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Back to School Social Media Rules for Parents and Kids

Jeff Quipp | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jeff Quipp

With the school year back in full swing, it's a great time to revisit a topic that affects students, parents and teachers equally: social media. While social media use continues to grow and becomes increasingly common place, it is nonetheless an area of contention, particularly when it comes to kids -- both in and outside of the classroom.

Facebook Messenger Permissions Come Down To Trust

Kris Constable | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kris Constable

The risk is, we don't know when Facebook, or any app, actually uses these permissions, and I don't think we want to find out after-the-fact that it's been recording me since I installed it, just to sell to advertisers. So until Google improves the Android architecture by allowing us more control over what permissions an app can access at any given time, it comes down to trust.

Don't Let Depression Stay a Secret Society

Terezia Farkas | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Depression forms its own secret society. We're afraid of the consequences of our bosses, co-workers, family and friends finding out about our depression on Facebook. What is the worse consequence? People finding out you are depressed or you committing suicide? All it takes is one soul among friends to speak out.

What Facebook's News Feed Changes Mean for Users

Jeff Quipp | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

Essentially, there are two key takeaways from Facebook changes that users can expect will only increase for the foreseeable future: First, they are likely to see more high quality content that tends to align better with their interests and behaviour. Second, it is likely that paid branded content will increase as organic reach decreases.

Millennials Will Lead the Workplace Revolution

Mary Donohue | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada
Mary Donohue

Since I launched my business, executives have told me that they didn't have the time, money nor inclination to train and promote anyone other than the top 20 percent of their leadership, because that is where they believed their profits came from. Wrong. The negative financial effects of ignoring 80 percent of your workforce are as damaging as they are prevailing.

How to Carve Out Personal Time Away From the Computer

Linda Lauren | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Lauren

Computers afford us a lot, and social media has its pluses and minuses, but what the Internet can't truly replicate is the spirit when all our senses are engaged and we are participating in life outside the screen. That's what's missing. That's why there's less time for living. Here's how to use social media and create a balance so that you enjoy the moments of living more fully.

Why Sad Facebook Statuses Make You, Well, Sad

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Living

It turns out that it's not just viruses and malware that can be passed on to friends when we're not careful how we use our smartphones and computers....

These Are the 20 Most Viral Post This Week. Surprised?

Brian Carter | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Business
Brian Carter

What if you put the the most viral Facebook and Twitter accounts into one feed and ranked the posts by popularity. What would the 20 most liked and viral posts in the last week be? I bet it will surprise most of you -- because we human beings like some weird stuff, but we're used to dividing ourselves socially into interest groups, and then only seeing what's popular with our friends and peers.

It's Okay To Be 'Just a Mom'

Darlena Cunha | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

What's wrong with being moms? What's so awful about this that we feel we need to shout at the world that we are so much more than moms, that we are so much more than everyone else? Fighting fire with fire rarely works and this is yet another case of it. If you were truly proud to be a mom, you wouldn't have to validate your choice on Facebook.

Facebook Lawsuit By Vancouver Woman Gets Go-Ahead

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Social-media giant Facebook is facing a class-action lawsuit that has been launched by a Vancouver woman over one of the firm's advertisin...

Go Deal With Your Own Insecurities Instead of Censoring Social Media (NSFW)

Erika Lust | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada
Erika Lust

Rihanna recently had her Instagram account deleted after posting one of the topless photos from her very racy, very stylish spread in Lui magazine earlier this month. Even though Instagram maintained it was an accident (who in their right mind would piss RiRi off on purpose?) and reinstated the account, it had still been wiped squeaky clean.

What I Learned This Week: The Three-Word Secret to Tourism Success

Andy Nulman | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Travel
Andy Nulman

Most greeting moves are micro, but their effects are macro.They set the mood and the tone for one's stay, no matter how long and no matter where, be it a few nights in property, two weeks at a destination or even an hour or so at a simple restaurant or attraction.

What I Learned This Week -- The Most Important Thing for Artists to Create

Andy Nulman | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

A decade ago, I composed a foreword to a book called "Business Skills for Creative Souls." A corporate primer for artistic types put out by Montreal'...

How Toronto's Mayoral Candidates Are Using Digital Media

Jeff Quipp | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada
Jeff Quipp

At this point in the mayoral race, none of the candidates are using any digital campaigning techniques that are innovative or novel. Websites and the standard social media avenues are being leveraged, but in today's political environment these are a given. That said, we are still very early in the race.

Social Networks Have Evolved. So Must Companies

Leah Eichler | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Business
Leah Eichler

"How did I do this before the rise of social networks?" I ask myself this question repeatedly, often while performing some mundane activity. The task...

I Finally Found My Sister After 15 Years... Through Facebook

Terra Mckean | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Living
Terra Mckean

My photo was posted to Facebook on March 7 at noon and it was shared by over 10,000 people by that evening. I was overwhelmed by the response and support from the Facebook community. In the next 24 hours, it reached 15,000 shares and I received 150 messages, one of which -- on March 8 at 7:53 pm -- was from the person I spent half my life looking for.

The Battle Between Tech and Entertainment

Frederic Guarino | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Business
Frederic Guarino

"It's ironic, then, that just as the Internet and TV have conspired to devastate the old business models of music and movies, they're also come together to create new business models to save them."

Protect Ya Neck: The Real Price Of Crowdfunding

Mike Sholars | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Business
Mike Sholars

2014-02-12-its_all_geek_to_me.png I love crowdfunding, because it's like watching money have a wrestling match with ideas. It's capitalism in microcosm. It's important to not lose sight of the lesson here: Crowdfunding websites are not responsible for anything that happens once you've contributed. You are leaving your money on the table, walking away, and hoping for the best.

James Franco Should Have Known, Nothing's Private on the Internet

Lydia Lovric | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

James Franco recently came under fire for allegedly flirting with a 17-year-old Scottish girl, via Instagram. "I'm embarrassed, and I guess I'm just a model of how social media is tricky," explained Franco."It's a way people meet each other today, but what I've learned...you don't know who's on the other end." Except that in this case, Franco knew exactly who was on the other end. The girl readily admits to being only 17.

How Intrusive Can 'Acceptable' Online Advertising Be?

Lucy Leiderman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada
Lucy Leiderman

Facebook has also used 'sponsored' stories, allowing advertisers to opt-in to generating ads with real people profiles (a face and a name) endorsing the ad. On March 18, 2014, however, Facebook eliminated the fact that this is a choice -- from now on, all ads may be delivered as sponsored stories.

What I Learned This Week: De Dirt on Debates

Andy Nulman | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

Given that Quebeckers are facing yet another pivotal election on April 7, over the past couple of weeks, I paid close attention to the two political "debates" held between the leaders of the province's four main parties. I bracket the word "debates" with quotation marks, as these two two-hour sessions were debates in name only.

Do You Know The Social Media Secret?

Mitch Joel | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Living
Mitch Joel

The San Francisco based startup Secret (that was founded by two former Google and Square employees) is getting tons of attention, followers and fans. In short, you can write anything that's on your mind, add photos or colors to the background and customize this content while being able to share it, free of judgment, and without attaching any of your personal information or profile to it.

Canadian Musician Loses Guitar, Finds Thousands Of Friends

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 02.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

In just a weekend, B.C. blues musician Harry Manx went through the despair of having his unique Indian guitar stolen from an airport baggage carousel,...

What I Learned This Week: You Are What You Share

Andy Nulman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

These days, given the overwhelming tsunami of social media, the conventional wisdom of who we are has shifted away from us and onto others, to become "You Are What You Share"...whether you choose to share your feelings about food, clothing, French lawyers/politicians, or the act of sharing itself.

WATCH: Amazing Lip Dub Wedding Proposal

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

It's going to be hard to top this one. Alex Chuang wanted to propose to his girlfriend Susie in a big way, so the B.C. man enlisted the help of 80 of ...