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Tweet if you like to procrastinate

February 16, 2012

I am always amazed at how much I get done on my focused writing days — the days when I leave the office and camp in one of the caf├ęs or restaurants where ambient noise helps me concentrate and write, write, write. But it’s not my word count that amazes me: it’s all the other [...]

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Focus on your priorities with O.M.F.T.

February 8, 2012

Last night I was delighted to participate in a panel hosted by Canadian Women in Communications, speaking alongside Rebecca Bollwitt (aka Miss 604) and Gillian Shaw of the Vancouver Sun. CWC President Stephanie MacKendrick did a terrific job of eliciting our respective stories on how we got into social media, and really homed in on [...]

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10 ways spam taught us to focus our attention

April 2, 2011

First seen in 1978, spam has become the vaccine for your attention span. It’s the toxin that has stimulated our immunity system’s defenses. Thanks to spam, we’ve had to find technical, social and personal ways of keeping our eyes on the 22% of e-mail that isn’t pure junk, and to avoid the 78% that is.

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How Twitter lists can keep you connected to the relationships that matter most

November 3, 2010

Social media is all about being connected, we are often told. But who are you connecting with? Answering that question is crucial to using Twitter — or any social web tool — in a way that that supports your career, enriches your relationships and expands your perspective on the world around you. It’s easy to [...]

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