Posts tagged Social Media

Hacks & Tutorials

How To Create Custom Shortlinks With

Shortlinks have been with us for a number of years now. Whether it’s, tinyurl, or another service, URL shortening has risen in popularity together with Twitter, where every character counts and the only good link is a short link….

December 4, 2013, by


The Emptiness Of Branded Experience

We’re living in a hyper-branded world. Our food, our clothes, our electronics, our software: everything is branded. Americans mention brands more than 3 billion times a day. Whether we are aware of it or not, brands are affecting our experience…

July 19, 2013, by


After The Hype: The Web Is Growing Up

Yesterday I read a post by Kirsten Winkler in which she noted that “there is no innovation, just some iteration and lots of hype” in the (education) technology world at the moment. Is this just a temporary phase before the…

June 27, 2013, by


Why You Can’t Escape From The Internet

When toddlers are getting addicted to iPads, parents spy on their kids on Facebook and teenagers can’t survive 24 hours offline without experiencing withdrawal symptoms it’s hard not to blame technology. After all, we wouldn’t be experiencing these problems without technology, so…

May 2, 2013, by

Social Media

If Content Is King, Are We Its Slaves?

Once upon a time we spoke of songs, albums, images and articles. Nowadays, it’s called content: the stuff that makes the world go round. The Waterfall Of ‘Content’ It’s like this huge frickin’ waterfall and you’re just throwing your pebble…

April 25, 2013, by

Hacks & Tutorials

A Brief Guide To Reddit For Publishers

  Reddit is beginning to shape and influence the world in ways that are only now becoming apparent, bringing a higher order of organization to content online, and allowing for an evolution in the potential of collaboration. – Blue Glass…

November 13, 2012, by


Small Controlled Bursts Of Boredom: A Cure For Contemporary Click-Frenzies?

“The things people do out of sheer boredom! They study out of boredom; they pray out of boredom; they fall in love, get married and reproduce out of boredom; in the end they die out of boredom.” It was the German author Georg Büchner who put…

April 16, 2012, by


Has Content Curation Become A New Creativity For The Masses?

When I first heard the term “digital content curation” I thought of Picasso-peddling online arts merchants, vernissages on Facebook and high heeled iPhone users staggering through Italian designer boutiques. But what does it really mean? Traditionally, the term curator refereed to…

March 27, 2012, by

Language Learning

4 Quick Ways To Use (Social) Media In Foreign Language Teaching

Sometimes, taking a class to learn a language isn’t quite enough. For people that are moving to a new country and want to learn the native tongue of the land, a class or textbook might leave you in the dark…

November 11, 2011, by

Online Teaching

How To Stand Out to Capture & Hold Students’ Attention

Capturing a person’s attention is hard to do in this day and age. Between TV, the Internet, advertisements, politics, world hunger, animal rights, general plight and even what to have for dinner, our attention is in a constant state of…

October 26, 2011, by

Social Media

The New Facebook: Your Life Story in Likes Or: The Perfect Surveillance Machine

It was Jeremy Bentham who invented the Panopticon, a circular building with a tower in its center that allows “an observer to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) inmates of an institution without them being able to tell whether or not they…

October 2, 2011, by

Social Media

What Is StumbleUpon And How Can We Use It To Discover Stuff And Boost Traffic?

All the recent discussions about the alleged “epic battle” of the Social Networks Google+ and Facebook overshadow the fact that there’s a whole gamut of wildly useful tools, platforms and services besides them. StumbleUpon is one of these tools that…

August 17, 2011, by