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Digital strategist & social media fangirl, lover of the online realm & all things digital, marketing or life related :)
Digital strategist & social media fangirl, lover of the online realm & all things digital, marketing or life related :)

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Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic

Our happiest Google+ users are those who connect with others around shared interests and passions. So we set out to give people a place to express the things they love. Today, we’re announcing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic.

Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into. Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.

Posts in collections you follow will appear in your Home stream, with a link to easily jump right into the collection so you can get to similar content from that author. Collections give you a great way to find more of the stuff you love from the people you follow.

Collections is available on Android and the web, and iOS is coming later. For Android users, make sure to update your Google+ app to get access to Collections.

For inspiration on interesting topics, check out our Featured Collections page here: g.co/collections

Create your collections today and share what you love.
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Hurry up and be here already GoT!
Game Of Thrones  Built "World's Largest Fire-Breathing Crane" For Drogon

This year on Game of Thrones, the dragons are bigger and nastier — so the VFX crew bringing them to life had to come up with two new methods for portraying Drogon, the biggest of the bunch. Including "the world's largest fire-breathing crane."

TV Insider has a great feature about the VFX behind Drogon in season five of Game of Thrones. Including this great quote from VFX supervisor Joe Bauer:

"Drogon is twice the size he was last year. He's about 40 feet long and 20 percent bigger than the other two dragons. He's also the alpha, so his way goes. He's still affectionate with Dany, but he's got his own mind and needs her less, just like any child growing up... Drogon gets to perform more this year than ever, and have more complex interactions with Dany."

To create Drogon's movements, they started with a "Technodolly," which is a 15-foot crane usually used to hold a camera on its telescopic arm — but instead, they put a flamethrower on the end of it. "Standing 50 feet away from the dragon fire, you could get a nice tan," said producer D.B. Weiss to TV Insider.

Over that, they sketched the fine details of Drogon's movements digitally — and this year, he's based on Komodo dragons, iguanas, horned lizards, and crocodiles. His movements are based on eagles and bats, and the way he takes off is based on pelicans. Meanwhile, the VFX team also used a Simulcam system, so you can see by looking at the monitor where Drogon would be in the final shot, and "the scene could be framed properly," says VFX producer Steve Kullback.

This is all a huge upgrade from previous years — in season one, dragon balls were tennis balls on sticks. In season two, they were stuffed dragons, or maquettes, on her shoulders. Then they were soccer balls on 30-foot poles.

More details at the link:
tvinsider.com/article/1141/game-of-thrones-beauty-and-her-beast/

#GoT   #gameofthrones   #drogon   #dragons   #fantasy  

via/ io9.com/game-of-thrones-built-worlds-largest-fire-breathing-cr-1696081768
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Why Comments on Google+ Posts Is Now Even More Important

Anyone active on social media wants comments on their posts, but a change on Google+ now rolling out to users makes that even more important.

The change that began rolling out late yesterday affects posts that are reshares of other posts. Previously, the phrase "originally shared" in the display of the original post being reshared linked to that post. Now it is no longer a link.

Instead, there is now only a link to the original post if it had comments. That link now appears at the bottom of the display of the post being reshared (which now is highlighted in a gray box.)

Look at the example below. In this case I had reshared a post by +Antoine Carriere. But Antoine's post had never received any comments. So it has no link below the post.

Why Did Google Make This Change?
My speculation is that Google+ wants to "reward" or promote the version of content that is getting engagement. If the original post has comments, now the reader is alerted to that fact, and clicking on that notice enables one to get to that discussion.

In other words, for Google+, discussion trumps time priority. In Google+'s valuation, a post is valuable not because it was shared first, but because it is generating discussion.

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This devaluing of "original ownership" has actually always been a part of the very structure of Google+. I observed early on, for example, that a reshare of one's post by a higher authority profile would usually outrank the original in Google Search. (See http://stonet.co/1eZujxB). 

So in the Google+ world battles over who shared something first (as if he or she were "owner" of the share) are meaningless. Google+ is putting the emphasis on community, and community happens where the discussion happens.
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Or people willing to take part in a survey about whether they like Facebook tend not to like Facebook.
Survey: Facebook Users Getting Less Enchanted?

+Eric Enge of +Stone Temple Consulting has just released an updated version of a survey of Facebook users he ran a year ago. Read the new data at http://stonet.co/FBUsageSurvey

Eric says, "Compared to our sampling last year, less people want to publicly interact and more people are getting frustrated with Facebook’s privacy policies and commercialization. In general we saw a small decline in overall satisfaction with the experience that is Facebook. There seems to be very little branded recognition of some of the major features that Facebook has implemented over the years, namely their video option for chat and Graph Search."

Eric carefully notes in the introduction that the survey covered a very small sample (325) users. Nonetheless, it is interesting to compare this year's findings over last year's. 

What do you think? Do you think users are becoming gradually disenchanted with Facebook? Does it surprise you that a large number of these users were unaware of some of Facebook's most trumpeted innovations? 

#facebook   #socialmedia   #plusonly  
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Check the paw, to mouth, to land action. Kitteh got skillz.
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#CIPRsm have released the newly updated Wikipedia and PR guide available here: 
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