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Boosting the signal.

(We ghosts need to stick together, after all...) 
 
Google Plus Ghost Town? My Open Letter to The Misguided Reporters

Know what the common theme is between all these “ghost town posts”? No interviews. No named sources. Lots of reporters who never used it. A quick search usually shows that the reporter has not used Google+ themselves. Likely to not even post the article they just wrote about the platform. In fact most have less than 20 people circled and more often than not... have never even posted. Awesome. Good Reporters generally go out and interview people who are involved with something before they write a story, if they themselves don’t have first had experience. This is fringe opinion piece media. Yet tons of these garbage articles keep getting posted on major tech publications presenting like its the facts.

I figured it was time I wrote a letter to these reporters. Please media… realize that I have tried to reach out and talk to many of you, do interviews, and help you get these points, but too many times you tell me “your company doesn’t care about writing about the positive sides of Google+” or that “other stories are more important than G+ success”. Yet whenever anything could possibly be seen as negative about G+, all of your websites light up with a million ghost town posts. It’s time the users of G+ spoke out…  I’ll start. Here are my thoughts for you.

Dear Reporters Who Can’t Be Bothered To Learn About Google+ Before Writing Your Ridiculous Articles About It;

I know this is going to be hard for some of you. You have been a good tech writer, involved in social media probably for awhile, and spent time building up your Facebook account and Twitter profile. When Google+ came along, many of your company Tech websites had already done things like integrate Facebook comments or sometimes heck, even invest in Facebook themselves! You certainly didn’t have time to get involved in another social network, and come on.. “Google has never got social”. Your mom isn’t there. Google+ is obviously a ghost town.  Right?

Wrong.

Read the whole thing here:

http://www.amandablain.com/google-plus-ghost-town/

And please share this one Far and wide, on every social network you have. Yeah. I'm asking.

#MyGooglePlusStory #GooglePlus   #VicGundotra   #socialmedia  
It's that time again. Google Plus Ghost Town from the media and reporters. This round is brought to you because Vic Gundotra the guy behind the Google plus project, announced today that he would be leaving Google. Vic is a great guy and im sure ...
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Reporters are obviously #noobs  
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Ah, so it does make sense!

Thank you, +Yonatan Zunger for the inside-scoop as to why this wasn't the odd choice so many (myself included) assumed it was!
 
Several people have been asking me, and I can confirm that +Dave Besbris  is indeed going to be taking over as head of Google+. Bez has been with the project since its very beginning, and he and +Bradley Horowitz  have both been Vic's top lieutenants: if Google+ were its own company, Bez would have been its COO. He's also an amazing leader: someone who profoundly understands the subtleties of social, of apps, of engineering, of product, and of how to run an organization. Even though you haven't seen him talking in public as much as you've seen Vic, I expect that you'll be very pleasantly surprised when you see what happens with him at the helm. +Bradley Horowitz, in the meantime, will continue his role as the head of product -- where he will presumably continue to be one of the most thoughtful and intelligent men I've worked with.

A big leadership change like this is always a shock, but I'm very glad to see that we're maintaining core continuity, and that our new leader is someone I trust so deeply. Every hail and farewell is bittersweet, but I couldn't have hoped for better people.

You can also learn more at the Re/Code article (http://recode.net/2014/04/24/exclusive-google-head-vic-gundotra-leaving-company/) which I think does a great job. (Although they slightly got wrong that Bez was somehow a surprise choice; I would have described him as the obvious successor)
The head of Google+ and Google’s social efforts, Vic Gundotra, announced that he’s stepping down today. Google has confirmed that his replacement will be, as Re/code sources speculated, the current vice president of engineering for Google+, David Besbris. Re/code broke the news of Besbris taking over according to its sources, but Google itself didn’t confirm […]
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Amazing strides in solar efficiency!

In four years, perovskite's conversion efficiency -- the yield at which the photons that hit the material are turned into electrons that can be used to generate electricity -- has grown from 3.8% in 2009 to just north of 16%, with unconfirmed reports of even higher efficiencies arriving regularly. That's better than a four-fold increase. By contrast, efficiencies of single-crystal solar cells grew by less than 50% during their first five years of development, and most other types of solar cells showed similar modest improvements during their first few years.

(h/t +Joe Martinez )
 
Unlocking secrets of new solar material

A new solar material that has the same crystal structure as a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839 is shooting up the efficiency charts faster than almost anything researchers have seen before -- and it is generating optimism that a less expensive way of using sunlight to generate electricity may be in our planet's future.

#solarpower  
A new solar material that has the same crystal structure as a mineral first found in the Ural Mountains in 1839 is shooting up the efficiency charts faster than almost anything researchers have seen before -- and it is generating optimism that a less expensive way of using sunlight to generate electricity may be in our planet's future.
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#MyBeautifulEarth

I see now that this photo could use a bit of re-touching, but this will always be one of my favorite places.
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Wow!
 
Logan Riese Leather jacket with skulls and cross by ~loganriese on deviantART. This is one of the most incredible leather-work pieces I think I've ever seen. WOW.
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/192880796515865074/
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Not only a leather jacket, but it's a piece of art.
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This is an open letter from 3 three officials for the Federal Trade Commission, criticizing anti-Tesla legislation in several states. Here are some of the highlights.

"Out of 15 million cars sold in the U.S. in 2013, Tesla accounted for a little over 22,000. This hardly presents a serious competitive threat to established dealers."

"Dealers contend that it is important for regulators to prevent abuses of local dealers. This rationale appears unsupported, however, with respect to blanket prohibitions of direct sales by manufacturers. And, in any event, it has no relevance to companies like Tesla. It has never had any independent dealers and reportedly does not want them."

"We hope lawmakers will recognize efforts by auto dealers and others to bar new sources of competition for what they are—expressions of a lack of confidence in the competitive process that can only make consumers worse off."

http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/competition-matters/2014/04/who-decides-how-consumers-should-shop
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They are opening a Tesla show room on Robson Street (the street to shop on in Vancouver) soon. I can't wait.
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I'm just not sure which pleases me more....

The fact that this is a friggin' SOLAR-POWERED PLANE, or that it happens to have the same moniker as the SOLAR-POWERED CAR I worked on back in college...

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Have you seen that? #Sunseeker Duo made it's first powered test flights in #Milano! Congratulations!
More information on the solar aviation history:http://www.solarimpulse.com/en/airplane/solar-aviation
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o.O
 
Too much Salt can not be dangerous all the time!
If you don't count the danger of Joker!
Art with Salt by Bashir Sultani
Art With Salt - The Joker
#saltart   #joker   #gif   #talent   #artist   #cool  
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Why so sodium?
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Clever!

(via +Shane Worth )
 
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This has been a recurring ear-worm for me for 30 years now.

(Oh how I hate to admit that!!)

I still love the song, though.
 
FNS: After Hours

Murray Head - "One Night In Bangkok" [1984] ReWorked
For +Eileen A. McAllister who had our first, and only permanent request on FNS during our first 2.5 years!! (this song!)

#FNS   #fridaynightsessions   #80smusic   #80srewind   #murrayhead   

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Must. Not. Plus. This.

I plussed and won't apologize.
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