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G+ is shutting down it appears so if you use any of the following and have enjoyed my posts here on G+, I highly recommend you follow me on at least one or more other places too to ensure you keep in touch:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/creativeTech
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JasonDiscovers/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jason_mayes
Minds: A new social network that actually pays you when you post in crypto currency - potentially an interesting replacement for my G+ addiction: https://www.minds.com/jasonmayes?referrer=jasonmayes
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G+ alternative review: Minds.com an open sourced and crypto backed network that pays you to be social I don't often post about social networks, actually if you look back through my posts, I have never gone out of my way to recommend one in a dedicated post - until now. However in the light of Google+ shutting down, I have taken to search the seas to see what exists that may be a good alternative investment of my time. This is a little long but I wanted to leave a thorough review to give people options to consider.

My criteria:

+ Easy to use
+ Friendly community
+ Little spam and/or good moderation controls
+ Support for groups
+ Support for rich content in posts (images, videos)

Having used minds.com for a week now almost, I can honestly say not only does it meet all of my criteria above, and then some, it feels like the G+ I knew a few years ago but with a tonne of cool features G+ never had that it probably should have (more on that in a moment).

I have already in my first 5 days met many wonderful people, like the good days on G+, and it really does pay you for having meaningful conversations and interactions with people. And yes, I said pay. With crypto currency.

So on that note, what does it have that G+ did not?

1. It actually pays you to use it
First of all lets talk about the crypto. Every time you have a unique interaction with someone on the site (eg share, like, comment, etc), it keeps track of this. To avoid spammers gaming the system its unique interactions both from and to people. So if I like 20 of person x's posts, it counts as 1 interaction. That being said with my tiny following of about 50 people in my first week, I am getting about 5 tokens a day. Do the math on that and assuming no growth in following (unlikely), and no growth in my activity on site (I haven't posted half as much as G+), that works out to be 365 * 5 tokens a year give or take if you are daily active = 1825 tokens. Now tokens are linked to the crypto currency Etherium. Currently on the site you can buy (and convert) tokens at the exchange rate of about 1300 tokens ~= 1 ETH coin. So with this very limited usage I have potential to generate 1.4 ETH coins a year. Currently 1 ETH coin is worth around $200 USD (and in the past has been as high as ~$1000). Now I dont know about you but even at that exchange rate, that is better than anything Facebook has ever paid me for using their site, or Google+ for that matter.

So that's neat, but what else?

2. Spending tokens
Using those tokens you earn you can currently boost your posts (much like paid advertising does on Facebook) to get 1000 views for 1 token. Sweet. This is of course how they make money for people who want to actually pay to do this instead of waiting to accumulate tokens through activity. I have actually tried this and got very reasonable results which managed to earn me more tokens than I spent. I think it is because it is a young network and jumping on the bandwagon now can literally pay off vs later when your activity will be diluted by many more users using the system.

3. Blogs
Yep, in addition to regular rich posts, they also support more lengthy in depth blog posts. Sure why not! Nice feature and adds to the ways people can interact and find you if you wanna go deep on a subject.

4. Open source
The thing that was even more epic is that this is all open sourced on GitHub so the people can actually contribute to make the site EVEN BETTER! This is amazing. Massive kudos for doing this and having an active set of founders and engineers who are keen to interact with the community.

Ok Jason, thanks for the coolaid but whats bad about it?

Fear not my trusty friends. I found some room for improvement too but given its open source nature these things can be fixed or created pretty easily... Here we go:

1: Setting up your crypto wallet This can be a bit daunting if you are unfamiliar with crypto. However if you take 5 mins to read its actually quite easy - you can just install a Chrome / Firefox extension to manage all your tokens you will get one day. Technology these days! Still you have to remember to write down a few passphrases etc to ensure you never get locked out of that, and store it somewhere secure. But that is the only different vs regular sites sign up. Ask me if confused!

2: Some features are not quite as mature. You know those things we take for granted now like drag and drop to upload an image to the post you are about to make. Doesnt work right now, you have to click a button to attach a file much like you would in an email program from the 90s. However once again, given the open source nature, I am sure this feature will come fairly fast. But just be kind that this is a new network and is constantly getting better.

3: The UX is slightly different. This isn't really a bad thing (but may be a concern for some), however it has grown on me now but you do need to tell yourself this is not G+. Well obviously.

In summary:

On that note, I am one very happy bunny, and curious to see where this adventure leads. Maybe it will fizzle out, but maybe it may just become the G+ / Facebook / insert your current network here, that you always wanted. It has serious potential. Zuckerberg, should not be sleeping well at night, this has potential to be better than FB.

Feel free to connect with me over there and try it out below, and of course I can help you get started if confused. Cheers!

https://www.minds.com/jasonmayes

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G+ alternative review: Minds.com an open sourced and crypto backed network that pays you to be social I don't often post about social networks, actually if you look back through my posts, I have never gone out of my way to recommend one in a dedicated post - until now. However in the light of Google+ shutting down, I have taken to search the seas to see what exists that may be a good alternative investment of my time. This is a little long but I wanted to leave a thorough review to give people options to consider.

My criteria:

+ Easy to use
+ Friendly community
+ Little spam and/or good moderation controls
+ Support for groups
+ Support for rich content in posts (images, videos)

Having used minds.com for a week now almost, I can honestly say not only does it meet all of my criteria above, and then some, it feels like the G+ I knew a few years ago but with a tonne of cool features G+ never had that it probably should have (more on that in a moment).

I have already in my first 5 days met many wonderful people, like the good days on G+, and it really does pay you for having meaningful conversations and interactions with people. And yes, I said pay. With crypto currency.

So on that note, what does it have that G+ did not?

1. It actually pays you to use it
First of all lets talk about the crypto. Every time you have a unique interaction with someone on the site (eg share, like, comment, etc), it keeps track of this. To avoid spammers gaming the system its unique interactions both from and to people. So if I like 20 of person x's posts, it counts as 1 interaction. That being said with my tiny following of about 50 people in my first week, I am getting about 5 tokens a day. Do the math on that and assuming no growth in following (unlikely), and no growth in my activity on site (I haven't posted half as much as G+), that works out to be 365 * 5 tokens a year give or take if you are daily active = 1825 tokens. Now tokens are linked to the crypto currency Etherium. Currently on the site you can buy (and convert) tokens at the exchange rate of about 1300 tokens ~= 1 ETH coin. So with this very limited usage I have potential to generate 1.4 ETH coins a year. Currently 1 ETH coin is worth around $200 USD (and in the past has been as high as ~$1000). Now I dont know about you but even at that exchange rate, that is better than anything Facebook has ever paid me for using their site, or Google+ for that matter.

So that's neat, but what else?

2. Spending tokens
Using those tokens you earn you can currently boost your posts (much like paid advertising does on Facebook) to get 1000 views for 1 token. Sweet. This is of course how they make money for people who want to actually pay to do this instead of waiting to accumulate tokens through activity. I have actually tried this and got very reasonable results which managed to earn me more tokens than I spent. I think it is because it is a young network and jumping on the bandwagon now can literally pay off vs later when your activity will be diluted by many more users using the system.

3. Blogs
Yep, in addition to regular rich posts, they also support more lengthy in depth blog posts. Sure why not! Nice feature and adds to the ways people can interact and find you if you wanna go deep on a subject.

4. Open source
The thing that was even more epic is that this is all open sourced on GitHub so the people can actually contribute to make the site EVEN BETTER! This is amazing. Massive kudos for doing this and having an active set of founders and engineers who are keen to interact with the community.

Ok Jason, thanks for the coolaid but whats bad about it?

Fear not my trusty friends. I found some room for improvement too but given its open source nature these things can be fixed or created pretty easily... Here we go:

1: Setting up your crypto wallet This can be a bit daunting if you are unfamiliar with crypto. However if you take 5 mins to read its actually quite easy - you can just install a Chrome / Firefox extension to manage all your tokens you will get one day. Technology these days! Still you have to remember to write down a few passphrases etc to ensure you never get locked out of that, and store it somewhere secure. But that is the only different vs regular sites sign up. Ask me if confused!

2: Some features are not quite as mature. You know those things we take for granted now like drag and drop to upload an image to the post you are about to make. Doesnt work right now, you have to click a button to attach a file much like you would in an email program from the 90s. However once again, given the open source nature, I am sure this feature will come fairly fast. But just be kind that this is a new network and is constantly getting better.

3: The UX is slightly different. This isn't really a bad thing (but may be a concern for some), however it has grown on me now but you do need to tell yourself this is not G+. Well obviously.

In summary:

On that note, I am one very happy bunny, and curious to see where this adventure leads. Maybe it will fizzle out, but maybe it may just become the G+ / Facebook / insert your current network here, that you always wanted. It has serious potential. Zuckerberg, should not be sleeping well at night, this has potential to be better than FB.

Feel free to connect with me over there and try it out below, and of course I can help you get started if confused. Cheers!

https://www.minds.com/jasonmayes
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Take a look at this wonderful, enchanting work by +Grzegorz Piechowicz !! :-)
Falling Winter

One of my favourite mornings of shooting I've had over past months. Some pretty sweet light over a pretty gorgeous Lochan na-h Achlaise which is located in an area of Scotland that's not so much remote, but feels remote. The lone trees and rocks with snow-capped peaks in the distance create one of the most atmospheric landscapes in Scotland.

#Scotland #UK #Achlaise #mountains
+Landscape Photography  #landscapephotography  +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +AJ Lim +BTP Landscape Pro +Photo Mania UK +Nik Collection by Google 
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Enjoying the stream? Check out my other collections of posts! In case you didn't know, Google+ allows you to group your posts in collections around different subject areas. If you are seeing this you are probably following at least one of them, but there are others! If you are enjoying the ride so far, you may be interested in some of my other ones which currently include:

- Web Design / UX (https://goo.gl/JJohdQ)
- Web Programming (https://goo.gl/uJ479W)
- Innovation & Technology (https://goo.gl/O0f9ZM)
- Learning Science (https://goo.gl/kGOk2M)
- Creative / Artistic (https://goo.gl/4eqocO)
- Drones / UAVs (https://goo.gl/HZzjjF)
- Data visualization (https://goo.gl/OyAyxh)
- 3D / CGI / Multimedia (https://goo.gl/UwiqDG)
- Robotics (https://goo.gl/vM5UJP)
- Hardware & Hacking (https://goo.gl/pBdQIL)
- Inspiring talks / books / articles (https://goo.gl/bJGn3p)
- General Geekiness / fun (https://goo.gl/D81Y12)
- Photography (https://goo.gl/RJLRyO)
- Holidays / Travel / Events (https://goo.gl/hmrcDv)

Or see full listing here: https://plus.google.com/+JasonMayes/collections and simply click on ones you like and then click follow within that collection! Enjoy!
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Have a look at this inspirational, vivid work from +Philippe Sainte-Laudy ! 

Enjoy this great work! :-)
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Look at this brilliant, dreamy work by +Dominique Dubied !

Enjoy this great work! :-)
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Sometimes it is good to go on an adventure, you may be surprised by what you find. A beautiful photo by Gérard Darnis.
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Awesome self photography by +Renata Ramsini - keep up the great work!
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Brilliant work of +Stefan Kierek !

Enjoy this impressive work! :-)
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