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Coming from G+ I still miss a mobile app that is well integrated with my mobile camera and photo management app (Google photos) and to easily allows share photos or links on the go with a few clicks. Since my Raspberry Pi based G+ reposting bot seems to be doing quite well managing my account, I am thinking to keep it around going forward with an expanded role.

Sharing via email is well supported and integrated on any mobile platform and my bot already has its own email address to send out error messages. I could just use this same email address to send pictures or links to the bot for some automated post processing, reformatting and posting to this diaspora account.

An email to social media gateway may sound a bit 1990ies retro, but some things never go out of style 😉

#gplus #gplusrefugees #pluspora #programming #RaspberryPi


 
@Phil Landmeier I'mma be nagging #gplusrefugees to throw money at the Internet Archive, particularly those times during the year when they have matching. And I'm going to have to ratchet up my own donation.


 
@Jürgen Christoffel the Internet Archive expressed some trepidation at becoming the repository for all that content. I can't blame them. I will definitely be hassling #gplusrefugees to throw some cash at them, especially when donations are matched.


 

Hello fellow Plusporians and #newhere #gplusrefugees!



Most of us are very familiar with "Liking" or "+1-ing" individual replies on threads. We've been doing just that for quite some time on other social networking sites like G+ and FB, etc.

For the past few months here at Pluspora, I've been using either +1 or Bild/Foto to express my positive feedback to fellow posters' comments here. However, I think that image of the G+ +1 button is not really appropriate for our new home, so I've made one specifically for Pluspora.

The new Pluspora Like icon (not officially, of course):

Bild/Foto

I GIMP'd this using the 5-armed star theme of Diaspora/Pluspora, etc. I added the "P" in the center for Pluspora (and maybe our memories of Ploos, too). Hope you like it. Feel free to copy it, upload it to your own image server, hotlink it from mine, etc.


 

Hello fellow Plusporians and #newhere #gplusrefugees!



Most of us are very familiar with "Liking" or "+1-ing" individual replies on threads. We've been doing just that for quite some time on other social networking sites like G+ and FB, etc.

For the past few months here at Pluspora, I've been using either +1 or Bild/Foto to express my positive feedback to fellow posters' comments here. However, I think that image of the G+ +1 button is not really appropriate for our new home, so I've made one specifically for Pluspora.

The new Pluspora Like icon (not officially, of course):

Bild/Foto

I GIMP'd this using the 5-armed star theme of Diaspora/Pluspora, etc. I added the "P" in the center for Pluspora (and maybe our memories of Ploos, too). Hope you like it. Feel free to copy it, upload it to your own image server, hotlink it from mine, etc.


 

Friends+Me Google+ Exporter can still access images & video


If you're like me, well, first, my deepest sympathies, but you've used F+MGE to capture your posts and other text content, but were saving images for later, only to be caught by the Google+ shutdown.

Turns out that googleusercontent.com is still serving up those images (this may be data that's harder for Google to remove), so you can still fetch media content through Google+ Exporter.

Hop on that now if you're interested.

#GooglePlus #GplusRefugees #Plexodus #DataExport #FriendsPlusMe


 

...But something touched me deep inside

The day that G+ died.


#gplusrefugees


 

Archive Team are 59% through their stretch goal of archiving G+ Communities


"Googleplus2" a/k/a G2 is a project to archive all public G+ community content. This was a "stretch" goal of the Google+ archiving project.

The tracker here shows the full project, there are 81,270 or so work sets of 100 communities, and as of a few moments ago, the project was at 59% complete, with about 6 hours left to run at present rates.

The contents should appear at the Internet Archive in about a month or so, it'll take time to move it all there.

Tracker status below:

https://tracker.archiveteam.org/googleplus2/

#googleplus #gplusrefugees #plexodus #archiveTeam #internetArchive


 
I'm just sitting here watching the smaps go round and round...

The Archive Team Google+ project tracker is smoking.

https://tracker.archiveteam.org/googleplus/

And it's got to go faster.

Grab a Warrior and pitch in if you can!

(Got bandwidth, storage, CPU, and modest l33t ski1z? You can help!)

https://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=Warrior

#GooglePlus #GplusRefugees #Plexodus #ArchiveTeam #InternetArchive #GoogleMinus


 

A set of 604 curated "locally notable" G+ profiles


https://pastebin.com/raw/0Wh4BJah

This list comes from a set of contributions from +Eli Fennell's listing here:

https://plus.google.com/110619855408549015935/posts/XrZkNKam1Jo

Tho
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A set of 604 curated "locally notable" G+ profiles


https://pastebin.com/raw/0Wh4BJah

This list comes from a set of contributions from +Eli Fennell's listing here:

https://plus.google.com/110619855408549015935/posts/XrZkNKam1Jo

Though not strictly-speaking "signal flares", I've submitted the profiles to the Internet Archive's Wayback machine (scripted via the "Save" URL) -- that part took about 90 seconds. Sorting out grabbing all the profile names and IDs from G+ HTML (and wrestling with local systems) a couple of hours.

A really good reason to pin a #signalflare post is that that pinned post WILL SHOW UP IN THE INTERNET ARCHIVE when saved.

(I'll schedule another save or few of this through April 2.)

This'd be a good set of folks to keep tabs on and through whom to find others.

I'll be adding this to the #PlexodusWiki Notable Names Database (NNDB) ... eventually:

https://social.antefriguserat.de/

https://pastebin.com/raw/0Wh4BJah

#GooglePlus #GplusRefugees #Plexodus #SignalFlare #GplusContacts


 
Bild/Fotoalysonsee (Fca) wrote the following post Tue, 12 Mar 2019 05:20:53 +0100

For those who are #newhere from other social networks, here’s a bit of handy vocabulary to help you navigate this new social network universe:
  • Protocol - An agreed format that enables software applications to communicate with (or “federate” with) each other. The two most heavily used protocols around here are Diaspora and ActivityPub. As an end user, you don’t have to care about the protocol you are using and you don’t ever see the “protocol” other th
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For those who are #newhere from other social networks, here’s a bit of handy vocabulary to help you navigate this new social network universe:

- Protocol - An agreed format that enables software applications to communicate with (or “federate” with) each other. The two most heavily used protocols around
... show more


 
For those who are #newhere from other social networks, here’s a bit of handy vocabulary to help you navigate this new social network universe:

- Protocol - An agreed format that enables software applications to communicate with (or “federate” with) each other. The two most heavily used protocols around
... show more


 
For those who are #newhere from other social networks, here’s a bit of handy vocabulary to help you navigate this new social network universe:

- Protocol - An agreed format that enables software applications to communicate with (or “federate” with) each other. The two most heavily used protocols ar
... show more


 
For those who are #newhere from other social networks, here’s a bit of handy vocabulary to help you navigate this new social network universe:

- Protocol - An agreed format that enables software applications to communicate with (or “federate” with) each other. The two most heavily used protocols around here are Diaspora and ActivityPub. As an end user, you don’t have to care about the protocol you are using and you don’t ever see the “protocol” other than it enables or limits which users you can see.

- Platform - The software application that implements a protocol(s) for federating. The Diaspora platform implements the eponymously named Diaspora protocol. Mastodon, for example, implements the ActivityPub protocol. Friendica implements both the Diaspora and the ActivityPub protocols.

- Pod - The server(s) running a particular platform (software application). Also known as an “instance”... show more


 
Downloaded the last G+ takeout archive, filtered, converted and staged for reposting here over the course of the next year, if all goes well. The latest version of the JSON post export contains a direct path to the attached images, however this sadly doesn't seem to be fully reliably as my converter encountered several paths without the image present in the archive as well as image records where this new attribute was missing.

In the end, what is left from the last 8 years of posting on G+ are about 1200 public posts, 750 of which for sharing photos.

#gplusrefugees #gplus #googleplus


 

Saving of public Google+ content at the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine by the Archive Team has begun


TL;DR: Most public Google+ content should live on at the Internet Archive thanks to a fanatical bunch of volunteers, and you can help.

Rather more at the link 😃

#GooglePlus #GPlusExodus #GPlusRefugees #PlexodusReddit #InternetArchive #WaybackMachine #ArchiveTeam #GoogleMinus


 

With the demise of Mr. Jingles, my plans and suggestions


I'd posted this to the rapidly-fading PLOOS, though some of the information applies here as well.

I'll be checking the Google+ Notifications page periodically, at least twice a day if possible. That's not as slick as the Notifications pane was, so expect slower responses to anything.

I'm trying to keep on top of the Google+ Mass Migration community, as well as the (much less active) Plexodus: The Beginning is Near community.

I've had a fair bit of personal stuff going on for the past few weeks which is making online time both less available and productive. My apologies.

The Plexodus Subreddit is an excellent place to get ongoing and post-sunset information. That would be on Google+, data migration (focusing much more on data import), contacts,... show more


 
Resharing from Mastodon because I think some of my #gplusrefugees friends on #diaspora have probably been thinking lately about on how/if to preserve their old incarnation. The focus of the attached article is really about the ability to remember someone who has died, but it brings up some good points about the impact of even having a social media footprint to preserve.

Personally, I'm a bit mortified (pardon the play on words) that any of my old social media lives on. It's highly unlikely that I've said anything particularly literary or timeless. Even today, I cringe at the thought of going back to read my old Live Journal posts. That was an anxious, young woman that needed a hug and regular help not driving off of an emotional cliff.

I have no desire to live on in someone's memory as a collection of snapshots. However, I would like a way for my virtual connections to get notified of my demise and have... show more


 
#signalflare

We've only got a few weeks left on G+! Around the hyperverse and the fediverse, I can be found if you need some help #gplusrefugees 😀

https://wheretofind.me/@shelenn

Friendica is built by the community for the community and has more features than G+ or FB! You control the user interface (how it looks for you), your content (how it works for you), and your privacy (how others see your content). It replaces circles, collections, and communities out of the box but also integrates easily with other social media like blogs and Twitter.

Social.isurf.ca is on the latest release candidate. Come check it out! It's free and a great bunch of people connecting not only with each other, but also with others throughout the Fediverse - all 2.7 million users and growign. You can move later to another node if you like at some point - or even host your own.

Here are some quick tips https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ShelennAyres/posts/7owzyV4Yoty


 

There's now an (unofficial) Google+ Mass Migration Community archive on Blogger.


It's a static archive through February 26, so far, but this could be really useful for future reference.

#Plexodus #GooglePlus #GPlusRefugees


 
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Holy cow. Stats from https://the-federation.info/ show that Gibberfish Social's user base has tripled since the beginning of the year. Is this the #gplusrefugee effect? We don't see the same bump on #Pluspora's stats at all. O.o

This is, of course, good news. More people on the network is always welcome. Should this growth continue, however, we'll need to invest more resources (aka $$) to keep the pod running smoothly. So, if you're one of the ~2,000 new users, or even if you're a not-so-new user, please consider chipping in a few bucks to help us pay the bills. We appreciate it!

https://gibberfish.org/donate

#gibberfish #diaspora #gplus #gplusrefugees #donate #thanks


 
#signalflare #gplusrefugees You can join many of us in the Fediverse with community forums, news feeds, collections, groups, and full integration with export to Wordpress, Blogger, Tumblr, and import/export mirror to Twitter and pump.io. No need to wait for features to be developed. Latest software release this month with a new release scheduled soon. We are the Free Social Network decentralized and federated with Diaspora, Mastodon, Hubzilla, Friendica, and more. We are 2.6 million strong and growing. There is no one single authority or company. We are not a walled garden. As long as users exist we all exist together as one. The power is in the hands of the users. No ads, no BS, no hate speech allowed. Follow the quick tips to get started.


 
#Gplusrefugees

In response to feedback from prospective users, the admin at social.isurf has posted a Terms of Service so you know how that node is run. Here is the url

https://social.isurf.ca/tos

Meanwhile, all of the posts linked below should help you get started if you want to try it out! See you in the Fediverse!
♲ Shelenn Ayres (100322639096152299195@plus.google.com):
Quick Tips on Using Friendica (a fully featured free alternative to G+)

Now that we are seeing some glitches in G+ that imply the shutdown appears to be starting, I've had a lot of questions from people looking for a new home. Friendica is a free solution that does all that G+ does and more (no waiting for features to be developed). I am going to link multiple tips I've made to help others see how to get started on http://social.isurf.ca
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Ihr naht Euch wieder, schwankende Gestalten...
Die Abschaltmachenschaften von Aphabet bei #GPlus scheinen gerade eine weitere Welle von #gplusrefugees zu verursachen.
Seid mir willkommen, Exlandsleute der zerbröselten Geisterstadt!

Bienvenue, exilés de la ville fantôme émiettée !

Welcome, exilants of the crumbeling ghosttown!

Sunt grata, est ex confratribus inquid exspiravit oppidum discussurus!

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Ihr naht Euch wieder, schwankende Gestalten...
Die Abschaltmachenschaften von Aphabet bei #GPlus scheinen gerade eine weitere Welle von #gplusrefugees zu verursachen.
Seid mir willkommen, Exlandsleute der zerbröselten Geisterstadt!

Bienvenue, exilés de la ville fantôme émiettée !

Welcome, exilants of the crumbeling ghosttown!

Sunt grata, est ex confratribus inquid exspiravit oppidum discussurus!

Bild/Foto


 

New Forum


#forums #gaming #boardgames #cardgames

In an attempt to stem the tide of #gplusrefugees flocking over to MeWe or some other siloed site because "OMG there are communities!!" I figured let's start building up the forum presence here in an attempt to drive some traffic this way.

Thus: I have created a Board Games Forum for discussion of all things Board and Card Games. Join now!

@Board Games Forum


 

Mona Schwenker jetzt in friendica


Viele #gplusrefugee #GplusRefugees kennen die Künstlerin Mona Schwenker noch aus GPlus.

Jetzt ist sie auch im fediversum bei Socivitas gelandet.
Folgt ihr, damit ihr auch in Zukunft die Bilder von Mona bewundern könnt.

Herzlich Willkommen, Mona.

https://socivitas.com/profile/monart


 

Google+ will be shut down on April 2, 2019


This is Google's official G+ shutdown announcement. Text in full:

Shutting down Google+ for consumer (personal) accounts on April 2, 2019



January 30, 2019

In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations. We want to thank you for being part of Google+ and provide next steps, including how to download your photos and other content.

On April 2nd, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts. Photos and videos from Google+ in your Album Archive and your Google+ pages will also be deleted. You can download and save your con
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Killing off Google+ has done more to make me love FireFox and DuckDuckGo than literally anything either product could've done on their own.

Thanks for showing me a better way, Google.

I won't miss you, Google. I'll miss the people I met there, but not you.

#Google #Gplus #GooglePlusRefugees #GplusRefugees


 

Yonatan Zunger on Free Speech and other online forum policy issues

...I have had to sit and make these tradeoffs, so please don't try to bullshit me by explaining how it's more complicated than we think. It is insanely complicated, one of the hardest things I've ever worked on, and I still know when I'm being bullshitted. Twitter chose to optimize for traffic at the expense of user experience. That's why GamerGate, that's why Trump, that's why Nazis....
-- Yonatan Zunger on Twitter (Unrolled thread)

As I'm going through my #GooglePlus contacts, updating notable names lists, and generally reviewing old posts and such -- that's the hazard of packing up and moving, it's not... show more


 

Plussers: Bryan Ruby's Massive Google+ Blogroll


A key concept of keeping communities intact or at least in contact is for prominent members to be readily findable.

Bryan Ruby has compiled a list of 189 significant contributors to Google+, with links to their blogs and (generally) Twitter feeds. That's posted to his own blog: "My Massive Google+ Blogroll".

I've filled in RSS/Atom feeds for all but a small handful of the entries (with a script -- I'm obsessive, but not that obsessive), and made that available in various formats:

* OPML -- this can be imported directly into most feed-readers.
* HTML -- for posting wherever.
* Markdown -- in case you like that sort of thing.

The entries have also been added to the #... show more


 
The Google+ Help community have removed me twice in the past two days

Just sayin'.

https://plus.google.com/104092656004159577193/posts/69MuFL4fDC1" target="_blank">https://web.archive.org/web/20190115145845/https://plus.google.com/104092656004159577193/posts/69MuFL4fDC1

#google #googlePlus #gplusrefugees #googlePlusHelpCommunity #badActors
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What Ails Google?


Rampant and largely uninformed speculation follows.

Seems to be a bit of an overshoot, but that's a possibility.

There's been speculation, some of it mine, that something large ails teh GOOG. What specifically that is or might be is hard to say.

How it is manifesting is somewhat clearer:

* Google+ is being shut down.
* The shutdown period was cut, without notice by 40%.
* Google employee morale seems sharply down.
* Google employee exits are noticeable, though whether or not they depart from trend is hard to say.
* Communications from Google particularly regarding the Google+ sunset, are all but nonexistent.
* Google are actively thwarting attempts by users (including myself) to share information about the G+ sunset.
* As are Google TC and PE volunteer moderators at the Google+ Help community.

And quite probably more.

We got problems


I'm thinking of the types of issues which might affect companies. These are numerous.

* R... show more


 

So, how big is all of Google+ Communities anyway?


Not how many communities (8 million and a skosh). Not how many actual users (a few tens of millions). But posts and text.

(I'm skipping the boring stuff like images, which blow things up a lot, but we can get to that later if you'd like.)

Suppose someone walked up to you and asked if you'd like a full copy of the Google+ Communities post archive. A few thoughts might occur to you, one being "where would I put that?"

I mean, Google, GOOGLE SCALE. Hyuuge!! Right?

Maybe ... not. At least by modern hardware standards

So, back in mid-December I sampled 36,000 randomly-selected G+ communities and got some information on them -- name, description, member count. And the ten most recent posts, along with the elapsed date range between the newest and oldest posts. So what does that give us?

First off, only 4,465 of the 36,000 communities had a full ten posts in their history. The others either never had more than 9 posts submitted, or had them purg... show more


 

Google shut down the Google+ Moderators Community six weeks ago and never bothered to tell anyone


I've been trying to reach out to G+ Communities especially over the course of the shutdown, a process I'd found frustrating. There are few mechanisms for directly contacting community moderators (unlike, say Reddits "message moderators" feature), and there are few forums for G+ Community owners and moderators to get and exchange information.

One of those is the Google+ Moderators community itself, the official Google channel for mods.

I've been posting and commenting there occasionally over the course of the shutdown particularly my statistical analyses of Community size and activity. There'd been little if any response.

I thought it was simply that moderators on Google+ are apathetic. It's not that.

Six weeks ago, without informing anyone, Google effectively shut down the forum. Posts are "HfR", held for review, and unless they're approved by a... show more


 

G+ Communities: Significant and Recent Activity


We're continuing to get a sense of G+ Communities and how many of these are significant, active, and have some sense of vitality.

One metric is to look by both size and recent activity.

G+ Public Communities with Recent Activity

Members Week Month
1,000 28,823 39,301
100 63,874 105,166
Members is the reported membership of the community on its Google+ landing page. Comparison is greater than or equals.

Recency is assessed as the sampling time minus the most recent post activity, both expressed as Unix timestamps (seconds from 1970-01-01:00:00:00). Week is activity within 86000 * 7 seconds, Month is activity within 86000 * 31 seconds. Comparison is less than or equals.

From previous analysis, it's likely that only 10-20%, generously, of these communities have substantive interaction between users, as opposed to other activity, including spam or link-drops. We have not investigate... show more


 

Plexodus 3 Month Status Update


I'm putting this update out a week early, mostly as things are moving swiftly and I've been busy.

Covered here:

* Make your final or interim future choices NOW and announce them.
* I switched recommendations for data export to the Friends+Me Google+ Exporter. It works, it's here, and it's proven.
* Think of moving this discussion off G+ in a month or two.
* Google API shutdown starts January 27, completes March 7.
* 127 days, or less, until Google+ is shut down.

Make your final or interim future choices NOW and announce them.


If you've been delaying making a decision on where to go after G+ is gone, you are now out of time. Make a decision NOW. I recommend picking a platform that is available now, that works now, and that addresses your needs, if not all your wants.

Pay attention to bones, not skin. Strong houses are build on solid foundations: established technology,... show more


 
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Signal Flare


In the event you've missed it, I'm Edward Morbius at Google+, and you can find my Forwarding Address post, listing this Diaspora profile, there.

Additionally, you can find all your Space Alien Cat needs served at:... show more


 
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G+ Communities Activity Analysis: It's the Posts, Stupid


Over the past few weeks I've been ploughing through a web-scraping pull of the landing pages of 36,000 randomly-selected G+ Communities conducted 20-21 Dec 2018. I've been seeking answers to a few questions:

* How many G+ Communities are there? (A: 8.1 million, growing at a net of about 1%/month.)
* How large are they? (A: For communities w/ >0 members: Median size 2, mean about 90, 95%ile: 113, 99%ile: 837)
* How many are recently active? (A: Observed: <1m: 1, <1h: 29, <1d: 164, <1w: 310, <1mo: 639, <6mo: 1286. Actual is ~223 * observed, so ~ 142,497 between 1 week and 1 month, a total of ~255,800 active within the past month.)
* How many G+ users are present and active? (A: Can't say.)
* What characteristics seem to distinguish active communities? (A: Comments)
* How do you find active communities? (A: See below.)

I'm still working with the data, but... show more


 
Become a Diaspora Contributor

Let us count the ways:

1 Diaspora needs you!
2 Become a Part of the diaspora* Community!
3 Ways to Get Involved
3.1 Get an account 
3.2 Report bugs 
3.3 Test reported bugs 
3.4 Run a Community Pod 
3.5 Donate to your Podmin or Developers 
3.6 Request new features 
3.7 Start Meetups 
3.8 Provide Translations 
3.9 Write tutorials and user guides 
3.10 Add to the Wiki 
3.11 Grassroots Community Projects 
3.12 More Ways to Get Involved: 
3.13 Spread the Word

From the Diaspora Foundation wiki.

#diaspora #getInvolved #plexodus #gplusrefugees #distributedWeb


 
Become a Diaspora Contributor

Let us count the ways:

1 Diaspora needs you!
2 Become a Part of the diaspora* Community!
3 Ways to Get Involved
3.1 Get an account 
3.2 Report bugs 
3.3 Test reported bugs 
3.4 Run a Community Pod 
3.5 Donate to your Podmin or Developers 
3.6 Request new features 
3.7 Start Meetups 
3.8 Provide Translations 
3.9 Write tutorials and user guides 
3.10 Add to the Wiki 
3.11 Grassroots Community Projects 
3.12 More Ways to Get Involved: 
3.13 Spread the Word

From the Diaspora Foundation wiki.

#diaspora #getInvolved #plexodus #gplusrefugees #distributedWeb


 
A somewhat polemic argument on why distributed social-media platforms are not just going to magically solve all that is wrong with the Internet, just by being distributed.

For those who are already here, the key message might be: "be nice to your podmins"

#plexodus #gplusrefugees #googleplus #socialMedia #privacy #fediverse #sarcasm


 

A Manhattan Project for Online Identity: NSTIC -- What is social media for?


"What is Social Media for" is a question I've been mulling over the past few months. And many of the answers don't sit well. I wonder if it's really worth all the bother.

Among the obvious contenders:

* Google+ was intended to combat Facebook's dominance of social media.
* Social media is an advertiser's wet dream.
* Users are drawn to social media because sharing content individually remains a Hard Problem. Storage, location, persistence, service, availability, bandwidth, access controls, ISP policies, durability, directory, discovery, security, administration, maintenance, tool selection, interoperability, archival, future-proofing, and more.
* Surveillance, monitoring, and coercion, by governments, employers, the powerful, activist groups, criminal organisations, and peers. Shoshanna Zuboff was right.
* And, as it turns out, the medium is tailor made for propaganda, misinformation, disinformation, and distraction.

All worth noting, and probably a book o... show more


 
Navigation by hashtags seems to work well after half an hour #newhere I have a GPlus Community of 1500 members and am wanting to move it somewhere (as well as a Collection of 90,000 followers and another of 10,000 followers). So exploring these posts for information #GooglePlus #GPlusRefugees
Sharing for advice from whomever...


 

Request for Clarifications from Google on the Google+ Shutdown


Originally posted by Gideon Rosenblatt to Google+.
I have developed a backchannel for getting feedback to the Google+ development team and am working with an informal team of volunteers to improve the flow of communications on Google+ shutdown priorities. This is the first public post regarding that process.

Our first priority -- and the focus of this post -- is getting clarification on a number of open issues having to do with the shutdown. Next up will be a focus on specific feature requests to improve Takeout and the resulting exported Google+ data. After that, we will turn to specific bugs that people are experiencing with Google+ Takeout data.

Your Feedback:


The Google Doc document linked to at the bottom of this post outlines a number of open questions for Google on the Google+ shutdown process as well as Google+ Takeout data. Please review it. If, after reading it, you have additio... show more


 

Google Data Takeout SWOT & BATNA


An assessment, based on the 71 days since the original Google+ sunset announcement, subsequent 40% reduction in the schedule, and virtual complete radio silence from Google on any and all aspects of this other than a modest revision to the Google Data Takeout documentation, and several (undocumented) updates to the GDT process and results.

Google appear to be in meltdown. The formerly silent project managers and director-level leads have doubled down, many times over. Helpful employees have departed the company, criticising loudly and publicly, whilst those that remain appear gagged. Community managers and there contacts have said little or nothing over 9+ weeks. Volunteer-based support channels are openly hostile to efforts, and show both an apparently unwarranted faith in Google's methods and tools and growing frustration with the firm. Other efforts to address users' and communities' very legitimate needs are met with a deafening silence, or complex dances which suck my own time, en... show more