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It's one of those days
that's a blessing and a curse. 
It's Friday...rent's due.   
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Look how huge this potato masher is! 
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Google + did not fail. It's alive and well.
 
Why 's +Lisa Eadicicco's column on Google+ failed.

The latest "Google+ is dead" article comes from an acquaintance of mine named +Lisa Eadicicco (she's been on my show a few times, and also on +TWiT): 

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/what-happened-to-google-plus-2015-4

The piece exists to explain why Google+ failed. In the article, Lisa makes 3 errors fatal to her argument, which add up to a grossly misleading article. 

Here are those errors: 

1. Lisa accepts without question the false idea that spinning photos out of Google+ means Google+ is failing. 

When Google properties like Google Play and YouTube were integrated into Google+, the tech press didn't give those events as evidence that Google+ was winning. 

Spinning out photos is a good thing, and doesn't affect Google+ at all. 

2. Lisa says something that's untrue: "Google+ never really caught on the same way social networks like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn did."

In fact, Google+ is far bigger and has far more engagement than Twitter or Linkedin. 

The reason everyone believes the opposite is because of the sheer number of articles like this one -- regurgitating and repeating falsehoods without questioning the obvious flaws in reasoning that anyone can see. 

Let's talk about the Twitter comparison. 

Google+ engagement looks at one minor number: public posts. Private posts (the default mode) are NOT counted. Comments, which are replies, are NOT counted. 

Twitter engagement numbers count public posts, too (unlike on G+, the vast majority of Twitter posts are public). And replies to tweets -- the equivalent of a comment on Google+ -- are counted, too. 

A post with 20 replies on Google+ is counted as one post. 

A post with 20 replies on Twitter is counted as 21 posts. 

Twitter gets more than 20 times more "credit" in this example for engagement than Google+ does for the EXACT same conversation. 

That's why Twitter numbers are similar to Google+ numbers when in Face Google+ engagement is probably many times higher than Twitter. 


3. She equates employee grumbling with admission of failure.

Yes, I believe Google+ failed in the sense that it didn't make a dent in Facebook, which has got to have been a major goal. But Google+ did succeed in becoming the number-two social network in history in terms of engagement -- far more successful than the media's darling, Twitter. 


It's great that Lisa got sources on record giving us a tiny peek at what people might be saying inside Google. But the column goes off the rails by failing to question obviously false information that form the foundation of the article. 

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The difference is that people log into fb every now and then to see what happened to 'friends'.

Google+ content is such that you can find good stuff at any time of the day. It does not revolve only around your 'friends'' drama.
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Go Richard Hammond! 
 
And now from Richard Hammond - a Tweet that declares he won't quit his friends!!! If that does not complete the circle of 4 - Clarkson, Hammond, May and Wilman, essentially the pillars of Top Gear as we fans know it, then Yentob is a macho man. What more needs to be said? Before Top Gear, before business, these 3 Amigos and these 4 Top Gear pillars are friends, bonding over the years. Hammond nearly died and who was on his side? These 3 and their families. All the shit they go through together has for sure had them screaming, annoying, kicking and even threatening each other (remember when May pulled out a Machete on Clarkson atop the Death Road in Bolivia?), but there were great times when opposittes, different personalities, different backgrounds just sat together under the one massive moon in Maggadigadi or in the Shan in Burma when all was good and they understand that they are mates. Its like soldiers bonded as brothers by struggling and succeeding together. The fact that Clarkson is a knob is understood, or that May is a Pedant and Hammond hates caravans and gets Clarkson in trouble, always, is expected. And when these 3 are on tv, ribbing each other, doing crazy challenges, making life difficult for each, it is great entertainment done by 3 presenters who everyone can see is having #fun so the audience have fun with them, providing that essential escapism that TV is mostly for. This is the lightning caught in a bottle and it cannot be replicated overnight, Ok, #BBC #DICKS?

Its touching, lads. We started to watch Top Gear for the cars, we ended up fans of #TopGear for the 3 of you and your epic camaraderie and derring do without all that PC bullshit. Thank you for showing us your solidarity. Cannot wait to watch the 3 of you under Wilman's production genius together again (without useless, traitorous, nancy production assistants and spies shoved under your noses by the Leftie cabal). We won't quit you too!!! Go 3 amigos!!!

Hammond's Tweet - https://mobile.twitter.com/RichardHammond/status/591573451397328896

#RichardHammond #TheHamster #JeremyClarkson #JamesMay #AndyWilman #TopGear #BringBackClarkson #Clarson #Hammond #May #cars #supercars #motoring #driving #Jezza
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I should have become
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John Adams was a farmer. Abraham Lincoln was a small-town lawyer. Plato, Socrates were teachers. Jesus was a carpenter. To equate judgment and wisdom with occupation is at best... insulting. 
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Love the part about protein!
 
THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE !

This week sure didn't disappoint! For starters, China surprised us by genetically modifying human embryos. Then we had three huge breakthroughs: artificial photosynthesis, TEM 3D protein imaging, and the new, bulletproof super-material Spinel. The last two are out of this world: Japan wants to put an unmanned rover on the moon in 2018, for the first time we've directly seen an exoplanet with visible light.
Check it all out in the links below!

Like my posts? Add me +Larry Panozzo for THIS WEEK IN TECH, THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE, and more every week.

Genetically Modified Human Embryos
http://www.nature.com/news/chinese-scientists-genetically-modify-human-embryos-1.17378

Artificial Photosynthesis
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/20/artificial-photosynthesis-environment-energy_n_7088830.html?utm_hp_ref=green&ir=Green

3D Protein Imaging Breakthrough
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/536976/an-algorithm-set-to-revolutionize-3-d-protein-structure-discovery

Japanese 2018 Moon Mission
http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/23/tech/japan-moon-lander-planned/index.html

Spinel: Transparent, Bulletproof, and Moldable
http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/24/navy-researchers-make-bulletproof-glass-out-of-clay

Visible Light Detected from an Exoplanet
http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2015/apr/22/first-visible-light-detected-directly-from-an-exoplanet

#science #sciencenews
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This week is over.
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Ever since I upgraded to 5.1, my screen is less responsive and my keyboard is occasionally glitchy. Who else notices this? 
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+Julien Talbot so it's not just me! Oh! I was beginning to feel crazy! 
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I've gone to these guys for many of my issues and they've successfully resolved it quick. I had a new used engine installed in my Mitsubishi Lancer. Once they had the engine, they were quick to install it and felt solid, no issues. I had to get a new clockspring installed a few months ago and they had it done in less than an hour. I will always recommend these guys! Honest, quick and very reasonable.
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
The service that I'd received at Millie Burger was interesting. I took my time and sat down so as to not have the worker wait indefinitely. When I was ready, I asked about a few options and then ordered my food. I saw the worker as just slightly colder than indifferent. No smiles, warmth, or an effort to converse. I asked another lady, shorter with light circular bronzed glasses if they had a restroom. She simply replied with "No." and then returned to what she was doing without a hint of remorse or sympathy for the lack of facilities that I'd received at similar places. The fries were greasy and floppy so it wasn't very exciting to try and dip them into the complimentary fry sauce. The hamburger was ok, but it was soaking the bun and causing it to be soggy. If the service was a bit better, I could overlook their lack of customer service. Came back and they still frown and no smiles.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
I always come to this specialty grocery store for the most random things and they always seem to have whatever I'm looking for. Specialty cheeses, non alcoholic wines, and even some foods from Europe such as England or Italy. For exterior decor. there's an old 54 BMW Isella sitting upon a wooden exterior. I always feel very welcome and make trips from downtown just to go to this store.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This has been one of my favorite sushi places for consistent service in the valley. You are seated very quickly and the servers are always tentative, polite, and friendly. You're definitely not going to a monopolized chain. The interior is very clean, seating is wonderful, bathrooms are well kept, and the food is wonderful! Very decorative, tasty, and they have a special deal where all of the rolls are half off until the end of 2012. Service can sometimes be a little bit slow, but that is certainly to be expected when it gets a little bit busy. I have recommended this to a few of my friends and they're always coming back for more!
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
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My friend and I went there on their half off Tuesday special and let me tell you, it was fantastic! Decor was good, the server Kole was cute and the food was amazing! Would definitely be a repeat customer. I would only recommend that they fix their menu. Some of the rolls say what's in them and some of them do not.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I've been coming here since 2010 and service has always been consistent. Service is fast, efficient, and has a youthfully professional feel. Large inside area with tables to do homework and laptop projects complete with outlets and wifi. Outside on the patio hosts tables, comfortable bench, and an environment perfect for chatting while looking out at either the Salt Lake valley or the easterly mountains. Being open till midnight, 1 on weekends and 1 am daily in the summer brings an invite to drink, socialize and caters to all age groups. :)
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I have been going there every Friday since our lunch room closes at 13:00 on Friday's. Just about every time that I have gone there, the line is either out the door or close to. It's always busy, and is wonderfully generating repeat customers. The sandwiches are full and delicious using romaine lettuce instead of iceberg, which is impressive. The soups are wonderful and always savory and rich with flavor. The management offers wonderful customer service and I often see the manager working alongside with her son. They are always kind, warm and makes you want to come back. I definitely recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a good soup and sandwich joint. :)
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Public - 3 years ago
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