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Thomas Furlong
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Cauliflower soup with stilton and farmhouse style bread. Looks a bit odd, but it's luurvely!
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Homemade Cornish pasties - Mm...
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This isn't just me, is it? Since Search+ has started to roll out big time, I'm seeing a lot of previously dormant Google+ pages, esp. in the search marketing niche, magically filling up with content fast. Not that I'm going to name names ;-p - but that's hardly a coincidence, n'est-ce pas?

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It's funny because it's true ;-)

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+Matt Cutts live on Google Hangout - tune in now!
Matt Cutts is hanging out with 7 people right now in a live Hangout On Air!Nathan Johns, Sai vadlamani, Paul Ravindranath, Brian White, Vivaik Bharadwaaj, Malik Mairaj, and Prachi Padmi

Facebook has a new "See translation" option for foreign language posts. This should be a good thing, but it actually showcases just how abysmal Bing Translator really is.

This probably has a lot to do with the people I follow, but Google+ is the most meta network I know. As in, a huge portion of the posts on here seem to be about the Google+ itself (...including this one!).

I know everyone always latches on to more obvious metrics, such as active usage and engagement rates to determine a network's viability, but I'd argue that the topics people talk about are at least as important. And not just in an easily measurable keyword-y sense, but also, more amorphously, regarding the general topics people post about.

And self-referentiality can't be a good thing, it just feels like a dog chasing its tail. I know a lot of it here can be attributed to G+'s relative novelty and constant feature updates, which is mostly a good thing. But it could also be symptomatic of a number of negative things, e.g. a clunky UX, a UI that draws too much attention to itself, non-seemless integration into other Google products or a very narrow user demographic.

A huge part of Facebook's or Twitter's success is that people go there to talk about other things. Google+ - at least for now - seems a lot more focused on itself. And they're aggravating the problem by creating this self-enclosed world of Search+ making Google in general a much more insular experience. +Danny Sullivan wrote a great piece about this a few weeks back: http://searchengineland.com/search-engines-should-be-like-santa-107400. That leads me to wonder if Google's aggressive G+ growth strategy is really as clever as everyone seems to think, because it doesn't really do much to improve the nature of its service.

Never thought it could be this difficult and frustrating to upgrade my laptop's RAM. Urgh... I think I'm going to pull a Murtaugh for today - I'm just too old for this shit. Next time around I want a nice, simple pre-fab system that does what it's told, no questions asked.

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This is a couple of days old now - but to continue my new food photo tradition: this is my version of a traditional Czech roast pork dinner. Mmmmh...
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Since I'm going to start blogging again myself soon (hint! hint!) - a great collection of tips on how to actually get people to read your output from SEO-Sensei Rand Fishkin himself. Very interesting and actionable if you're tired of your great-aunt and her dachshund being your only readers...
In 2007, I wrote one of my most popular and visited blog posts covering 21 tactics to increase blog traffic. I've finally updated it for 2012. Hopefully you'll enjoy the results and can share with aspiring bloggers seeking to do more with their sites.
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