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SavvyMom Roundup: Gluten, Bacon and a Sad Kid at the Zoo

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

The war against gluten, the problem with bacon, teens and social media, a sad kid at the zoo and apple season all caught my attention this week.

The Internet Loves Stupid But You Should Be Smart

Toula Drimonis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

Because, I don't know about you, but I'm starting to really get tired of living in a world that facilitates and celebrates the culture of crass and the glorification of stupid. And make no mistake about it. While stupid is everywhere, nowhere is it more pronounced than on the web these days. Mainly because it's easy, it's free, it's everywhere, and it's the fastest route to notoriety and fame. There's good stuff out there. Stuff that both manages to communicate something good and entertain at the same time. One doesn't cancel out the other. It's not an either/or proposition. We just need to sift through the flotsam rising all too often on the top of the information cesspool to get to it.

Why Websites Should Kill Their Comments

Mitch Joel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

Whether we like it or not, the great discourse and online conversations are being clouded and polluted with spammy comments. If you have ever blogged, you will note how difficult it can sometimes be to sort the wheat from the chaff.

STOP CHANGING FROM MOST RECENT TO TOP STORIES

The Huffington Post Canada | Michael Bolen | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Business

If you're like me, Facebook changing your Newsfeed from "Most Recent" to "Top Stories" 50 times per day makes you feel something like this. The...

How to Handle Your First-World Hissyfits

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada Impact
Sarah Vermunt

I was throwing a hissyfit over a Facebook 'like' while simultaneously reading about the real life struggle of a young boy literally running for his life during a horrific genocide. To say that I lacked perspective is a massive understatement.

This Mother's Letter Perpetuates Rape Culture

Darlena Cunha | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

If you're a parent, you've probably by now seen the cocky, controlling, pretty weird letter written by Kim Hall to all teenage girls her teenage boys may ever come into contact with online. Letters like the one Mrs. Hall wrote to teenage girls are a prime example of how rape culture perpetuates itself in today's society in an insidious and innocent-looking way.

When Bands Fake Their Online Popularity

Dani Oliva | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Music
Dani Oliva

To the untrained eye, social media numbers are important. However, if you delve, you'll notice inconsistencies. For example, a band may have a ton of "followers", but few likes on their photos. Alternately, a band may have lots of Soundcloud plays on a particular song, but few comments. Do not let buying popularity become the new form of radio DJ payola.

Does 'slanegirl' Show Social Media Growing Up?

Sandy Garossino | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

Know what's really great about Facebook and Instagram? No slanegirl. On Aug. 18, some undoubtedly intoxicated teens engaged in public oral sex at an Eminem concert. Photos were taken, shared and posted within minutes. At least two guys were instantly heralded across the web as heroes (literally), but the 17-year-old girl involved met an entirely different fate: within minutes she was globally famous as #slanegirl. Twitter, tumblr and Google erupted with photos. At lightning speed she was named, shamed, then hospitalized and sedated. So much for equality.

What Kind of Facebook Personality Are You?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

A recent study says that Facebook may undermine your well-being. Your own Facebook activity may offer clues about your mental health. Are you a dumper? A chronic comparer? A spinner? Read on to see which Facebook profile you fit.

SavvyMom Roundup: Ashton Kutcher, Saving our Skin and the Hyperloop

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Saving our skin, celebrity life tips, teens and Facebook, Elvis Dogs and the Hyperloop -- that's what caught my attention this week.

"Repost This if You Are a Mom and You LOVE Your KIDS"

Darlena Cunha | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

There is yet another chain message going around the Facebook ranks, this time involving moms. While I understand, and even support, what I feel the author's intended message is, I don't think that a poorly-written and typo-laden chain letter can sum up motherhood. So I'm forced to ask myself -- yet again -- why Facebook is so stupid.

Canadians LOVE Facebook

CP | Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Business

TORONTO - More than 19 million Canadians are now logging onto Facebook at least once every month — that's more than half the population — while 14...

The Six Biggest Facebook Marketing Mistakes You're Making

Tod Maffin | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Business
Tod Maffin

Facebook can be a powerful way to target potential and current customers, track the ROI of your campaigns down to the penny, and grow your business' influence. But, sadly, I keep seeing companies make the same few mistakes over and over again when it comes to their Facebook marketing. Here are the most common and how to avoid them.

If You Trust Your Employees, Let Them Use Facebook

Tod Maffin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Business
Tod Maffin

Facebook, Twitter and other social websites have formed part of our basic communications these days. Blocking your employees from them only sends one message: We don't trust you.

Don't Blame Facebook for Cyberbullying

Jesse Miller | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Living
Jesse Miller

Parents: Facebook is not in the business of raising my child, nor should you expect Facebook to raise yours. It is not the responsibility of Twitter to make sure my child behaves well online -- it is my responsibility to make sure my child behaves in any environment. If we want major change, it will not come from laws or banning people from websites; it will come from parents, communities, and schools to engage in dialogue and education to raise children who have an understanding of digital citizenship and accountability for their online and offline actions, because accountability and respect still matter.

You Think You Know Google's Algorithm, But You Have No Idea

Jeff Quipp | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

There are few things in life we can count on: death, taxes and changes to Google's algorithm. What does that mean? It means the same tricks that helped a company rank high last year may no longer help. In fact, they may hurt.

When Communicating in Business, It's Synch or Swim

Paul Barter | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

Do you ever leave a voicemail for someone and get an email back? Have you had people text you while you're in a meeting and then get grumpy if you don't immediately respond? Different communication styles can be generational or cultural. Wherever they come from they're important and they will materially affect your career success.

Why Not Exchange "Status Updates" Face to Face?

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

The world likely wont come to an end if you don't immediately respond to a tweet or an email or update your status. Spend the time exchanging status updates with the people around you, giving them the time and respect that they likely deserve.

Baby, You Can Track My Online Activity

Mitch Joel | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

Before you start lighting up those pitchforks and come after us marketers with a mix of mass hysteria and moral panic, take a look at your own online behavior and ask yourself, which scenario you prefer? Go to Amazon and start shopping (presuming you have been there before), and ask yourself, "what is the experience like?"

Is Facebook Killing the Golden Goose?

Paul Barter | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

For the first time in the company's history, Facebook faces the real possibility of a decline in users. Yes, an actual decline from the vaunted 1.1-billion number of Facebook users. I am not saying Facebook is toast. But I am saying Facebook has some important corporate decisions to make.

Caloric Content of Muffins Outweighs Gruesome Texas Showdown in State Senate

Darlena Cunha | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

At 11:30 p.m. last night, eastern time, I sat hunched over my desk, a glass of wine at the ready, readying manuscripts to send to magazine editors. I ...

Facebook: 6 Million Users' Contact Information Exposed

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Business

Facebook says a bug in its system led to users' contact information — such as email addresses or phone numbers — to be accessed by other users who...

SavvyMom Roundup: Tech Timeout, Social Media Narcissism and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

A tech family challenge, First World problems are not so bad, social media and narcissism, Father's Day and finding happiness -- that's what caught my attention this week.

Magnets For Narcissists

CBC | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Business

Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are a big draw for narcissists, but the ego-boosting tools are used in different self-aggrandizing way...

Facebook Can't Face Breast Cancer Images

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Hina P. Ansari

I had the pleasure of speaking with photographer David Jay about his ever-evolving The Scar Project (acronym for "Surviving Cancer Absolute Reality"). David's photographs are striking. Then I got an email from David last fall alerting me about Facebook's decision to ban photographs from The SCAR Project from being posted on the Fan Page.