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Ron Villejo
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G+ is 5 years old –what went so wrong? #Gplus5 #GExit ?
50% of the people I follow haven’t posted in the last 3 months, many have deleted their accounts.
I can still remember the excitement when we first started the beta testing. Here was a truly new and original social network, a genuinely social network so different to everything else out there. Facebook was about chatting to your family and close friends and sharing photos and checkins, birthdays and holidays, LinkedIn was about sharing professional achievements and publishing work posts that nobody read or had any interest in reading. In theory Twitter was similar to G+ where the majority of people shared links for discussion, but a 140 character limit meant there was never any discussion and it was all just about retweeting. Yes, G+ was so exciting and so different and the first social network where people could find other people based on similar interests and discuss and debate.
On a more local level, I set up the +Ireland page and community and for the first three years we had a heyday with photowalks from the top of Ireland in Malin Head right down the coast to the bottom in Mizen Head. We met online and shared our stories and our photos and we met in real life. We had many visitors joining us from over the pond and flying over from the US to meet in person and it was fabulous. There are now just a handful of Irish people using G+.
So what went so wrong?
Messy and non-intuitive interface The main feedback I’m getting is that Google messed and dabbled too often with the interface and it was never easy or intuitive to use. Sending a private/limited message or using a hangout seemed to require a constant team of ‘expert’ people and tutorials to keep people in the loop. This is fine and dandy for a few weeks but not when it continues for 5 years! In addition, the features kept changing far too often: first the big emphasis on Circles, then Communities, Collections and now Spaces People got fed up trying to keep up with the latest whims.
Google recommendations From day one Google decided who and what they deemed worth seeing and this is essentially what ruined the platform. And people got fed up posting in a vacuum where very few people saw their posts, let alone reacted. It saddened me to see so many talented Irish photographers in particular and their posts were just floating in nowhere land with a handful of +1’s while other Google ‘celebrity’ photographers were featured on the Suggested User List (SUL) and often gained up to 3k new followers on a daily basis. On a more insidious level, the ‘What’s Hot’/Explore stream continues to feature stolen and fake photos. The algorithms seem to prioritise quantity over quality.
Yes, I still love G+, I’m still checking in on a daily basis myself and yes, there are still a handful of fantastic people posting really good information but where have the rest of them gone and why? Will G+ still be here this time next year?
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Follow along as writer and comedian James Veitch narrates a hilarious, months-long exchange with a spammer who offered to cut him in on a hot deal.

Hilarious, for sure! And those spammers may be bots.
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I travel internationally regularly, and I often have a layover at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport. I can vouch for the fact that it's a crowded, busy airport. I was there just two weeks ago...
Three explosions and gunfire took place at the Istanbul Ataturk airport Tuesday, Turkey's official news agency TRT said.
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Whilst we celebrate our diversity, the thing that surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency, is that we are far more united and we have far more in common than that which divides us.

~Jo Cox
The late Labour MP for Batley and Spen | House of Commons
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Samsung | clouds-services Joyent: needs much more computing power to run VR and AI on its mobile phones.
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Who said that you'd never use Mathematics in real life?
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The cultural backlash will be real and powerful, but it won't roll automation back. Labor conflict over automation will escalate as millions of today's employees, short of digital-age skills, slide into the obsolescence queue. Thus, enterprises should maintain an active communication strategy, both internally (for workers) and externally (for public relations) to proactively explain and defend automation efforts. This story is easier to tell when you aren't merely displacing jobs but rather creating new value for customers by having robots work side by side with your employees.

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Nearly 5 years since Steve Jobs died, Apple is most assuredly on a lackluster road to mediocrity and conventionality.
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What you must learn is that these rules are no different than the rules of a computer system. Some of them can be bent; others can be broken.

~Morpheus | to Neo
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I am enthralled with the internet, intrigued by social media, and amazed at all that tech minds come up with. Dr. Ron on the Internet (droi) is my effort to play and ponder in this vast green box.  

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