A letter to break your heart

Some people make jokes about online dating. And some people make jokes about good old fashioned-printed letters (I’m looking at you, digi folk). So I was fascinated to hear about the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)’s Scam Disruption Project which brings these together, in an effort to “help protect the Australian community from relationship…

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…

How to Recognise the Signs of Venting

It seems you can’t switch on commercial TV without seeing an advertisement discussing the signs of ageing. Stuff the signs of ageing! They’re written all over our face for everyone to see. I’m more interested in the ‘signs of venting’, which are more difficult to recognise and which can lead you into trouble. So, what…

Who will remember the children?

There’s been a thought nagging me for some time. It relates to a forgotten audience in the Facebook privacy debate. When the community talks about Facebook, popular themes are often 1) our own privacy settings 2) how teenagers use Facebook and its impact 3) cyberbullying and its nasty side effects, etc. Facebook defenders point out…

Journalists who tweet their own news

While Twitter can help the media to cover events, it can also enable journalists to share their own personal stories along the way. It’s one of the many things I love about social media. To illustrate this, I’m going to use the New York Times social media editor Lexi Mainland as an example. When Hurricane…

Will the real French Connection please stand up …

There’s a lot of talk about Facebook’s ever-changing privacy settings, and its new ‘Community Pages’. Not many people realise yet, but if you type a phrase or word into your Facebook status, it may be drawn into the wall of a new Community Page. I thought I’d let these Facebook page examples tell the story…

Mama, don’t let your kids grow up on Facebook …

There’s been a lot of media attention on the subject of cyber bullying and sexting. And some great resources like Cybersmart have been developed to help families and young people manage their presence online. What I want to blog about today, is the pain of being a teenager in the Facebook generation. I am so…