Recovering journalist. Sometime tech blogger. Lifelong sci-fi geek. Mommy. Bacon queen.
@photo chris In that case, I made it up. :)
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5 days, 9 hours ago on The PR Industry Does Need Better PR
@ginidietrich @Shelley Pringle My husband has begun pondering what prostitutes have to wear to get noticed these days. He's pretty sure it's a completely non-revealing business suit.
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5 days, 11 hours ago on The PR Industry Does Need Better PR
@briantudor @ginidietrich To be fair, squirrels ARE rodents.
@RababKhan Hi! Sorry I never saw this - never got the notification that you commented! My fault.
Anyway, I have two boys and you can believe they are learning that there are no gender rules. My little boy will chose to be Princess Peach when we play Mario Kart as often as he'll chose to be Luigi. That's fine. He told me once that pink was a girl's color and I told him it wasn't, that Mommy didn't even like the color pink.
I see little things that creep in sometimes where they say, "Such and such is for boys." or "Such and such is for girls." And you can believe I'm on that like white on rice and letting them know there's no such thing.
6 days, 11 hours ago on I Don’t Want to Be a Feminist
@AmyMccTobin Hey Amy - don't know why I never got a notification that you commented here. I finished commenting above. :)
@AmyMccTobin Hi Amy - I haven't read Lean In, and I don't completely disagree with her (see my previous post). That's why I included that in a long litany of what women are told. The problem with the statement "She is only asking us to push back" is still saying that we're not. My point is that many, many women HAVE pushed back, and pushed back for a long time.
What's happened is that a lot of people are just taking "Lean In" at the phrase itself and are taking the opportunity to, basically, blame women for this. "Oh, if only you asked." I've read articles about studies that women just need to ask.
Oh, if only we'd ask for things, then the nice men would give them to us!
And good for you with the AT&T guy. I never took my husband's last name. We get the opposite, where people sometimes call him Mr. Vernon. He just laughs.
@znmeb Hey! We had an issue over the weekend (still trying to determine what's up. The good news is that we (and Google) found no actual malware. But until we figure out exactly what's up, we've moved oneQube to new servers. I thought I caught all the links that still pointed to the old servers, but one snuck in here!
Sorry for the confusion, and I can assure you that no malware has been found & Google's re-evaluating. :)
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1 week ago on Twitter chat leaders, have no fear, @oneQubeMe is here
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1 week ago on I’ve Accepted a New Job with Sears
@Sevans @znmeb Yep - SmartStream is and will always be free. It was part of the oneQube platform and wasn't due to be rolled out for a couple months, but when we heard the news about TweetChat, we quickly got it ready to help the community. We're all huge fans of Twitter chats (and TweetChat, frankly!) and participate in many, live-tweet from events, etc. This is our way of helping out.
The oneQube platform will have different levels of licensing, depending on how many accounts you have in it and how many hashtags you track over time (totally separate from SmartStream, tracking hashtags even when you're not in the chat). More info on that will be coming out. You can follow @oneQubeMe on Twitter for updates. :) Thanks!!
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1 week, 3 days ago on Twitter chat leaders, have no fear, @oneQubeMe is here
OneQube appreciates the shout out, Danny! :)
Your post is spot-on and should be a must-read for anyone planning to build any sort of social platform.
1 week, 4 days ago on Why Social Software Platforms Fail
1 week, 4 days ago on Wednesday Bubble: The Glass Ceiling is a Myth
At my first newspaper job, my bureau newsroom was in the same room as the advertising staff. Because they were right there, across the room, our relationship was very different. They understood what we were about much more, and we also understood what they were about. Instead of having an antagonistic relationship, they occasionally passed quality news tips onto us and we listened, because we knew they would accept if we didn't think it was worth writing about. If we'd had the usual wall and hallway between us, it would have been a totally different relationship.
2 weeks ago on Are you bumping into coworkers enough?
@allenmireles Thanks, Allen! :)
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2 weeks, 2 days ago on Friday Five: Facebook, Twitter, Video, Community & Crowdsourcing
Absolutely, @solete - That's exactly why I focused on the Boston Police account. It highlighted the necessity of official sources being active on social, to help disseminate correct and appropriate information. While it's important that we don't rely 100% on official sources - there's a lot of information that could be lost if we only listened to one source. That said, "social media" didn't get it wrong. People did, and just assumed that because they saw/heard/read it on social, it was correct and spread the information without making sure it was accurate.
As someone who had a police scanner on her desk for the first few years of her newspaper career, I can tell you that I never would have shared information I got from the scanner only as truth publicly. The scanner can be difficult to decipher and is police talking, unguarded, sharing information. They need to be able to talk to one another and share leads without worrying that someone is going to run out and tell everyone that's the person who "did it."
People need to be more responsible with the tools they have.
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2 weeks, 6 days ago on Five Links: Boston and Other Things
@jeffespo It definitely has spiraled out of control. I would like to think this, too, shall pass. But ...
3 weeks ago on Who do you trust on social media?
The people I trust on social tend to be people who've gained my trust. Whom I've seen, over time, provide quality - links, content, whatever. I've come to trust Forbes, HuffPo and others like them less, because I don't know the background of the person writing the piece.
I used to trust mainstream sources more readily, but now I'm more circumspect. Overall, they're more right than wrong. But I don't trust the first, immediate bursts of information, because they're more likely to be incorrect.
I trust these sites in the aggregate - like Wikipedia and Reddit. I trust them as initial jumping off points, as when information is wrong in those spots, people are very likely to jump in and correct the error. Finding those corrections can be difficult at times.
I trust myself - my ability to ferret out who is trustworthy and who is not.
@npizzitola @AmyVernon @Tinu Sorry, just saw your comment! Thanks so much for reading and for helping continue that conversation. :)
3 weeks, 4 days ago on I Don’t Want to Be a Feminist
The one thing that I have to say for Sandberg is that I appreciate that she HAS opened the conversation and I do see more people talking about it in terms that don't include threats of rape or decapitation. So there's that.
But, YES. And you have very stylish shoes, indeed.
@LisaThorell I don't. It would be fascinating to hear if there is.