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How to talk about tragedy online

December 15, 2012

Time out, people. In the past 24 hours we have been have been inspired, informed, comforted and mobilized by the unfolding conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. But it’s clear that we have also had moments of feeling attached, horrified, angered and shamed. So let’s take a moment to stop and think about how we [...]

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Talking about talking about social media

August 31, 2010

Daniel Greene has an interesting post about the need for offline conversations that can help us make sense of our lives online. As he puts it: I need a forum for discussion– a structured, moderated, real life, real time conversation about social media. I need to listen to people’s personal experiences with social media and [...]

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5 questions that will change how your grown (or little) kid thinks about technology

June 16, 2010

If you want to affect your kids’ relationship to technology, you need to do it through conversation, and not by handing down edicts or advice. Here are five questions you can ask your kids to start a meaningful conversation about technology, whatever their age.

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Still social after all these years

May 9, 2010

Ron Burnett has an interesting blog post on whether Twitter (and other social media) are really social. Ron is the President of Emily Carr University, where I run the Social + Interactive Media Centre. The crux of his argument is that Twitter is not as conversational as we might claim: The general argument around the [...]

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How to monitor your blog’s comments using Twitter

September 15, 2009

Unlike my Twitter conversations, blog comments often take a day or two to hit my radar. Since Tweetdeck (my Twitter client) is my de facto engagement hub — the place where I engage in online conversation — it makes sense for me to track other conversations in that context. To that end, I’ve figured out a setup that pulls comments on my blog posts, plus blog posts about my writing or speaking, into Tweetdeck.

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12 questions for meaningful online conversations

June 2, 2009

My recent blog post for Harvard Business Online looks at how companies can best engage the Trojan Horse of social media, and it’s drawn some insightful comments.

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When and how to communicate online

May 21, 2009

Don’t e-mail what you can blog. Don’t blog what you can tweet. Don’t tweet what you can DM. Don’t DM what you wouldn’t publish.

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How Twitter groups can make your twittering more a meaningful, conversational and connected

April 26, 2009

Learn how I set up a Twitter system that connects me more closely to the people and ideas that matter most in my own life.

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Rob’s Northern Voice keynote

February 21, 2009
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Why online conversation matters

February 13, 2009

Why online conversation holds the key to social, political and community change.

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Turned off by bad news? Try our special Olympic-friendly Internet!

August 1, 2008

I'm delighted to be writing this post as a OneWebDay ambassador. OneWebDay, which takes place on September 22, is a global day to celebrate the Internet, and the values that make the Internet such an essential part of our society.

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