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Jerry Johnson
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Trying to see the world differently, through my camera's lens
Trying to see the world differently, through my camera's lens

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I have spent countless hours here on G+ learning about tech and food and travel from +Mike Elgan's posts.

That is now coming to an end because of Google.

Not happy Google.
Google is the new Yahoo

Remember Yahoo? Twenty years ago, Yahoo.com got more traffic than any site on the internet. But it failed to evolve.

In place of evolution or innovation, Yahoo simply started buying everything with the intention of integrating it. But it was unable to integrate anything in a compelling way.

Eventually, Yahoo simply became the company that closed things. It quickly became clear that nobody should invest any time, energy or money into supporting or using Yahoo because whatever product you invested in would likely be shut down, killed off, closed for business.

Now, Google is the new Yahoo.

Google is the company that kills its own products.

Google's M.O. is to launch some new product or service with great fanfare, convince it's loyal fans to go all-in, allow those fans to devote countless hours with the product, then kill the product and leave the devoted fans with nothing.

They did it with Reader, Inbox, Answers, Lively, Glass, Orkut, Buzz, Wave, Nexus Q, Dodgeball and many others.

The closure of Google+ is the biggest slap in the face ever, by far.

Google told us Google+ was the future of Google. So we jumped in and engaged. Personally, I've spent thousands of hours lovely crafting publication-quality opinion pieces. This is what I do for a living, and I gave my time and labor over to Google+ for free.

Now, Google is going to flush all my work down the toilet.

Yours, too.

Google has been working hard for years to push away its most loyal fans. Now, Google is going even further.

In fact, the killing of Google+ is a perfect storm of Google's vision vacuum. It's driven by their antipathy toward passionate users, and also their failure to understand the human element generally.

Google has failed utterly with every social network they've ever launched, and the reason is that, culturally, Google simply can't understand human beings.

I recently got rid of my MacBook Pro and bought a high-end Pixelbook. And I was leaning toward buying a Pixel 3. But now I'm off the fence. I'll be buying iPhones from now on.

And I can't even imagine what will happen when Google decides to kill Google Photos.

Google simply can't be trusted.

Google is the new Yahoo, the company that kills its own products.

Which Google product is next?
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+Uwe Duwe​ I thought of you when I took this shot with my smartphone. Didn't have time to drink some wine before taking it so the alignment is poor. 🙄

This is where Kari and I got married almost 29 years ago.
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This is fantastic! Well done +Rosie Nixon​!!
#mytravelstory As a child I'd always wanted to visit America. I grew up around TV series such as The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie. While reading material was from the likes of the adventures of Tom Sawyer. Inevitably I'd etched certain scenes in my mind of what rural America might just be like.

Well fast forward many, MANY years and I found myself in the quintessential South. My very first visit to America.

There were homes in plantation and low country styles in all sizes. Some made from wood and painted in various shades while others were of brick and stone. Windows with decorative shutters, porches with patriotic flags, white picket fences and rocking chairs on the veranda. While gardens seemed to stretch into the surrounding landscape without anything really marking their boundaries. Oh the southern character just oozed from these homes. I loved it.

Yes this was 'the rural america' I'd always imagined. Only I didn't expect the landscape to be so green and lush.

Fireflies illuminated the trees and flickered across the blades of grass in the evenings. While the noise at night time at Lake Greenwood was deafening with the sound of crickets, bull frogs, tree frogs and dear knows what else ...a wildlife symphony extraordinaire!

Driving on the right hand side of the road was an experience even when sitting in the passenger seat especially coming to left turns. In the UK we have to stop at a red light even if there's no one at the junction ... you don't in South Carolina! Never mind losing count as we past church after church after church ...we were after all in bible belt land! And it sure was blowin' up a storm as we experienced Tropical Storm Cindy too. Now I understand why American roads have such large drains! We don't get rain like that!

Sometimes living in Scotland the only difference between summer and winter is that we cut the grass in summer! So getting accustomed to the heat and humidity was something else... I never got accustomed to it and neither did my hair. An air conditioning unit became my essential friend and when I thought it was too warm indoors ... I went outside to remind myself of how cool it actually was indoors. You don't wind down car windows to let some cool air in unlike here in Scotland!

Food especially for breakfast ... everything was flavoured. I just wanted good ole plain porridge oats for my mine but to no avail. Biscuits and gravy was also a taste experience though not very good for my arteries! Tennessee whiskey sure clears the airways and root beer didn't taste like what I'd expected it to taste like. I never took up the opportunity of drinking sweet tea. But the mustard BBQ sauce and pulled pork ... utterly delicious ...the more mustard the better! Grits ... hmmm not so sure about those!

The Southern hospitality was superb. We were made so welcome no matter where we went. Our accents could be picked out while eating out and it wasn't unusual for a total stranger from a nearby table to enter into one of our conversations. It was as if they'd known us all our lives.

I didn't bring my DSLR to America ... I couldn't risk a change in homeland policy and end up having to place it in the hold going home again. In a way I'm glad that I saw my first visit with my own eyes rather than from a camera viewfinder...though took some snaps on my phone. But truth be told ...every time I passed that huge Fujifilm Headquarters a little part of me just wished I'd taken it with me!

Well I declare next time it's coming with me! <eek> and yes sir and ma'am even while still jet lagged we were already making plans for the next trip. Next time it's via Dublin rather than Heathrow!

Photo taken of a lovely home in Due West, Abbeyville County on Sunday 25th June 2017. Probably the quietest little town I've ever been in...hardly saw a soul!

Oh if you've never seen fireflies then this is a great video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k72jGJTC_3o
#MyTravelStory as part of the Create Community initiative.
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A little color for your weekend!!

Taken a very long time ago. :-)
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I keep trying to get here to G+ more often!! Thanks to those who haven't removed me from there circles for my chronic inactive status!!
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I got a little wild with the filters in Snapseed! Went with a film look for #monochromemonday. :-)

Have a great week everyone!!
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A church in Lancaster, Ohio.
#nexus6p
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Happy Easter Weekend!!
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Taken during a family photowalk in downtown Lancaster, Ohio. Haven't googled this guy yet, but he seems like an interesting character from this small clip!
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