• Social Media

    This Little Piggy Was Caught in a Twitter Storm

    This article deals with processes in feminism, but the point made about social media is true for all online discussions. When our online world is nothing but an ‘echo chamber’, we miss the dissenting voices, the ones that change our minds, or strengthen our resolve.

  • eSafety

    The Social Media Generation

    Most schools offer good advice, and have policies in place to tackle cyberbullying, but what about the wider implications of our kids being the first Social Media Generation? They have grown up with Facebook and Twitter, they are used to their lives being shared online. My kids say, ‘Put that on YouTube’ when I filmed the dog doing something funny. They have not yet learned the dark side of the internet.  I have written about keeping kids safe on the internet, but how should we be teaching our kids about Social Media, and the long term implications of what they are tweeting or facebooking.   I have had conversations with teachers who admitted…

  • Social Media

    Twitter Friends – Are We All in Agreement?

    Have you filled your Twitter feed with those who are often in agreement with you? Or do you enjoy hearing dissenting voices?   ‘Is Twitter anything more than an online echo chamber?’ asked Laura Marcus in the Guardian today.     Drawing attention to the fact that twitter users tend to follow those who share similar political viewpoints and interests, Laura quotes Guardian columnist Suzanne Moore, who stated   “You chose who to follow. There is a whole world of deep dark Twitter if you follow those who don’t think like you. But people don’t do that. I would not so much say it’s leftwing as knee jerk. So outrage over…

  • Social Media

    Learn Twitter in Ten Minutes

    Interested in Twitter but not sure where to start? Read on and find out how to Learn Twitter In Ten Minutes, when my first book is released later this year.   A couple of months ago, I was approached on Twitter by a follower I have ‘known’ for some time. She represented a publishing house and wondered if I would be interested in writing a book about how to tweet. The company already has books on the market about learning to play Chess, and are looking to develop this line of books further. I was intrigued and agreed to send in a proposal to be reviewed by Anova’s sales team. They…

  • Social Media

    Social Media Fatigue

                Do you have an account with any of the following services:   Twitter, Facebook, Mumsnet, Britmums, Linkedin, Klout, Google+, Pinterest, Foursquare, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Blogger, WordPress, Flickr, Vine, AskFM, Kik… If you have answered “Yes” more than four times then you are in danger of Social Media Fatigue.   I have accounts with 10 of these services, although I really only use Twitter, Facebook, Mumsnet, Pinterest and WordPress. I use Blogger to comment on Blogger blogs, and very rarely use YouTube except to watch videos. I realise that Mumsnet is not a typical “Social Media” website, but I included it as it is one of the ones that send most people to my blog, via the Bloggers’ Network.…

  • Feminism

    Waxing Children – Bannatyne vs Mumsnet

    When is an acceptable age to allow your daughter to wax? And would you take her to a salon to have this done? Tricky question, and one I have been pondering this morning since reading on Twitter that Duncan Bannatyne has taken umbrage at the comments made by Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts, about his spa offering waxing to 13 year old girls. Linking to the article in the Daily Star, Bannatyne posted   I am disgusted to see Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts saying mothers should not have individual choice of how to bring up daughters   What Justine actually said was   You’d hope there’d be a longer period of…

  • Social Media

    Are You Using Social Media in Business Effectively?

        This will do as an excuse to post this pic   Are you using Social Media in Business effectively?   ‘You need to be on Twitter and Facebook. You need a blog. Everyone does Social Media now’   If you have heard any of these kind of comments, you would be forgiven for thinking that it is really easy – set up a Twitter or Facebook account, do a bit of blogging, and you will see profits soar.  Well, it can be simple, but there are a few things that make a Social Media strategy more likely to succeed.  Interestingly, it is not always the big names who…

  • Social Media

    Simple Steps to Learn Twitter

    So you signed up to Twitter. Welcome. Just joined Twitter? It is confusing, isn’t it? The first impression is often that we are reading several half conversations, there are unfamiliar abbreviations, strange characters like #.  Don’t panic, and don’t give up. These six simple steps will help you learn twitter in a very short time.    1. Profile Let’s start with you. You have chosen a name, preferably a reasonably easy and short one – the shorter your name, the more space you leave anyone tweeting you.   2. Followers and Following Do you have any hobbies or interests? You can enter any search term in the search box to…

  • writing

    Twitter Magic Moments

    So excited about our holiday. Off with the family to sunny Spain. Two weeks of sun, sea, sand and… UKMum Sat. 5th June 2010 at 6:50 @UKMum have fun, enjoy the s… sangria Tunnockslover Sat. 5th June 2010 at 6:52 @UKMum don’t forget to bring me back some sun, hope you have a fab holiday. Shouldbeironing Sat. 5th June 2010 at 6:55 Checking in. Massive queue. Could do with that sangria right now. Daughter being a pain, is tired and fed up. UKMum Sat. 5th June 2010 at 7:30 @UKMum *offers glass of chilled Sangria* Dogowner Sat. 5th June 2010 at 7:32 @Dogowner *downs Sangria in one gulp* UKMum Sat.…