How Social Media Works

In the last post, I offered an (admittedly dramatic) introduction to a new series designed to help us find good information and recognise bad information in this U.S. election year. I think it’s helpful to think of information like food: we are lucky to be surrounded by an abundance of both. However, some of it… Continue reading How Social Media Works

My Twitter Account is worth $US83.20

According to the experts at snpros.com - "The Social Networking Professionals" - my Twitter account is worth US$83.20 as of five months ago. If you have a Twitter account, I encourage you to do the same - just google your name and it'll be somewhere down there. Some robot has gone through all of our… Continue reading My Twitter Account is worth $US83.20

I’m not making a statement by not owning a smartphone

During second semester of 2012 and the first semester of 2013 I lived in Bogota, Colombia on exchange. Coming from country New South Wales and having only been in Brisbane 18 months before I left for South America, returning to Australia's "new world city" feels strange. I feel like I'm in the future. Home is… Continue reading I’m not making a statement by not owning a smartphone

Politicians are still finding their feet online

Am I the only one who feels weird about politicians using social media? Maybe I'm still too young to be feeling this jaded, but every tweet, every Facebook post seems so obviously contrived, so carefully worded by handlers and probably focus-grouped three times over before pressing the blue button. Until they go home and do… Continue reading Politicians are still finding their feet online