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Rick Sproal

It seems, apart from the odd visitor, that I am alone on here... but I will not give up! And do you know why I wont give up, because fuck Facebook, that's why.
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is there anybody oooooooooooooout there?
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There has been some talk about Google’s Terms of Service and whether photographers should be ok with it.

This seems to have started with Scott Bourne’s blog post:
and popularized by this Washington Post article:

I’m not a lawyer, but I would like to point out the fact that both of these articles leave out the last sentence in clause 11.1 of Google’s Terms of Service (

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services. This license is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

+Denise Howell, who actually is a lawyer, has a thoughtful article about the TOS on her blog. In the article, she draws much attention to this sentence. Her conclusion is that the Google TOS isn’t perfect, but it’s also nothing to panic about:

Because I don’t want to get into an extended discussion about the TOS, I’m disabling comments on this post.
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An update to the earlier Google+ Private Circle Tip / "Hack"
And a new tip to save Voice Memos while on the go

Hello Google+ friends:

This is an update to the "hack" I posted recently that allowed you to save notes/links to your own private area in Google+. This version is new and improved and replaces the previous version - so please upgrade! ;-)
Thanks to everyone who shared the original "hack" - which seems to have gone viral with 300+ shares so far.

Note: "Hack" here is used in its good sense; don't worry this hack won't break anything; and no coding is involved!

Plus there are some additional tips, and a way to save voice memos while on the go from your mobile phone.

Thanks to +Brian Swetland for suggesting the change to my original version. [Brian's profile says he was the first Google Android engineer - which I thought was really cool!]

1. Go to circles, "Drop here to create a new circle". Click on "Create Circle".

2. Name your circle - say My Notes/My Scrapbook - whatever you wish. (just name it something that you will know is private).

3. Click on "Create Empty circle".
There is no need to add yourself or anyone else to this circle - as this trick works even with empty circles. Since the circle is empty it will be visible only to you and is therefore will always stay private.

4. Next time you want to save somethhing for later - a note, an idea, a website link, a photo , a youtube video - just post it in Google+ , make sure you select the empty circle you just created and then click on "Share".

Note: Remember that Google+ remembers the last circle you used for sharing, and uses that as a default for your next share. So if it is something you want to keep private, just make sure you select the Private Circle before hitting the share button.

This Circle and everything you save to it will now be just a click away on the left side under your Stream.

Here are some more tips and ways to use this:

a. +Steve Bryson suggested that if you are an Evernote user, you can add your Evernote email address to the circle, and it will show up in your default Evernote folder.

b. Some users have suggested that this can be used as a draft or staging area that can be used to later reshare this to your friends/public stream.

c. Create different empty circles for different topics.

d. You can also use it to save any post in your stream
(that you find interesting), by sharing to your private circle. Or you can click on the Link to post (in upper right corner of the post), and save the hyperlink.
In the first case, the user will see a share by you (but will not be able to view it in your stream since it is private). In the second case, the user will not see it as a share.

e. You add further notes to an existing saved post, by adding them as comments to the original item.

f. You can always reshare anything to your other Circles by clicking on Share and selecting a non-private circle. For example, when you are ready to publish a draft just edit it and then reshare it.

Here is the new hack :How to Save Voice Memos on the go.*

This requires you to have an Android phone, Google+ Android App installed, and Instant Upload enabled.

I discovered this today when playing around with the Google+ App on my Android phone while I was out. Here is how it works:

1. Make sure you have Instant Upload enabled in Google+

2. Open the Camcorder app on your Android phone. Click on Record, speak into the phone and say whatever it is you want to remember later. Click stop when done. Of course, you can also use it to take a photo or video you want to save for later. Lots of other uses for this : For example to save an item you saw while shopping that you want to buy later - just snap a picture of it.

3. When you get back to your computer login to Google+ and select Share on the toobar. In the drop down select the Icon with a "1" ("Share recent photos from your
Note: This does not yet work from the mobile Google+ App - as that only allows you to post and share photos and not videos.

4. You will see the voice memo as a video (or the photo you took of the item) in the Choose photos from phone screen which will come up Select it and then click to make sure you have selected your Private Notes Circle and then click on Share.

The voice memo / photo will now show up in your private My Notes stream.

Hope you found these tips useful. If you do share it, and add any of your own tips or add-ons as a comment here. Thanks for reading this.

Link to the original hack I had posted :

Link to Brian's version:
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Here's a Google Doc that is being created about Google+ It's titled "A Collaborative Document: (or how 120+ people wrote a book at the same time)" Despite the title, it's actually a guide being created by Google+ users on how to use Google+. And they're using Google Docs to write it, of course. This is a nice illustration of the post I made on the first day about how Google+ is making Google stronger. Read that here:

It also shows the way in which Google+ users are similar to Facebook users: when given the tools, they will contribute positively to further the service. I mention that point about Facebook's platform strategy in this post about Zuckerberg's first public response to Google+:

In the past, I've used Google Docs mainly because I wanted web access to files. I've never collaborated on it, and now I'm hooked on doing that. Google+ is making me use Google products that I formally only had a slight interest in. In the past week, I've started to toy with Blogger & Picasa. Why switch to Gmail, I used to think? Yahoo will do just fine. I've been using Gmail more and more.

Btw, welcome new users, I see the invites are open today -- read this guide for tips.
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