I'm a female who's been online since 1991, which means my adult life is peppered with online harassment stories the way a country dog is peppered with ticks. I wanted to be left alone, and it was clear that my own say-so wasn't going to be enough, so I explored my options.
I've never lost the sense of wonderment or appreciation about the opportunities presented personally and professionally because of our connected online world. Not once.
Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission hit AT&T with a $100 million fine, accusing the company of throttling speeds for customers who thought they had unlimited data plans.
Recently Twitter saw another shake-up as its current CEO Dick Costolo stepped down from his position after 5 years. This will officially be effective on July 1st. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey will serve on an interim basis until the Board of Directors can find a replacement.
This needs to be a win-win for all its stakeholders, from users, to advertisers, to employees. Dorsey has the potential to do this, but will he be given a chance to show what he's got?
Americans love quick fixes and snake oil, they always have. It's not surprising, then, that so many writers are following what's going to be a false lead for most of them. It's really tempting to imagine yourself just a hashtag away from fortune and fame.
Got an idea? Great. But now what? Do you just go off and build it? Hire staff, buy stock, build software? Dangerous stuff, my friend.
Is Twitter a genuine national conversation about important issues of the day, or is it merely an "echo chamber" -- a place where the already opinionated go to have their extreme views reinforced? And if it is an echo chamber, is this more the case for left-leaning Twitter users, or right-leaning?
We know that time for a small business owner is a precious and limited commodity. Focusing on one platform at a time is the best way to reap real benefits from using social media to market your business.
That so many states are taking this issue seriously is tremendous progress. It is crucial, however, to ensure that the laws being passed truly protect victims and that they are clear, principled, and constitutionally sound. Unfortunately, many of these state laws do not fulfill these criteria.
Before we go and talk about Twitter's impending doom, let's take a look at just how important, engaging and socially relevant it is today.
These days, it's hard to imagine a world without social media. A world where hashtagging, trending and Followers means nothing. A world without having a cheeky peek at your Facebook feed at work.
If you're a smart small business owner, you're googling your business from time to time to assess the status of where your business appears in the Search Engine Results Page (SERP) line-up, making sure people searching for your services with keywords appropriate to your line of work will be led directly to you.
Next time we see someone in the media who we think deserves our critique, our judgment, or even our hatred, let's take a deep breath in and let a deep breath out -- and be reminded that we're all struggling to define ourselves and to live our lives in the happiest ways we know how.
What makes a show fail? Many in the industry have pondered that question. If we knew the answer, shows wouldn't fail. Even veteran producers with a string of hits sometimes stumble. For there is really no magic key.
Despite the fact that Facebook dominates its social media platform competition and maintains its fair share of popularity with small businesses, it's got a lot of problems.