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james hong
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This is probably stating the complete obvious, I know.

Just a theory.. "Search, Plus your World" isn't about improving search, it's about getting people to start using Google+ more.

In LinkedIn's early days, I remember a lot of people having profiles but nobody really using it that much. Then over time, Linkedin's Google juice went up and all of a sudden, whenever anyone googled themselves they saw their Linkedin profile.. so of course, out of vanity realizing other people would see their profile now, everyone thought "oh shit i better fill this page out more"

So Google placing Google+ profiles high in default search results is maybe less about helping searchers find the best search result, and more about giving distribution to people's Google+ profiles so people are motivated to finally start using it more.

If so, it's a smart move. Posting this to my Google+ now ;)

update: I just noticed that Google puts a "Update your profile, it's only x% complete" link on the search results page when you google yourself.. To me, this pretty much confirms it. Google is smart.
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i wonder if google intends to keep motorola in the long run. Might they be planning to eventually spin it off but keep the patents? That might explain why other Android manufacturers claim to support this deal.
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I was thinking the same thing.
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Is there a way to make my friends stream the default stream shown when I log in?
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If the streams had tickboxes instead of radio buttons, the problem would be solved for me.
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This is so true. You can start an online business for next to nothing if you're willing to put in enough time and effort. I started Crazy Monkey Games with $100 and gradually grew it from there.

You don't need to wait for funding or for everything to come together perfectly. Stop planning and analyzing everything to death and just do something!
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Very good video. Thank you for posting this.
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just kind of noticed that google+ doesn't have walls on profiles. so the only way i can write something to someone is with the + sign from my stream? are people doing this?
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Personally, I would really prefer wall like functionality. Not really clear on why they didn't build this in.
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Playing around with google+ app
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nope.. but it presumably has to be my phone, since the file is presumably not actually invalid :)
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Got my first google+ spam today. It was in Chinese, no less!
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+Emad El-Haraty -- you can click on a person's Google+ profile (like the one here for Sergey http://goo.gl/jVQg5) and there's a "send an email" button. The email is sent from Google+ so I consider it Google+ spam, especially since you don't even need to know the person's email address.
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Tired of 100 google+ adds a day where I only know maybe 5 of them. Until google implements a filter where I can set it to only email me about adds from people I have mutual friends with (bidirectional friendships, not the "you both follow x" stuff) , I think I am going to start ignoring all the google+ notification emails. Seriously, it almost feels like spam.

if you are my actual friend, please send me a private message on here (share a status update and type +james hong in the share with field).

Am I the only one frustrated by all these email notifications? :(
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+myroslaw don't get me wrong. I am not against people following me at all.. I also follow some who are not likely to follow me. But I don't think those kind of follows warrant an email notification. I will meet new people and make new friends via interactions like these, not through the one-way friending process. 
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""The newspaper said the victim declined to comment when he was reached by phone Tuesday afternoon.
"This is a private matter," he said.""

Ha, well done, journalist.
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just kind of realized something. on facebook when someone friend requests me, if i don't recognize them right off the bat i usually take a look at their profile and see who our mutual friends are.

on google+, the first group shown on a profile is "People in Common", and I was treating this to mean the same as "Mutual Friends" on FB, when in fact its meaning is totally different. It is a list of people that we both have in our circles (whether or not either of us have an actual relationship with that person, since google+ is an open follow model). If I wanted to target bill gates, I could add steve ballmer and a bunch of other MS execs to my circles, then when he looks at my profile, it would have all those people in the "People in Common" section and he will be a lot more likely to add me to one of his circles.

I guess this makes that list more like twitter than fb, but on twitter there is no expectation from users that a follower knows the followee. That expectation is powerful, and unless I am mistaken in how it works, I think this is going to be taken advantage of by spammers to get people to add fake accounts to their circles (which will pollute a user's stream). If I were G+, I would nip this in the bud quickly before the pollution starts. (Even with the relatively limited invites to date, it's clearly already happening). I would probably make it more similar to FB's mutual friends functionality (which is actually useful information) +Bradley Horowitz +Dylan Casey
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I can understand why Google is trying to blend Twitter and Facebook but it doesn't seem like they have thought it through. Circled people are Twitter Followed masquerading as Facebook Friends. And there doesn't seem to be any special handling of bi-directional relationships.
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