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Jonathon Barton
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It's been a little more than a week, and so far?
The Trump Administration is going pretty much exactly the way I hoped it would.

"At noon we had a crowd of around 3 dozen people...now there's a crowd of about 3,000..."

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Aren't they all?
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+John Hanke John,

Your opinion about Pokémon trackers "sucking some of the fun out of it" is dead wrong. However +Niantic engaged with Pokemon Trackers to shutter them absolutely sucked 100% of the fun out of Pokemon Go for a lot of people.

Pokémon Trackers enable players to engage in self-selected, self-directed, emergent gaming behavior. This emergent behavior means that people are having fun playing +Pokémon GO  in ways you never imagined...and you just crippled their fun in favor of making everyone play it "your way".

I urge you and the rest of +Niantic to embrace what the Crowd builds - then monetize it. +Niantic and +Pokémon GO could have made another $10 million dollars this week, if you'd instead embraced the work done by +Poké Vision, leveraged it, and posted an official tracker app in the store for a buck.

For me? Racing the clock to catch an unusual Pokemon turns a walk into a jog, and with the stroke of an email (Cease and Desist, maybe?) you stopped tacitly incentivizing gameplay through allowing me (and others) to self-direct my gameplay via PokeVision (I played for 3 hours yesterday, collecting Pidgeys and Rattatas and visiting Pokéstops to refill) and I've walked more in July than I have in 10 years), and you instead incentivized removing the app and going back to playing Pokemon on the DS while I'm sitting on the toilet.

I don't believe that's the intended effect.

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I thought I'd put this out there to get you all to participate. It's a fun survey that covers Myers-Briggs typology to Hogwart's Houses, and I definitely want there to be enough answers to be almost statistically significant. =)

http://eilamona.com/post/138663972297/master-personality-typology-survey

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Woah.

On "Remembering 9/11"

This year there are 83,267,556 Americans who were age 6 or younger on 9/11/2001, and the vast majority had not formed their first permanent memories yet. That's fully 27% of Americans who do not have (and can't possibly have) memories of 9/11/2001. (and 18.5% - over 57 million - were not even born yet...)

The oldest members of this cohort of Americans with no memory of 9/11 are College Sophomores this year. 

These Americans cannot "Never Forget" because They Can't Possibly Remember It In The First Place. 

"Never Forget" is swiftly moving into the history books (and should take it's rightful place) alongside "A Day That Will Live In Infamy", "Remember The Alamo" and "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death". 

On second thought, maybe we should start using that last one again. 

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Went shopping downtown last week and took these photos from some cool hotel.

The carvings are from Karim Khan Zand, the king of Iran in mid-1700s, and some other monuments in Shiraz.

Coordinates: 29.622048, 52.541047

#Shiraz   #StreetPhotography  
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It's been 4 years since the launch of Google+ - What are your thoughts on the evolution of the platform?


I barely use it anymore, for three reasons.

1) The Content has changed
Hardly anyone from my circles "blogs" on it anymore. They use it like an impersonal Facebook - reposting articles from other places on the web without adding anything to it. There are a few people out there who share and add quite a bit of editorial content, like +Dave Hill  and +Dave Taylor and sometimes +Sarah Rios  , but the vast majority? It's just a link to a funny cat picture or article about (x), with nothing insightful or personal added about it. I appreciate +Cindy Grotz, +Sarah King and the dynamic duo of +Eve Sullivan and +Lillith Sullivan so much because (unlike so many) their content is pretty much always personal. 

2) Google destroyed Hangout Discovery in 2012. For the first 2 years of G+, I had a circle of HUNDREDS of people who would hang out two or three nights a week. Epic 6 hour Hangouts. Sometimes drunk. Sometimes naked. Sometimes both. We'd leave the Hangout public, and random people from all over the world would sometimes wander through our hangouts - much to their confusion, more often than not... Then, in 2012, Google changed the way Hangouts appeared in people's streams (so that they basically didn't appear in people's streams), and within a month the weekly hangouts were completely dead.

3) We never got the (vaguely) promised API. I can pull anything I post to Google+ into my Wordpress Blog, but I can't go the other way. So now that I'm a fulltime RV dweller (currently in Sacramento), and have a lot of content and a limited bandwidth connection, and without an incoming API, all the interesting things I've done in the 6 months since I hit the road have wound up on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and my Wordpress site (Yarrvee.com)...but have been locked out of Google+ unless I take the time and effort to post them by hand - which sucks because I often upload videos when I have a good connection, then schedule them to go public 3-4 days in advance when I know I won't have a solid connection. No solid connection means that I can't hand-post to G+

The platform had a ton of promise in the beginning.

These days, it feels like Ingress (which started out as a side project from a very small team) gets more love than G+ (which started out as a project that was supposed to 'revolutionize' Google) does. 

That makes me sad.
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