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The Algorithm  On another post, we were discussing several of the features and functions that Google has removed from Google+ with no warning and little explanation - such as shared circles and ripples.   The discussion turned to the problems with notifications here specifically email notifications which you can send when you share a post to a circle.  

I mentioned that this frustrated me because there seemed to be no way to determine in advance how many people you could share a post with through email.   "At one time, this was fixed at 100 -and I know people who had carefully curated circles of 100 each for this purpose.   Then I remember a while back that without notice or warning, Google reduced this number to 50.   There must have be an uproar, because as I recall they reversed this decision about a week later, and sometime after that it was changed so that it was "decided by algorithm".    I mentioned that I could only send email notifications to about 70 people and that this was frustrating because there were small business programs I was promoting here where this was a pretty big limitation.  

One of the people who commented implied that I must have been "spamming"  because he could send email notifications to as many as 500 people.   He said that Google determined how many email notifications you can send by how "authoritative" they consider you to be, which of course suggested that Google considered him to be far more authoritative than me. 

Honestly I had my doubts - I thought he might not fully understand what an email notification was so I asked if he would send a screenshot showing that he was really able to send email notifications to 500 people through Google+.     He did send this screen shot I've attached to this message.   I don't think it has any confidential information but since it was shared privately I have removed his picture from the screenshot.  It does indeed show that he can send email notifications to up to 500 people, exactly as he claimed. 

This is wrong on so many levels I hardly know where to start.  First of all, I am not a "spammer".  I have only used this feature a few times in the past year, and then only with small, carefully curated circles where I knew everyone - it is unlikely that I got too many "complaints" about this.    It might be that "the algorithm" is necessary for search results and things like that, but for human communication is is a detriment.   Plus it is just plain unfair.   I have nothing against the guy who sent this, but why should he be able to send notifications to 500 people while I can only send to about 70 - it really makes no sense at all.

Google+ is extraordinarily difficult to use for small business purposes.   We are not supposed to say that here, but this kind of thing just makes it all the more so.  
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+Roberto Bayardo Thanks for weighing in here - I honestly think you are one of the few Google employees who "gets social".   There are all sorts of stuff like this that make Google+ almost impossible to use if you are a small business without a staff, however that fact is obscured by the large number of evangelists here.    

I almost pinged you on another post where I demonstrated how hashtags also no longer work here, but it isn't as high of a priority to me as this issue. 
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A third state of consciousness?  This article describes something I have heard before - that it is not our nature to sleep in a single eight hour shift, but rather in two shorter sessions of different kinds of sleep, with a kind of third state of consciousness between the two.

I have been in that third state - but not very often - perhaps once a year.   In it, I am awake - even alert in a way - but don't really care about anything.  I usually walk outside.  I can still think, but more slowly - it is hard to describe. 

This article describes how to conjure this state.   Not something I can do in my life at the moment, but it is going on the bucket list.  
Imagine meditating with no instruction — no tapes, no app, no religious agenda, nothing out of pocket.
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Interesting - the older I get, the more my body seems to want/seek this pattern. Especially since I discovered the sleep problems associated with blue/green light, which has been banned from the bedroom for almost a year.
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And you thought you were having a bad day.  
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I am not having a bad day anymore:)))
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I want to open a fucking checking account!

A crusty old man walks into a bank and says to the woman at the teller window "I want to open a fucking checking account."

The astonished woman replies, "I beg your pardon, sir. I must have misunderstood you. What did you say?"

"Listen up, dammit. I said I want to open a fucking checking account now!"

"I'm very sorry sir, but that kind of language is not tolerated in this bank."

The teller leaves the window and goes over to the bank manager to inform him of her situation. The manager agrees that the teller does not have to listen to that foul language.

They both return to the window and the manager asks the old geezer, "Sir, what seems to be the problem here?"

"There is no fucking problem," the man says. "I just won 50 million bucks in the fucking lottery and I want to open a fucking checking account in this fucking bank."

"I see," says the manager, "and is this fucking bitch giving you a hard time?"
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+Gil Pac  Is there a glass ceiling law? If so is it a law reserved for official minorities?
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She's not skinny, and we don't care, because this is #sexysaturday  
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Lovely girl; beautiful body.
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This probably didn't help. 
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2nd time today I've laughed at this... so wrong.
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Yipes, the pilot has reverted to high school!
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This would make commercial flying much more tolerable for me
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This rumor has been around for a while - I totally hate the idea but it seems to be gaining credibility.   One thing I haven't seen discussed here - that just strikes me as totally weird, is that Google will index Tweets but not publicly index Google+ posts.  Am I the only one who finds that to be strange?   Does Google even care about the social and written content here, or is this to become primarily a photo sharing site? 
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No, Google doesn't really care about social and written content here, but I don't think that's Google's fault.

Surely the blame is to be lain firmly at the door of Plussers?

Those of us who are interested in the occasional exchange of opinions and ideas find out very quickly that our most thoughtful posts receive only the smallest fraction of the attention our frivolous ones do!
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Super heroins are everywhere, on #sexysaturday    
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She moves so fast all I can see is a blur (of her chest)...
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Yipes!  This woman has no pants - but that's OK, because this is #sexysaturday  
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  • Entrepreneur Strategy & Acceleration
    Business Strategy, 2012 - present
  • Michigan State University
  • San Diego State University
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I'm a friendly and outgoing guy, currently single, living near the beach area of San Diego.    I like meeting smart and creative people and want as much positive energy in my life as I can possibly get.  

There probably won't be much rhyme or reason to the posts I make here.  Sometimes I write about things going on in my life, other times I post business or political material, and sometimes I like things that are spiritual or related to self  improvement and personal growth - and I almost always like things that are funny or off beat.

I grew up in the American Midwest - Michigan, so I have the common attribute of being a little slow to make friends but then doing my best to hang onto them as long as I can.  I am an open book, but it still takes a while to get to know me  Once you have my trust though I will have your back.  I am fiercely loyal to my friends. 

My nationality is Irish so I like a good stiff drink now and again, and have a penchant for dive bars.   At the same time, I am also trying to get more health and fitness oriented and am working on my own personal growth.  I don't think we should ever stop growing.

Politically, I am a progressive libertarian - figure that one out.  I like yoga but also martial arts.  I am shy but outgoing - open minded but skeptical - tough but sensitive.  I am a patriotic American who considers himself to be a world citizen,  I am nonbeliever on a spiritual path.   Yes, I am a contradiction. 

Business Interests

I have a several different business interests, ventures and practice areas.  Since I am self-employed, I have used the "employment" section of this profile to describe my two major practice areas: Project Acceleration Services and Content Creation Services, as well as two of my ventures: World Startups and the California Trade Network.  These are active and current so contact me if any interest you.or if you see a way we might work together.   My other business interests include:
  • Entrepreneurial Collaboration
  • Small Business Development
  • Startup Venture Acceleration
  • Open Source Development
  • Collaborative Technologies
  • International Business & Trade
  • New Economy / Self-Employed
  • California Economy and Politics


I run several different communities here on Google+ - some are large and well established, some are small and experimental - all are intended to get people working together for mutual benefit.

Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed, and Small Business.  This is a large and growing public community - more than 60,000 members now -  that I founded for entrepreneurs, small business owners, startup founders and the self employed  It provides a platform where entrepreneurs from all around the world can meet, share information, engage in discussions and sometimes cooperate for mutual benefit.   Some have told me it is the best managed business community on Google+. All are welcome no matter how small or humble the business or venture. 

Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative.  A private community here on Google+ called the "Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative" where we each volunteer of offer a small amount of our extra "brain power" to help each other advance in our lives, business or careers.  

Personal Growth, Self-Improvement & Life Balance.  An open discussion of personal growth and self improvement in all its aspects, from the pragmatic, to the ethereal.  Includes discussions about self improvement, personal effectiveness, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and even spirituality - anything that involves growing to our full potential and leading better lives.    

Favorite Quotes

"He attacked everything in in life with a mixture of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence and it was often difficult to tell which was which".
Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"

"All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you... But first, they must catch you"
Richard Adams, Watership Down

"Your mind. Your slow, plodding, tenacious mind. There has never been one quite like it, in all the history of the world. Perhaps in the history of creation." 
Stephen King - the Gunslinger.

DISCLAIMER:  I use Google+ as my personal micro-blog to post "whatever I want".   If you are offended by unconventional political and business ideas, unpopular opinions that sometimes go against the crowd, irreverent views about religion and morality, or a lack of respect for the status quo, I suggest that you not follow me.  While I am not totally insensitive to cultural norms, I will not "self censor" to accommodate anyone here.  In addition, I occasionally post material that is only appropriate for adults here so don't follow me if you are underage or might be offended by such materials.  See also: photo and image sharing policy:

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  • Action Planning Associates
    Owner, 2011 - present
    Professional service that uses the latest generation of project management and scheduling applications along with collaborative brainstorming to help startups, small business and entrepreneurs accomplish their objectives much more rapidly. Please request a capabilities statement or schedule a Google+ hangout with me if you would like more information There is no charge for any initial consultation.
    Founder, 2011 - 2014
    This is an community platform designed to enhance collaboration among early stage startups and entrepreneurs. While still under development, it is fully operational and provides a sophisticated matching service that can link entrepreneurs seeking partners and co-founders, as well as match them with the needs of larger organizations. Please see link on this profile for registration or contact me if you would like more information.
  • Content Creation Services
    Owner, 2011 - 2014
    Professional service that helps business with their content management, content marketing and content automation needs. I can supply customized content to your blog or website on a regular basis at low cost and with little involvement on your part. Ongoing market research is provided as part of this service and it is ideal as an adjunct to the regular content creation activities of you or your organization. Technical writing and documentation services are also available. Please request a capabilities statement or schedule a Google+ hangout with me f you would like more information There is no charge for any initial consultation.
  • California Trade Network
    Co-Founder, 2000 - 2014
    This is a business portal for exporters and internationally oriented entrepreneurs in the state of California. While this project went dormant for several years, it is currently being relaunched with a new partner at a time of renewed interest.
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Lagos, Nigeria - Cairo, Egypt - Lansing, Michigan - Detroit, Michigan
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