on re-participation with nature."

    (via +Kitty Gooris)
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-22 11:22:42
    Google, you gotta fix this: make deleting comments a 2-click process

    People do dumb things.
    I am a person. I do dumb things.
    One of the dumb things I keep doing is deleting comments when I didn't intend to.
    And this is because if you go to delete a comment by accident it gets deleted right away.
    It also doesn't help that the 'Delete comment' button doesn't stand out in any way from 'Cancel'.

    If this has ever happened to you, add your votes in the comments, reshare, send feedback.

    Deleting a post requires a 2-click process where you are asked 'Do you want to permanently delete this post?' and have to confirm that you do. Comments should be the same.

    GOOGLE, HELP US NOT BE DUMB.

    #ui #fail
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-18 10:04:23
    +Thomas Power has a vision of +Google+ soon being dominant

    In November, he wrote about Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn merging: ecademy.com/node.php?id=169713 and this morning reprised this in a comment on +Thomas Morffew's recent G+ stats post: plus.google.com/110352049954858592591/posts/TewBwwbZmtG.

    Whether you agree with Thomas P's zeal or not, I liked this from him…

    - Google is Coke.
    - Facebook is Pepsi. For some it tastes better.
    - Twitter is 7Up. Huge market share.
    - LinkedIn is Dr Peppers. Liked by some.

    And I do prefer Coke, as it happens.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-13 17:06:43
    RESHARE:
    Handy G+ Chrome tip

    via +ℓaura ℓawrie

    Reshared text:
    Something I just figured out on Chrome... I know, I know, Im a little slow on these things.. but....

    If you right click to copy an image and it downloads to your bottom browser taskbar, then you can simply drag it into a G+ post to share instead of using the add photo button...
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-14 10:09:07
    Not Richard Dawkins's best performance up against Giles Fraser on BBC Radio4 Today. I have a lot of time for both men but Giles Fraser came out better in the following exchange:
    bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01bwmvr/Today_14_02_2012/?t=2h21m35s

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giles_Fraser
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dawkins
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-06 16:42:57
    Facebook vs the Web
    Chart source: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-user-growth-ipo

    MAU = Monthly Average Users
    DAU = Daily Average Users

    In support of +Danny Ayers https://plus.google.com/112609322932428633493/posts/Bw6bPAze3vr
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-17 14:02:01
    I am such a doofus: Google+ > zipl.us > ifttt.com > Twitter in 5 minutes -- reprised:

    Last week I wrote about my +ifttt recipe for using zipl.us to post to Twitter from G+ [1], and subsequently bemoaned the 35 character constraint of the entry title in the zipl.us feed [2].

    Today I have realised that ifttt's Addins for feeds [3] provide a way around this. I had been using the default {EntryTitle} that comes with a new feed Task when I should have been using {EntryContent}.

    Having updated my Task (and ifttt.com/recipes/15942), things are now working a lot better:

    - Here's my test G+ post: plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/5coe3egsuCH
    - And the resultant tweet: twitter.com/schofeld/status/159268483056676864

    Happy G+ tweeting :D

    [1] plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/3qGZxbn17i9
    [2] +Feed me, Google+ post: plus.google.com/b/105786194532858868645/105786194532858868645/posts/go5pgXeYfhN
    [3] ifttt feed Addins: ifttt.com/channels/feed#triggers

    #t
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-20 08:47:42
    Day 12: 30 day song challenge: a song from a band I hate

    I knew this was going to be difficult. When I was half the age I am now (and younger) there were loads of bands I hated because crowing about music you don't like is part of figuring out who you are.

    But now… there are tracks that drive me nuts musically or lyrically or both, but that doesn't mean I hate the artist.

    There are artists whose musical output does nothing for me and I find objectionable. For instance, gangta rap leaves me cold -- but then being 'white and middle class' I'm not going to understand where that's coming from. And there are artists whose every utterance seems to confirm that they're an arse (hello Bono, Sting). But hate them? How could I do that when I don't know them.

    I do generally dislike vapid, lightweight pop though, especially of the terminally unoriginal and manufactured kind. So, seeing as how they've just announced they've split up, I say to Westlife

    "Good riddance."

    #jpms30dsc #30daysongchallenge
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-19 08:48:24
    Day 11: 30 day song challenge: a song from my favourite band

    Over the years my 'favourite band' has changed a lot. At various turns it probably has included Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Genesis, Rush, The Police, Tears for Fears, Primal Scream, Galliano, Massive Attack, Blur, Foo Fighters, Gorillaz and Guillemots -- and there are artists such as Prince and David Sylvian who probably don't qualify as a 'band' even though they played with one.

    Right now it's probably a toss up between Gorillaz and Guillemots, and since I began this whole challenge with a Gorillaz track (and I'm not sure they qualify as a band either), I'm going to go with Guillemots.

    Here's a track from them I've played a lot…

    #jpms30dsc #30daysongchallenge
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-20 10:14:12
    Well would you?
    Heston Blumenthal might have cooked it.

    #culture #science
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-18 10:34:29
    - .... .. ... -.- .. . -.. --- ... - .... .. . -. .. ... .--- ..- ... - ... .. .-.. .-.. -.--
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-20 12:39:18
    * I get GitHub conceptually and think it is awesome
    * I understand the lingo, mostly. I thought I understood the lingo
    * I want to use it: I'm trying

    It's just a shame that it's so fucking opaque. I'm sure being a wiz with the Terminal is a bag of fun once you know how. It's great that http://mac.github.com/ enables you to bypass a lot of that. But still, I'm struggling. Guess I need to RTFM a bit more.

    Or is it just me and I'm a git: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=git

    I'm sure I'll git there.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-17 20:58:32
    RESHARE:
    One for the nerdy kids among us…

    Reshared text:
    Where's WALL-E?

    I posted this back in August but it never gets old. If you find wall-e don't spoil the fun in the comments by telling everyone where he is... you can try to name all the bots in the picture instead.

    Let's find out how nerdy you really are.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-30 18:01:27
    RESHARE:
    Shouldn't the Universe be at the centre of this Circle? ;)

    (No-one posting from a parallel Universe yet then.)

    Reshared text:
    Space Circle

    Please share :) Thank You!
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-20 11:20:48
    Absolutely fed up with trying to see the text for the links
    Thoughts on semantic pollution

    One thing that continues to bug me about Google+ is the links

    i. Absolutely verbose

    Link to anything on Google+ and you end up with a link that looks like this: https://plus.google.com/103363186582409589918/posts/SSHcym8ZStP (my post from 3 months ago). Put more than one of those in and pretty soon what you actually have to say becomes harder to read.

    ii. Absolutely paving the cowpath with url shorteners [1]

    Back in July, Google held out the promise of something less intrusive when they announced g.co, which will offer links even shorter than http://goo.gl/XnegQ (that's a link to their g.co announcement BTW). No news since then that I'm aware of and I haven't seen any such links in the wild.

    iii. Absolutely fabulous [2]

    But I'd still much prefer to be able to use Textile markup or similar so we can have linked text like this: example.com.

    To create linked text with Textile you just type something like this:
    "your link text here":http://example.com

    iv. Absolute minimum

    At the very least I wish that Google would adapt their stylesheet so that absolute URLs and hashtags were less visually dominant (or give us users easy options to choose to do so). Something like this would help…

    a.ot-anchor, a[href*="/posts/"] {color: #5c7099;}

    C'mon Google sort this forest out. Your bit of the web doesn't have to be this verbose does it?

    [1] http://joshua.schachter.org/2009/04/on-url-shorteners.html
    [2] http://thresholdstate.com/articles/4312/the-textile-reference-manual?ch=3#toc_6

    cc +Bradley Horowitz +Natalie Villalobos
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-19 12:28:36
    Visualization of what it looks like to manage your email inbox
    by +Jeremiah Owyang (see 1st comment)
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-18 14:51:06
    RESHARE:
    If Mr Clippy were useful…

    via +Kimberly Chapman

    Reshared text:
    Oh, how I'd love to insert this onto some people's hard drives...
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-27 11:33:18
    RESHARE:
    LOL

    Reshared text:
    Perception in the Advertising World
    #advertising
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-14 07:19:20
    RESHARE:
    Happiness and the art of conversation

    A study such as Ben Parr proposes below would be interesting provided it was carefully designed not to be weighted in favour of the vested interests of its sponsor -- otherwise it would just be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    I'd like to see an analysis of levels of engagement.

    Because a common theme in happiness research is that there's a high correlation between strong community and a sense of wellbeing -- and strong communities are founded on engagement, discourse and mutual support.

    It's easy to assume that the publicly shared output of people here on G+ is their only output but that would be foolish: there could be all sorts of stuff they are sharing with varying degrees of privacy.

    Nonetheless, I'd like to know:

    1. Who shares and then joins in the conversation
    2. Who shares and only joins the conversation in response to someone with a large following
    3. Who shares and then rarely joins in, if ever

    Google could easily expose such data from G+ usage and then we'd have a handy engagement metric. They could even indicate the extent of private vs public engagement without compromising privacy.

    Reshared text:
    I want to conduct a study to see whether increased social media sharing correlates to greater happiness or lower happiness.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-25 11:28:59
    Ew, you're gay…

    My 2 eldest kids went along to support my youngest at her junior school sports day this morning. A good time was had but it was marred by an 8 year old boy fixated on repeatedly accusing my son of being ‘gay’, my daughter of being 'lesbian’, and a ton of other childish taunts and bravado (like being allowed to play PlayStation games for 15 year olds). Let's call him Dick.

    I'm proud that my 2 shut him down with comebacks such as “If we were gay, why would that matter?” and “Do you even know what Gay is?” (he apparently replied with a graphic description).

    Here's hoping Dick confounds the low expectations he's setting for himself: bigot at 8.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-22 14:59:16
    This is good…

    /via +Laura Lawrie
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-11-09 11:51:13
    More learning on using ManageFlitter to cross post to Twitter

    A good strategy that assumes use of the following ManageFlitter settings for what gets added to your tweet: a) "G+: " prefix (4 characters); b) auto-inserted trailing link to your G+ post (15 characters if bit.ly gets used)…

    1. Compose text intended for Twitter of 100 characters or fewer if you have 1 URL in that text, or 115 characters or fewer if you have no URLs in that text.

    2. Add the rest of any text you want your Google+ readers to see and a trailing #twt hashtag if you are using that filter.

    3. Post to Google+.

    4. Go back and post edit the tweet intended text for a more natural read here on Google+ if you want to.

    (If you are not using either of the ManageFlitter advanced settings cited you can add 19 characters to the figures above.)
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-18 10:05:03
    RESHARE:
    Flaky access to Google Plus
    Now looks like a Chrome/Flash issue

    It's not just Friday now. Google+ access is flaky most days lately.

    And it's not my connection because other sites are fine.

    Anyone else got this issue in the UK (or elsewhere)?

    If there are scaling issues, Google really should at least have a fail whale message or similar.

    Reshared text:
    Google+ connectivity on a Friday is…

    (Or is it just me?)

    Creative Commons image by Andrew Halliday: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewhalliday/4599220963/in/photostream/
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-27 12:11:12
    Sharing and +1’ing posts from Blogger’s Dynamic Views blogs

    Digest: make sure you share and/or +1 the mobile friendly URL by adding ?m=1 to the URL.

    Read my Blogger post for full context.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-12 09:29:46
    Day 4: 30 day song challenge: a song that makes you sad

    Something of an obvious choice this one but hey…

    It makes me sad because of its universal message and deliberate naivety.

    It makes me sad because not much of what it addresses has changed in the 40 years since its release -- 40 years and 1 day since its release in the US apparently: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imagine_(song).

    And it makes me sad because only 9 years after its release John Lennon was dead at the age of 40, a tragic waste of talent.

    Post-edit

    I tried to embed the official video (Imagine - John Lennon) earlier but it wouldn't play in G+ (some DRM thing probably), so below is John live at Madison Gardens instead…

    #jpms30dsc
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-13 22:26:00
    I know it's early days and all but…

    This thing is filling up and even my own content is getting hard to find, let alone anyone else's.

    Some decent search had better be along soon, because first impressionists impressions only last so long.

    Hugs and kisses,
    Claude Monet
    x
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-07-14 11:22:09
    RESHARE:
    I've had similar thoughts. No, really, I have. But Vincent is way more coherent than I'd be…

    Reshared text:
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-13 08:15:38
    The loss of an apostrophe is not apostrophic.
    It’s just good business sense.

    The Plain English Society have gone all Lynne Truss about Waterstone’s becoming Waterstones.

    I’m still Trussy when it comes to my own use of words but I've stopped judging others and pointing the finger so harshly since Stephen Fry helped me accept that, when it comes to the use of language, the only thing that matters above all else is…

    have you been understood by those you wanted to communicate to?
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-12 12:35:31
    A train of thought
    - Does homosexual behaviour exist in nature? Yes.
    - Does it exist in humans. Yes, we are part of nature.
    - Is it therefore natural? Yes.
    - Can it be 'cured'? No, it's natural, there is nothing to 'cure'.
    - Is homosexuality a majority behaviour in higher mammals? No.
    - Why then does it exist if it is 'natural'? There are plausibly good evolutionary reasons for it [1].
    - Are we at 'risk' of our whole species 'going gay'? No, see above.
    - Is it ridiculous that such fears or concerns exist? Yes.
    - Is 'marriage' a good institution for expressing the love between 2 people? Yes, for those that want it.
    - Should it therefore be available to all? Yes.
    - Shouldn't the taboos about homosexuality that some people encoded over 1,000 years ago in a very different context have a bearing on law in our contemporary plural society? No, I think the answer is in the question.
    - Are people who live by such commandments in our plural society entitled to their opinion and marriage choices? Yes, provided that respect is reciprocated.
    - But are such people likely to extend that respect? Surprise me!

    Sparked by +Jake Sharman's post: https://plus.google.com/107671625306995512637/posts/4BJSKXNgSVY

    [1] Evolution myths: Natural selection cannot explain homosexuality: debunked at newscientist.com/article/dn13674-evolution-myths-natural-selection-cannot-explain-homosexuality.html
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-08-11 07:30:36
    RESHARE:
    Love these…

    Reshared text:
    Jim Denevan makes temporary drawings on sand earth and ice that are eventually erased by waves and weather. Check out his page for lots more ....

    http://www.jimdenevan.com/sand.htm
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-26 09:42:02
    Day 18: 30 day song challenge: a song that I wish I heard on the radio

    It's about time I included a Talking Heads track but, given the category, it can't be Once in a Lifetime or Road to Nowhere.

    So let's go with the culmination to Stop Making Sense, one of the best rockumentary films EVER…

    #jpms30dsc #30daysongchallenge
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-02 17:57:46
    RESHARE:
    Dear America
    Look, you're supposed to be the most powerful country on the planet and a (self proclaimed) beacon for freedom. You have a $14.6 tn economy and over 300m people. And the best you come up with is people like this to run for President?

    Update in light of comments:
    Granted, it's testament to your highly prized freedom of speech. But that he is a serious contender with 7% GOP support is a bit worrying.

    via +Emmett Lollis

    Reshared text:
    #OpBlitzKrieg

    UPDATE:

    Document Dump HERE:
    (Ron Paul, A3P members and Jamie Kelso)
    www.nazi-leaks.info

    NEWS:
    www.care2.com/causes/anonymous-hacks-neo-nazis-finds-ron-paul.html
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-02 08:07:51
    RESHARE:
    Is Facebook evil?
    That might depend on whether you are a zombie clicker. To paraphrase +Gregory Rader a few days ago [1]…

    "Are you exploring or being exploited?"

    [1] http://onthespiral.com/loss-aversion-zombie-clicking-trap

    Reshared text:
    There are a few reasons why I deleted my Facebook account and they all relate to how the service made me feel or how much it impinged on my time. What was never an issue, however, was their use of my data. I always understood that by submitting my data to the service, I was engaging in a transaction with Facebook and their clients and this was fine with me. +tom stafford has written an excellent post, which poses the question: why are we worried about Facebook collecting our personal information? He suggests that this is really a question about our belief in the power of advertising to manipulate behaviour.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-18 18:09:23
    "To rage so violently against financial supervision is, admittedly, a peculiar way of responding to a severe downturn brought on by a largely unsupervised financial sector. It is not how Americans reacted in the past."

    Read it and weep…
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-03 11:06:09
    The serendipity engine and Google's challenging year
    First, a brief anecdote…

    Last night I was watching Gillian Tett on This Week [1] and being an admirer of her work, I thought I'd see if she is on Google+ yet. She isn't. But I found her referenced in a post by +Anders Fernstedt in which he said, "John Battelle - my favorite gumshoe anthropologist alongside Gillian Tett" [2].

    And that led me to spend the next hour or more reading +John Battelle's blog. I'm so delighted to have discovered him – what a great writer, and thank you Anders. (Looking at John's back story I see that I really should have known who he is before.)

    The point of this anecdote is that this kind of 'happy accident' is what I so love about the web perhaps above all else. It truly is a serendipity engine for the curious, and Google has been utterly intrinsic to that experience for the last 10 years.

    Which raises the stakes of what John Battelle sees as challenges for the web as a whole [3], and for Google this year in particular. Here's an extract from his closing paragraph in the shared article…

    "…if any company has the resources, the talent, and the willpower to execute in so many challenging markets at once, it’s got to be Google. But this is a prediction post, so let me end with one: Given all Google is trying to do, it will have a major fumble in 2012, one that beats anything the company has done in its long (and mostly fumble-free) history. But hey, every good team fumbles, it’s how you recover that matters."

    His other predictions for this year are worth a read too [4].

    [1] This Week on BBC1: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/this_week/default.stm
    [2] Anders's post: https://plus.google.com/100798575566679003857/posts/RxrZQsy1q94
    [3] What [web] commons do we wish for? http://battellemedia.com/archives/2012/02/its-not-whether-googles-threatened-its-asking-ourselves-what-commons-do-we-wish-for.php
    [4] Predictions 2012: the roundup: http://battellemedia.com/archives/2012/01/predictions-2012-the-roundup.php
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-27 11:04:25
    Facepalm
    I must stop using j and k to skip through posts when on sites where it doesn't work.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-10-15 09:27:31
    Day 7: 30 day song challenge: a song that reminds you of a certain event

    The event in question was Six of the Best, the first gig I ever went to [1].

    If you were a young lad acutely lacking self confidence back in the late 70s and early 80s and living in the Fens in south Lincolnshire, there were 2 main musical genres for you to align with if you didn't want to be seen as some kind of 'poof' [2]:

    A. Metal and rock
    B. Punk and later New Wave

    And if you wanted to hedge your bets, you went with either one according to who you were with. The result was that Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Saxon and Status Quo strutted their manhood alongside The Stranglers, Sex Pistols, Sham 69 and the UK Subs in my record collection (I hadn't discovered the Clash but now wish I had).

    I liked both. I loved the rawness of punk but on balance I was drawn more to the rock 'guitar hero'. Most of my mates were in the hard rock camp where there was a natural affinity with prog rock's showy musical virtuosity.

    So when there was a prog rock revival in the early 80s with bands such as Marillion, it was inevitable that we would discover Genesis and explore their entire back catalogue together.

    In 1982, there was a one-off reunion between Genesis and Peter Gabriel, who had left them some 6 years earlier. Me and my mates got tickets for it and journeyed south to Milton Keynes Bowl to see Six of the Best.

    I remember the tangible sense that this was an event not to be repeated, and that it pissed with rain. I could have chosen a simple, widely loved tune such as Solsbury Hill, which was performed on the night, but that wouldn't do justice to the me I was then, enthralled by the musical pomp of tracks like Firth of Fifth.

    I'd taken up guitar around this time and I remember spending hours in the year after this gig learning to play Tony Banks's keyboard solo on my guitar. A wonderfully pointless activity.

    [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_of_the_Best

    [2] Back then I was a 'Grammar School poof' because that's what you were if you didn't go to the local Secondary Modern school. If you were cleverer than average you were a 'poof'. If you didn't conform to an accepted norm you were a 'poof'. I was just beginning to sense that there was another way of viewing the world but it was a slow process because I was so painfully introverted and the Lincolnshire I grew up in was so painfully insular.

    #jpms30dsc #30daysongchallenge
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-08-09 14:39:44
    What you make of Laurie Penny's article will be coloured by your political leanings but anyone who doesn't agree with the following excerpt needs their head examining…

    "Now is the time when we make our choices. Now is the time when we decide whether to descend into hate, or to put prejudice aside and work together. Now is the time when we decide what sort of country it is that we want to live in."
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-24 15:35:32
    Wavii want to “make Facebook out of Google” by…
    Providing instant news feeds for any topic

    "On Facebook you can get a feed for your friends. They can do this because your friends check-in when they go places, tag photos, like pages, update their relationship status, and more. Each of these common actions tells Facebook what’s happening and it converts them into feed items.

    "Wavii is creating these feeds for everything else — by teaching computers to do the work your friends do on Facebook."

    More on their blog: blog.wavii.com/2012/01/23/wavii-instant-news-feeds-for-any-topic.

    Or click the Wavii link below and help me get a 'sneak peek' (I think)!

    via +Colin Walker
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  • Jonathan Schofield2011-11-11 14:34:26
    I'm surprised at the continuing lack of Google+ usage by some folks
    - I know people have a lot invested in other networks
    - I know it's tough to be in 2, 3, 4 places at once

    But I continue to be surprised at the total public absence of many people from Google+. For example, in my world of web design and development there are only a few 'luminaries' who are here at least some of the time: the example that springs to mind is +Jeffrey Zeldman. There are a few others but not many.

    Who do you wish was here but isn't?

    Creative Commons image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/denise_rowlands/4262433471/in/photostream/
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-26 09:58:19
    Europe at its best!?
    My personal fave is Lordi: http://youtu.be/pLe-Kg8iMhE?t=8m18s

    More history at All Eurovision Winners from 1956-2010 Part One

    cc +Europeans on G+
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-25 11:38:13
    RESHARE:
    Nice piece. I especially nodded my head at…

    "We so far have YouTube, Picasa and some Blogger integration but everything currently feeds in to Plus, not both ways. The social layer is currently geared towards feeding the Plus monster as it gets ever hungrier rather than bolstering other applications within the Google ecosystem. Perhaps this will change but at present it is all a bit one-sided: this expectation is definitely not being managed.

    "…a true social layer would allow for the flow of information back and forth from the individual service and the social network with comments shared between the two; in fact, a true social layer would mean we need never actually visit the social network itself but still be an active contributor. This may be the ultimate goal be we still seem a long way off."

    Reshared text:
    People Will Overlook Google Plus In Favor Of Other Networks

    Shortly after Google+ launched as an invite only beta, I asked if Google+ met the expectations set for it after months and months of speculation as to what Google’s next social offering would be.

    This new post at Media Tapper follows on from this now that the service has been up and running for more than 6 months.

    Great expectations

    Our expectations were initially formed from our time using the existing social networks at the time – Facebook and Twitter taught us how these services should run so we combined this experience with what limited information was coming from Google. Expectations change over time as the functionality alters and we hear more of Google’s plans, but are these expectations being met and, if not, effectively managed?

    Google+ has already come a long way and is a well established product. While technically still in beta phase, you would not know it if you were new to the service and didn’t know its history. However, Google can automatically add as many people as it wants to its social network but, without a compelling reason to use it, and sufficient end-user education, people are going to overlook Plus in favor of other networks.

    Read the full post at Media Tapper.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-12 14:11:48
    Fun reading for those of us on irrationality and sexual bigotry watch…

    (Wish +Lizz Winstead was active here on G+)
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-02-15 10:20:59
    This is bloody amazing.

    Via +Paul Hodson and +Malachi Jones | #science
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-25 10:26:40
    Hello and thank you
    I've picked up a lot of followers in the last day thanks to +Gideon Rosenblatt sharing one of his circles. I'm aiming to take a look at you folks in the coming days to find out more about you.

    In the meantime, thanks for circling me. Hope you enjoy my posts.
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  • Jonathan Schofield2012-01-10 15:53:59
    This +CircleCount map thing is fascinating. Here's my snapshot: circlecount.com/mymap/103363186582409589918

    Would like to see a Full Screen option (or a responsive width to circlecount.com instead of a fixed 886px).
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