Should you buy an iPad? The sequel: 4 reasons to buy a 3G iPad

It’s only been a little over three months since I got the first iPad — a 64 GB WiFi-only model that I picked up the day they were released. But I’ll be honest. As much as I’ve enjoyed playing Mirror’s Edge, my WiFi iPad felt like a big toy. After spending even more money, upgrading to the 64 GB iPad with WiFi and 3G, let me tell you: that $129 is worth every penny.

Focus Your Attention Online

My last blog post for Harvard Business Review offered 10 reasons to stop apologizing for your life online. It’s a…

The risks of risk management

Risk may not be something you always want to limit online. This post tells you how raising the stakes of your online participation — by posting under your own name, by giving your blog’s URL to your colleagues, by being more candid and authentic in what you say online — can increase the value of your online engagement.

Defining the impact of social media on social capital

What are your online friendships worth to the community you live in? That’s the practical question that is implicitly raised by Jon Hickman’s interesting and slightly perplexing post on Social capital & social media. Hickman writes: …as academics...

Twitter and be gay

Leone Kraus has a fantastic article that covers the particular social media challenges for LGBT folks. As she points out, a guy who keeps his sexual orientation off-the-radar at work may find himself outed online if he’s tagged in a Facebook photo taken at a gay...

7 practices to strengthen your online presence

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series 10 reasons to stop apologizing for your online life

True online presence offers opportunities for authentic experience, connection and discovery; opportunities for joy and fulfillment. Practices like meditation, yoga and day-to-day mindfulness help cultivate the capacity for offline presence, so that we live our lives more fully. Now that we live so much of our lives online, we need similar practices for our networked time so that we can integrate our online moments into a meaningful life rather than experiencing them as moments deducted from our “real” lives. Here are some practices that foster online presence.