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Tracy F. Hackshaw
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I wanted to clarify a couple of points regarding yesterday’s announcement (https://goo.gl/TL0l6j) and provide some additional context:

1. The great photo and video sharing service that’s part of Google+ is unaffected. You can continue to post photos and videos, and your followers will be able to comment and +1 as before. No change.

2. All of the photos, videos, and albums you have already shared on Google+, including their posts, comments, and +1s are also unaffected. An easy way to find these is to visit the Photos tab of your Profile page.

3. The private photo management component of Google+, which includes backup, editing, creations, private album management (album management for shared content is still available on Google+), and sharing to other apps, is being replaced by Google Photos.

I sincerely appreciate for many of you #3 is still a hard pill to swallow. And I promise we don’t take decisions like this one lightly. The reality is that maintaining both Google+ Photos (the private photo management component of Google+) and Google Photos poses several challenges. Most notably, it is confusing to users why we have two offerings that virtually do the same thing, and it means our team needs to divide its focus rather than working on building a single, great user experience. 

We are working very hard to bring all the best features of Google+ Photos to Google Photos, and this focus will allow us to deliver even more features at a much faster pace.
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Everything in Its Right Place

It’s been a little more than a quarter since I took on leadership of a newly formed team, which we’ve christened SPS: Streams, Photos, and Sharing.

In that short time, I’ve had some time to reflect on the products we’ve built over the last few years, and also the opportunity to oversee the launch of our new Google Photos product. I’ve concluded that it’s time for a “pivot”... or more precisely time to talk more openly about a pivot that’s been underway for some time (and in fact is reflected in the name of the new team). We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire it as the mechanism by which people share and engage within other Google products.

Four years ago when we conceived of the “Google+ Project”, we made it clear that our goals were always two-fold: Google+ aspired to be both a “platform layer that unified Google’s sharing models”, and a product / stream / app in its own right.

This was a well-intentioned goal, but as realized it led to some product experiences that users sometimes found confusing. For instance, and perhaps most controversially, integration with YouTube implied that leaving a comment on YouTube (something users had obviously been doing successfully for years) suddenly and unexpectedly required “joining Google+.”

We decided it’s time to fix this, not only in YouTube, but across a user’s entire experience at Google. We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google… other than using Google+ itself.  

Some of the consequences of this shift in thinking have already been deployed. Others we’re rolling out as fast as possible (e.g. the changes to YouTube we referenced today). And many more will roll out over the rest of the year.

What does this mean for Google+ the product? Relieved of the notion of integrating with every other product at Google, Google+ can now focus on doing what it’s already doing quite well: helping millions of users around the world connect around the interest they love. Aspects of the product that don’t serve this agenda have been, or will be, retired. But you’ll also see a slew of improvements that make this use case shine (like the recent launch of Collections - https://plus.google.com/collections/featured).

It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how this strategy has played out as realized in the recent Google Photos launch, a product which in many ways embodies and telegraphs the changes discussed above. Google Photos not only doesn’t require a Google+ account, but as much of the functionality as possible doesn’t even require an account at all. It was important to me that when we launched Google Photos, we stressed the product implements sharing by any means a user prefers… without compromise or agenda. This is the right thing for users and the feedback and usage has been extremely validating.

I’m excited to share this strategy with the world, excited about what it means for Google+, and most of all for all of Google’s users.
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Introduction

Tracy Hackshaw is an alumus of the DiploFoundation's Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme in 2008 and an ICANN Fellowship Alumnus from the Sydney and Seoul Meetings in 2009 and the Cartagena Meeting in 2010. Tracy was an Internet Society (ISOC) Ambassador to IGF 2009 in Sharm-el Sheikh and returned as an ISOC Ambassador for IGF 2010 in Vilnius and for IGF 2012 in Baku. He also participated in IGF 2011 as a DiploFoundation Emerging Leader for the Digital World as part of Diplo's Capacity Development Programme in ICT Policy and Internet Governance for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. He is now a member of the DiploFoundation's Research & Teaching Faculty.
 
He is a national of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and has been educated at the 1st degree level in Sociology & Psychology via the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine) and at a graduate level in International Management via the University of London (Royal Holloway).
 
Professionally, Tracy is the Deputy National Chief Information Officer, in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago (GoRTT). 
 
As Dy National Chief Information Officer, Tracy is charged with the mandate of setting infrastructure and technology directions and standards, as well as driving associated programmes and projects with the objective of ensuring that the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) has a world-class ICT infrastructure, in support of the goals of the National ICT Agenda as outlined in smarTT.

He is a member of a team providing ICT thought leadership to the GoRTT, in several areas falling under the rubric of Internet Policy and Governance including the flagship and award-winning ttconnect Multi-Channel initiative - http://ttconnect.gov.tt.  

 
Tracy has been a member of the Internet Society (http://internetsociety.org) since 2002 and currently holds the position of Vice Chair of the recently established Internet Society Trinidad & Tobago Chapter (http://www.isoc.tt).

In addition, Tracy is involved, in a technical advisory capacity, on the Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago's representation to the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) since 2010 and was elected as GAC Vice-Chair at the Toronto meeting in October 2012.

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Survived the Rapture ... and the Mayan Apocalypse (21/12/2012)
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Dy National Chief Information Officer
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Internet Governance | New Media | Social Psychology | Sociology | Social Research | IT Strategy | Web Content Management | Enterprise Architecture | Solution Architecture | Cloud Computing | Social Media | Mobile Technology | Social Business | e-Government | m-Government | Executive Management | Team Leadership | Cybercrime | Online Tutoring | Electronic Payments | Mobile Payments
Employment
  • Ministry of Science and Technology
    Dy National Chief Information Officer, present
  • National ICT Company Ltd. (iGovTT)
    Chief Solution Architect
  • AVM Television (Channel Four)
  • Ansa McAl Psychological Research Centre, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies (St. Augustine)
  • Ministry of Community Development, Culture & Gender Affairs
  • South Trinidad Chamber of Industry & Commerce
  • ILLUMINAT (Trinidad & Tobago) Ltd.
  • Infotech Caribbean
  • Ministry of Science, Technology & Tertiary Education
  • Ministry of Public Administration
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Probably the best located hotel in the Miami Airport area for its price if you are staying over for about 12-18 hours or have an unusually long 8-12 hour layover. About a 5 mins drive from MIA, yet in very close proximity to some basic shopping and eating options (Walgreens, CVS, Staples, GameStop, Anacapri Italian Restaurant, Casa Juan Restaurant, Pollo Tropical, Burger King, China Fortune Restaurant, Starbucks, McDonald's, and Wendy's) and about a $12 10-15 mins taxi ride away to a 24-hour Super Wal-Mart if you are so inclined. Tends to get a little pricey and busy during the cruise ship high season and of course during the Ultra Music festival; otherwise not a bad deal for its proximity. Hotel Airport Shuttle is reasonably reliable and there is also a Dolphin Mall shuttle. Hotel holds your mail and packages for you safely and reliably once you provide notice of their impending delivery. It's those little things that count. If you've come to Miami to stay in your hotel room, you will be disappointed as the room is bog standard chain hotel fare; however it is clean, comfortable and pretty much in line with what you would expect with a healthy dose of tropical colour flare and accents. Internet Access is free with just average performance. The Blue Lagoon has a very decent American-style breakfast setup and a nice outdoor pool although I suspect the majority of the hotel's guests are mainly overnighters on their way to somewhere else. As such, the pool area is quite quiet and pleasant. There is also a small, fairly private whirlpool just away from the pool area. All in all, for about $150-$200/night depending on when you are staying, good value for money.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Recently renovated, the very helpful and friendly staff made my stay here a most pleasant and comfortable one. It's a no frills hybrid establishment somewhere between a high-end B&B and a business hotel, with very large rooms, decent room office and living facilities, a firm Nigerian "block of foam" bed with just OK toilet/shower facilities (watch out for the limited hot water supply, it seems to be room-specific, and you must remember to switch on the heater at least 10-15 minutes BEFORE having a shower ... the hot water lasts about 10-15 minutes before it begins to cycle, so long, luxuriating showers are a non-starter). Internet access is free, Thank God, because it is painfully slow. While not directly in the CBD or any of the more "fashionable" areas in Abuja, the Bolton White is located across the road from a quite frighteningly delicious Indian buffet-style restaurant (Spice Foods, another disarmingly no-frills and inexpensive establishment) which quite literally can spice up your Abuja experience and behind (or in front of, depending on your POV) the very local (and relatively inexpensive) Sahad Stores. If you are on a budget, Sahad Stores, with its Nigerian-styled Walmart approach and its very local food outlets could make your per diem go a much longer way in the otherwise expensive Abuja. Indeed, you will be quite spoiled for local food choices if you stay at this Hotel, as next door to the Indian restaurant, co-exists a local Nigerian Restaurant & Grill specializing in some very tasty Suya. A fruit and vegetable stall completes the organized chaos external to the Bolton White. In addition, the nicely appointed Hotel Restaurant itself seems to be extremely popular with local professionals as is their Sunday Lunch special. Breakfast at the restaurant is included in your rate. The hotel is a little pricey by global standards for what you are getting (between US$200-250 per night for a basic room in October 2013), however when compared with the prices of the less than fabulous Hilton and Sheraton hotels in the city, it seems like a deal. It's really all relative when you come down to it, I guess. A little further up (about 1-2 mins walk) from the Bolton White - or just before, depending on the direction you are coming from, is the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in Abuja.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
One of the better airports in the Caribbean region. Jetway access for most modern jets. Services BEYOND Security checkpoint in Depatures Lounge requires significant improvement and enhancement though.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Kinda funny that this is listed as a "restaurant" here. Typical KFC ... pretty good if you're into it. Can have long lines as this KFC is particularly popular - both counter service and Drive-Thru.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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Very good value hotel at a great price directly across from the Departures Terminal and next door (literally) to the Sofitel Gatwick. No frills organization with self service check in options. Good idea to walk with your own amenities. Internet access is not free, but surprisingly affordable. Only con is the English weather could make the two minute dash to the terminal a wet, cold one. Be aware. However, will stay again if the opportunity presents itself.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Was under extensive construction during my stay in October 2011. Attended a major international conference at the nearby Le Meridien President and had no choice but to stay here. This is a former Club Med - you would not know it from the experience. Room was pretty ordinary - I've stayed in worse, but it certainly was not up to international standard. Most international flights into Dakar arrive in the pre-dawn hours and checking in at that time in that poor excuse for lobby was a shockingly bad experience. Felt like something out of those old colonial "Out of Africa"-type movies. Way to debunk the stereotype Almadies! Other conference attendees who stayed there had more ... ummm ... interesting experiences, but having schlocked my way through Europe's B&Bs and Miami's and NY's "finest Motels", I can't say that my experience was anything but comparatively ordinary. It's on the beach, and the hotel grounds are actually quite beautiful and expansive - you may enjoy your stay there if you are using the hotel's outdoor facilities extensively. On a trip to another part of Dakar, I noticed the Radisson Blu and I would say that if you not interested in the beach location, this looks like a much better option for a stay in Dakar.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Horrible food - not authentic by a long stretch. You are probably better off by trying the much better (and vastly cheaper) options available in this area.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago