Women of Google+ : Gabi Helfert

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Gabi HelfertFeatured G+’er : Gabi Helfert

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I learned about Google+ in the news, posted a call on my Facebook profile three days after launch, and a friend came to help and invited me.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

I love the concept of circles. It gives you better control over your privacy, and we can all be connected on different levels – from very tight to very loose – just like in real life. Even though being one of Facebook’s heavy users, I have been having issues since its launch – not only in terms of privacy, but also regarding all the spammy apps and the mostly useless ads. Google+ is much more transparent, and so far refreshingly sparse and pretty.

As compared to Twitter, I love that there is no character restriction. Twitter, for me, is more a link broadcasting service than something which you can really use to communicate with people. Google+ lets you share links, like on Twitter and Facebook, but you can also write a whole story in your message window.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

I work part-time as a sustainability project manager for a university, and part time as photographer and artist. Google+ helps me connect with people who share the same interests, even though we’re not friends in real life, without having to share all my private stuff with them. At the same time, it allows me to be close to my friends who are spread out all over the world. The concept of Hangouts is very useful in that respect too, for meetings in a business context, but also for private gatherings.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

By posting links to my blog on Google+, I have increased traffic by 30% within a week.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” ~ Robert Heinlein

MA Psychology, PhD Management, proficient in German, English, and Dutch, photo shows in Europe and the US, published a range of books, and is making progress in saving the planet.

  • http://gabihelfert.com/ (Portfolio)
  • http://bluetwothree.blogspot.com/ (Daily blog)
  • http://www.flickr.com/people/cybergabi/ (Flickr)
  • http://twitter.com/cybergabi (Twitter)
  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/ghelfert (LinkedIn)
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Women of Google+ : Samantha Villenave

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Samantha VillenaveFeatured G+’er : Samantha Villenave

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

An artist friend invited me.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

Google plus is making it even easier for me to keep up with the work of other artists I have enjoyed following via other social media networks. I also use it to communicate happenings in my studio, painting progress, announcing shows…

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

It’s a great tool to communicate in real time with those that are interested in my art, and a great way for me to keep up with what is going on in the art world without having to spend hours trawling other sources, news and blogs. Following artists whose interests are closely linked to mine brings the information I need right into my feed.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

Yesterday, I announced via google+ (in my public stream) how I was gong to be spending my day. I am juggling being present at two different shows at the moment. So about an hour before going to one of them, I just said something along the lines of, hey, I’m going to be in _____ from 10am to 1pm today, and at my other show in ______ from 2/30 pm to 6. (Shared to my public feed, of course.)

A gallery owner, who happened to be on vacation in my corner of the world, saw that in my public stream and stopped by one of my shows, and purchased a drawing.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

Samantha Villenave – visual artist

I was born and spent my early childhood in Alaska, and then in Texas. I have lived in Switzerland, The Netherlands, and India. In 2002, I moved to the Ardèche region of southern France, where I have since lived and worked.

I create art in order to fill the space that I do not know how to describe with words. Creating art is a silent conversation that the world and present moment engage in, and I open myself to participate in their dialogue. I seek to translate the emotion that the world provokes with me.

I work in oil, watercolor, pen, charcoal, and other media. I practice figure drawing from the live model.

http://samanthavillenave.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samantha-Villenave-visual-artist/197096496994368
Twitter svillenave_art

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Women of Google+ : Ardith Goodwin

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Ardith GoodwinFeatured G+’er : Ardith Goodwin

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

A friend began posting on Facebook that he had invites when they first came out, so of course, I asked for one. It took me 4 days, but finally got in.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

Great Question! Compared to the other social networks, Google+ has given me a place to not only connect with friends, but meet new people in specific industries such as artists, the tech world, and writers. The amount and depth of conversations here far surpass any that I have seen, and that has been refreshing. I am not only intellectually stimulated, but love how Google + integrates it’s other services into the Chrome browser as well. For me, it combines Twitter, Blogger, FB, and LinkedIn all in one place. Pretty brilliant I would say.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

I am an artist and writer, but also disabled. Google+ has given my art exposure to a brand new set of eyes, and connected me with other artists across the globe. Though I had that with other services, I never had the feedback and interaction that I have found here. I have also found the members warm and welcoming. The challenge with disabilities is that often, in person, there is a bias towards those of us who are challenged. I find none of that here, I feel I am an equal, and that means the world to me!

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

Never in a million years did I think I would be in a position to actually give feedback to the powers that be at Google, and actually be HEARD. My hat is off to the developers and directors at Google+ for being open to the public, open to dialogue and criticism, but also putting the needs of the consumer as high as the need for revenue. I totally applaud that effort!

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I am not the typical artist, writer, professional. Over the course of the last 10 years, I have had to undergo over 18 surgeries, live with chronic pain, and go on disability. Despite that, my story is one of optimism, because I believe no physical challenge can defeat my spirit, my dreams, or my faith. In sharing my story and my journey, I have connected with so many that walk the same path everyday. It is in these connections that I find grace, and know that I am an ordinary person living and extraordinary life.

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Women of Google+ : Asma Otaibi

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Asma OtaibiFeatured G+’er : Asma Otaibi

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

Through a Twitter Friend.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

Everything is more linked with the internet & all the billion services we already use from google, I think it’s a great way to finally collect all of our things under one big site.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

Just like all of the other social networks , although i feel more encouraged now more than ever to socialize more & get to know all of the techs & specs in a little more detail.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I’m a Digital Artist/Painter & I just love the wonderful world of visual arts , added to that I am interested in sociology & the interesting trends of social media.  You can take a look at my work here.

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