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Auto Awesome: The Hoff presents my morning coffee!

http://googleblog.blogspot.de/2014/03/introducing-auto-awesome-photobombs.html
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Happy Birthday Floppy Drive!
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Good to know: Your social graph as seen by Google
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Google+ allows you to share posts with Your circles, Publicly, or your Extended circles.

Ever wondered though who all is in your Extended circles?

It's not surprising that you can Google it. :-)

http://www.google.com/s2/u/0/search/social?hl=en#gc

h/t +Malcom Chakery for originally sharing this! Fascinating link! If not a bit .... scary!

Careful what you share should be the takeaway. And your Extended circles are really, really, broad. :-)
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Rule 16: There are no girls on the the internet Google+.
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Hat mich mein Gefühl also nicht getäuscht..
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Heading home from Developers Paradise 2013. I had a good time, met cool people, learned some things. Thanks to the organizer and sponsors, see you at the next event! #mdp13 #devparadise 
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Meet me at Meet Magento, 3.6.2013 in Leipzig
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Endlich: Facebook, Twitter und G+ Buttons einbinden ohne datenschutztechnische Bedenken (siehe Update im Heise-Artikel). So wird's gemacht!
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Useful feature for private messages aside from email, I hope they manage to make it less spam-prone:
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Another hint (thanks +Sam Hopewell):

Want to make sure people in your circles get notified about a post you're sharing, in case they're not looking at their Stream? Hover over the blue "chip" of the circle you're interested in notifying. Click the checkbox that says "Notify about this post".

(Even more so than my earlier suggestion about +-mentioning people, this is one to use very sparingly—I'd go so far as to say you should never use it with a circle of people you don't know personally, like Following.)
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> A user who has been "summoned" to the thread by such means can themselves invite futher participants by mentioning them in turn. And so the conversation grows. A later experiment revealed that disabling the reshare option on a post will not prevent the share list from growing via the link mention mechanism.
+Andy Staudacher: Is this really a wanted feature? As it seems useful to add people to a conservation by mentioning them, I am uncomfortable that others have the possibility to invite anyone to my "private" posts like and I cannot do anything about it.
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The Expandable Conversation

Here are the results of a little experiment I carried out this afternoon regarding evolving the share list for posts on Google+. I'd been impressed by the potential of the Circles mechanism for sharing things with targeted groups of people, but it had occurred to me that the original audience might not remain the only audience of interest. A casual post can sometimes spawn an insightful conversation that might be of interest to others.

My first attempt, shortly after joining Google+ was to use the post editing feature, in the hope that I could modify the "share list". However the edit UI does not feature the sharing control present in the original posting UI. I then experimented with the reshare function, but doing so loses the comment thread from the original post, which is often contains the motivation for expanding the audience in the first place.

My experiment today involved creating a new circle, then adding people to it after the fact. While this worked, by accident we discovered an even more flexible mechanisms: link mentions.

By link mentions, I mean the citing of another Google+ user by the convention of typing + followed by their user name (typically autocompleted for you by the UI) This creates a link to the users profile in the post or comment and causes them to receive a notification that they have been mentioned. But the most interesting effect is that a user who is link mentioned is added to the share list if they were not already there.

A user who has been "summoned" to the thread by such means can themselves invite futher participants by mentioning them in turn. And so the conversation grows. A later experiment revealed that disabling the reshare option on a post will not prevent the share list from growing via the link mention mechanism.

Going the other way, it seems that once a user has been mentioned or has posted in a thread, it is difficult or impossible to remove them. Deleting them from the original Circle that was used to share the post will not remove them from the share list if they have made a comment or been mentioned. And even deleting the entire original Circle only seems to remove those members of the Circle who have neither posted or been mentioned.

Of course the original poster retains the ability to moderate comments by deleting them, or reporting abuse. I have not yet found a mechanism by which the OP might "ban" a participant from a thread once they have been added.

Ultimately, I quite like the feature, as it allows conversations on Google+ to grow and expand their reach organically, much as I had originally hoped. It's clear that the clever folks at Google have put some deep thought into making the granular sharing mechanisms both flexible, and discoverable.

Thanks to +Random Geek, +Brian Dorsey, +Jon Leitheusser, +Justin Pecott, +Seth Johnson, +Ted Leung and +Dave Peck for their sterling service as guinea pigs.
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Yes, there are definitely usability issues there.
- It needs to be clear that an +mention adds a person to the thread.
- It needs to be clear that there are social norms about adding someone to a private thread.

We've addressed the second issue to some degree when we made a change last Thursday which was pushed out on Friday. The first time you reshare a private post we show a dialog which explains what's going on in terms of social norms.

@+Yonatan Zunger: We should show a similar dialog the first time you do an +mention in a comment. Or maybe the first time you make an +mention in a comment to a private post.
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Oh shit, Myspace Tom is a comment magnet. Anyway, interesting discussion down there:
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Will apps be good for Google+? A lot of people I know wanted to get away from app spam in the Facebook feed. If Google+ launches a development platform, is that a net positive for Google+ (do you want to be super-poked?) Or is it just going to create more noise in the stream? What would you change about apps on Google+ if you think they should exist. The link below is a signup for Developers to keep updated on Google+ platform.
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