Tag Archives: Facebook

My creepy time travel experience

timetravelI just got this creepy message from Goodreads.com in my Facebook feed:

“Goodreads added something in the past to your timeline.”

How sinister is that? How can something have been added just now but in the past? Continue reading

Be kind to yourself (but not too kind)

bekindtoyourselfThere are a lot of infographics doing the rounds on social media that encourage us to forgive ourselves, be kind to ourselves, love ourselves. And let’s face it, the world is full of bastards who want to grind us down. We need to be kind to ourselves.

But not too kind. We need love, but sometimes we need tough love. Continue reading

How to get more blog followers

followersWhen I started blogging, I told all my friends about my blog and I shared my posts on Facebook. But sadly my friends had zero interest in reading my innermost thoughts, feelings and desires. Not even my mother read my blog. Reader, I wept.

However, after a few posts I noticed something very interesting. Complete strangers were reading my blog posts and liking them. Some liked my blog so much that they even followed it. I was a celeb! Continue reading

Stepping stones to Transhumanism

googleglassThe Consumer Electronics Show (CES2014) currently taking place in Las Vegas is packed full of smart glasses, like Google Glass.

Wearable tech is poised to transform the way we interact with technology. With a pair of smart glasses, you can begin to feel like superman, taking photos and recording videos of anything you see, and with the almost telepathic ability to interact directly with the internet and with your own automated personal assistant.

Don’t doubt that this will happen, just so long as the cost is affordable and the tech works in a convenient way. After all, just a few years ago, how many people would have imagined that we would be carrying smartphones everywhere and that email, Facebook and other social media would be just as important as face to face communication?

Smart glasses are just the latest in a long history of creeping augmentation of our abilities by technology. Observers of technology call this transition “Transhumanism” and predict an inevitable and exponential increase in how this impacts on our lives. Continue reading

Life after Freshly Pressed

freshlypressedSo, you start a blog, learn all that WordPress stuff, write a few posts, get some likes (wow!), attract followers (how is that even possible?), get into your stride, and then suddenly after a year of blogging, something completely unexpected happens. You get Freshly Pressed, which means that a WordPress.com editor has selected your blog article to be showcased to the world.

Next thing you know your stats counter explodes and your email inbox goes into meltdown with all those likes, follows, comments and even reblogs.

Here are my stats after my last post got Freshly Pressed: Continue reading

Warning: May contain alcohol

drunkcatThere are lots of things you should never do when drunk – operate dangerous machinery, drive a car, phone your mother, text your friends to tell them that you really, really love them. And blog. Continue reading

What Facebook thinks I want

facebookFacebook knows me intimately. It knows where I live. It knows what I say. It knows what I like. It knows more about me than any other advertising agency in the history of the world.

And yet, this is Facebook’s data model of me:  Continue reading

Lies, damn lies and infographics

youareanidiotThe internet is full of pithy facts, many of them incorrect or misleading. And if you present a fact as a cool infographic, it will go viral whether it’s true or not. Especially if it involves a cat. Continue reading

Does free speech matter?

nofreespeechVietnam has just passed a new law banning blogs and social media from discussing news, politics and current affairs. Henceforth, Facebook and Twitter users in Vietnam can only publish mindless posts about what they ate for breakfast and photos of their cats. So not a huge impact perhaps.

Is it important? In China (another one party communist state), the economy is booming, so do human rights and free speech matter that much? Continue reading

Privacy? Forget it!

nocamerasA contestant on the BBC’s reality show The Apprentice got into trouble recently for having photos of her boobs splashed all over the internet. Did she really get in trouble? Or did she generate a load of free publicity and jump start her career in media? Continue reading