I am an avid Tweeter and Instagramer with touches of Facebook and Pinterest on the side. What's better than connecting with your loved ones wherever they are in the world, posting a selfie when you feel good, and keeping up to date with world news, trends and your favourite celebrities and brands at the swipe of your finger. But like all good things in life, there is ultimately a downside...
It's 00:30 on December 4th 2014. Russia has invaded Chechnya again. Maybe. Reports say that Chechnyan rebels have killed some police officers. Six rebels, or maybe fifty, or maybe three hundred. Others are speculating that with the number of reported military vehicles it must be more, but the number of military vehicles is unconfirmed. Putin's motorcade has been spotted rushing to the Kremlin. Nobody is quite sure what is going on.
Even moving away from voluntarily saturating yourself, I wonder if, as Chris Rock suggested, the advent of the smartphone is destined to push stand-ups into doing 'safer' material, for fear of offending/losing the crowd, having it uploaded before it's ready and getting lynched for being racist, sexist or slanderous. I worry that he's right.
Twitter is often written off as a haunt for teenagers, celebrities and media darlings, but it also provides opportunities for experienced professionals to advance their careers...
Whether you are just getting started on you are a little way down the line of your entrepreneurial awesomeness, keeping those goddam overheads low, low, LOW is key in making some actual monies.
In my day, compared to today, it was a simpler form of bullying - not that I am condoning it in any way - but it was face to face, name calling, physical and mental hurts, you knew the name and the face of the bullies, you knew the familiar outlines as they came towards you so you could run in the opposite direction. Today not only do you have to contend with what I went through you also have to contend with the cyber bullying - the nameless and faceless who say the most disgusting things because they feel they have an anonymity and an autonomy to behave without repercussion.
Tweets like this, when viewed as part of a much bigger picture, are a direct threat to the idea that your job should be as safe as possible, that your time spent at work shouldn't make you weep blood and that you should get a fair wage for a fair day's work. TfL aren't just throwing shade at the RMT, they're throwing it at all of us.
The guilt and responsibility for that lies with the terrorists who committed the crime. The security services - as the name implies - have the job of keeping us secure. But there is a public consensus that anyone in a position to prevent that terrible vicious murder should have done so.
Earlier this week, BuzzFeed released a report looking at media and technology trends during 2014, based on what they've noticed from their own extensive data analysis. One point that really caught my attention was this section on mobile.
Right now, brands are devoting significant resources to growing their social fan and follower counts, which are little more than vanity metrics. Social media is merely a referral tool, directing target audiences towards valuable content that you, as a publisher, have determined they need and most importantly, want.
It's Monday morning and Ellie's recycling hasn't been collected, frustrated she sends a DM to the council Twitter account on her way out of the house. Using geolocation it dispatches a drone to go collect the bag that was missed by the refuse collection and sends her a picture to show it being removed.
I believe that due to this need for support making decisions, people with learning difficulties are treated as a cultural minority by a range of services in a manner other disabled people do not experience. By this I mean they are expected throughout their lives to live, work and play together and make decisions together as 'people with learning difficulties'.
Today, social channels have cemented themselves as pivotal elements in our communications ecosystems, helping us to manage our busy lives and stay connected at all times, but our attitudes to sharing are beginning to change.
Social media can challenge the power of private influence over our collective consciousness. Social media, and the internet more generally, can liberate the population from the monologic, undemocratic and unaccountable media that has historically played too large a part in dictating our political future.
It's no secret that we're extremely connected, some of us even online-addicts. We mindlessly trail social media sites, taking in everything that flickers in front of our eyes, some helpful, some not. The 'belfies', yoga poses you couldn't even do if you were Stretch Armstrong and tiny, everything-free meals; well, that stuff comes under not so helpful.
Brands and their respective agencies keep talking about influencer targeting and marketing and getting things done for free; music to directors and investors ears. But this is the biggest mistake they've been making for years. If you are going to get things done for free; be prepared to face bad reputation and loss of revenue in the years to come.