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Semantically succinct, analytically agile
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Google+ is structured to create engagement and sharing for people who share similar interests or have similar walks of life. Maybe its under-utilization has something to do with the fact that a lot of people just don't care enough to have interests. I'm not saying people are largely boring, but I am saying that a lot of people are profoundly bored.
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Excellent piece with some really solid examples.
"We all want the low-hanging fruit, but let’s be honest – the low-hanging fruit is rotten, bruised, and covered with the grubby fingerprints of all the other spoiled brats pawing at it. There’s a time for easy wins, but easy only gets you so far." - +Pete Meyers 
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There are some methodological holes in this study, and the researchers definitely leave their argument available to scrutiny. But what do you think? Does subtle racism exist in baseball?
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Out-of-character baseball-related post. This video features the Yankees blowing their largest lead since 1953. And I don't even care. This is the sort of slow-building drama only baseball can create. Incredible.
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This is great. Exactly what G+ is set up to do. As the new platform announced at F8 is rolled out, look for this type of atmosphere to take shape. From the post:

"Use G+ to build relationships instead of peering into the ones you already have. Meet people. Share ideas. Create content. Change the world."

Here's how I've tried to put this into practice:
1. By adding people whose blogs I follow. (Often, prominent bloggers in my field will share more personal and less polished information on G+ in order to flesh out ideas.)
2. By constantly adjusting my circles to give me more relevant and accurate information.
3. By maintaining the mentality that G+ is less a showcase of my social prowess and more a community for learning, sharing ideas, and growing as an individual and a professional.

Challenge: Next week, find and add 20 people you don't know personally but respect and/or would like to gain knowledge from. Interact with their posts and emulate their actions.
A thought on Google +:

I've shared an article about G+ earlier before that suggests that we'll all may be here just to figure out why we are here, and they may still be true. I've recently seen my friends write obituaries for G+ as their streams have become a graveyard. For those of you who in that boatt, I want to suggest you re-strategize HOW and WHY you use G+. For instance, my knee jerk reaction when I got here was to add my real-life friends. Since the beginning of beginnings, we want to share/consume content produced by those who affect our lives to some degree. This is Facebook and why we love it. Our next move is to be voyeuristic towards those we wish knew a little better--welcome to the world of celebrity voyeurism via Twitter.

Google+ has some merit in which it merges both of those ideas, allowing you to note the degree to which you do/don't converse with that individual, but even more so it allows you to converse on an expanded level. Twitter has forced us to think of conversation, jokes, and summary in a box big enough for 140 characters. Facebook has this aura that you are only allowed to share everything but ideas (pictures, location, friends, likes). Share the perception you would want somebody to see.

What I have attempted to do is build circles who don't just share content I value, but who are not afraid to get into the meat and potatoes of it. I appreciate people who utilize G+ as some sort of mini-blog or give expanded streams of consciousness and beg for discussion. To me, this platform COULD be the "message board" I always wanted circa 2000 where all my friends joined for discussion or advice.

Use G+ to build relationships instead of peering into the ones you already have. Meet people. Share ideas. Create content. Change the world.
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+John Haydon 's blog is THE place to be for G+ early adopters. Follow.
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