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Three blocks from my place but no way to tell from what I can see from up here. A few cabs; dog walkers. Without the news coverage & Twitter hashtags this feels like a movie day. Prob still is.

via Henry Kissinger's Twitter: We have run out of quail eggs in the VIP bunker on 5th Avenue. I appeal to Mayor Bloomberg to come to our assistance. #Irene #solidarity

Clicked his profile to be sure; yes, it's a parody. ~sigh~

Upper East Side: bars open; delis open; Duane Reades open (& friendly?!?!); cabs abound.
CNN: reporters in NYC standing in front of desolate boardwalks talking about evacuations and mandatory power shutdowns.
It's not that bad!
It might be bad later. Feels like time for movies now.

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Networking innovations on G+ are really impressive.
Okay. This is a long post, but it's at least interesting and at best it's worth trying out on your About page. I did so toot toot!
Public Circles Project
Who are your favorite Google+ users?
Help them to be seen!

And don't miss a sweet incentive for you (it's described before the end of the post).

What is the project about?

Many of us have a favorite group/circle of G+ users, and I've noticed that we like to share their names with others.

The reasons may vary: It could be a famous and inspirational person. It could be one of your friends who just registered here, and you want to help him/her to be seen. It could be... you name it.

Unfortunatelly there is no easy way that we can find the people who are admired by a particular person.

Imagine I have just arrived at your profile. Your posts look great and your Google+ About page is promising. So I circle you! The next step? I leave.

And here comes the Public Circles Project. It helps visitors to leave your profile in a way that works for people you admire and even for you!


Put the names of people you admire on your Google+ About page!

Imagine I've just circled you. This means I like you, and I'm open to hear your recommendations, especially if I'm in my explore mood and I'm looking for new names for my circles.

So, the project gives a nice additional exposure to the people you like.

However, there is more.

It also works for you!


The visitor is leaving your profile, so you have nothing to lose. If you recommend an interesting person to the visitor then he/she goes to the profile of somebody you like. This means - he/she is staying in YOUR circles! There is a nice probability he/she will see YOUR inspiring comments that you added to the post published by the person you recommended.

So, it's just a win-win-win scenario.

Compare the scenario I've just described to the situation when the visitor leaves your profile for a G+ stream or for a person that is absolutely unrelated to you.

Are You Ready to Join the Project?

1) Choose the inspiring/awesome/great users you really like.

2) Write their names on your Google+ About page (in the Introduction field).

3) Let other users know you joined the project. I'm sure you are an awesome person, and some of them will be happy to recommend YOU on their About page.

And that's all!

Some Hints

1) The number of people you recommend is absolutelly up to you! It could be one name, two names, twenty names. There are no restrictions.

2) Create Public Circles Project section on your Google+ About page. It may look like this:

Start of the DEMO section #1
I'm involved in
Public Circles Project

Google+ users I recommend:

Name #1
Name #2
Name #XY

Learn about the Public Circles Project:
The end of DEMO section #1

There could be just too many inspirational users you would like to add, and it would mean just too many hassles for you. If this is your case, then you may like this wording:

Start of the DEMO section #2
I'm involved in
Public Circles Project

I could name about 100+ people who inspire me. It's just too many, so I'm going to do something slightly different here.

I've decided to dedicate this section to my friends who are new here, their following is low, and I want to give them exposure. This means that I will change the names from time to time.

Here come the latest two:

Name #1
Name #2

Learn about the Public Circles Project:
The end of DEMO section #2

It's important to clearly mark the section as Public Circles Project, so the visitors know what's going on there. Furthermore, add some reasons. Why is the user #XY awesome, inspirational, etc. ? Why should other users circle him/her?

The link to this post is voluntary. However, it helps to educate the visitors about the project, and it would be great if you add that link.

What do you think about The Public Circles Project?

I'm eager to hear your reactions.

A Sweet Incentive for Early Adopters of the Public Circles Project!

I've prepared a circle called Early Adopters of Public Circles Project and it's waiting for you!

I'm going to add the first 300 Google+ users who fulfill the conditions described below to that list/circle.

Then I will export the circle as curated group to and I will link it from the Public Circles Project section on MY Google+ About page.

The conditions:

1) Create the Public Circles Project section on YOUR Google+ About page. I don't care how many names you put in or who the users are. Just add Google+ users you like. Feel free to mention Jarek Klimek who is an experienced content curator and the editor-in-chief of photography magazine, but this is not a condition!

2) Use the text Learn about the Public Circles Project on your Google+ About page and link it to the original post. The best solution is described in the DEMO section above.

3) Share this post publicly, tell your followers you have joined the Public Circles Project and +mention my name in the text.

4) Comment on the original post that describes the project and add the link to your About page.

I will watch the comments, check the links and if you fullfilled all the conditions I will add you to the circle of early adopters.


PS: The +mentions don't work on Google+ About pages, so you have to use the real links.

PPS: You can use a curated group on to share the names of recommended users. It works like this: You create a special circle in G+ (or you can even use an existing one!), than you import it to the curated group you created on, then you grab the link of your group and publish it in The Public Circles Project section on your G+ About page. That's it! +Colby Brown wrote a great description covering the process: . Here is an example of a curated group:

PPPS: I realize there is In Joes's circles section in the left column and it can be used in a simillar way like The Public Circles Project. However, there is a huge difference. The ten names in The Public Circles Project are something totally different from hundreds or thousands of names in In Joes's circles section!

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ATTENTION CALIFORNIANS: Want to be in a graphic novel?

Do you live in LA, Ventura, Santa Barbara or Kern County? Willing to drive to Thousand Oaks, CA this Sunday afternoon (Aug 14)?

I've got a difficult page coming up that requires an unusual crowd shot and I've decided I need photo reference. Aiming for 2-3pm. If you'd like to participate, please email me (info below) and I'll send more details.

Thanks and hope to see you this weekend!

Contact info:

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Great tip about how to "raise your hand" in a G+ hangout (among others).
Teaching via the Google+ Hangout

Today I taught my first class via Google Hangouts and thought I'd share what I learned.

This is a workshop that I teach on reading aloud and I've done it often enough that I felt like it was a good test case for the hangouts since I know what "normal" is for it.

Registration -- To begin, I posted that I would be hosting the workshop on [x] date at [x] time in [x] timezone. To register, I just asked people to post in the comments and I would take the first nine people. G+ hangouts can only handle ten people, so you can only have nine students. Go ahead and let people do a waiting list in case someone needs to drop out before the class.

Confirm registration -- Post in the comments a tagged list to confirm is going to be in the class. I didn't do this and should have.

Allow extra time -- If the class is scheduled to start at 5pm, open it fifteen minutes early because it will take at least that long for everyone to get in.

Highlight the teacher -- Since Google plus automatically flips to the person speaking, the first thing I explained to the students was how to click on one of the miniature pictures to keep that person focused in the large window. To release focus from the, you click them again.

People get dropped -- Internet connections are wonky and folks will be kicked out. Don't let that throw you. If you can do a brief recap, that's great but don't worry about pausing until they get back. They may have had a power failure for all you know. DO keep an eye on the comments for the hangout to see if they are having trouble. Along those lines, tell the students that if you get dropped to invite you back to the lesson, otherwise you might have trouble getting back in.

Raise your hand -- Just like in the real world, raising your hand works to get the teachers attention BUT what works even better is to move your hand toward the camera so it is larger.

In the real world, putting your hand in the air makes you stand out from a sea of heads. With little tiny pictures, moving your hand closer to the camera changes your image enough that it makes it easier to spot who has their hand "up." The trick is to not cover your face.

Question and Answers -- When you go to Q & A time, tell everyone to unhighlight the teacher so that the person asking the question automatically flips into focus. It is also a good idea to call on the person by name so that people don't accidentally talk over each other.

Making eye contact -- One of the things I found awkward was that to give my students eye contact, I had to look into the camera, which meant that I was only seeing their tiny little images at the bottom of my screen. I'll admit that this felt distancing and I constantly had to remind myself that there were people listening.

One of my students pointed out that if you shrink the G+ window vertically it reduces the main video window but keeps the others the same size. I was able to reduce it so that all the students were lined up in a row at the top of my screen, which felt more natural. Then when we went to Q&A I maximized the window so whoever was speaking was large. (I've turned in feedback that I'd like to be able to select if the little windows appear above or below the main video window)

Unison doesn't work -- There is a lag. There's a very noticeable lag if you try to do any exercises together. It's not so bad if it is video, but if you are doing a voice exercise it becomes cacophony. I handled it by telling my students to mute their speakers while doing the exercise so they weren't driven insane. At the end, I asked them to unmute and raise their hand so I knew who was ready to go on.

Keep it short -- We went about an hour. I think an hour and a half is about as long as you could go without needing to take a break. Part of that is how long people can focus in general. Part of that is that the video is distancing. If you want to do longer lessons, plan to break them up and let people move around in the real world.

The feedback from my students was that the one on one interaction was more engaging than watching the same material on a YouTube video. It encouraged them to actually try the exercises and created more accountability.

Next up? I'm taking a G+ class in Shiva dance this weekend and later am going to try teaching a master class in vocal work to play more with the interactive nature of the Google+ hangouts.

How about you? If you have tips on teaching via hangout, I'd love to hear about it.

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I second this one: I've found interesting writers here I never saw on Twitter.
GalleyCat is creating a directory of writers on Google+. My name just got added. You can add yours, to.

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Just how social may G+ be?
My first serious attempt to connect via G+ was to add a bunch of writers who posted their profiles on Gallycat article.

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Google+ in context
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