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A Google Glass view of Yosemite.

Enjoy this Google Glass view of Yosemite National Park from my visit in late June. 

I also made this Google Glass video of Yosemite: One Day in Yosemite through Google Glass

I hope this amazing park stays safe from the Rim fire!

#throughglass   #googleglass   #glass   #yosemite   #yosemitenationalpark   #glassexplorers  
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2012 Google I/O - Is This the 2007 Facebook F8?

All eyes should be on Google I/O next week. As the first Google I/O with the Google+ Team, and a serious read/write API yet to launch, I predict we are about to see an explosion of social apps at a level we haven't seen since Facebook's F8 Conference in 2007 when they launched their platform to the world. The parallels are very similar.

Let's look first at the original APIs for both. Some may not be aware of this, but previous to Facebook's 2007 F8 conference, they too had an API very similar to the state of Google+'s API today. Called "Facebook Developers", the original API in 2006 was limited to a small number of requests per day, very similar to Google+'s current platform. It was mostly a read-only API, with, eventually, the ability to create widgets that could be embedded as apps on a person's Wall - a new feature of Facebook at the time. You could also access very limited data about a person's friend graph and wall posts. It wasn't until F8 of 2007 that Facebook really opened the floodgates for this, increasing API requests, opening up the ability for "Canvas apps", and giving full access to integrate apps into multiple "integration points" within Facebook itself. In fact, it wasn't until years after that that developers could really start integrating this data into other websites and mobile apps. Just like Google+, Facebook took baby steps to launch their API, but when they were ready, they launched big.

Google+ is in a very similar state today. Their platform is limited in the number of requests you can make per minute, and per day. They only allow a few select enterprise partners write access to the news feed. They've opened up a few elements, such as games, to a few partners to integrate right on Google+, but in very limited form. They're in a very similar state to Facebook in 2007. When Facebook launched though, developers came in droves, seeing user growth in the millions in a matter of days. Facebook itself grew significantly during this time.

It was during this time that I met +Paul Allen, who was looking to launch his company, FamilyLink (originally called We're Related). He and I both saw eye-to-eye on the power of this platform, and while we both took our separate ways we saw first hand the power of platforms like these.

While I'm sure Google has had the opportunity to learn from Facebook's mistakes (Facebook has had to change their platform quite a bit since they originally launched), I anticipate we could see a similar flood when Google+ finally launches their full platform to the world. Will we see a Canvas Page-like approach? I'd guess we will - OpenSocial supports this and much of Google+'s current platform bases on OpenSocial standards.

I anticipate a number of integration points, a raised request limit, and as a result an increase in apps, and developers coming to the Google+ platform. There's one advantage Google+ has over Facebook though: Google+ has Google. Remember always that Google+ is just a social layer over all Google products. That means even their platform will likely some day extend across all of their products. This is exciting, and what will bring similar success to developers in the same way Facebook did back in 2007.

Next week is a very exciting week for Google+ and Google as a company! I'll be there every day of the conference, and I can't wait to see what gets announced. To me this is one of the most exciting conferences in the history of Google, and it will be fun to have a front seat to this moment in history. Keep watching my stream on Google+, and on StayNAlive.com to keep updated of the event!

(Disclosure: FamilyLink is a former client of mine)
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We were always ahead of our time.
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Project Glass has to be the most exciting thing Google are doing right now (oh and that driverless car thing.) As a spectacle wearer myself I can't wait until these come out (will need to get some prescription lenses though!)
If you missed +Max Braun speaking live from the +Google+ Photographer's Conference, here’s the collection of photos he showed on stage. What other kinds of perspectives do you think we could capture?
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Google+ Photography Conference (12 photos)
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Y Combinator Demo Day report, as it happens

I'll keep updating this as companies get on stage. I'm rating each company on a one-to-four "$" scale (how likely I think it will be to be a huge financial hit) and "#" scale, which is how useful it looks on first glance.

The photo below is of Paul Graham kicking off things this morning.

PlanGrid http://plangrid.com Blueprints on tablets ($$, ##).
Medigram http://medigram.com Chat for doctors ($$$, ###)
Zillabyte http://zillabyte.com Search engine for leads for salespeople. ($$$, ##)
HireArt http://hireart.com Employment agency 2.0. ($$$, ##)
Flutter http://flutter.io Gesture control via webcams. ($$$, ####)
Givespark http://givespark.com Celebrity fundraising platform ($$, ###).
Popset http://popset.com Group photo albums. ($, ##)
SendHub http://sendhub.com SMS for organizations ($, ##)
Screenleap http://www.screenleap.com/ ($$, ####)
Coderwall http://coderwall.com Quantified resumes for developers ($$, ##)
LVL6 http://lvl6.com Social mobile games ($$$$, ###)

BREAK

Midnox http://Midnox.com Video camera and hosting. ($$$$, ####) Great new app.
42Floors http://42Floors.com Commercial real estate search ($$$$, ###)
Sonalight http://sonalight.com Voice texting (you can use it while driving) ($$$$, ####)
Your Mechanic http://yourmechanic.com Airbnb of car repair. ($$$, ###)

LUNCH

Crowdtilt http://Crowdtilt.com Kickstarter for groups ($$$, ###)
Flypad http://flypadapp.com Smartphone as game controller ($$, ####)
Carsabi http://carsabi.com Car search ($$, ##).
AnyPerk http://anyperk.com Discounts as employee perks. ($$$, ###).
TiKL http://tikl.mobi Walkie Talkie app. ($$, ###).
Dealupa http://dealupa.com Deal aggregator. ($$$, ###).
Priceonomics http://priceonomics.com Price guides for everything. ($$$$, ###).
Kyte http://kytephone.com Kid phone in software. ($$$, ####).

60 more companies to go...check back later for updates.

I reserve the right to change these reviews as the day goes along.
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Anyone know where I can find an XML feed of my posts to Google+?

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Analysis of some of the current 2nd screen and social TV companies out there. Seems none have cracked the user experience challenge but there's lot's of experimentation happening.
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