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Nova Spivack
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Attended The International Space University
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  • Venture Studio
    Co-founder, present
  • Earth Dashboard
    Chairman, present
  • Energy Magnification Corp.
    Co-founder, present
  • The Daily Dot
    Co-founder, present
  • Live Matrix
    Co-founder, present
  • StreamGlider
    Co-founder, present
  • Bottlenose
    Co-founder, present
  • Radar Networks & Twine
  • SRI
  • DARPA
  • EarthWeb
  • Individual
  • Thinking Machines
  • Xerox
  • Kurzweil
  • Interaction Associates
  • Lucid Ventures
  • Sarnoff
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San Francisco - New York - Paris - India - Nepal - Japan - Boston
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Nova Spivack is a serial entrepreneur and Internet visionary. A full bio can be found at http://novaspivack.com
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Helped start 22 ventures in 22 years. Flew to edge of space in 1999. 2 IPOs. Worked on Star Trek the Next Generation.
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  • The International Space University
  • Oberlin College
  • University of Massachusetts
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Sign the petition!!!! Urge Twitter to commit to being open. Or at least to be clear.
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You know it's bad when....
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yes, makes me laugh a bit +Nova Spivack 
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Bottlenose is the Now Engine - a new way to keep up with the stream of news and conversation in social media. See my article series covering the site, the underlying tech, and what it means for the future of media and search... 

http://www.novaspivack.com/uncategorized/bottlenose-the-now-engine
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this looks awesome +Nova Spivack 
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Is there a smarter way for Google+ to choose "Suggested Users" to recommend?

The Google+ Suggested Users List is live here: https://plus.google.com/getstarted/follow

Here is how Google+ is generating it: https://plus.google.com/113116318008017777871/posts/LoPmpdCt3DT

It looks like they have a number of smart ideas here (that go beyond merely adding people who are already popular on Twitter, according to +Bradley Horowitz ). However, the list I am presently seeing does not yet surface those ideas - it's a pretty basic list, and doesn't yet contain even the people I would have expected in the various categories.

How could this be improved so that it isn't yet another "popularity contest" or "echo chamber" all over again (like the Twitter Suggested Users list...).

Below I've added some suggestions for how Google+ could leverage the Suggested Users list to make G+ more novel and interesting.

The key is to identify new voices who are not yet "discovered" on other networks and get them audience.

This would build those people up to have larger audiences on G+ than they probably have on Twitter. It would also mean that G+ users would follow them and start getting novel information from new voices that they might not be following on Twitter already. In other words, it makes G+ more unique, less redundant, and more interesting.

If a new wave of interesting people became stars in Google+, instead of just the same popular Twitter people getting even more popular, they would use Google+ to reach their followers here. This would turn G+ into their network of choice.

It's a clever tactical move to get more traction in Google+ from the next level of people -- let's call them the B-list and the C-list instead of just the standard A-list.

What would such an algorithm be? How do you discover new, novel people to follow in Google+ who are not already huge celebrities on the Web?

I'm interested to hear your ideas, and the Google+ team (who I am in touch with) is also interested. So please comment here. Perhaps this could lead to something new.

Here are some of my own ideas:

1. Klout Integration G+ should integrate with Klout and suggest influencers to follow in each Klout topic area. Influencers should have a minimum score of 50 or 60 to be suggested. Targeted suggestions could be made to people who are interested in topic x to the top Klout influencers for topic x. (Disclosure: I'm a Klout investor)

2. Identifying G+ Influencers G+ should look for people who are very active & influential on G+ and reward them by suggesting them. These would not merely be people who post a lot, it would be people who get a lot of comments and whose posts are re-shared a lot. In addition to the big celebs, there are probably several bands of people who are not famous yet who are getting this kind of traction in G+ and are worth promoting.

3. Nomination System Why not add a way for people to vote for people to be added to the Suggested Users list. On any person's profile, or on their posts, you can "Nominate them " for the suggested users list. If someone gets enough nominations they get on the list.

4. Sections in the List The suggested users list should have four sections:
(a) Popular Voices (the standard big celebs and Twitter-celebs)
(b) Emerging Voices (people gaining traction and influence in G+ who are not yet famous here)
(c) Influencers by Topic (people with Klout scores > 60, by topic)
(d) Recommended for You (personalized suggestions for influencers you might find interesting)

5. One Line Bios Provide at least some biographical info for each person in the list under their name - such as their one-line bio. For example, it would be good, in the "News" category, to know what publication each journalist writes for under their name.

Please add your own suggestions!
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And Klout could potentially provide a Relevance Metric, based on topics, for each of the "Core Curator" pulled from others "Core Curator Circle". So, it could traverse the graph as deep you can, but one can still guided by the Relevance Score, whereever available.
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Perfect. Yes. That's right. It really is conceptually like the notion of subscribing to RSS categories in a blog.

By the way, anyone else who's reading this - it's worth checking out Jeff's long, but interesting post, "A Flock of Twitters: Decentralized Semantic Microblogging":
http://jeffsayre.com/2010/02/24/a-flock-of-twitters-decentralized-semantic-microblogging/#flock
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G+Me is totally essential. Love it. Makes G+ so much more usable. http://huyz.us/google-plus-me/
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I like not having to scroll down so far to get to earlier posts as comments often take up lots of room. Thank You.
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hi everyone whats going on
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Twitter's not down, they are just upgrading to their new no-ecosystem version LOL. 
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Really good article on Bottlenose and why it could be the next Google (for social media at least). Also goes into how it is useful to marketers.
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Ok. Good decision.
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The Daily Dot had a great opening two weeks. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should. It's the newspaper of the Web. And it's fun - content you won't find anywhere else.

We have embedded reporters in the key online communities, reporting on what's trending, what's spreading, what's going on, and what people are thinking about.
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Wow! Nice layout, and some pretty cool news aggregation. I'll definitely be checking the Daily Dot in the future.
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The Daily Dot has launched today - it's the newspaper of the Web. My newest venture. Check out the demo video!
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nice...
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this is fantastic
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