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    • I remember back when Google+ was a lively open air market for many early adopters. Everyone, especially a good number of quality contributors here, took G+ and played around with it, pushing it to the limits, experimenting with features in new and original ways. I remember when I was included in the Hangouts Live beta, Eric Doggett and I decided to start a live show called Photog.TV. It was a short-lived experiment, but that was the beauty of early Google+. You could take it apart, piece it together to suit your ideas, all with an open-door policy with the developers.

      As with most companies that grow too big for their boots, the voices of the early contributors, experimenters, and innovators were heard less and less. What once was a huge roundtable discussion between us and the devs, eventually turned into a drive-thru lane where "you get what you get and you don't throw a fit".

      Over time, all social media platforms eventually become oversaturated with ads, political views, and soap-boxing. This is mainly due to the fact that people eventually forget what the platform was created for.

      My goal is to use Cake as a medium for the sharing of ideas, open discussion, and the exchange of information in a respectful manner. Supporting each other's views, whether it's with encouragement or constructive criticism, will always be fertile ground for growth. It’s a refreshing alternative to pulling weeds out of my news feed on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

      Special thanks to @Chris, @treyratcliff, @thomashawk, @FrederickVan, @Gino, @Scobleizer and @Daria for catching my attention and pointing me to this site. Coming here to almost feels like the early days of Google+. The satisfying discovery of familiar faces who work to improve the free exchange of information and creativity will always foster human evolution. I feel as if I walked into my favorite local dive, seeing old friends and familiar faces as they raise a glass and call my name.

      Thanks guys :)

    • my sentiments exactly, myself coming from the beta days of G+ i too see many similarities in Cake especially in the interaction i am seeing so far

      i plan to use it like i originally used G+ as more of a blog of sorts since it really lends itself to long form writing and not just one-off posts and photo dumps like most other sites

    • That's kind of how I feel. I know that each social media entity has their own intended purposes and uses, but at the end of the day it's mostly just noise and static.

    • I love the Cake concept and the community which is growing here, abit slowly, but surely. This is a place where I could honestly see myself spending a lot of time discussing things. Intellectual things, perhaps, but for sure topics that I am drawn towards. I love the layout and the way in which topics are organized. Don't change a thing.

    • You took the words right out of my mouth. The entire concept of following topics instead of people really put things in perspective for me. I realize that all other social media platforms push for popularity by acquiring the most followers. The focus here is on what’s being said, rather than who’s saying it. It’s the complete opposite concept and I love it.

    • Hmmm.... Looks like I'll just have to keep dumping my happy snaps on Flickr so as not to intrude on the more experienced and knowledgeable wafflers. 😉

    • I have noticed developmental shifts in groups as they grow; one that affects the communication dynamics, and by extension, the user experience and the types of communication that can be carried by the platform. This shifts applies to, but also transcend social media platforms. They apply to any social group, such as a church or civic organization. The early adopters are what could be called "scaffolding people" which tend to be creative types who set the tone for the caliber of conversations and so on that happen in these early phases. Deep conversations are the standard fare for innovators. The rarified few who negotiate, and may even relish, the creative process that happens in the exchange of ideas that occurs on the boundary between order and chaos. Those that have that entrepreneurial bias, who seek what might be both novel and of use in that tumultuous space. The vanguard of progress.

      The second wave of people that join the group are those who bask in that creative energy. Some may even catch the wave and become enchanted by the innovative space and contribute as well, but that contribution is often harder in a more crowded space. Along with these are those that are more comfortable in the imitation space. Those that are more inclined to reflect the tone, rather than set it. (Imitation is not meant as a pejorative here, only as a descriptor. Children imitate for instance as part of how they establish what will become to them "identity") These second wave people also tend to generate a bit more noise to signal in the communication. Leaving comments that are more ritual and non contributory, comments that express agreement or disagreement with what is already established, rather than contributing a fresh perspective. (Again not meant as a pejorative) The second wave could be called the "social proofers". Those that establish the value proposition of the social currency so to speak.

      A third wave of people are simply those that echo their emotional prosody. Sometimes disruptors, sometimes those that attempt to harness the energy of the core group and the movement to power their individual agendas. These types of things can put pressure on the identity of the group, and can make finding a coherent and fertile place to flourish in a social space more difficult. It also makes keeping threads on topic, and fostering a fruitful exchange of related ideas harder in this larger context.

      One of the chief benefits of the structure here at cake is the orientation around topics, this might help to keep the downward pressure from diminishing the quality of the exchanges, but my guess is there will be some growing pains. I would also guess that establishing people who can help channel newcomers into fruitful places when the communication economy becomes more strained is of paramount importance in maximizing the potential. This is where many movements fall down. The things that generate initial success are not the same as those that foster the growth of an already established entity. Using what people state as interests in their profile to connect them is, in my opinion, another stroke of genius on this platform. Well done!

      It may require some attendance to cope with the growing pains that will come though, so perhaps a little anticipatory thought to the challenges that are a natural part of group development might help foster this platform to realize its full potential.

      Many thanks to the dedicated persons who are working hard to shape this platform to be of consistent long term value to us all.

    • I thank you for your insigthful reply. That sort of knowledge is beyond my present experience. I'm not a General, just a foot soldier so I'll just state what I would like to see and let someone else crunch the numbers.

    • This looks like my car when I was growing up. We called it C4. ( C for cat. I told you I like simple.)

    • I appreciate your thoughtful analysis of the stages of growth in social networks. Now I'm trying to determine what wave I was a part of in the early days of Google+. (Maybe it's better for me not to use the word "wave" when discussing ultimately abandoned Google projects). In any case, how old am I in Google+ years? How do I find out when I joined?

      Ian Anderson Gray has written a “'how to" guide for finding out when exactly you signed up for a social network. Ironically, I can't find out how old his guide is. As is all too often the case, the page has no publication date. So, this might be way outdated, but here is what Grey says about Google+.

      Basically, it's hard.  Google+ doesn’t tell you when you joined. It's been suggested that Google doesn't tell you when you joined because you are expected to tell them when you are trying to restore your Google account in case it's been hacked.

      Grey advises searching for the invite or sign up email Google sent. (Look for the sender If you, like me, can't find an email, get ready for a lot of scrolling to find your first post. thanks.

      But wait! I started a community on Google+, and when I look at one of my posts there, I see the option to see my activity. So, doing the scrolling, but though fewer posts, I can find my first post, from December 7, 2012. (Anyone want to hear a ska arrangement of a traditional Sicilian folk song? Here you go),

      I don't know how long I was a member of Google+ before opening a community, But I can see that I've been on the platform almost six years. Whatever wave that was, I'm going to ride it until the end. Meanwhile, here's a great new place to take part in and explore. Thanks Cake! From what I've seen so far, we have some quality people here. Hopefully we can keep the tone of the conversations here high.