Really Sucky Syndication

February 28, 2010

I am a man of modest desires. Little things like getting news items to show on both Twitter and a Facebook fan page thrill me. And really, is it too much to ask in this uber-connected social media universe that I could publish once and cascade that content many times? Apparently, some days, it is. […]

Longer, harder DMs satisfy no one

February 27, 2010

This week Twitter suffered a maelstrom of spam, porn and phishing attacks. As Pete Cashmore, founder of @mashable, wrote in his CNN column: “The anatomy of these attacks is simple: You receive a message, seemingly from a friend on a social network. The message contains a link and some strong incentive to click it — […]

Privacy commissioner “harshes Google’s Buzz”

February 20, 2010

Canada’s privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, really “harshed Google’s Buzz” this week, reminding the Mountain View, Calif., company its new Buzz social media service needed to comply with Canadian privacy laws. As @mashable reported, this is the same office that forced major changes on Facebook last year … Stoddart, in speaking to @nationalpost, said: “We have […]

‘Commander in Tweets’ sought by U.S. president

February 14, 2010

Friday, at the time of writing, was the start of the Winter Olympics, so naturally Canada’s trending topics were SeaBus and Lonsdale Quay, not #Olympics. Apparently public transit is a bigger issue in Vancouver than a worldwide event. Nanaimo resident @sema4 cracked: “I love the fact that SeaBus and Lonsdale Quay are trending in Canada […]

Mac mockery, Facebook follies top Twittering

February 6, 2010

One week after the much-ballyhooed launch of Apple’s uber tablet thingy, the Twitterverse was still buzzing about the iPad. Marketers, branding experts and wags wondered aloud about the product’s name, as did @lopapatel, who noted “If Apple had a woman on its board, the iPad would a different name rather than one associated with feminine […]


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