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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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+Sarah King , NASA is however active on here! 
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+Milad Farjadian - I thought you'd like this... It's a pity that I didn't see it until today - he was in Shiraz on the 31st, when this was published!
The former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran - AKA the Den of Espionage - an access-all-areas photo tour. A nest of spies, in downtown Tehran, or just an embassy?
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What a pity! :|

And I know he has had a hard time dealing with those idiot IRGC guys at the embassy! :|

I am not that much clear espionage allegations, yet. I am planning to check the facts before I decide. 

I hope he enjoyed the rest of his stay in Iran. 
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The First Ad...
Hey, it's posted in the RV section. Seems legit.
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*Fuck. Yes.*
I can't begin to tell you how long I've waited for this day...
I'm finally going to watch them in the "No Machete" order.
IV - V (Luke's Story)
II - III (Anakin's story with no boring Trade Dispute or Jar Jar)
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In Austin for #SXSW AND staying at McKinney Falls State Park in our home on wheels? (No hotel!) Does it get any better than this?
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Have you had any of the BBQ here? La Barbecue is worth checking out. John Mueller Meat Co would be another.
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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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I've always wanted to play Assassin's Screed, a game where you wander aimlessly through famous cities in famous time, yelling at people. 
I'm pretty sure it's by the same people who made one of my favorite games from the late 90's, Diatribes 2. 
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The Second Ad... 
I just wanted to make sure people are aware, this is a total scam. I drove all the way out there to look at this thing and the guy wanted a huge deposit before he'd even let me take it for a spin.

After looking around a bit I'd be surprised if this thing could even finish the Kessel run, let alone do it in a decent time. It's totally infested with roaches and womp rats, so when you figure the cost of a 6.2 trillion cubic foot fumigation job, this thing is a total write-off for that reason alone.

I know it's had Sand People in it, but all the tracks are single file so who knows how many have been in there or what parts they've ripped off.

You can't even get this thing licensed in most states until you remove all 384 turbolasers and the ion cannons will have to be retrofitted with low-capacity magazines (thanks Obama), and there's no way this thing is ever going to pass emissions.

The "carbon scoring" is conveniently makes the serial numbers unreadable, so I can't even verify what model year this thing is, but I suspect that it's the year that no one wants because there weren't any handrails on the control deck. The whole "open bridge" thing was a terrible idea. It's like the Pontiac Aztec of star destroyers.

So save yourself a trip. The guy just wants this crap off his farm but doesn't want to pay the Jawas to haul it away.

Believe me, this isn't the star destroyer you're looking for.
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Each side of the YarrVee has one tiny, repaired, chip in it. 
Someday, it will be much worse, I'm sure. =)
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CIRCLE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
This works REALLY well if your circles are a disheveled mess!

Create 5 new empty circles. called:
Regulars
+1ers
Commenters
Post Share
Everyone


First:
Dump everyone from all your circles into "Everyone".

This may take two passes, as you may bump against the 'daily circling limit' that Google has, if you have a lot of people already circled.

Go ahead and keep people in your various specialty circles if you like, but YOU WON'T BE READING THOSE CIRCLES ANYMORE.

Why? 
People in those circles are real human beings and post all kinds of stuff, cat macros, macro photography, circle management strategies, etc. that are completely unrelated to the circle you've put them in...

Again - your specialty circles are now for POSTING, not READING.

Now that you have everyone in Everyone...
As people interact with you, add them to the circle that matches how they interacted.
Did someone +1 your post, your comment, or your comment on someone else's posts? Put them in +1ers. 
Same with commenting on your posts, and/or resharing them - put them in the proper circle right from the notification pane.

When you discover someone who has been added to 4 of the 5 new circles - i.e. they have check marks for Everyone, +1ers, Commenters, and Post Shared, add them to Regulars.

The side effect of organizing this way is that the level of consistent interaction I have with people has gone WAY WAY up. because I'm interacting more frequently with people who interact with me more frequently. There isn't really a case where someone who is +1ing my posts regularly is getting lost in the shuffle - it just takes one +1 to get dropped into the +1 Circle - and then when I read the +1 Circle, I'm likely to +1 your post, because I KNOW you've already done the same with me... Same with sharing, and commenting... 
And of course, it makes figuring out who your 'regulars' are dead simple.

* Everyone who circles me gets circled, and they go into Everyone, so when I run out of content in the other 4 circles of people who have interacted with me, there's a secondary stream of content where I can be the one giving the first +1, Comment on, Reshare, etc. "Give and Get Give" as the mangled paraphrase goes.

* Periodically remove everyone from the Everyone circle and leave only the people in special interest circles and the 'interaction' circles. If you've had me circled for a while, but haven't found a single thing I post to be worth a +1, and you haven't posted content interesting enough for me to drop you into a specialty circle (Gaming, Science, Ukulele, Motorcycles, etc.) where I think you belong, then you're outta here, bub.

And I'm never at a loss for people to hang out with. =)
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I grew up in North Highlands and used to ride my 10 speed down to buy RPGs. I moved away to join the Marines in 1986. I visited in 2014, and Jessica still remembered me - by name. There is no better hobby shop in the world. End of discussion.
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Food: GoodDecor: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
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Really good wings, even if they don't deliver. A little bit on the pricey side, but again, the Lemon Pepper is worth the drive.
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