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Nancy Owen
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Wife, Mom, Techie, Crafter, Doer, Thinker
Wife, Mom, Techie, Crafter, Doer, Thinker

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Another day, another cool smartphone camera trend by Japanese girls.

This blog is called RRRRRRRROLL.GIF.

http://rrrrrrrroll.tumblr.com/
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The killer -- KILLER -- feature Google+ really needs.

This message is intended primarily for the Google+ team, but I'm posting it publicly so we can have a conversation about it. 

I'm going to say this as plainly as I can: People love streams, dashboards and "rivers." 

We want to monitor real-time information as it happens. That's why Facebook Home is brilliant. That's why people like Twitter, and Twitter apps like Tweetbot. That's why people love Google Reader. 

We want these streams coming in all day, as we work on other things or play games or do random web browsing. 

Yes, we want our streams to have social information, as Zuck said this week in the Facebook Home launch. But we also want breaking news and new developments in our areas of interest. 

Right now, if you click on the Google+ Home button in a desktop web browser, you get an automatically updating stream. Which is OK, but not great. The problem with it is that often posts come too fast to keep up with them, and some posts are too long for a live-streaming view. You pretty much see one post at a time. If two posts come in at the same time, you miss one of them completely. 

There's one other thing that auto-updates on Google+: Notifications. If you click your red Notifications button (with the white number in it), and just leave it sitting there, it will update by itself when someone plus-ones or comments or shares your stuff.

I've taken recently to leaving this open all the time out of desperation for some kind of always-on Google+ stream (see the screenshot below).  This is just OK, too. The problem with it is that notifications for most people are too rare.

One of the problems with Google+ is that when I'm in one part of the system -- say, in communities or writing a post -- I feel blind to what's happening elsewhere. A live, always-there stream would be so fricken' awesome because I would have an overall sense of awareness about what's going on. 

Here's what we need -- and what Google+ needs. Give us a killer auto-updating stream, a dashboard, a "river" that can be always there on the desktop updating us about anything we want to be updated on all day, every day. 

I don't have a request about the details -- you guys are the software geniuses. I'm just a user. But we need a way to use Google+ the way people will use Facebook Home, and the way people currently use Twitter and Reader. 

Make it small enough and condense the information so that it can live in its own window or app or whatever off to the side while we're doing other things. 

We want to use Google+ a lot more. You want us to use Google+ a lot more. This is how you make that happen!

Code me a river!!
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What should I do when I grow up?
Career planning in 60 seconds
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Typing with one finger sucks
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Fascinating
Watch America expand West across North America from 1700 to 1900.

A cartographer named Derek Watkins recently extracted data from the US Post Office's Postmaster Finder, including latitude and longitude data for post offices, and when they were established. The result shows the spread of communities during the 18th and 19th centuries, when Americans spread West across the North American continent.

http://vimeo.com/27376376
http://derekwatkins.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/posted/
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