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Going Public with My +1's
I just turned my +1 tab public so that people can see the +1'ing I'm doing of information I see around the web. According to +Mark Traphagen, Google recommends doing this as part of the author verification process, so that's what finally got me to do it. It's easy though...here's how:

Click on the "+1's" link in your profile. Click the blue "Edit Profile" link in the upper right corner of the screen, then check the "Show this tab on your profile" check box, just like the picture below. You're done. Easy.

Thinking about it, I think there's merit to my being more public about my +1'ing. I've been +1'ing stuff in Google Reader as kind of a staging ground for potential future posts. Most of the stuff I +1 never gets converted into actual posts, but people may still find them interesting. I've been looking around at a few influential folks who also expose their +1's and they actually pretty interesting. It's kind of a shared bookmarking process. Not as rich as Delicious or Diigo, but not horrible either, and if you spend a lot of time in G+, as I do, it's pretty convenient.
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Aaauugghhhhh, so much learning, discovering something new about how all this G+ stuff works every day. If my brain explodes little plus symbols will be raining all around me in a bright and colorful burst. Thanks for being such a good teacher, +Gideon Rosenblatt !
 
I think I need two levels of +1; the public +1, and the 'no one would give a toss that I +1ed this' +1. There's some stuff that I +1 as an acknowledgment to the author, but without context the +1 could mean nothing. Did I laugh, did I agree, did I debate, or am I just saying thanks. Am I over thinking my +1s? ~lol~
 
Actually +Lady Fran W I think you make a point. A point that's shaped like a plus sign. I will give a +1 to people who replied to one of my posts, for example, to acknowledge the interaction, but as you say that reply might not mean anything taken by itself.
 
Great idea. Wasn't aware of that tab. Thanks!
 
And just to be clear, that tab doesn't show the +1'ing you do here within Google+ - just sites outside. I assume that's obvious, but just in case.
 
+Gideon Rosenblatt Which is definitely a good thing, otherwise I may come across as having some kind of +1 OCD ~lol~
 
+Vlad Markov That's where a public v private +1 steam could be of value; although I do wonder how much so. A list with too much content can lose it's benefit when it's too hard to locate a small entry.
 
I've had mine as public from the beginning when they were added to the Google Profile before G+ but, as it stands, I don't think the +1 tab is that useful.

There is huge potential for +1s to be some kind kind of social bookmarking service if Google wanted to go that route and wrote about it back in April last year but will have to go back to it and flesh out the idea.
 
I don't beat myself up for what I haven't learned yet in the +G universe. I've been on hangout with a Canadian friend and a work colleague. I've done some +1-ing. I've connecting to great people, including Gideon's connections, and learning the ropes. As I read +Gideon Rosenblatt's piece, I have the opportunity to learn "in perfect timing." So far, that approach that "everything happens in perfect timing" has served me well in the bubbling, exploding quasar that is social media.

I've stumbled across my collection of +1, thought, "oh, that's nice," and moved on to my "what's important right now" items, which has also helped, which includes commenting and contributing to communities that are rich in learning. :-)
 
Like +Paul Scott, I thought they were visible since the beginning of G+ too, +Gideon Rosenblatt :)
I've been curating my collection of +1's for months but never realized they were... hidden :) LOL
Thanks for the tip! :)
 
Great tip and I cannot help but think that Google has a master plan for +1 and that it will eventually evolve into something much more powerful than it is today.
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