Social Networking

#ChangeIsInYourHands: A Brief History Of Social Networking, Smartphones, And Social Change

Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Impact

Armed with tools like Twitter, Facebook, and a stunning array of smartphones, a new generation of activists are pushing for social change in new and i...

3 Tips to Build Your Offline and Online Network

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Networking events are speed-dating for sales reps. You put on a name tag on, snack hors d'oeuvres and try to grow business. Most people end up with nothing for one important reason...

How Your Smartphone Can Actually Improve Your Social Life

Joseph Ottorino | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Joseph Ottorino

Maybe it's just my years in telecommunications but I think smartphones are a powerful force for bringing people together. Here are a few easy ways I use my phone to organize my life that may just help you keep your social life from fizzling.

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...

10 Ways to Boost Your Networking Skills

Bobby Umar | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Living
Bobby Umar

So often people exchange business cards and never contact each other. Or they add each other on LinkedIn and the networking dies there. Remember you are building a relationship and you want to be memorable. Following up is critical to making networking work effectively. In fact, by following up you are setting yourself apart from most networkers.

How Understanding 'The 5 Love Languages' Can Help Your Business

Anne Day | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Business
Anne Day

Have you ever read The 5 Love Languages ? It is an interesting book, and one that can help you better understand your partner and other important relationships in your life. I believe in building your business relationships, that you also have to tap into the same languages.

Is 13 Too Young To Be On LinkedIn?

Sulemaan Ahmed | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada
Sulemaan Ahmed

Should 13 year olds think about which university to attend? They have their entire lives to worry about academics, pedigree and careers. As a father, I'm torn as I already feel guilty about too much structure, classes, and tutoring in my child's life. And before you know it they are no longer children.

The Accidental Social Media Guru

Kate Hilton | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Living
Kate Hilton

Here is what I learned from my year-long immersion course (which, now that you know I'm an imposter, you can take or leave): the true magic of social media is not that it mimics real-life behavior, but that it produces social ties in the real -- not merely the online -- world.

2014 Tech Predictions: The Future is More Social, with Less Networks

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

In 2014, the tech world will be less about reaching for mobile devices to check social streams and more about one-to-one or one-to-few connections using apps such as SnapChat and WhatsApp. Real business impact will come from these connective apps and will continue to erode revenues for conventional telcos. The next year will be less about social networks, and more about social connections. Hopefully.

Twitter's IPO: Pay For it, But Don't Expect Equality

Lucy Leiderman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Business
Lucy Leiderman

Twitter is the latest in a string of companies putting users at the whim of hasty policy changes and a rapid monetization policy put in place for IPO. You want to use it? Pay for it. While there's technically nothing wrong with this idea -- Twitter is a company and they should make money -- the fact that they're still alluding to the impression that all users have an equal opportunity in achieving influence is just inaccurate.

How to Make Friends and Inspire People

Tanya Raheel | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Impact
Tanya Raheel

It all starts with a conversation. A real, open and honest conversation about something that really lights you up. When you speak up and share that, you just never know who you might inspire. Here are three easy things you could consider doing today or this week to create something new:

A Retweet Doesn't Really Show You Care

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Impact
Elizabeth Hawksworth

It's time to disconnect and really reach out. I know I need to call more. I know I need to reach out to you, to let you know I love you. It's so easy to think that a Facebook message or Twitter retweet shows my love, but I know it really doesn't let you know just how much you really cross my mind.

Canada's Best Cafés to Work From

Getty Images | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Living

Whether you work from home or are based out of an office, working from a café every now and then can be a great way to get your creative juices flowi...

What Brian Burke's Defamation Lawsuit Means For Social Networks

Steven Skurka | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada
Steven Skurka

Why would Brian Burke, the former general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, launch a defamation lawsuit against a group of seventeen obscure commentators who gossiped online about lurid details of his personal life? The case may serve to showcase the new reality of how online comments are handled in the legal system.

Click "Like" if You Think Disease Is A Bad Thing!

Aviva Rubin | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada
Aviva Rubin

I felt guilty every time I didn't click, the way I used to feel bad about breaking a chain letter that offered treasure in the form of hundreds of people mailing you books or money, or the threat of dire consequences for non-compliance. "The four people who broke this chain died within three days."

How Internet Trolls Make the Boston Tragedy Worse

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada
Jennifer Pellegrini

I couldn't help but wonder what kind of individual downloads a photo of a cute little girl running a race, then, with the full knowledge that what they're doing is fraud, fobs it off as the victim of a heinous attack? Was it not tragic enough that we knew three people had died, dozens were seriously injured and thousands profoundly affected? It made me angry.

How Social Media Connects Us in Tragedy

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada
Lisa Ostrikoff

Within milliseconds of the explosions, #BostonMarathon and #PrayForBoston were trending topics on Twitter. This is today's reality when it comes to tragedy. We live in a day and age where news finds us, we don't need to even look for it. Online, in the midst of tragedy, it's easy to spot those who care... those who don't... and those who would and do dare to make some sort of joke or cast blame before all of the facts have been sorted. While this online always-connected life exposes us to tragedy faster and with more detail and impact than ever before... it also allows us to feel connected, to reach out and support one another like never before.

How the Internet Could End Poverty

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Saeed Selvam

The internet provides an unprecedented gateway to communicate and it's already changed the world in more ways than a few. Heck, it's the only way you're able to see this post! While the internet does wonderous and magical things, I think that it's a force that can help end poverty by creating jobs.

SavvyMom Roundup: Videos That Caught My Eye

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Videos caught my attention last week. I always watch them, but this week I came across a collection I wanted to share with you. They are entertaining, inspiring and clever. Wouldn't it be nice if someone described you like that?

Why Your Company Needs to Be "Liked"

Nick Cowling | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

Consider the rise of Likelihood to Recommend (L2R) as a business metric with growing appeal. Many large businesses have collapsed complex success metrics to judge their own business by asking customers: "Would you recommend me to others?" -- the foundation of L2R or Net Promoter Scores (NPS).

Theatre Reviews Need More Than a "Like"

Keith Tomasek | Posted 08.18.2012 | Canada
Keith Tomasek

Unfortunately for lovers of thoughtful writing, the rise of amateur critiques has corresponded with the fall of professional theatre criticism. Some theatres are even adding a "Twitter section" where audience members can tweet with impunity during a show. Today news organizations are employing fewer full-time journalists to report on arts and culture, and 140 characters is a bit short for a decent review.

Is LinkedIn the New Myspace?

Anne Day | Posted 07.01.2012 | Canada Business
Anne Day

When someone I don't know uses the template and doesn't add any personal note that might peak my interest, then it is "ignore" or delete; whichever is quicker. But if someone reminds me of how we met, or references someone we both know, I'm more inclined to take the risk and accept.

Breaking All of Twitter's Rules

Mitch Joel | Posted 01.29.2012 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

Business books, blog posts, magazine articles, Tumblr feeds, newspaper articles, TV news segments and yes, even tweets, have been written about what it takes for both individuals and brands to be successful on Twitter. Allow me to sum up some of the more commonly-held recommendations for Twitter success.

Can Facebook And Twitter Help You Find An Organ Donor?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.18.2011 | Canada Living

When online entrepreneur Amit Gupta found out he had acute leukemia last month he quickly turned to social media. But it's not why you'd think. Yes...

You Say Facebook, I Say Fakebook

Marc Skulnick | Posted 12.14.2011 | Canada
Marc Skulnick

If you're thinking, "Well, if Facebook bores you that much, don't use it," believe me, I've tried. I "deactivated" my account, but a couple of months later you're curious to see what everyone has been up to and log on, ostensibly to have a quick nose about.