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+Greg Sterling Might be more appropriate to ask who will lose?
In 2007 the mobile handset powerhouse Nokia paid more than $8 billion to buy Navteq. At the time mapping and local search were to become differentiators for the company. It didn't quite work out. Nokia bet on Windows for its Lumia handsets and ultimately sold its devices business to Micr
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Sad news ;-(
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Not sure where to start with the new Google+ Collections? Here are 10 suggestions for Collections you can create

Google+ Collections allow people to follow just the content they are interested in.  You can follow (or unfollow) any collection whether you have the Collection creator in your Circles or not. 

What kinds of Collections can you create?

1. Caterday Posts (or any other topic that some people find annoying)

If some of the folks who have you in their Circles hate cats, they can unfollow that collection without removing you from their Circles

2. Posts on a hobby or topic you are passionate about

 People who have similar interests can follow your Collection without adding you to their circles. 

3. Your YouTube comments or Blogger blog comments

If you set up the Collection so that it is not followed automatically, the people in your circles won't find your YouTube comments (or blog comments) in your stream. And it will help you later find your  comments all in one place.

4. Posts about a specific event or trip

A collection makes it easier to find all your posts on a particular topic in one place, even months or years later.

5. A Circle-limited Collection of photos, albums and stories

If you share photos with limited Circle of friends and family, create a Collection shared with just that Circle. They can then find all your photo sharing posts by opening that Collection on your profile.

6. A library of tutorials

If you post tutorials, tips or tricks, collect them all into one place, and share the entire Collection as a library of information or link to it on your own website.

7. A local guide

If you post photos, tips, or reviews about your home town - or any location - put those posts in a Collection for an easily-referred to travel guide.

8. Private Bookmarks

You can use the quick share option to share any Google+ post into a Collection. If you create a private Bookmarking collection, you can then easily find all those posts all in one place.

9. Language-specific Collections

If you post in more than one language, you can separate your posts into different Collections based on language. Your followers can then decide which posts they want to see in their stream.

10. Highlight your favorite Community posts

You can re-share public Community posts into a Collection.

The possibilities are almost endless. 

Learn how to create your first collection:
https://support.google.com/plus/answer/6210271

You can find all my Collections at plus.google.com/+PeggyKTC/collections

Have fun!
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Thanks, Mike. Interesting looking at her top posts over the past 6 years. The three most viewed posts were from  (in order) 2014, 2011, and 2009. Supports taking the time to write quality posts.
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It has begun, Google Maps users who would see the Classic version of Google Maps are now being sent to Google Maps Lite instead.  Oh, as you can imagine, they are not happy.
Earlier this month, Google announced they will be dropping the classic version of Google Maps and for those who need a watered down version, they would go to a new version called Google Maps Lite.It s
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Gooogle You make me crazy! Whay can't you leave a good thing alone?
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The company says that “more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the US and Japan.”
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My guess is as follows:
after letting the GMaps User make now the worst experiences since having lauched  GMaps years ago    by retiring classic Maps - by enforcing many users to use the crappy Lite Maps now Goolge is going to let their local users make also a new bad experience retiring local search on G+

Well done Google  ; -(
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Absolutely agreed +Mike Blumenthal​
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A post for you "annoying SEO/web design people"

+Noam Shapiro provides an overview of the migration from Freebase to Wikidata as a primary source of Google Knowledge Graph information.

Noam actually took the trouble to go through the logs of the +Wikidata office hours that they posted via Google+ and found both interesting and amusing entries.

For what it's worth the question of whether or not "companies" should be editing Wikidata entries is a moot one, since those in with a vested interest a particular entity (the representatives of an organization) will do so anyway.

And, yes, among these new editors will those with an interest in ensuring the information about their organization is accurate and up to date, and who are both motivated and excellently positioned to do so - sorry, I mean "annoying SEO/web design" types.

#wikidata   #freebase   #knowledgegraph  
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A student of life, political economy, Google Places, Maps & local search. Loves cooking, x-country skiing and time with my family. I am an avid fan of things local (ie Local Search) which I write about in my blog- Understanding Google Places and Local Search. I am currently a partner in three companies; a small design, hosting and marketing firm: Blumenthals.com, a training series: LocalU.org and a review management product: GetFiveStars.com.
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A Western NY jewel. They do an incredible job of providing the best ice creams and chocolates in the area. Everything is made on site and it is incredibly well done from the whipped cream on the sundaes to the chocolate candies. They have been open at this location for 100 years and for the sake of my grand children may they be open another 100.
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New Olean restaurant in the North End. They did a really nice job with the decor and the food. Service was attentive and the food very good!
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A true American gem. Incredibly busy with lines most weekend nights waiting for their inexpensive and home cooked specials. Pot roast was scrumptious.
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An annual family tradition, we go to Cartwrights every spring (if you can call it spring) for great buckwheat pancakes and real maple syrup. It's all you can eat on the buckwheat pancakes & maple syrup. Not impressive in and of itself but the buckwheat pancakes are the best we have ever had. The maple syrup is produced on site every spring.
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They offer up a busy, active pub with decent food. The set up is unusual; no waitresses and no table service to speak of. You need to go to the end of the bar to order. Food preparation is on the slow side as they are busy. But the BBQ was good and the sides were excellent.
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They do a great job on their main courses, specials and salads. We had the mustard encrusted salmon and a my one girl beet salad both were excellent. The portion sizes are moderate and the prices reasonable. The desserts could use some of the Pizazz of the main dishes.
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We had brunch there on a Sunday and they did an excellent job. The room is small and only seats 24. When we arrived at about 11 there were a few open tables but they filled up quickly. Both the Croque Madame and the Eggs Benedict. Both were excellent.
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