Seeing the world through Google-coloured glasses

Yesterday a car did a burn-out in my street. It was noisy and disruptive and smelly and offensive. I could see the car doing it. I could read the registration number. And I thought: if I was wearing Google Glasses right now, I could record this. And then perhaps pass it onto the police for them…

My year in social media

2011 was a year of hits and misses, in terms of my personal use of social media. I stuck with platforms I love – Twitter and WordPress. I committed to new loves – Instagram and Miso. I maintained platforms I couldn’t do away with – Facebook and LinkedIn. I continued to use Foursquare, despite some ups…

3 helpful tips for G+ Pages

Many of you may be busy setting up your business page on GooglePlus, as this feature became available today. Here’s three helpful things to note: 1. How to find your Pages: Under your G+ profile picture (top left) you’ll find the drop down window leading to the pages you manage. See the example below. Simply click…

Early birds – Australian brands on Google Plus

Today GooglePlus gave organisations and brands the ability to officially hang up their shingle with a GooglePlus Page. Australian brands that have quickly jumped on board include: Vodafone Australia Honda Australia Hill & Knowlton Tourism Australia Amnesty International Australia Liberal Party of Australia In Adelaide, ConnectingUp and of course Socadl have GooglePlus pages. There’s also…

Wading through social streams

Sorting through your social media streams can be as frustrating as pushing through a shopping mall crammed with lolling teenagers when you’ve only got 30 minutes to shop. As we spend more time on social networks, one of the inevitable consequences is that we’re connected to a greater numer of people online. And that means…

GooglePlus: a little bit private, a little bit free-for-all

You may have heard. Google has a new social network. (Yes, another one. But this post won’t be a cynical retrospective … Let’s start afresh, hey Googs?) It’s called GooglePlus, apparently because it’s a “plus” to all the services Google already provides to us. And we might consider it like the +1 that we’re often…

I’m a podcaster now?

A person who writes blogs is a blogger. A person who uses Twitter is a tweep or tweeter. You can be a YouTuber, too. But what’s the name for a person who podcasts? I have no idea … Today was my first podcast experience. (Some of you may have seen this on Twitter already, but…

When Google made me frown

When Google +1  was announced recently, I was a little concerned. I may have momentarily furrowed my brow, before moving onto the next piece of internet news. I wasn’t quite sure why Google +1 worried me, but I continued to gnaw over it for a few months. This is how Google describes this search innovation: “Sometimes…

What social media consultants have in common with Jennifer Aniston

I’ve read a few articles over the year talking about what it takes to be a social media manager. (Yes, yes, I’ll get to Jennifer Aniston in a minute). When you work in social media, there’s certainly a lot to keep up with. And it can make you weary. Now, this is definitely a #firstworldproblem…

Good Housekeeping … in the Digital World

Many of us are online now, signing up to all sorts of online communities and creating multiple profiles. In some cases, we’ve registered for so many sites that we don’t realise how large our digital footprint is. We lose track of the profiles we’ve created, the photos we’ve uploaded, the forums we’ve commented in. This…