Social Media depends on you: Report the Spammers

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Social Media depends on you Report the Spammers

In the last ten years the term known as “spamming” has become a little more undefined since sharing content is an important factor with using social media.

Since the increase in sharing has occurred one must still be aware of what spamming looks like and how to differentiate between someone sharing something with you and someone who is spamming you.

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The Inner Workings of the Internet

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To many of us the Internet seems like a galaxy of 0’s and 1’s or a gaping black hole; since we use it but don’t necessarily know how it works or how it calculates the information we request for within search.

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Saying Goodbye to my Cat Culloden

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As I sit here writing this I am in mourning; grief of a loved one is never easy and when you lose a spirit that has brought so much joy it saddens you to the deepest parts or your soul.

I have always been an animal lover, one of the greatest gifts my parents ever gave me was a life filled with animals. It taught me at a young age many lessons about love and kindness that I have carried with me into my adult years; lessons that cannot be told through words but experienced through taking care of and interacting with an animal to fully understand the true symbolism of loyalty and unconditional love.

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The Internet Video of the Year is Out of this World

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All aboard! Memories to the moon and back.

YouTube is a fantastic hub for variety and many people use it to share their lives or make music videos like the now infamous “Gangnam Style,” or videos of awesome cats and dogs. This year I have yet to have been as amazed as I am with a video about a Father who sends his son’s toy train into space.

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You Wear Your Heart upon Your Sleeve but should you wear it upon Your IP?

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Sometimes it can prove difficult to determine how much of yourself you want people online to know about you. I am not talking about detailed personal information here; I am referring to your personality.

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Why Do We Still Hide Behind Avatars?

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Why Do We Still Hide Behind Avatars

A human connection begins online when someone can believe you are real.

I get it, I do. I understand that in a way hiding behind an avatar is a bit of a safety net and posting a true picture of yourself may leave you a bit vulnerable.

As a female, in the 90’s that is all I did, never would I ever think a day would come that I would feel comfortable enough to show my true identity, since back then the Internet was “evil” and completely “unsafe” and since I was just a youngster, an avatar was and still is ideal.

However, it seems that other adults have yet to transition into using their real identities when socializing online and besides the security factor; I am unsure why that is.

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Worried about the New Klout Infringing on Privacy? Here are the Facts

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Worried about the New Klout Infringing on Privacy

The social influence measuring site, Klout has made some drastic changes to not only its look but to its algorithm in order to provide users with a more accurate score.

If you are not familiar with the changes that Klout has made (for some it is still rolling out) and are curious, check out the article I wrote on Techi “Klout launches a more accurate score with more features to come (Video)” to find out the changes that are either coming or have already been implemented.

Those who are up to speed on the most recent changes Klout has made, our curiosity surrounding its “Moments” feature has arisen a fear of possibly conflicting with our privacy.

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Consoling the Soul through Social Media

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Consoling the Soul through Social Media

Everyone loses someone, for some, we lose many. It is never an easy process; in fact it is a time when you may feel most vulnerable and even perhaps isolated.

As I just lost my grandmother, I write with a heavy heart and sadness is all around me. The world stops still when you hear the passing of a family member, your link to your reason of life. Without her, I would not be alive, nor would other people that I deeply love and the thoughts of mortality sets in arising awareness to the lives of loves around you.

Every time life is lost, a sense of silence overcomes you; like a candle blown out, you are now in a dark place. This place creaks with sounds of loneliness and echoes of memories play on in your head of the person who is now no longer physically here.

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Unfollowing the Debbie Downer

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Unfollowing the Debbie Downer

We all have slumps that we go through, periods of life that are black holes that swallow us up and make us feel down. These are normal moments in which we have to have a little rain to enjoy the rainbow, and soon enough the sun will pop back out again and you will feel like your normal self.

In the meantime, taking your negativity to social networks can be soothing, perhaps even therapeutic. Having an outlet to say what is on your mind can be a sense of release and with friends and family able to send motivational thoughts and wishes this can be a form of cheering you up and helping you get through the rough patch.

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What I would say to my 13 Year Old Self Today

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What I would say to my 13 Year Old Self Today

Dear Thirteen Year Old Me,

I know right now it must seem like the most difficult time in your life, your parents don’t understand you, your popularity is lacking and pimples seem to be your new best friends.

You try and fit in the best way you can with the trends and the money your parents can afford and you attempt to speak to your parents as openly as you can, but you’re 13 and they speak gibberish to you, so your diary is a safe haven for your words.

People are mean, not in total but they aren’t always thinking about how you are feeling and your egocentric phase has come to visit you as it did when you were a two year old, but you don’t even know it. You are simply thinking that people are talking about that pimple on your face, how much weight you have gained since grade 6 and that you haven’t had a boyfriend… in like… well ever.

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