Friends

2×2: Filtering your Facebook friends

2×2: Filtering your Facebook friends

How do you decide to view or relate to different friends on Facebook? As with all things in life, this can be described by a 2×2 matrix: Love this person Not so much Entertaining Facebooker Add to my “A1 pals” list, which is the news feed I look at...
The pajama test: An open letter to my Facebook “friends”

The pajama test: An open letter to my Facebook “friends”

A year ago today, this blog post was the turning point in my relationship with Facebook. In my life affair for Twitter I’d pretty much lost sight of how Facebook could possibly be relevant to me. Then I made the decision that Facebook would be my personal space...
Singing goodbye to a Facebook “friend”

Singing goodbye to a Facebook “friend”

This week I participated in a fireside chat with Rochelle Grayson for Canadian Women in Communications, on The Pros and Cons of Social Media Marketing. It was the scrappiest conversation I’ve ever had from a (notional) podium, probably because Rochelle and I...
A practice to make your online friendships more meaningful

A practice to make your online friendships more meaningful

I wonder if technology and social media has compressed our relationships into a process that we can barely recognize? That question is at the heart of Rhett Smith’s thoughtful blog post, Technology: Connected, Yet Lonelier Than Ever. He argues that by making it...
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...
The virtues of losing touch

The virtues of losing touch

Google Buzz got slammed for prepopulating its users’ friends lists based on their most frequent email correspondents. Facebook has taken heat for privacy settings that default to a high level of sharing. So what’s the big deal about sharing stuff with...
The meaning of friendship, on- and offline

The meaning of friendship, on- and offline

This weekend was the first time I found myself on the receiving end of Facebook’s new and  more nuanced privacy settings. An old friend popped up in the Facebook sidebar, which rotates an assortment of different people in your friend list. On a whim, I clicked...
Remembering Michael Griesdorf

Remembering Michael Griesdorf

A lonely mother gazing out of the window Staring at a son that she just can’t touch If at any time he’s in a jam she’ll be by his side But he doesn’t realize he hurts her so much “This is a great song,” Michael said, turning up the...
Twitter quickstart: Your first 21 tweets

Twitter quickstart: Your first 21 tweets

Gillian Shaw pointed out a “Twitter squatter” to me last night — Mel Lehan, the NDP candidate in our riding, who’d nabbed his name on Twitter but not actually posted anything. It’s smarter than not squatting — the last thing...
6 essential social media tools for your business or organization

6 essential social media tools for your business or organization

If you’re asking how social media can help your business or organization, you should start by answering four questions that will give you a strategic framework for decision-making. But if you’re itching to get a handle on this social media thing, and want...
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