You saw it, I saw it. It's the picture that rocked a billion monitors today. A TMZ "reporter" is probably asking someone irrelevant about it right now.
Seems like everyone and their hairstylist has an opinion on Renee's new face and we've been plastering them on Twitter and Facebook all day. Everyone has forgotten one very important detail, though: Set delightfully in that "new" face are two pairs of eyes... Eyes that belong to a person who reads.
Your flight has just been delayed for a third time and you're frustrated, waiting to head toward the runway you tweet out the status of your departure for friends and family to see. Suddenly, you're being asked to leave the plane. It sounds impossible, but it happened to Lisa Carter-Knight on her flight home from Philadelphia.
Have you been thinking about starting your own blog? Maybe you see posts being shared around on Facebook and think “I could do that,” or maybe you are interested in learning how so many bloggers always seem to get free stuff. To help you out, I’ve created this super awesome and completely non-scientific quiz to help you answer, once and for all, that age old question: Should I be a blogger?
Please choose one answer for each of the following questions.
You know how sometimes you just want to get away from it all? Maybe you close your curtains and turn off your phone for a few hours to decompress, or maybe, like this 25-year-old artist from Amsterdam, you convince your friends and family you've gone on vacation for two months when really you're just hiding out at home.
When it comes to conferences I've had a bit of experience. I've spent the better part of the last ten years working all sides of them, from planning and development, to attending for work, to presenting at a booth to doing workshops or speaking. In that time technology has become more and more important to the way we interact and connect at these type of events. Where in the "old days" conferences were a "turn your tech off and pay attention" kind of environment, these days tech is more integrated into the event than ever before.
When you live your life online, which most of us do these days, you realize that everything is just made up of words. Words on blogs, flying past you on news feeds and in instant messages. After a while those words seem to lose their power, their attachment to reality. It becomes easier and easier to say what you think — even if you probably shouldn’t.
I really dislike making dinner. In fact, I loathe it. I don’t mind cooking, even the cleaning up part isn’t bad, but figuring out what to make can be an insurmountable challenge. My kids always want different things, while my husband and I have really different taste in food. It can make for a confusing trip to the grocery store and for dinner prep, that's for sure!
"Mama, am I your favourite baby?" Cash asked me as we cuddled together on the couch.
"You're my favourite Cashy!" I said and squeezed him tighter. What I really wanted to say was, "You're my favourite today because your brother rubbed toothpaste in the carpet and launched himself off of the staircase before I'd even had my morning coffee." But I couldn't say that, obviously!
It’s been so long since I intentionally smiled. I smile a lot, at home, at the mirror in the privacy of my bathroom. The smile I smile at myself in the mirror on my wall at home is a lot different than the smile I smile when I’m smiling for something. It’s a lot more like the one I gleam at my children when they surprise or delight me. My mirror smile is my honest smile, the smile I give to you isn’t.
I was thinking about what I would do if one of my children ever ended up in the eye of a viral internet typhoon. We've seen how fast the media can get swept up in a story that has gone viral online. Nothing is private anymore and I need to teach them how critical it is to be safe online and offline. I need to teach them that before their resume gets a second look a Google search will be done on their name. Things that in the past would've never made a blip on a background check could now blow their chances at a job, or worse.
Family trips. New babies. Engagements and weddings. Changing jobs. These are all the milestones most of us experience in our lives. Being able to share those milestones electronically with family and friends is just one of the ways that social media has opened up our lives and changed the way that we interact with each other every day. While we are now smart enough (for the most part) to lock up our profiles and milestones to the general public, we have also learned that what we put on the internet stays on the internet.
Say what you want about kids and social media, but you never know when your kid having a Facebook account might save your life!
Such is the case of 10-year-old Brianna Vance from Henlawson, WV, who was at home with her father and his two friends when a major storm rolled through their town. Her dad, Gregory Vance, and his two friends were sitting on the front porch of their home when the storm caused a tree to fall and land on them.
Throughout the years, I've loved trying out new social networks. Although some (Facebook) are better than others (MySpace), each of them does a fairly good job of covering their own little corner of the interwebs. Most are used in different ways and, if used efficiently, can be a great way to connect with people through storytelling, pictures, and microblogs. One network that my business clients always seem to get stuck on is Instagram! Trying to tell a story in words or tweets is easy, but doing that with pictures can be tough.
We prepare for almost every bad scenario in our lives these days. Car insurance. Home insurance. Health insurance. Dental. Yet, for some reason, I often hear stories from friends and acquaintances who lost all of their precious photos, articles, or even much needed information due to equipment failure, technological glitches, and mother nature.
With literally hundreds of thousands of apps in the App Store and thousands of games, tech gadgets, and attention-grabbers on the market, sometimes it can be hard to make a good, or even informed buying decision.