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I have a hard time believing that a guy who has such a great influence on our culture wouldn't somehow be kept in the loop on the newest forms of tech and social media, but one thing I learned (and can totally relate to), is this guy loves his Diet Coke. So much so, that he just had to crack one open in the middle of the segment. So long, Mountain Dew! DC is now the drink of choice for geeks everywhere.
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Our fellow PTA moms aren't the only ones doing so, either. Celebrities like Denise Richards, Brooke Burke, and Lisa Rinna spend a significant amount of time online — posting cell phone pictures of their kids, asking for parenting advice, and doling out advice of their own.
What's next? Some parents are even taking it further, blogging and tweeting in the voice of their tots, taking on their personas, and sharing their children's supposed thoughts. A Seattle mom-to-be is even tweeting from her unborn child's point of view. Do you think it's cute when adults blog from their children's point of view, or a bit over the top?
In the movie Motherhood, which opens today, Uma Thurman plays a multitasking stay-at-home mom trying to raise two kiddos and keep up her passion for writing. Her busy schedule of feedings, cleaning, meal making, and party planning means she has to sneak short moments of computer time in wherever she can. She blogs in 10-minute increments at her desk while baby plays, at the playground, and even in the stairwell of her building.
I'm not a mom, but I can relate to whipping out my laptop in usual places (you know, the car, the laundromat, the camping ground) in order to get work finished and stay connected. Where won't I blog or log on? The bathroom. Unlike Brooke Shields' character on Lipstick Jungle, the idea of bringing my Mac to the powder room makes me cringe. Where is your no-tech zone?
Enter the Don't Blog Me ($11) poster. Not only will it let your friends, family, and dates know that you've got an eye on them, but it's also a fun conversational piece in this fast-paced and Internet-based world we now live in. But what do you think — do you love this poster like I do, or would you rather leave it behind?
Director John Hughes, who passed away Thursday at age 59, made a big impact on those of us who grew up watching his films and crushing on his characters. But he made an even bigger impact on Alison Byrne Fields: he was her pen pal.
As she recounts on her blog, We'll Know When We Get There, Fields and Hughes sent letters back and forth between 1985 and 1987, after Alison poured her heart out to Hughes praising The Breakfast Club. Initially, she got a form letter back and wrote Hughes again, chiding him. Find out what happened next.
Posting photos online has pros and cons. Families separated by mountains and seas can share photos and stories instantaneously, but there are hazards to the free space as well. A Massachusetts mother recently discovered her son was being falsely advertised on Craigslist for adoption. A good Samaritan of sorts notified the woman that her kid's photos were being used by a scammer.
Following up on her lead, the curious mom emailed the poster and asked for a picture of the child that they looked to place. Much to her surprise, the mommy was horrified to see her own child staring back at her. Safe in his home, the impostor pulled off his stunt by swiping the picture of the youngster from the family's blog with hopes of collecting a $300 fee to start an adoption process. This is a red flag for the many women sharing their experiences on mommy blogs. Do you openly share photos of your family online?
The Internet gods know that I can't fully function in the morning without surfing my blogs and sippin' my coffee, which is why I'm particularly partial to the I Love You, Blogs and Coffee print from MadeByGirl. At $20 it seems like a steal, plus you can totally start a new tech-print trend, and toss those old Keep Calm and Carry On posters to the curb. And you don't have to be a java drinker to appreciate these works of art. You're more of a tea lover? Well, there's a print for that too.
Since the Twitter whirlwind took the world by storm, I've never felt more connected to some of my friends, colleagues, and favorite celebrities.
Unfortunately, I've noticed that some of my favorite blogs — written by copious tweeters — have had posts fall by the wayside (I'm looking at you, Mindy Kaling).And it's not just celebs — I've watched the blog posts of my personal friends decease in frequency as their twittering has skyrocketed.
For many it seems the immediacy of Twitter satisfies the need to get your voice out there — not to mention that Twitter gives you the instant gratification that blogging doesn't. You may see a comment or two on a carefully crafted rant about soy milk on your blog, but if you Twitter it, your friends (and random Twitterers) post @ replies to you at rapid-fire pace. It's exhilarating.
Anyway, I miss some of you bloggers. And I need to know: have you been blogging less because you're twittering more?
An internal document reveals that employees of J. Crew are not allowed to blog at work, but wait — their definition of blogging is not just limited to keeping a personal online diary, it's also "any other form of posting information on the Internet, such as postings on a personal web site, business networking, social networking or affinity web site, on a bulletin board, or in a chat room."
I assume that means Facebook and Twitter, which employees are further instructed to not mention J. Crew if they are going to post anything anywhere. Fine if you don't have much to say about work, but they really stick a fork in it when they say, "Do not engage in blogging using any company resources." There go your Twitter updates about what you're eating for lunch.
I understand that the company wants to protect its image and interests, but we all know how cranky it makes worker bees to be denied their Facebook time.
Does your company have a stringent blogging/Facebook/Twitter policy?
Photo courtesy of AMC