Social Network? It’s Like Two Peas in a Pod

Pea pod Originally uploaded by JussiV When we see two people who are alike, we often say that they are “two peas in a pod”. Sometimes this relates to appearance, but it can equally apply to behaviour or attitude. One of the things that is interesting about the community side of social networks is that we are able to reach past the differences that...

Frozen Pea Friday

My Pea-vatar for Frozen Pea Friday Originally uploaded by conniereece I read this week (unfortunately I can’t remember where), that you KNOW you are part of a community when you disappear from it for a while and the community members come looking for you. And this is what is a revelation about social media — not only do we participate in the big...

The Lazy Worker’s Guide to Office Politics

Found in my office Originally uploaded by kaymoshusband No matter where you are in your career, you are bound to come into contact with office politics. Like all kinds of politics, however, sometimes it works in your favour, other times it can tear your heart out. Early in my career I got caught in some office politics and suffered badly from it. But, it did...

Stop Kids Finding Bad Stuff on the Web

quintura Originally uploaded by servantofchaos If you are like me, at this time of year we get together with our extended families. This inevitably means kids, toys and a bit of technology thrown in. And each year I think to myself, “I must install those parental controls on my computer”, so that I can happily let my inquisitive nephews search the...

Number of Chinese Bloggers Exceeds Population of Australia

When I was last in China, I spent quite a lot of time with kids like the ones in this photo. I was attending an exhibition in the holiday resort of Hangzhou (which also happens to be one of the regional centres of technology and animation) with hundreds of other vendors. My focus during the event was to engage and entertain kids with some interactive and...