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Why is that those of us on the tech side of the tech industry are so useless at finance, when really we know it's what really matters. New blog post explains why it bothers me and what I plan to do about it.
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I have a funny feeling about +Manchester City this year. Last night's performance - against an admittedly weak side - was astonishing. If we can get through the next few games with a similar pace, I think we'll be sitting pretty as we head into October when things start to get a little trickier. Good stuff though.
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yep agree with that, lets not carried away as it was "only" Swansea however that second half performance, particularly the majestic Aguero will have put the diddly squitters up our friends from Stretford!!
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I've written a blog for the first time in ages. Amazon Vine's stupid email this morning prompted it.
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Also a UK Vine reviewer.  However your link is broken.   I'm guessing it's about the changes to the review timescales.

Personally I think it's a good thing.  People might think twice before jumping over anything that might be worthwhile at 8PM on the dot... 
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I think I just mentally "got" why Google+ is going to be huge. Tinkering with it for 2 minutes just then, I realised what it can and can't do that makes it soooo much more useful as both a user and as a consumer. Good stuff.
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Short version: it's about curation and being able to consume and publish in targeted ways.

Long version:

The fact I can tune in/out of groups was got me. Everybody is talking about circles as a privacy feature in terms of publishing, but I think the value is two-way.

So I have you Ben in a bunch of circles - friends, colleagues, manchester tech scene, etc. - so you're appearing a lot of places when you choose to publish to the circle or circles I'm in for you, but I have others just in one circle.

If I just want to see what my mates are up to, I can. If I just want to see what Silicon Valley entrepreneurs/technologists are up to, I can. If I want to see what people I know through my work who aren't developers (i.e. pilots, business aviation brokers, my company's clients, etc.) are up to, I can.

It is perhaps the first social media tool that can justifiably be used during work hours and you can prove it's not a waste of time, providing everybody curates and manages their circles properly.

And of course, being able to direct my posts is useful. Being able to post something without my friends/family seeing it (because it's geeky and they'd be bored) is as useful to me as being able to shove stuff under their noses but not have to make everybody else suffer it (e.g. if I were to get a new puppy... :-) ).

I also love the idea of being able to add customers/clients/whoever to a circle and being able to publish material just to them like a business newsletter.

Once the API rolls out, there is going to be some seriously clever crap built on top of this, with the proviso that people manage their circles and use them appropriately. If everybody just publishes to "Public", it'll be just a long-form Twitter.

Anyway, it all just clicked after a little while. I know that's the point, but it took me some mental adjustment to really "get it" and why it's such a powerful model. Technically it's not very complicated to implement either - users HABTM circles which in turn belong_to users (i.e. "owners") - amazed it took so long to be invented with a decent UI!

The point is though, it's not Facebook, it's not Twitter, it's not Buzz, it's not Quora, it's not any of those things: it's all of them, made a little bit smoother and more useful.
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Trying to decide what I want to use Google+ for. Facebook seems to be everybody and anybody I've met, Twitter various random people. I think I might try and curate a little more carefully here and connect with more people I want to learn from.
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Facebook and Twitter are fatiguing. I am going to try and share more here on Google+ this week and see how that goes.
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Too many people are using it as a broadcast medium instead of a sharing medium. Perhaps I just follow too many people - it's possible I can squeeze back the noise with a bit of a cull, I guess.
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SF & Fantasy lit fans: any recommendations on recent-ish releases? For a birthday present, and this here geek don't roll that way
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Wind Up Girl is a great book
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Google+ is going through that awkward phase Twitter went through a few years back, where the majority of content was about the tool itself. People were tweeting about how important twitter was because they were tweeting... sort of meta-self-justification. The vast majority of "popular" posts on Google+ at the moment are similarly talking up Google+, rather than just getting on with using it. Including this one.
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Google seem to have got it right with G+. I am still playing with it and trying to work out a few of the inheritance features. I never liked Facebook or Twitter and LinkedIn has a bad interface. The vast majority of the people I interact with are not using it yet. But they will.
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He has a great point - in theory if people are prepared to manage their circles actively, they can completely abandon many other tools (including email!), over the long term. Fascinating thought really.
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Here's what I love about Google+ in general and the Google+ Diet in particular:

Instead of saying, "I'm going to write a blog post now," or "I'm going to send an e-mail" or "I think I'll tweet something" you simply say what you have to say, then decide who you're going to say it to.

If you address it to "Public," it's a blog post.

If you address it to "Your Circles" it's a tweet.

If you address it to your "My Customers" Circle it's a business newsletter.

If you address it to a single person, it can be a letter to your mother.

I'd say this is pretty revolutionary.
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So after much waiting... I get on here...
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Welcome sir.
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My splash page which I update is at http://about.me/paulrobinson - from there you can find me in almost any guise I wish to be made public.

I also blog about all things CTO'ish at http://p7r.io

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