One Tweet Wonder-er

A few years ago, a friend suggested that I start using Twitter. @heloros appeared with a little egg for a profile photo until about a year ago when I put up one of myself and I took the big step last spring of issuing a tweet. That’s right, I am a one-tweet-wonder.

Facebook is more my thing and seems to meet my needs. I guess the real reason for my lack of interest in Twitter is as the result of not understanding enough about how it works and can be used.

“A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but a little want of knowledge is also a dangerous thing.” Samuel Butler

Fortunately, what I may lack in knowledge I make up for in curiosity and am interesting in getting a better understanding of different social media platforms. On February 15, 2015, necessity became the mother of invention and I found out how useful Twitter could be.

snow st. peter's roadAnother snowstorm started that day, which left Prince Edward Island with 86.8 cm before it was all over. The significant snowfall combined with sustained winds in excess of 150km/hr resulted in reduced visibility, power outages, cancellation of flights and the closure of the Confederation Bridge. This picture was taken during that storm on a main road just outside Charlottetown and gives a good sense of what things looked like during the storm.

 

 

 

In times like this access to information in real time can be very important and among the millions of Twitter users is @RCMPPEITraffic.

The members of the RCMP who operate this account provide practical information in real time and often mix in a little humor. They don’t tweet just about weather but I did appreciate these…

They also issue some general safety messages and some keep the humor theme…

After reviewing the ‘getting started’ content on Twitter’s support page it appears I am well on my way to moving past my novice status and am likely ready to make a second tweet soon! I have Discovered Sources, Checked Your (my) Timeline, and (I can) Take It With You (me). Now Continue reading

COM0012 – #StaySafe

Recent events in Moncton, New Brunswick brings up an ever increasing issue, staying safe on Social Media. Social Media was extensively used to get the word out to stay indoors and lock doors to stay safe from a gunman on a rampage. A hashtag was even created to help the population zero in on recent news and events pertaining to safety. The communication speed of Social Media was there to help a situation, and utilized by the RCMP.

There is another side to Social Media being used in these situations and that is, hindering a situation. Police also urged the population to refrain from tweeting police activity to try and remain in the upper hand of the situation. It was determined that the gunman was monitoring Social Media. It had to be stated for everyone’s safety to refrain from using Social Media to tweet the operation. Here is an example where Social Media can both help a situation and hinder a situation.

Social Media can be used for fun, for informing, as a marketing tool, and so on but it’s important to learn to use it to #Staysafe as well.

Did you know, when you take a picture on your mobile device it also embeds the photo with a location as to where that photo was taken? That could be a useful tool for people in the business of breaking into homes. At certain times the picture posted is an open invitation to your home. If you don’t instill a security lock down of your Social Media accounts then expect the unexpected.

Mobile users posting pictures can alleviate some safety concerns by removing the location embedded in the photo by using an app called DEGEO. DEGEO removes the location before the photo is posted. Definitely a #staysafe tool.

#Staysafe and research methods on staying safe in this new world of Social Media.

I would like to close by posting a picture of the fallen RCMP of the most recent events in Moncton, New Brunswick. May they Rest in Peace.

RCMP.jpg

References:

Photo Courtesy of Ottawa Citizen

http://ottawacitizen.com/

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COM0011 – Blog 3 – #STAYSAFE

Recent events in Moncton, New Brunswick brings up an ever increasing issue, staying safe on Social Media. Social Media was extensively used to get the word out to stay indoors and lock doors to stay safe from a gunman on a rampage. A hashtag was even created to help the population zero in on recent news and events pertaining to safety. The communication speed of Social Media was there to help a situation, and utilized by the RCMP.

There is another side to Social Media being used in these situations and that is, hindering a situation. Police also urged the population to refrain from tweeting police activity to try and remain in the upper hand of the situation. It was determined that the gunman was monitoring Social Media. It had to be stated for everyone’s safety to refrain from using Social Media to tweet the operation. Here is an example where Social Media can both help a situation and hinder a situation.

Social Media can be used for fun, for informing, as a marketing tool, and so on but it’s important to learn to use it to #Staysafe as well.

Did you know, when you take a picture on your mobile device it also embeds the photo with a location as to where that photo was taken? That could be a useful tool for people in the business of breaking into homes. At certain times the picture posted is an open invitation to your home. If you don’t instill a security lock down of your Social Media accounts then expect the unexpected.

Mobile users posting pictures can alleviate some safety concerns by removing the location embedded in the photo by using an app called DEGEO. DEGEO removes the location before the photo is posted. Definitely a #staysafe tool.

#Staysafe and research methods on staying safe in this new world of Social Media.

I would like to close by posting a picture of the fallen RCMP of the most recent events in Moncton, New Brunswick. May they Rest in Peace.

RCMP.jpg

References:

Photo Courtesy of Ottawa Citizen

http://ottawacitizen.com/

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