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Social Media Basics

February 25, 2015

If you would like to know the basics of Social Media, and some information about Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, so you can decide if you want to play in them, look at the slideshow below:


Cross posted at

2014 in review – and maybe I should post more frequently!

December 29, 2014

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Canadian Copyright News

December 23, 2014

Michael Geist, Canada’s foremost expert in copyright law in Canada, has posted on the new Canadian internet copyright rules for ISPs (Internet Service Providers) which will come into force in 2015. From his analysis. it appears that the sensible Canadian practice of “notice and notice” will become the law. “Under the notice-and-notice system, copyright owners are entitled to send infringement notices to Internet providers, who are legally required to forward the notifications to their subscribers.

Here’s some advice on how to avoid breaking Canadian copyright laws:

Storytelling is Essential to Communication

December 15, 2014

Aristotle laid it out over 2000 years ago, and it’s constantly repeated on the web: stories are how we humans communicate meaning. Whether it’s a New York Times article about the importance of storytelling for business and ads – - or a presentation for a class,

telling stories is how we communicate meaning – and it’s a learnable skill!

A Major Development in Communication Technology

April 4, 2014

FireChatforAndroidIconThe Firechat app is a major development in how communication technology works – now without access to wifi or coverage.

Privacy and Self-Presentation in the Digital Age

March 28, 2014

I have been inspired by reading danah boyd’s It’s Complicated to think about how we all, not just teenagers, behave, and perceive ourselves behaving in our digital environment.

Getty Offers Copyright Safe Images

March 7, 2014

Responding to @dougpete, I’m adding some more information about copyright safe practices, this time with images. As described in the previous post on safe sounds for podcasting – - Creative Commons and, using Creative Commons licenses, Flickr, provide copyright safe images. On Google Images, you can find safe content, if you search under Tools.

Searching Google Images

However, the exciting and savvy new move by Getty, as described by CNN – – adds more options for images to use, at the same time as making misusing the images using screenshot etc. far less interesting. All Getty asks is that you embed the image, giving them credit and a link back to their site.

The embed icon looks like – </> and takes you to the code.


And this is what you get –


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