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+DesignCrowd CEO +Alec Lynch on the 6 things you must do to get great design for your startup.

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+DesignCrowd CEO +Alec Lynch explains why Australia has has grown to dominate the global crowdsourcing industry.

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+DesignCrowd wins Anthill's Big Kahuna award at the 2014 Cool Company Awards. Congratualtions!

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+Clancy Clarke  +Henare Degan you guys might find this conversationt about Google+ interesting.
 +Chris Messina fucks up again

+Chris Messina penned a takedown of Google+ on Hacker News, and the piece was re-posted on Medium ("Thoughts on Google+: I fucked up. So has Google.")

His post got people talking, because Chris used to work on Google+. (He also invented the hashtag.) 

In a nutshell, Chris's complaints about Google+ are tenfold. I thought I'd summarize his ten points, and offer my opinions and observations about each in a kind of open letter to Chris. 

Dear Chris:  

1.  Can't figure out what Google+ is for

Chris: What is the Internet for? What is paper for? What are TV, radio and books for? More to the point, why do you want someone to tell you what to do? Google+ is a brilliant blank canvas of communication for you to do anything you want with, from private one-on-one communication to blogging to novel writing to photo gallery publishing. And icing on the cake: The Google+ community is the best ever assembled online anywhere. 

2. Can't tell if Google is "worried" about Facebook, Snapchat, or Pinterest

Yes, but you can tell that Twitter is "worried" about Facebook. That's why they're ruining it. In an existential panic, Twitter is slowly turning itself into Facebook, with the intrusive ads, algorithmic filtering, insertion of content nobody asked for and all the rest. You can tell Facebook is "worried" about Snapchat. That's why they now shamelessly force you to install and use a separate Messaging app on mobile. Google doesn't have ads, and isn't "worried" about other social networks (being subsidised, essentially, by the rest of Google). That lack of "worry" is one of the reasons why Google isn't actively wrecking Google+. 

3. Google+ doesn't aggressively "control" your digital identity 

The skimmers who got a "gist" of your post and moved on, didn't seem to register that your perspective is mostly an industry-interested one, not a user-interested one. Long story short: Who cares if Google is "controlling" my identity? 

4. Google+ is "Facebook lite," something the world doesn't need

This is your biggest error in understanding. Google+ isn't "Facebook Lite." It's the opposite of Facebook. It's the cure for the Facebook disease. Yes: Facebook has a monopoly on everybody. But the site and service itself is shit. They ruin your pictures posted on your profile pic. They ruin your videos. Facebook is confusing to use. They lie to you in multiple ways. The interface is fugly, cluttered and confusing. They aggressively censor about 90 percent of the content from your newsfeed (by Zuckerberg's own admission). YOU CAN'T EVEN SEARCH THE CONTENT OF POSTS!! I could go on and on with everything rotten about Facebook, problems completely absent on Google+. 

5. Google+ should have improved social networking by 10x, but didn't

Yes, they did. : ) 

6. It doesn't sufficiently "motivate people to store more information with Google"

Again, this is an industry wish-list item. As a user, I don't care if I'm being motivated to store more information. Having said that, I literally store 100% of my information on Google (email, Drive, docs, Contacts, photos on G+). 

7. "Google+ is confused and adrift at sea"

The user experience is the opposite. It's un-confused, clear, reliable, fast, fun and free. 

8. Google+ isn't evolving, changing and getting new features fast enough 

Yes, the song has "too many notes." Who wants new features for the sake of new features? We all have things we'd like G+ to add. But mostly Google is doing far better than other social sites at avoiding bad new features. Facebook rapidly adds features, which almost always annoy users or flop completely. All social sites gain features at different rates. Twitter is just now adding comprehensive search, which Facebook isn't even talking about.

9. Doesn't know what Google+ is better for than Facebook

It couldn't be more obvious, but Google+ is better than Facebook at literally everything. There's not a single thing featurewise that I can think of that's better on Facebook than it is on Google+. (Facebook has everybody, but that's not a feature. It's a catastrophic accident of history.) 

10. Unlike Pinterest, which "helps you express your aspirational self," Google "pigeonholes you into what you already are"

This makes zero sense. Google doesn't pigeonhole you in any conceivable way. There are no limits on content, media or addressing. The real names policy is gone. You can literally be and do anything you want on Google+. 

Google+ is by far the best site online to communicate privately. It doesn't get hacked. It almost never goes down. 

And Google+ is by far the best site to communicate publicly. Even without cultivating a community, a public Google+ post is a page on the Internet, but with the possibility of radical viral sharing. 

Guess what: I'll get more eyeballs and comments on this post than you did with your post on Hacker News and Medium combined -- neither of those sites, by the way, did you single out for irrelevance. And I didn't even invent the hashtag. All I did was do my post on Google+. 

In fact, Chris your own post on Google+ linking to your story got far more comments than both your Hacker News and Medium posts combined:

Say what you want about Google+, Chris Messina. But G+ is just better -- far better -- than anything else out there, and still by far the best place in the world to share one's interests and ideas and spark conversations with smart people.

I thank you for helping to make Google+ possible. But you're wrong about Google+.


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Aussie politicians celebrate Movember:

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Crowdsourcing for social change and efficiency - here's my take on 5 international examples of politicians using crowdsourcing.

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Have you ever wondered what really happens when the world's most powerful leaders get together? DesignCrowd's designers know what shenanigans went down behind closed doors at this year's G20 summit in Brisbane. They've designed hilarious graphics of G20 leaders behind the scenes in controversial situations. Enjoy!

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