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4 easy steps to creating a Twitter list from your conference backchannel

October 18, 2011

You know you’re at a conference with a great backchannel when you want to stay in touch with all the folks who’ve been tweeting away under the designated hashtags. That’s how I felt about the Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR) conference last week: from the moment that I saw the conference hashtag (#ir12) bust out [...]

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How to add yourself to your own Twitter list using HootSuite

September 28, 2011

Today I noticed an irony on the SIM Centre website: our Twitter sidebar widget, which does a lovely job of displaying tweets from all those who are connected to the SIM Centre, wasn’t showing tweets from the SIM Centre itself. I realized that was because our sidebar was fed by a Twitter list called @Simcentre/sim-people, [...]

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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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10 ways academics can use Twitter

May 25, 2011

M.H. Beals has a terrific overview of Social Media for Researchers and Academics, based on a one-way workshop held at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services in Edinburgh. Her post provides a great roadmap of the different ways academics can use social media, ranging from delicious to Wikipedia, along with pointers to [...]

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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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Twitter makes jet lag even more painful

March 24, 2011

It was 3 in the afternoon, but it could have been 3 in the morning to judge from the exhausted faces of a roomful of entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs constitute the up-and-coming generation of businesses in Cluj, Romania, and I had just spent the day talking them through their best approach to social media as part [...]

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How to sustain a social media presence in 3 hours a week

March 18, 2011

Feel like you don’t have enough time to create a meaningful social media presence? In this post I spell out my step-by-step process for creating and maintaining a high value, useful blog and Twitter presence in just (I mean it!) 3 hours a week.

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5 steps to create your social media toolkit

March 16, 2011

Building a social media presence around a specific area of expertise is your best way to connect with a network and audience that cares about your work, and gets real value from your online contributions. This blog post walks you through the 5 steps that will get you up and running with three tools that will let you build and maintain a credible online presence as an expert: a Wordpress blog, a Google Reader account and a Twitter presence managed through HootSuite.

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11 ways Twitter can change your life, as told by its users

March 8, 2011

Online conversations change lives. That belief drives most of my work and writing, which is why I’m always so interested to hear people reflect on the ways that social media affects their relationships, career or self-image. A few months ago I collected some of these thoughts from bloggers in a post about how people say [...]

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There are motherf&!#ing blogs on the motherf&!#ing plane!

February 10, 2011

About an hour ago I tweeted the following: Desperately trying to think of a tweet that makes it clear I’m tweeting from the plane, w/out making it sound like that’s the point. The responses to this tweet were so fantastic that I just have to round them up: dethe: @awsamuel Just tweet your GPS coordinates, with [...]

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