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When You Die, What Happens to Your Online Life?

After the birth of my son, I had to think about a whole bunch of things that I had never really considered before. One of those things was putting together a will and making plans in the case of my (or my husband’s) untimely death.

I recently started to wonder what will happen to my social network accounts when I pass away.  Read More…

The benefits of a well-designed blog

You know the refrain—content is king. Well, I say that if content is king, design is queen. After all, it is really the queen who tells the king what to do (right, ladies)? Having spent my morning and afternoon commutes for the past few weeks listening to a podcast on Eastern Roman Emperors, history certainly proves this to be the case (much like I’ve just proven myself to be a huge nerd). Read More…

Thoughts For Next Time

I’ve been thinking about the work we’ve done in the class this quarter and how we might restructure it for 2011. Initial thoughts (and questions) follow:

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SEO – Looking Forward

This last week we covered SEO and I have to admit that I am still a bit lost. I understand what they are and what they do. What I don’t understand is why you have to optimize your site/content for each search tool.  You would think that by now, 2010, that there would be a mash-up or API that allows you to create a master SEO list to feed into any search engine. In fact, as I write this blog post I’m sure that someone is already working on this very solution. And when they have it figured it out, I hope they also have a business plan in place and ready to go.  Because right now, I’m working on my own WordPress site and I would pay for a tool that allowed me to create my site and then just run a script that would take care of the SEO for me.  Oh, and I want to then be able to change the list before it goes live. Just to make sure that what is being sent out is what want the public to find.

PS: Rumor has it that MCDM is offering a SEO class in the Fall — can you guess which class I plan to take?

My Irritation With Facebook as a Promotional Tool for Non-Profits

Many of us in this program are most likely using Facebook and other social media platforms as a promotional tool for the cause.  There are a lot of special features for businesses when using a Facebook account for promoting a cause or idea, but if you don’t have the money to spend on advertising to further promote your cause, and hence expand your friends, how do you maximize Facebook for a business if you aren’t putting money into it?  If you’re a non-profit organization, and don’t have the money to pay for advertising to create more awareness, how are you going to maximize your Facebook efforts?
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Tethering on the iPhone: Not What it's Cracked up to be

So I realize this is yet another blog post on Apple products, but as an iPhone, iPod, and MacBookPro user (I joined the dark side almost a year ago, switching from PC to Mac), I now find myself getting excited each time Apple comes out with something new. Never before in all of my computing lifetime, have I used technical tools that have software updates that provide amazing new features. So when I found out that AT&T is going to enable iPhone tethering, I was beyond thrilled.  But of course, like all conveniences Apple creates, tethering is going to come at a price – and a big one.  iPhone users will have to choose between tethering and an unlimited plan. You can’t have both. Read More…

Googleland

There’s now Google, Kansas formally Topeka, Google Island, Florida from City Island and some comic first-born names as well. All these U.S locations and new digital natives wanting the supersonic fiber network called broadband. According to Russell Nichols of govetech.com ” A group on Facebook called Bring Google’s Fiber Experiement to Topeka! quicky became 11,000 members strong. To never wait for a download with uncompromising, unparalleled access to the Internet so powerful it “makes daily life more efficient”. Read More…