September 11, 2018 |

Acronyms Used Online Part 1

SLANG: Secret Language

WHIPs: short for Women who are Hot, Intelligent and in their Prime.

Prancercise:  another one I came upon by accident, Prancerising is having its 5 minutes of fame on YouTube (go and do a search, I know you want to!). Wikipedia bills it as a holistic fitness method based on “a springy, rhythmic way of moving forward, similar to a horse’s gait and ideally induced by elation”.  It was created by an American woman, Joanna Rohrback and has been compared to the low-impact aerobics that were popularized by 1980s workout videos.

ELI5: Used when someone gives a complex explanation for an event and you need them to make it simpler, you ask them to “explain it like I’m 5 years old”, or ELI5.

PAW: used by teenagers to indicate that parents are watching.

TIL: When you come across some information that isn’t new but is new to you, so you share it then add the tag TIL – “today I learned”.

TIA:  thanks in advance.  Personally, I really dislike the use of this one as if you can’t be bothered to write it in full then you don’t come across as being thankful.

Tags: , ,
| Posted in Internet Explorer, Internet search, Miscellaneous, social networking | Comments Off on Acronyms Used Online Part 1
June 3, 2018 |

Latest data on social media use

Latest research from the Pew Research Center shows that since the Center began surveying the use of different social media in 2012, Facebook remains the primary platform for most Americans. Roughly two-thirds of U.S. adults (68%) now report that they are Facebook users, and roughly three-quarters of those users access Facebook on a daily basis. With the exception of those 65 and older, a majority of Americans across a wide range of demographic groups now use Facebook.

But the social media story extends well beyond Facebook. The video-sharing site YouTube – which contains many social elements, even if it is not a traditional social media platform – is now used by nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults and 94% of 18- to 24-year-olds.
Read the full findings here:

Tags: , ,
| Posted in Facebook, Internet search, LinkedIn, social networking, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Latest data on social media use
April 7, 2018 |

How safe are you being online?

It is easy to get carried away with sharing information online, particularly on sites such as Facebook, as we tend to think of this as an audience of friends not foes (as a side note, I am sure most of you would also have read some of the recent media reports in regard to the on-selling of private information that users have supplied to Facebook).

However…not all your friends may have positioned their security settings to within their circle of friends and may well be sharing their information publicly and/or with people who are strangers to you– which means that if you make comments or share something with a Facebook friend to their page and this person has set their privacy to ‘public’ for all posting, then whatever you posted to that page can automatically be seen by anyone, anywhere.  A good example of how privacy may be unwittingly breached is my ticket to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (which was great by the way).


When I shared a photo of my ticket with my Facebook friends I ensured that my thumb obscured both the seat allocation and which session I was attending – and I posted it after I had seen the show, not while I was there. Why? Because even though I generally trust my friends and my settings are secure, had I shared the version on the right, then potentially ‘the world’ would know what I was doing and when – because I have no way of knowing who of my friends is sharing information publicly and/or with others who I do not know personally – so this situation means I had no control around where these details ended up and with whom. So if I had shown the ticket freely while sitting at the theatre, I would have unwittingly made it known exactly where I was on that day and where to find me should someone feel like robbing or accosting me – and depending on who in my circle knows where I live, that ticket would be an open invitation to my home being empty given I was at the theatre.  The same goes for airline tickets, yes it is tempting to show off your ticket Europe, but as far as I’m concerned, you may as well leave your doors and windows open while you are away!

So, without being alarmist, I suggest you fully acquaint yourself with all the options around security when using Facebook, just go to Settings then locate the Privacy icon and ensure you are in control of your own privacy and security. If you are unsure of what to select and why, please do some homework and Google articles, tips and tricks around being safe online.

Tags: , ,
| Posted in Facebook, social networking | Comments Off on How safe are you being online?
March 13, 2018 |

Social Media Explained

I am currently putting together a presentation on social media for seniors and along the way I came across this great graphic which explains things rather clearly:





| Posted in Apps, social networking | Comments Off on Social Media Explained
June 19, 2013 |

Create Emoticons for Facebook

Facebook Symbols

Smiley and sad faces are made the same way as in a Word document (e.g. colon right bracket for a smiley and colon left bracket for a sad face), however there are lots of others that you can incorporate if you are a Facebook user:

  • Type  (y) and this produces a thumbs up graphic
  • Type  >: ( for a grumpy face graphic
  • Type  <3 to produce a heart graphic
  • Type :p for a face with tongue poking out.

April 10, 2012 |


Pinterest is a virtual image board that allows user to collate images which take their fancy , place them onto this site and share them with others.  Once you are invited onto this website (you need to put in a request or be referred by an existing user), you are given a space or ‘board’ onto which you pin (paste) images that you like and other Pinterest members can see them.

It is said that that the demographic of highest use  are women in the mid twenties to thirties.

However many people have written about the troubling aspect of users not bothering to credit the original artist / photographer and/or website or link back to the original as well as the having issues with the Pinterest terms of service; which are are said to be written to give Pinterest rights to photos that the pinners themselves do not own.

A blog post explaining it well appears here:

Read about the the terms of service and potential problems in these two articles:




Tags: ,
| Posted in social networking | Comments Off on Pinterest
January 27, 2011 |

I Love LinkedIn!

Don’t ask me why, but until recently I hadn’t given much effort to my LinkedIn profile – of course I had one, but it really only had the mininum like name, website and telephone number!  Since putting some time and effort into my profile I have reconnected from people I have worked with or had business dealings with in the past and I absolutely love it as a way of effortless networking.If you’ve not looked at it, is a professional networking site where people showcase their work histories, skills and achievements. It’s not difficult to use—if you can type your resume in Word or fill in an online form, then you are good to go for using LinkedIn. Businesses routinely use this site to look over someone’s credentials if they are considering them for a contract or employment. Once you have joined make links to others you know professionally, and take the opportunity to have past and present clients or colleagues write you a recommendation or write one for them.Companies also habitually advertise positions and contracts here, making it an ideal site for coming across work opportunities. I have one consultant friend who routinely makes a LinkedIn connection to every person he meets both in a personal and professional capacity and now has a network of 500 people—making their connections available to him if he wants to leverage an introduction.

  1. Type into your browser.
  2. Click on Join Today and follow the prompts to set-up a username and account.
  3. Load up details on your current employer and previous employers (listing previous employers makes it easy for people you have worked with previously to find and link to you). Look through the available groups you may like to join, for example I went to Deakin University, so I have joined the Deakin Alumini.
  4. Thereafter you will only need to Login to view your profile and contacts.

August 19, 2010 |

Restricting Social Media Tools at the Office

It remains a tricky issue for most IT departments, allow or restrict access to social media tools because of the perception that staff will waste time on them rather than working. My experience is that most companies where I train (aside from one of Melbourne’s largest councils, City of Boroondara) restrict the use of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc. The opposing argument is that it shouldn’t be a matter of restricting/not restricting, but having clear use policies in place and as Andrew Milroy, CIO magazine maintains, restricting access to social media risks placing an organisation at a competitive disadvantage.  But leveraging off social media is still such a new concept I think it is difficult for organisations to get their heads around letting employees represent them online or feeling comfortable about the fact that they are tweeting or updating their status during work hours.Read his full article here.

| Posted in social networking | Comments Off on Restricting Social Media Tools at the Office
August 11, 2010 |

Facebook Bloopers

I was just over catching up on news at Tech Republic and read a blog post by Toni Bowers, Facebook and Personal Brand Suicide. I’ve said this before myself many times, once its out there on the Internet it can haunt you for years to come – if in doubt take a look at for some posts that people probably regret!16/8: As a postscript to this post,  check out the article  How Twitter Can Make or Break Your Career.

July 20, 2010 |

Facebook and Social Capital

I read a very interesting article in the New Scientist (‘Why Facebook friends are worth keeping’ 14/7/2010) discussing the benefits of having expanded friend networks that reach far and above the number of friends a person could manage in a real-life context.  The magic number evidently for real life relationships is 150, scientists say we don’t have the capacity or time for any more than that.While many folks can’t see the point of having virtual friends who they may never meet face to face; this article quotes a study which argues that these so called “loose ties” serve the function of providing a form of social support which is considered beneficial—even if the support and affirmation comes from friendship ties that could be considered weak.   Read the article