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Meirav M.
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Sometimes it's good to talk quietly, in private, one to one.

The vast majority of my posts are public - that's my choice, because I want anyone in the world to be able to see this stuff. But you, the people reading my posts, may sometimes feel that you'd like to respond but not in public.

That's ok. It's totally understandable. I sometimes post about issues that are sensitive, delicate, issues that you might like to discuss with me but not with the whole world watching, and not with the risk of others butting in. I understand. I can relate to that. I sometimes stay away from certain conversations online because of the sort of comments I see...

And sometimes, I choose to respond but I do it privately. And I'd just like to remind you that this is something you could do, and to make it clear that I'd be perfectly ok with someone sending me a private message because my post was public and they want to talk to me about what I said but not with the whole world watching.

The most straightforward way: just click the button for resharing my post, remove "Public" from the box at the bottom and then put my name in so it will go just to me. That way I'd know which post you're responding to. (Just remember to remove "Public" before sharing! I've managed to forget once...)

(This, by the way, is also an excellent way of avoiding a derail. If you want to comment on one of my posts but what you want to say is off topic, you can reshare my post, add your comment, and ping me so I'll see it.) (Obviously in that kind of situation it doesn't have to be private though.)

end of public service announcement. the penguin will now distribute cookies all round.

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I do that as well... often - and doing it more so of late.  Take care +Meirav M. - take care.
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time to start hiding this stuff, I reckon.

I've wavered about it now and again as my circler numbers have grown - should I keep showing that info on my profile? I know some people see it as showing off, and I expect some even find it intimidating - though I'm conscious that 10k is still very very small potatoes compared to some of the big fish in the g+ pond. (mixing metaphors is such fun, dontcha think?) (also, fish and potatoes go so well together... but I digress...)

But the reason I decided today to finally change that setting on my profile and hide these numbers is nothing to do with how others may perceive it, and everything to do with how this info is presented on the new G+.

You see, on the new G+ if you visited my profile up to five minutes ago, you'd have seen my name and underneath it:

10,001 followers - being real on social media since 2007

the "being real" bit is my tagline. in classic G+ that tagline is shown (1) on your hovercard (2) on your about page. But in the new G+ they're giving it a prominent place right at the top of your profile, under your name - which seems like a perfectly good idea to me, except that it doesn't make any sense when it's placed right after the follower count, on the same line, and separated out only with a dash. To my literal mind this looks as though it's a comment on those followers - as though they are the ones who are being real on social media since 2007. It looks as though that tagline is describing my circlers rather than describing me.

so there we are. I've hidden that number now. (kind of nice that it's such a cool number. I like seeing fun patterns in my circler numbers.) (it's been going up and down for a while now - I remember celebrating this very same number some time ago, only to see it drop again and go up again and so on, which is cool because one of the things I love about G+ is that it's so easy to add someone and uncircle them later if you find that they're not really your cup of tea.)

and for those of you with smaller numbers who might feel envious, let me just say: I started out on G+ knowing hardly anyone. I remember the excitement when I reached the dizzy heights of 100 followers... It's been a slow and gradual process. Some of the contributing factors: getting over my shyness and talking to strangers (because how are people going to know you exist if you don't talk to anybody); putting thought and creativity into my posts; and of course the magic ingredient: cookies. oh, and Quentin the penguin, obvs.

(and parenthesis abuse. I'm sure lots of people follow me just for that.) (right?)

I'll stop rambling now. Help yourselves to cookies, folks.

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Excellent point. Also, I follow you for your #blatanthashtagabuse and your #digressions. (Plus, you have the best tea and cookies served by a penguin.)
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+Philip Setnik as I'm sure you'll be too busy tomorrow, here's a thing I made to celebrate your daughter's wedding.

May her marriage be full of joy. I'm so so so happy for you, my friend, and for your family, I can't find the words.
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That's truly beautiful and special, +Meirav M.​, and we're so very grateful for your good wishes!

+Heather Hult​ It's a traditional part of the wedding blessings - "joy and gladness, the voice of the groom with the voice of the bride" celebrating together. 
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tonight's carparkscapes #3 (and last)


(the moon is just so fabulous tonight. and that sky...)
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tonight's carparkscapes #1

(at the supermarket car park)
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Ooooh, I'm really enjoying the atmosphere of this one!
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I've been thinking...
Imagine a world where nobody hurts anybody. Ever. No cruelty. No bitching. No calling each other names. No insults. No violence. No murder. No gossip. No stealing. No hurtful behaviour, no hurtful ...
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but it's nearly four in the morning
and even night owls need their sleep

talk to the penguin, folks. he has the cookies.

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(very short video clip, but you need to click on the link to see it.)
Cute animals are hiding all over @googlemaps. We used Street View to find us new Nat & Lo cast members:. 0:30. 1:12 PM - 24 Nov 2015. 92 Retweets174 Likes. Reply to @NatAndLo. Replies. Shawn Westphal. 4h4 hours ago. Shawn Westphal @pcberdwin. @NatAndLo @google @googlemaps The compass ...
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+Heather Hult oh yes, there were penguins too!
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I just saw a post where someone referred to a fellow human being as a "piece of garbage".


people, can't you criticise a fellow human being's behaviour without resorting to this?



no human being is a piece of garbage. no one.

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seeing as lots of people are starting to use this thing now, I thought I'd reshare the post I wrote when the Collections thing was new.
What's so good about the new G+ Collections
(and also some tips)

I posted already about why I'm not going to be grouping my posts into Collections, but many people are finding this new feature extremely useful, and here's why:

1. on the consumer side, being able to opt out of posts on a particular topic by someone you do want to keep following - e.g. if you have a friend who geeks out about a particular subject you have zero interest in. This way you get to see less posts you're not interested in, and more posts you are interested in seeing.

1a. Also, if there's someone you are generally not interested in following, but there's one topic they post about that you are interested in - e.g. there's a person you find obnoxious but he's a really good photographer and you want to see his photos; or someone who posts lots of stuff you find boring, but also shares great Vegan recipes and you're a Vegan in desperate need of great recipes. So you could follow just that Collection, without even adding that person to your circles.

2. on the author side, that friend in #1 is now feeling free to post a lot more stuff about that specific niche area, because he/she knows he/she's not swamping people with stuff they're not interested in, because he/she knows we can opt out of those posts.

so it's a win win really.

it gives people more freedom to post more stuff, and also gives us all more control over what we see in our streams.

a few tips while I'm on the subject

a. Yes, you can move an existing post into a Collection: the new dropdown button next to the reshare button is a quick way of doing that. If you would like to say something about it though, you need to use the standard reshare button.

b. Yes, you can change your mind. If you've made a Collection and decided this wasn't a good idea after all, you can delete the Collection - but you'll get a warning message saying that this would delete all the posts in that Collection, so don't do it before moving all the posts out of the Collection first! (The dropdown menu for a post in a Collection includes the option to move it out of there, so it goes back to where it was before.) (This is also useful if you want to move it to a different Collection - move it out of the first one, then move it to the other one.)

c. When you set up a new Collection, the default setting is that it will be included in your followers' streams. I highly recommend leaving it like that, so people don't need to do anything extra unless they specifically want to opt out. The default setting simply leaves the status quo as it is - someone who follows you has already been getting your posts unfiltered, so that's what they'd generally be expecting. And it's really not very hard to opt out.

d. if someone you're following has set up Collections, you'll start seeing that in your stream - each post that belongs to a Collection has a special heading, which links to the Collection the post is part of. Clicking on that link will take you there, so you can (1) see more posts from that Collection (2) opt out if you want to (3) set Notifications to On if you want to get notified of these posts in future. (I had a buggy experience with that but found that clicking Unfollow and then clicking Follow again did the trick.) (filed under: teething problems)

If you have questions or problems, ask at the G+ Official Help community - they have a section dedicated to Collections:
(I posted there about that buggy behaviour I mentioned, and got really good advice! much respect to the people who help out there - they seem to have amazing levels of patience!)

EDIT: also, if you think Google have gone about this the wrong way, my post is NOT the place to discuss that. I don't represent Google and have no say in how they do stuff. If you want to submit feedback then use the Feedback button. If you want to rant, do so on your own posts. Thanks.

p.s. my post about why I don't personally see myself setting up separate Collections:

p.p.s. I've now written a post about the differences between Collections and Pages:

p.p.p.s. I've just posted a bit about private Collections:

#Collections   #Gplusupdates   #Gplustips  
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tonight's carparkscapes #2

(also supermarket car park)
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for anyone who may have missed the reference earlier...

this is the song that often springs to my mind when getting ready to go out to the supermarket on a cold winter evening. (or even a coldish autumn evening...)

I wonder if I can find my spacesuit...
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Shalom. greetings. aloha. hi. nice of you to pop round. put your feet up. coffee? there's biscuits in that tin over there, help yourself.

Who am I?

My name is Meirav. I'm human. My penguin's name is Quentin. I enjoy meeting fellow humans online. I like good intelligent discussion, as well as a good healthy dose of frivolity. I'm fascinated by human nature. I love words and languages. I'm bilingual - grew up in Israel speaking both Hebrew and English. I write. I blog. I have a tendency to speak my mind, sometimes a bit bluntly. (That means if I pay you a compliment, you can know it's for real.) I'm married. I live in England. I'm Jewish. I'm a fallible and imperfect follower of Jesus. I like cats, though currently I don't have any pets. I love chocolate. I'm an introvert, which means I need lots of solitude and quiet and time to hear myself think, and I don't do well in crowds and/or noise, which is part of why I find online social media so valuable. I love reading. I don't currently own a TV. I have a strong aversion to order and structure, and a deep need for a certain level of chaos in my environment. I am annoyingly pedantic and tend to take words very literally. I like buying pretty stationery. I like purple, and pink. and I like randomly listing stuff :)

I keep rewriting the bit about photography here, because it's been evolving so much. I started out (in 2010) just pointing at things and snapping, but this whole thing grew on me and now I'd say I am someone who uses a camera (and sometimes also software) to create visual art.

I'm not a pro in any sense of the word. I'm a self-taught amateur with a simple point & shoot camera. But I get a huge kick out of taking shots of stuff that I see and sharing some of them with the rest of the world. I'm fascinated by shapes and textures and colours, and I love chopping a random rectangle out of the world around me and presenting just that bit, without context - it's the aesthetics I'm into, not the documentary value. Sometimes I mess around with a photo and turn it into an image that is not attempting to be realistic. Digital photo editing tools allow me to take a piece of photography and use it as art material. One of my friends said that what I do is painting without paint. I like that.


If I've added you, that could be because you said something intelligent in a comment somewhere/your posts look interesting/your profile looks like you might be fun to get to know/I think I know you from somewhere/someone I respect recommended you/a whole load of other reasons. It doesn't mean I expect you to add me back, nor does it mean I necessarily want to be your bestest friend forever and ever. If you want to add me and read my posts, that's cool! Most of my posts are public, and comments are very welcome (as long as they're on topic and courteous, obviously). If you interact with me on my posts, I might get to discover what a fab person you are and add you back. (Though it's perfectly ok to just read quietly and not say anything, if that's what you're comfortable with.) (Also: if you need to respond privately, see this post.)

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to getting to know you more.

p.s. I don't do Hangouts. I much prefer typing to people than doing that face-to-face live conversation thing where you have to think up answers on the spot and you can't edit and rephrase or delete that totally stupid rash comment - it's bad enough having to do that offline, I don't come to G+ for more of the same. I'm a socially awkward penguin. That's just the way it is.

Yes, I have a wall. Yes, you can write on it.
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April 17, 1962
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Berale, MeiravBerale, Mrs M., Lyagushka, Tsfardea, דודשלה, דּוֹדָשְלָהּ, How Do You Spell That
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