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Thanks to +Linda Lawrey +Tom Rolfson +Ciaran Gorman and everyone else who helped make me a little less stupid.
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What a very kind post, and no you aren't and never were stupid! You just needed some help just like all of us did at one time or another. :)
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I didn't call you an idiot, and was not leaning that direction, but you did piss me off to be honest. Glad to see you've realized that this place actually requires something of you to get it right. The experience here is meant to be unique to your interests, rather than a boilerplate decided by Facebook as to what is interesting and what is not.

It takes time, but I think you'll find it worth it. We have high-level, wide-ranging conversations and debates here that would be impossible anywhere else. Welcome aboard.
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I don't mind at all taking the hit of being stupid. There are a lot of stupid people out there and presumably Google wants them as users, too. So the questions my stupidity raises are legitimate. I look at it as being a beta tester for the stupid market.
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+Jeff Bercovici Nice of you to do a follow up post after such a massive outburst trailing your initial post. I like the fact that you have come to the realization that Google can't win by being a Facebook clone. They needed to do something different from Facebook to compete and that is generating an interest graph as opposed to Facebook's social graph. There sure would be overlaps but this distinction is notable.
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Many of my friends join, see nothing, and never return. It would be good if it were more stupid-proof right out of the gate on sign-up. Some kind of circle starter-pack of 500 in your circle and you can prune/cultivate it from there. Many people have shared great circles, but new users don't see them.
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+Jeff Bercovici If I can make a recommendation about +Robert Scoble - I have him in three circles so I don't miss his posts because I do miss them due to the number I circle back. However you may not prepared yet for that number. lol Robert doesn't post too often - many post so much more than he does, myself included, but he does have very active posts. And when you comment of course, you will continue to see notifications from his posts. For you to tame that easily, you can still comment on his posts (or not) and then mute his active post both in your stream and in your notifications. You'll see the mute feature in the dropdown notification, and on the post, you'll find it in the post dropdown, upper right.

You may find you don't want to mute them all, and just the occasional post but the mute feature works fine. I find because of the number I circle and circle back, I rarely ever have to mute.
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best sentence of your article : "You don’t follow someone on G+ because you know him; you follow him because he’s someone who does interesting stuff on G+."
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Of all my friends here on Google+ and I call many my friends, some near and dear to my heart, many are not people I know offline not did I know until Google+ or from another social service where I got to know them and their character. I'm proud to have them as friends here and in other online social circles.

For those I've met here ON Google+, it has been an amazing adventure and my only regret is that there isn't enough time to ever meet or meet up with them offline.
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One of my favorite tricks to add functionality to G+ is how to incorporate Instapaper. If you haven't done it:

Create a new circle called "Instapaper" (or whatever you want). Click on "Add a new person" and then enter your Instapaper sharing email address (in Extras in your Instapaper account). Whenever you want to Instapaper something on G+, just share it with that circle.
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Welcome to Google+! It will be great to have you here
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Okay +Jeff Bercovici seriously, this kind of follow up gives 'bloggers' and 'social media experts' a bad name. You are supposed to post your opinion that everyone is supposed to go 'aaaaah' to, then proudly strut around basking in the glory of your own self importance. This behaviour of yours stinks of professionalism and intelligence and the blogosphere just isn't designed for that :)

All jokes aside, your original article was great (I don't agree with the content, but the article was great) and your follow up is the rare bit of professionalism that is lacking from bloggers who think they are journalists.
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Heh, it seems like every few weeks there's an article on a popular site about how Google+ is dead, or isn't working, or doesn't have mass market appeal. We all instantly jump on the author in as civilized a manner as we can manage, and then a few days later a really awesome follow up post shows up thanking us for our input and showing a pretty drastic shift in opinion.

Hope you'll stick around, +Jeff Bercovici. This world can blow your mind.
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+Jeff Bercovici Thanks for the kind mention, and fortunately my prostate's healthy too. Unless you're only showing one circle of people you're following I'm still going to give you a little grief about probably not having enough or wide enough variety of people to have a good 'big picture' view of Google+. If you're game for an experiment try adding the circle that I shared yesterday as result of your post, follow the circle for a week and then tell me/us if it's not the richest aggregation of content you've ever found online. If not, you can simply delete the whole circle and I'll refund the crickets echo chamber. Ironically, as result of your post I created this circle and shared it. With over 300 in it and more than 100 people adding it to their own circles in just 4 hours you were the impetus for 30,000+ new connections taking place on Google+ in less than 4 hrs. That is purely organic growth, not a dime spent on promotion or a single spam message sent. I posted it once and away it went. Here's the Circle I recommend: http://goo.gl/qTGxP
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+Jeff Bercovici I shared several circles of interest to you but not sure if you saw the notification for them.
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Read your previous article and the recent one on this post. Any endeavor that you put your best effort in, is always rewarding and enriching and Google+ offers that. The level of interaction here is short of amazing. You just have to make that effort. Just circled you +Jeff Bercovici , but I suggest you fill out your profile info so people will know what circle to put you in and so that you'll also most likely get circled back. The three C's to get the most out of G+: Circle, Contribute and Comment. Looking forward to more posts from you.
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Nice article, +Jeff Bercovici - and now you will probably find yourself getting many more followers (=more people reading your work). That's got to be a good thing, right?

One thing that a lot of people here comment on is the amount of "engagement" it's possible to draw here compared to other sites. Someone who will absolutely tell you this is +Lamarr Wilson (who makes some damn fine YouTube videos by the way...you should circle him). These people are a) getting far more followers than they ever got on Twitter and b) are getting a higher "quality" of interaction here than they get elsewhere. Well, maybe not Lamarr; his followers tend to be a bit "odd"! (I am one...so yeah...).

Anyway; glad you're willing to give Google+ a second chance.
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Hey, Jeff. Just read your article on Forbes and I really appreciated it. I felt the same thing about G+ and was looking for a way to get more out of this website. Your story put into words something I was beginning to feel about Google+ and helped me condense those feelings into a way that I am going to try and approach it from now on. It really is different from other Social Media sites and needs to be looked at in that way.
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I was all "what is he smokin'?" when I read the first one... and then you post this. Thank you for having the guts to post a follow up like this. respect
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