The perils of blogging

The Scottish Parliament’s newest MSP has found herself getting a bit of attention from the media because of her blog. Anne McLaughlin, known to bloggers as Indygal, has become the SNP’s newest Parliamentarian following the sudden and sad death of Bashir Ahmad. The first story I saw about her blog in the media was actually […]

Social ladder

One of the problems with social networking sites is that not everyone is on the same one. Thankfully I don’t find myself having to login to MySpace any more. But I would drop Bebo at a moment’s notice if I could get away with it. Unfortunately, a lot of my friends — particularly those from […]

Should I put my blogs on my CV?

Here is something that I’ve been pondering about quite a bit recently. A few years ago it was all bad news for bloggers who have jobs. Getting sacked because of your blog stuck fear into so many that it the concept even spawned its own word: dooce. People who have been dooced are not in […]

Lame new words spread on the internet like a rashr

The internet is said to have made a lot of people’s jobs more difficult. Record company bosses, for instance. Or insurance companies. Or publishers. Surely another should be added to the list: lexicographers. I was thinking the other day about how quickly new words enter everyday vocabulary. Before the internet, language evolved slowly and often […]

Broadcasters should now be biased if they want to be

The media is changing very quickly, and there are a lot of difficult issues that have to be sorted out. With the massive (and still growing, maybe even still accellerating) success of blogging, podcasting and vlogging, the boundaries between the mainstream media and the pamphleteers are becoming ever-more blurred. This week Michael Grade wondered about […]

You realise that everybody can read that?

I guess people are just really stupid. Time for people to wise up about the web. It’s dead easy. If you post something on the internet, people can see it. That means: authority figures, parents, current employers, potential future employers, everybody. Top Law Student (down at the moment; mirror here) has a post reminding you […]

Vox thoughts

I signed up to Six Apart’s funny new blogging / social network service, Vox (thanks to Sarah for the invite!). Is it LiveJournal for grownups? Is it MySpace without the emo kids? We just don’t know. Here is my page on Vox. I’m not exactly sure that I’ll ever use it, given that I surely […]

claimID revisited

When I wrote about claimID a couple of weeks ago, Terrell Russell from claimID left a comment: I hope claimID serves you well. Keep linking to yours and we’re betting it will. Search for my name on Google today and my claimID page is result #3. Other links that I included in my claimID page […]