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Amy McLean
Coming together is a beginning
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Google+ of tomorrow :)
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Google+: The Yin and the Yang

If I were to ask a handful of people what purpose a hammer serves a good percentage if not all of them would say it’s used for pounding nails into an object. What most people fail to remember is the hammers other purpose -- to pull nails out of an object. My point; a hammer has more than just one use as do most tools. Just because one side of a hammer gets used more than the other side does not make the less used side any less important.

With social media having MANY purposes, some posts will serve us better than others. This is where it gets to be tricky on the scope of grading the quality of content and labeling the interestingness of users, as it holds true that one mans trash may be another mans treasure.

+Jonathan Langdale's post “Special Obviousity” ( http://goo.gl/4Hej5 ) didn’t receive much attention in re-shares, comments, or +1’s. Does this mean his post should be considered uninteresting? No of course not, for all we know there might have been a lot of Google+ users who found it to be “a diamond in the rough” so to speak, and for what ever reason chose not to display a visual trace of approval or disapproval for that matter.

Let's assume for a moment +Jonathan’s Special Obviousity post had been posted by +Tom Anderson, the comment and reshare count would be affected LARGELY! Of course it’s important to note the substantial number of people who have +Tom Anderson circled in comparison to +Jonathan Langdale so naturally more exposure will be brought to the post. But how many of those people would have ignored the post had they saw it come from +Jonathan Langdale instead of +Tom Anderson? Why does the post become more interesting when someone with a bigger name shares it? Because “quality” is subjective! This is where I often see a problem with follow lists even if my name is on one. Though it's highly flattering to be considered interesting by people I know it's not true in every case or for every person.

Being well known amongst a very large group of people has a huge influence on the amount of activity a post receives whether interesting or not. A good example (and I wish I could remember which Google+'er pointed this out to me yesterday) was a recent post by a celebrity who shared a picture of a spoon they found on the road. This celebrities "I found a spoon on the road" post received hundreds of comments. That’s a lot for a spoon, even for a road spoon!

It's important to highlight the large amount of wonderful users who spend substantial amounts of time commenting on posts who are often left out when the "interesting" labels get passed around. There are a lot of posts I find interesting, but often times I find well-thought-out perspective comments to be as interesting, if not more interesting than some of the great posts I’ve read! Without active commenters giving their approval or respectful disapproval a lot of people (including myself) would loose interest in searching for and posting thoughtful content.

As we find it important that celebrities acknowledge and appreciate the support of their fans, it’s JUST as important to show the same respect for those who spend their time reading and responding to users posts. Without posters we’d lack commenters, without commenters we’d lack posters. All of us play an equal role in sharing thoughts, opinions, and ideas whether we do so in post form or in comment form. This is what makes Google+ so special and unique, we have the Ying and we have the Yang.

So thank you to all you wonderful active commenters and +1’ers out there! I find you very interesting and highly engaging! :)
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Added my profile to the Google+ directory #136709
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Google+ on CNN!

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#googleplusupdate

As the Product Manager for Google+ Notifications, I wanted to let you know about another improvement we’re rolling out today. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback.

Over the past few weeks we’ve added a few features that make it easier to invite your friends to Google+. For example, we launched a custom invitation link (for those times when you don’t know someone’s email address). But up until now, it’s been hard to tell when people use your invitations to sign up.

Starting today, you’ll get a notification in your Google bar if someone you’ve invited joins Google+ (check out the screenshot below). Add them to your circles and give ‘em a warm welcome!
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More Gmail integration!
A first, tiny step: view recent Google+ posts in the Gmail people widget!

You can now see the most recent Google+ post that the sender of the email shared with you in the Gmail people widget - see screenshot below.

BTW: +Bella Kazwell is a tech lead on the Gmail team and +Steven Bills is the engineer who implemented this particular feature. Oh, and before you ask, 'unicorn' is what we nicknamed our internal Gmail test environment. I.e. the Google+ post here from Bella is pretty much the first one that was ever served from Gmail!

Again, this is just the first launch - look out for more!
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Do you like Google+ song? :)

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Should this be the new Google+ campaign? :)
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Do you play games in Google Plus? :)

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G+ Update!
New: +mentions in lightbox!

You can now +mention people in the lightbox photo viewer. Type a + followed by the name of the person you want to mention, just like you do on any stream post. +mentioning someone on a photo will give them access to the album the same way that face tagging them in the photo does.

Thanks to +Karen Liu for implementing this!
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