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 and and sometimes , 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 , and the dynamic duo of and 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.
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.
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.
I come from a time when the fear was not of some random zealot, but the actual, existential fear of global annihilation. A time when bomb shelters were real and a part of life. A time when at at any moment all of humanity could be wiped from the face of this earth in 5 terrible minutes. And, while those threats do still exist I no longer fear them because of constant vigilance and the belief that while there was certainly evil in the world, those that were good far outnumbered them.
I was not directly impacted by the attacks on 9/11, but my life was forever changed. Good or bad it was changed by the will of one, very small group of mis-guided people. I will never forget that day and no one in my life will ever forget that day, because I will not let them. Now it is my turn to practice and teach that vigilance that has kept me safe.
I fear for this world, but I don't fear them. They do not cause me concern. Because I won't let them. And I will never forget why.
I'm pretty sure it's by the same people who made one of my favorite games from the late 90's, Diatribes 2.
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.
Someday, it will be much worse, I'm sure. =)
Create 5 new empty circles. called:
Now that you have everyone in Everyone...
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.
* 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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