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Man, rising cost of education and healthcare are ruining a lot of lives. There's got to be a better way.

I have no idea if it will help, but I'm going down to the General Assembly at 7pm if anybody wants to join me. Kind of scared of what I'm going to find but it's better than nothing.

http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/
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stay safe, I'm tempted to go later in the week...
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A (maybe-wonky-but-admittedly-so) evolutionary explanation for why having a good life philosophy is an antidote to procrastination.
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+Andrew Dudzik Neat idea! I'll have to try that some time. Has it worked for you?
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Neat!
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Here's a Google Doc that is being created about Google+ It's titled "A Collaborative Document: (or how 120+ people wrote a book at the same time)" Despite the title, it's actually a guide being created by Google+ users on how to use Google+. And they're using Google Docs to write it, of course. This is a nice illustration of the post I made on the first day about how Google+ is making Google stronger. Read that here:
https://plus.google.com/112063946124358686266/posts/SrQrSSXeViq

It also shows the way in which Google+ users are similar to Facebook users: when given the tools, they will contribute positively to further the service. I mention that point about Facebook's platform strategy in this post about Zuckerberg's first public response to Google+:
https://plus.google.com/112063946124358686266/posts/g2zmxn1LmtX

In the past, I've used Google Docs mainly because I wanted web access to files. I've never collaborated on it, and now I'm hooked on doing that. Google+ is making me use Google products that I formally only had a slight interest in. In the past week, I've started to toy with Blogger & Picasa. Why switch to Gmail, I used to think? Yahoo will do just fine. I've been using Gmail more and more.

Btw, welcome new users, I see the invites are open today -- read this guide for tips.
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I haven't heard anybody else mention class in conjunction with Google+, so here goes.

Back in the early days of Facebook, when it was the college social network and MySpace was the plebeian social network, there were clear class overtones to the whole thing. As it's become more universal, many of my upper-middle-class friends have deserted Facebook, complaining that it's too "busy" and not private enough. In other words, Facebook shifted focus, and they were no longer the target audience.

If G+ succeeds in capturing a chunk of the market, it may grab that chunk. Offer things that correlate with the likes of elites (privacy, exclusiveness, simplicity of design) and you have a good chance of capturing them. A bifurcation may be achieved: Google+ for the elites, Facebook for everybody else.

It could be a detente, but I believe that if that happens, Facebook is screwed. Having an upper class and a lower class social network might work in pre-War England, but it's not a sustainable equilibrium in our mixed-up modern era. Just ask MySpace.

Eventually the floodgates will open, streams will look like $0.99 2-liters of RC instead of $3 bottles of Boylan, the next Zygna will invent the next Farmville for Google+, and the disaffected elites (hi guys!) will grumble about the good old days and bemoan the lack of alternatives.

In other words, you are potentially living in the golden era, if you're in to that kind of thing. Enjoy it while it lasts!
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I can see some class separation evolving. And Aditya, I believe what you're referring to is called the "never ending September".
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Yonatan Zunger originally shared:
 
Some useful-but-maybe-not-obvious features of Google+:

* In your stream, "Incoming" means "other people who are sharing with me" -- people who aren't yet in your circles. You can browse through it to see people who have added you.

* "Notifications" gives you the same sort of stuff that you can see in the notifications menu in the top right. (The one that turns bright red when you have an update -- not yet available in all countries) Who's added you, when you've been mentioned in a post or tagged in a photo, etc. Also, that menu at the top? Very useful.

* "Sparks" lets you get cool content relevant to your interests. Random side note: While debugging the system, we often used "Chocolate Cake" as a test interest. It turned out to be a really distracting interest.

* Hangouts are more awesome than you may suspect, because they require so little work.

* You have to click on the "Chat with people on Google+" link to enable chat within Google+ (long story as to why), but then you get IM functionality.

* The mobile app has two features of surpassing awesomeness: Huddles and Instant Upload. Huddles are everything that messaging was supposed to be but never was -- group of people, persistent conversations so you can keep chatting with people, a hell of a lot faster delivery than SMS, etc. Instant upload means that you will never have photos stranded on your phone again.

* The delete circle animation is enough fun that one is tempted to create circles and delete them just for the heck of it. Andy Hertzfeld FTW.

I'll probably think of more of these later... there are a lot of features in here, and there are even more on the way. This is called "The Google+ Project" for a reason; the future is bright and exciting.
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Zach Seward originally shared:
 
Information flow can reveal dirty deeds http://bit.ly/r9lAqH

HUB-AND-SPOKE OF DECEIT: When Enron employees communicated about legitimate projects, e-mails were reciprocal and information was shared widely (right), but communications about an illicit project (left) reveal a sparse network with a central, informed clique and isolated external players.
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An artist got factories to deliberately make nonfunctional versions of their usual stuff. This is pretty cool. :)
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More attempted Circle Fu:

I've broken all of my Circles up into HOW and WHY circles.

HOW circles are disjoint, so that I don't see the same posts in every stream. For me they're based on where I know someone from: family, friends, Foo camp, work.

WHY circles cut across the HOW I know people. They're based on the kinds of topics I'm likely to push out. Computer Geeks, Policy and Politics, Cute Cat Pictures, California, NY Theater, etc.

So far I'm finding I really like having a set of disjoint circles for browsing. Not yet sure how well the WHY will work for pushing, but I have high hopes.
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Oh! there is a 'more' link once I add more circles. I swear that didnt show up until I refreshed the page. Will send a feedback for that
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A couple of people have started to come across the problem of being followed by way more people than they can possibly cope with following back, and their stream becomes insanely noisy. I've found a pretty simple strategy seems to fix the problem:

- Create circles for groups of people that match groups in your real life; e.g., old friends, co-workers, etc. Put people you actually know into these, and feel free to put people in multiple circles. That way, you can share with just these groups, and you can also view the streams for just these groups when you want to hang out (or Hangout) with just them.

- Create circles for groups of people that you want to follow, even if you don't know them. e.g., tech bloggers, public figures. Good sources of reading material, even though you'll probably never share anything with these circles.

- And if you get a bunch of followers who you don't know, that's OK; you don't have to add them to your own circles. That way, they can see things which you post publicly, but your own stream doesn't get flooded. If you want to see what they're saying, you can browse your Incoming stream, and occasionally spot interesting people to follow or respond to. (This continues to scale well even when you have a Really Huge number of followers, and lets you occasionally keep in touch with people even if you don't want to be doing that every single time you log on to Google+)
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I remember this section of SOSC.…
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