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Triskaidekaphobia - Fear of Friday the 13th

Don't have full blown Triskaidekaphobia?  But maybe you plan to tread a little lightly today.'s okay  - you have company and for sure really bad things actually happen on Friday the 13th! 

13 Things You Should Definitely Avoid on Friday the 13th!
h/t +Julie Ross Godar from +BlogHer for giving us the dark details on past Friday the 13ths:  

Stay safe and sane on Friday the 13th - Avoid these:
1. The Internet
2. The Stock Market
3. Vegas
4. The movies
5. The streets
6. Work
7. School
8. The air
9. The water
10. The outside 
11. The inside
12. Traveling
13. Staying put

Good luck!

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About G+ Polls

Very helpful overview: Using polls to learn more about your connections and target market. 

Thanks +Kim Beasley
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Focus this we is on Google+ Polls!

Excitement in the air because I'm sharing about one of my favorite parts of Google+, Pols. The focus of Google+ Help Weekly Report is to discuss trending topic within the Google+ Help Community

Using Polls to survey your connections and target market

Have you ever wanted to find out what your connections or target market on Google+ thought about a particular topic? Then you have a ready-made answer that is part of a Google+ post and is called Polls.

Polls can be used to…

☑ Find out the top needs of your target market
☑ Learn how your connections feel about current event
☑ Gather information to include in blog posts
☑ Surveying for the top tips regarding a topic

How to create Polls

Each of these are just simple examples of how you can use polls. Now you might be wondering, how do you create a Poll? I have the answer for you below:

Step #1: visit Google+ and just like when you want to share a post, click the Polls icon on the box “Share what’s new”. It is the last icon. Make sure to include the hashtag #Polls to make it easy for other to find your Poll. By doing this, your Poll will show up in search results on Google+ for anyone looking to complete a Poll.

See the first attached image for the first step.

See the second attached image for the following steps.

Next in Step #2: type in your question where it says “Ask a question”.

If you want to include a photo, you can add one in Step #3 by clicking in the image area. This is optional.

Now you need to add your options or choices for answers in Step #4. This will allow others to give their opinion about your question. The default is for 2 questions.

If you want to add more questions, then you can click on “+More choices” in Step #5. This will allow you to add 3 more options or choices.

Finally, select who you want to have access to your Poll by adding people or circles you have created in Step #6. The default is Public so that everyone can view it. You can always change this to specific people if you want to make it private for only a select group of people.

Learn more about creating and editing polls:

Thanks for all of your questions and insights this week, and special thanks to everyone who helped respond to these topics. All the helpers in the community are awesome! Make sure to check back again next week when +Stephan Hovnanian  will talk about what’s happening in the community.

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Google Glass for Good

Elementary school kids are using Google Glass to learn how blind people live.  A heart warming story about connecting people via tech. I read this about 6 am and all day it has made me smile.  

Lex Gillette, a blind Paralympic silver medalist, is using Glass to record his activities like how he uses his phone, how he runs on the track, how he gets around. This innovative experiential classroom program also uses video chats with Lex so they can ask questions and get to each other. 

These kids are about the same age as Gillette was when he lost his vision. How did he respond when approached about the program? "I thought the idea was amazing," Gillette said. "I wanted to give the insight into my daily life and change their perceptions of how they viewed blind people. But I also wondered if I was going to look like someone on Star Trek." 

Goals of Classroom Champions program include increasing the kids empathy and goal setting skills while stepping up their digital literacy. 
Real world experiences in the classroom. That rocks.

Full article from Fast Company:
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My acquaintance Ben Dover was looking for a new doctor taking clients! +Marilyn Ritter 
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I call him B. & W. K. - short for Black and White Kitty. B. & W. K. is a serious badass cat.

He has his territory staked out and is ready to defend it.  I know this because there was a major cat fight outside our bedroom window. We were awakened at 3 am by horror movie worthy sounds!  I peeked out the window just in time to see B. & W. K. standing his ground (or really our ground) and the loser cat high tailing it down the street. 

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+Marilyn Ritter I'm lovin' this attitude...that IS one badass cat...I mean watch out! :)
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Bundle Up or You Will Catch a Cold

How many times have you heard (or given) that?  Good advice or an old wives tale? You'll be surprised!

Over the holidays I joined the ranks of the between 5 -20% of Americans who catch a cold or flu in fall or winter.
Good to know the science behind why. Check it out:

From +AsapSCIENCE via +EarthSky 

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Oh +Suzanne Baracchini I am very sorry to hear that. Please take extra good care of yourself.
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Is it better to "gift" than receive?

Better decide as Valentine's Day is almost upon us!  Or maybe you still think about giving not gifting.

More than a few nouns have moved in the verb status. Language scholars have coined verbing to describe using a noun as a verb.

Gift is one of the nouns now in common usage as verbs. Perhaps that's not a such a "gift" to the English language.  Yet, most of us are working to be more articulate and brief.

Are words like, dialoguing, efforting, and architecting a step forward in the evolution of the English language or do you vote they should be "re-gifted" back into disuse. For me the jury is still out.

10 more nouns now in common use as verbs. from +Meg North Taylor . 
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Day 1 of 28 Days of Love

+Karen V Chin set up this February challenge. First up: Something you love to read.

I'm on it. I love this book! It is one of my 'go to' reads.

Do you know Enzo?  No? You should.

Enzo is a philosopher and a master story teller. He also happens to be a dog. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is the heartwarming, tumultuous, and often heart breaking story of his life and the life of those he loves best. 

An old soul nearing the end of his life, Enzo learned something very important on the National Geographic Channel:

“In Mongolia, when a dog dies, he is buried high in the hills so people cannot walk on his grave. The dog’s master whispers into the dog’s ear his wishes that the dog will return as a man in his next life. Then his tail is cut off and put beneath his head, and a piece of meat or fat is placed in his mouth to sustain his soul on its journey; before he is reincarnated, the dog’s soul is freed to travel the land, to run across the high desert plains for as long as it would like.

Not all dogs return as men, they say; only those who are ready. Enzo believes he is ready. 

Once you read this book,  you may find yourself looking at your own dog (or cat) and thinking...hmmmm...

Any recommendations for me? Let me know what you think if read The Art of Racing in the Rain. 

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Hey +Marilyn Ritter very nice Day 1 #28DaysofLove  Challenge: Reading material post. Personally, I love this book. Some parts made me tear up. 

When you get chance today, join my #28DaysofLoveCommunity and post it in there, plus your Day 2: Flowers post. You will recognize several faces, many not yet, but will be very familiar by the end. 26 more days left to show the world what you love!
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Understanding Google+ Circles

Great easy to understand overview of G+ Circles. Keeping it handy to share with new folks.

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Circles: what are they, what do they do, and how can I use them

Hey everyone! Time for the latest Google+ Help Weekly Report, where we discuss a trending topic within the Google+ Help Community!

What are circles?

Google+ was originally designed to mirror the real world much more faithfully than other social networks. The idea is that in real life, the nature of the conversations we have vary, depending on whom we’re talking to. You don’t normally share photos of your family members with your book club, or discuss web design with your friends at the gym, for example.

Circles were supposed to model groups of people in your life that share common interests. So you could set up a Family circle and a Book Club circle and a Web Design circle and a Friends At The Gym circle. Some individuals may be in more than one circle. You may have a family member who is also a member of your book club and also goes to the gym with you.

When you make posts, you can target the specific groups who might be interested in reading them, and spare the ones who might not be. Also, you could temporarily limit your view of incoming posts to a specific circle, and see only those kinds of discussions.

Who can see my stuff?

When you share a post or a photo, you can say which circles or individuals are able to view it. That doesn't mean they will see it, it means they can see it. If you want no restrictions, you can make it a Public share, and anyone can see it.

For non-Public shares, you can choose Your circles or Extended circles. If you choose Your circles, everyone in all of your circles (there’s a setting to exclude some circles from this category) will be able to view your post. Extended circles is Your circles + everyone in “their” circles. If you want to be more selective, you can choose any number of specific circles or individuals. 

Who can really see my stuff?

If you share to Public, the people most likely to see it are:
those put you in one of their circles
those who look at your profile
those who have in their circles someone who +1’ed your post

Also, if your post sees a lot of activity (comments, reshares, +1’s) it gets on the “What’s hot” list, and may be presented to anyone who opens the Google+ Explore tab and clicks “What’s hot”, or allows “What’s hot” content to appear in their stream, even if they don’t have you in any of their circles.

If your share is not to Public, the people who can see it are limited to the circles you specified. Of those, the most likely to see it are:
those put you in one of their circles
those who look at your profile

Whose stuff will I see?

Adding someone to your circles is basically subscribing to see their posts in your home stream. It doesn't guarantee you’ll see all their posts.

The mix is determined by Google’s relevance algorithm, which seems to be in a constant state of change and refinement. It can be influenced by an amount (none, more, standard, fewer) that you can dial in for the circle the person is a part of. To control the amount, click the gear icon that appears when you view the circle’s posts.

The connection doesn't have to be two-way, someone you circle doesn't necessarily have to add you to any of their circles. 

Also in the mix are the “What’s hot” posts. As with circles, you can dial the amount (none, more, standard, fewer) by going to the What’s hot page and clicking the gear icon.

What else can I do with Circles?

You can control the visibility of the elements of your profile. For example, you can restrict your employment history to friends and family (assuming you’re maintaining circles of them).

You can customize who can invite you to hangouts.

Can I use circles for secret conversations?

Circles provide great access control for keeping discussions away from those who would be bored or uninterested. But remember, anyone who does have access could make a screenshot and send it wherever they want. So if you have information that really must be kept quiet, your best plan is to keep it far away from the Internet.

Remember, what happens on the Internet stays on the Internet!

What about shared circles? Can they help me get a larger audience?

First, what are your reasons for using Google+. Business? Pleasure? Camaraderie? In most cases, follower quality is far more important than quantity. A large follower count looks like social proof, but it doesn't necessarily lead to more engagement. Some strategies for increasing follower count involve sharing huge circles, but if you add one of these it ends up cluttering your stream with stuff you don’t care about or engage with, and it cheapens the whole experience.

On the other hand, a circle that has been carefully curated can enrich your stream. Look for the ones that are curated for an area you’re interested in, by someone you trust. They usually contain fewer than 100 profiles.

Top Contributor +John Skeats covers this topic in depth here

How do I remove a person from a circle?

This help article explains how to remove someone from a single circle

To remove them from all your circles (from the desktop) search for them in Google+, then use the dropdown menu at the upper right of one of their posts and choose “Remove from circles”

How do I remove myself from someone else’s circles?

Short of asking them, you can’t. Even if you could, there’s no point because it wouldn't affect your stream. If they’re harassing you, you can report or block them.

How can I use circles to improve my experience on Google+?

Your circles determine most of what you see in your home stream. Look through your stream and try to get a feel for what’s worth looking at and what’s just filler. Google’s relevance algorithm tries to prioritize what’s interesting to you, but circles have a huge influence on where it finds the raw material. Also, remember for each circle, you can suggest to the algorithm what proportion of content you’d like to see, from none to fewer to standard to more.

+martin shervington suggests this clever Flow System method for managing the content that flows in your stream.

What haven’t we talked about?

We haven’t talked about Communities. Communities are similar to Circles, but focused more on specific topics. When you join a Community, posts from the Community appear in your stream, and posts you make to the Community appear in other Community members’ streams.

Communities is a huge topic, best left to a another post otherwise this one will become a monster.

Tip of the Week

The quality of your profile is a key factor in someone’s decision to circle you

+Google+ Top Contributors recommends the following guidelines for setting up how you appear across Google

Thanks for all of your questions and insights this week. Special thanks to everyone who helped respond to these trending topics this week. Make sure to check back again next week when +Kim Beasley will help to highlight the best questions and answers on the community.

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Demystifying Deleting or Restoring Photos on Your Phone

Glad +Michael O'Reilly sorted this all out and shared it.
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Everything you wanted to know about Google+ Photos on your phone but were afraid to ask!

Welcome to the Google+ Help Weekly Report, where we discuss a trending topic within the Google+ Help Community! This week I’ve noticed a lot of questions regarding deleting and restoring photos in Google+, whether you’re on your computer or your phone.

Turning Auto Backup on and off.

First of all, you should be aware that Google+ has an Auto Backup feature that works with the Google+ app on your phone to automatically copy any photos you take on the phone into your Google+ account on Google’s servers. This allows you to easily share photos you’ve taken on the phone to your Google+ circles, even if you’re accessing them through the computer, and it also provides an excellent cloud backup of all your photos to help you avoid losing them in case something happens to your phone. To use the Auto Backup, as well as see additional information about its features, follow the directions found at

Controlling which folders on the phone are automatically backed up.

You can control whether photos in folders other than the Camera folder should be backed up and, if so, which folders. To enable/disable Auto Backup for folders other than the Camera folder, touch the 3-dot icon in the upper right hand corner of the Photos app, select Settings, select Auto Backup, and make sure there is a check after Back up local folders. To select which local folders you want photos to be Auto Backed up from, return to the main screen of the Photos app, swipe from the left side of screen, scroll down to On Device, and select folders by using the cloud icon to the right of each folder name. If it is blue, Auto Backup is enabled for the folder. If it is gray with a line through it, Auto Backup is disabled.

Deleting local and online copies of photos in the Google+ Photos app:

If you want to delete photos entirely from Google+ on your phone and on Google’s servers, in the Google+ app, go to Everything, and then, at the bottom, go to Photos. Find the first photo you want to delete under "All" and long press the first to select it, then select any others. Touch the bin icon at the top right to delete from your phone and online.

Deleting local copies of photos in the Google+ Photos app:

If, on the other hand, you just want to delete the copies of the photos on the phone while leaving them in your Google+ account on the servers you’ll use these instruction. When in the Photos app on the phone, touch the Photo symbol at the top left to bring up the menu, then go to On Device. Find the "Camera" folder, then touch the folder name to open it up. If you delete photos from there, only the local copy will be deleted.

Restoring Photos in the Google+ Photos app:

In the Photos app on the phone, touch the Photo symbol at the top left to bring up the menu, then go to Bin (you may need to scroll down). Find the image(s) you want to restore, then long press on it. A menu bar will appear; the sideways u shaped arrow next to the bin will restore the photo. When this menu is up, you can select more photos and restore them. This will restore the photo to your phone and your backups or albums.

Restoring Auto-backup photos to your phone:

In case you’ve deleted photos from your phone but want to restore them from your Google+ account back to the phone, you will need to use your desktop or laptop. On your computer, hover over the Home button, and from the menu that appears, go to Photos. Click in the search bar and select Auto-backup. Select the first image by clicking on the checkmark on the top left of the image. You can then scroll down to the last image, hold down shift, and click the checkmark on that one to select all the photos in between. Once you’re in selection mode, with a blue bar above the photos, you can individually select and deselect other photos. Once you have all the photos you want to restore selected, then click on More in the blue bar, and then choose Download. Note that you can only download a maximum of 500 pictures at a time. When the photos have been downloaded, just transfer them to your Camera folder on your phone via USB. Please consult your phone manufacturer’s help documentation to see how that’s done.

You can also use Google Takeout to get all of your photos:, but this will download everything, not just the Auto-backup photos.

Tip of the Week: Viewing your Auto Backup photos

Several users asked, and various people answered, “How do I find my photos that were backed up by Auto Backup?” Full instructions for all platforms can be found at but the quick answer when you’re on your computer is go to and you’ll see all your Auto Backup photos displayed for you.

Thanks for all of your questions and insights this week. Special thanks to everyone who helped respond to these trending topics and all the other help questions this week. Make sure to check back again next week when +George Cohn will help to highlight the best questions and answers on the community.

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Google Pages

Overview and answers to the most common questions. by +martin shervington .  Keeping this one handy. 

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Everything you’ll want to know about Google Pages but were afraid to ask!

Hey everyone, they’ve let me loose on the latest Google+ Help Weekly Report, where we discuss a trending topic within the Google+ Help Community!

Creating a Google Page.
Google Pages are very easy to set up by going to but I know some people have questions on the difference between a Brand Page and a Local type Page, and which to choose, so let’s start there.
If you are a business who has people visit to your location, or you service an area e.g. pizza delivery or a plumber you will want a Local type page. If you don’t have or do this, you want to choose a Brand one. 

Maybe you have a page already and are wondering if you have the right one?
Well, you can easily tell the difference as:
A Local page has the words ‘Local’ and the red pin, at the top of the side bar
A Local page has a Reviews box, and a Brand page doesn’t
A Local page has the business address displayed
A Local page has a ‘pin’ on the map if you search in Google

Issue with a Local type page?
Some people in the Help community have the right type page, but find they have duplicate pages and want to know what to do. Well, if you have an issue with a ‘Local’ type page you should visit the ‘Google My Business’ forum here:!categories/business 

If however you have a duplicate Brand page you want to see vanish?
You need to send a message to the Page and see who gets it.
If nobody gets it, then the only option is to report it as an impersonator (I always think of 007 when it says this, but I digress!). To do this, visit the Page’s Profile and report it there.

Looking to convert from one Google page to another?
Taking this up a Level for all those thirsty for more knowledge about pages, you will sometimes find people want to change a Google Local Page to a Brand Page, or vice versa.
You can now do this, and instructions are here
And then choose "I've already created a page for my business".

Want to move a YouTube channel?
Then there are times when people would like to move a YouTube channel that is attached to a Google+ profile, and you can actually do this. You will need to contact YouTube support here though: and they will be able to assist.
Please note, you won’t be able to ‘merge’ YouTube channels though.

Tip of the Week

I think a handy tip is knowing what to do if you have issues with verify a Google Local page.
Here is a super cool wizard and there is also the option to each chat with someone at Google, or to arrange a call.
Someone in the Help community this week managed to get verified in minutes through this route. 

There we have it! Thanks for all of your questions and insights this week. Special thanks to everyone who helped respond to these trending topics this week. Make sure to check back again next week when +Michael O'Reilly will help to highlight the best questions and answers on the community.

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Nine of the Best from CES

The future is here (or almost). Proof positive at CES 2015, the annual mega consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.  Some products are not yet available so there's time to save up for a splurge. 

I am intrigued by Maker Bot's introduction of 3 D printer filaments to create products that can mimic the finish of limestone or bronze (pictured below). 

Close behind as a favorite is an elegant tablet-based music system that has a wood case (yes, wood!) from Bang & Olufsen.

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I flipped my life in mid stream. 

Yep...I followed my dream to move to the West Coast. Quit my long term stable job in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gave away most of my stuff. Packed the rest into a rental truck, put my car on a trailer and headed to Portland Oregon. Why Portland...long story involving the Dalai Lama, Buddhist nuns, and a reunion with my friends from Indiana University.

My special genius? I find simple solutions to complex situations.

Sorry not a geek. Maybe next lifetime or maybe a flamenco dancer.

Trying to slip me into your circles? Here's a few more bits:

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