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My Son, the Social Network

By: Guest | June 4, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Janet Tyler. The new kids on the block are a royal PITA — but they’re our future. We have to know where they’re going, keep ‘em out of trouble, and maybe see if we can get them to do a little work for us around the neighborhood. These kids—they go by the snooty name, “social media”— aren’t even teenagers yet—Little Twitter [&hellip... Read More
Gini Dietrich

Gin and Topics: Truth is Stranger than Fiction

By: Gini Dietrich | June 1, 2012 | 
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This morning I posted a picture of the temperature on Facebook. It’s 48 freaking degrees in Chicago. On June 1. It was in the mid-90s this past weekend. Heck, I have a great start to my really unattractive cycling tan already. And now it’s too cold and rainy to ride outside. If everyone in this city gets sick, you’ll know why. I hope the weather is [&hellip... Read More
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Government, the Dinosaur, and Finding the Fish

By: Guest | May 31, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Ken Mueller. Quick, go get your daily newspaper (you subscribe, right?). Now flip to the back section…the classifieds, and look for the part labeled something along the lines of “legal notices.” I’ll wait. Ok, now you should see a lot of legal mumbo jumbo in small print about your local city or township having a public meeting to discuss budgetary [&hellip... Read More
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Social Media and Its Effect On Suicide

By: Gini Dietrich | May 31, 2012 | 
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Last year, friend and colleague Trey Pennington took his own life on the grounds of the church where he and his family attended for many years. When the news spread, first on Mashable and then through the more traditional channels, people on Twitter and Facebook were astounded. Though many didn’t know him in real life, they felt like they’d built a strong relationship with him on [&hellip... Read More
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Don’t Believe Everything You Read About Social Media

By: Guest | May 30, 2012 | 
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Today’s guest post is written by Jim Dougherty. When I was a young Lieutenant in the Army there was a crusty Sergeant who enjoyed making my life difficult by telling me why I couldn’t do things. He would always preface his thwarts with the phrase “by regulation.” One day my boss asked me about a project I was working on and I informed him that “by regulation” [&hellip... Read More
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Three Reasons Facebook Camera Will Work

By: Gini Dietrich | May 29, 2012 | 
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Just a few short weeks after Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion, the social network has released its own mobile photo sharing app, aptly called Facebook Camera. It reportedly is just like Instagram, but with a few improvements: It allows full-bleed photos, you can comment and “like” right from the app (instead of going into the Facebook app), it has a few filters, and it moves [&hellip... Read More
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Gin and Topics: Dog Rides Bicycle and Squirrel Learns to Purr

By: Gini Dietrich | May 25, 2012 | 
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It’s time for a long weekend (sorry Canadians, you got yours last weekend)! YAY! And so begins summer in Chicago – the best season this city has to offer. And many days of cycling, which means an awkward tan requiring me to always wear sleeves and skirts at least knee length. I hope you have fun plans for the weekend and will get some sun, some [&hellip... Read More
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Five Step Process for Using the Social Web

By: Gini Dietrich | May 24, 2012 | 
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I had a different blog topic in mind today when I read Danny Brown’s, “Being Where YOU Need to Be, Not Where ‘They’ Say You Should.” He relates a story of a small business owner who went to a conference and the social media expert who spoke advised attendees use all of the social media networks because “you never know where your customer is going to [&hellip... Read More