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Meet the New Google+.

Almost two years ago Google+ launched with great fanfare as a Facebook killer. It was going to be the hottest thing in social media. Two years and three redesigns later it is still struggling to find a place in the crowded social-media sphere.

I like Google+ but I never use it. I use it less than Facebook, which is saying something because the only thing I post to Facebook comes from this blog via Twitter. I really want to love Google+, but the fact that there are no built in hooks to allow posts from other social networks kind of limits my use of it. I want a dedicated way to have what I post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Hipstamatic, Flickr, Tumblr and every other network show up in Google+ seamlessly. Without a third party browser extension, and without me having to copy and paste what I posted elsewhere in my Google+ feed.

Anyway, my micro rant is over. Below is a video showing the new layout for the redesigned Google+. Perhaps if Google is smart, they’ll listen to a growing number of people like myself, and open up the gate to their walled garden so it plays nice with the rest of the social world.

Video Infographs Presents “The World of Social Media 2011”.

If you keep up with social media stats, or if you are actively involved with it, none of this information is really new. The animated infographic from “Video Infographics” is nice though, and the data presented reinforces the power and impact Social Media sites have had on the world in the last 5 years.

WordPress and Trip Journal for the iPhone.

In three days, mother nature willing, I’m traveling to France for a much-needed vacation. While I’m there I’ll be updating the blog via my iPhone courtesy of two iPhone applications. WordPress for iPhone, and Trip Journal.

WordPress is pretty straight forward. You put in your account info, link to your blog and post. The application allows you to insert images, geo-tag your location, moderate comments, add categories, tags, and resize photos. Depending on your WordPress theme you can also preview your posts. My current theme is not supported in the preview mode, but this isn’t a big deal for me since I am going to use the app for quick updates during the trip. Single images with a quick blurb. The app is free and easy to use. I have noticed that it can be a bit buggy and tends to crash on occasion, but it’s not bad for a free blog editor, and it hooks directly into WordPress which is a big plus. The app is fast, even on the 3G network as opposed to WiFi. So look for posts starting Friday.

The wordpress UI for iPhone.

In addition to WordPress, I going to use another app to log my vacation and that app is Trip Journal. Trip Journal costs $1.99 and from what I can tell so far, it’s worth the cost.  The application has a great graphical interface, that is a visual representation of a classic trip binder. You can create new trip, or continue to update ones you have already created. Like WordPress, Trip Journal geo-tags your locations, allows you to insert photos, write notes, and track your path as you travel. In addition, it also allows you to Tweet your location, publish your trip to Facebook, and upload images and waypoint data to services like Flickr, Google Earth, Picassa, and Twitter.

The nice looking Trip Journal UI

So look for posts to the blog, Facebook, and Twitter from the trip. And… I keep flip-flopping on buying an iPad before the trip. If I do, I’ll be using it to post and I’ll have a review of how well that goes as well.

Design Friday. Photography by Irene Suchocki

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Last week I found the photography of Irene Suchocki by chance while looking up some information on Lens Baby systems for my EP1. After seeing a couple of her photos I jumped over to her Flickr stream and was absolutely blown away by her work. One of the things that I love about her stuff is the atmospheric qualities she manages to capture, and the faded dream like qualities that are represented in her work.

Canadian Irene Suchocki is a self-taught freelance photographer that uses a variety of styles and techniques, both in-camera and in her digital darkroom o achieve her signature look.

All of the shots are masterfully composed, and when I started looking into the additional information about her shots I noticed that a large portion of them are being shot on her Canon EOS 5D with a EF24-70mm f/2.8L or 200mm lens. She is managing to achieve the shallow depth of field and concentrated focus by carefully manipulating her aperture, and exposure settings.

According to her web site, “Faithfully capturing a scene is less important than finding that little bit of mystery, evoking a certain mood, or telling a story.”

Her work has appeared on numerous book covers, on television, and has been exhibited at the Sundance Film Festival.

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010

Irene Suchocki Photography © 2010