Once upon a time ... (the fairy tale continues)
In a land not that far away (actually pretty close, since it is all around us) called  #GooglePlus there was a poor boy called +Jens Graikowski. I'm sure, you've heard of him before. This boy had the most peculiar adventure, but let me start at the beginning.

Jens had lived in G+ land for quite some time and he was very poor; poor beyond imagination. He only had one car and only one #laptop and only one #PC , can you imagine that? What was even worse, was that everything he had was old, because he'd been out of a job for more than two years. A terrible economic crisis had hit the kingdom and Jens didn't have any money to buy new things. He didn't complain though. He was a frugal and happy young fellow and every day he counted his blessings, for he was guerdoned for his poverty with a wonderful wife and two beautiful and charming daughters. Jens was happy in G+ Land. He was helpful and well liked and thousands of people followed him, but fate was about to deal him a nasty blow.

One day Jens started up his trusty laptop Lappy, when he got a bad fright. Lappy was very sick! "I'm feeling so weak." the laptop said. "I don't know what's wrong with me. I can't seem to concentrate on my work and at the end of the day I just don't seem to be able to turn off. Sometimes my touch pad stops working or I just crash all together." and though Lappy partly recovered for a short time, after another couple of months he finally succumbed to his ailments.

That was a sad day for Jens, for he had loved his laptop very much for it had been his line to the community of G+ and all his friends there. He wrote a quick note on his old home office PC (an ancient machine that was not fast enough to live up to the challenges a busy live in G+ Land presented) to let his followers know that his time with them was at an end. He then went for a walk in the magic forest where the elves lived to be alone with his grief.

While he walked along a narrow trail through the forest a peculiar figure appeared before him. It was an elder lady, but she was only about one foot tall, translucent and she had tiny little wings like a dragon fly which she used to hover silently right in front of Jens's nose.
"What brings you to my forest with such a long face?" she asked and looked at Jens disapprovingly. "No creature is allowed to be that sad in my kingdom".
Jens looked at her with little interest. He had never seen such a funny looking little woman before, but his sorrow occupied his mind completely and left no space for tiny, see-through ladies. Nevertheless Jens was a well mannered young man and his mother had taught him to answer when he was asked a question by his elders.
"My laptop has died" he said "and I have no way to participate in the rich and satisfying life of the G+ community." He sadly shook his head. "I will wither away and die an unhappy and lonely man."

"Nonsense" the hovering apparition replied. "Don't underestimate the power of G+!" I am the fairy G+ godmother and I will never abandon any of my children. You have been a helpful and worthy member of the #community . Whenever a goobie (that is what the google newbies were called in the realm of the google elves and dwarves) needed advise, you were there for them. You enriched many a thread with your witty and knowledgeable comments. Whenever somebody needed a good cause shared, you did it and my elves love the way you contribute to discussions in a civilised and intelligent manner, even when you happen to disagree with the other side. For all your effort I'll grant you three wishes. What will you wish for?"

"Oh, dear fairy G+ godmother" Jens said with hope suddenly filling his heart until it felt like bursting. "I don't wish for much. I am reasonably healthy and I have a wonderful family. My daughters are the joy of my life and my wife is a lovely, caring and hard working woman. I only wish for me being able to join in the community life of G+ again. Three wishes you say? Well, here they are." And, summoning all his courage, he told the fairy G+ godmother his three wishes.
"I'd like a new laptop, so I can work on my posts again and fill people's life with joy writing my How I ... posts (  #jghowi ) and letting them partake in my Virtual Trip Down Historic Route 66#jgroute66 ). I'd also like a RAM update for my old home office PC, so that I can keep on contributing to G+, even when the laptop falls ill for a day or two and my last wish would be an android phone, so I can stay in contact with my G+ friends, even when I'm on the road."
He then ducked down, for he was sure the fairy G+ godmother would strike him with lightning for his impertinence.

Nothing happened. After a while Jens dared to look up again only to find the translucent figure looking down at him. She had her arms crossed over her ample bosom and regarded the shaking boy calmly.
"You don't ask for much, do you?" she asked after a while that seemed to Jens like an eternity. "Well" she continued with a sigh "I did promise and a fairy godmother always keeps her promises. You will have to wait a bit, after all we fairy godmothers are no miracle workers, but I'll send you two of my elves with the goods you asked for. +Dusan Vrban will bring you an Asus eee PC netbook and +James Pakele will send you 4 RAM sticks to speed up your old PC. He'll also send you a Motorola Atrix 4g mobile phone. You will have to wait a bit for that though, for James lives on a long forgotten magical island far away and it will take some time to get the goods over here. Does that meet your requirements?".

Jens looked at the translucent figure suspiciously. He wasn't born yesterday and he knew, that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.
"What do you want in return" he asked the fairy G+ godmother. "I am poor and have nothing to give you and you can't have my first born!"
"I think you are mixing up fairy tale characters here, my boy." the hovering mystical creature chided him mildly. "We fairy godmothers don't take first borns. I don't want anything, but for you to carry on with your tireless work and to bring joy to the people who read your posts. Be a worthy member of the G+ community, is all that I ask of you."
"That is easily promised, for this is what I like doing anyway." replied Jens and getting bold by his success he added "But I'll also need help with unlocking and setting up my Motorola. I'm only a poor boy and don't know anything about these magical things."
The fairy G+ godmother inhaled sharply, but she answered "Well, we've come this far, we might as well finish the job off properly. I'll send my dwarves +Daniel Navarro+Luke Psaila and +Adrian Chapmanlaw to assist you with the phone."

They left it at that and Jens left the enchanted forest with a much more hopeful stride than when he'd entered it. It happened as the fairy G+ godmother had promised. After less than a week the Asus netbook arrived from +Dusan Vrban and a couple of weeks later the 4 RAM sticks with 2Gb each and the Motorola Atrix 4g from the far away forgotten island where the elf +James Pakele lived. The three dwarves set to work and helped Jens to rapidly unlock the phone and set it up just to his liking and Jens lived with his netbook, his speedy computer and his mobile phone happily ever after.

The End.


And again this is not a fairy tale. It's the truth and nothing but the truth. It happened just the way I described it (Well, I'm not a 100% sure about the fairy G+ godmother). I don't care, if I'm boring people to death by repeating it over and over again. This community is something else! Try and find that kind of attitude towards complete strangers on the other large social network! My eternal gratitude goes out to +Dusan Vrban, +James Pakele+Johnny Johnsen (who also offered to send me his sons computer), +Daniel Navarro, +Luke Psaila, +Adrian Chapmanlaw and many, many others who have supported me with gifts, much needed advise and kind words. This post has one purpose only. To show what wonderful people there are in this community. To show that some people go that extra step to help a mate in need.

Please share this post! Let the whole world know how special G+ is! We can be rightfully proud of who we are, because we are what makes this community special. I would love this to make it into the What's hot stream but I know it's a fat chance that's going to happen. Well, I've done all I can. It's down to you guys now.

+Jens Graikowski.

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