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This blog rounds up my posts from around the web, including for the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal and Medium.

Bing helps us search for the meaning in our tech choices

It's not easy to break into a market that is dominated by a player whose name is literally synonymous with an entire product category. In a world that uses "Googling" to refer to the very act of searching for something online, it's a wonder that anyone is brave enough...

Why we need to remember life before the Internet

"What did kids do before there were iPads?" our kids asked us last week. This question was astonishing not just as an indicator of how central the iPad has become to our family life, but of how incredibly short our kids' memories are. "What do you mean, 'kids'?" I...

The Lonely Princess: A Social Media Fairy Tale

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.

8 ways writers can make the most of online video

I'm a text girl in a video world. At least, that's how I feel as I type-type-type my way through these 40 days, while hearing all the while about how nobody reads anymore.  For this, I can thank YouTube. YouTube launched in 2005 and in just 6 years has dramatically...

What we can learn from delicious and the tagging revolution

Yesterday, the social bookmarking service delicious was retrieved from the Yahoo! remainder bin by none other than YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. When delicious launched eight years ago, it rapidly became one of the favored web services of the emergent...

6 web technologies that don’t suck anymore

If you placed a Skype call in 2003, you might remember the joys of echo-filled connections and dropped calls. The service may not be bullet-proof today, but the improvement is remarkable. What was once a service you use in spite of the glitches is now a service you...

8 browser extensions that will make you more productive

In 2002, Mozilla developed the first version of the code that would ultimately turn into the Firefox browser. There's a lot to love about Firefox, but to my mind its greatest impact has been the introduction of browser extensibility. It's now not only Firefox that...

Why do moms have to choose between usability and openness?

A few years ago somebody broke into our office and stole a couple of new-in-box hard drives, a giant cake knife and a colleague's little Cambodian Buddha. I figure the stolen Buddha pretty much guarantees the thief will get his karmic retribution, but that didn't ease...

Looking back to predict the future of the Internet

Airplanes will fall out of the sky. The bubble will burst. These two gloomy predictions -- one fulfilled, one not -- summed up the predictions for the Internet in the year 2000. The much ballyhood Y2K bug (about which I, among many others, wrote) failed to cause much...

Creative disobedience online, from DeCSS to tweettheresults

Jon, a young Internet geek has information to share -- interest that could be of interest to his friends across the country, or even around the world. He posts it online, where it comes to the attention of government authorities. These authorities inform him that he...

6 resources for learning about Internet history

September 3, 1998 was the last day before civilization. Civilization began on September 4, 1998: the date of Google's incorporation. Oh sure, you might argue that civilization existed before Google. But who the heck knew about it? You can hardly count as civilized a...

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