Happy 4 Years Google+!It's been a great ride so far-- here's to many more!
Today marks the 4 year anniversary of +Google+
. I can't imagine why this hasn't been talked about much today, but for me it's a cause for real celebration.
Today isn't just the celebration of the birth of a network
, this is a celebration of the birth of countless relationships
that have been more valuable than anything else.
Without the inception of Google+ I wouldn't have had any of the incredible opportunities I have today. This has been a network where I've gotten the chance to connect with so many incredible and inspiring people. I couldn't possibly name them all.
I will try to name a few though...
Without Google+ I would never have been introduced to the likes of +Vic Gundotra
who has been an incredible source of inspiration to me these 4 years even after leaving the helm of Google+.
I would have never have had the chance to connect with awesome Googlers such as +Moritz Tolxdorff +Justine Rivero +Natalie Villalobos +Leo Deegan +Cindy Chen
or +Yonatan Zunger
I may never have been introduced to +Mike Elgan
who pushes me to dig deeper, explore more and strive to be a better, more prolific writer.
I would have never been intellectually pushed beyond my limits by the likes of +David Amerland +Mark Traphagen +Eric Enge
and +Gideon Rosenblatt
I would have never found such friendships with fellow +Google
enthusiasts like myself such as +Jaana Nyström +DeAno Jackson +George Cohn +Peggy K +Yifat Cohen
or +Lori Friedrich
I would never have found such great camaraderie with the likes of +Mike Allton +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales +Andrew Joseph +Thomas E. Hanna | BlogPhoto.tv +Bernd Rubel +Chris Wilson +Christine DeGraff +David Foster +Eli Fennell +Peter G McDermott +Gary Matthews +Jeremy Smith +Tomasz Kucharski +Sean Cowen +Keith Bloemendaal +troy mc laughlin
or +Chef Dennis Littley
I would have never have connected with the amazing +Peg Fitzpatrick
who inspires me to be better at #AllTheThings
and who then allowed me to meet +Guy Kawasaki
who's work I've looked up to for a long, long time. And I most certainly wouldn't have gotten to sit and the "big kids" table with +Jay Baer +Michael Stelzner +Mari Smith +Ann Handley
or the other superstars at dinner a few months back.
I wouldn't have learned how to selflessly serve, support and inspire others the way that +Denis Labelle +Yuko Nakamura
and +Neila Rey
do on a daily basis.
I would have missed out on many laughs provided by +matthew rappaport
I wouldn't have been sharpened by peers in the social media and digital space such as +kara wood +Ana Hoffman +Brian Jensen +Robert Ryan +Ray Hiltz +Danny Brown
or +Rob Russo
I would have never seen the awesome story that is +Daria Musk
and the amazing community she's created.
I would have probably never been criticized, critiqued, and pushed as hard to be better by the likes of +David Kutcher +Ammon Johns
and +Vincent Messina
I would have never gotten to hang out with such cool people at Social Media Marketing World
such as +Ryan Hanley +Joey Giangola +Kimberly Reynolds +Rebekah Radice +Mia Voss +Denise Wakeman +martin shervington
and +Jeff Sieh
I would have missed countless interactions with amazing people such as +Carrie-Anne Foster +Nazim Beltran +Kristin Drysdale +Mark Tillison
or +Mark-John Clifford
I would have probably not had the chance to meet +Ben Fisher +Stephan Hovnanian
who have both given me such inspiration and wisdom over the years.
I would have never met +Kristoffer Howes
or +Wade Harman
and would never have been given the opportunity to be the current Chief Marketing Officer
of the kick-butt team we call +Weal Media
I also would never have met +Jason T. Wiser
or +Nicholas Cardot
and therefore would never have been able to co-create the best social sharing plugin, +Social Warfare
Without all this, dustn.tv
wouldn't be nearly where it's at today. WealMedia.com wouldn't have my name as a part of it. And WarfarePlugins.com wouldn't exist. These things I pour into, get fired up about and have an undying passion for would not be anything without people
Each of the people mentioned above are not just names but human beings whom I've been touched by in some way because of this network. There are probably plenty of people I'm forgetting to mention (and if you're one of them that just means we haven't talked in a while and we need to fix that). There's not enough time to quantify and record the number of people I've had the opportunity to meet here on Google+. And that's what I celebrate today.
So join with me in wishing both +Google+
and the many relationships created because of it a very Happy Birthday!
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