Social Media in Plain English

Blogging with social media,Podcasting, Wiki's, Twitter, and RSS These videos have enriched my Blogging and Internet experience.

CommonCraft continues its tradition of taking complex ideas and reducing them to their essence in short videos. Their most recent release is Social Media in Plain English (just under 4 minutes). The video presents the value of social media creators (the amateurs) using new tools and approaches to personalize and augment the activities of traditional “big companies”.

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Gadgets May be Ruining your Relationships

Gadget connector Signs technological gadgets are ruining your relationships

If you are like many people, you made a New Year’s resolution to increase efficiency in your life using the hottest technological gadgets in your repertoire. But is your gizmo obsession taking over your life and hurting your relationships?

“We have become so accustomed to the luxuries of technology that we may be forgetting how to play, have personal connections and use coping skills in face-to-face interactions,” says John O’Neill, director of addictions services for The Menninger Clinic. “We can become overloaded by technology and suffer consequences in our relationships.”

Can we become addicted to technology? That’s debatable. But O’Neill says he sees parallels with the overuse of technology to dependency on substances such alcohol or drugs.

The following warning signs may indicate that you need to re-evaluate your use of technological devices (The full article expands on these headlines).

  • You’d rather text than talk face-to-face.
  • You can’t leave home without it.
  • Your family or friends ask you to stop, but you can’t.
  • You miss important life moments.
  • Even after experiencing consequences you continue your behavior.

“Observing people on a daily basis, it is easy to recognize how lost we have become in our own worlds,” O’Neill says. “We can learn to healthily use increasing technological advances if we set limits, develop rules and attend to our relationships. Ultimately, being present in relationships with family and friends should include both body and mind.”

Full story at Menninger Clinic

Many Roles of a Blogger

How many people does it take to develop a great blog?

Do you run your own blog? Then you are amazing, absolutely A M A Z I N G !

Why’s that I hear you cry? Well, just think about all the different activities that go into developing and maintaining a successful business blog. Larger companies will probably have a small team working on their blog or blogs but you have to run it all on your own. And you manage to do it … usually without even realising all the things you are doing automatically and the different hats that you’re wearing.

But if we break it down, it’s really quite impressive!

The roles of an independent blogger as listed by Better Business Blogger are;

  • Researcher
  • Writer
  • Storyteller
  • Editor
  • Expert
  • Project Manager
  • Designer
  • Techie
  • SEO expert
  • Social Networker
  • Market Researcher
  • Marketer
  • Diplomat
  • Businessman
  • Strategist / Planner
  • Housekeeper
  • Accountant
  • Analyst
  • Therapist

How many hats do you wear?

Full story at Better Business Blogging

Tips to Promote your Blogosphere

Be More Than a Blip in the Blogosphere

The Washington Post has come up with a list of Blogger tips that I can use to increase traffic and appeal of my blogs.

These tips are;

  • Tell stories rather than sticking solely to links or photos.
  • Create a voice for yourself.
  • Make everything easy to read and access.
  • Sift through blogrolls and create your own.
  • Widget your page.
  • Comment early and often.
  • Pray for a link from the big boys.
  • Nominate yourself for awards.
  • Post with verve and consistency.
  • Join the crowd.

Full story at the Washington Post.

Media consumers trust blogs

Consumers who get their news from the internet are likely to trust a “blog” for reliability as much as a mainstream media site, the competition watchdog said on Tuesday.

Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Graeme Samuel, said a recent report by search engine Technorati showed that the number of non-mainstream blogs in the 100 most popular information websites was rising.

Full story at;

12 safety tips on blogging for parents and kids

The practice of blogging, short for keeping a "Web log" or online personal journal, has spread like wildfire—especially among teenagers, who sometimes maintain blogs without the knowledge of their parents or guardians.

Kids on Internet

Recent studies show that teenagers write roughly half of all blogs today, with two out of three providing their age, three out of five revealing their location and contact information, and one in five revealing their full name. It should go without saying that there are potential risks in sharing this type of detailed personal information.

And, as more young peers create more blogs, they tend to compete increasingly with each other for attention. Sometimes this can lead to kids posting inappropriate material such as provocative pictures of themselves or their friends.

A quick blogging primer for parents

Although keeping a blog offers potential benefits including improved writing skills and communication, it’s important to educate your kids about the Internet and blogging before they begin—much like completing driving school before hitting the road solo. Here are a few suggestions to get started:

  • Establish rules for online use with your kids and be diligent.
  • Screen what your kids plan to post before they post it. Seemingly innocuous information, such as a school mascot and town photo, could be put together to reveal where the author goes to school.
  • Ask yourself (and instruct your kids to do the same) if you are you comfortable showing any of the content to a stranger. If in doubt, have them take it out.
  • Evaluate the blogging service and find out if it offers private, password-protected blogs.
  • Save the Web address of your child’s blog and review it on a regular basis.
  • Check out other blogs to find positive examples for your kids to emulate.

Basic guidelines for bloggers

The following tips are a good place to start for kids interested in blogging, although by no means comprehensive. It’s a good idea for parents to add more guidelines to suit their family’s particular needs. Start by telling kids that they should:

  • Never offer any personal information including your last name, contact information, home address, phone numbers, school’s name, e-mail address, last names of friends or relatives, instant messaging names, age, or birth date.
  • Never post provocative pictures of yourself or anyone else, and be sure any images you provide do not reveal any of the previously mentioned information. Always remember to look at the background of a picture too.
  • Assume what you publish on the Web is permanent. Anyone on the Internet can easily print out a blog or save it to a computer.
  • Use blogging provider sites with clearly stated terms of use, and make sure they can protect the actual blogs, not just the user accounts, with password protection. (Even so, it’s better to assume anyone can see it.)
  • Avoid trying to "outdo" or compete with other bloggers.
  • Keep blogs positive and don’t use them for slander or to attack others.

The benefits of blogging

After establishing guidelines, blogs can create an opportunity for kids and their parents to communicate and share with each other: kids can teach their parents about new technology, and parents can teach their kids "street smarts."

Other benefits include learning the responsibility and discipline of keeping a journal, having a creative outlet, increased communication with friends and relatives, learning new Internet and computer technologies, and improved typing, spelling, writing, and editing skills.

From Microsoft safety tips