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This blog rounds up my posts from around the web, including for the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal and Medium.

How kids create security risks — and business opportunities

How kids create security risks — and business opportunities

In today’s Wall Street Journal, I outline the security risks posed by the hacker in your house: the child or teen who may be “borrowing” your credit card to make online purchases, downloading viruses or inadvertently open vulnerabilities in your network. That story...

A family Minecraft policy

A family Minecraft policy

Minecraft has become a global phenomenon because kids love playing it, and parents and educators praise the way it fuels creativity and learning. But we've held off on introducing it to our household because we're concerned about the compulsive behaviour and conflict...

5 questions to ask your kids before introducing Minecraft

5 questions to ask your kids before introducing Minecraft

Minecraft has become a massively popular game not only with kids, but with parents and educators who applaud its capacity to support creativity and real learning. Yet as much as Minecraft appeals to us as geek parents, we've held off on introducing it into our own...

8 easy ways to make me (and everyone else) love you more online

8 easy ways to make me (and everyone else) love you more online

We all know the world runs on love. But every day, we squander that love by bugging the living crap out of other people, thanks to our careless interactions with technology. The good news is that there are some simple ways to avoid annoying people online (and off)....

Why I’m leaving Vision Critical

As of today, I’m leaving my role as Vision Critical’s VP of Social Media so I can spend more time with my devices. While it’s been a delight to lead Vision Critical’s efforts on social media R&D, I’m returning to my life as an independent consultant so that I can...

How much sharing goes on in the “sharing economy”?

How much sharing goes on in the “sharing economy”?

How much of the sharing economy really involves sharing? It's a question that came up first thing today at the Collaborative Economy Conference, and it's a question that came up in a number of responses to my recent post on picking the winners and losers of the...

Picking the winners and losers of the sharing economy

Picking the winners and losers of the sharing economy

Who will be the winners and losers in the sharing economy? That's the question that's raised -- albeit indirectly -- by Jeremiah Owyang's latest blog post for the Wall Street Journal. Jeremiah and I co-authored the Vision Critical/Crowd Companies study, Sharing Is The...

If conferences were like slot machines

If conferences were like slot machines

My Facebook friends should be forgiven if they think I'm in Vegas to try out novelty slot machines. I was actually here to deliver three presentations on "How social media drives consumer decisions" at the LeadingRE real estate conference. I got to my last...

Can shomi solve Canada’s video streaming problem?

Can shomi solve Canada’s video streaming problem?

When I drove past a billboard earlier this week that promised me a new universe of streaming media, I nearly pulled over to the side of the road so that I could try it. Right. Now. Was this the day I'd been waiting for? The day when I'd finally experience the joy of...

What’s wrong with the Ello backlash

What’s wrong with the Ello backlash

My latest blog post for the Harvard Business Review argues that Ello -- the "it" social network of the week -- is a wake-up call for businesses to re-assess their social media strategy in light of growing public concerns about privacy and ad targeting. But what about...

11 best practices for working with an editor

11 best practices for working with an editor

My latest blog post for the Harvard Business Review makes the case for adding an editor to your content marketing team. As I note in that post, Content marketing will only deliver on its promise if it’s good enough to deliver customers–that’s why improving the quality...

Homeschooling as a working mom: the pie chart

Homeschooling as a working mom: the pie chart

It's week two of the school year -- or it would be, if we weren't in the middle of an increasingly frustrating (though well-justified) teachers' strike. We're experiencing the school outage a little differently at our house, because this also marks the beginning of...

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