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Geoff Rogers
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I give G+ as long as it takes for them to wind things down without making it look like they just made a huge misjudgement.
And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
+Vic Gundotra 



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"The sense that you were given some space on the Internet, and allowed to do anything you wanted to in that space, it’s completely gone from these new social sites."
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After I linked my Foomandoonian.net website, G+ said I was eligible for a custom URL. But despite the +Foomandoonian name being available, it only wanted to let me to have +FoomandoonianNet (with some random crap of my own choosing at the end to make it 'unique').

After a bit of faffing around with the settings and Google Webmaster Tools I gave in and created +FoomandoonianNetSuperMemorableURL 

I'd really like to use my own unique identity here too -- a name I've been using consistently online for over a decade now -- but I guess that would be too simple. 
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Weirdly, Google+ keeps suggesting I might want to follow girls with the same name as my sister. 

Google has the smartest dumb people working for them.
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You just know that as soon as 3D printers become good enough, threatened companies are going to lobby for greater and greater protections against them using the same old 'think of the children' arguments.
The world's first 3D-printed metal gun is here http://bit.ly/1bauuFg
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Fan-fucking-tastic! I finally decided to let YouTube merge with Google+ as it's been begging me to for MONTHS now, and I opted to create a new page and use that as my YouTube identity - hoping and expecting that this would allow me to keep my Foomandoonian identity there.

Nope!

Now I can't access my YouTube account at all. It seems to give me the option to 'use YouTube as Foomandoonian', but it keeps bouncing me back to my empty, fresh new 'Geoff Rogers' YouTube account.

What a clusterfuck.

#YouTube   #GooglePlus   #identity   #clusterfuck  
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I'm exploring a few 1.7 seeds and I found this nice Mesa biome on an ocean. Literally. The mesa towers are floating on the water!

I suspect it's a bug.
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This is interesting, but not really surprising. I watch a few #Minecraft  LP series where I'm pretty sure the players are forcing their enthusiasm. 

I can see how forcing yourself to play any game as a full-time job could kill the fun. And I can certainly see how YouTube makes things stressful.
For those who want become rich by doing minecraft videos #minecraft  
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Now I want an Oculus Rift!

#Minecraft  
Exploring caves in Minecraft with the Oculus Rift is amazing... and scary. 
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