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Kirsty Smith
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And they keep on coming!
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FB - always involved in privacy controversies!
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Interesting thoughts from David Armano. Particularly when Mashable is saying that Google+ is losing steam: http://tinyurl.com/42mtcgg.
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I think that last weeks G+ usage decline is partly a post-hype slide and partly a backlash from the no-business, no-pseudonym accounts policy (to be partly rectified in August). I predict the steady increase in adoption and usage for quite some time.
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It's finally coming!
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Google wallet could mean that paperless payment is around the corner

The clip clearly demonstrates where Google Wallet is going right but if Google really want to win the whole 'pay with my phone' thing, then they need to move towards personal financial - administration services. Am I boring you? What if I said:
you might never have to do admin again?

Personally I hate getting receipts. I take them just to avoid offending the cashier, then guiltily throw them in the bin next to the till like some form of warped custom that's lacking the required Morris dancers and a folk song to give it meaning.

But what if I could opt to get a receipt via email and skip the paper part of the process?
What if Google wallet could update a Google spreadsheet of my outgoings as I shop?

I suspect accountants might be worried at where this is heading - because this is where Google has a distinct advantage. Right now I use what might as well be NFC (my credit card (which is also equipped with touch payment) on a extendable lanyard ) and it's far more convenient than a phone/battery powered financial liability. If I really wanted to put a phone in the process I could glue my card onto my phone (and I wouldn't put that past me).

Really credit cards aren't big are they?.... UK mains plugs are more of a pressing concern to my mobile tech lifestyle....I suspect Google already know this...and that they really thinking of long straight Roman roads not banks.

Bringing me on to my point: whilst Google wallet is cool it will only be useful (at least to my mind) If it links in to the Google office suite. But with most of the hard work done, and with a penchant to tease, will Google miss the opportunity to both gain new users via financial services and get existing users to spend more time in the network?

Hmmm I think I've convinced myself that this can be nothing other than a well made plan. #googlewallet
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Alan Shapiro originally shared:
 
Another day, another invisible man becoming visible

This is my friend Russell. There was a time where I rarely saw him awake and he was all kinds of skittish around people. (I actually saw him switch park benches if someone sat too close or reverse direction if he's walking one way and too many people are approaching.)
I remember very clearly the day we had our first interaction. He had just woken up when I was walking through Madison Square Park on my way to work early one morning and he was clearly not happy. I went to a nearby deli and brought him some breakfast. And left it on a nearby bench after signaling to him. I kept going for a short bit and then turned to make sure he got it.
Did it again a few days later when I saw him. And again the following week. It was on the third week that I saw a different reaction. This time he waved me back. Said thank you in a voice that sounded like it hadn't gotten much use in quite some time. I took a risk and sat down at the far end of the bench. We sat together for awhile. Didn't say much of anything. It was enough that he didn't try to escape. I got up to leave after about 10 minutes and waved goodbye to him. Got a nod. (Which was more than enough for me.)
It's now a year and a half later. And I have a weekly breakfast buddy. He still doesn't talk much but the silence when we're together speaks volumes. And he let me take his picture which I share with his permission and my ongoing plea: Don't spare change. Make change.
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G+
Loving the simplicity...
And having everything at my finger tips...
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