RESHARE: Here is what comes up for me when I go through the alphabet by entering the + sign and letting Google+ provide the first person that comes up. (I repeat, below is what G+ came up with. If you are not listed, no offense. :) Try it)
This is probably 90% accurate for whom I interact with on a regular basis (power engagers).
Reshared text: Your Key Google Plussers By Alphabet
+Mark Traphagen introduced a fun game where you create a post like this and then enter the + sign and each letter of the alphabet. G+ will provide the person that it thinks is most relevant to you. The letter will either retrieve a person by first or last name. My list is below. Try it, it is fun. 99% accurate!
RESHARE: My Daughter's Thoughts on Facebook and Today's IPO
I was explaining about IPOs and how they work, etc. to my 16-year old daughter yesterday, and that FB was the largest IPO in history, and how it makes money, etc. and she said "why? It is going down in popularity in my age group, and I don't know anyone who has ever clicked an ad, much less bought anything from FB." "What we do is post pics or mention a movie we saw or something. When we want to buy something we either go to Amazon or Google it."
Reshared text: I have been saying the same thing!! : Face Book users or viewers not buyers..You do not see repeat ads and from personal experience it is a waste of money to advertise on face book!!
There are a number of interesting facts about peanuts and peanut butter, but I for one was surprised to learn it takes 550 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter? I remember my mother eating straight out of jars (each to her own) and just thought "if she ate say 1/5 of a j12-oz jar at one time she just at 110 peanuts." Not only is that a lot, but think about the time difference compared to cracking and eating 110 peanuts.
Question for today: What are some interesting ways/combos you eat peanut butter. P.S. Don't tell Mr. Peanut, but I love almond butter, too.
I was talking with some people last night about G+, and one person in the group who has a G+ profile but hasn't been on in 8 months said, "so, how is it going with Google Plus, is it getting any more like Facebook". I said "no, not really" and asked her to elaborate. In a nutshell what she meant was not necessarily it's platform, but "like FB" in that more people that she might know were over here - family, friends, classmates, etc. so that the interaction and engagement was more like FB. I explained a few differences and why, and she said "oh", with a indifferent look, apparently expressing that whether it has or not was not of big importance to her.
The average person still doesn't get G+, and may never, for that matter, if they don't try. It's too bad.
What can Google+ do to NOT be a Facebook look alike, YET still attract more than techies, SM consultants, bloggers, businesses and photographers, etc.? Just musing a bit after last night's conversation.
I read an article in Forbes magazine about a new social media company on the block, and this sentence popped out "....while Google+ struggles to make it in the social media world....blah, blah, blah" Really? Google+ is "struggling"? Why is the media so biased against G+? It must be precisely because it IS GOOGLE.
While I was on vacation laying by the pool with my SGT10 .. I was taking pictures, Gtalk'ing, G+'ing and generally interwebbing.
I struck up a conversation with some nice people who were laying near me. They noticed I was posting to a social media sight and asked if it was FB and told me to friend them. I told them I'm on FB and I'd add them but I rarely go there except to interact with my family and some long distance friends. Then I told them about G+ and that it is my main social media addiction. They had never heard of it so I gave them a tour and talked it up. They are non-techy types (one was a young artist), They said they were going to join when they returned home (2 from US and 3 from UK). I told them to add me and I'd show them around and connect the artist with some artist people I know.
Do you promote G+ to people and encourage them to join?
Does anybody else fill up their gas tank on Sunday night in preparation for the week? I've been doing that for years, and I asked a friend today if he did that and he chuckled and said I was too organized.
When you scroll through your stream in a somewhat quick manner, like first thing in the morning, or when you have been a way and your back checking G+, do you find yourself mostly skimming titles or pictures in order to decide to stop and read further?
Do you use it for personal blogging, or business, or both? Do you get much traction (readers, comments, etc.)? If I am on G+, Facebook, and Twitter, and have a blog page on my Wordpress website, do I need something like Tumblr? Basically, you guys can say what you want about it, as any and all feedback is welcomed.
Share your special cobbler recipe with us. (actually it is a way for this Mr. Mom to get a good recipe to teach my girls)
Did you know that the world’s largest peach cobbler was 11x5 feet across and 8 inches deep? It appeared at the the Georgia Peach Festival in 2007 and contained 90 pounds of butter, 150 pounds of sugar, 150 pounds of flour, 32 gallons of milk, and 75 gallons of peaches
RESHARE: This is a personal pet peeve of mine. Words like awesome, amazing, disgusting, etc. expressing extreme meanings used for every situation without variation.
I frequently ask my kids who have been influenced by their peers who have such limited vocabulary to try to come up with alternatives, and while they understand, and somewhat agree with, the point I am trying to make, they say "dadddd....". But, I drill it in anyway. One of the privileges of being a parent. :)
We all know that there are "secrets" galore, on every subject from how to get rich to anti-aging, to how to manage your time, but sometimes it's the common sense little things that give the greatest benefits.
Want to live long? Genetic dispositions put aside, here are some common sense tips.
It always amazes me how many people have an iPhone, myself included. I am sitting in a restaurant observing people as they can't seem to put down their phones for a full 30 min. to eat, and at least 75% of the phones are iPhones. Truly a marketing phenomena!
I thought I would pass on a phone service I use that works as virtual phone service with all features, including auto-assistant, and has apps for Android, iPad and iPhone. On your smart phone it serves as a second number. Check it out.
In my opinion, so far there are pros and cons to the new layout. In a nutshell, the main cons center around the smaller posts, smaller/different font size, and less text (and if you make a bold title, even less). Everything is smaller! Not my preference. all other changes I either like or will get used to. Oh, and getting started on Hangouts on Air seems a little more convoluted.
Reshared text: Call up to five people from inside Hangouts
We recently made it easier to call someone from a Hangout (http://goo.gl/6vMiS), and starting today, you can have up to five telephone participants (instead of just two)! To give it a try, just click "+ Add Telephone" when inviting someone to your Hangout, then dial their number.
People, and stories, like this make me proud to be in America!
This lady is from Africa. She came here 14 years ago "looking for opportunity". I had the privilege of chatting with her at Applebee's as we each drank a beer before heading home after a long day. She shared with me how she came here 14 years ago, and, as is all too common for female immigrants, married too quickly. To make a long story shore, she is currently a single mom with 3 kids ages 7, 11, and 13. Her ex-husband has not paid child support in 5 years, and she is working 60 hours a week to take care of them. What made me walk away impressed, is that she did not seem to have one ounce of bitterness, or complaint, not even regret. She proclaimed how lucky she was to be able to have not one, but two jobs so she could take care of her children. She mentioned in her country that if she had ended up a single mother with 3 kids she could very likely be on the streets, or, only one step up, in a shanty town-like "house", and that if folks here knew that about other places in the world, they would not be satisfied with living off welfare and food stamps, when they can go and work with their heads held high, and make their kids proud. (Seriously, you would have thought the Republicans had paid her to say these things. Ha!) Her kids called her 3 or 4 times while we chatted and she answered everyone of them pleasantly, and patiently answered their questions, telling them she will be home soon. When she gets home I am sure there is dinner and baths, and homework to do. Her day is not over.
I think she deserves this 30-minute "wind down" and beer before going home, don't you?
Do you like the physical act of checking off task when getting things done? I do, but particularly, I like seeing the whole list checked off. (Of coarse, when the list is short, the effect is not the same)
I finally finished all spring yard preparation two weeks after my projected due date. Oh well, better late than never is okay in this situation.
RESHARE: Do you work from home? New Hangout on Air in the making....
My friend Justin and I are going to launch a series of HOA's addressing working from home, whether self-employed or not. Let me know if you are interested in being a guest. Our hope is to offer our experience, tips and tricks for making it more successful, as well as hear some concerns and struggles, and offer encouragement, etc. Let's learn from one another like only Plussers can. :)
See my post from earlier this morning for the most important reason I choose to work for myself and at home, even though it IS challenging.
Reshared text: In light of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to ban work from home employees, I'm going to kick off a video campaign with my friend and colleague +Blair Warner where we discuss tips and stories of people who are working from home and doing it well.
If you work from home, and you want to contribute, it will give you some great SEO, and you'll probably help some people who are trying to figure out how to make working from home work.
Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing monent; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.
I have seen a serious lack of presence in this industry on Google Plus. (housing) I am gonna work over the next few months (or longer) to target this industry and try to show them what they are missing out on.
_“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”_ _“When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it - don't back down and don't give up - then you're going to mystify a lot of folks.”_
Has Google Plus finally come of age? I hardly see circle shares anymore, which tells me, possibly, that the emphasis of deliberately growing Google Plus, and of early adopters helping newbies grow their circles has lessened.
Are you seeing the same? Is it a good or bad sign, or, just neutral?
Reshared text: LEARN TO MAKE A SIMPLE MOSQUITOES TRAP : Using chemical mosquito repellents available in the market, has serious harmful effects on human brain and lungs. Instead make your own Mosquito trap at home. The picture shows how many mosquitoes it can kill in a week's time.
Items needed: 200 ml water 50 grams of brown sugar, 1 gram of yeast (yeast bread, found in any supermarket) and a 2-liter plastic bottle. [...]
How to make : * Cut the plastic bottle (PET type) in half. Storing the neck portion: * Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle. * Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide. * Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle. * Wrap the bottle with something black, minus the top, and put in some corner of your house.
In a week you will see the amount of mosquitoes and mosquitoes who died inside the bottle. Very useful and zero harm effect Mosquito repellent is ready.
I know, it's a tired conversation here, but I don't care... I have my $.02 too
Twitter - I cut my teeth in the social media realm on Twitter dating back to 2008. It used to be a place to meet people with similar interests or geographic location. You could hop on for a few minutes anytime of day and have real conversations with people, and then move on with your day.
Now, it as noisy as free cotton candy in the middle of Disney World. Marketers, automation, and social media experts ruined it. Yeah, I said it. And I am/was part of the problem.
Suddenly everyone was an expert and could teach you how to have a fucking conversation!
Then, how to increase brand awareness and increase your sales on Twitter articles were everywhere. 3rd party apps were being created left and right; automated tweets, auto follow, auto unfollow, auto eat, auto shit, auto sleep.
Twitter wasn't just for geeks anymore
Facebook - I started on FB when you needed a .edu email address to use it. What a different world it is now that your Dad, Grandma, and boss (or potential boss) can see what you post!
Facebook was a place to share college drunk stories, post a few images, and really just wasn't much to pay attention too other than once a week or so.
Enter in the entire universe: Ok, now my friends that weren't in college could get on it, that was cool. You could give stuff a thumbs up, and share, comment etc. You could add friends easily, and basically have a closed circle jerk clique. Great, right!
Enter in business pages and "fans". FB ruined. Period. End. Of. Story.
Seriously, marketers again took over.... Fast forward to today and I can see at least one:
"LIKE" this post if you "LIKE" "LIKING" posts because some automated drone is telling you to "LIKE" their post and then you can "COMMENT" on this post if you want to be ignored and never be replied to after you have "LIKED" "COMMENTED" and "LIKED YOUR COMMENT!"
Per day.... sickening!!!
Google Plus - It's still a marketing virgin. And I "LIKE" it that way (sorry couldn't help that one LOL). Businesses haven't figured out how they can automate it, you can't beg for +1's and Shares here without being shunned by the community, basically,
You Can't Automate It!!!
My take on Google Plus is, it's the geeks from Twitter all grown up and typing more than 140 characters! There is:
* Photographers * Scientists * Writers * Musicians * Chefs * #Bacon lovers (sorry had to throw that one in!) * Enthusiasts of all kinds * and * and * and!!!!
So, in answer to +Jesse Wojdylo s post asking if Twitter will overtake FB, I say no... but Google Plus has already overtaken them all in my book! Until it gets raped by marketers anyway.....
having said all that, I still use Twitter and FB, I believe they have their place, but I am frustrated with them on a personal networking level...
Try writing a post like this and putting it on either of the other networks.
Thinking of buying an investment property? +RealtyTrac made a list of the 20 best markets nationwide for purchasing single family rentals. If you're in one of these markets, maybe it's time to become a landlord...?
I had plans of being home by 6:30, but I got a call from my dry cleaners guy at 6:00 that he has gone out of business. Now you might be wondering why my dry cleaners is calling me personally. To make a long story short he had two of my really nice shirts in the back of his car, driving around with them for a week meaning to call me and meet up somewhere. So, you probably guessed it, we are meeting at a particular Starbucks in Mansfield, Texas and I won't get home until 7:30. My family will be waiting for me for an hour to eat, and we will have to rush because my daughter has to be somewhere at 8:00. I, consequently, won't relax until 8:30 - 2 hours off the plan. Life!
Such is life. Maybe we should call having no incidences the "curve ball".