A Saturday worth sharing: TEDx Adelaide

 I attended the TEDx event  in Adelaide yesterday. And I was deliberately unprepared. I didn’t read the speakers’ booklet. I didn’t delve into their CVs, visit their websites or try to forecast what they would say. I wanted each speaker to be a surprise as they took the podium, and to be open to insights…

Get Glue: is it sticky enough?

Hot on the heels of my Miso review, today I’m writing about another ‘couch potato’ application called Get Glue. First off – let’s hear it for couch potatoes. We can’t be jogging and surfing all day, can we? On our couches, we can be reading the greatest piece of literature or watching a documentary that…

We Came, We Swarmed, We Almost Conquered …

Adelaide had its first Foursquare Swarm recently. Friday 27 August, to be exact. What’s a swarm? you ask. What’s Foursquare, you ask? [read my blog from a long time ago ..] When 50 people check into the same Foursquare location within an hour of each other, it’s designated a ‘swarm’ and you’re awarded a swarm…

Me so into TV viewing … Miso

It’s been called “Foursquare for people who stay at home” and the app for “couch potatoes” And if you follow me on Twitter, you might be annoyed by it from time to time. I’m talking about Miso, a relatively new social media platform which, according to the folk at Miso, is “a social platform that makes…

Say who you are!

4 ways to improve your social media description: When you’re delving into social media for the first time, there’s a few “MUST DO” items you need to attend to. I’ve blogged about many of these in the past, and you would have read about them on other sites. You need a plan. That’s clear. You…

Twitter has delivered for ‘traditional’ journalism

There’s been a lot of talk about what Twitter and other social media platforms can do for politicians –  especially in Australia where the federal election will be held tomorrow. Stephen Collins pointed out (quite rightly) that “the average punter is still relying on the tabloids, commercial radio and mainstream evening news and current affairs…

Length doesn’t matter

Social media, in particular Twitter, comes under a lot of flak for being ‘trivial’ or ‘superficial’. The problem with this sort of characterisation is, it’s subjective.  It’s also elitist and ignorant. Saying “social media is trivial” is like saying human conversation is trivial. It’s akin to saying, all television is idiotic, or all glossy magazines…

Why politicians will never embrace Twitter

Hot on the heels of my blog looking at social media’s blind date with Australian politics, I thought it was timely to remind ourselves why MPs will never fully embrace Twitter. Most politicians don’t use Twitter to its full potential. It’s important to understand why – and a behind-the-scenes look at political life will help….

Prakky and the PM

Okay, time for some self love (still not sure how to spell narcissism). Thanks to @ashsimmonds, I noted this week that Trendsmap had me listed as the top Adelaide tweeter: ahead of our dear Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Now, there may be few opportunities for me to be ranked above the nation’s PM, so I thought I’d paste…

The ultimate blind date: Oz Politics and Social Media

Two hot topics collided this week. The Australian Federal election .. and social media. Star-crossed lovers, their eyes met across a crowded forum. “How will social media impact the Australian federal election campaign?” was the squeal. “Will Twitter decide any seats?” “Which pollies have jumped on the Twitter bandwagon today?” “How will political journos use…