How to Keep Social Media from Eating Your Life

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Here are a few ways to keep them from eating your life (some of which you may already be familiar with, but they’re worth revisiting) — allowing you to enjoy social media sites when you’re ready, but don’t feel the need to come running every time they call.

Keeping Geeky Contact In College

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“Miss Us?!” was the caption in this postcard sent by the Postagram app. My son and I wanted my daughter in college to know we were thinking about her…and maybe laugh.

Is Facebook My Happy Place?

Do you keep your Facebook timeline real? Or do you keep it happy? I've been exploring my Facebook alter ego recently. Image: Patricia Vollmer.

Every social media user has the choice to post what he/she chooses. Anything can be conveyed. Anything! Apparently I only post the happier stuff. Why worry people, right? Does that make me a fraud?

Looking at Life Through Facebook

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Many parents start baby books for their children. Looking at my son’s book, I realized he won’t learn as much about his early years through his baby book as he will through my Facebook page and the posts I’ve written for GeekMom.

Respect Your Parents or They Will Follow Through

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You may have heard about this dad who recently punished his daughter through a video on YouTube. Through writers on GeekMom and various social media venues where the event has been shared, I have seen every opinion in the spectrum of possibilities from chastising the father to praising him. The video was a very timely topic in our house as my husband and I are

ChatWithTheBand – A Ustream/ Google+ Hangouts-esque Facebook App For Musicians and Artists

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If you are a musician, or artist, and have been lamenting over the lack of interactive chat features on Facebook similar to Google+ Hangouts, finally, there is something similar available to those who make use of Facebook fan pages. The app is called ChatWithTheBand. ChatWithTheBand lets you video chat with fans and listen to tracks as a social group right from your band/artist Facebook page. Some

Lay-Geek’s Guide to the Facebook Timeline Part 2: Exploring the Privacy Settings

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Our super-dooper social media GeekMoms posed a question a couple weeks ago. “So how are you liking the Facebook Timeline? Got any questions you’d like us to tackle at GeekMom?” I didn’t show all the responses in this screen shot, but there were many. As you can see, they ranged from the first responder’s “LOVE LOVE LOVE…” to the second responder’s “I absolutely hate it…”.

A GeekMom’s 34 Goals for 2012

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A friend of mine recently published her professional website after months of preparation. One of her premier posts shared 30 things she would like to do this year in honor of turning 30. It’s not a milestone birthday year for me, but the idea made sense. In an effort to set reasonable goals instead of unattainable demands, I’m going to follow in IndieKate‘s blog-steps and create a

In-Your-Facebook: A Look at the Latest Wave of Big Changes on the Social Network Everyone Loves to Hate

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As you’ve no doubt heard, Facebook rolled out some major changes this week—and even bigger changes will be hitting your Wall in the weeks to come. (More on those in a minute.) Many Facebook users were caught off guard by the new “ticker” that now appears in the upper right corner of the News Feed page. The ticker is a sort of mini-news-feed, designed for

Yes, It’s Another Social Network: Erly’s Claim to the Event-Based Social Niche

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I caught wind this past week of a new social network that hit the airwaves on September 14th.  Erly.com, started by Eric Feng, the founding-CTO of Hulu, is deeming itself a “new social platform for organizing and sharing your personal content.”  It’s attempting to shift our perspectives on social media: while most of our social media experiences have been individually-driven, Erly is attempting to collect social

Does Legislation Guarantee our Children Online Safety?

SB242 is currently making its way through the California legislature and according to SFGate.com: “Under the proposal, social networking sites would have to allow users to establish their privacy settings–like who could view their profile and what information would be public to everyone on the Internet–when they register to join the site, instead of after they join. Sites would also have to set defaults to

Postmodern Parenting Worry of the Week: Are You Raising a Narcissist?

Sorting through the daily influx of press releases that journalists like me face whenever they brave their inbox, this one caught my eye: “Are You Raising a Narcissist?” Having an only child makes me constantly on alert for signs that we’re spoiling, coddling or otherwise crippling him through our well-intentioned parenting, so I read the release with interest. “Do you blog about your children?” it

Candy Corn: Demon Confection or Harmless Fun?

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I really hate candy corn. Growing up in a family with a seemingly insatiable sweet tooth, hating any candy, let alone such a classic symbol of pure unadulterated sugar love, was a capital crime. Come Halloween we’d dress up and lumber over to my Grandmother’s house to meet the rest of the cousins for some hardcore trick or treating in Nana’s upscale neighborhood. I remember