Posts Tagged ‘social media’

For some, Facebook is just somewhere to keep up with friends and family, and see what’s going on in their lives.

For others, it’s a place to have a rant, post selfie after selfie of yourself posing into a mirror, or tell the world what you’re having for your tea.

So imagine the surprise this poor unfortunate got when one of her so called ‘friends’ took umbrage to all the cooing baby posts on there and sent an anonymous letter saying “She crawls off the mat – WE DON’T CARE!”

Charming. Come on it’s what Facebook is all about surely?! I for one am a nosey mare at the best of times and love to see what everyone else is doing.

People with blank walls are boring. Where’s the fun in that?! I’d have thought the clue was in the name – SOCIAL media.

Be sociable, people.

If baby coos and whatnot are so offensive and annoying, there’s always the option of the hide button so you’re blissfully unaware of what they’re blithering on about today without going the frankly nasty and cowardly poison pen letter way.

What would Facebook be without any of these?! Get the finger flexing on the hide button for any of these (or the popcorn out and settled back for fun if you’re that way inclined like myself)

Top 10 Facebook No – No’s

1) Passive aggressive statuses. “If you have something to say, say it to my FACE!”

Um, quite. Ironic.

2) “So upset right now.”


friend 1- “What’s up hun?”

friend 2 –  “you OK?!”

original poster “I can’t say on here, sorry.


3) “I’m having a friend cull! If you can still see this later then you’ve made the cut.”

Ok, bye then. No need for the announcement. Just chop people already without the fanfare. Jeez Louise.

4)”I’m out of lives on Farmville! Can you send me one?!”



This is a picture of my breakfast. This is a picture of my lunch. This is a picture of my tea. Hashtag nom yum food in my tum.

Eat it already, it’ll be going cold.


Text speak.

“Hyy bbe hows u? I lyk ur pikkies of ur babbies. Gawjus hun.”

Come again?

7)Daily fitness app updates.

“I’ve just ran 95 miles with the occasional stop for a few lunges and squats.”

That’s nice. I’ve sat on my arse and eaten some biscuits. Does lifting arm up to mouth count as exercise?

8) “Toddler just done his first poo in the potty!”

I’m sure he’ll LOVE reading about that when he’s older. Cheers, mum.


“It’s wine o’clock!”

What again? You alky. You’ll be progressing to the park bench with your brown paper bag next.


Cryptic status updates that turn into a bout of virtual fisticuffs and hair pulling.


“I wish I’d never spoken to a certain someone today. They proper do my head in.”

friend 1 – “That me you’re talking about?”

friend 2 – “NO, she must mean me. Biatch, come here and say that.”

friend 3 – (quivering behind keyboard having internal panic) “oh Gawd, it’s me isn’t it? She must mean me.”

friend 1 – “Nope, she deffo means me. Silly slag bag.”

You’ve got to love Facebook really, and before anyone starts on me I’m guilty of several of these and am probably already hidden for being an annoying git who updates 10 times a day with inane shizzle that no-one really cares about.


The hide button, people – it’s your friend. Although it’d be a quiet and boring place with no drama or baby poo on there…


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As a blogger, I spend quite a lot of time on social media and over the different platforms, see lots of pictures and stories of various children.

Recently joining Instagram, it got me thinking if sometimes we’re responsible for over sharing.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with sharing your lives and pictures with a wider audience, especially when blogs revolve around the family , and are enhanced by funny stories, pictures, or craft activities or whatever.

I post photos of my two on my blog, but it’s always back views, or partially obscured faces for privacy reasons.

Something like this when we went castle moat exploring.

exploring castle s

As well as never mentioning names.

Pictures of children fast asleep in their beds oblivious to the fact that they’re being pictured and put on the internet for others to see, or of  bathing babies etc.

The worst we ever had to contend with when growing up was the fact that mum or dad would whip out their camera and take embarrassing photos of you and put in the photo album to bring out in front of future boyfriends/girlfriends to embarrass the hell out of you.

Today’s children though have a bigger nightmare – the fear that their mum and dad may be uploading pictures of their tantrums, or discussing their toilet habits or whatever.

You just need to look at the immensely popular blog (and now book)  Reasons My Kid is Crying to see my point.

Sure, it’s hilarious, I’ve had a good laugh at some of the tantrums on there (they’re funny because they’re so completely true! )

Do all the toddlers know and understand they’re being put up for adult’s entertainment though? Could be quite embarrassing when they come across it in later life.

Ditto with all the sleeping babies sucking thumbs (“M’uuuum! I can’t even sleep in peace without you showing everyone!”) or baths.

What goes online stays online, as they say.

Are you an oversharer? Or am I an over thinker?! 🙂


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As a complete Twitter addict, I’m forever being asked what it is that I actually see in it.

It’s boring!

It’s just random strangers telling you what they had for breakfast!

You can’t do anything on there apart from follow news items and stalk celebrities. If you want to find out what Philip Schofield had for breakfast, then yay. Twitter’s good then. If for anything else, not so much.

Er, wrong actually. You can do so much more than that.

If you want to get the most out of Twitter, then you need to follow people with the same type of interests as yourself.

You’re into knitting woolly hats? Great. Get following like minded peeps and INTER-ACT with them.

If they tweet something that resonates with you, reply to them.

If you see something you like on there, be it a knitting pattern or whatever, then retweet it. (Retweeting it simply means that instead of their tweet being confined to only their followers seeing it, it will suddenly be opened up to all YOUR followers being able to see the most awesome knitting pattern too. Therefore gaining their appreciation as you’ve single handedly doubled their audience.)

If you’re a writer/journalist and you’re not on there, then you’re a fool.

Not only can you keep up with the news literally as soon as it breaks (before any mainstream media at all has even had chance to get down to the scene as people on street level and as eye witnesses are tweeting as it happens) but you can follow all the latest media jobs. Not to mention that you can speak to people in senior national editorial positions that you wouldn’t usually be chatting away with.

It’s all about contacts, and Twitter is full of them.

Some things about Twitter:

What is a hashtag, and what does it do?

If you put a hashtag before a word, it acts as a kind of bookmark. A bookmark that allows anyone searching for that term to come across your tweet as well as others.

Hashtags are great for Twitter conversations as they keep all relevant tweets in one place, and allows you to chat to other people on the same topic at the same time.

Great for if you want to hold a Twitter party to promote your business and get everyone talking about you.

Content. Post content!

Don’t just post links to stuff. Seriously. If you’ve got a blog post for example that you’d love everyone else to see, then make sure you’re not just posting links on Twitter and nothing else. People will automatically assume you’re a spammer. ENGAGE with people. Inter-act with them, and they know you’re not some weird spam robot.

Which brings me onto my next point.

Post a profile picture of yourself

It makes you seem more human. If your picture is of the generic Twitter egg, people are going to be thinking they’re followed by a spam bot and will be less inclined to follow you back.

Above all, be yourself on there. People will automatically want to follow then. 🙂

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I’m as guilty as they come for updating my social media channels with pointless updates, but one new mum took sharing to a whole new level when she live tweeted her home birth to her ‘followers.’

Ruth Iorio decided to go one better and tell everyone about every push, grunt and even her diarrhoea as well (TMI?!) as well as including pictures of her naked and holding her newborn baby.

“Hello world!” said the baby to his army of followers when he eventually emerged.

You see it every day on Facebook and Twitter too. Baby’s explosive poos is just one example.

You start to wonder if there should be some sort of warning posted before some of the tweets (because let’s face it, who wants to be eating their dinner when reading about how someone is having trouble pooing? Yep, seen that one too.

Do we really need to know EVERY thought and whim that goes through random people’s heads?

I’m not sure I want to know their bowel habits, thank you very much.

It’s all well and good tweeting about things that are relevant to your everyday life. However there should be an invisible line that activates whenever someone tries to post something which is far too much information and starts honking out some kind of alarm system.

THAT might stop them in their tracks. 🙂

What do you think?

Are you guilty of being an oversharer?

Or are you more reserved?


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As the footballer Joey Barton has been in the news this week due to his tweeting about the John Terry court case, it has got me thinking about whether the likes of Facebook and Twitter should be subjected to the same rules that newspapers have to adhere to when it comes to reporting.

As the law stands,  newspapers cannot report anything that could be deemed to be in contempt of court, and could prejudice the outcome of the case.

So how is it one rule for the newspapers and one for social media?
You only need to look online to see that the laws need updating. With the uprising of social media platforms, the ordinary man on the street can tweet his opinions to a worldwide audience,  or chat in inter-national forums discussing what they think about things going on in the news.

Doing exactly the same thing that newspapers wouldn’t even dream of doing.

As absolutely anyone can have a Facebook or a Twitter account, we can’t expect everyone to know the ins and outs of media law and what they can and cannot say.

You’d think people would have a modicum of common sense and use their brain when it comes to writing, though.


Maybe we should have a social media Rule Book:

-No chatting about things that are going through the courts as we speak. Especially not proffering your own opinions on them.

-No speculation on anything. Even if you think ‘Yes, the Butler did it’, or you’re adamant you really DO know who shot the Sheriff or JR, keep schtum.

-When it comes to writing on Facebook, you are not down the pub chatting with your mates. You’ve published it and your thoughts, opinions and ramblings are now out there in the worldwide domain. Especially if you’re daft enough not to have any privacy settings set in place.

-Untrue remarks in the written form is libel. So Facebook jokes about Joe Bloggs liking sheep/slept with 300 people should be a no go area. You only need Joe Bloggs to not see the funny side and take it seriously and you’ve potentially landed yourself in the do do legally.


So what should be done about it? The laws need updating to incorporate the boom in new media platforms such as Twitter, and the fact that the general public now has a potentially world wide audience that they never had before.

What do you think?

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With the internet playing such a large part in our lives, it is hard to believe that as little as 15 years ago it was a relatively new thing, and only just starting out.

Nowadays, with most people having internet access in their own homes, there is a whole online community out there and people can theoretically live their lives via the internet.

I think the internet is a fantastic thing. People living in the middle of nowhere, or unable to leave the house for any reason can shop online, doing all their grocery shopping via their computer, which then gets delivered to them.

People feeling isolated, seeking support, or generally just wanting to read parenting funny stories and find recipes etc can find parenting forums to visit, with a whole community of posters ready to chat to.

Even not being able to go out and see your friends due to lack of babysitters or emigrating to another country isn’t a problem now.

Via sites such as facebook, you can link up to, chat to, and even use the new web cam type chat to chat to them in person. It doesn’t matter if they’re in England or New Zealand, the world has become a lot smaller and more connected – thanks to the internet, we can keep in instant contact.

If you wanted to ring somebody abroad in the early/mid 90’s, you had to use your house phone as there was no other way of doing it.

Flick through the phone book, find the international dialling code and ring the number which puts you through to someone who actually sounds like they are at the other side of the world as they sounded so far away.

It’s hard to believe that mobile phones were not even commonplace at the beginning of the 90’s and the ones that were about were the size of small house.

All of this progression in technology is a great thing, and can help to make a lot of people who are generally isolated feel a lot less cut off and part of the world again.

The only downside to the internet is to actually remember to go out and interact with people in real life if you can, as well!

The internet can be great, but real life human contact and social interaction is just as important.


The London Conference on Cyberspace is taking place this week, and will be discussing the benefits and the challenges of the internet.

Mumsnet Bloggers will be there to discuss the social side of the internet and have asked for people to write on this subject.


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When you’re sat tapping away behind a keyboard and laptop screen in your own home, it’s sometimes easy to forget that you’re putting your words out there into the public domain.

So it comes as no surprise to me that a few primary teachers in Hull have landed themselves in trouble by branding pupils at the school as ‘inbred’ via an online Facebook conversation.

In the course of the exchange, one teacher was joking that they were ‘fed up of bumping into children in town’, while another joked ‘no wonder everyone’s thick – inbreeding must damage brain development.’

What is it with social media sites that makes people temporarily forget who can see their words? Online networking sites are just that, online and connected to the public, and are no longer just banter between you and your mates.

Grown adults will have conversations on their wall between themselves and a select few, and seem to have adopted selective amnesia when it comes to who can see what – this is especially relevant to those who have about 585,000 friends and only really know in real life a handful of them.

At what point do they think that that would ever stay a private conversation?! It’s not. You’ve made it public.

Which is why, if you are on social networking sites (which I assume most of you are as you’re reading this), remember one thing – if you wouldn’t say it in real life, or to someone’s face, then DON’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL! 🙂

The full article can be found here:


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