Trump social

Years ago, I worked as a social media consultant and much of my work involved government departments. Some of my work also involved politicians. And let me tell you: a great many of them wanted to avoid social media. They laughed at any notion of using social media platforms to communicate with the public and…

What does your Digital 2016 look like?

Last year more and more of my friends decided to change their approach to social media. It wasn’t a digital detox as such, but an attempt to win back some time from the online world. In particular it was a recognition that some of their Facebook experience was not fruitful or enjoyable – for all…

New social terms wanted! #sosheterm

Official dictionaries regularly add new words in order to keep up with our changing language. Often these have taken shape on social media platforms. The Oxford Dictionary language reference site recently added ‘bae’, ‘selfie stick’ and ‘cyberwarrior’. It was thrilling to see the term ‘concern troll’ listed on the site too because I’ve been thinking…

Missing the signs

When you’re in the hospitality business, you want to take every opportunity to promote yourself. Right? Why then, this strange trend for new hospitality businesses to erect signs on their construction sites which don’t tell us anything at all? Lately, I’ve seen too many upcoming establishments share ‘watch this space’ and ‘follow us on social…

Announcing: A New Prakky

If you look back at the first posts of Prakkypedia, you’ll soon seen that this blog was very different in 2009. Back then, the focus wasn’t exclusively social media and my topics ranged from visiting art galleries through to how iPods have changed our lives. While I did work in social media at that time,…

It’s baa-aack! Socialnomics clip shares new numbers

Hello readers. If you have been in the audience of a social media seminar or two, chances are you would have seen an Eric Qualman social media video. Back in 2010 when I started speaking on the topic of social media, I remember the first Qualman clip being a big hit on the conference circuit…

Live-tweeting: from joy to disasters

Undoubtedly one of the great features of Twitter is the ability to live-tweet something happening right now. Today we regularly see journalists live-tweeting from press conferences and, increasingly, the courtroom depending on which jurisdiction they operate in. People live-tweet from conferences and sports clubs like Port Adelaide Football Club live-tweet their matches (in this case using…

The networks we’ve tried .. and abandoned

Why do some social networks thrive, while others fail? I’m sure you can all list a few social tools you eagerly tried out and then promptly forgot. I asked some of my friends if they’d tried and abandoned a social network or tool – and why. You’ll probably find yourself agreeing with them, while in…

Friday fun: great YouTube parodies

Parodies are fun, aren’t they? Once upon a time they were the preserve of comedians, TV shows and other professionals in the media and entertainment industries. But today with social media tools at our disposal, anyone creative and savvy can make a parody for all of us to enjoy. You’re no doubt one of the…

Want me to love your hashtag? You better love it first

There’s an art to hashtags on Twitter. We know hashtags can corral conversations, help you find people you didn’t know existed and generally improve our Twitter (and Instagram) experience. It’s also easy to get it wrong and waste the effort you put into hashtags. Hashtags can be intriguing, powerful and attract new followers – but…

Govt social media complaints protocol: toothless tiger?

 It’s been almost a week since TV personality Charlotte Dawson died. Since then, there have been a lot of conversations around trolling, cyberbullying, mental health, the responsibilities of social media networks, and the federal government’s Cooperative Arrangement for Complaints Handling on Social Networking Sites  (scroll down to the PDFs). The protocol has been signed by Facebook, Google,…

Book review: The Circle

Originally posted on MickyMedia:
Today I was reminded of Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for Facebook when he announced its acquisition of the messaging app, WhatsApp. Making the announcement on his own Facebook page, Zuckerberg stated that “Our mission is to make the world more open and connected”. On official Facebook pages you can read a similar line:…