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12-Step Social Media Scanner & Intervention Bot

12-Step Social Media Scanner & Intervention Bot

Also, there should be a 12-step bot that constantly scans people’s social media feeds for signs that things are out of control, like this:                                ...
For Lent, I’ve decided to give up reading about digital fasts

For Lent, I’ve decided to give up reading about digital fasts

Gosh, how I love digital fasts. And Lent 2011 has given us a bumper crop of digital fasters who now find 40 days without Facebook (or Twitter) more profound and painful than a month without booze, TV or smokes. Well, if they can live without us for 40 days (sniff!)...

How I do it: Internet edition

“How do you do it?” This is one of my favourite questions, and I get it pretty regularly. It usually comes up when I refer to my kids — as in, how do you manage to parent two kids and have a career? Or it comes up when I make a reference to my...
Could you imagine life without Facebook?

Could you imagine life without Facebook?

Progressive Media Concepts recently posted an interesting question: What Would You Do If Facebook Shut Down Tomorrow? One I recovered from my blackout (it’s my body’s automatic self-defense mechanism when faced with the unthinkable) I read on, curious to...
Addicted to Internet addiction

Addicted to Internet addiction

Thanks to Tonic for pointing me towards Mark Malkoff’s unusual retreat from supposed Internet addiction: by spending 5 days offline, in the bathroom. Malkoff’s stunt was clearly more relevant as fodder for his online videos that as an insightful...
The Dirty Truth About Digital Fasts

The Dirty Truth About Digital Fasts

This blog post originally appeared at the Harvard Business Review. Last year it was the staycation. This year it’s the digital fast. “How I unplugged” — from Twitter, from a Blackberry, from the Internet, or at the behest of the New York Times — is...
Your social media friends are your real friends

Your social media friends are your real friends

Diana Adams is one of a growing number of social media junkies who have experimented with taking some time off from the web. She describes “hitting a wall” with her social media use and online relationships, and taking 8 days off from the net so that she...
Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: Not addiction; dependency

Rough Type: Nicholas Carr’s Blog: Not addiction; dependency

Nicholas Carr has genius take on the conversation about “Internet addiction”: By dismissing talk of “Internet addiction” as rhetorical overkill, which it is, we also avoid undertaking an honest examination of how deeply our media devices have...
Tips for avoiding social media compulsion

Tips for avoiding social media compulsion

Chris Brogan’s blog post, Your Blog is Not Your Job, contains some great tips on how keep blogging and social media from overtaking your primary work and focus. These include: Use an egg timer. If you’re going to venture out onto Twitter, time it. Keep a sticky...
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