Pop Tech – Charlie Sheen’s Twitter TMI

Welcome to the latest episode of Pop Tech where we discuss the intersection of pop culture and technology.

Topics in this week’s edition include:

What was Charlie Sheen doing while Having Sex with an Ex?
One of Charlie Sheen’s exes says that he loves to do this while having sex.  Can you say TMI!!!

Sly Stallone’s son, Sage, Final Facebook Post
Sage Stallone wrote a series of angry Facebook posts just 17 hours before his tragic death.

Kris Humphries mocks Kanye West via Twitter
Kris Humphries is letting Kanye know 23 million reasons why Jay-Z didn’t drop him from the team.

Are you going to miss Charlie Sheen’s “winning” tweets? Do you think Kris and Kanye are playing games over Twitter?

Pop Tech – Kris Humphries Kid, Eddie Murphy’s Twitter Death Hoax

Topics in this week’s edition include:

Internet Celeb Koutney Reppert Cyberstalking Woes
Kourtney built a huge following online as a successful internet model. But one fan took things to a whole new level.

Eddie Murphy Gets “Slayed” on Social Media
Eddie Murphy is the latest victim of a fake internet death rumor. Thankfully, he is alive and well, but what about his movie career?

Is Kris Humphries’ Ex having a Kid?
Is Kris Humphfries about to be a baby daddy? Well, if you listen to his ex, Myla Sinanaj, he is about to be a father. But wait! Turns out that may not be the case at all.

What do you think really went down between Kris Humphries and his ex?  Do you think they were really a legit couple or was Myle just a fill-in?  Do you believe it when you see online that a celebrity has passed?  Or do you wait to hear it on the television news before you believe it?

Social Media Peer Pressure

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A few weeks I wrote a blog post about the latest social media hit, Pinterest.  Unless, you’ve been on the moon for the last month, you’ve probably heard about this cool site that allows users to pin images on virtual bulletin boards.  It is a simple but genius idea and it’s all the rage.  I did get an invitation to sign up and was about to do – but I didn’t.   Why?  I had a bit of panic.  Honestly, I didn’t want to keep up with another social media site.  I use Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and am signed up on a host of other social networking sites.  However, I don’t use them like I should.  But I feel guilty that I don’t use them frequently.  I find myself feeling like I have to use them.  My main problem is that using these various sites effectively takes time and energy.

I started to think about this.  Am I the only one who feels this way?  Probably not!  I attended a breakfast seminar a few months ago and one of the attendees wanted to know how to consolidate her use of apps, emails and other sites.  She felt overwhelmed keeping up with email, checking in with Facebook and the like.  Her comments struck a chord with everyone there.  There is no doubt that there are some awesome social networking sites out there.  However, you don’t have to use them all.  Here are some of my suggestions

  1. Use only the sites you love.  Life is short and time is fleeting.  You don’t have to post daily on your Tumblr account because you feel you have to just because you have an account.  Only spend time on those social networking sites that you enjoy and want to spend time on.
  2. Forget about what others think.  I especially fall prey to this one.   Because I am a tech expert, I feel it’s my job to be knowledgeable about all things tech.  However,  that doesn’t mean that I have to use and participate in everything I am knowledgeable about.  Sometimes people ask me if I use this or that and I say no.  I’m okay with that.  In technology, it’s impossible to know everything or have a working knowledge of all things.  So, if you don’t spend hours watching video on YouTube like your friends, don’t worry about it.  If you don’t want to get on Facebook to keep up with your family, don’t do it.  Only do what matters to you.
  3. Use the social media sites that you choose, when you want to.  There is nobody looking over your shoulder saying, “You must use FourSquare daily”.   If you post on Twitter once a week, it’s okay.  There is no right or wrong here.

Do you feel pressured to use social media?  Do you have a social media site that you used all of the time but now you don’t?  Write a comment and let me know what you think. Also, if you like this post or found some value in it, please like this page and share it with your friends.

2 Reasons Why Employers Want Your Facebook Password

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Recently, there have been several articles in the press about jobs seekers getting asked to give their Facebook login and passwords for interviews.  We knew that employers were looking at potential employee’s social media accounts before they hired them, but the out-and-out asking for login information is a new trend.

WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
I believe, it’s happening for many reasons, but here are the main two:

  1. The job market is becoming more competitive and less and less jobs are now available.  As a result, employers are using more non-traditional methods to screen potential employees.
  2. A new trend is on the rise, people using social media to rant or vent about their workplace.   Businesses and companies don’t want their employers leaking valueable information online or ranting about their workplace practices.  So, they are taking extra measures upfront to make sure they hire people who they suspect won’t “go off” about them online.

WHAT TO DO IF THIS HAPPENS TO YOU:
What should you say or do if you get asked for your Facebook login information.  Well, that depends on if you agree with this practice or not and how bad you need a job.  Personally, I don’t agree with this practice and I think it is crossing the line.  I don’t even know if this practice is legal but here are some tips to help you come to the interview prepared.

Ask for the company’s social media policy.  Turn the tables back on them.  If the company has one, ask to see where that policy is stated.  When you go on a job interview, they give you benefit, leave and insurance information upfront.  Why not give the social media policy information as well?  If the company doesn’t have a social media policy, or this practice isn’t listed in the policy, you can refuse to give your login information.

Counter them.  Ask your potential employer their reasoning behind this practice.  Most will say that they use it as a way to judge a potential employee’s character.  It’s a way to find out what kind of person you really are.  That’s a valid reason but give them other options to learn about your character.  Have a list of volunteer activities, recommendations, honors and awards that you have received handy.

Before your interview, email the contact person about all the information that is needed and expected during the interview.   They are usually more than happy to tell you bring your resume, id cards and the like.  If they inform you that your Facebook logins are needed, you can ask questions why (see above).  They may drop it or tell you not to worry about it.  But if they stand firm, don’t go to the interview unless you’re willing to give your login.  If they don’t tell you to bring your login information and they ask for it during the interveiw, you can always say that you weren’t told that information was required for the interview.

Stand your ground.  Understand that if you refuse to give your login information, you may not get that job.  If you are okay with that, then stand your ground.  If not, then get everything controversial off your Facebook page before you go into that interview.  You should do this anyway because just like employers are checking credit reports of potential employees they screen your social media accounts without your knowledge.  So, if you on the hunt for a new job, it’s a good idea to sanitize it.

Would you give your Facebook login and password at a job interview?  Do you think this practice is valid?  Write a comment and let me know what you think.  Also, if you like this post or found some value in it, please like this page and share it with your friends.

How to get started on Pinterest in 1 easy step!

What is Pinterest?
All of a sudden, everyone is talking about Pinterest.  It’s everywhere!  Now I know what you are thinking.  What is Pinterest and do I really have to sign up for another social media account?  I can barely keep up with the ones I have!  Well, if you are wondering what it is and how to get started, then read on. 

In my closet, I have a huge cork board with a bunch of stick pins.  On it, I’ll post pictures that I’ve ripped out of fashion magazines.  I have pictures of shoes, purses, accessories and clothes that I like.   Anything that moves me and I want to remember, I post it on my fashion board.  Before I go shopping, I’ll usually scan my board to see what styles and looks I want to buy.  While I was in graduate school, I had a cork board next to my desk.  On that board, I had a picture of a graduation cap and gown, a fake Ph.D. diploma that said “Dr. Marcella Wilson” on it and many other motivation images.  I would use that board to inspire me to keep working hard towards graduation.  Some call what I was creating a vision board.  WellPinterest is a site that has taken the vision board concept and made it digital. 

Pinterest Pointers
So Pinterest is what I call an online vision board.  It’s a place where you can post a group of pictures that you are interested in, all in one spot.  You can have several interests, thus have several boards.

What is a pin? A pin is an image on a board.   You can pin things to a board by uploading it to your computer or posting an image from another web site.  If you do the latter, you will create a link from the image on your board to the web site you are copying the photo or pin from.

What is a board?  A board is group of pins (or images) devoted to one topic.   A board is a topic and on that board you can post images (or pins) related to that topic.  Remember I had two boards in my house: one devoted to fashion and the other to graduation.  I love  the fashion designer Betsey Johnson and she is always all over the fashion board in my closet.  Take a look at Pinterest’s Betsey Johnson board.

Can I have followers like Twitter followers?  You can follow a board or a person.  So, if you follow a person, you get notified about activity on all of their boards.  But if you follow a board, you only get updates about additions to that specific board.  Let’s use my fashion and graduation boards as example.  If you were to follow me on Pinterest, you would get notified anytime I pinned a new image on my fashion and graduation boards.  However, if you were to follow my fashion board only, you would only get notified when I pinned a new image on that board.  You would not get notified when I pinned something on my graduation board.  Make sense?

How to get started on Pinterest in one easy step 
Get invited!  Right now, Pinterest is by invitation only.  So, you‘ll need the hook-up to get in.  You can go to Pinterest’s web site to request an invite or have someone who is already on pinterest give you the hook-up.  Good luck and happy pinning!

I think it’s a great idea.  Do you plan on joining Pinterest?  What will you be pinning on Pinterest?  Let me know!

3 Ways to Get into Trouble on Twitter and Facebook

[Yesterday, I told you about a Sunday School lesson I did at a church. One of the topics, I talked about sexting and its dangers. Today, I’m going to cover a little more of what I discussed in that Sunday School lesson. More specificially, I’m gonna talk about online social networks. I’ve been quoted in Fox News, MSNBC News and appeared on television and radio talking about this topic. So, I have a few things I want to share with you.

A lot of the parents in attendance were curious about online social networks and how their kids can stay safe using them. Everyone has heard of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter but most parents didn’t know enough about them to protect their kids. So, a basic definition of an online social network is an online location where a user can create a profile and build a person network that connects him or her to other users. Online social networks are wonderful and have revolutionized the way the world uses the internet and communicates. But with the good also comes some bad. There are lots of way kids (and adults!) can get into trouble on online social networks. Here are three big problems I advised parents to be aware of.

1. Cyber-Bullying
This is a huge, hot-button topic today. Social media like Facebook and Twitter have brought about the rise of young people taunting, threatening, and bullying their peers online. A lot of this is done without parents or school officials ever knowing about it. We have all heard the news stories of young people taking their lives or being attacked because what was said online. This has got to stop. A lot of schools, school districts and states are taking a zero-tolerance policy against cyber-bullying and putting laws into place for punishment. This is a serious issue. So, please kids, just don’t do it.

2. Online Ranting
Online ranting is different than cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying is threatening another person but online ranting is more like “hating” on someone. So instead of a kid saying they want to beat up someone online (which is cyber-bullying), online ranting is a student posting online that they hate their chemistry teacher and thinks their test was graded unfairly. Ranting doesn’t involve threats of violence or anything like that. But it does ususally involve venting feelings of anger or dissatisfaction about a person. While some may think this is not as bad as cyber-bullying, I urge you to think again. Professional athletes has lost contracts, employees have gotten fired, job applicants were never even hired, and students have lost scholarships to universities and had their admission revoked all because of online ranting. So, if you feel mad about something or someone, posting it online is not the way to work out your feelings.

3. Posting Inappropiate Pictures of Yourself
With the popularity of online social networks, also comes the rise of inappropiate material. A lot of it being inappropiate pictures posted online. Kids today are so jaded because every other day, some celebrity is releasing a sex tape or has nude photos “leaked” online. It seems like it’s no big deal to take pictures in like manner and post online. But, doing this can be very detrimental to the child, their school career and future employment opportunities. Many schools are disciplining students for inappropiate online behavior and most colleges, universities and employers check the online behaviour of potential applicants. Posting lewd pictures of yourself and others may seem funny at first, but not so much when you can’t get into the college of your choice or land the job you want. So, parents have to be diligent about monitoring their kids to make sure their kids (and their friends) have not posted inappropiate videos, photos, etc. of themselves online.

It’s not easy being a parent in this fast-paced, high-tech world. There’s a lot out there that you have to protect your kids from. But just the fact that you’re reading this post shows that you’re on the right track.

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