Tag Archives: Twitter

Live the dream

earthfrommoonIf you pay attention to the news you will be told that the current generation of young people faces far greater barriers than the baby-boomers who grew up in the 1950s. Social mobility is in decline, inequality is rising and big corporations increasingly run our lives.

Really? Let me give you an alternative perspective on reality. Continue reading

How to blog

wordpressSo, you signed up to WordPress, answered all their intrusive personal questions, got yourself a blog and an “About me” page that says:

“This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from..”

Congratulations! The hard part is over! Now all you have to do is blog. 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

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

You already said that!

twitterOne of the things I like about Twitter is that it tells you off if you try to tweet something you’ve tweeted before. So Twitter will allow you to say things that are unbelievably stupid, but only once. That seems like a good rule. Perhaps we should apply it to our politicians. Continue reading