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Liz Christopher
Social Media in Business / Workplace / Enterprise, #SWChat Business Development Director & Video Show Producer, Geek, Wife, Mum, Geocacher, novice Hula Hooper
Social Media in Business / Workplace / Enterprise, #SWChat Business Development Director & Video Show Producer, Geek, Wife, Mum, Geocacher, novice Hula Hooper

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Gamification - part of the interview process

Gamification was my favourite #SWChat topic. But it was so new that the examples of it actually being used in the real world were few and far between.

So to hear that +Deloitte is using it as part of the interview process for their apprenticeships is exciting news. I'm very tempted to apply just so I can have a play, as problem solving challenges is my kinda game.

I'm looking forward to hearing about more examples in the future, maybe 2016 will be the year Gamification goes mainstream?

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A lot of changes. Definitely worth investing time to read this great post by +Linda Buquet​ h/t +Priya Chandra​ if you have a local listing.
Official Google Statement on ALL the Google Local Changes after Google+ Update - Mamta B from Google announced that the following features are no longer supported for Local pages on the new Google+ - Reviews, categories, directions, stars, photo uploads, interior photos, maps, hours, opentable/apps integration. She explains the reasoning behind the changes and a whole lot more below.

I so wish they could have announced all this up front. It would have saved so much user confusion and frustration. But I appreciate them being transparent and letting us know now, so we have something official to point confused GMB owners and managers to.

Lot's more inside and a lively discussion to follow I'm sure...

#googlemybusiness #gmb #googlelocal #localseo #seo  

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Brilliant resource of information on how to use the new G+ and the differences between new G+ and classic G+. Thanks +Linda Buquet​ for sharing and +Ana Hoffman​ for creating such a useful guide.

And the most important point, Google have not finished with new G+, more is coming, feedback and help Google make the right changes.
The NEW Google+: A Tutorial by Ana Hoffman & Big Picture Comments from Google+ Experts!  The NEW Google+ is very different than what you are used to. Things like circles have totally changed and in fact, in the beginning many reported circles were gone. They aren't, you just need to know how to find them and manage them. The tutorial below from +Ana Hoffman will show you everything you need to know now. (As far as the regular Google+ social features.)

I also go into the changes that have impacted Google Local.

And I share some VERY IMPORTANT comments from my friend +Ben Fisher and 2 other Google+ experts that are really in the know:  +John Skeats and +John R. Ellis

All stress that this version of G+ is just a pilot, lots of changes are coming and Google is taking feedback seriously to help shape the final product. 

Here is all the information you need to know now!
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Events, Hangouts & View Notifications on New G+
So I am a tab overload person, always working on multiple things and have lots of tabs open on my browser. G+ was open in a few tabs when I switched over to #NewGPlus so I have been able to compare the two side by side.

You can still access the missing features in classic G+ without switching back providing you know the URLs.

Events -

Hangouts - This shows you live HOA and allows you to start a HOA

View Notifications - and you can choose to filter by your posts and other people's posts.

If you click on these links it seems to make you temporarily switch back to classic G+, but click on the Google+ logo in the top left and you switch back to New G+.

At least that is how it is currently working for me :-)

Hmm, I seem to have lost Events and the About on profiles. Any pointers as to where they are hiding? #newg+

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OK Interesting, my first share on new G+, it doesn't automatically assume I want to share on G+. Anyway, thanks +Mark Traphagen I'm still getting to grips with the changes, and the loss of access to hangouts is probably one of the reasons the new G+ is getting the not unexpected negative comments.

However, I usually use hangouts on my phone when just texting ro go via gmail if on my computer.

Having read some of the comments on Mark's original thread, I might not install the chrome app, quite a few people saying it's resource heavy. Hangouts are still within gmail, so I will just use that or go direct to the hangouts page - which I haven't seen or used before but I have to say looks rather slick.
Google Hangouts Chrome Browser Extension

My most useful find of the day came from +Dustin W. Stout.

Now that you can no longer access Hangouts chat from Google+, the best way to keep Hangouts handy is with the Hangouts Chrome Extension.

Install it at

Hurrah I've finally got it
Just as I was about to ask for tips on how to get Google to offer me the new G+, up popped the question. Now to put it through its paces and see whether I will clamboring for the revert to G+ Classic and will be singing its praises. My guess is somewhere in the middle.

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Thanks +martin shervington I'm a huge Circles Fan, so great to know that we can still use circles.

I know that understanding circles can be a challenge for new users, so I can understand why Google have hidden them.
Google+ and Circles.
As we move much more towards Collections, and Communities, as the focus you may be wondering...

What about circles?

Well, this gif shows how you can bring back the Circle Streams if you want them.

And yes, we're going to need a bigger map ;)

#gomobile #newgoogleplus
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Purpose at Work: It Comes from Within
How sad that so many people only work for the money. Completely agree that purpose-driven people are going to be more productive. Getting the job done well, often requires more than just doing a tick in the box. For me, that is the real differentiator between people, those that blindly do the task in hand, versus those who really understand the problem and are looking for the best solution. This is most likely to be achieved by those who are motivated by enjoyment of their work. h/t +Tim McDonald who originally shared it on LinkedIn

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Google car pulled over for being too slow. If driverless cars are to be used on all roads they will have to drive faster, but it makes sense that initially manufacturers are going to be cautious.

Going too slow is dangerous. But a safe speed is dependent not only on the speed limit, but also the driving conditions. I wonder if Google would use weather forecasts, have it's own weather sensors on their cars or maybe a combination of the two.

It wouldn't be just about whether the car can drive itself safely, it would also need to allow for other driver's abilities in bad weather.

Either way, interesting stuff.
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