The inclusion of the word 'selfie' in the English Dictionary marks more than just the arrival of a new word, it marks the dawning of an unfortunate new era in narcissism. Einstein famously said, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." But he's a dead dude who didn't have an iPhone, let alone Snapchat.
Often people are aware of their addictive behaviour and would like to stop or slow down. However, the illusion of the addiction can be so powerful that the fear of not being able to cope without it is overwhelming and can suffocate even the smallest attempt to take control of the situation and muster the confidence to change.
These days I always get likes on all my posts, and I usually get a bunch of comments and shares too among my 16,000 fans. I've worked out some key ingredients that are pretty much guaranteed to put a spark into your Facebook page and get people talking. I've made them easy to remember too, because they are the 3 Qs.
Communicators - politicians, corporate spokespeople, charity campaigners - have always faced challenges when trying to get their messages through to voters, consumers and the public...
Two weeks ago, I was Verified on Twitter. While outwardly meaningless, gaining that simple Blue Tick has since taken me on a journey of self-discovery which I never expected, and I hope will never end.
If my blog post is impeccably well-timed and I manage to rise above the sheer volume of words on screen, I then risk something far worse than apathy, far greater than insignificance... I risk comments.
Listening to the political gurglings of right-wing commentators a vision is painted of a monolithic BBC acting as an anti establishment, subversive enemy within.
The freedom and sense of community that comes with social networking is a wonderful thing, perhaps the most wonderful thing of the online age. But it comes with responsibility. If you intend to write about current affairs, publishing your unmoderated comments to however many pairs of eyes around the world, you must have an understanding of what you can and cannot say. It is no longer good enough to simply say "I didn't realise."
Looking at the impact of digital on media from a service design perspective, it seems to me that media brands don't have a monetisation challenge, they actually have a 'limitless opportunity' challenge, in other words, getting to grips with the many opportunities that digital technology now offers.
Whoever you are, @GayFootballerUK, may I be among the first to throw my hat in the ring and give you my full support. I salute you.
While there is no secret formula to creating engaging social media content, the best examples of content have two things in common: the content is original and it has been distributed in the right way to the right people.
A friend of mine recently confessed that her daughter asked for a brazilian wax because boys won't go out with girls unless they have them. She also refuses to wear anything other than a g-string. She is 14.
Death in the time of facebook, twitter and any social website that allows access to public viewing, is a mega public affair. Suicide notes, were never this public ever before. Never mind, the person who posted his last note of declaration of death and apology, professing love - cannot even be held accountable.
Sandberg claimed that the type of insecurity she feels as a high-powered executive is not only reinforced in the workplace but also instilled at a young age, making the point that accusations of being 'aggressive' in the workplace have evolved from the childhood equivalent, 'bossy'.
The importance of your digital profile can't be overlooked. It can propel you into the stratosphere of cyberfame within minutes, as the two chaps above know well. More realistically, a complete, professional, grammatically-correct digital profile can give you a huge advantage when it comes to recruitment.
On 27 October Pope Francis celebrated his account's ten millionth worldwide follower with a tweet. Such an engagement with new technologies may indeed be a truly important step on the Church's path to renovation... However, it also entails a much greater challenge; one that the Vatican might not be entirely prepared to take up.