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A facebook detox anyone?

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Hold the front page!  British workforce productivity surges as bored office workers all over the UK are forced into actually doing some work.  Sadly, this isn’t the first signal of the end of the recession – this is the news that Facebook is down…causing panic and confusion for many people who insist on living the majority of their lives virtually.

If you are one of those social media addicts who cannot help but log onto their Facebook account every 10 minutes to update the rest of your friends list with your latest banal thought, or the ‘cute thing’ that your dog/cat/child/boyfriend just did…then I beg you…please please please try not to think too hard about all of those little lost Farmville sheep going unattended, the missed poker games and those holiday snaps of your ex girlfriend which are going unstalked.

You’ll only drive yourself insane and they will probably still be there when they eventually sort the server problem out (unless they’ve deleted your whole virtual kingdom by accident of course…<insert evil laugh here>)

UPDATE:  Facebook came back on…


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August 31, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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Keep on Running!

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On Sunday I completed the first Newham 10k race, to raise money for the charity that I work for. 

It was a beautiful sunny day, and the race was brilliantly organised, with the marshall enthusiastic and supportive, and best of all – helpful!  

Various famous sporting personalities such as Tessa Sanderson CBE and Michael Watson were there to cheer the crowd on, and the build up was suitably cheesy…runners began the race with a random mix of 80’s power pop, including M People’s ‘Hero’ and Spandau Ballet’s ‘Gold’.  (I only just resisted the urge to power pull)

 The route itself was interesting – going alongside the half constructed Olympic Stadium (in fact this was part of the marathon route for 2012!).  However, there was a bit of a bottleneck at 2km, which meant there were between 2-4 minutes where we had to walk.  This caused a few grumbles from the ‘pros’ but, to be honest, I welcomed the break! 

My overall time was 1 hour 2 minutes, which meant I finished in 88th place in the women’s race (total of 179 women runners), and in 576th out of 858 total finishers.  Ok, not the fastest time, but it isn’t that bad considering training last weekend consisted of drinking lots of Belgium beer and eating chocolate in Brussels.   Also I beat V by 1 second, so it was all worth it! 

Luckily for me, not one photo of me exists in the official race photographs, so I will leave you with this one of the overall race, taken from the Newham 10k facebook page


I Tweet. Therefore I am?

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Twitter.  It’s where the cool kids are at.

The celebs are using it (@wossy @stephenfry @realhughjackman @alancarr), and the politicians are using it (@downingstreet @tweetminster @mayoroflondon @tweetcongress)

News is discussed as it happens (see the recent @guidofawkes and @derekdraper debacle, and the news channels such as @channel4news ) and even charities are in on the act (@greenpeace @rednoseday2009)

To some people, Twitter is nothing but a boring waste of time (just ‘facebook status updates’), but to others it is a useful micro-blogging tool enabling the quick sharing of information, and a place to meet or ‘follow’ likeminded people and make new connections. 

And of course there are other users who are convinced that Twitter is nothing but a free marketing tool (to those people…or ‘twits…please note:  if you do not have a profile picture, and if you have follow 2,000 people yet only have 3 followers yourself I WILL NOT FOLLOW YOU BACK YOU BIG SPAMMER).

Personally I get a lot of use from Twitter – more so than facebook (which is nothing but shameless voyeurism in my opinion).  As anyone who has read this blog has realised, brevity isn’t one of my strong points – so being forced to keep my ‘tweet’s’ and my bio to under 140 characters really appeals.  It keeps me concise.  I maintain two twitter egos – my personal Twitter which is full of jocular anecdotes (“I just spilled my coffee”) and sagacious observations (“I’m just about to have my tea”), and my professional Twitter ego which is a little more inspiring – i.e. interesting links, tips and news from the organisation I work for.

I have a lot of Twitter joy.  And I’ll sign off with my favourite (amusing) Twitter story this week – the boycotting or mass unfollowing of Ashton Kutcher (aka @aplusk), which included alot of retweeting of the message below:

I’m not following @aplusk. Mainly because I thought Ashton Kutcher was an M4 service station

Twitterific fun

A New Journalism Low…

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Sometimes it feels like journalists and columnists only cling to their jobs and diminishing readerships by jumping on the ‘pointless rage’ bandwagon, and inciting some sort of hatred – whether that be religious, racist, sexist or any other other ‘ist’.

But the story that got me spitting feathers this week is one that truly sinks to new depths of journalism lows.

If you haven’t heard about it already its the Express coverage of the survivors of the Dunblane massacre.

For anyone who hasn’t heard about it, Dunblane was a multiple murder suicide that happened in a primary school in Dunblane in 1996, where 17 young children were killed.

Being 14 at the time, I remember this hideous story well, and the sorrow and shock waves that went through the UK. 

So imagine my disgust (along with many other people’s) when I heard about the front page article  “Anniversary Shame of Dunblane Survivors” by the Sunday Express.  The original article was published on the 8 March, but I only found out about it this week…being that  I never buy the Sunday Express myself (unless the local shop is out of stock of toilet paper).  I found out about this story via the medium of Twitter.

The  “Anniversary Shame of Dunblane Survivors” is an <sarcasm> inspiring example of journalistic tact and congeniality </sarcasm>  about how some of the (now teenage) survivors of the Dunblane massacre are now DRINKING ALCOHOL!  MAKING RUDE GESTURES! and TALKING ABOUT THEIR SEX LIVES!  

Yes you read correctly.  Front page. 

The hack (or is that ‘hick’?) who wrote this piece actually went onto social networking sites such as Facebook, Bebo and YouTube, to track down the survivors.    

The inside heading “SICK MESSAGES SHAME MEMORY OF CLASSMATES” really conveys the subtle sub text these young kids should be ashamed of themselves for surviving and being normal teenagers.  That their behaviour is a hideous affront to their classmates who had died.   They should be ashamed.  (And yes, full names and photos were featured in the original article)

Apart from the fact that this is a particular vicious piece of writing… 

…There is no story

It’s not even news!  Usually just racist and bigoted, the Express seems to have excelled itself with this poisonous piece of journalism.  

Quite rightly, there has been public outcry about this article (see links at the bottom of this email), including a petition for a public apology, which I am supporting.

Of course though, the Express has always been full of nasty, spiteful articles.  People obviously buy this tirade of self opinionated bile…why, I honestly don’t know. 

Ok, my rant is over – check out these links:

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March 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm

To Google or not to Google…?

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google_logoFirstly, I love the fact that the word  “Google” has become a verb!

The point of this blog post is that today I “Googled” someone, and afterwards wondered if this was actually a healthy thing to do or not?  

Is there such a thing as Google etiquette?  When is it ok to “Google” someone and when is it not?

I have also “Googled” myself before, but I am guessing this is ok…if a little narcissistic.  In fact, I presume its also acceptable to “Google” people in the work related arena as well.  

But is there a line to be drawn under Googling friends, family or ex boyfriends?  

The internet allows for so much shameless voyeurism its difficult to know where to draw the line…if in fact there is a line. 

And don’t even get me started on facebook…

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February 5, 2009 at 9:39 pm