Women of Google+ : Marissa Bauer

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+ : Marissa BauerFeatured G+’er : Marissa Bauer

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I was invited to Google+ buy a gaming friend of mine. I’ve been in the world of on line gaming for about 9+ years and have been gaming w/this friend for about the past 7 of those years. As soon as I found out someone I knew was in Google+ beta I needed in! He was kind enough to help me. :)

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

Being able to use Google+ has been great. It has replaced my other social medias completely and I have everything I want in one. I use Google for Gmail, documents, calendar, and now to connect with people. I also like that the people of Google have gotten so many things right. There is a chat system that works smoothly, you don’t have a ridiculously small character limit on posts you want to make, and the privacy options are wonderful. I can share things with friends and family that I may not want to share with co-workers. And if that isn’t enough to sell you on Google+, let me add Hangouts to the list! 10 people video chat. I could go on about Google+ with all of its wonderful features and it’s still only in beta! That right there is a sign of a game changer when it comes to social medias.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

Google+ is a great place to network with new, amazing people. I find that it’s unlike Twitter and Facebook. People here actually have intellectual conversations. Its refreshing. Yes you still have silly pictures and videos being posted (I’m guilty of this) but even those strike up a discussion. It’s not just a wall full of mindless game invites or tweets about shopping at a mall. People post and start meaningful conversations. It’s been a while since I’ve seen that happen. Like I said, its refreshing.

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

I love following people on Google+! I have met so many wonderful people :)

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

Wife, Gamer, Geek…that pretty much sums me up!

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Women of Google+ : Caron Levy

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+ : Caron LevyFeatured G+’er : Caron Levy

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

Invited through EmpireAvenue – Lynda Giddens (thank you Lynda!!!)

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

After being on G+ daily over the past two weeks what impresses me most is the amazing, helpful and brilliant people that are posting every day. Not only that, but the knowledge exchange is done pretty much without expectations from the sharer – and that is refreshing.

It feels to me as if with G+ the social networking phenom has come full circle (pun most definitely intended) and its like the early days of internet social activity like IRC and the very early chat sites.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

We need to be connected and engaged in today’s world. We all have such crowded lives and its hard to take out time out for communications. Even with my husband we often communicate throughout the day via text, email or G+ posts.

Again, the Circles are terrific in allowing me to separate those I want to interact with professionally (Project Managers), those whose opinions Iam interested in, my friends and family, and my fellow LA Kings fans.

I have recently launched my own Company and it remains to be seen how I will actually use G+ for business ( I hope to get into the field trial!)

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

I never really thought of myself as an avid social networker – in fact on Facebook my friends are actual friends and family that I interact with both online and offline. In G+ I found so many interesting people so I ended up following and adding to my Circles like crazy – I am loving the information flow so far.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

Things about me, randomly categorized and in no particular order:

Professional:

  • I am passionate about all things Project Management.
  • I have recently written and developed a software tool for project managers and am currently in the insane process of switching hats from coding too many hours a day in a small cave to emerging into the bright glaring lights of launching and marketing – and getting the word out to people about my amazing product – you know how it goes.
  • I consult for small business on Project preparation and business analysis.
  • I began my career as an Accountant which was a very respectable choice, but I kept getting distracted by all things shiny and techy and morphed into doing that more, focusing on process improvements, ERP and Finance software implementations ñ and from that discovered that Project Management was way more fun than doing budgets and variance analysis.
  • I blog, infrequently and badly on random Project Management related thoughts. My hope is that like bike riding, it will improve with practice.

UnProfessional:

  • I like hockey and beer. Often together, but that is not essential. The LA Kings are the best team in the NHL in my expert opinion :) I go to a LOT of games during the season, and as a consequence drink a lot of beer during the season!
  • I am a geek. Really. Not in a trendy, hip way. I still recall bits of BASIC which I used to write my first ever (totally lame card game now that I think of it) program on a computer whose name I do not recall but it was basically a cassette tape recorder dealio that plugged into a televisionÖomg now I feel old. I also watched Dr Who ñ the original, first time around. I own a soldering iron and my own set of tools which are a pretty pink. Yep, geek.
  • I love science, science fiction, fantasy fiction and reading. Due to space considerations I did move from paper to a nook, much easier and no more emergency dashes to Ikea for shelves.
  • I still play video games. Guildwars and Rockband mostly. In consideration to my neighbors, I do close the windows when I sing, its only polite I think.
  • I have bungy jumped.
  • I try to play bass and guitar – both left handed while my hubby patiently drums (he is the real musician in the family) – sometimes this annoys one neighbor, I think they don’t like music.
  • I know bits and pieces of various languages – French, Italian, HTML, PHP, C+ – all the popular ones, but no Mac. I need to learn some Mac. When I have time.
  • I cook and like it, which is not really PC for a girl to admit to these days ñ weird. I love entertaining and a great night is having people over for good food, good wine and great conversation.
  • I can also sew, knit and crochet although I donít have time much for that kind of thing.
  • I am Australian from Melbourne, but now live in Los Angeles, CA. I have been here for 12 years. My mum says I am losing my accent now, my American friends think my accent is cute ñ I donít know who is right.
  • I always say please and thank you. Always.

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Women of Google+ : Selene Morrow

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+ : Selene MorrowFeatured G+’er : Selene Morrow

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I have many friends in the social media industry, so I received an invite very quickly.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

In a lot of ways, the Google+ platform makes it easier to behave and interact in a truly social manner. Some of the mechanisms and design philosophies of Facebook are actually quite limiting to social interaction, and Google+ seems to be addressing those issues in a more efficient way, based on what I can deduce from these first experiences. The manner in which information is disseminated across the Google+ network also makes it easier to get your message out there – even though some issues (e.g. related to being “fed” many redundant posts) are still in need of improvements.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

I’m the executive director of a major translation agency (Language Swappers) as well as the CEO of a game production company (Holodreams). I estimate that Google+ will be very useful in both of these roles. While I obviously still need some more time to know exactly how it will all come together, I’m confident that the innovative circle system of Google+ will be extremely helpful when it comes to organizing all my contacts. Several thousands of people on Google+ have already put me in their circles, and I’m following a few thousand myself, so having an efficient (as well as confidential) way to sort all these individuals is extremely useful.

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

Obviously, my experiences so far are limited to this initial trial period, so that may reflect my perception. However, I have to say that in the short time I’ve used Google+ I’ve already come into contact with a huge number of useful connections, particularly in the social media industry. It’s not very surprising that this would be the most common profession on Google+ at the moment, but nonetheless, these few weeks have proven very valuable to me in terms of networking. As to why more women don’t use Google+, I’m sure there are a number of factors at play here that one can point to as the cause, but in either event, I hope that balance changes soon!

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I’m an entrepreneur and producer in the Texas area. I work as the executive director of Language Swappers translation agency, while simultaneously acting as the CEO and main game designer for Holodreams game company.

I’m originally a lawyer, as well as a PhD researcher in Law and Linguistics. In addition, I have a background as a classical concert pianist, and also dabble quite a bit in programming. A pretty diverse background, but one that has been very helpful to me when it comes to interdisciplinary initiatives and honing an ability to find synergistic benefits across various fields and projects.

Today, I could probably best describe myself as an entrepreneur and a producer. I work as the executive director of a major translation company by the name of Language Swappers, while simultaneously acting as the CEO and main game designer for a game company called Holodreams.

In addition, I’ve recently embarked on a groundbreaking new venture involving a media production company by the name of Unireach Media. I co-founded this company with a good friend of mine, actor/musician/producer Ben Bledsoe. As we both have extensive and diverse experience in the field of media production, we’ve managed to put together a team of extremely qualified individuals who were all very eager to join us on this venture. We have a studio in Hollywood, where we work with some of the best actors in the industry, and our sound engineers have been awarded multiple gold records. This coupled with our expertise in the field of translation and localization means that we can offer perfectly packaged solutions to any media-related needs – such as voice-overs, dubs, music and video production, subtitling, copywriting, as well as logo, font and web design. Thus the name “Unireach Media”, which refers to our aim of unifying a multitude of media solutions, in order to act as a “one-stop shop” for the media production needs of businesses both large and small, both national and international. We’ve already received considerable attention from companies eager to join our growing list of clients, and we’re also working on a line of services targeted towards individuals. Considering the relative scarcity of female producers in the media world, particularly from a global perspective, I’m especially thrilled to be participating in this kind of enterprise. It’s all very exciting.

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Women of Google+ : Christina Kelly

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+ : Christina KellyFeatured G+’er : Christina Kelly

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I was invited by a Googler I know in the original invite cycle.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

Google+ is a platform that is very user-focused and I think it’s a model for the kind of developer-client interactions that would be ideal for this space. I appreciate the way G+ builds on top of Google’s suite of powerful, user-focused tools and integrates them in a way that feels natural to me. The willingness of the G+ developers to embrace community feedback and respond in innovative ways is also delightful to me as someone who works in the user experience field (see also my particularly interesting story).

In comparison to Facebook, G+ makes me feel less pressured to serve the needs of the social graph itself and more free to be who I want to be in the context of online networking. I was an early adopter of Facebook (joined in 2005) and have worked at social game development companies for a little while, so I’m very familiar with the platform from a user’s perspective as well as a developer’s perspective. Facebook is very much about promoting Facebook and increasing the site’s value, which is natural considering that it’s the company’s only product. Google, on the other hand, has many products and doesn’t even need to monetize G+ (yet) to continue supporting itself as a company. That makes for a much more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, as well as a development perspective focused on exploration, feedback, and improvement rather than maximizing value.

The bottom line is that I need a social networking platform in my life to function as an individual in the internet age, and G+ appears to be able to fill that need more naturally and comfortably than Facebook or LinkedIn. It’s like going from renting an apartment to living in a house – there’s more room to be yourself and less pressure to conform to certain behavioral norms and rules.}

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

Dedicated with affection to the wonderful Google+ team.

From Backstage to the Spotlight: Google Employees on Google+

[Some disclaimers and information: I specialize in community management for online games and the company I currently work for recently received a significant investment from Google Ventures. Also, my boyfriend works at Google.]

This article all started with a public Google+ post by +Kelly Ellis, a software engineer at Google who works on Google+. She posted a short video update in the morning of July 1st describing some changes that the Google+ team would be making to their product over the long weekend. The leafy, sundappled background behind Ms. Ellis and her professional-yet-relaxed demeanor exemplified the Silicon Valley ease amidst unthinkably advanced technology. It’s like she’s just chatting with you over lunch about the project she’s working on – never mind that it’s the latest brainchild of the most cutting edge software company on Earth. 8 hours later, the video post had 1000 shares and almost 300 comments. Needless to say, a lot of people started following Ellis for future updates on the development of Google+, including me.

That wasn’t the interesting post, though. What fascinated me was a series of interactions that followed when Ellis posted to the public once more, in a more personal and frivolous tone (although notably still G+ related): “I’m going camping this weekend and I’m actually worried about being in the wilderness without a connection and separated from Google+…I’m addicted!” Amidst the many who were also excited about a) the holiday weekend and b) Google+, one less-than-positive comment stood out:

To read the full article, please visit Christina’s site.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I am a social gaming industry professional who works primarily in community management and user experience. I work at Kabam, Inc. as a Player Experience Lead and Community Manager for one of their upcoming massively multiplayer strategy games. I have also been involved in the international competitive/professional StarCraft gaming community since 2008 as a journalist, entrepreneur, promoter, tournament admin, game commentator, and more. I graduated from Harvard in 2009 and moved out to the Bay Area shortly thereafter to work in the gaming industry.

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Women of Google+ : Cathe Post

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+ : Cathe PostFeatured G+’er : Cathe Post

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

Several women I write with.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

No games, more professional, and meeting more people.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

It’s another platform to share articles and information on. I hope it will replace Facebook, eventually.

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

I think it’s funny how many posts and pictures refer to Google + taking over other social media sites.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

01001101 01001111 01001101 (MOM), polyhedral dice thrower, DnD player, admitted Pokémon collector (and gym leader), Crocheter of geeky characters, and core contributor for GeekMom.com.

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