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Carter Gibson
Program Manager, Community Management (Google+)
Program Manager, Community Management (Google+)

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Day 31

Whew. Several BBQ's, movie nights, and nights of furniture making later, I finally had some time to do some arts and crafts! Truth be told, I have no idea what these concrete blocks are, but I found them on the side of the road about 3 years ago. Always knew I wanted to do something with them, but wasn't sure exactly what. Turns out they make for a great dining room table centerpiece. Each of them have two wires coming out that are perfect for holding air plants.

Knowing I couldn't put concrete slabs on a zinc, I wandered around Home Depot looking for something to put them on. The perfect solution was actually fence post tops that I used wood stain on.

Looking out from the table to the ocean, the plants remind me of beach grass. And now I can say I made something without looking at Pinterest! :D

#design #homedesign #artsandcrafts #diy
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Give Poppy all of your money

Okay. I'm utterly obsessed with Poppy. She's a total takedown of this weird, perfectly composed Instagram celebrity culture that I've never.... loved. The world needs more satire like this - and Gaga should have done it, but put a cowboy hat on instead. 

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Spring -> Summer

Get a sneak peak on our immediate focus from +Leo Deegan. Hope you like what we're working on :)
What's new with Google+

Hey there Plussers! I'm your friendly neighborhood Server Eng Manger, and I wanted to take a little time to tell you some of the great things the G+ team is working on. As always, we listen carefully to your feedback, and in the coming months, we'll be focusing on your most highly requested areas of improvement, including:

• Better spam control
• Enhanced community moderation
• Improvements to the web user experience
• More intuitive navigation and discovery
• Cleaner notifications

And more that we'll reveal as they become available ;)

We've heard your desire to stay informed about G+ product updates. Going forward, you can expect to hear more from me; our Product Managers, like +John Nack, our Program Managers, like +Carter Gibson; and Community Managers, like +Leanne Osborne and +Madeleine DeRome. We'll try our best to reply to questions and keep you up to date on all the great progress.



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Thanks again, Toy Photographers!

It truly was such a blast hosting part of +Shelly Corbett's Toy Photography meet-up at Google. +Pamela Abi Najem worked so hard putting it together and we loved learning more about how this community comes together, collaborates, and does cool stuff.

Here's an excerpt from Shelly's blog (and I recommend reading the whole thing + attending in the future!):

"My G+ planning partner, Pamela Abj Najem, greeted us at Googles latest expansion campus and whisked us away to our meeting room. I will admit I was star struck. I mean I was at Google HQ!. Even though the campus grounds are still under construction the buildings are beautiful, light filled spaces. There are lots of nooks and crannies for working and collaborating. We were greeted by Carter Gibson, Program Manager and Community Management (Google+) and Faith Tan a Community Manager for Google+. In short, these are the people who guide the good ship G+. After a few slices of pizza and drinks Carter gave a short presentation on G+. This was brief glimpse into the mission and the future of the platform. I was amazed to see how much our toy photography community is spotlighted in their presentation. In the world of G+, we’re rock stars. 🙂

While the content of G+ is controlled by an algorithm, just like any of the other social media platforms, there are people behind the veil, pulling the strings. They’re continuously looking at what the algorithm is selecting, tweaking the results and occasionally hand selecting content. The excitement this group of people have for their product was inspiring. They only want to grow G+, an interest based social platform, into a vibrant community of creatives. Yes, their well aware of the uglier sides of G+; spam, porn and comments that are simply gibberish. I was happy to here that they are working hard to solve (or at least mitigate) these problems.

After the presentation we gave out our swag bags (LEGO, name badges and a custom figure created by Dennis), grabbed a G+ mini figure from our new G+ friends and then passed out even more LEGO. We then moved to another building with a three story glass and wood atrium to photograph our toys and hang out with our hosts. It was a great opportunity to chat with my fellow photographers and ask a few more questions of Carter and his crew. Soon it was time for a quick group photo, then it was back to the other building to grab our stuff and head out."

#photography #toyphotography 

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Browsing photos just got better on iOS

Per your requests.... enjoy :)
Improved Photo Browsing

Hi friendly iOS users,

We’re proud to announce an improved photo browsing experience. Now, when you tap on a photo, you get a richer experience where you can (1) zoom-in (2) scroll to see more photos and (3) pinch or tap the icon in the top right to see a mosaic view of the photos in the stream. One of my favorite uses of this is to browse Leo Deegan’s photo collections, check it out and bring on the feedback!

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Preserved Art

Soon... Soon you will be mine. And I will smile. Because you are dead. And I do not have to water you. And you will never change. And you will never grow. Because you are dead.

Source: Artisan Moss

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Day 19

Thought for a loooong time that these heaters were the epitome of ~l u x u r y~ but then I realized they were hella cheap and I bought one. A necessary addition for such a windy city.

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I absolutely love that my mom's book was used for this Trump display. 'Children of Emotionally Immature Parents' couldn't describe any of his offspring better. Poor, poor, very rich, poor things...


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Hellooooo toy photographers!

And welcome to Google :)

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Day 12

Big comfy happy chair of excellence and happiness. 
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