Dude! Where’s my plain language?

 There’s lots of reasons to like Don Watson. My main reason? He’s a great writer. He’s well known for being speechwriter to former Australian PM Paul Keating (and wrote a marvellous book on Keating called Confessions of a Bleeding Heart). He’s also the author of two books much-loved in my circles: Weasel Words (Contemporary Clichés,…

What the Facebook crowd needs to know about hashtags

Big news in the social media world today, is that Facebook will begin making hashtags clickable and searchable within Facebook (eg useful). I’ve written about hashtags in a few previous posts (Hashtags can mean business and Hashtag champions to name two) and don’t want to rehash the detail of how they work now (geddit?) For…

Shrinking newsrooms: 4 stories this week

Stories about shrinking newsrooms and more people turning to social media to find breaking stories aren’t new. But I came across four articles this week (via my social networks) which struck me as being a) a bit sad b) a bit alarming but c) not too surprising. Those pieces began with More bad news for Fairfax…

Lisa the Grate – social media and literacy

I had a girlhood crush on an older student called Lisa. This was during my primary school years. Lisa seemed to have everything. She had lovely clothes and lots of ‘em. She changed her hairstyle regularly. She had many friends and was confident and happy and somewhat aggressive and loud. She had a cool big…

Students on Instagram at exam time

I was interviewed for a story on Adelaide’s Channel 7 News last night (thanks Roscoe Whalan): The story revolved around some South Australian students sitting their NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) test yesterday who shared #naplan images on Instagram. These ranged from pre-exam selfies to images of the exam papers. Students had captions where…

What if your parents had used social media?

Have you ever wondered: what if your parents had had social media? What types of things might they have shared? And would you have wanted to read it? My parents were born in 1950 and met while they were teenagers; my mother gave birth to me three days before her 20th birthday. All I have…

Facebook photo inspirations part 2

Following on from a post I wrote last year on Facebook photo inspirations, I thought I’d share some more this week. As you’d be aware, images stand out in the Facebook newsfeed and can really bring your business page’s status updates to life. Look for opportunities to share your stories with an image. [Stick with…

The social media question that startled me

Occasionally a question from the audience can startle me and make me think. I had the same question asked  twice during a rural women’s conference last week (during separate sessions, of course). That question was: “Do you ever take a break from social media?” Quick answer: “not really”. More elaborate answer: “I don’t feel the…

Please don’t spam me on LinkedIn

I’m all for using LinkedIn to “sell myself” and understand that others will use it the same way. But there’s a way to sell  on social networks like this. And spam isn’t one of them. What do I mean by ‘spam’? Let me take you through what happens … A person I have met briefly…

4 things I’ve learned about blogging

I’ve always loved writing. So having the ability to blog is fantastic. I know a lot of other bloggers write for pleasure and many, like me, have a blog that supports our professional  life with some business goals attached. This blog has evolved over the years as my career and goals have changed and I…