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Wednesday
Sep142011

Recommended Users Spotlight: Andrea Kuszewski

+Andrea Kuszewski (scientist)

 

 

I almost don't know where to start...

almost.

I call Andrea a scientist because that's what she is... and if I tried to fit all of the other things she is into that semi-parenthetical aside, it would get a little ridiculous.

Andrea, for lack of a better term, is a Renaissance woman. If you go to her links on her about page - and you start to go through all of the things she does - you sort of wonder how she has time to have a pretty awesome publicly curated G+ profile. On Andrea's many bios - you'll see that she is a part of many organizations that have names which probably on make sense to those in the higher-sphere of various sciences that focus on the activities of the brain. This might be something you expect from a scientist - that is; being active in their field. However, you'll also notice that Andrea has a couple of other thematic threads that weave in and out of her various digital/public outlets. Those threads are a passion for art and maybe even more importantly the desire to help those in need with her (many) talents. She shares these passions and related experiences --

In one of her comments she wrote:

The MIT Museum was one of my favorite places in Boston to go. One of my young clients used to beg me to take him there (10-year-old w/ Aspergers), so every so often, as a treat, we'd take the train to MIT and hang out at the campus bookstore and go to the museum. He told me he wanted to go to school at MIT and was determined to get there...I'd never been more proud of a little kid before. :) #nerdintraining

On G+, Andrea's stream is filled with quirky links to various artistic endeavors (how about an article about classic album covers made from legos) to scientific exploratory pieces (a video explaining how a socio-path sees the world of relationships).

Maybe even more importantly is her interactions with other posts... and by being an influential part of other communities as well as her own. Andrea's responses and comments are often mini-posts deserving of their own space on Andrea's stream.

Look at all of this cool stuff! I'm not even sure what some of it means!

Since Andrea does some stuff that I'm pretty sure I couldn't begin to comprehend. I suggest you ask her if you have any questions about... neurons... and mm... synapse stuff... brains...

One of the nice things about the articles Andrea posts is that you can tell they are meant for those who aren't necessarily attuned to the scientific lingo... you might be outside of the scientific community... and if you're not sure what's going on - ask! She's quick to respond.

I told Andrea I was sponsoring her this week and asked if she wanted to promote anything. Here is what she is up to right now:

Just recently, myself and a group of 5 scientists and science communicators have formed a sci-comm rapid response/crisis team of sorts, called SCOPE (Science Communications Outreach Programs & Education). We are in the middle-end of our first project, a video having to do with why evolution should be taught in schools, and what it means to scientists on a personal level. The video will be presented in NYC at the same time we officially announce our collaborative sci-comm organization, probably late November.

There ya have it! Andrea does post frequently, so make sure you do what you need to do to control that when she hits your streams - I have a feeling you won't want to shut her content off though.

Do You Know Someone Who Deserves to be in the Spotlight?

Please let us know if you have someone you think should be featured in the Recommended Users Spotlight Series! Contact +Ryan CroweIn your message - please include an introduction to your recommended user (please do not nominate yourself) and detail what they contribute to the G+ community. 

Ryan Crowe is the man formerly behind GPlusTips and co-founder of Sociologyplus.com - a site dedicated to examining culture and social interaction on Google+ that will be launching soon. He also was featured in our"People's Choice" circle . Ryan also contributes to PlusCrunch.com, and googleplus.wonderhowto.com

 

Wednesday
Sep072011

Recommended Users Spotlight: M Sinclair Stevens

+M Sinclair Stevens (intellectual)

A little backstory:

I've been lucky to be able to interact with many new users in my time on G+. Invariably, the conversation turns to how to create content... one of the many questions I get is: "Who do you read?" or even another version of that same question, "Who are your favorite users?". There are a lot of fantastic users who do a lot of great things. I find my inspiration for blogs and conversation topics from everywhere; the community is fantastic. 

I tend to split the G+ users whom I follow into a few different groups (I still need to find a place for everyone!). One of the groups I have is the "Intellectuals" group. These are people who have what I consider to be producers of rich, intellectual content - if I have writer's block - this is my go to Circle for post ideas.

M's unique perspective is reflected in his well-curated content library...

M Sinclair Stevens has been Following me, and I Following him since my GPlusTips profile days (listen to me talk about these days as if they were apart of some sort of pre-historical time out of mind - it was early July, let's be honest here). He was responsible for some of my earliest interactions that extended beyond my posting tips and his interactions encouraged me to be more than just a content aggregator. M, as I'll call him, has been very busy -- and if you check out the About page of his Profile, you'll see that M has an extensive collection of articles on Content Sharing (Inflow and Outflow as he calls it), Circles and Social Networking, the Google+ identity issue and how it relates to your profile, and Netiquette.

Basically, M has a book here.



 

He has over 20 essays assigned to different topics. His collection of essays, I would say, are essential to the enterprising Google+ user. They are advanced in their scope and a useful read for all G+ users. Fortuitously, his Netiquette section contains useful advice for all realms of social media interaction.

The M Sinclair Stevens Micro-Community

First, I want to define what I mean when I say "micro-community". Micro-community, in this context, is the community that is built around an individual user or specific topic. People in these communities are not solely tied to this user or topic, but are consistent interactors with the aforementioned user or topic.

The people of M's micro-community add an incredible level of depth to the original post and often yield a discussion worthy of another post entirely! Why? Well - M doesn't just let the conversation happen and he watches with a discerning eye, but is an active part of that conversation -- maybe the most active part of that conversation -- this may seem like an obvious thing to do... be involved in your own post, that is... but I've seen a lot of big name users just let the conversation happen without them. They post an idea and they say, "K, talk" and then they leave and don't make a reappearance.

What he lacks is an audience...

This may seem to be a contradiction because the previous section specifically talked about M's audience. Well, the things that M shares, I believe, are worthy of mass attention. His commentary is valuable not only in its scope (as mentioned) but also because of his ability to pinpoint the subtleties of any issue - the ones that usually get glossed over (I feel) in those larger conversations. 

That's why I chose M for this week's spotlight. He needs more eyes on his work. He needs to be read.

 

Do You Know Someone Who Deserves to be in the Spotlight?

Please let us know if you have someone you think should be featured in the Recommended Users Spotlight Series! Contact +Ryan CroweIn your message - please include an introduction to your recommended user (please do not nominate yourself) and detail what they contribute to the G+ community. 

Ryan Crowe is the man formerly behind GPlusTips and co-founder of Sociologyplus.com - a site dedicated to examining culture and social interaction on Google+ that will be launching soon. He also was featured in our"People's Choice" circle . Ryan also contributes to PlusCrunch.com, and googleplus.wonderhowto.com

 

 

 

Wednesday
Aug312011

Recommended Users Spotlight: Cliff Roth

Before  We Get Started...

Hello Recommended Users community, I'm +Ryan Crowe. Before I introduce you to +Cliff Roth, I'd like to make some comments about the purpose behind what we hope is a long and useful series of posts that we call the Recommended Users Spotlight series.

Recently, +Alireza Yavari  (founder of Recommended Users) ran a survey on G+ in order to find who the G+ users who interacted with that survey thought were the users who posted the "most interesting and valuable content on Google Plus". The results were posted and while helpful to many, some remarked that the users who populated that list were already well-known. There came the suggestion that Alireza run a survey in order to find users who were not as well Followed - but who were still posting incredibly interesting and valuable content. As of the time this post is being written - that follow-up survey is currently being implemented.

The Spotlight series is being written in order to act as a sort of on-going supplement to that follow-up survey. The way that I am approaching the writing of this series is by going out into the G+ community and finding users who I believe are contributing "interesting and valuable" content and introducing them to the community. It's a pretty simple idea and action - one that I believe is important. Clearly, I won't be able to highlight every "interesting/valuable" content producing user on Google+ in a weekly blog series - and what I consider "interesting and valuable" will not resonate the same in every user. So, please, endeavor to find users on your own and spotlight them. Share their work. +1. Support and encourage them to continue. Without further ado:

+Cliff Roth (artist)

Cliff is a visual artist. He says of himself that he is "an artist with a focus on digital painting, though I also work in graphite, charcoal and colored pencil. Occasionally I dabble in traditional paints/sculpture and any other media I can get my hands on."

Cliff's "shtick" is that he did 30 minute speedpaint portraits and allowed people to watch their portrait being digitally painted live in Hangouts.  I was lucky enough to find Cliff early one morning, around 4:30am, in a Hangout by himself. I had seen some of his amazing Hangout portraits and wanted one of my own. Watching Cliff's artistic talent manifest itself on my screen was truly one of the more incredible experiences I have had on Google+. In mere minutes I saw my face forming, my eyes appear, my goofy smirk... my pathetic chin stubble.

While Cliff was turning me into a digital painting, I delved deep into his G+ photo library and was surprised to find some of my favorite celebrities and even other familiar G+ faces staring back at me. The startling amount of detail put into these pieces that were done in a mere 30 minutes is fantastic - true talent...

...and he does it for free and for fun!

Cliff has other projects that he is working on in addition to the Speedpaint Hangouts:

One is on FB which entails Speedpainting Pets that were rescued from shelters. Which was inspired by a friends post. He is eventuallly going to self-publish a book with each animal's story as well as the painting - the project is currently in early development.
 
Another is an artbook Hellhippo and Other Denizens of the Dark Dimensions it will be filled with paintings of animals that are typically cute and cuddly only his will be "decidedly darker".
He is also working on a children's book A Valentine for Santa that he wrote several years ago but has been shelved for editing/illustrating. He plans on revisiting this project in the not too distant future.

 

Cliff's speedpaint of me:


Do you know someone who deserves to be in the Spotlight?

Please let us know if you have someone you think should be featured in the Recommended Users Spotlight Series! Contact +Ryan Crowe. In your message - please include an introduction to your recommended user (please do not nominate yourself) and detail what they contribute to the G+ community. 

Ryan Crowe is the man formerly behind GPlusTips and co-founder of Sociologyplus.com - a site dedicated to examining culture and social interaction on Google+ that will be launching soon. He also was featured in our"People's Choice" circle . Ryan also contributes to PlusCrunch.com, and googleplus.wonderhowto.com