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Lighthouse at Cabo de Peñas, Asturias, Spain. Just after nightfall.

#hqspnight : +HQSP Night curated by +Patrick Spuij +Dirk Müller

#nightscapes : +Nightscapes curated by +Christopher Prins

#lighthousethursday : +LighthouseThursday curated by +Heiko Köster

#coastalthursday : +Coastal Thursday curated by +Jon Kahn +David Polzine 
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An unknown species (to me, that is...). Picture taken at Hagenbecks Tierpark in Hamburg.

#birdsinfocus : +Birds in Focus curated by +Risto Talman
#birdloversworldwide : +BIRD Lovers & WILDLIFE curated by +Edith Kukla +Robert SKREINER
#birds4all : +Birds4All curated by +Ricky L Jones +Walter Soestbergen
#hqspbirds : +HQSP Birds curated by +Joe Urbz +Marina Versaci
#dofmonday : +DOFMonday curated by +Mark Hall +Mara Acoma +Alan Gurling +Nigel Smith

#wildlife #birds #HagenbecksTierpark  
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100 years ago today - postcard to my great-great-grandfather:
Berlin-Mariendorf, 3.1.1915
Dear Füldner family
I am writing to let you know that the packet has arrived, we thank you very much for it. Karl is still in the military hospital... - See more at: http://greetingsfromthepast.blogspot.de/2015/01/berlin-mariendorf-311915.html
Postkarte aus: Postcard from:    Berlin Postkarte geschrieben in: Postcard written at:    Berlin-Mariendorf Beschriftung: Caption:    Berlin. Lustgarten. Altes Museum. Empfänger: Receiver: Herrn Ernst Füldner Schwarzhau...
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What a great way to look at Google+
 
Don't be shy!

Millions of people are on Google+, but not getting much out of it. Why? They're shy.

Most people on Google+ have never posted anything publicly, commented, participated in a hangout, posted pictures of themselves or their lives or blocked anyone. Yet these are the very things that make Google+ enriching and enjoyable.

Here's the problem: Google+ is massively powerful.

On Twitter, everyone feels comfortable posting anything. I just searched Twitterfall for the word "dream," and up came these tweets:

"I had a dream i guess it was just a dream tho"

"Dream a little dream of me."

"I wonder what that dream meant :/ lmaooo"

And a thousand others posted within the span of a minute or so.

Posting on Twitter is utterly without consequence. Nobody is paying much attention. A tweet is just a needle in a haystack. People tweet like it's a bodily function, and feel no pressure or embarrassment. A tweet is there for a second for the minority of followers who happen to be looking at Twitter, then it's gone forever.

On Facebook, people feel pretty comfortable engaging, too. It's mostly just family and friends. And EdgeRank will prevent most people from seeing it anyway.

But something about Google+ gives people stage fright. That something is: power.

When you post something publicly, it's indexed and placed on the public Internet. When you comment, your comment will be "judged" by a lot of smart people. Doing your first hangout is like public speaking. Posting pictures feels exposing. And blocking people feels rude.

That's why Google+ is "dominated" by journalist, celebrities, writers, musicians, bloggers and others who are used to being "out there," living and thinking in public.

And that's the key to overcoming Google+ shyness: Understand that it's simply a matter of acclimation. Just do it, as the Nike ads say, and your shyness will soon fall away.

Here's my advice to everyone on how to overcome Google+ stage fright:

Public posting: Start by sharing other people's posts publicly (like this one). When you feel more comfortable, add comments to those shares. Eventually, graduate up to posting things publicly from scratch. Why post publicly? You won't know until you try it!

Commenting: You don't have to become the Debate Club president to comment. Just do it. Remember that your comment can later be edited or deleted. Just be yourself, speak your mind. And if anyone attacks you or makes you feel lousy, block them (see below).

Hangouts: Ah, now we get to the truly hard thing for shy people to do. Here's the secret to becoming acclimated to Hangouts: Be a lurker. That's right. Join or start hangouts, and turn off both your mic and your camera. Other people in the hangout will see a black screen and a red symbol indicating a muted mic. You can see and hear them, but they can't see or hear you. It's OK! Nobody minds. By lurking, you'll get to see how friendly, supportive, interesting and fun hangouts are. Eventually, you'll want to turn on your mic and your camera. But only when you're ready. UPDATE: +Amanda Blain has a great addition to this advice: If you do turn off mic and camera, at least communicate via chat: https://plus.google.com/107982618909749811163/posts/UtRXq2w7V5v

Pictures: You don't have to post beauty shots or personally exposing pictures. Take a picture of anything with your camera phone -- your food, your dog, your workplace, or anything at all. Of course, you don't have to post pictures. But you shouldn't be avoiding it because of shyness. Pictures are fun, and people like seeing them.

Blocking: Blocking people is one of the secrets to a great Google+ experience. And it's NOT rude to block someone. Think of your stream as a party in your home. Everyone there is by invitation only -- people are by default invited. Blocking is merely not inviting them to future parties. Block for any reason -- because people are rude, because they spam, because they're negative. Any reason is a good reason. Why? Because you're only going to interact with fewer than 1% of the people on Google+ anyway. Blocking and circling are the two controls you have on who those people are. Use them!

I hope this advice is helpful. But ultimately, there's no substitute for just doing it. Post! Comment! Hangout! Share pictures! Block!

Yes, Google+ is powerful, and that can be scary. But once you get into it, power = awesome.

Pic props to TriStar Pictures
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"I have never yet had anyone who could, through the use of logic and reason, justify the Federal Government borrowing the use of its own money. It is absolutely wrong for Government to issue interest–bearing obligations. It is not only wrong, it is absolutely unnecessary. I believe the system should be changed. The Constitution of the United States does not give the banks the power to create money. The Constitution says that Congress shall have the power to create money. I believe the time will come when people will demand that this be changed. I believe the time will come in this country when they will actually blame you and me and everyone else connected with this Congress for sitting idly by and permitting such an idiotic system to continue."

"Ich habe noch niemals jemand getroffen, der durch Logik und Verstand begründen konnte, wieso die Regierung ihr eigenes Geld leihen sollte. Es ist völlig falsch, dass die Regierung verzinste Schuldscheine ausstellt. Es ist nicht nur falsch, es ist auch völlig unnötig. Ich glaube, dass das System geändert werden sollte. Die Verfassung der Vereinigten Staaten gibt das Recht zur Geldschöpfung nicht den Banken. Laut der Verfassung hat der Kongress das Recht, Geld zu schöpfen. Ich glaube die Zeit wird kommen, in der die Leute fordern werden, daß dies geändert wird. Ich glaube in diesem Land wird die Zeit kommen, in der sie sogar Sie, mich und alle anderen mit dem Kongess verbundenen Leute beschuldigen werden, die nichts getan und zugesehen haben, während dieses idiotische System weiterlief."

Wright Patman, Congress Man, September 1941
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City of Angels - After Dawn.

#hqspnight  +HQSP Night curated by +Dirk Müller +Nico Kaiser

#nightscapes : +Nightscapes curated by +Christopher Prins

#travelthursday : +Travel Thursday curated by +Laura Mitchum 
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This beautiful picture has been shared at +HQSP Night. Thanks for your contribution & have a nice day!
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Playa de las Catedrales,. Galicia, Spain. When the flood raises, these huge rocks will be fully under water and just there tips will be visible as tiny islets.

#coastalthursday : +Coastal Thursday curated by +Jon Kahn +David Polzine

#europeanphotography : +European Photo curated by +Susanne Ramharter +Janusz Brakoniecki +Michael Muraz +Jean-Louis LAURENCE 
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Thank you for your contribution to #EuropeanPhotography and +European Photo ;-) 
Jean-Louis LAURENCE
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La Torre de Hércules (Tower of Hercules) in La Coruña (Galicia), Spain. This large lighthouse (55 m, 180 ft) is about 1,900 years old and was built by the Romans in the 2nd century. Apparently it is the world's oldest lighthouse that is still in service today.

For #lighthousethursday : +LighthouseThursday curated by +Heiko Köster
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#coastalthursday : +Coastal Thursday curated by +Jon Kahn +David Polzine

#lighthouse #coast #spain #galicia #lacoruña #hercules  
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100 years ago today: postcard sent to my great-great-grandfather from the battlefields of Northern France.

#history #postcard #wwi #worldwari +Historic Pictoric +History Thursday 
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Postkarte aus: Postcard from: Dendermonde, Oost-Vlanderen Belgien / Belgium Postkarte geschrieben in: Postcard written at: Réville-aux-Bois, Lorraine Frankreich / France Beschriftung: Caption: Dendermonde, Hauptplatz, Ei...
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Der +Gerald Hensel sucht sobald als möglich eine (tolle) +3 ZKB Wohnung in Berlin (Mitte, FHain, XBerg, PBerg, CBurg). Falls jemand was weiß: Bitte einfach bei mir melden oder direkt bei ihm. Gerne auch weiterleiten.
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The BRAND NEW Amateur Photographer's Circle –– First Share Monday, July 9

#CircleSharingForThePeopleAPC1  

READ before asking for inclusion!

Are you an amateur photographer? Do you want to learn more about photography? Do you want to meet people just like yourself? Do you want to have your work promoted on a page exclusively made for amateurs here on Google+? Then this is a circle for you.

This brand new circle will focus on amateur photographers who wants to learn more about photography. I will add a page for this circle and promote the work from people who are in it. We will share tips and tricks about equipment, photography and editing –– and there will be exclusive content available only to the circle members. Plus a few surprises along the way... :) First share will be July 9 (Monday).

Do you want to join the APC? Then do the following:

1) Circle me. This is important so that I can add you to the APC VIP Circle.

2) Reshare this post. Why? If you want to be promoted, it's only fair that you help promote others. Do NOT remove the reshared post from your feed after I have added you to the circle.

3) You may NOT be a professional photographer, in fact, you may not even be a semi-professional ditto to become a member in this group. 

4. Ask for inclusion in the comments and please state which kind of photography you are into and that you HAVE reshared. I will check every feed.

5. Make sure that you mainly share your own original images in your feed. If there are too many reshares of other peoples' work, irrelevant YouTube clips, animated GIFS, blog post teasers etc., I might not add you to the circle. The APC is a validated quality circle that should bring people great amateur photography to their feeds.

NOTE! If you see that I have plussed your comment, then you know that I have added you to the circle. I didn't PLUS your comment? Make sure that you have reshared this announcement post and let me know that you did so.

*This announcement post is hash-tagged with #CircleSharingForThePeopleAPC1 so that you may mute the reshares this post will generate. That way you will avoid seeing multiple copies of this post in your feed and your adrenaline level will stay normal. I will add a new hash-tag for every announcement and circle post in the future. That way you won't miss out on any of the action but still can mute all the duplicate reshares.* 

Here is an excellent add-on that will help you to mute the reshares: http://code.google.com/p/nonplus/

Cheers!
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