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Everybody needs a “Who the hell?” circle in Google+…

…surely I can’t be the only one that has one!

You know the circle I mean, right? That special circle we create in our Google+ profile where we reserve a space for complete and utter strangers that won’t even so much as send you a post just to say “Hi” and give you a brief intro into who they are and why they follow you. AllGooglePlus guest blogger, Fernando Fonseca brought this up in one of his Google+ posts (which I can’t find right now so I haven’t linked to it…).

Okay, so you might not have one called  “Who the hell?” – it might be called “WTF“, or “Stream Spamming Mother F**kers” or even “Don’t ever click on this circle”

Tonight I decided to create my first “Who the hell?” circle and have started adding some Geeps (<—see what I did there?) in it which I a) have absolutely minus zero in common with me and b) who seem to just have circled me to boost their own “circumference” <—see what I did there again? Boom!

Go forth and create your “Who the hell?” circle while I have another sip of my Cabernet Sauvignon ;-)

#thatisall

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On Quora: “I already use Facebook and even Twitter. Why do I need Google+?”

On Quora: "I already use Facebook and even Twitter. Why do I need Google+?"

You should head on over to Quora and read this post: “I already use Facebook and even Twitter. Why do I need Google+?”

The question asked in more detail on the site is:

What are some things that Google+ will give me that Facebook (and Twitter) won’t? Is Google + a “new thing” or simply a different way of doing the same thing? – What type of contacts, information, content would I have access to with Google + that I don’t have with Facebook or Twitter today? Like, I’m in StumbleUpon – gives me something that Facebook or Twitter don’t. I’m in Quora, gives me something specialized (Q&A) that’s better than what Facebook does… but what is “the thing” about Google +? I just don’t get it.

It’s a good question to many right now, especially die hard fans of those “other” respected social networks (and people that haven’t as yet got access to Google+).

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googleCards – Google+ WordPress plugin for linking to your Google+ profile

googleCards - Google+ WordPress plugin for linking to your Google+ profile

If you’re looking for a simple WordPress plugin that adds a Google+ widget for linking directly to your Google+ profile, googleCards is exactly what you’re looking for.

Authored by mabujo, googleCards is described as:

googleCards is a google+ wordpress plugin. It adds a widget to your blog that will display a link to your google+ profile so people can add you to a circle (follow you). It also displays your name, profile picture and the number of people who have you in circles.

mabujo has put some thought into the development of this plugin as he has minimised the load time for this Google+ profile widget by caching your Google+ profile data. This is what he says:

The plugin uses caching to store your google plus profile data to eliminate checking google+ on every page load. For the caching to work, your web-server needs to be able to write to wp-content. (a lot of plugins require this so it should be fine). If the plugin cannot cache it will still work, but will store the data in the database instead. If caching is working you should see a file called plus_card.txt in /wp-content/cache/.

Ready to setup googleCards? Yes? Fabulous! Read on…

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Google+ Exodus shutdown by Facebook

Google+ Exodus shutdown by Facebook
Personally I find it quite amusing how Facebook has been scrambling over the last couple of weeks to shut down all apps which allow it’s users in defecting to the Google+ “dark side”. It’s crazy how Facebook have taken it upon themselves to decide what it is that users of its service can do with THEIR own data! What the Zuck is that all about mother Zuckers?

The latest casualty to experience Facebook-style sanctions is Google+ Exodus.

Jack Carter and Albert Nichols are the creators of Google+ Exodus, which was supposed to make your migration away from Facebook easier by alerting your Facebook friends, and which was inspired by Mohammed Mansour’s Facebook Friend Exporter and Open-Xchange’s ox.io service.

This is how Google+ Exodus described their service:

When you use Exodus, all of your friends with Facebook Email set up (the ones with profile URLs like “facebook.com/username”) will get an invite to Google+. It will appear in the “Other” subsection of the Messages page. It won’t bother them by showing up in the notifications bar. If more than one of your friends uses Exodus, the messages will appear in the same thread, rather than clogging your inbox.

Google+ Exodus claimed to have over 10,000 hits over one day which resulted in the closure of the door which allowed them access to your Facebook friends and alerting your friends of your Google+ profile.

Check out the message below which you’re greeted with when visiting the Google+ Exodus website:

"Facebook caught us." say Google+ Exodus

RIP Google+ Exodushowever, I have no doubt that there will be several similar services popping up on a weekly basis for the foreseeable future!

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Find people on Google+

Find people on Google+

Finding people to circle on Google+ has just gotten easier…

Find People on Plus offers an intuitive search index of all Google+ users. The really great thing about it is that it has searchable categories including relationship, gender, looking for, following, followers, occupation, on Twitter, on Facebook, country, city, etc, etc.

What are you waiting for? Go make your Circles bigger…

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