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Anton Panaitesco
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Porn advertising: You should really think about it.
My latest career move brought me to TrafficJunky , MindGeek's advertising network. For those of you who do not know who MindGeek is: it is the leader of online adult entertainment. The company owns the biggest "tube sites" out ther (Youporn, Pornhub, Redtub...
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What being a Rugby player means in professional life.
Call me naïve, tell me that I am not being objective, but there's a few things that I take (almost) for granted when I get a resume on my desk with "Rugby" written in the Hobby section. I have played rugby for quite some time. In fact, if you except the tim...
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Google+ : easier privacy management, yes, but...

One of the biggest improvements with Google+ versus Facebook is the seemingly easier privacy management: You create your circles and you share with people who care or with whom you want to share with. If you decide you want to share with the world, then you can make your post public.

On facebook however, most of your posts will be shared with all your "friends".

So far so good.

Now, since the circles are confidential (which in a way is a good thing, no one wants to know he is in a "People I do not care about" circle) it makes it impossible for people commenting to know who can see the post and therefore the comment.

For instance, it is important to check if a post is public before putting a dodgy comment on a post.

However when it comes to "Limited" posts, it becomes impossible to know.

On facebook, you could easily assume that any of your "friend's" "friends" would see the post, on google+ you can't.

Here's an example:
Let's imagine you are friends with someone who happens to be a coworker, you can assume that he, like you probably did, made a circle with people from the office and one with his friends.

Now, one day, he makes a post and you put a comment making fun about a co-worker.
If he shared the initial post with his friends' circle, it's rude but with no implications. On the other hand, if the post was shared with the co-workers you have a problem.

It's just an example that can talk to everyone, but the problem is wider than that: you can never know who else can see the post and who might see your comment.
Same thing with the hangouts: you never know who might show up in the conversation.

I reckon the system will evolve and that people will progressively get used to it, hoping there will not be too much drama in the coming months.

To conclude I have 3 pieces of advice:
1 - just assume that any of the contacts of the person that posted a message might see it
2 - as for any other thing on the internet : never post something that you wouldn't like your mom or your boss to read.
3 - the best way to get social is neither Facebook, nor Google+, it's going outside, meeting friends and making new ones.
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Is Google+ public posts a good alternative to blogging?

Let's face it, blogs already had a hard time surviving the micro-blogging trend initiated by twitter and social networks.
However, the number of characters limitation made it quite difficult to express a deep thought.

Most of the tweets and facebook statuses therefore included to blog posts or articles and expressed a feeling or an emphasis related to the remote page.

Now that Google+ allows people both to post public information (or to limit the number of people who can access it) and has removed the number of character in the post, what is the point of keeping a blog?

Well... first, there are still limitations to what can be done on a Google+ update (image inclusions, tables,...) the html you can put there is quite limited still.

Of course there's also the fact that a blog allows you to buy a domain name and - to some extent - remain anonymous if wanted.

On the other end Google+ will eventually (when enough people will have joined the Google+ network) allow a better interactivity with people that choose to comment or forward the posts.

Having several blogs myself, knowing that each of them is aimed at different people or kind of people, I see there a good opportunity to centralise everything in one place.

Some bloggers already forwarded their blog to their Google+ page (+Bill Gross , +Kevin Rose just to name a couple of them).

I guess only time will tell if Google+ will take off and what its impact will be on the future of Internet.

On your end, do you have decided what you will do with Google+ yet? Will it add up to your social networks' portfolio? Will it replace your twitter, your facebook, your blog?
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