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And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
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50 Google+ Tips by +Rick Eliason 
1. Create A Killer Hovercard:
2. Sharing to Circles vs. Publicly:
3. Google+ Communities:
4. Share Your G+ Posts on Other SM :
5. Report Issues With G+ or Suggest Ideas:
6. Create A "Save For Later" Circle:
7. Add A Large Image To Your Post:
8. The Various G+ Keyboard Shortcuts :
9. Share Someone Else's G+ Post :
10. Create A Mini Blog on G+:
11. Host A Google+ Hangout:
12. Leave A Wake of Value-Add In Your Path:
13. Take Control Of Your G+ Notifications:
14. SEO Your Google+ Posts:

15. How To Find Things On G+:
16. Formatting For Beautiful, Engaging Posts:
17. How To Disable Comments & Shares:
18. Attract More Comments With Gifs & Image Posts:
19. Start A Conversation With Someone :
20. Create An Event Using G+:
21. Enable Automatic Hash-tagging:
22. Don’t Give Up At The First Hurdle:
23. The Benefits of Link Shorteners:

24. Understanding Ripples & Using Them To Your Advantage:

25. What Not To Do On G+ (Part 1):

26. Edit Posts - Did You Know You Could Do That?:

27. Choose The Best Link Thumbnail For Your Post:

28. Start Building Your Author Rank:

29. Link G+ To Your Content With Authorship Tags:

30. Curate & Streamline Circles for Awesome News Streams:

31. Use Eye-Grabbing Headlines:

32. Use Google Drive With Google+:

33. Track Circle Shares With CircleCount:

34. Be Awesome With AutoAwesome:

35. Build Your Following By Watching Hangouts:

36. Overcome Difficulties With Plus-Mentioning People:

37. Write Posts That People Are Actually Looking For:

38. Use ‘The Google+ Effect’ To Improve Your Twitter Experience:

39. Learn How To Use Images Appropriately & Legally:

40. Learn To Schedule Posts With +Do Share:

41. Build A Community Around Your Passion:

42. Optimise Your Profile/Page/Community For Search:

43. Share Beyond Your Circles & GPlussers:

44. Blocking & Muting People - As Simple As It Sounds?:

45. Extend The Life Of Your Best Posts:

46. Merge Multiple Google+ Profiles Together:

47. Using Your About Tab More Effectively:

48. Posting Multiple Photos Per Post:

49. Use Google+ ...Every Day:

50. What Not To Do On Google+ (Part 2):
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Very early thoughts on dogmas surrounding data ownership and use (I may be way off with this)
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Sometimes it’s useful to generate a column of data based on a series repeating x number of times. Here's a formula for doing this in Google Sheets
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Useful to see how context affects invention and invocation
talk by Alan Kay on invention vs. innovation (incremental improvements, which are also important and difficult to do)
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Extracting data from HTML pages with Google Apps Script can be a bit fiddly. There are a number of web services such as  that turn this into a point and click expereince. I particularly like because they appear to have spent time of the developer experience with lots of example code and client libraries. Here's a click look at how you can integrate Google Apps Script with the service

(hopefully they'll take the time to add a client library for Apps Script) 
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Get beyond the seo grabbing headline for a useful and varied list of tools
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HTML Editey now comes with a simple live preview.
This makes sense only if you are working on a single page containing styles and images with absolute URL's.
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Disappointed to not make the headline for the Seaboard Community News but hey another time ;) 
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Quite pleased with how this works in the end. All the data is hosted in Google FusionTables and rendered using Google Visualization API. One of the reasons for doing this with Visualisation API is because if people want a pie chart they can have it (or use the editor for something different).

It's still beta but if don't mind some bugs you can try it at:
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I wish the client thought so :( Ho hum
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Innovation & Technology Manager
  • Association for Learning Technology
    Chief Innovation, Community & Technology Officer, 2014 - present
  • Association for Learning Technology
    Innovation & Technology Manager (Contracted), 2013 - 2014
  • Jisc CETIS
    Learning Technology Advisor (OER Programme Support, 2012 - 2013
  • Jisc RSC Scotland N&E
    eLearning Advisor (Higher Education), 2009 - 2011
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