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Google+ is my oyster.
Google+ is my oyster.

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The New York Review of Books is good. +Tina Lavelle +Gavin Lavelle
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Hey +Tina Lavelle, this is a good overview of the social media scene.
Why Google+ is the worst social site, with the exception of all the others

Social networks are great in theory, but annoying in practice.

For several years, Google+ was the greatest social anything ever. Then Vic Gundotra left Google, and the company pivoted G+ into a visual Reddit, with the focus on topics, rather than people.

Now engagement is a fraction of what it used to be. Google+ is still slow and bloated and has a few other problems.

So I stopped being exclusive to Google+, and started up an external blog, resurrected my newsletter and started posting again on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Reddit and others — as well as on Google+.

All these social networks and alternative media suck in one way or another. Blogs don't get any traffic or engagement. Newsletters are one-to-many media that tend to have small followerships.

Twitter is a hotbed of bots, hostility, propaganda, trolling and harassment. And has ads.

Instagram is like high school, with the jocks and the cheerleaders getting all the popularity while everybody else just wants to be their friends. And has ads.

Facebook is hell, with that company manipulating everything and choosing what your relationships are. And has ads.

Reddit is a great source of content, but it's not great for blogging, driving traffic or engaging with a community. And has ads.

They all suck in some way or another.

At some point it becomes clear that, despite its flaw, Google+ is still the best social anything out there. And in the most important ways.

The Google+ community is better. Specifically, while you get "rewarded" on other social networks for being political or hostile or snarky or formulaic or for some other bad reason, Google+ community members are generally rewarded (with engagement and esteem) for being smart and contributing something of value. And no ads.

I don't know. This is how I'm feeling right now.

What do YOU think?
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Hey +Tina Lavelle​, can we get one of these?
Tonas
Zapotec figurines from carved wood
+Workshop of Jacobo and Maria Angeles

Born in a town called San Martín Tilcajete located in the Central Valleys region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Jacobo and Maria workshop manufacture Zapotec figurines from carved wood called tonas and nahuales.

Using Mixtec and Zapotec iconography on their pieces in a unique style developed over many years, with a profound respect to their roots.

The tonas are animals of the Zapotec calendar. A nahual is an animal fused with a human being. In the workshop, members are constantly proposing new ideas for carving and decoration. In doing so they are expressing their imaginations and strengthening their creativity, which is indispensable to the development of all human beings.

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Hey +Tina Lavelle, it's Jason F. swimming at Dunlaughan! #connemara
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Can I ask what's the best way to promote a new website on Google+? I already have an account that I have posted to over the years, but I want to promote a website and have created a separate Google+ account at https://plus.google.com/111284477860641030298 to promote www.showyourkidstheworld.com but I don't want it to be so strongly associated with me. IS this possible, or am I doing it wrong?

Thanks for any help
Ralph Lavelle
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I love the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD, Australia #travelwriting #writing
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Walking over the rocks that separate Alexandra Headland from Mooloolaba I nearly stood on a sea snake. I looked it up later using the photos I'd taken and found it was a Hydrophis elegans; an elegant sea snake. #travelwriting #writing
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