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Happy Thursday Everyone!

Drinking my #coffee  and saw this.  Love it!   It's so true because why spend your life doing something that makes you miserable.  Find what makes you happy and go for it.  Who cares what everyone else thinks?

#happy   #coffeetime   #goodmorning  
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Everything in Its Right Place

It’s been a little more than a quarter since I took on leadership of a newly formed team, which we’ve christened SPS: Streams, Photos, and Sharing.

In that short time, I’ve had some time to reflect on the products we’ve built over the last few years, and also the opportunity to oversee the launch of our new Google Photos product. I’ve concluded that it’s time for a “pivot”... or more precisely time to talk more openly about a pivot that’s been underway for some time (and in fact is reflected in the name of the new team). We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire it as the mechanism by which people share and engage within other Google products.

Four years ago when we conceived of the “Google+ Project”, we made it clear that our goals were always two-fold: Google+ aspired to be both a “platform layer that unified Google’s sharing models”, and a product / stream / app in its own right.

This was a well-intentioned goal, but as realized it led to some product experiences that users sometimes found confusing. For instance, and perhaps most controversially, integration with YouTube implied that leaving a comment on YouTube (something users had obviously been doing successfully for years) suddenly and unexpectedly required “joining Google+.”

We decided it’s time to fix this, not only in YouTube, but across a user’s entire experience at Google. We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google… other than using Google+ itself.  

Some of the consequences of this shift in thinking have already been deployed. Others we’re rolling out as fast as possible (e.g. the changes to YouTube we referenced today). And many more will roll out over the rest of the year.

What does this mean for Google+ the product? Relieved of the notion of integrating with every other product at Google, Google+ can now focus on doing what it’s already doing quite well: helping millions of users around the world connect around the interest they love. Aspects of the product that don’t serve this agenda have been, or will be, retired. But you’ll also see a slew of improvements that make this use case shine (like the recent launch of Collections - https://plus.google.com/collections/featured).

It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how this strategy has played out as realized in the recent Google Photos launch, a product which in many ways embodies and telegraphs the changes discussed above. Google Photos not only doesn’t require a Google+ account, but as much of the functionality as possible doesn’t even require an account at all. It was important to me that when we launched Google Photos, we stressed the product implements sharing by any means a user prefers… without compromise or agenda. This is the right thing for users and the feedback and usage has been extremely validating.

I’m excited to share this strategy with the world, excited about what it means for Google+, and most of all for all of Google’s users.
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I need some of this micro glaze.  Need it
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+Sheri Whitfield Used her Kraaft Shaak Mixed Media kit to create a wonderful little triptych for 1 Corinthians 13:13.  The soft and pretty colors really make the verse stand out.  Make sure to pop over and see it. 
Spark Some Creativity Saturday @ the Kraaft Shaak Happy Saturday Everyone! I am so excited about today's post.  This is my first "official" project as a member of the Kraaft Shaak Design Team.  It really is an honor to serve ...
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this would look lovely in my kitchen, or my entry way, or pretty much anywhere.  I love this plaque by +Peg Robinson 
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July Check In
I feel like I need to post an update for my millions of readers  ten readers. It has been a super busy month so far.   I envisioned July being quiet and progress filled, with me locked in the bedroom studio completing projects, updating my blog, and workin'...
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I am working on a very unique box to put this in...
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This is amazing! I followed the links to see it in its entirety ;) Such scrumptious details and colors!! LOVE it!! It looks even more amazing when it's being worn :)
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: Creativity and Encouragement From A Career Mary Poppins
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WARNING: Mild cartoon humor, general female violence, consistent spelling and typing errors. Play at your own risk.  Website: www.dapoppins.com  Twitter: Dapoppins@Dapoppins

After graduating from Northwest Nannies in 1988 I was hired immediately for a full time, live in position. I worked full time as a Nanny for the next ten years until I married and had children of my own. While my kids were growing I stayed connected to the child care industry by volunteering in the classroom, at church, and maintained my relationship with Northwest Nannies through temporary work. I took a few classes in 2011 and ended up with a Certified Nursing Certificate, which qualified me to also work with the elderly.  I don't consider myself a teacher, but I do think of myself as a bit of a bossy caregiver. With over 20 years of reading aloud and singing silly songs to children, I'm passionate about storytelling, creative expression, and encouraging the imaginations of all ages. I've been blogging since 2006 at Dapoppins.com


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Born again, Jesus lovin' ,conservative, imperfect, very proud mom of 4 and wife of 18+ years, career nanny 20+ years, and teller of grand stories since age 8.
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Nanny, Caregiver, children's book reader, blogger, Mom, lover of color, paper enthusiast.
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Kid wrangling, competent dinner making, public speaking, creative writing, silly song singing, walking and chewing gum at the same time, personable people skills, mixedmedia artist, scrapbooking
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