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Future Google – Onstage at TED2014, Charlie Rose interviews Google CEO Larry Page about his far-off vision for the company.

Via TED

It includes aerial bikeways and internet balloons … and then it gets even more interesting, as Page talks through the company’s recent acquisition of Deep Mind, an AI that is learning some surprising things.

One of the many interesting things that Larry Page talked about was the notion of not doing incremental change – but instead going for change on the order of magnitude.

Meaning not fiddeling around with details but rather go for the big, visionary changes that might require to kill Your darlings in order to give room for something new and better. Examples of that are the driverless car or the balloons that might provide internet access to underserved areas ie. poor areas of the world. These are the so called “moonshot” projects that the Google X lab are so famous for. Another word for this is “skunk project” – a project and/or team that is “protected” from the rest of the organization and given freedom and resources to work on “crazy” projects that might – or might not work out.

There is no accident that Tesla and Elon Musk are mentioned as examples of people and organizations that actually makes a change. You might have heard of Elon Musks Hyperloop – a blueprint to connect LA and San Franscisco  at speeds approaching

.. or his vision of colonizing Mars  - to “back up” humanity so to speak.

These are all grandiose – and ultimately necessary dreams.

 

Embed G+ posts

Google+ has just rolled out another little trick that further integrates G+ into Your everyday web experience. It’s now possible to embed g+ posts into Your website or blog simply by copy-paste some html code. Take a look below for more info – which of course – was embedded from Google+
The embedded content retains all the interactivity which means that comments, for example, gets updated as they come along.


Using G+ community as a collaborative tool

G+ hangouts collaborative tool

G+ hangouts as a collaborative tool? Will that work ?
I’m off to Stockholm and a fashion photography workshop with 24 students at Fotoskolan STHLM. In order to collaborate quickly and effectively with such a large group of people I thought I would give the G+ community feature a go as a focal point for this project. My idea is to totally ban any emails and instead rely on G+ Hangouts, notes and comments on the G+ community page (plus the occational tweet) and hopefully increase the speed and efficiency of our collaboration.

Since I find myself involved in larger and more complex projects recently I have become very interested in finding smart and effective solutions with extremely low “pain thresholds” to enter. There are a bunch of really nifty and powerful corporate tools out there and if You have the time and firepower to implement a workflow across the board in an organization they probably come in very handy. But if You like me work with different people all the time, with various skills, experiences and mindsets You need to find tools that “just work” without any friction.

Scott Belsky, founder of the Behance Network is constantly talking about the need to reduce everyday friction in order to Making Ideas Happen, which is also the title of his  book that I enjoyed reading recently.

Here is the G+ Community Page I created especially for this project

Have any of You experience in abandoning email for other collaborative tools ?
Please let me know in the comment section.

1000 followers on Google+ – Is Google beating Facebook?

There has been much talk about Google+ being a “ghost town” but in my experience that is absolute not the case. Today I  reached 1000 followers on Google+, after being present on that platform for just a few short months. In comparison I’m on 959 followers on my Facebook page after about 3 years there…

In terms of quality there is absolutely no comparison, Google+ rules!  I have even stopped looking at my Facebook stream since I very seldom find useful stuff there.

My 1000th. follower -on Facebook or Google+ ?

I admit that I do spend a lot of time on-line on various social media platforms and I also do admit that I cannot really defend the time and effort that goeas inta all of this blogging and tweeeting. Generally speaking You should always measure the ROI (return on investement) but being such a small player I have to intuitively gauge if something makes sense or not. I tend to jump onto everything-and-anything new and shine and if it sticks -Well, then it sticks! If not, I simply let it fall by the wayside.

Have I made money by investing my time in all this ? Not sure… However I do see an increased and definite interest from people that I have no “natural” relationship to. That is surely an effect of my investment in Social Media.

Now, should I go with Facebook or Google+ some of my friends ask me and I usually tell them to do both. Google+ is still coming on very strong and as I write I’m very curious to see on which network I will first hit 1000 followers!

Keep in mind that I have had a Facebook page for several years but the age of my G+ account is measured in months… The current status :

Per Zennstrom Photography / Facebook page: 953

Per Zennstrom on Google+: 816

My top 15 digital resources & tools for photographers.

I thought I should put together a curated post of my favorite digital resources and how I use them in my workflow.

PhotoShelterMy principal website is a PhotoShelter website and there are so many great things to say about them but within this limited format and apart from the obvious quality of their offering I’d like to highlight their unwavering commitment to publish great articles on a variety of photo related topics and their engagement to educate us photographers. I  recommend You to start by checking out all the free reports and tools here

Behance NetworkThe world’s largest Creative Network with an amazing array of valuable add-ons… Publisher of the Creators Project dedicated to the celebration of creativity, culture and technology. The Creators Project Blog is probably the best blog on art & technology in my opinion. My secondary site is built on the Behance framework.

Glossom Network Creative Network runner up who recently has proven that they mean business… A bit more analogue and less “techie”  than Behance with several really great blogs covering photography, design, fashion… You name it.

HubSpot Stop pushing & Start attracting. Stop interrupting & Start engaging… HubSpot publishes a never ending stream of super valuable content covering marketing and SEO. They also offer You a number of great tools, start with their free  Marketing Grader and check out their free reports and goodies here. I have learned a lot from their reports and I read their RSS feed everyday…

Google+ … and all other G products with an honorary mention to Google Reader and HangOut. I’m seriously feeling warm and fuzzy about all the great tools Google offers us – for free !!! Google+ is much better than Facebook, I actually read my stream on G+ which is not the case on FB.

HootSuite - Manage multiple social media channels and become effective… Free tool – or pay for a premium offer… You choose. HootSuite lets You manage all Your social channels from one place, = effectiveness.

Twitter -  Meet and engage with new people… Anyone looking for a “bare bones” social media presence need to include twitter, it’s that important in my opinion.

Facebook Page 800 million users and 1 out of 6 online minutes is spent here… Even though G+ has stolen the thunder lately I believe You need to have a Facebook presence as well…

LinkedIn – professsional contacts… Some argue that LinkeIn is the network to use if You’re looking for professional contacts and ROI. I maintain a pretty solid presence on linkeIn and I have even created my own group.

Google Analytics - Free, absolutely indispensible tool to understand what’s going on and if Your digital strategy is actually working out !

WordPress Blog – blog the right way… This blog is built on WordPress !

Pinterest – the new hot kid on the block… Supposedly driving massive traffic back to You… I haven’t really seen that yet but some users report that Pinterest drives more traffic than Twitter and Facebook together !!!

YouTube Since I do produce a fair amount of moving image I need to be on both YouTube and Vimeo

VimeoSince I do produce a fair amount of moving image I need to be on both Vimeo and YouTube

Tumblr – hip, young and fashion centric.. For me, as a fashion photographer, a very important resource.

… oh, by the way… The word-cloud was created using the free Wordle tool

Google Doodle celebrating Eadweard J. Muybridges 142nd. birthday.

Eadweard Muybridge

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Google celebrates his 142nd. birtday by animating their Google Doodle in his honor, see it in motion here 

Eadweard J. Muybridge 9 April 1830 – 8 May 1904) was an English photographer who spent much of his working life in the United States. He is known for his pioneering work on animal locomotion in 1877 and 1878, which used multiple cameras to capture motion, and his zoopraxiscope, a device for projecting motion pictures that pre-dated the flexible perforated film strip.[1] He went on to make many studies of animals and humans in motion.