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Guide to Media Literacy for Teens, Seniors and everyone in between.

Media Literacy for Parents, Teens and Seniors

I am not exactly part of the "Sandwich Generation" because I do not care for elderly relatives, but we have been in charge of our parentals' technology for at least a decade... and while our 14-year-old son is starting to compete with our knowledge on the subject,…
Snapchat Guide For Parents

Snapchat Guide For Parents

Is your teen on Snapchat? Are you on Snapchat to keep up with your kids? (That is what happened to us.) We proclaimed last year that this newest, super hip social media app was off limits for our son, until *we* were more ready. There are…
How To Use Hashtags For Events

How To Use A Hashtag For Your Event

I know. GROAN. Hashtags are so ANNOYING. But they can be really valuable! Especially when you have a limited budget for your event - they are a great tool to make the most of social media. I have worked with clients to run events from small to large and here are tips to help with your next shindig. Make Your Next Event Awesome on Social Media
Sunset Boat Costa Rica

#ROAR14 In Costa Rica

Note: Several parts of my Roar Retreat conference have been sponsored, or arranged by the conference's organizers. All words are mine.
I have wanted to visit Costa Rica forever. My best friend Danielle has been many times; her stories and photos just BLOW MY MIND. When friend, client and colleague Andrea Fellman moved there about a year ago, I knew at some point I would figure out a way to visit her. Luckily she and Nadia Carriere made it simple for me when they created Roar Retreat. I was thrilled to do the design and web work for the project, and of course, attend. The time has flown since we started working on all this nearly a year ago -  I leave for Costa Rica tomorrow.
Facebook Emotion Study

Facebook Is Unethical

I tried not to be dramatic about it, but I sort of left Facebook. Problem is you can never really leave Facebook. At least not when you manage over 10 accounts for clients and you have a blog and you go to log-in on random sites and Facebook has its tentacles into everything on the Internet. So I decided to minimize my personal dealings on Facebook and just concentrate on my professional work there. I realize this probably only hurts me and does nothing to Facebook but at least I won't be so angry every day. Gives me the opportunity to still check in on friends and message them and see events, while ignoring many of the things that drive me absolutely bonkers. Why am I so upset? You probably have heard about this, but a study was published this month from a data scientist at Facebook where, in a nutshell, he manipulated the streams of almost 700,000 Facebook users to view either happy or negative updates and see if the emotions in these streams could affect the emotions of users. Yup, they did! And, in of itself, not too surprising and also from a research perspective, actually fairly interesting.
How To Manage Facebook Events

How To Manage Facebook Events

"Ugh! I never look at them!" - "They are overwhelming." -  "There are too many!" That's what people, including possibly you, say about Facebook events. Right? I know events are crazy. But in some ways, I am not sure how else we can communicate about gatherings and parties to a large amount of people these days - until Facebook implodes, at least. So, here are some tips in terms of creating and then also sorting through all those events to help us all be more responsible Netizens.

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