Recap: @GuyKawasaki gushes about Google + on @BruceSallan’s #dadchat

May 30, 2012

“The way to gain traction on Google+ is to search for the keywords that describe your passions and then interact with those folks.”

That’s what Guy Kawasaki is saying. Why is he saying that?! What does Guy know that we don’t?

Note: This #DadChat RECAP appeared last week on Bruce Sallan’s blog.

Is G+ misunderstood?

Is G+ enchanting?

If not now, how can it be?

Enquiring minds want to know!

The Beatles, The Yellow Submarine

Who is Guy Kawasaki?

Haters say Guy is the Grand Inquisitor of the new Googledom. Nevermind the haters!

Guy is the greatest of all the old school Apple fanboys. He’s the prime evangelist, a venture capitalist, an author, and the genius that conceived of AllTop before social media knew they had a need for information and news aggregation.

More about Guy here:

What the Plus! – Guy Kawasaki comes to #DadChat

Google didn’t pay him to write the book, Guy explained on #dadchat – the Thursday night tweetchat hosted by Bruce Sallan.

Guy says he’s slaying the dragons (G+ hate and disinterest) for the love of it. Because it’s the best tool right now says Guy. He even wrote a book about Google +: What the Plus!

What the Plus! is also Guy’s first ebook.

You can download the free PDF of Guy Kawasaki’s first version of What the Plus! here:

The transcript for the #dadchat with Guy Kawasaki is here:

Join the fun! Log-in to #dadchat every Thursday night at 6pm PST:

Snips and Bites From the Dadchat

The tweets listed below only represent a fraction of the chat and participants. See the transcript for the complete record of this epic chat.

G+! Big YES or little no?

Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki):

I spend 2-3 hours a day on Google+

Andrew Israel (@aspenspin):

i’ve tried to embrace Google+ but the silence is deafening…

Peggy Petzpatrick (@PegFitzpatrick):

Lots of people are using hangouts. I had a hilarious one w/ @TheDaveReynolds. It went really international.

Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers):

I agree. Love the instant and easy access. Hangouts are awesome!

Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki):

Google+ is just like Mac in the 80s: fewer using, better, experts say it will fail

Tim McVaigh (@BrandIdeas):

Thanks for your insights your passion is always so energizing

Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki):

It took me about a week to “get it”

Calvin Lee (@mayhemstudios):

I’m getting to old to be shocked lol

Vincent Daly (@CuteMonsterDad):

 Is G+ beta?

Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki):

The key to starting with Google+ is to search for keywords that describe your passions and then interact

Marcos Queijeiro (@marcosque):

I don’t wanna disturb the #dadchat moment but this is my interview with @GuyKawasaki Check it later 🙂

Mimi Baker (@MimiBakerMN):

And there are just SO many sites to learn. Seems I can only do so much with each SoMe site!

Is G+ enchanting?

Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki):

I fell in love with Google+. Google didn’t ask me to write the book. I just decided to one day.

Wendy Wright (@ChoosingLoveAZ):

I can’t seem to find people on Google+ easily

Stan Faryna (@Faryna):

Unfortunately, social games have thus far failed on G+.


People aren’t connected on G+ like they are on Facebook or Twitter. Twitter would do better with a social game integration than Google Plus. Maybe that’s one of the challenges that G+ has to overcome: make the quality and relevance of the connection between G+ users.

Tim McVaigh (@BrandIdeas):

Google+ is twitter with elbow room gives you space to write

Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki):

Eg, if we did [#dadchat] on Google+, you’d all be watching and hearing video of me instead of trying to follow a hashtag

Patrick Phillips (@patricksplace):

The best social platform is the one where you enjoy the people your socializing with

Kenna Griffin (@profkrg):

I haven’t figured out anything I can do on G+ that I’m not doing elsewhere with the same people.

Jack (@MunkayJacked):

Google+ is seen as being for a Techie niche. That’s the reputation it has.

Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki):

Will Google+ beat Facebook: Who knows… Would you have predicted FB would trounce [MySpace] 6 years ago?

Michael Q. Todd (@mqtodd)

@hashtracking Warning @brucesallan & @guykawasaki conspiring to crash your site on #dadchat


What needs to change in G+?

Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki):

What I would tell Google+: Remove the hideous black bars around pictures less than 500 pixels

Build in Replies and More (Chrome extension) to foster engagement

Stan Faryna (@Faryna):

I’d like to see more creative license in the profile space. It’s like what Facebook does.

Oh – what Facebook does has nothing to do with good design.


Ultimately, Google + didn’t up the quality of the social media experience – it didn’t revolutionize the social platform standard. They have the brain power and resources to do that. Why aren’t they doing it?

Mimi Baker (@MimiBakerMN):

I have yet to “talk” to anyone who uses Google + like they use Facebook or Twitter.


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Related Blog Posts

Forbes Book Review: What the Plus! by Jerry Weissman

Is #SocialMEDIA Your Social #LIFE by Bruce Sallan

Interview with Guy Kawasaki by John Jantsch

What The Plus! by Matthew May

What’s the Plus? Giving Google Plus a second fair chance by Taly Weiss

Related Books/Links

What the Plus! Google+ for the Rest of Us by Guy Kawasaki

Newsjacking by David Meerman Scott

Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen

The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk

Poke the Box by Seth Godin


Stan Faryna

An American living in Bucharest, Romania, Stan Faryna searches for better questions about who we are, what we’re doing, and how we shall better know ourselves and love others. He hopes for answers that fill the heart, lift it up, and substantiate the dignity of the human person.

Recently on his blog: Fix The Twitter Unfollow Bug Already!

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How to crush the Marvel Avengers Alliance Facebook Game: Levels 31 to 40

May 29, 2012

Crush Levels 31 to 40 of the Marvel Avengers Alliance Facebook Game!

You are here: Marvel Avengers Guide for Levels 31-40
For Levels 54-65, can you rock & rolla?
For Levels 41-53, get the job done
For Levels 11-30, smite thy enemy
For Levels 0-10, ride with thunder

by Stan Faryna

How to Crush Levels 31 to 40

When I’m thinking about what needs to be written about various levels, I have to consider what a player has done in previous levels and where they need to get in order to thrive and have fun with this game in the next levels. I may get the facts wrong in a particular case but it seems that from the various comments I get (mostly private), that my overall approach is helpful and useful. Phew!

Modest Mouse, Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset

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What Disney-Playdom can teach you about the value of bad customer service

May 28, 2012

An unbelievable, true story…

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Recently, I experienced a payment error with the Disney Interactive Media Group via Facebook. I submitted an electronic support request. Seven days later this is the reply that I received:

We would like to invite you to give us feedback regarding ticket # 1604393.

You can give feedback by taking this brief survey:

We look forward to hearing from you, 
Playdom Game Services

The survey asked me how I rate their customer service. Really.

John Lennon, Power To The People

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What the Hulk of the Marvel Avengers can teach you about the god delusion

May 24, 2012


by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

I was going to write today about what the Incredible Hulk can teach you about the god delusion – Stephen Hawking actually has no clue about God despite his theoretical aspirations to know the heavens.

There’s a scene in the Marvel Avengers movie where Hulk slaps Loki (entirely) against the floor many times – Loki is the Norse god of mischief. It’s ridiculously funny and a powerful metaphor of what’s going to happen to the 1 percent if the 99 percent get really angry. No delusion of grandeur can stand against the rage of humanity – a rage that is waiting to be uncorked like a great wine.

But then I considered there is an even greater superhero than all of the Marvel Avengers put together – and a greater metaphor – a superhero that inspires me today as I consider the challenges that I face and, also, the challenges faced by those whose names are spoken in my prayers.

This superhero teaches us in his living and dying that we must face our challenges with love. Even as we fall – though our bodies and minds be ravaged by unstoppable and ruthless antagonists.

It was never promised by wise men or true prophets that we should live forever in these bodies. Nor that we shall amass a king’s treasury and live recklessly and light-heartedly like the princes and princesses of fairy tales. Nor prevail against misfortunes – natural or by the unkind hand of others.

Still, we can love. We can shine bright. We can lift others up. This, in fact, may be what it means to do what you were born to do.

And THIS! This does not lack luster or pale in compare. There is beauty in this that defies the wonder and majesty of a million stars, their celestial courts, and all their august adornments.

The superhero’s name is Cody Green. Cody is not an avenger, he is a U.S. Marine. Actually, Cody is an honorary marine.

Cody was recently named an honorary member of the United States Marine Corps. He received this honor for the honor and courage of his 12 year battle with leukemia. A U.S. Marine who came to decorate Cody stood guard outside Cody’s hospital room for eight hours until 12 year old Cody Green died.

U.S. Marine that stood guard at Cody’s door talks about Cody


Stan Faryna
22 May 2012
Bucharest, Romania

How to play the Marvel Avengers Alliance Facebook Game: Levels 11-30 Walkthrough

May 22, 2012

Avengers Alliance: How to remind lesser gods of their puniness – like the Hulk did

You are here: Marvel Avengers Guide for Levels 11-30
For Levels 54-65, can you rock & rolla?
For Levels 41-53, get the job done
For Levels 31-40, Tacitus speaketh
For Levels 0-10, ride with thunder


by Stan Faryna

Marvel: Avengers Alliance

This Avengers Alliance walk through is written for those with agent levels Level 11 to 30. If you are new to the game, check out my Level 0-10 walk through. In my opinion Level 0-10 is all about deciding if you love this game or not. For those of you beyond 30 looking for insights, allies, and connection, I recommend joining the Marvel Universe Gazette. There’s some good discussions going on there led by some very cool players.

If you like this blog post, please give me your thumbs up by giving a LIKE to my Facebook Fan Page:

Subscribe to my blog to stay up to date on my thoughts about the Avengers Alliance game, other Facebook Games, life, love, social media and the Universe.

Avengers Movie Music Video – Foo Fighters, Walk

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Spare the rod and spoil the child?! @BruceSallan #DadChat Recap

May 21, 2012

Spare the rod and spoil the child?

That ain’t in the Bible! But there’s several equivalents in the Old Testament – most of them in Proverbs. Here’s one example of such:

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (diligently). Proverbs 13:24

Note: This #DadChat RECAP appeared last week on Bruce Sallan’s blog.

Are parents spoiling their kids?

Are you? Am I?

That’s what Bruce Sallan (@BruceSallan on Twitter) is asking. He asks himself in last week’s weekly column, Entitled. Last Thursday, Bruce and co-hosts Charlie (@HowToBeADad) AND Andy (@betadad) asked the big questions at #Dadchat.

Do you spoil your kid(s)?

Why do you spoil your kid(s)?

How do you teach kid(s) otherwise?

Doris Day, You Are My Sunshine

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Woo Hoo! Free Silver for the Avengers FB Game, @12Most, #dadchat, @GuyKawasaki and I won a book!

May 16, 2012

Free Silver for the Avengers FB Game, @12 Most, #dadchat, @GuyKawasaki and I won a book!

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

I wasn’t going to write a blog post today. I wanted to write my novel. Not the whole book. Five pages would have been SUPER awesome. But that’s not going to happen. BUT I do have four things to share with you that made my day awesome.

Johnny Nash, I can see clearly now

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Marvel: Avengers Alliance Start Guide. Best Facebook Game Yet

May 15, 2012

Avengers Alliance: Marvel Social Gaming Universe Starts With a Big Bang

You are here: Guide for Levels 0-10
For Levels 11-30, smite thine enemy
For Levels 31-40, Tacitus speaketh
For Levels 41-53, get the job done
For Levels 54-65, can you rock & rolla? 

2014: Currently playing Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Read about that here.


by Stan Faryna

Best Facebook Game Yet

Marvel: Avengers Alliance is a turn-based social game on Facebook featuring dozens of the most legendary of comic book superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, The Invisible Woman, Wolverine, Ms. Marvel, and many more. From deep space, a great pulse of energy slams into the Earth. As an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, you will recruit superheroes, send your heroes on missions, research technologies you to need for the fights, stop the bad guys and their evil schemes, and save Manhattan (and the world) from destruction.

This walk through, guide, cheats or whatever you want to call it should help you get from level 0 to 10 without pain or SSOF (Slapping Self On Forehead). Like my Facebook Fan Page and I can keep you updated on the game guides I write and the Facebook games I play.

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The Avengers Trailer 2012 Movie

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College, Parents, Money and Kids: #Dadchat RECAP

May 14, 2012

WHO KNEW that college could be so traumatic – to parents!

This #DadChat RECAP also appeared last week on Bruce Sallan’s blog.

How do parents pay for a kid (or more) to go to college when a four year degree costs as much as a house? As it is, one in three American families is financially challenged by rent or mortgage.

Will the kids get an education that provides life-long competitive advantages or just literacy and a long term debt load on student loans? The world is amidst great change – whole economies too.

What happens if your kid drops out? Or, yikes, what if your kid doesn’t want to go to college. It might work out for little Bobby or Sue, but can you live with that as a parent? Without an ulcer?

Bob Dylan, The times they are a changin

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Dear @Jack @ev @biz @dongwang218 @larsonite @TwitterEng! Fix The Twitter Unfollow Bug Already!

May 11, 2012

Can Someone Fix The Twitter Unfollow Bug? How About Yesterday!

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

“Discovering that Twitter has unfollowed a lot of people for me, including some of my best friends. What the hell?”

– Mark Schaefer (@markwschaefer)
Twitter 3:02 PM – 11 May 12 via HootSuite 

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