Used an app like Foursquare or Facebook to tell people where you are and what you’re doing?
Many people’s first instinct when I ask that question is to say NO! They then will tell me how they don’t want people to know what they’re doing, where they are, and that apps like these make them fear for their privacy.
I’m here to say “I get it.”
Now I’m going to tell you why I don’t agree :)
What are they?
Let’s start with the basics. Check-in apps are designed to let you tell your personal network what you’re doing. Generally this is done through a smart phone or tablet, but it can also be done on your computer.
In the case of Facebook your check-in is then shared with your friends. With foursquare it is shared with your foursquare friends and you can also choose to have your updates linked to your Facebook and/or Twitter. (more…)
Yesterday’s Social Capital Conference was an incredible day. Kudos to the organizers for pulling off such a great, well-organzied event. You know it’s a great conference when halfway though people are already talking about next year!
The panels were interesting and featured some of Ottawa’s social media “elite”, sharing their stories and tidbits of wisdom and experience. I loved the round table discussions in the afternoon, which gave us the opportunity to pick the brains of the panelists in an informal setting. Such a great idea, and a perfect way to build on the morning’s panels.
It was so nice to meet so many of you that I follow on Twitter and Facebook, and a whole bunch of new people too! I love meeting Ottawa social media peeps in person; for such a big city we have this great small-town vibe and I find Ottawa folks very real. Probably one reason why a conference like this works so well.
If you’re stopping by because we exchanged info yesterday, thanks for taking the time to visit. This is my personal blog, where I write about my passions – social media, gaming, technology, photography – local happenings, favourite recipes, and little bits and pieces of family life. We may have spoken about my site Pathways to Life, which is all about wellness, healthy living strategies and inspiration from our nine community bloggers . It’s my newest project and I’m extremely passionate about it, so I hope you’ll take a moment to check it out too.
If you attended yesterday, please let me know by leaving a comment with your blog/twitter/facebook link so that I can get to know you better. I’m trying to visit all of your sites and look forward to building on yesterday’s connection.
I’m still on a bit of a high from Blog Out Loud last night; what an emotional, fabulous, entertaining event! Lynn did such a great job putting it together again this year and the turn-out was phenomenal. Looks like she’ll be looking for an even bigger venue for next year! (more…)
Thanks Leslie at Boston Pizza Orleans for hosting another great community meet-up! It was great to bring the kids and get together with other moms. I had a great time connecting with some of you that I know from around the ‘net, and meeting some new people too.
She also provided table space for small businesses – like me! – to display product samples, and even though it wasn’t a shopping event, I was pretty pleased when my server couldn’t resist buying a one-of-a-kind headband that was part of my display. Such a fun and affordable way for WAHMs to get a little bit of exposure for their businesses, and have a great lunch with the kids too. The event filled up fast but there will be another one soon; keep an eye on their Facebook page for information.
Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? The Mothercraft annual Touch-A-Truck event is happening tomorrow at Lincoln Fields. It’s an opportunity for kids to get up close to all kinds of big vehicles, talk to bus drivers, fire fighters, and even sit in the driver’s seat and honk a horn. There will also be a BBQ, live shows by Ray’s Reptiles and more. (more…)
Fairy Godmother of Ottawa is a non-profit organization that provides prom dresses and accessories to grads who are unable to purchase their own prom attire. They provide a “Cinderella experience” to the girls, including a personal shopper who helps her select her gown during a Boutique Shopping day.
If you have any unneeded dresses, shoes or accessories taking up space in your closet, be someone’s Fairy Godmother and drop them off at any Brown’s Cleaners in Ottawa. I was so happy to find a great home for some fabulous dresses I had that no longer fit, including my non-traditional prom dress that hopefully will make some slightly non-traditional grad happy this year.
If you want more info or have any questions, you can also check out their Facebook group.