Category: social media

An Open Letter to Meetup.com

An Open Letter to Meetup.com
Dear Meetup.com We need to have a serious talk. Many people, professional organizations, nonprofits, and other social endeavors rely on your service for a basic community-building tool that provides event planning, RSVP, member contact, and other services for a small price. (I should know – I use meetup to organize groups around caregiving, coworking, and... Read more »

Mission Driven Culture: A Conversation With Teddy Heidt of Gauge Collective

Mission Driven Culture: A Conversation With Teddy Heidt of Gauge Collective
(Special thanks to Teddy Heidt of the Gauge Collective for his time and insight)  Chicago has a healthy, thriving community of mission-driven businesses working to drive profit as well as social impact. Mission-driven businesses operate from a key set of values, focus on benefiting stakeholders as well as stockholders, and work on driving community collaboration. My recent... Read more »

Book Review: LIKEWAR - The Weaponization of Social Media

Book Review: LIKEWAR - The Weaponization of Social Media
Once upon a time, social media was seen as an online ‘town square’ enabling a diverse array of opinions. Soon, it became a way for marginalized individuals and groups to have their voices heard. Now, in the age of Trump, ISIS, and “Russian bots”, social media has become a weapon for sowing dissension and division.... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Silvana Favaretto of the Tulle Project

Meet Your Neighbor: Silvana Favaretto of the Tulle Project
(Special thanks to Silvana Favaretto for her time and insights) Part of this blog’s purpose is to highlight Chicago-area “mission-driven businesses” like nonprofits or social enterprise. However, the whole notion of a “mission-driven business” seems…abstract. Every business has a mission: to make a profit. However, what distinguishes a truly “mission-driven business” is a move from... Read more »

Facebook, Free Speech, and Social Media

After posting my interview with Dawn Xiana Moon about the Raks Inferno fundraiser on August 2nd, I did what many of my fellow Chicago Now bloggers do in these situations: post a link to this blog’s Facebook page. As a blogger, I feel a responsibility to highlight great nonprofit and community-based initiatives, so featuring this... Read more »

How Do You Get Scott Adams To Block You On Twitter?

Scott Adams of Dilbert
Yesterday, I learned the answer to the question, “How do you get Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, to block you on Twitter?” It wasn’t an answer I was actively seeking but resulted from Scott Adams explaining the proper use of “pour” and “pore” when discussing documents. (This was in reaction to the President’s recent Tweet). I... Read more »
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Social Media, Caregiving & Friendships

This week, I had a birthday. A milestone birthday. It wasn’t something I would promote via social media (the milestone part, that is, not the birthday). Regardless of the various friendships I’ve had over the past, there’s something a bit embarrassing about it…especially since at this age, I never thought I would be caregiving for... Read more »

Fight for Net Neutrality - Now!

Fight for Net Neutrality - Now!
Net neutrality isn’t just a good idea – it’s the very concept that keeps us connected. When the current head of the FCC jokes about being a “puppet” chair while threatening to revoke prior protections, he’s not just being unprofessional – he’s showing contempt for the free expression of ideas and digital access for everyone.... Read more »

My Facebook Detox, Part Two: What I Learned

Last week, I blogged that I would be taking a one-week break from Facebook. With the help of browser extensions, I would avoid signing into Facebook. (And for good measure, I threw in HootSuite and YouTube and focused primarily on Twitter.)  My rationale was whether I was becoming a little too dependent on the service, focusing... Read more »
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My Facebook Detox, Part One

My Facebook Detox, Part One
You would think that as a social media consultant, I would live and breathe on Facebook…especially since my past nonprofit and social enterprise clients rely on it heavily. However, my personal engagement on Facebook is becominbut quite frankly, it’s becoming a problem for me. Much of it is personal – the emotional consequences of the... Read more »