Monday, March 18, 2013
Social media will help him stay in touch with constituents.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine launched his official Senate office Twitter and Facebook accounts Monday. The accounts will provide constituents with updates on Kaine’s daily activities in the Senate, travels across Virginia, information on agency assistance and constituent service updates, according to a news release from his office. “I’m excited to reach out to Virginians through Facebook and Twitter to show them what I’m working on in Washington and across the Commonwealth,” said Kaine. “I hope they don’t hesitate to communicate with my office through social media to share their opinions on issues, seek assistance with federal agencies, and give any advice they have for me in the Senate.” The Senate office Twitter account is @SenKaineOffice and …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Sandy's wrath rendered solemnity but also elicited — perhaps, as a means to cope with the anxiety and stress of such an unprecedented storm — gallows humor.
Certainly, Hurricane Sandy was no laughing matter. Making landfall in New Jersey Monday night, she wreaked havoc up and down the East Coast, leaving behind 55 dead, 8.2 million without power and untold billions of dollars in damage. Her wrath rendered solemnity but also elicited — perhaps, as a means to cope with the anxiety and stress of such an unprecedented storm — gallows humor. Before, during and after the hurricane, social media buzzed relentlessly and unapologetically with witty (and sometimes, depraved) commentary. Here are some amusing tweets — from both famous people and every day Joe’s — I spotted while perusing Twitter: Tracy Carracedo @StandUpTracy To my neighbors who thumbed their noses at me after impressively raking …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
While we prepared, rode through and assessed the damage, technology informed us, entertained us and connected us to friends and family.
The oft-repeated advice in news reports, conversations with family and on-line in the lead up to the storm was to charge your cell phones. The new twist this year was the addition of instructions on how to use Twitter via text messaging (SMS). The Wall Street Journal included it in a list of storm-related apps and advice. Twitter shared its own list of who to follow for emergency updates (as did Patch in Northern Virginia). For complete Hurricane Sandy coverage from Patch, click on the news tab above and then click on the Hurricane Sandy section. The American Red Cross encourages us to post that we are Safe and Well in areas that may be cut off from reliable information in situations when disasters lead to mass displacements of people. …
Friday, October 19, 2012
When an event has everyone's attention, join the conversation using Twitter hashtags.
Twitter is changing the way we interact during special events. By searching a topic via hashtag (the symbol # and a keyword following) you can get on-the-ground updates, news, insights and trivia from those on the social network. Following the space jump This Sunday my family was transfixed by the space jump by Felix Baumgartner. In the midst of a relaxing Sunday afternoon my husband was reminded via Twitter that the rescheduled event was on. He jumped onto the YouTube stream. Walking by the home office I noticed the video image and jumped on my own computer to watch. I was never able to get onto the YouTube stream (over three million people were watching at that point), but the various data such as altitude, speed, temperature all were …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
In the age of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn some tips on finding, connecting and getting a new job.
The growth of social media has changed how we shape our careers, and can present problems if you're not careful. If you think of social media as a method of connecting online with people far and wide that is archived for posterity, it should help you understand how that can enhance your career options and how negative information can work against you. This doesn't mean that you can't be yourself. Just remember that the Internet is not your personal diary and sometimes your inner monologue might need a filter. Remember the "social" in social media. People want to work with sociable people who are able to communicate clearly, seem likeable, have interesting things to say and who don't offend their sensibilities. If you are taking to these …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tools for keeping current with your Olympic favorites.
Swimming, track and field, and gymnastics are classic Summer Olympic events. Who knew canoe and kayak, handball, and trampoline are as well? Beyond their playing surfaces, what is the difference between volleyball and beach volleyball? We’re about to find out, when the London Games begin on Friday, July 27 and end Sunday, August 12. The primary website, www.london2012.com, is the place to bookmark. Olympic Movement, NBC, ESPN and of course the BBC offer more content than you can consume. Summer Olympics assures variety with over 30 individual sports and glimpses into the preparation and endurance of the athletes who compete for their countries. 2012 marks the first fully digital Olympic games. Your SmartPhone and Tablet will let you see …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Award-winning author called it the “ultimate irresponsible medium”
Jonathan Franzen hates Twitter. Last week, the famed author of "The Corrections" and "Freedom", spoke at Tulane University and said that the social networking tool is "unspeakably irratating." “Twitter stands for everything I oppose... It’s hard to cite facts or create an argument in 140 characters," Franzen said. "It’s like if Kafka had decided to make a video semaphoring 'The Metamorphosis.' Or it’s like writing a novel without the letter ‘P’… It’s the ultimate irresponsible medium. People I care about are readers—particularly serious readers and writers—these are my people. And we do not like to yak about ourselves.” Since the speech, literary circles have been buzzing. Is Franzen Right? When the topic of Twitter comes up, I often …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
To pin or not to pin: Pinterest is compared to an online corkboard.
Pinterest is the new kid on the block in photo sharing social networking. According to comScore, Pinterest reported 11 million visits each week in December 2011, and 11.7 million users by January 2012. It initially launched in December 2010. Pinterest’s mission is to “connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting.” A good description is virtual scrapbooking. To start, go to www.pinterest.com and register for an account. It takes a few days to hear back that your request has turned into an invite. You link your Facebook or Twitter accounts to your Pinterest account to ease connection between your major social networks. Then you can use the regular or mobile Pinterest Websites or iPhone app to manage your pins. A…
Monday, March 5, 2012
Follow @fairfaxpolice for updates and information.
Fairfax County residents can now follow the Fairfax County Police Department on Twitter. The department announced the launch of its account—@fairfaxpolice—on Tuesday in an email release. “The agency will tweet news releases, updates to the website, information on public meetings, and other information that may be of interest to the county’s one-million-plus residents,” according to the release. The department is encouraging residents to use Twitter to ask general questions, which will be answered during office hours between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Crimes should not be reported on the new social media platform—anyone with information regarding a crime should call 911 for emergencies or 703-691-2131 for non-emergencies.