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Maybe it's just me & poor circle management, but I'm starting to get the same vibe here from G+ that I used to get from FB. (It's probably me. And I'm probably about to commit circle-suicide with this rant, but so be it.)

* I hate it when people just post a link or a video with no commentary. Tell me why I should care about it, don't just expect me to read everything you link merely because you posted it.
* I'm also seeing a lot of the same stories linked by lots of people as "news." Trust me, if it's on the front page of CNN or Google News, I've already seen it. And even if it's not there then I've probably already seen it from the OTHER people on G+.
* Further, most of these repeat stories have zero interest for me, even though they are coming from my circles. e.g., Meebo buyout? Who gives a rat's ass? Seriously, Meebo could NOT be more annoying on websites. Newest Apple product? Heard about it and what's more, don't care. (See also: anything that's "trending.")
* That reminds me: Drives me nuts when people have a personal interest in what's trending. Really??!? Why does anyone care??
* I don't know how I got into so many photography circles -- I'm not a photographer and I don't care about your 100th picture of a flower.
* I also don't care about pictures of your lunch/dinner. (Exception: +Dan Wilcox's chocolate posts!)
* If you only post self-serving links to your resume or your friend's charity which is begging for money, I immediately uncircle you. That goes double for people who haven't posted in 2 months and pop in just to try and sell something or network.

All of which begs the question: What do I like?
* Your own thoughtful commentary about the article or video you just linked.
* Funny doings.
* Anything that's a true outpouring of your own mind and heart. I don't mean journal posts or "what I did today" type posts. I mean, elucidate something about the human condition and share it with the rest of us so we can debate and like/understand it too.
* If you re-share, please say why you shared it. What spoke to you about that particular article/video/comment? (Be kind and attribute to the poster you shared from, if not the OP. Who knows, I might want to add them too.)
* Also: cats. =)

/curmudgeon off
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