Archive for the 'social media' Category

WWW, an employer that doesn’t judge

January 2, 2010

I found this fascinating quote today:

Finally, an employer that doesn’t wonder whether we’ll take maternity leave or quit after two years to get married.  The world wide web doesn’t look down its nose at us ‘Mommy Bloggers’ in our spit-up stained sweatshirts and unpainted faces or raise on eyebrow at the BlogHers who may or may not be burning their brassieres.  Equal opportunity employer has a new meaning when it comes to those of us employed by the web, or facets thereof.socialmediamom.com, WWW: Woman’s World Web, Dec 2009

You should read the whole article.

With a fax machine, just about anyone can tweet

December 17, 2009

Now, this is one service which truly bridges the technology gaps between generations. Celery allows non-computer users to send email, update their twitter and Facebook status as well as receive blog posts without having to go online. All they need is a fax machine.

The service is available in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico.

14 years experience & skills aren’t going to waste after all

December 8, 2009

When I quit my job more than 2 years ago, I did not have a job waiting in line. In fact my decision to leave was more emotional than practical. I just didn’t see the point of working under a boss who had refused to promote me over someone who had been in the department longer (than me). And it wasn’t because I was any less capable.

I was miserable after I left as I felt useless about not earning. For some time, I did not enjoy being a stay-at-home mum (SAHM). I did not know how to not have a job after being in a workforce for almost 14 years.

I also went through a phase where I hated accompanying my husband to official dinner, or events as I felt people were judging me. Some would even cut off their conversation with me the moment they heard that I am a SAHM.

Less than a year later and after some freelance work I decided to go back to a full time job. The reason being, I wanted to make more money. It didn’t take me long to realise that juggling a full time job and two children turned me into a monster mum. What more when my husband clocked in long hours and we did not have extra help at home.

I called it quits less than three months into the job. This time around it wasn’t an emotional decision. Though I did more often than not, wonder whether all the skills that I picked up along the way would ever found a place? Or just become rusty.

You see, I worked as reporter for nine years and as a multimedia journalist for more than 4 years. I have video editing, producing and script writing skills. I also have experience in PR and Media, from my last job. But when I decided to resume freelance work, my focus was just on writing.

Today it dawned on me that the skills that I picked up during the 14 years that I was in the workforce, have now become relevant! Thanks to blogs and social media.

I began to see how I can use the skills I already have, on my blog. How did I discover this? Through the news/stories I read on other sites which had provided me with information and hopes. I am also thankful to MyAlltop, my source of news. Having access to it has changed the way I derive information.

Toy that Tweets

December 4, 2009

I know, two of my recent posts had been about social media but Twoddler is just far too interesting for me to ignore. And thanks to MyAlltop, I am now able to be up to date with news that interest me.

Twoddler is a prototype device which hooks up a Fisher Price toy to a Twitter account. Watch the video to see how it works.

I am now wondering though, if Twoddler makes it to market will the device be able to keep up with the changes that are happening in social media and be flexible enough to stay current?

I love technology especially those that can be integrated with human touch and improve quality of lives.

Finally, a social network safe for kids, 7-17

December 2, 2009

I was very excited when I saw this post by Social Media Mom, on MyAlltop this morning. Just a couple of weeks ago I met several mothers at fit for 2 cafe who voiced their concerns over Cyber bullying. They were also anxious that they weren’t clued in on the sites their kids were entering.

A few days after the conversation took place, my daughter’s friend invited her to open a Facebook account. I said no, to her because she is under 13. If I were to let her open an FB account and allow her to exaggerate her age, I guess what I am telling her is that it is ok to lie. The consequence would be, she may take it as a green light for her to enter other websites, even if they aren’t age-appropriate.

I checked out FaceChipz earlier today and am impressed at their security features. The site has a filter that block out swear words and inappropriate emoticons. It also disallows any search engines from picking up the kids’ postings . Read more on the safety and privacy highlights.

What is also interesting is, it provides Cyber Safety guidelines for parents and educators as well as a printable agreement for using the Internet which we can download and use as a contract with our children.

How FaceChipz works as a social network is, both parents and children have to sign up and pay USD1 for registration. Take note that only parents and guardian can pay for the registration via credit/debit cards.

The next step is to purchase Chipz from FaceChipz store. Children can then exchange their chips with other children, and this can only be done in person. After swapping the chipz they are then required to register the code printed behind the chipz on the website, before they can become friends.

Apparently FaceChipz is really catching on. I am planning to register my daughter and check out its popularity in Malaysia.

If you are reading this, and your children is a FaceChipz user, please let me know about your children and your experience. I would really love to hear from you.