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It really is probably my favorite of the meals I posted. Though that bean, sausage and escarole stew is also really good.
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YAY! (This is a feature launched from the Cambridge Google office).
Colin McMillen originally shared:
 
Adding funny text to photos

Adding a few words can turn a silly photo into a ROFL, or draw attention what you find most interesting. Today we're rolling out a feature that makes it easier to add big, bold text on top of your photos.

To try it out, drop a photo into the sharebox on Google+, then click the "Add text" button underneath the photo. Type in something funny, then share and enjoy.

This feature will be rolling out over the next few days -- I hope you enjoy it! :) We'll be keeping our eyes on the stream for the funniest examples, so have fun! #funwithphotos #googleplusupdate

We made a few to get you started:
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Alright, I have a bunch of people adding me to circles lately. Where'd you find me? :) Am I in a shared circle?
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+Pam Raintree From all the social networks I feel G+ is the one where you can control it the best... but agreed, even here it's not 100%.. I guess simply because that cannot be reached where people are involved...

Sharing things to only your circles and disabling resharing is in my opinion the best you can do to keep your post only to yourself and those you intended it for... Commenting on someone elses takes you into view of those who can see the post you can comment on, which you can have a look at (see on top of the post, public/limmited) before you comment... so there you have a choice whether to comment or not...

With that, I feel G+ is doing a lot to keep you in control... If you feel that this is not enough, you can always remove yourself from here... but I think you would give in too much then... we'd let the bad guys win if we do that...

What could be done (and maybe +Liz Fong-Jones can tell more on if it's ever going to be done...) is an option to have your account in some way verified by Google and after that you can have a choice to only interact with other verified accounts... thus having a possibility to stay away from those that might have something to hide, unless you choose to trust them... I've spoken to +Aidan Chopra about this during the last GEO summit in Barcelona... Not sure if the G+ team (+Natalie Villalobos maybe?) can tell more on future plans on this... I'd hate to see people go for the wrong reason of not feeling secure here...
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Paul Allen originally shared:
 
Welcome new Google+ users!

Experienced +ers, please share this to help out the newbies!

■ A wonderful Startup Guide to Google+ by +Saidur Hossain that has already been translated into 31 languages. This consists of 49 photos/slides that describe how to use the service. It has been shared more than 10,000 times on Google+. *http://bit.ly/oi7mFu*

Google Plus 101: How to Get Started (good blog post for beginngers by Rana Shahbaz): *http://bit.ly/q8awN0*

The Google+ Guide created collaboratively by users in Google Docs: *http://bit.ly/oTyxaq*

Millions of new users will be joining Google+ in the coming days. The doors are finally open. Google's home page invites everyone (over age 18) to try this service out. But for a new user, whether you have a "best thing since sliced bread" experience or a "ghost town" experience, depends on learning a few simple things and applying them.

Early Google+ users remember how fun it was to discover new features, shortcuts, and tips, and share them with each other. At one point, 120 users collaborated and compiled a Google doc that contained the best tips. There is a link to it below.

Here are some additional resources that about getting started on Google+. Some of them may be slightly out of date because Google+ is evolving and improving so quickly, but I've just reviewed them all to make sure they are still valuable - and they are. Hope they are helpful to you and all your new friends here.

■ The Complete Google+ Cheat Sheet: http://bit.ly/nKZABx

■ Smaller Cheatsheet for navigation and editing: http://on.mash.to/ppEyi5

■ Mashable's Complete Guide to Google+ (July 16): http://on.mash.to/omVWlV

+Craig Kanalley's 15 Tips for Newbies (July 13): http://huff.to/qorPyx

+Keith Barrett 10 Tips for Public Hangouts (Sept. 3): http://bit.ly/nu1Uv8

And finally, here is a run-down by Geek.com of the major updates that Google+ made to its hangouts yesterday: http://bit.ly/pKvP6H

More links to additional resources are provided by +Johnathan Chung at http://bit.ly/reF3GP.

Finally, if you try Google+ and feel skeptical at first, please follow +Tom Anderson who has the best posts nearly every day here on Google+, and also read this excellent article that he wrote for TheNextWeb entitled "How Google+ will succeed and why you'll use it whether you want to or not." http://tnw.co/nn7Uwn (Tom founded MySpace and as guru +Robert Scoble says, "he gets social at a level even I can't approach.")

Google+ is here to stay. It will be a permanent social layer on top of Google's other web properties which are already used by one billion people each month.

By investing a little time and effort to set up and organize your circles and to install Google+ apps on your smart phone, you will soon find that Google+ empowers you to personalize your stream and your sharing like never before.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Please add a comment below if I'm missing a very helpful resource for beginners.
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Todd Volkert originally shared:
 
#tipsntricks

Not enough content in your stream? Have you considered following someone who posts interesting stuff by adding them to your "Just Following" circle? You can see their public posts without having to share your content with them.

Here are some suggestions:

For techies:
+Linus Torvalds
+Tim O'Reilly
+MG Siegler
+Robert Scoble

For those interested in Google+:
+Shimrit Ben-Yair
+Vic Gundotra
+Bradley Horowitz
+Matt Steiner
+Yonatan Zunger

For those interested in interacting with celebrities:
+Wil Wheaton
+Madonna .
+Dolly Parton
+William Shatner
+Dane Cook

For those interested in photography (seeing cool photos):
There are a ton... see http://www.digital-photography-school.com/60-google-photographers-to-inspire-you for some suggestions.
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...maybe? I've wanted it long enough that I think I've filed feedback. I guess I could have another go at it. edit: sent.
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You now have some posts labeled "Hot on Google+" mixed in to your main stream. I, personally, like the variety, but we realize it's a matter of personal taste. Maybe Hot on Google+ isn't hot for you. Or maybe you want more.

We put you in control. Click on the "What's hot" link in the left-nav and then on the slider in the upper-right are of that page. You can adjust how many "Hot" posts show up in your main stream... all the way down to zero if you choose.

Screenshot attached :) Reshare to folks who couldn't find the slider.
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And, for people like me who want to to have their cake and also not have their cake, you can still check out what's Hot on Google by clicking on the link in the left-hand sidebar, even if you've set the HoG stream admixture to zero.
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I meant to share this publicly first time around so I will actually do so this time. :)
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Jean-Baptiste Quéru originally shared:
 
He didn't mean that

A long time ago, according to tradition, a man lived who spent his life spreading one simple message: life is nicer for everyone if we each go a bit out of our way to be nice to all the people around us. That's a big enough deal that after more than 2000 years most of the world still marks a pause every year to remember his birth, like we're doing today.

He made a point to emphasize that his message was universal: things really only work if everyone is nice to everyone. It's not OK to only be nice to the people we feel comfortable with, it's not OK to exclude anyone because they look different, because they speak a different language, because they were born in a different place, or because they do things differently.

So, please, if you're going to discriminate against other people for whatever reason you might have, the rest of us out here would appreciate if at least you didn't claim to do it in the name of a man who apparently preached the exact opposite. We've got a hard enough time already trying to follow his guidance and we don't need the extra confusion. Thank you.
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Kimberly Johnson originally shared:
 
Help make Google+ better!

Hello everyone! I'm on the Google+ User Experience Research team, and we're always on the lookout for what's confusing our users. We'd love to get your guys' thoughts on some features you may have encountered on Google+. So, whether you're a Google+ expert or novice, please take this short survey if you've got a few minutes! No need to look anything up - we're really interested in your intuition or best guess.

Here's the survey: http://goo.gl/LulUK

Thanks so much for your help! Your answers will help us make Google+ clear and usable for everyone. And feel free to re-share!

(link to this post: http://goo.gl/2V6cY )
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A friend of mine is looking for some C# or Javascript developers. More details from Barry:

The positions are in Boulder, growing agile team, focused on software services in the geographic BI world. http://alteryx.com/About-Us/Pages/careers.aspx

A public facing example of the kind of work involved is at www.demographicsnow.com

Please respond on the original post or to Barry directly.
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Any C# or Javascript developers out there looking for a full-time salaried position? Get in touch with me! Please ask your developer friends if you know any.
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