Relationships

There’s a reason they call it social media: it is supposed to support our social lives and bring us closer together. So why do social networks leave so many of us feeling overwhelmed and disconnected?

This page is full of ideas and resources to put the social back in social media. It includes blog posts about tools and strategies for connecting with your sweetheart or friends (kids, parents and other family members get their own family page).

Your time online should increase the amount of love in your life. I hope these strategies and ideas can help.

The pajama test: An open letter to my Facebook “friends”

The pajama test: An open letter to my Facebook “friends”

A year ago today, this blog post was the turning point in my relationship with Facebook. In my life affair for Twitter I’d pretty much lost sight of how Facebook could possibly be relevant to me. Then I made the decision that Facebook would be my personal space...
Custom URL shorteners put the poetry back in domain names

Custom URL shorteners put the poetry back in domain names

Looking to create your own custom URL shortener, or running into trouble with YOURLs? Follow my sys admin’s step-by-step directions for running YOURLS on an nginx server in this blog post on how to get (and give) great tech support. A man and a woman sit...
Breaking up affordably

Breaking up affordably

What can you learn from Sprint’s fantastic new ad for its mobile billing package? Check it out: Now, the lessons: Do not break up via electronic media. Nobody is interested in hearing about the technical considerations behind a personal, social or business...
Learning to live with your lover’s virtual past

Learning to live with your lover’s virtual past

William Quincy Belle has a hysterically funny take on Shape’s annual sex survey, which (among other things) looks at the impact of technology on our sex lives. Here’s my favorite part of his blog post: 72 percent of women admitted in the survey to looking...
Listen to an ode to online love

Listen to an ode to online love

One day in October I was driving home and listening to Beyoncé and Lady Gaga sing Telephone. I love them both but Telephone has a special place in my heart, especially I am sick and tired of my phone ringing Sometimes I feel like I live in Grand Central Station...
Warning: Common sense on Twitter

Warning: Common sense on Twitter

It was bound to happen sooner or later: someone has actually offered some actually human level, common sense about RTs. You know RTs: “retweets”, the Twitter equivalent of blowing a kiss, or maybe it’s more like picking the lice out of...
Happiness in 140 characters: building relationships with Twitter

Happiness in 140 characters: building relationships with Twitter

This weekend Virginia Heffernan wrote an elegy for the analogy telephone that is a must-read for anyone who wants to think seriously about how our communication channels affect the way we relate to one another as human beings: There were fears, before voicemail, that...