Curating your Google+ Circles for maximum enjoyment.

Author: Ryan Drewrey  |  Category: Blog

I am a big fan of Google+, I’ve been using it since it has come out, and I have tried a few different ways to keep my Circles in order. Let me share my newest way with you. I have already started seeing some good results.

I made these 4 Circles in addition to my other Circles . Everyone I am following can fall into one of these groups.

STEAK, CHEESEBURGER, HOT DOG, and 99¢ CHORIZO.

STEAK is pretty easy to describe. STEAK represents the best people in my stream – the funniest people whose posts I have to see. I make sure to check it every time I log into G+ so that I don’t miss anything. I keep this Circle small, so that I can check through 24-48 hours worth of posts in a few minutes.

CHEESEBURGER is my catch all. Just about everyone can fall into this group. I have this Circle set to show all the posts in my main stream. If you leave a funny comment or someone I know reshares your post, I will probably add you to this group. When I go to a new restaurant, I’ll give any Cheeseburger a chance, and that is what the CHEESEBURGER Circle represents.

HOT DOG is for people that I still want to follow, but I don’t need to hear from as often. I have this Circle set to show fewer posts in my main stream. Here is where it gets into the Circle management, if your posts are the 50th reposting of the same thing, you may go from CHEESEBURGER to HOT DOG. It is also pretty easy to redeem yourself back to CHEESEBURGER, I will browse this Circle if the stream is slow, and pick people to come back into the higher Circles.

99¢ CHORIZO is my penalty box. Have you ever picked up Chorizo from the 99¢ Store? DON’T!!! This Circle is for people that I am on the brink of unfollowing altogether or blocking. I used to have a no tollerance rule: you annoy me, you are blocked. But this is a more reasonable approach. Nothing from this circle goes to my main stream – and if you make an annoyance of yourself in comments, and I see you are already in this Circle, you are blocked.

I still have other Circles, like my Las Vegas Circle for locals, my IT/Tech circle for webmaster stuff – but I find that just because you got into my Circles based on a topic, you may post a majority of off topic things. I have not really found Circles based on posting topics to be useful enough.  People can be in many Circles (Hello Diaspora!) – so I don’t have to take people out of Circles to put them into these new ones. And I occasionally still post to certain circles still – but for me, Circles are all about reading lists and controlling how much I want certain posters to show up in my stream. This has been working well the last few weeks.

Give it a try, and see if your stream isn’t a little better because of it!

 

–Ryan

 

 

 

Chrome becomes the World’s #2 browser

Author: Ryan Drewrey  |  Category: Blog

 

I have been a fan of Chrome for years.

I used to use FireFox just about as soon as I knew it existed. I loved how much more robust it was compared to Internet Explorer. But after collecting and hoarding plugins and add-on, FireFox was getting a little sluggish.

When I learned about Chrome, I thought I would put it to a speed test. Chrome performed much faster on web searches, image and video streaming, and was much less likely to crash.

I missed several of my favorite FirfeFox add-ons, but Chrome extensions duplicated more than half of the functionality I had come to expect – and presently, every single thing I liked about FireFox has been imported. Several programmers make Chrome versions first before submitting them for FireFox.

Chrome developers also try their best to make sure that extensions do not slow down page load speed; something I wish FireFox programmers tried as hard to do. I do experience some bad extensions that crash pages; but thankfully, the way Chrome is designed, a page crash rarely effects other pages. Chrome also automatically updates, I am really annoyed that it seems like every time I open up FireFox, it needs to update the browser or several plugins. I have to wait quite a while just to use the internet, that is never a good thing.

Chrome’s all in one bar is fantastic! You can enter a URL or perform a search (with your choice of search engine, even!). Other browsers have since adopted this, and I think it was a great move forward for browsers in general.

I have adopted the habit of installing chrome onto just about every computer I come across. Every work computer, my families computers, even IT customer’s computers. When I need a browser – I like to use Chrome, and I think the user can also benefit from it. I would like to see another 200 million users by this time next year!

(image courtesy of http://goo.gl/bUbck)