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Breaking my Google+ retirement to just make folks in here aware of a strange issue with Google AdSense.

Somehow, my Gmail profile in Chrome on this Mac appears to be injecting someone else's Google AdSense ads (see below) into the Google Analytics snippet. Reporting it here, because folks like +Mat Bennett and others might be interested. I've reported it, using the "someone else's ad code is appearing on my website" form, on Google AdSense itself.

Concerning. More details on the Flickr page.
I spotted some odd layout problems on media.info this morning (and one error in the console), and after a bit of hard work, discovered this injection code in the Google Analytics snippet (at the bottom). That ca-pub ID is not mine, though I can't find a copy of it on the web anywhere. It only happened when logged into my james.cridland@gmail.com account on Chrome. Using my james@cridland.net account it wasn't there; using incognito mode it wasn'...
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You make a good point. Only 37 visits in the last month from IE6. Looks as if the BBC has finally upgraded!
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I'm thinking my time with Google+ is probably done.

It's so clearly unloved by Google, with no major updates for some time, that I doubt it is worth investing in a product which is so clearly in maintenance mode. Many of the people I follow are no longer posting here. Blogger blogposts, automatically thrown in here, make up much of the remainder of things I see. Comments were once thoughtful, but are now mostly full of idiots; communities are either empty or full of spam. For posts containing links to content, apart from Android-related content Google+ has next to no interaction, and as a website owner, there is absolutely no benefit in me spending the time on Google+, since it produces no tangible benefits in either interaction or traffic.

The most obvious sign of G+'s demise (quite apart from no mentions at I/O last year) is that Google continues to use Google Groups as their main discussion mechanism. Official looking product communities here are either full of spam (Google Play being one more obvious example) or are digital tumbleweed (Freebase, AdSense, and others). Google's many official posts make no attempt to interact or converse with commenters, either. Authorship has been removed, too. If Google doesn't care about Google+, why should I?

I wanted Google+ to work, but it is clearer every day that - for whatever reason - it simply doesn't. Google+ zealots try to desperately claim that it isn't a ghost town, but in the main they are trying to defend Google+ because they have invested time in it for their SEO or social business that they don't want to go to waste. The reality is that, apart from the zealots, there are precious few media outlets and companies using Google+; and apart from a few niche content types, Google+ is almost invisible in terms of interaction or traffic generation.

If the content was good, I was prepared to overlook some of G+'s shortcomings. For a while, this was a thoughtful and interesting "shared interests network": but it seems that it is becoming less and less so.

Perhaps this is a bigger issue: that Google is losing its way on many things. What was once an innovative, exciting company now appears to be more me-too than ever. I don't know.

I'll keep popping in here to privately share photos of my daughter with family. Facebook is blocked in China, whereas Google+ isn't. (And that, too, speaks volumes). But I suspect I'll do little else.
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I'm a great fan of Twitter, I like the snappy engagement and the easy flow of the timeline.

I'm sure there are dickheads there, but there's no need to follow them. There, like here, the key is to tailor your timeline so it works for you. I find it really useful for my work and interests.

But G+ has many of the same pluses too. Of Facebook we shall not speak.
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Feature suggestion: "off till I come home"

I am going out with my family. I know roughly when I'm coming back, so I'd like to turn the heating off for 3 hours. Or, I'd like to turn the heating off until 4.00pm.

Currently, I find that I remember to turn the heating off, but rarely remember to turn it back on again!

(The alerts based on location, incidentally, almost never work for me...)

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Yep we are aware of that request, almost the opposite of heating boost as all. So that we can track all the suggested improvements we use a UserVoice forum here: hivehome.uservoice.com/forums/223103-general Please vote for it there or you can also submit ideas via the app in Product Ideas.
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Rather impressed at +Inoreader​'s mobile interface. Never really thought to use it before: but I have been more and more confused as to when Amber Reader, my RSS reader, actually marks things as read: mostly, it seems, it doesn't do that very well

+Neville Hobson​ got me into using it, and I ought to spend longer on the desktop interface to understand what I can do with rules and the integration of Twitter. The rules look potentially very interesting; I am following a lot of feeds, though, and perhaps a first start would be to actually sort them into folders - still have yet to manage that.

Anyway - just as the +BBC News​ mobile website is just as good as the app (and in many ways superior), and how I use Facebook by using the "Tinfoil for Facebook" app which simply shows a sandboxed mobile version of the Facebook app, I suspect here is another thing to, on the phone at least, simply use online.

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+Michael Mahemoff Amber also gives you that river of news experience. I think their own (horrid) app also does.
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Something is wrong in the world. The +BBC News​ app update was released first for Android, follows (most) Material design guidelines, and is actually pretty bloody good. What on earth is happening?
The BBC News app has been completely redesigned with a fresh look and feel,...
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+Kenton Price​ The Guardian does it. Yes, they are smaller, but...

Ways to fix that include staggering breaking news alerts over a 30-second period, and/or using Akamai and Limelight to serve those images: the BBC already have the contracts signed, and it would make a much nicer experience. (My team at the BBC did testing with Amazon S3 for this purpose as well, though you would now use CloudFront).

I feel your pain: I had this exact issue at Virgin Radio when our player was forcing thousands of requests to our image servers at the exact same time. We did both of the above.
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Excellent!
 
By me today for +Traveller: "I pointed to the sign, and she realised: 'This is the wrong station, isn't it?'" The attractions of the Wrong Abbey Road, London: http://www.traveller.com.au/the-wrong-abbey-road-in-london-12mal4
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Quite right Drew, and apparently they were warned - I believe the locals suggested "Abbey Gardens" as an alternative. 
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The hypocrisy of this is almost mind-numbing, given the Wikileaks news today.
 
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Ah, the art of copywriting.

/via +Sally Walker​
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Seems he's been busy in Toronto!!
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So, here's a thing.
 
User research -> We'd like to let you to get rid of the ads on our website, in return for some money. We know some people don't like ads, but we rely on them for the majority of our income - and have done for (gulp) twenty years so far.

We're thinking of asking for an initial £4.99 a year. You'd get no ads, and we'd also give you a secure version of our website via https, so nobody can snoop on what you're doing. We'd probably call this "VIP" or "Pro".

If we asked for £4.99 per year (no auto-recurring payment, just a £4.99 price for no-ads for 365 days) would you:
a) get your pitchforks out
b) be cool with it
c) think we're selling ourselves short
d) other, please explain

We're genuinely interested as to whether this is a good plan. We think ads work fine for many people, but we know that other people would prefer other ways of ensuring that media.info pays its way.

Please let us know here...
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Hello, Australia. Thrilled to be writing for RadioInfo. Here's my first column...

+Rae Allen+James O'Brien​ please tell your friends
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Will do.
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Clever or a bit crass? We quite like it as an idea.
Magazine launches what it calls an innovative new photography series
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But isn't this similar to ESPN Magazine's annual Body Issue?
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I concentrate on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business across the world.

As a conference speaker, I speak in radio events across the world - on radio's multiplatform future, the effect of smartphones on radio listening, and radio's place in social media.

As a writer, I write about what happens when radio and new platforms collide - for media.info and other websites and magazines.

As a consultant, I work with the brightest brains to ensure radio remains relevant.

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Won both Webby Awards for Virgin Radio's website when I ran it (public and judges' choice). Launched radio's first ever mobile phone app.
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Radio futurologist, and Managing Director, media.info
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  • media.info
    Managing Director, 1994 - present
    media.info is the new name for Media UK
  • Virgin Radio
    Director of Digital Media, 2001 - 2007
  • BBC
    Head of FM&T, A&Mi, 2007 - 2009
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Great place: friendly staff, family-friendly with kids toys, and a nice and varied menu.
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Well designed independent coffee shop, named after an old real-estate business that once occupied the same premises. Great coffee, attentive staff, free WiFi and iPads for all. Very highly recommended.
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Splendid place, and is the highlight of any train to London
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Whenever I visit this pub, I am deeply disappointed that it is not my local. Splendid place.
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Great and ever-changing choice of ales, and fun railway stuff on the walls. Usually shows sport on the TVs, but normally silently. A nice and homely place to stop for a pint.
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reviewed 2 months ago
Amazingly good: very tasty steak, and the burger was excellent too. Lovely atmosphere and good team. Very enjoyable evening.
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Amazing views from the room. Rooms comfortable and ultra-modern. WiFi free, and no silly passwords. Plentiful breakfast. Shame it's in the middle of nowhere, but the metro will take you to where you want to be.
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