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.

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?

Why Do Geek Moms Like Pinterest?

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We love our social media here at GeekMom, Twitter to  G+,  Facebook to Erly. Lately we’ve been talking about Pinterest, the virtual pinboard that lets you create, organize, and share what you find online. Because it’s a visually-oriented site, it attracts us using something other social media sites haven’t done nearly as well: images. While online we tend to be seekers. We look for information, distraction, connection,

Why Curated Content Matters: A Lament for Reader Share

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Google Reader unveiled big changes this week, and the internet recoiled. Some folks (I’m one of them) loathe the new design: the excessive use of white space at the top of the screen, the heavy black-and-gray palette, the black-underlined links that have replaced the stand-out blue. But far more irritating to many users is the death of Reader’s Shared Items feature. If you used Reader

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

A GeekMom Guide to Google+ Part One

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I was lucky enough to land an invite to Google+ right away, thanks to fellow GeekMom Jules, and within minutes of my first exploration of Google’s new social networking platform, I was completely smitten. For me, Google+ combines the best things about Twitter and Facebook, and offers more besides. (Jules gave us a great post about her Google+ first impressions last week.) But like any

Ladies, Can We Talk (About Wikipedia)?

I had two stories about gender and social media cross my computer recently. The first was The New York Times article “Define Gender Gap? Look Up Wikipedia’s Contributor List” which explained that while Wikipedia–the  free, online encyclopedia “that anyone can edit”–is a top-ten internet destination with more than 3.5 million articles in English alone…less than 15% of the people volunteering to create and edit Wikipedia