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GOOGLE'S SUGGESTED USER LIST (Complete list below)

Google+ just pushed live its suggestions of "interesting and famous people." The screen is presented to new users, asking them to Supercharge their stream (screenshot below). It presents these folks:

PICKS
+Matthew Inman +Muhammad Yunus +Mark Cuban +Taylor Swift +Thomas Hawk +Trey Ratcliff +Vic Gundotra +Richard Branson +Sergey Brin +Snoop Dogg +Britney Spears +Dane Cook +Alton Brown +Ashton Kutcher +Jessi June +Jillian Michaels +Dolly Parton

ENTERTAINMENT
+Miranda Cosgrove +Steve Ward +William Shatner +Rose McGowan +Sasha Grey +Casey McKinnon +Dane Cook +Alida Brandenburg +Ashley Tisdale +Ashton Kutcher +Brian Brushwood +Graham Linehan +Jeri Ryan +Justine Ezarik +Djimon Hounsou

FUN & INTERESTING
+Matthew Inman +Muhammad Yunus +Violet Blue +Wil Wheaton +Philip DeFranco +Richard Branson +Scott Beale +Charles Trippy +Dave Days +April Summers +Jessi June +Joan Halifax +Kassem G +Gary Whitta

MUSIC
+Paul Oakenfold +Pete Wentz +Kina Grannis +Lil Wayne +Mariah Carey +Mark Hoppus +Spectacular Smith +Taylor Swift +Trent Reznor +Pitbull . +Sammy Hagar +Snoop Dogg +Soulja Boy +Britney Spears +Chamillionaire The Ceo +50 Cent +Alanis Morissette +Armin van Buuren +Jay Smooth +Joe Satriani +Demi Lovato +Dj ASHBA +Dolly Parton

NEWS
+Maggie Koerth-Baker +Maria Bartiromo +Steven Levy +Xeni Jardin +Quentin Hardy +Richard MacManus +Sarah Hill +Shira Lazar +Christian Oliver +Christina Warren +Cory Bergman +Courtney Hazlett +Dan Patterson +Darya Pino +A.V. Flox +Anthony Quintano +Arianna Huffington +Beth Kanter +Herb Greenberg +Jason Kincaid +Jennifer 8. Lee +Jillian C. York +Ed Yong +Elisa Camahort Page

PHOTOGRAPHY & ART
+Mihailo Radičević +Olaf Bathke +Patrick Di Fruscia +Patrick Smith +Klaus Herrmann +Leanne Staples +Leodor Selenier +Lisa Bettany +Lotus Carroll +Terje Sorgjerd +Thomas Hawk +Trey Ratcliff +Victor Bezrukov +Sara Ataie +Scott Kelby +shirley lo +Christopher Michel +Colby Brown +Dave Beckerman +Alan Shapiro +Anthony Quintano +Brandon Campeaux +Jennifer Bailey +Jim Goldstein

POLITICS
+Newt Gingrich +Stephen Harper +Jerry Brown +Gary Johnson +Gavin Newsom

SPORTS
+Mark Cuban +Brandon Vera +Jillian Michaels +Dwight Howard +Erin Andrews +Floyd Mayweather

TECHNOLOGY
+MG Siegler +Michael Dell +Mike Elgan +Om Malik +Paul Kedrosky +Pete Cashmore +Kevin Rose +Laura Gluhanich +Leo Laporte +Linda Lawrey +Linus Torvalds +Lynette Young +Maria Popova +Marshall Kirkpatrick +Steve Wozniak +Tim O'Reilly +Tom Anderson +Veronica Belmont +Vic Gundotra +Zee M Kane +Robert Scoble +Sarah Lane +Sarah Perez +Sergey Brin +Cali Lewis

My first reaction to the G+ Suggested User List?
I don't think this is a good idea. It's going to alienate people and lead to an inevitable followers war that can hurt the health of the social network and inflate people's egos. As the famous get more followers, the non-featured fall farther behind, and a giant gap is created between the two. This is what happened on Twitter. (In a perfect world, all interact together, around common interests, and there aren't such huge disparities.)
UPDATE: Google+'s VP of Product +Bradley Horowitz posts a thorough response to questions about the list, and it makes much more sense now. http://goo.gl/b1XMO

What do you think?

Many thanks to +Julio Fernandez for the link to the suggested users page if you're not a new user -- you can find it here https://plus.google.com/getstarted/follow
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lol... just had an exchange with +Alexander Howard about this on Twitter. We just caught wind of it as it was being released looks like. And I created the list then.
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What other young journalists should be on my radar?
Six Journalists Under 30 to Watch, aka ONA Announces MJ Bear Fellows
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I just made a +Mashable News circle of Mashable employees. If anyone's interested in the list, I can provide it.
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Report: News Corp. is considering replacing Murdoch as CEO, depending on his performance before Parliament Tuesday.
News Corp. is considering elevating Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey to chief executive officer, succeeding Rupert Murdoch, people with knowledge of the situation said.
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Google+ Tip for the day: Stop treating Google+ like Facebook.

When I got my Google+ invitation, I was already itching to shed my Facebook profile. I still feel that way, but I’m starting to realize something really surprising (at least for me): I don’t think Google is my Facebook stand-in. I think Google is far more than a measly “social network,” and that’s why some of my Facebook friends who are migrating over right now seem to be, as they say on the Internet, “doing it wrong.”

I've been a devoted Googlephile for many years, so if Google wanted me to use G+ instead of Facebook, it was gonna happen -- unless they really goofed it up, of course (I'm still not entirely over my breakup with Wave, Google -- but at least I've stopped leaving those creepy voicemails, right?). The push and pull factors were there. They were obvious: Facebook is for “moms” and spam robots -- Google was going to be my new social network.

But something didn't feel quite right about treating my Google+ profile like my Facebook profile, nor treating my Circles like the Facebook social groups I wished I'd always had. There was content everywhere, written by people I’d heard of -- and many I hadn’t. Something about this space was very different than anything Facebook has ever allowed me to experience. It felt like something else, something... bigger, maybe more important. Something collaborative, perhaps. How very Google!

My friends, however, don’t seem to be having the same Google+ experience I am. My tendency so far has been to add as many people with as many interesting views as possible to my Circles, and then to read voraciously and respond all over the place. Meanwhile, my real-life friends are complaining that there’s not enough content to appease them, and I’m the only one dominating their Streams. Why is this happening for them? I think it comes from a fundamental set of expectations about moving from Facebook to Google+. People are treating their Google+ accounts just like Facebook accounts. And I think that’s a doomed approach.

Here is how I think Google+ can be most fully enjoyed and utilized, at this early stage:

Think about what you use Facebook for. If it’s for keeping up with old friends and for keeping up with current, local friends, great. You can use Google+ for that, and it’s definitely got a leg up on Facebook for filtering content.

Interact with content created by users you don’t know personally. If you don’t follow people you don’t already know, you’re going to get bored, and not just because your friends aren’t all here yet. You’ll get bored even after they’ve all arrived. Why do you think Facebook started implementing games and applications? Well, to make money, obviously, but what was the draw for the userbase? I’m willing to bet Facebook figured out that simply reading your friends’ thoughts all day long gets old, and let’s be honest: very few of us have enough friends with enough interesting posts to keep us engaged.

If you like the social games on Facebook, well...you’re not really my target audience. Sorry. For the rest of you -- if you don’t like how Facebook allowed third party junk to start bombarding you with game requests and access to your information, embrace its absence here so far!

I realize that at some point, developers may come up with cool ways to implement games on Google+, but I expect that Google will have learned from the clunky, disorganized, and downright invasive way developers approached this in Facebook. And the best way to keep Google+ rich in content and devoid of lame, invasive apps is to let go of your old ideas about what it means to be on a social network.
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Brilliant! VERY well put!
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This is a Google+ Ripple test.

You need to reshare this publicly for it to work!

The more reshares the more interesting the test will be.

This will be posted on imSocial.com after we complete the test.

To view the ripple: http://plus.google.com/ripples/details?activityid=K8zv4tBUioB
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Hey journalists, what are some tools you use in reporting on a daily basis that your smartphone can't replace?
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I can't even imagine running a Nexis search on a phone, just too many components.
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How does this compare to your Internet usage?
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Google+ has pulled down +Breaking News as part of its shift to new brand pages, so +stephanie clary and I will be posting breaking news through the transition. We lost around 18k followers, but we're looking forward to Google's new product, hopefully coming soon. As the first news account on G+ (besides +Mashable News) we thank you for all your support! (Please feel free to share.)
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Haven't heard back from them.
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Is Google+ not allowing any new people to sign up?
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I just got on here yesterday by invite.
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Great, great post on whether or not social media is marketing.
I don't come from a marketing background so the term social media marketing has always seemed to be an oxymoron.
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Marketers need to learn that good customer service is good selling. In a twisted way, you can see good customer service as subliminal advertising. Good experiences force people to talk about and recommend a product.
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