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Sandra Parlow
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Change...   it comes whether we want it or not...  

thought it was time to upgrade myself :)   
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I thought about writing a big long post about what Google+ means, and has meant to me over the years. I thought about talking about some of the new changes that seem to be afoot and how impersonal it's becoming over time..

and then I thought "Do I really care that much to put that much effort into it? Would it just be easier to accept it all and get further away from it?"

And to me that says more than anything.

When we stop caring, that is when this place will cease to exist for us........

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yes, yes, and more yes.

Feeling very much the same way...

Dearest +Google+

I adore you, I do. I took a test drive on your mobilesque desktop G+ and sadly you broke my heart. I have been here since the first couple days of Beta. The first Beta. I loved you at first sight. And don’t get me wrong, I still do. Otherwise I wouldn’t have taken the time to write all of this. And yes, I’m also sending the official feedback. But the official feedback doesn’t cover the overall impressions. I can’t highlight missing features. I can’t hide personal data because you’ve already removed that.

When you first said you listened to us and are focusing on interests. I was happy. Google + is where I go to find people with common interests and passions. But you left out one very important thing. The PEOPLE. Everything social has been removed from the new G+. Hangouts/Chat. Gone. About Me. Gone. Circles have been stripped down to uselessness. I have 39 circles, but I’m only allowed to view 6!? Do you know why I have so many? Part is I have people sorted by things they post about. One is for people who post things not always safe for work. (I don’t mind that they do, I just need to me sensitive to my surroundings). One is for shushed people. These are the people I adore what they post, but not what they plus. I have to segregate them because you don’t allow me to shut off seeing what they plus. I also have a circle for folks who I allow to see my contact info. My local peoples. People I’ve met in real life. That is a large circle. I’ve met, done hangouts with some amazing, inspirational, talented, kind people in the last several years. But I feel like you’ve taken them from me. It’s no longer easy to send someone a quick Chat message. (And yes I still call it Chat when it’s only text). When someone new circles me, not only do I have to click to see their info, it’s a stripped down version of it. Cold. Impersonal. There are some great About Me’s that will never be seen again. Take a look at Shawn McClure’s. It’s awesome. But it’s nowhere to be found on the new version. Only the 239,042,382 links ;-) See this album ? It’s full of the folks I’ve met here on G+. I've been to your house!! There’s a photo of a couple I met in my very first hangout. The live half a world away, but when they came to vacation near me we met up in person. It was awesome. But I can’t even send you the link via G+ anymore. Just the horrible horrible Photos. Where they sit lonely because no one can comment, plus or anything. Just stare. I can’t look at someone’s profile to see their photos anymore either. To be honest unless they’ve been keeping up on hiding junk from highlights I haven’t been able to in a long time. I don’t care what events they’ve gone too – when I click on their (or my) photos tab I want to see the photos by that person. That’s it. Period. No more.

Now let’s talk about the UI. Is it a great redesign? I don’t know. To be honest it looks like a cross between Classic G+ and my cell phone. I get that nothing will necessarily be where I expect it, that there will be a learning curve. Like finding circles. I sincerely hope you make them more functional again. And more accessible. I get that you’re trying to blend mobile and desktop. But why? Most people I know use them in very different ways. And if it’s at a cost of removing features most people love and use daily, maybe it’s not a wise move. Everywhere I want to go, every comment I want to make, ever plus I want to press takes more steps now. Many more steps in some cases. An update or two ago a friend joked that you were in cahoots with mouse manufacturers trying to get us to wear out our mice faster. I’m starting to believe that’s true. What ever happened to elegant design? And the layout. Images are SO tiny. I have a big monitor, even so I have to zoom in my browser to 175%. And even then images and posts don’t fill the screen. While I like the stream having room to breathe, it doesn’t need half my screen’s width to do so. And speaking of filling up space why can’t I zoom in on photos anymore? And why on earth did you put the Delete button where the Close button use to be in the Lightbox view? I’ve nearly deleted my photo several times now. Why move the close button to the other side? It was happy where it was. It told me so.

What happened to the hover pop ups? Is that going away to mobile-ify the UI? I loved being able to hover over someone’s name and the circles I have them in would show up. Made it easy to rearrange. Or remember why I circled them in the first place. I could hover over someone’s name on a comment and see if I had them circled and the quick tagline about them. Gone. Now I have to click on the name, lose the conversation I was in just to see if I have them circled or to circle them. I can’t tell if they have me circled or not.

I do understand why you broke out some of the features – such as hangouts and Photos. I get that many people use them or want to use them without having a G+ account. But why remove all links to them from G+? I know how to do that on my Wordpress site- it’s easy!! Can’t you simply add a tab/button whatever that opens them up like in G+? Who wants to keep jumping from tab to tab when browsing and chatting with someone? How many missed conversations will there be because we forget to open the Hangouts app? Again – it’s the PEOPLE that keep bringing me here.

Communities. Come on. Why hide some of the most useful features in Communities? Why make the categories a drop down menu? (Again that mouse conspiracy theory rears it’s head). Just show them to me! It’s hard enough to get folks to read community rules when it’s right there in front of them. If they have to click to find it, forget it. Again. Classic Google I could simply over the category and a handy pop up menu would show up and let me move a post. Easy peasy. New one I have to click then select. Then when I’m done with one community, I have to go click on the Hamburger button. Click on Communities. Possibly tab between the ones where I’m a member or moderator (another thing that used to be on one handy screen). Then scroll and scroll and scroll to find and click again on the Community I want to view. I can’t simply click on All Communities at the top of well all my communities anymore. And no longer to I get the most commonly used communities at the top. I’m considering adding an AAAAAAAA to the name of all of the Communities I own ;)

You said you talked to users. You said you visited us in our homes. You said you listened. Honestly Adobe said the same thing about the latest Lightroom and that was a huge disaster. I hope you learned a bit from them and that’s why you’re releasing this test version. Because your biggest fans, your biggest supporters are your existing users. We LOVE G+. That’s why my stream is filled with upset people. We feel like you’ve taken our friends away from us. Remember if we didn’t like you so much we would simply leave. But we want to make G+ a success every bit as much as you do. We joined because G+ was different. It was filled with genuine people. Passionate people. Friendly people. Intelligent people. Please remember that. I'm glad you listened when people said G+ was the place for interests. It is, but more importantly it's about people with common interests.

And last but not least I have been and will continue to send feedback on specific problems. As often as I can :) 
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Well, it's new. It's clean.. there are no super big surprises.....
but ...

I do have a few concerns...

I see that there is no longer a way to link to albums? So if someone wants to specifically see something and I tell them "it's in my macro album" there is really no way for them to see that any more?

Also, looking at the friends - it's a list format now, and it says how many circles people are in, but not WHICH circles. So I can see any reorganizing being very difficult. I liked the old way that when you rolled over a person it showed you exactly which circles you had them in.

To plus a comment on our own post we now have to use two clicks.. one to open the options and one to plus. hmmm... also, I see no way to block someone from the option menu on a comment. I'm very disappointed to see that as well :( So once again we have to go back to the person's profile page to block them. sigh...

Our profile pics on our home page are very small now.. I really like to be able to see the photos. A lot of people put a lot of work into them. :)

I still would love to see some changes to the notification system though.... like being able to save something for later so we can find it easier...

I hate to nit pick.. I'm looking forward to see what other new changes may be about. Right now it just kind of looks different and there are a few things "missing" :)
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Something In This World Is Broken

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+Sabrina Stewart you're right. We are living in the the last days on earth. We are watching the people are killing each other. Instead of praying for each other...
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Yoga for Runners A Yoga Class for the IT Band!
Yoga for Runners A Yoga Class for the IT Band: Yoga offers many benefits for our health, daily yoga practice to get the best health!
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So my kid just came out, took one look at me and said "what's with the 80's hair?"

#whycantwejusteatouryoung ?

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The Storm Will Pass

So tonight, I'm feeling much better about things - in general.

I took some much needed time tonight to hang out one to one with a fellow Googler who I consider to be a very dear friend.

My post last night was pretty down in the dumps about the Google changes, (much of which was born out of personal issues) but today, with a fresher out look, I realize that this is a "half ready beta" and they are putting it out there so that they can gage our reactions and figure out what we really want the most.

I DO believe that they are listening. I DO believe that the people behind this redesign are, in fact, real people who want to do a good job and make a good product.

That is why we need to send in feedback and let them know what we want and need.

I haven't hung out in a long time and it was a nice reminder for me, tonight, to remember that this place, for me, is not about all the bells and whistles. Yes, I want it to work well. I want all the things that I want- but what REALLY counts are the people here.

I have met so many amazing people here and we connected on such an amazing level, in so many ways. That is still there if we want it to be. There is no reason why we can't make it "ours" again. All we have to do is show up.

So, let them know by your feedback. And let them see how important community is to us. Stick around, participate, and see what comes of it.

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This is a test of the emergency puppy system...

(actually I just wanted t try uploading from my desk top as I just read +Diana Boyd say that she could only upload from her phone photos) but I seem to be able to upload from my computer just fine... I think.. I guess I'll find out when I hit the "post" button....
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the Black & White version of my last upload - Testing Time
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I can wield a box knife with the best of them. I can cut mats while standing on my head. I am an expert snow shoveller and I have a sharp tongue, but a soft heart.
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    Photographer, Picture framer. Book keeper. All around creative idea person. Needlework designer. Oh, and I am also a proud contender in the annual Lasting Image Garbage Olympics. Certified level one Yoga instructor.
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I live in the Canadian Prairies and I am surrounded by vast open spaces and big skies.  I have been shooting for about 3 years and I love the way the world looks through the lens of my camera.  I'm still learning and developing as a photographer, and hoping that I can get some amazing shots along my journey!

I am a custom picture framer, so I work with art all day every day.  I love my job, but I wish I had more time to spend on my hobby! 

Why I love photography:  For me, it's an escape. I get away from the people, the stress, the craziness, the organization that our lives become. I can go out in a foul mood, and come home feeling cleansed and refreshed. I like to be out by myself, enjoying the moment - the fresh air, the sight of an orange sky, the sun on my skin, the glimpse of an animal - and the best part is that I get to take it with me. Every photo I take has a memory attached to it. It may not be an exciting memory - but a memory none the less.

Why I am on Google+

I am not on G+ to sell my photos or become famous.  I am here because of the community.  

I love it here.  I have met amazing people and amazing photographers... and they are one in the same to me.  

 I learn from people with amazing skills every day.  People are VERY good about sharing knowledge here.    I get support when I need it, and I feel challenged to do better, to be better in both my photography and my personal life.  

I love it here.  G+ is my home away from home.  ♥

What You Can Expect If You Circle Me

I try to keep my page mostly about photography.  MOSTLY.  I will not share tons of jokes or gif's or spam you with endless links to things.  

I will post photos.  I will make the occasional blog now and again concerning photography or life in general.  I will sometimes talk about myself and my experiences, quite often demonstrating how incredibly geeky I can be.    I will share the work of others - but not all that often - once in a while, and I will share it only if I truly like it.

What you will get is my sense of humour.  My sarcasm.  My laughter.  And some chaos.  And hopefully, some photos that you will enjoy!

If you think this sounds interesting to you - circle me.  I don't bite.... very hard....

If you want me to circle you:

Don't be boring.  Talk to me.  Show me your world through your amazing photos.  Don't post gif's or that's an instant trip to the recycle bin.  Post your religious and political posts to a circle I'm not in.  Don't be a jerk, laugh with me once in a while and most of all - just show me who you are ;)

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I have managed to raise 2 children and be a productive person... regardless of (or maybe in spite of ) my mother not thinking that I'm very domestically talented. ;P HA! SO THERE! My work has been featured twice in the Plus One Photographers for Charity Collection, and I have been awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2014 Stark Awards
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