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Facebook dating: 8 tips for pickup artists (or how to avoid them)

July 20, 2011

The slender brunette in the airport lounge had just ended a cell phone call when a young man with heavily gelled blonde hair sat down next to her. “Do you have Internet on your phone?” he asked. “I’m trying to find out the weather.” “Sorry, I can’t get a connection,” she replied, polite but curt, [...]

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Riot vigilantes speak for themselves

June 21, 2011

In the past couple of days I’ve heard from people who were initially enthusiastic about the crowdsourcing of rioter identification, but now see the concern with this kind of vigilantism. I’d love to take credit, but I’m not the most convincing voice in this argument. The real argument for restraint comes from the folks who [...]

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

June 9, 2011

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 — the space where I connected with [...]

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The Lonely Princess: A Social Media Fairy Tale

April 30, 2011

Wondering how you can get your kids to think about the pros and cons of social media and social networking? This fairy tale introduces the joys of life online and the stakes of choosing between different online communities.

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Singing goodbye to a Facebook “friend”

March 4, 2011

This week I participated in a fireside chat with Rochelle Grayson for Canadian Women in Communications, on The Pros and Cons of Social Media Marketing. It was the scrappiest conversation I’ve ever had from a (notional) podium, probably because Rochelle and I know and respect each other enough to feel comfortable mixing it up — [...]

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Could you imagine life without Facebook?

February 21, 2011

Progressive Media Concepts recently posted an interesting question: What Would You Do If Facebook Shut Down Tomorrow? One I recovered from my blackout (it’s my body’s automatic self-defense mechanism when faced with the unthinkable) I read on, curious to hear PWC’s analysis: Moral of the story here is that so many people have developed such an [...]

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Facebooking the kids: 12 Dos & Don’ts

January 28, 2011

Facebook can be a great way to share your family news with a small circle of friends — if you’re smart about using privacy settings. This post rounds up the recommendations from my series on Facebooking the kids.

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How to configure your Facebook privacy settings to protect your kids

January 27, 2011

In my last post I explained how to set up a Facebook list that includes only the small number of people with whom you want to share kid-related content. That list should include only people who you know well, trust absolutely, and who are actively interested in your kids. Now that you’ve got your “kid-sharing [...]

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3 steps to creating a Facebook friend list for your kid-related content

January 27, 2011

Our kids are, empirically speaking, the most charming and fascinating children in the entire world. Yet I am nonetheless forced to admit that, again speaking empirically, not everyone wants to hear about the last adorable, precocious or goofy thing they just said or did. To spare these people from my endless supply of delightful child-related [...]

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My Facebook profile, now with extra hotness

January 26, 2011

If you haven’t visited me on Facebook recently, you may not have seen my new super-awesome profile. It looks like this: And while you’re visiting me, I hope you’ll check out my new Facebook page, which I set up to share my writing and work. (I use my profile for personal conversations.) If you want [...]

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