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Taneya Y. Koonce
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Attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Cool! I'm a fan of newspapers so props to Maury. :-)
Maury Povich's "homegrown" newspaper in Montana is gaining readers, revenue and respect. He's learned a few things about the news business along the way.
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"In fact, 50% of consumers who conduct a local search on their smartphone visit a store within a day, and 18% of those searches lead to a purchase within a day."
Google location searches are growing rapidly, as are consumer expectations for relevance and immediacy. Are you there in these moments of truth?
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Slave Narratives database contains the full transcriptions of more than 2,300 first-person accounts of formerly enslaved individuals.
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Nice post!  I am going to read some of the narratives.
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I would like to edit the code in one of my RSS-based campaigns to include the image generated in the RSS feed. I know where to go to edit the code, but I haven't quite figured out the syntax. I tried this one - <a href="*|RSSITEM:URL|*"><img src="*|RSSITEM:ENCLOSURE_URL|*" width="<you pick>"></a>

but it only showed the URL of the image, it didn't show the actual image. Any suggestions for the correct syntax to use? Thanks!
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Thanks Amy. This feed is not WordPress-driven but thanks for that tip as well. 
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We go to conferences to meet people, whether for business or personal reasons, and yet often I meet far fewer than I hope to. Inside a crowded convention space, things can turn cliquish in a hurry....
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and, I always enjoy hearing about new #WordPres  releases
Version 4.3 of WordPress, named "Billie" in honor of jazz singer Billie Holiday, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.3 make it even easier to format y...
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my artwork today from my Google Art Chrome extension. Just gorgeous!
The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum.
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enjoying listening to some +Vanderbilt Melodores tonight for a bit. Love these guys!
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5 million followers. How is that even possible?

Each time I reach a follower milestone on Google+, I'm always inspired to write about Google+ as a platform and what I'm thinking about it.

I started this tradition when my Circle count hit 100,000 four years ago. In that missive, I talked about the value of Google+ as a platform for writers and other content creators.

I was totally gaga about Google+ back then and I'm still gaga. I love Google+ for reasons that I'll specify below.

Speaking of gaga, +Lady Gaga is the top profile on Google+ in terms of followers. Just as I reach 5 million, Gaga approaches 10 million.

That a self-promotional international superstar with a social strategy and team to post on Google+ would gain only twice the number of followers on this platform as a writer-geek like me is a testament, I think, to the core strength of Google+: substance.

Regular social sites are dominated by frivolity and fluff, celebrity and salaciousness (and, in recent weeks, Donald Trump). Google+ has all that, too, but it's not dominated by it. The G+ zeitgeist is conspicuously dominated by unapologetic passion and enthusiasm for whatever people are into.

Google+ has been through a lot in the past year, most significantly the big redesign.

In general, the Google+ redesign made Google+ faster, leaner and simpler. Those improvements were accompanied by the removal of powerful, basic features, such as the ability sort search results by date or the ability to unflag comments that have been flagged by Google's spam filter. And it comes after the removal of Photos and Hangouts.

I think we can accurately make three broad generalizations about the new Google+.

1. It's better for new and casual users and worse for hardcore fans

2. Google+ used to be focused primarily on people with topics of interest secondary; now it's focused primarily on topics of interest with people secondary

3. Active Google+ users seem to fall into three categories: 1) people who want to engage and share their ideas and interests; 2) people who just want to say "hi" in the comments and don't seem to care much about content; and 3) spammers and their ilk

Google+ used to be the everything site and now it's almost exclusively for people sharing passions.

I have long been Google+'s biggest fan, and I still am. And I'll tell you why.

When Google+ was the everything network, I liked the everythingness of it. In fact, I stopped using other social networks, closed my blog and started using G+ for all that.

But despite the power and utility and convenience of Hangouts, Photos and all the rest, the real thrill of Google+ was the ability to have a substantive, engaging conversations with super interesting, intelligent, thoughtful people.

That doesn't sound like a big deal, but it is. In my personal experience, you can't really do this on Facebook or the other social networks. Especially on Twitter.

You can do this on Reddit. Google+ and Reddit are the only two places I'm aware of on the entire Internet where a large number of intelligent people have great conversations. The trouble with Reddit is that it's butt-ugly -- a throwback to the 90s Internet.

More importantly: On Reddit, you don't get a sense of who the other people really are.

On Google+, I've made dozens of friendships. No, I'm not talking about superficial make-believe friendships. Real friendships. People I have sought out and connected with in the real world, and others I intend to connect with in real life.

Five million sounds like a big number. But the truth is (and this is just between you and me) I'm really here to interact with about 500 people.

On the social Internet, everybody pretends like they make connections with other people, but they don't really.

So that's why I'm not unhappy about the removal of features from Google+. Photo management and editing services; messaging services and all the rest are a dime a dozen.

Real conversations. Real human connections. This is what makes Google+ unique.

Google+ has been constantly disparaged by people who don't use or understand it and who, let's face it, don't want real conversations (they prefer Twitter's hit-and-run "I have spoken" approach to engagement) and don't want real human connections (preferring to stick with existing friends or simply to acquire "followers.").

And I'm totally fine with people choosing another network. I want everyone to be happy, and understand that choice of social network is really about matching personality to different communities.

What I'm not fine with is the corrosive power of negativity on the Googe+ community itself.

I say that if you love Google+ like I do, then ignore the haters and just enjoy it. This is the best community on the Internet, and you know it.

Remember that a public post on Google+ is a page on the open Internet. It's a blog post.

Take advantage of the new features, especially the easy ability to share G+ posts on other social networks. Reach out to your Facebook and Twitter people and invite them over for a real conversation.

Engage -- the more you post, comment, plus-one and interact, the better it gets.

Block trolls and spammers like it's a bodily function.

Stop and listen. You hear that? That's the sound of zero ads!

Restore easy access to your Circles: Settings > Advanced Settings > "Enable circle stream in navigation"

If you want to sort searches by date, use Google Search (instead of Google+ search) but add the following to the end of your search: (then, of course, sort any way you like).

Finally, I'd like to thank all my Google+ friends for all I have learned from you. It's been a privilege to get to know you, and I'm looking forward our continuing friendship.

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"If you do a query for any of those illnesses on either mobile or desktop, you'll see a quick results panel, which contains info on its symptoms, treatments and prevalence. "
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Google has launched a dedicated website for Hangouts, a communication platform for instant messaging, voice and video calls. This will be handy for active users that were looking for another way to use Hangouts without having to log in to Gmail, Google+ or the Google Chrome Hangouts extension. The URL [...]
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Information Seeker Extraordinairess, Genealogically Obsessed, Tech Junkie, WordPress Fan Gal!
What is there to know about me? Well, I love information and I love to promote access to information. I have 5 kids - one daughter and four stepsons. My kids keep me runnin' and my husband keeps me laughing. :-)

My main hobby right now is genealogy. I used to cross-stitch. 

Read my blogs - you'll get to know way more about me for sure!

Disclaimer: Anything I post to any of my blogs, online sites, etc are not necessarily those of my employer, Vanderbilt University Medical center, and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes (April 23, 2010).  
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Public Health, 2008 - 2010
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Information Science, 1997 - 1999
  • Emory University
    Biology & Religion, 1993 - 1997
  • NC School of Science & Mathematics
    High School, 1989 - 1993
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