Thea’s Social Media Round up of the Last Week (or Two)

A Year Without the Net? Sounds like Heaven (and Hell)

One of my friends, Heather, always says “Facebook is the Devil”…and sometimes, I actually agree with her. The shite-talking, narcissistic whines, the self-absorbed photos, the rants, the attention-seeking, roller coaster of emotions and that’s just me…Ha! Well sort of. Sometimes guilty as charged.

Really there are some days I’d like to come off Facebook, and indeed all Social Media, completely. No more friends or followers, no more likes, no more +1s or shares, no more happy couples/baby/kid/family shots, politics, religion, “get me a million likes and I’ll get this” type posts…

The irony is that my job IS the doing of social media – all day, every day. I seldom get a reprieve. So this morning when this one was shared it really struck a cord:

“It’s reprogramming our relationships, our emotions, and our sensitivity,”

And it has – well, mine anyway…

Check out this article I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet

I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet

May 1, 2013 · The Verge · By Paul Miller on May 1, 2013 10:40 am… One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was “corrupting my soul.” It’s a been a year now since I “surfed the web” or “checked my email” or “liked” anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I’ve managed to stay disconnected, just like I planned….Open this article

But of course the flip side to this coin is that also the Internet can be fun, informative, thought-provoking (like the above article) and inspiring – to name but a few. it’s those sorts of content shares and articles that keep me logged on 24/7 (it seems).

So in a sort of “Thea’s Social Media Finds for the Week” – here some are.

1) The 17 Problems You Haven’t Had since the 90s.

Oh boy, this one made me giggle, so it did. Let’s face it, we can all use more laughter in our lives, can’t we?

17 problems you haven’t had since the 90s

17 problems you haven't had since the 90s

May 2, 2013 · · How time flies. It only seems like last week that Ant & Dec were in the charts. Oh, wait a minute… Whilst Dawson’s Creek may not have given us timeless drama or gritty realism, it wasn’t all bad. Michelle Williams has since been nominated for an Oscar, Katie Holmes has married (and divorced) the most famous scientologist on the planet, and Dawson’s crying face has become one of the best memes we’ve seen in ages. Seriously, the 90s problems meme…Open this article
Of a similar ilk, comes,…

2) Six Modern Uses Of The Yellow PagesSix Modern Uses Of The Yellow Pages

This one is from my fellow NSDesign consultant, Brian Tait, who shared it on his G+ stream a day or two ago. Really, I can’t believe they still print these things…It made me smile. Hope you like it too!

May 2, 2013 · The Poke: · May 2, 2013 Next > Simon’s Book Review by Doghouse Like The Poke on Facebook and you will never be bored again. Tags: comics, phonebook. Open this article

3) For something a little different…Particularly people who can be, well a bit anal about grammar, spelling and punctuation this one is for you.

Small business good punctuation guide >

Small business good punctuation guide >

May 2, 2013 · Small Business Heroes · A guide to impressing customers with your excellent spelling and grammar skills This entry was posted in Advice on May 2, 2013 by Heather. Perfect punctuation Did we mention spelling mistakes and bad grammar make us cry? That we shed a tear for every mis-used apostrophe? That we weep uncontrollably every time somebody says ‘’should of’ instead of ‘should have’?…Open this article

4) Another bit of humour found via a new Twitter follower Tim Grimes (love his domain name: – with a Pope CV as if it were on Linkedin. Clever. I’ve seen a few of these (if not LinkedIn, than one that looks like an Amazon product page) – but this one did make me smile this week, so it gets included!

Pope’s Job On LinkedIn?

Pope’s Job On LinkedIn?

May 3, 2013 ·

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I am not religious, and do hope that that last share doesn’t offend anyway. If so, so be it though…

I’ve saved the best for last.

I love music and I love movies but I loathe musicals – for the most part. So when I saw this on a friend’s Facebook page, I knew I had to watch it!!

5) From Honest Trailers it’s a piss-take on Les Miserable. A movie you couldn’t pay me to sit through – despite the cast and its accolades. Quite honestly, I laughed OUT LOUD through this whole thing – to the point I had tears streaming down my face…

I hope you find this one as funny as I did. Or even half as funny as I did.

That wraps up my wrap up for another week. I am off out into the semi-Scottish-sunshine now. In preparation for an up-coming walk – I have to do about 7 or 8 miles today. I’ve no idea where I am going. I guess I will know when I get there.

PS: This blog was written using SPUNDGE a tool I highly recommend to anyone who writes blogs or newsletters or deals with content of any kind. If you would like to be shown how to use the tool email me – simply my name at this domain name!

Thea’s Ted Talk Tuesday – #1

Recently, I’ve been watching a fair few Ted Talks. I’ve always been interested in them but of late they’ve been quite a fascination – almost an obsession!

I think it started with my friend Heather recommending this one last month. I’d seen it last year (I think it was my cousin Lisa who recommended it then,…) But for some reason, when I watched it this year, it just really struck a cord. If you haven’t seen it – I do highly recommend it. It’s funny, thought-provoking and totally utterly human! It’s by Brene Brown and it turns out this talk has been totally life changing for her…You can find other more recent videos of hers after this one ends. They’re all worth watching in my humble opinion.

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

April 16, 2013 · · Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share. (Filmed at TEDxHouston.) Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Full bio »

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It actually has inspired me to want to write a 20 minute (or more) talk to take to Edinburgh or some other Ted Talk somewhere. So that’s on my long-term goals now. If she is the Break Down Queen that I shall dub myself the Break Up Queen and do something of a similar ilk (more personal and less educational though as I don’t have a doctorate….yet). I could really just stop there, but I’ll throw in another short one that I like, for good measure.
It also struck a cord in me – but in a different way. Our lives are so busy, so wired, and down-right overwhelming, at times. In the job that I do, (which is primarily a lot of social media for a variety of clients), it can be a bit schizophrenic and challenging.
I am constantly spinning plates, or switching hats between profiles, and thus I can sometimes end up feeling totally depleted by day’s end.
This talk reminded me that, every now and again, it might be better to MONO-TASK. Focus on one thing at one time. Not my forte!

Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

April 16, 2013 · · People aren’t just cooking anymore — they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for — gasp — “monotasking.” His charming 3D-printed smartphone covers just might help. Paolo Cardini is a product designer who asks serious questions about how we live — and answers them with whimsical and playful designs. Full bio »

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Well, that’s enough for now, I think. Will find two more I’ve loved recently for next week’s blog. If you have any TED TALKS you love then please let me know.
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Digital 2013 – AKA #DigiConX

Digital2013 - Fireside Chat
Well I’ve yet to manage to write up a proper review of my day at the SECC on Thursday, and it’s now rather late on Sunday night. My list of things to do is far too long to allow me to go over the event several days later in any great detail.

That said, I can tell you that it was my third visit to Digital conference. Every one of them has been good, but each one grows on the previous year. This year well over 400 people attended (either in the room or via the webcast). The speakers for the most part were very interesting. Several of them had some pretty interesting stats to go with their presentations.

I did find it rather ironic (moronic) that every single presentation that I saw was done in PowerPoint (yawn. How passe!).

Perhaps having worked at NSDesign where every presentation we deliver is in Prezi – that I am now a little spoiled and more than a little biased. Software aside, as I say, many of the presentations did manage to be good and some were even thought-provoking.

I came away having made some new connections that I will no doubt develop as time goes by. I might have even got a client or two as a result. So if you get the chance to go next year, then by all means, take the opportunity.

And my dear friend (and fellow Yank) Ashley has curated a page of the Highlights of Digital 2013 that you should check out.

Social Media Training From NSDesign

Do you Tweet? Are you LinkedIn? Like Facebook? But maybe wonder if you could be doing it more effectively?

Then I can highly recommend the full day of, award-winning, Social Media training Embrace the Space masterclass. Attend this course to get a broad overview on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+ etc.

Full disclosure: YES, I do work a few days a week for NSDesign, but NO I am not rewarded for promoting the course. (I do that willingly).

I can honestly say it’s an amazing way to spend a day. It sells out every time Colin Kelly and Gary Ennis run it. It has 100% positive feedback so far too. Attendees always come away bustling with ideas and utterly inspired.

The kind of training I am doing is not at all competitive to what they are doing. My main emphasis is on tools like Spundge for curation of content (finding stuff to use in Blogs and Newsletters), with a bit on HootSuite, Sprout Social or TweetDeck to get users  automating some of their updates (but not all of them!)

Again to find out more about Embrace the Space check the page on NSDesign:

Embrace the Space masterclass