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lol wtf?

I've been playing around with Andriod ROMs flashing new ones every couple of days or so. If you're running a custom rom, which one are you running and why do you like it? Bonus points if I can run it on the EVO 4G. :D

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This is pretty cool.
5 Cool Tips You Should Know About Google+ Pages

1. You Can +1 a Page to Show Support or Add Them to Your Circles

We know you love some brands and businesses. Others you may want to show a quick note of support, but not see all their updates. So just drop a little +1 and keep going, or add a page to any circle you want. You're in control.

2. No Google+ Page Can Follow You Until You Follow Them

We want Google+ to be a place you love to share. Pages cannot circle you until you follow them first. Of course, if you are in their circles, they can share great deals, exclusive coupons, product tips and hangouts, but the relationship is yours to start.

3. In Fact, Google+ Pages Can't Even Mention You Unless You're Connected

That's right. The +Google+ page can't even say your name unless you're following. No +mention spam.

4. Google+ Pages Automatically Unfollow You If You Unfollow Them

If you remove a Google+ Page from your circles, you are automatically removed from their circles. You always are in charge.

5. You Can Find Google+ Pages In Google Search

With a new feature we call Direct Connect, just type + followed by the brand name in Google Search, and you can see pages automatically display. Type +Pepsi to see Pepsi, and +Dell for Dell. It's that easy.

We're very excited about the great work we've seen with Google+ Pages so far. So many amazing companies are here, and you can see from all the work we've done that we want your experience on Google+ to remain a fantastic one.

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Just want to second this.
I'm going to use the longer posting capabilities to express my irritation about people removing RSS as a way to subscribe to websites.

Basically I've noticed a huge trend not only in websites moving away from RSS to Twitter and FB, but REMOVING IT COMPLETELY! Personally, I feel like this is NOT a good move for people who provide content to stay in touch with consumers. Why?

-Twitter has no good way to filter information sources and brands from friends. Lists are really not useable, I don't think a lot of people use them, and the UI has them buried so it's a pain in the ass to get to them. People are HIGHLY selective about who they follow, and they're not gonna throw a dozen small blogs in with their best friends' updates or the experience of using the service become greatly diminished.

-Facebook is a mess for trying to sort "likes" and pages, I don't see how having a MASSIVE unwieldy feed of constant centralized updates helps ANYONE disseminate information. I would say you could check 5-6 Facebook pages a day MAX for blogs you like who have pages there. That's a far cry from the 200+ blogs I check every day in about an hour.

RSS is a way to consume a LOT of information very quickly, and STORE it in nice categories if you miss it. So I can catch up with a small blog's output at the end of the week and, if I so choose, read EVERY article easily in one sitting. You think on Friday I'm gonna go browse that same site's Twitter feed on their page (digging through all the messy @ replies) and see what they did that week?! Or go to their Facebook page that is littered with contests? No way dude, I'm too busy for that!

I feel like small blogs cut their own throat by taking away the RSS capability. I give this analogy a lot, but social media outlets are INFO COLANDERS! 5% of your followers will see anything you post, and that's probably only within 20 minutes of posting. That's the way it is and it's gonna only get worse. Apart from email lists, RSS is the best way you can collect stuff across the internet to read quickly, and I am so irritated when that choice is taken from me.
/rant

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Picking Pumpkins with the Wife.
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Really enjoy the thoughts presented here. Mostly articulating the idea that business owners get into a business for the wrong reasons.

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I originally wrote this the week after PAX. I was sitting on it waiting for Wil's approval before publishing it. Now that I finally got it I can share the story, spoiler alert, he's the nicest guy you'll ever have the chance to meet.

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Someone find me batman.
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