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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.

Erase this computer: a whiteboard for your laptop

This week I was in a meeting with Myron Campbell, an MAA student at Emily Carr. Myron  runs Draw by Night, a drawing party that happens every other month in Vancouver (and now, Calgary). Myron had an awesome DBN sticker on his laptop that looked like a dry erase board...

Using HootSuite as your Twitter dashboard

This week I'm offering an updated look at the Twitter methodology that helps me focus my attention on the people and news that matter most to me. As I put it in my post for the Harvard Business Review, this methodology lets me use Twitter as a tiny gym for my...

Happiness in 140 characters: building relationships with Twitter

This weekend Virginia Heffernan wrote an elegy for the analogy telephone that is a must-read for anyone who wants to think seriously about how our communication channels affect the way we relate to one another as human beings: There were fears, before voicemail, that...

Cool Stuff My Friends Sent Me This Week

One of the things I love about the Internet is its habit of bringing us little presents. No, I'm not talking about the complete set of Reboot action figures that I purchased on eBay for my retro-animation-obsessed kids. I'm talking about all those groovy little finds...

Introducing App Girl

This is a cautionary tale about the dangers of introducing children to technology. Four weeks ago, it was time for the annual ritual of Hallowe'en costume selection. Most years, I have the energy to make one costume, which means that one kid get storebought and one...

Social media for journalists: 10 essential tools

This is the final post in a series, Social media for journalists. We all know that social media is transforming the broadcast and publishing businesses. But social media offers journalists at as many useful opportunities as challenges. This week, I've highlighted...

Social media for journalists: 9 feeds for your iGoogle dashboard

This blog post is the 3rd in a series, Social Media for Journalists. As a journalist, you depend on timely access to the lastest news...including the online murmurings that aren't news yet, but could be the source of your next great story. You need a way to keep the...

Back When Social Media Was Human…

Lisa Barone made my day with an extraordinary blog post, Back When Social Media Was Human… She jumped off from the piece I post this week on the Harvard Business Review site, on The Devolving Meaning of Social Media, and pointed to one particular quote that she...

LinkedIn for journalists: 5 reasons to shoot for 500+ connections

This post is part 2 in a series, Social Media for Journalists. There's one thing I expect to see on every journalist's LinkedIn page: Journalism is one of the few professions where hitting LinkedIn's 500+ connection threshold should be part of the job description....

Social media for journalists: 10 ways to use Evernote

If social media is rewriting the rules of field after field, then publishing may be the field where its impact has been most immediate..and often, most painful. Yesterday, Chris Kenneally of the Copyright Clearance Centre posted an interview with me about this very...

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