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Jay Wong
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My day at the Huntington with +Matthew Levine and my lovely cousin +Trina Teoh!
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Most amazing and seamless auto awesome ever of +AJ Asver!
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bara he wo lag rah hai......................
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+Grayson Lang thank you for my companion cube coaster v2. #ilovemyengineers
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How Google Hangouts saved my life

I am bipolar and just 1 year ago I was an absolute mess.  My doctor didn't like one of the medications I was on so they wanted me to go off of it.  I was reluctant, but several doctors had made the same recommendation so I was willing to go along with it.   Within days of stopping the medication I was in a personal hell I can't even describe a year later.  I knew that I didn't want to die but I also had absolutely no hope about anything.  This was the start of the worst depression of my life that included what seemed like never ending thoughts of suicide.

This was right around the time I really started to understand Google+ and hangouts.  I had numerous doctors tell me that I should go to a support group but with my work schedule I couldn't find one that I was actually willing to go to.  So I started my own via Google Hangout.  The people I met through that process have profoundly touched my life and I will forever be in debt to them for helping me survive the scariest time in my life.

The people who were brave enough to join me (a stranger) wanting to do a hangout support group for depression and anxiety are amazing individuals.  Individuals who shared their wealth of knowledge of medications and side effects and tools and coping mechanism and compassion.  They are my hero's.  And they helped keep me fighting, which helped save my life.

Four months after going off medication I convinced the doctor to let me start it again and my mood immediately started to stabilize.  I will forever be changed by those few months, I think I'm a better person as a result.  So I can't say I completely regret the experience however it also scarred me as well.

A year later this segment of my journey may be over but I have new friends and people I will carry in my heart always.  They are kindred spirits who share the dark journey of depression and anxiety and they share their hearts and souls openly in hopes that it will help them find the peace they seek.

So my lesson is this Google Hangouts are great for meeting people, celebrities, learning about science & technology, discussing every topic under the sun.  But consider the things that aren't mentioned very often in public Depression, Alcoholism, Addiction, Grief, Isolation.  There are others out there that have the same struggles and almost everyone will benefit from the real human interaction.  Find a group of people with similar interests or struggles and start a hangout and see what happens.

This is a post that's been brewing for a while.  I share these parts of me because I am confident where I am in my life.  The people that matter to me (including my employer) know my struggles and they still appreciate what I offer the world, and my struggles  are part of who I am.  And I know I'm not the only one so if I can help just one person by sharing then it's all worth it.  If you're scared and unsure then send me a message and I'll try my best to help.  It's the least I can do for all the help I've been given.

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Really quite well done! Very googley design.
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+Matthew Levine and +Eric Levine e pretending to be brothers
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Oh, I dunno... ;)
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Yay! http://google.com/+jaywong officially acquired.

Achievement unlocked.
 
Expanding the availability of custom URLs

Custom URLs are short, easy to remember web addresses that link directly to your Google+ profile or page (like google.com/+OtavioSilva or google.com/+Toyota). They make it easier for you to connect with others, as well as promote your content, and today we're significantly expanding their availability to people and pages on Google+.

If your profile meets the following criteria, you’ll now be able to claim a custom URL:
- Has a profile photo, and
- Has at least 10 followers, and
- Has an account that's at least 30 days old

Meanwhile, any brand or business that has a linked website or is a verified local business can claim a custom URL for their Google+ page. Link and verification info is available in the Google+ Help Center: http://goo.gl/RMpxP.

Once you meet the eligibility criteria, just visit your profile or page to begin the claiming process. If you don't see the option yet, don't worry: we're expanding availability throughout the week, and you'll see the in-product notice as soon as your custom URL is ready.

We hope that custom URLs will help  you more easily promote your content on Google+, whether it be new photo collections, Hangouts On Air, or an interesting series of posts.  For ideas on how to include custom URLs in your campaigns, ad creatives and more, visit our help center: https://support.google.com/plus/?p=claim_url 

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I got mine before two days: http://www.google.com/+BasharAyyash I'm very happy with this URL!!!!
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some awesome UI concepts in this futuristic world presented by microsoft! http://www.microsoft.com/office/vision/
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With a nice video hosted on Youtube instead of their own platform?
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THANKYOU +Grayson Lang for my Companion cube coaster! It is awesome =).
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A short look into what we were up to at the +Plus 20 workshop in Sydney last week! =)
 
Check out what went down at the +20 UX Workshop with +Google & +Semi-Permanent recently in Sydney! 
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  • University of New South Wales
    Computer Science / Digital Media, 2010 - 2012
  • University of Technology, Sydney
    Visual Communication, 2008 - 2009
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    UI/UX Designer, 2012 - present
  • Omnomnom Studios
    Director/Designer/Programmer, 2009 - 2012
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