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Rob Gordon
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A sloppy kiss, for #fidofriday  
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Oh, yuck! I hate when they get me!
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Note that the heel of his right foot is never off the ground :)
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Nice technique by +Terence Chang 
 
To be honest, I have been lazy, since Google has made life much easier. I did learned something today. So here is how I quickly search on Google+ in Chrome browser with just a + symple and search terms

PS. I am using Microsoft Sway to create this page. It is pretty cool and free. 

#Chrome   #tips   #tricks   #Sway  
It turns out pretty easy. You can also customize search option to search almost on any site that allows you to search.
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+Romeo Graham That is a good one also.
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A Canada joke, in honor of #canadaday  
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↑ Ditto...
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Doesn't like cabbages, for #fidofriday  
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Unrequited love, for #fidofriday  
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For me?  Oh my - you shouldn't have.  
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Good a reason as any I guess. 
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 this is getting around lol
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Google never hears the screams - Part II,  Why does this not surprise me?   Actually they got the problem right "the company's super-nerdy, relatively homogeneous make-up can can sometimes lead to questionable product decisions" but the solution is questionable to day the least.   I have mentioned before that I heard Microsoft actually goes to users homes to learn how they use their products, and I am positive that Google does not do that.  So this is what they do instead?  

I often find myself here wanting to know the answer to a really simple question - how did the original designer at Google  _think_ we were supposed to use the product?  So much here simply makes no sense at all - at least to me, and never has.   Where should we make a topic post? - to our own profile?, to a circle, to a tag? to a community?, or multiple communities?  To a collection?  What is the difference between Google Circles and Contact Groups, and when should I use each?  I still don't know the answer to these, and many other questions, and while I may not be as smart as Google employees, I am not stupid, so they shouldn't need to "simulate stupidity" by getting drunk. 

Google also seems to pride itself in not talking to us.  The have even set up a buffer of unpaid support workers called "Preferred Contributors" they use to insulate themselves from direct contact with the outside world.  Right now I can't even get through to my own contact data on Google - the most "mission critical" information of any small business, and there is now way to get help.  

I have also been trying to find out what is going on Google Communities for months now.  I have worked my ass off to keep my entrepreneurs community going with zero support and a rather lame technology, and have written several heartfelt letters to Google trying to get any information at all.  Somehow, we are supposed to keep our communities professionally managed with no information or decent moderation tools.  

There have been no upgrades to the Communities technology in over a year and no communication from Google product managers.  Will Communities be dumped? - or will they be upgraded and improved?  I have no idea, and needless to say, Google hasn't responded to any of my messages.  With any company other than Google this would be described as "poorly managed" but somehow Google always gets a pass.  

Who knows, maybe I am too old to use Google products - that company, with an average age of 29, seems to have gone out of its way to normalize age discrimination, but I believe Google is caught in a horrible feedback loop.  They have gotten so used to people praising their every move that they have come to believe that everything they do is brilliant, and now they think must get drunk to be able to understand their own users. 
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Awesome comment +Aleta Curry - during the recent Uber protests in Paris a high level Google employee made a post calling the entire taxi industry - including all the regulatory agencies throughout the world "a monopoly".  Yes, the taxi industry was outmoded, and systems like Uber would have replaced it anyway, but now we have a real monopoly - a global one that is mostly unregulated. . If Silicon Valley hadn't "meddled" the markets might have evolved naturally - with different Ubers in each town locally regulated. 

 Maybe not directly related to your comment, but something about your "creeping ageism" comment made me think of it.   All these new global monopolies are coming into existence - run by kids - that have a direct impact on our lives and certainly our businesses and no one even stops for a second to think about what it all means. 
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Meanwhile, in Canada.  Happy #CanadaDay  for all our northern friends. 
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Google Contacts Fail.  This is incredibly frustrating.   Google has now made that new "contacts preview" the default contacts manager, and I haven't been able to access my own contacts for weeks.    I get the error

"There was a problem loading your contact.  Please reload the page and try again

Except that reloading the page just gives the same error.  I have a decent Windows machine that doesn't have problems with other programs - just this one.   As usual, the Google support forums don't seem to have any useful information that I can find.  

As a small business, this is my most mission critical information so this is a serious problem.  It is also embarrassing for me, because I have gone above and beyond trying to use Google products - this one in particular, for small business development which has clearly been a mistake. 

Does anyone know if there is some way to get the old Google Contacts back?   Some hidden link?   - or is there some other solution someone might know?  
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+Terence Chang I have about 3,000 I think - but you are allowed to have up to 10,000.   I got in briefly yesterday, but forgot to change bock to the old contacts - which I don't like that much, and since it usually won't load at all I don't get that sidebar where that is even an option. 
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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.
  • World-Startups.com
    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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Introduction
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

Communities

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: http://goo.gl/U0ICt

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    Business Strategy, 2012 - present
  • Michigan State University
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