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In The Cogs of the G+ Machine

Good morning G+. Each day, so many of us spend time and energy here, sensing that in the free flow of information and idea sharing something profound is happening but unable to quite pinpoint what. 

There is a profound synergy of ideas here that the following few links perhaps illustrate: 

1. Forming a Collective Intelligence: (http://goo.gl/i6ZUz) Read the brief story of how I came to write a popular post that was shared by many and contributed to by even more. The real point of this story is that had it not been for unrelated connections made here (why would I normally want to talk to a Realtor like +Bill Gassett when I have absolutely no intention of buying a house in the US?) none of this would have happened. None of us would have discovered the intellectual rigour projected by the writing of +Martin W. Smith who is new to G+ or the insights supplied by +Mark Traphagen. This was a real connecting the dots moment that showed the power of G+ to do something extraordinary, from seemingly ordinary activities (writing, marketing, talking, connecting).

2. Creating Transparency: (http://goo.gl/A2RuA) The last post of the day was a late one for me, yesterday, and I posted a picture featuring tiny space living for labourers in Hong Kong. +Anne-Marie Clark found it serendipitously adjacent, in her stream, to a post about architecturally tight space design (there is a link in her comments but here it is as well: http://goo.gl/cRKIv) and +Juhana Tahvanainen posted a picture of his own, tightly organised apartment space (linked here: http://goo.gl/ZF0Ct). These were casual connections made across the world and in their imagery showed three distinct different types of tight living space. They also showed trends in human living conditions that are globally following similar dictates for very similar, underlying reasons. There may be more things uniting Hong Kong labourers with people in Europe or the US than we might have thought possible.

3. Amplifying Knowledge: (http://goo.gl/uV9P8)  +Susanne Ramharter who starts the day posting about art, started with poetry just as I, who sometimes post poetry as my day begins, started with art. The criss-crossing of the nature of the posts and the serendipity of our connections transformed what would normally have been two posts that were only tangentially related to each other into a comment about the cross-disciplinary power of knowledge and the underlying workings of the world. 

4. Creating The Future: (http://goo.gl/k1PZz) +Dirk Puehl's post on Samuel Preppy's diary and its value to us now, highlighted the collective value of social media where our pictures of kittens and lunches and thoughts and ideas, collectively, form a wealth of detail that may well change the future and the way it is shaped and formed. What is to come, always arises out of what is known and our world is becoming so much more transparent and knowable and the #ifihadglass  project and +Project Glass are only going to make it more so.  

5. Increasing the value of ideas: (http://goo.gl/6x3q7) +John Kellden took one of my posts and added an additional layer of explanation to it, helping create a much more focused application for what was a whimsical piece I had been playing around with for some time. This, in turn, has greater value to those who do any kind of marketing (or thinking and arguing) and, in turn will lead to faster developments than if the post had not existed or no one had connected the dots. 

It all happened within the space of 24-48 hours on G+. Amongst a relatively small handful of people. None of us have met in real life or before we got on G+. This small slice of life is a story being repeated many times across the millions of connections that exist here. And the magic happens with just a few clicks. The staring at a screen while waiting for caffeine to kick in, in the morning.

Click away then. And have an awesome Saturday!  
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I am not that gender oriented, but some are. Her→ his. Yeah I know, no need to apologies, I get this time to time :D
 
+David Amerland I told there is no need for apologies :D And I, myself couldn't care less, but for some people it is big deal.
 
Very insightful curation and noticing of an emergent narrative +David Amerland - what might be possible, is to continue to both practice as well as inform others that this is eminently possible and will result in massive wins for everyone participating.
 
At the time being, only place where gender does matter, is at my dog yard. Bitches just starting to come in heat, you know....
 
Very cool and insightful post. To me, this is akin to following the criss-crossing of a few neuronal pathways in the brain. It's a microcosm of a vast network of activity throughout the body, and it boggles my mind that there are so many different networks and platforms where this is occurring. I'm so happy that I'm on this particular platform following the people that I do, but I know there is a universe out there that I simply cannot tap into fully because of time constraints.
 
Apple will sue you for using their icon on software update/settings. Lol
 
+Thomas Kang I so hear you. Every moment spent here is 'stolen' from somewhere else for many of us. The only way to stop going crazy about this is to accept that any moment spent here is pure gain. 
 
Agreed, David. I don't think I could exceed the returns I'm getting here with any other platform, and the only major improvements that I can envision are through improvements in the technology behind the platform itself. I'm hopeful, and am holding my breath to be blown away even more than I already am.
 
+Thomas Kang the microcosm image is a great frame!

As for the time spent, which is one of the most difficult issues for most of us engaging in social media - for me it becomes easier to calculate, if I see it as a deposit, with the big advantage compared with a bank, that there's opportunities for value multiplication.

We are not yet at a point where it makes sense to fully trust the network effects, but through the emergent narrative as outlined by +David Amerland we're moving in the right direction...
 
Great analogy, John. I've been meaning to write up a post using standard econ graphs to show how the public exchanges on a platform like g+ create gains from trade, along with lots of positive externalities. The only thing that has held me back is the issue of time constraints. I will get to it one of these days, though. ^^
 
Use an Icon stolen from Apple to illustrate a G+ story.
Smooth...
 
Well done +David Amerland, but in a way of a tl/dr format. I really had to open the post in a separate tab :))
 
I definitely will, John; I know there are lots of others, but you and David are the go-to guys for me on these topics, as I mentioned previously.
 
A superb job showing what the daily journey on G plus can look like - Bravo!
 
I find it Google+ to be an unparalleled compilation of the arts, science, and technology all presented in an evolving tome with the foreword written, reviewed and presented by the world's people from a personal, intellectual and cultural perspective. It is an infinite repository of the human connection and thought as opposed to static recapitulation of information.
 
You forgot or at least omitted the spread of misinformation and out right lies. and trying to get us to install rouge software  
 
I find the same type of synergy in open source software development. I am certain that this is a new step in the evolution of humankind.
 
+Wolf Weber I know what you mean. There was no real way to do it justice in a shorter format. :)
 
THATS THE SYSTEM PREFERENCES ICON
 
my photo is coming, it is similar to the above mechanized.
 
LOL Nice that you used an Apple product image. ;)
 
+sam treloar I totally see your point. Every network, especially one the size of this one, offers a huge diversity of opinions and the digital realm is one that suffers from the shortcomings of the offline world, only more so.

Ultimately however the connections we make and the way we interact have to reflect what we want to get out of it. Without running the risk of creating a Stepford Wives world where all the participants we meet are the same we have to find the balance where there is enough diversity of opinion to challenge us and sufficient meaningful interaction to help us grow.

You are right this is not a given. It is not easy. It does not happen automatically. It happens though, and that is truly encouraging.
 
Whenever I have the time - I try to remain mindful of how I interact with others, partially by taking into account number of circlers.

In a nutshell - circle sizes of 50, 500, 5000, 50000 and half a million, makes for different discourse, different types of conversations. There is of course many other variables affecting the quality of the interactions.
 
+sam treloar Ah, we have all been through that journey at some point. Digital is still a new medium and learning its tropes takes time. Do not worry in the least. I thought your post highlighted one more perspective that is, unfortunately, valid. 

Nevertheless, when we get interactions here of the kind which you just fostered it is more than indicative of there being hope for us all. In little things, like occasional thoughtfulness and civility there can lie the power to affect much change. 
 
Like in a city, there are loud & noisy zones and quiet & calm zones in cyberspace. You can decide to visit bars & nighclubs for some fun & outbursts or stroll along the parks & recreational areas for some reflection & contemplation. Where you go and whom you follow are your very own filter tools.  
 
+sam treloar You could report it and block it, I suppose. Civility is not an age thing, ever. :) 
 
That's not what I'm suggesting, Sam. It's a time of formation for anyone here and I'm sure there are communities that are open to any kind of conversation. If not, you can always create your own community. 
 
+sam treloar I do not think anyone would suggest a "take it or leave it" approach in G+. We all benefit hugely by having access to the views, knowledge and opinion of many others. It's more a case of not being put out too much by the obstacles as you find your feet in this medium.
 
How on earth did I not previously see this post? Egads!

Strange. Just the fact you were able to put together such a richly linked piece - and where the most important of those links are people - seems to be itself a statement of Google+'s potential.

Sure you have to do the linking, but there's something that feels .... different about the platform. This ain't MySpace.

Well, I think the fact that discussions have accessible permalink URI's is pretty remarkable. But I don't know that many would see that as that big a deal. :)
 
+Aaron Bradley From a search point of view every post in G+ is a web page complete with the same assessment characteristics (H1 heading, italic emphasis, placement of search terms and links and so on) but add to this the semantic linking of people and their Author Rank (as ascribed by a number of different metrics) and you begin to see the importance of G+ in search and the semantic web. 
 
Add the #hashtag  suggestions and just one of the core emergent qualities they signify - an opportunity for us to align with and play well with a win-win-win convergence between us, Google and our audience.

Right now, in our every post, comment and piece of content, we're given a free crash course in network logic.
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