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Paul Robinson
Software developer and entrepreneur from Manchester, UK
Software developer and entrepreneur from Manchester, UK

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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.

Facebook and Twitter are fatiguing. I am going to try and share more here on Google+ this week and see how that goes.

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.

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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I've written a blog for the first time in ages. Amazon Vine's stupid email this morning prompted it.

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.

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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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.
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.

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.

So after much waiting... I get on here...
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