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4 Social Media Trends for 2016

4 Social Media Trends for 2016

Looking back at 2015, it was a busy year for Social Media. Though we had lots of competitors vying to be the new ‘it’ network, the top 7 are still the most popular: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Google+. Some apps, like Snapchat and Vine, have gained popularity with the younger generations, but do not have the mass

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Staying Safe with Connected Devices and the Internet of Things

Staying Safe with Connected Devices and the Internet of Things

If I had asked you to connect to the ‘internet’ a few years ago, you would have opened a browser window on your computer or handheld device. Today we can connect to the internet using any number of devices from wearables (e.g. FitBits) to thermostats to kitchen refrigerators. Collectively all these devices and connections are known as the Internet of

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6 Best Movies about Social Media

6 Best Movies about Social Media

Our daily lives are so intertwined with technology that you’d be hard pressed to find a current movie that doesn’t feature some kind of social media, digital device or online interaction. Much like anything in real life, the portrayal of these things on the big screen are not always realistic.  If you are trying to learn more about how social

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The Secret Life of Metadata

The Secret Life of Metadata

The word ‘meta’ is used to describe something that is contained within itself.  The term ‘metadata’ is then the information about other information.  This is not specific to digital data, technically a table of contents in a book is data about data, but online we use metadata to encompass a lot more than an index. Though mostly helpful, sometimes the

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The Apps Teens Use: How to start a dialogue

The Apps Teens Use: How to start a dialogue

There is a lot of advice out there about how parents should handle their kids’ online lives. I have read articles advocating that parents should have every password for every one of their kid’s apps and check them often. I have seen people who advocate a completely hands-off approach. My philosophy lies in the middle: allow kids to develop independent lives but ensure we are

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Sharenting: 5 tips to keeps your kids safe

Sharenting: 5 tips to keeps your kids safe

Of all the jobs I have ever had, by far the most difficult, confusing, exhausting AND rewarding is as parent.  Since it is often all consuming, it helps to be able to share the daily challenges and victories with others who can sympathize and who appreciate your pain or your pride. The term “sharenting” was created to describe the burgeoning

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Going Incognito: 4 ways to limit being tracked online

Going Incognito: 4 ways to limit being tracked online

Every time you go online you add to your digital footprint, or binary tattoo. The information collected is made up of what you enter online (likes, comments, posts), your behaviour (what sites you visit, how you interact with them) and what inferences companies can make based on the first two pieces of data. This data is used to target ads and make marketing decisions.

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Disney: The new model for Big Data

Disney: The new model for Big Data

Earlier this year I had the privilege of visiting Disney World in Orlando with my family – or maybe the word ‘privilege’ depends on how much I like to stand in long lines. Either way, we booked our hotel and plane tickets two months in advance. For other trips, we’d probably be done until departure, but not Disney. Shortly after booking I

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Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

The great thing about the internet is that anyone can use it, even with limited resources. The troubling thing about the internet is that anyone can use it, even with limited rules on conduct and behaviour. Your identity online should be an extension of who you are in real life. Unfortunately, when you remove the face-to-face contact, some of the

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The Allure and Risk of Anonymous Social Networks

The Allure and Risk of Anonymous Social Networks

There is something about anonymity that gives people a sense of freedom; The ability to speak freely without being judged by people we see everyday. Given the number of new networks that support anonymous participation, there is clearly a need for it. In the long run, are these networks helpful or harmful? A bit of both. Helpful: allows people to

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