Darwin-et awards


In 1985, the Darwin awards were created to honour those whose moronic behavior got themselves killed. Named after Charles Darwin and his theory of natural selection, the award is given, posthumously, to an individual who ends his or her life in dramatic, idiotic fashion.
Past winners include: Karmic Valentine Schadenfreude, who pushed his girlfriend into an icy river, then jumped in to kill her. Problem was she could swim and he could not. She swam to shore while Valentine drowned. A man named Anthony G died while driving around safety cones, placed around downed hydro wires, ignoring screams from passing pedestrian.

And then we have the story of Nguyen of Vietnam. While drinking with his friends, he got into a heated argument over whether the old detonator he found could explode or not. Nguyen assured his friends that it was too old and rusty to work. They disagreed. To prove to them that he was right, he put the detonator in his mouth and told his pals to connect the wires. He died on the way to hospital.

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It’s not a stretch to suggest a Darwin award, which I like to call the Darwin-et award, to someone who is moronic, idiotic, whose ill advised tweets or posts gets them in hot genepool water. ( click )Twitter has become the go-to media for anyone who wants to chime in on the topic of the day.  To vent their displeasure on the goings on is society, it has become the soap box, on which anyone can impart their, sometimes ridiculous, dogma.

Now not everyone who joins Twitter does so with the sole purpose of espousing their misguided lunacy on the rest of us. According to the (Click) Huffpost, there are 10 types of twitter users: the egg, the lurker, the contester, the retwitter, the Bot, the #Teamfolloback, the Celebrity, the Guru, Business, and a whole bunch of normal people that don’t fit into the above categories. But for the purpose of blog, let’s focus on the moron. The celebrity moron.

There have been alot of celebrity mistweets in the past.(Click) Buzzfeed has a list of their top twenty five mistweets. And they are funny. But the best, and this year’s winner of the Darwin-et awards goes to: Roseanne.  Roseanne, an actress with a hit sitcom, flamed out in the most moronic, the Donald Trump of moronic, way with her tweet about Valarie Jarret, a black woman and  former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, looking like a monkey. Within hours of the tweet, ABC, the network that carried the program, cancelled her show. Thus ended her career.


C’mon down Roseanne Barr — you’re this year’s winner of the Darwin-et award!

If anyone wants to nominate next years winner, feel free. (Donald Trump is too obvious.)

Roseanne Barr



#celebrity tweets




Social Media- A Modern Addiction

How many “likes” are you earning a day? How many “followers” do you have? A race to be famous…

My friend…he was having an accident before an hour, broken his legs and had numerous fractures; seems not concerned about his health but his cell phone. He hungrily wants his phone back. Busy in watching the posts on Instagram and emerging into such fantasies. He now feels his existence as he was online. He might not believe but he was addicted to social media.

Never before have had the habits penetrated the unprecedented speed of the proliferation of social media around the world. Using the social media has been an inseparable part of our lives. Years ago, there were cigarettes, now it’s the fame on social media by getting “likes”. As the people are engaged with such stuff, much the data is uploaded and leaked, more the time is wasted. Same like in the gambling business, social media companies use intermittent variable compensation to hook their users.

I completely agree that social media has several benefits and advantages: from skill learning to skill showing, making contacts to making big companies and enterprises; only by using certain functionalities of social media and modern technology. But according to various experts, there is a major impact of social media on our mental health. “Everyone who has scrolled through Facebook knows how, instead of imparting wisdom, the system dishes out compulsive stuff that tends to reinforce people’s biases” has been stated in The Economist with their issue “Social media’s threat to democracy”.

One does not exist until it is recognized in social networks. The evidence is clearly in front of our eyes – like not leaving a phone while doing any damn easy thing. People are now decreasing the use of their minds and are moving further to be dependent on machines; which are remarkably increased after the introduction to the field of Artificial Intelligence. Although every technology has its pros and cons, one is here to use it in some better deeds. Nowadays, it is acting least as media for news but has more dumps of images and information that is not much relevant and reflects the stupidity of one’s thought.

I just wonder; would there be special seats for social media addicts in a movie theater or on the bus? Does large consumption of social media cause social cancer?ph.jpgph2.jpg

Twitter: Social Media … A Modern Addiction

Facebook: Social Media … A Modern Addiction

3 Reasons: Facebook should be integrated into High School Classrooms

High school students procrastinate more than six hours a day on Facebook (Tsukayama, 2015). For some students, it ends up costly toward their final grades. Facebook has become part of their daily life. It is almost impossible to stop them from using it. High schools can change the use of Facebook for these students by making it part of the curriculum- make it more positive. Therefore, Facebook should be integrated into the high school classroom because of following reasonable reasons; first, it is an effective way to connect students around the world. Second, students can use it for educational purposes.Third, it is a tool to engage students in the learning process.

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1. Facebook is a great way to connect students around the world.

Facebook creates an effective platform for students to build International communication between each other. Students in a various way can share their ideas by posting on their Facebook wall and comment on each other’s posts. For example, they can create a short survey research with five to ten questions. They can collect data from all over the world, by sharing it in their Facebook walls. Moreover, Facebook makes Group collaboration easily accessible for students internationally. They can work in a singular assignment or a group project by connecting and collaborating with each other through Facebook. Recently, in 2016, Finland ranked as a top education system in the world by the world economic Forum. Let’s say students are assigned to do a group project about “high school education system in Finland”. They can create a Facebook group chat and add students from Finland for collecting raw data from students. Most important of all, Facebook is a free online social network. Usually, other websites need a bank account or other information to have access to their data. Facebook is a network that most of the students are already a member of it, so they do not need to start everything all over again.

2. Students will learn to use facebook for educational purposes.

Since most of the high school students are already a member of Facebook and they know how to use it. They only thing can be school’s responsibility is to teach them how to use it for education purposes. In Facebook, students can create groups for each of their classes. For example; They can have a separate Facebook group pages for mathematics. They can share all of the related documents and discusses the related topic in separated pages so that they don’t get messed up with their school work. Another interesting way to use Facebook for education purpose is to follow academically informative pages on Facebook. For example, I am following a Facebook page that regularly posts mathematics formula including funny memes about math. All of the posts of these page appears first in my newsfeed. To be honest, I have learned and have always been refreshed about mathematics topic by following these particulate academically informative pages. Students can easily find related pages to their own subjects of interest in Facebook and follow them for gaining further information. Once of my favorite way of using Facebook for education, the purpose is to post school related blog on Facebook with my friends. I took social media for entrepreneur online class this semester. Most of our Assignments was to post blogs in word press. And most of our grades were based on those blogs. If students get used to posting blogs on Facebook with their friends by using Facebook, they basically learn new skills.

3. Facebook is a tool to engage students in the learning process.


Facebook encourages students to improve their writing skills. For example, Facebook has improved my writing skills. Every time I want to post something on Facebook –I want it to be grammatically correct –Because my friends are going to see it. Same with other students, they can express their ideas in Facebook. It might not be as academic as school teachers, but at least they get motivated to write and get creative with it. This leads to another crucial point, Facebook makes learning more fun. For example, students can make memes about what they learn in class and share it with friends on Facebook. Memes make learning more fun. Most important of all, students who use Facebook regularly, they have a great knowledge of computer. They get to explore computers themselves. Then there will be no need for computer class.

All in All, Facebook provides the opportunity for students to connect with other students globally. Students will learn that what they are using for procrastinating can be used for learning too. In addition to that Facebook is an exciting tool that can encourage students in learning process. With considering the above reasons Facebook should become part of high school classroom curriculum. Integration of Facebook in High school classrooms will bring a massive change in the traditional learning system. The high school will become a fun learning institution.




Obrien, A. (2014, September 23). Edutopia. Creating a Dynamic Facebook Page for Your School. Retrieved March 20, 2017.

Schelten, K. (2009, December 21). Do You Spend Too Much Time on Facebook. Retrieved March 20, 2017.

Tsukayama, H. (2015, November 3). Teens spend nearly nine hours every day consuming media. The Washington Post. Retrieved March 16, 2017.

Kylie Jenner is (virtually) a Billionaire…Thanks,​ Instagram

The Wonder Years

My dad tells the story of watching The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show at his grandparents’ house. As a side note, the reaction of the adults to the mop-top rockers was unsurprisingly cliché “they need to cut their damn hair”. TV made so many of these 20thCentury Icons famous and by extension very wealthy. This is very much the role social media is playing in the wealth and fame game today.

Jenneration Kylie

There is no starker example of this phenomenon than the fact that Kylie Jenner, a  huckster of white-label cosmetics and pouty-lipped Insta-Drivel is (almost) a billionaire…yup, BILLIONAIRE. In the linked New York Times article, Jenner gives a lot of credit for her fortune to social media, “Social media is an amazing platform,” she said. “I have such easy access to my fans and my customers.” (New York Times, Arts Section, July 11, 2018)

Did I mention she is only 20?

Jenner did not invent makeup or even a formula for makeup. Rather, she took a generic product, slapped her name on it and gave it a hearty injection of Kardashian-Jenner social media steroids.

For Jenner, social media is her own personal Ed Sullivan…a captive audience totally within the zeitgeist.


There’s Hope

The same forces that made Kylie Jenner a Billionaire also helps raise record amounts of funding for causes such as the Humboldt Broncos survivors and disaster relief. As the rules continue to be hammered out, let me know what you think of this new channel for raising money and building fortunes…is it the natural evolution of commerce or a cheap trick for exploiting fame?

 Twitter: Kylie Jenner is a Billionaire…as you let that sink in, check out my latest blog posting on the use of social media to make money.


Facebook: The Beatles used TV, Kylie Jenner credits Instagram. Either way, if you want to be rich and famous today you need to embrace the media trends that your audience uses. Join the discussion on this topic by reading my latest blog posting and letting me know what you think.


COM0014 – Blog #2 – Storytelling and Communication Styles

Once upon a time…..isn’t that how most stories begin? When you are telling your story, do you know who you’re talking to? Do you know how they understand and relate to what you are saying? If you don’t then perhaps you need to take a good look at what and how your story is perceived.


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I work a lot with seniors and needless to say, calling them seniors doesn’t always go over well. In my work community, the senior age is 55. Now how many of you consider yourself a senior at that age? And if you are that age, would you like to be called a senior? Is older adult any better?

Learning how to speak and communicate in a way that you can get your message across is paramount to storytelling. What do you want your audience to know? Who is your audience? How do you want them to react to your story? These are just some questions you need to answer when writing your story.

No matter the subject, you need to get your message across as efficiently as possible. Catch the readers attention as quickly as possible or at least within the first few sentences. Try to leave them wanting more or at the very least, wanting to take action towards something.

Storytelling comes easy to some people and not so much to others. I myself find it easier with a subject I’m passionate about. Could you write about a passion you have?

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So, what’s stopping you? Pick up your pencil and tell me your once upon a time.

COM0014 Communication Styles

It was not until recently that I realized I had a communication style. My style is very different professionally and personally. I believe I do stay true to my self in both styles. I like to include humour and personal experiences in my blogs. When I started writing blogs for Introduction to Social Media, I had not written anything other than an email in a long time. The thought of writing blogs and having others read them intimidated me. After the second blog, I realized how much I enjoyed writing and getting feedback.

“No one communication style is inherently better than another. But picking the wrong style for a particular audience, whether it’s one person or a thousand, shuts down listening and can spell trouble.”  Which Of These 4 Communication Styles are you? Forbes

Who is your audience? Knowing this will help you decide what communication style to use. Posting topics that interest your audience and writing the posts in a way that they will stay engaged is an important rule to follow.  A personal post can be light, short and easy to read. A  professional post you need to be more informative, assertive, serious and maybe add a taste of your personal style.




Grabbing the readers attention in the first paragraph, good grammar, make it a quick and easy read. Giving the reader a call to action and something to think about is important in any communication style.

I also like to include links in my posts so that the reader can further research the topic if they want. Using social media links to your page or to groups you follow in your posts will help you get a bigger audience. Pictures, short paragraphs, subtitles, and bullets are also good ways to break up the blog or post, this will keep the reader interested. Before I started this course I was guilty of being a skimmer, now I take the time to read blogs, posts and articles. I am not only learning about the topic but also about the different styles of writing that keep me interested.


What do you look for in blogs and posts? What is a deal breaker for you when reading posts or blogs?


Some of the Biggest Benefits to using the Social Media platform for a Small Business

Some of the benefits

As I am in the process of starting my own Social Media pages for my current landscaping company, I plan to look at some of the major benefits in using Social Media for a Small Business.

One of the biggest assets is how easily accessible all the information a client may want, or need, is to get. Your social media pages are up around the clock promoting your business, even when your working or sleeping. In my industry, this makes it so potential clients may browse past jobs I have done via photos and videos and see first hand some of the work. They may even get some ideas for the work they want done right from my Instagram or Facebook pages.

One of the most important things to keep in mind while running a small company is to have excellent customer service. I know from experience when using just a cell phone to contact clients, the voicemails and emails can add up extremely quickly. Using a Facebook or Instagram page, the platforms I will be focusing on, I will be able to contact clients through direct messages at times convenient to me. While ill be out and about working most of the day, this will make messages so much easier to organize and respond to after my workday is done.

This biggest reason I plan to use social media to market my company, which I assume is why most companies use it, is because it is cost free. For a small business in the early stages of development like myself, money is not as readily available as I hope it will be down the line. This is why having a cost free marketing platform is a no brainier in my eyes. I’ll be able to reach a wide range of clients and give them past and present jobs via photo and video for them to consider.

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While all of these platforms seem like surefire ideas, there is a lot of work to be done to ensure these social media pages are effective. Starting from scratch I will have to build my brand using these different platforms, receiving followers to get feedback and likes on photos will go a long way. I plan on creating these pages over the course of this class and look forward to the benefits and challenges ahead of using social media to promote my business!


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We’re cheering for Champ and you should too!

Who is Champ?

I’ll warn you now, he’s a charmer.  For a tiny guy, he has attracted a strong following in just a few days.

He is also why I am behind with this assignment and so much more.  As I was searching for a topic for this week’s social media assignment, it occurred to me that Champ’s story highlights how social media can reach out and turn fate around.

Champ has many physical ailments but his challenges may have been his good fortune earlier this month.  While many lives were so tragically lost in the SPCA (West Quebec) fire on July 4th, Champ was not among those who had recently been sent there by the Iqaluit Humane Society for rehoming.

fire-aylmer-spca-of-western-quebec-july-2-2018Fire destroyed the SPCA of Western Quebec in Gatineau’s Aylmer neighbourhood Monday night, killing 70 animals. (CBC)

Fire at Quebec SPCA leaves Iqaluit shelter in dire need

Instead he remained in Iqaluit.  While pleas were circulating social media to help rebuild the much-needed facilities in Gatineau, IHS was facing over-stretched resources and the loss of a critical partner.  The Board had to consider whether Champ’s “luck” had truly run out.

I received a PM through Facebook from the IHS Chair asking whether I might know of any options for Champ.  While I had once lived in the territory full time, I am now a two-day journey of connecting flights from Iqaluit and a day’s travel from the closest major centre.  Through social media, though, distance does not matter.  I worked quickly in putting two compassionate women together to give Champ a lifeline.

Meet Champ


Photo courtesy of Tails & Trails Country Pet Resort

While his issues are major, his spirit has captured hearts across the country.  Comments posted on Tails & Trails’ Facebook page include expressions of love and well wishes from those who have never met him.  If not for social media, a disabled three-month old pup in the eastern Arctic would literally not have a chance at life.  While we await the results with a specialist in Ottawa tomorrow, we’re cheering for Champ.

We hear a lot these days of the negative power of social media to cause disruption and spread falsehoods but it also has the capacity to empower for good.

Why you should be cheering for Champ too!

Now why does a little pup from Iqaluit deserve your attention?  Well, every once in a while there’s a story that comes along that unexpectedly tugs at your heart.  While it does nothing to address the horrific injustices or conflicts in the world, these small opportunities to make a difference help feed the soul.  We were not expecting to become so involved ourselves but through sharing via social media, we have come to know his personality, his fighting spirit and his determination.  Despite his challenges, nothing deters him from exploring and appreciating life.  Not a bad reminder for us all.

“That which is around me does not affect my mood; my mood affects that which is around me.”

~ Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain


facebook  We are cheering for Champ.  Find out why.  https://bit.ly/2KZJL6q

Twitter We are cheering for Champ!  Join us to find out why. https://bit.ly/2KZJL6q

#Champfans  #Tails&Trails #IqaluitHumaneSociety


Social media: a game-changer in politics

The use of social media has affected the way politicians and voters interact. Increasingly, electoral campaigns, whether legislative or presidential-as in the US politics- have relied on the outreaching power of new media tools such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Social media serves both electors and prospective elected officials. The majority of public have now easy access to their political representatives. And those in office also can reach out easily to their vote base, anticipate their needs and stay accountable to them.

Social media icons

Social media icons

Closer, instant and cheaper!

Murse (2018) listed 10 ways social media has changed US politics. He found that Facebook, Twitter and Youtube had enabled politicians to speak to the public in wider scope, remotely, in two-way communication and cheaply. This means getting around the old traditional paid media, either print, billboard, radio or television.

Veroni (2014) highlighted how Barack Obama had relied on social media to secure victory in two presidential mandates. Moreover, he did so efficiently and with little cost. Probably many of you followed the latest Ontario Provincial. Many of you may also have noticed the way politicians used YouTube videos to promote their agendas. You can find a collection of them in the following video:

Crumbs for politicians

Yet, what make social media dear to politicians is not their cost-effective value or its intrinsic power to generate buzz effects only, but rather the wealth of personal data and information gathered about users. As you know, when you browse the Internet you leave history of your clicks and visits. These are traceable and stored forever in remote data centers. Unrelentingly, cookies are tracking you and the built-in algorithms are used systematically for many analytical functions.

Internet bread-crumbs

Internet bread-crumbs

Veroni (2014) mentioned that Obama used information about social media users to understand the psycho-graphic traits of his potential voters, well-ahead of polls. This allowed his team to customize his campaign messages according to various segments of public. Accordingly, his campaign send tailored (micro-targeted) messages to people.

Micro-targeting and fine-tuning messages

Veroni (2014) stated that even within one household, one may receive a campaign email message that may vary in content from those received by others living in the same house. Murse (2018) explained also that campaigns can use analytics about people who are following them on social media and tailor the message based on selected demographics. For example, campaigners may find one message pertinent to voters under 30 years old will not be as effective with over 60 years old. The same will be true for people with different personalities.

Not only Obama!

The champions of exploiting social media mega data for political gain remained Donald Trump and Leave Britain movement. Many of us must have heard of how their unexpected success came around. They contracted Cambridge Analytica to do psycho-graphic profiling. The following video explains the company’s strategy of using mega-data, which are extracted from social media usage:

Fortunately, this “data-laundry” machine came to an end this year. The company was shut-down and Facebook giant since had been in question in regards to personal data breach after it appeared that personal data of tens of millions in US and elsewhere had been accessed by the analytics company.

That said, we may assume now that social media is more than tools of day-to-day communication. Internet companies grew smarter, building massive algorithms with a great capacity for deep learning @plevy. Politicians would most likely continue manipulating the public by stealing data and using them to exert their power and control. With this in mind, let us ponder on the following questions:

• Are those in office really represent us and reflect our free and true choice?
• To what extent voters are manipulated based on data about their cyber persona?
• How can we use social media smartly, leaving less chance for data predators?
• Are we responsible for giving away our personal data on social media platforms?

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Veroni, C. (2014). Spin: How politics has the power to turn marketing on its head. Toronto, ON: House of Anansi Press.

“A picture is worth a thousand words”

“A picture is worth a thousand words…” – the meaning of this common phrase is quite clear. One of the most oldest sources of this phrase is credited to Napoleon Bonaparte who was believed to have said, “A good sketch is better than a long speech”. (Wikipedia)

Wherever it originated from or whoever is credited to having come up with this phrase, it is used in common everyday English language quite frequently to express how a picture or image can more clearly explain or give meaning to some idea, place, object or person.

But what relevance does this phrase have in today’s communication style using social media? I have noticed that Facebook users post many pictures and cartoons and they do elicit many responses and comments from viewers. Sometimes they have text associated with them and sometimes they don’t.

To determine if a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, I thought I would do a little experiment on Facebook. I took a popular news story; in this case, the seperation of immigrant children from their parents and families in detention facilities in the United States. I posted a cartoon and I also posted a link to a CBC news article about the news story to my Facebook account.



The cartoon received 13 reactions:

  • 7 thumbs up signs and 6 sad faces
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While the CBC article only received 3 reactions (2 thumbs ups and 1 sad face). Did these people actually read the article? I am not sure.

Social media today provides us with so much  news and information. Do we have the time to fully read every post and news article that interests us? Or do we just skim posts and comment or click on anything that evokes an emotional response from us?

What happens with the information that we want to save and keep for later? Well, Facebook allows us to share posts which places the post on our page which we can access later. Twitter allows us to re-tweet and thereby saving it on our twitter page. I find this quite useful in saving links to professional articles that I can read later.

With each Facebook post or tweet, there is often a picture associated with it. These pictures can be useful when scrolling through your accounts looking for a specific post. I don’t know how many times I have been looking through my Facebook posts looking for a recipe and the only way I can find it is by looking for the picture of the already prepared food. I have also recently been saving many pictures from Facebook to my gallery so that I can use them at some later opportune time.

Pinterest is a social network which which allows users to save pictures, images, and ideas.

Pictures play an important role in social media today and will continue to do so in the future. The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” will live on in social media.

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In a time of uncertainty, here’s 5 ways Social Media is making this world a better place

Most news you see or hear about these days ignites some kind of fear within; political situations remain unstable, the constant lack of funding and resources for incoming refugees and horrific acts of discrimination across the globe. Some days you feel powerless, likes there’s absolutely nothing you can do or say to make any kind of impact on the problems our world is facing. Luckily, in recent years, Social Media has proven time and time again that it can help make a big impact on our world!

1) Social Media helps raise money for good causes: Whether you are part of a large NGO or trying to raise money for your hockey team, a couple of likes and shares will help your fundraising go a long way. You can reach a lot more people in a much shorter time frame.

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2) Social Media gives people a voice: Many of us feel voiceless in this world however Social Media gives us a chance to contact people directly. It used to be that if you wanted to voice your concerns, you would have to write a letter – now all you have to do it tag someone in your Tweet or use a #hashtag.

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3) Social Media creates a sense of belonging: No one likes to be alone. Social media allows you to be a part of something bigger than yourself. It allows you to join groups, clubs, and communities that aren’t restricted by location or time. While our world can sometimes seem so divided, social media allows you to find and connect with people who think like you.

4) Social Media leads to acceptance: Having the chance to connect with someone in a different situation than yourself allows you to understand other cultures and traditions. A lot of people don’t see far beyond their own front door but having the opportunity to “virtually” experiences other ways of life helps create a sense of open-mindedness.

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5) Social Media makes education more accessible: A growing number of professors are turning to social media to connect with students and expand the reach their curriculum has. A professor can now be based in Canada and have students from around the world. Check out this story about elderly citizens of Chicago helping teens in Brazil to learn English.

See? Social media isn’t all bad. There are so many amazing ways that it can help us learn and grow. So let’s hear from you. Business aside, tell me a time you’ve seen social media used for good or maybe a way that it has helped you!

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Social Security-Are we Safe on Social Media

Mr. (Erksine)-Smith Goes to (Ottawa)

I first met Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Nate)when I was a Queen’s student during the municipal election cycle in 2006. Nate was in law school and challenging the popular incumbent city councillor, Bill Glover in the downtown Sydenham Ward in Kingston. Glover was anti-student, and Nate didn’t like this. Instead of complaining, he signed up to run against him. Nate lost that election but inspired a young guy like me with a valuable lesson. He taught me that when something isn’t right, the only option is to stand up and to say something.

In 2015, Nate was elected as the MP for Beaches-East York in Toronto’s East End. Always a tireless advocate for what is right, he took up the charge against the careless misuse of user data by Facebook in Parliament.

But for now, let’s put a pin in this.

My Story

I left Facebook in 2008 because of the unsettling encounter with an individual who I felt was stalking me. By removing myself from that social media platform, the stalker lost his last avenue to contact me, and the behaviour stopped. I have vowed to never return to Facebook, a promise I am still keeping ten years later.

This story is not uncommon and something that continues to become a real concern for law enforcement and policymakers: how do we legislate and police the digital world? I recently read a Guardian article about the use of “smart home” devices by abusive partners to control and manipulate, even after the relationship has ended.

This doesn’t mean that technology and social are a demon we need o to remove from our lives. What it does say is that policymakers and police need to take it seriously. In a world of trolling, cyberbullying and revenge porn, laws and policies need to ensure the privacy and safety of individuals.

Giving up on social media, as I did with Facebook a decade ago, is no longer a fair response to mistreatment online.

 Back to Nate

Nate decided it was time to speak up again. He took on this issue and brought it front and centre. We need more policymakers like Nate. They cannot dismiss social media as a vanity tool. It is where people live and interact. Manipulation of this is dangerous, and self-policing has proven impotent in solving these serious problems.

When I supported him, all those years back, I know I was backing a winning horse!

Is this work enough? Are there enough Nate’s taking this issue on and our the those at the centre of power listening? Is this a problem that is too complicated now to solve?


Are we safe on social media? Lawmakers and policy struggle with these Questions. Do you feel safe in an increasingly digital existence?

Facebook: Our policymakers need to take online safety and security seriously. MPs like Nathaniel Erskine-Smith are doing it right and speaking truth to power. Let’s call on all leaders to do the same. Please check out my blog at:

wordpress.com/post/algonquincollegesocialmedia.wordpress.com/75484 and let me know if you feel the same way.



Live Streaming as a new trend of social media.

Do you know that in social media, 75 % people would prefer live videos as compared to other types of social contents? The extension of live streaming to all areas of business is inescapable and 2018 will see live streaming ending up more ordinary in organizations’ web-based social networking showcasing efforts.



Live gushing or live recordings started in 2011 with the live streaming application YouNow. In the long run, in 2014, we saw the dispatch of Snapchat. In 2015, Twitter obtained the live spilling application Periscope which was in the end incorporated with the social stage in 2016.

In April 2016, Facebook propelled Facebook Live to every one of their clients. Following this YouTube reported live streaming for cell phones. In 2017, live spilling is accessible on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to give some examples social stages.




In spite of the fact that the above insights are from U.S. audiences, the information gives us a decent review of the age bunches overview by live gushing video. Strikingly, in the U.S., we’re seeing significantly more seasoned individuals engaging, interacting and creating live recordings. This demonstrates to us that live spilling is a viable social media marketing channel for engaging people over age bunches from 13 to 17-year-olds and 35 to 54-year-olds.


According to Statista, these are the most popular live streaming platforms from November 2016:



As indicated by Yahoo’s “Tune Into The Live Video Opportunity” (2016) report online watchers are attracted to the excitement, immediacy, and connection live streaming offers. Live spilling additionally gives various advantages when contrasted with conventional TV.

In 2018, live gushing will get far more extensive acknowledgment inside both web-based social networking applications and even inside the broadcast business. Live spilling makes the dynamic commitment with crowds since it’s a constant affair and is ideal for present day purchasers who are in a hurry and multi-entrusting. With about every social medium stages embracing live gushing in some frame, we will see more brands and organizations make utilization of live video later on.


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