Google+

My daughter sent me an invitation to Google+. At first glance it seems to be a mixture of Facebook and LinkedIn, and you can post updates like twitter. I added photos from Picasa and made them public. I separated my friends into acquaintances and close friends with whom I hang out with every weekend. I also separated other ‘friend’ groups, and my family to ‘near and dear’ and extended family.  resumably I can send targeted comments and have different sharing settings.

Google+ says it is a work in progress and that like gmail, it is being rolled out slowly. I was able to upload my pictures from Picasa and photos from my album very easily. But I was a little wary of sharing my Picasa photos or making them public.

Get this: I can video conference with 10 friends on Google+. It is called ‘Hangout’. All my google services are being loosely connected together in one spot. I discovered one of my friends had 42 friends already and her friends became my friends! No asking permission.

I also added topics of interest (Sparks) to my profile. Easy! Just searched and voila, added! Now I get streams of info on topics such as gardening, immigration law and news.

The groups called circles means more privacy than Facebook, where everything I say is sent to my friends and friends of friends. So I would manage the circles very carefully. I never forget that the internet is forever.

See you in my next blog.

Nalini S Mahadevan, JD, MBA

Attorney at Law

www.lawyersyoucantalkto.com

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Feng Shui for Your Office

Did you read the blog on CNN.com on Feng Shui? This is the Chinese art of placing objects in a space to maximize good energy and promote profits. The Indians have a similar art of directing energy in spaces called “Vasthu”. Most comments attacked the concept. My take is if it helps put you in a good space and helps your business, why not? I have arranged my office based on these ancient principles, and see an increase in revenue. Vasthu says place your desk facing north. Feng Shui wants the placement not to be in front of a door, where energy flows out of the space and you. My desk faces north and is away from the door. My computer is in the south and my furniture is placed around the room. Feng Shui does not want any heavy object placed in the East, so my filing cabinets face the West. The downside is that every so called expert tells you something different. So I have adapted these principles to my own use and convenience. Office furniture arrangement affects how employees interact. That is one of the principles of organizational behavior. Walls reduce interaction and open spaces promote camaraderie. Think about it. Let us Feng Shui or Vasthu.

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Nalini S Mahadevan, JD, MBA

Attorney at Law

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