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Take Back Your Fingertips: The Seven Habits of Web-Balanced People

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Yesterday’s post on MIT thinker Sherry Turkle’s warnings about the perils of over-connectivity got me to thinking about a fundamental question. How do you limit usage of social media, smart phones, and the Internet generally in ways that enable you … Read more »

Sprucing up Your LinkedIn Teaser

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Have you maximized your “teaser” in LinkedIn? Do you know what your teaser is? If you said yes to the first question, you’re probably one of the very few digerati who read 317am. If you said no to the second … Read more »

Social Media: Vicious Circles or Virtuous Circles?

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Economists like to talk about “virtuous circles” and also their opposite, “vicious circles.” The Wikipedia editors do a fine job of succinctly defining these phenomena: They refer to a complex of events that reinforces itself through a feedback loop. A … Read more »

Rush Limbaugh’s Very Bad Week in Social Media

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It’s been an exciting week in Limbaugh Land. There’s no need to recount the tragic story of Rush Limbaugh’s hubris in calling a Georgetown U law student a slut and a prostitute, and then how all his attempts to apologize … Read more »

Much Ado About Web Privacy

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Today is the day Google implements its new privacy policy. I’ve been reading a lot about this complex issue, and, as far as I can see, it boils down to the fact that now Google will share your data across … Read more »

Writing vs. Social Media

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I’m ramping up a new self-improvement program in public this morning. This is a big deal to me, though it probably won’t seem like much to you.  Here’s my problem: I’ve determined quite rationally that the number-one thing I want … Read more »