Bullying has many faces


I can’t remember the first time I started chatting to this particular person on Twitter. It was early days in my Twitter-lifetime, and I probably started following him because I thought his name was cool. Then I saw from his Twitter profile that he worked for the Greens. That was no issue for me: I have good friends in both […]

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Trolls, bullies and us


There are three types of people who intentionally cause other people hurt on the internet. First there are the trolls; those the IT purists will tell you emerged long before Twitter and online opinion sites. From what I’ve read (and I’m sure I’ll be corrected if I get it wrong), the troll’s main goal is to provoke anger or other […]

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Jump in Sam! The water’s fine.

Jump in Sam!

When explaining to the uninitiated, I usually equate Twitter with swimming. No matter how much you watch other people do it, ask people to explain it, even read instruction manuals about it, you will never know what it is like to swim until you get in the water and start paddling. Twitter is the same. Lurking is the swimming equivalent […]

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,100 times in 2010. That’s about 15 full 747s.   In 2010, there were 25 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 12 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 10mb. That’s about a picture per month. The busiest day of the year was October 31st with 567 views. The most popular post that day was Autism badly served by “Communication Shutdown”. Where did they come from? The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, abc.net.au, facebook.com, andrewelder.blogspot.com, and thepoliticalsword.com. Some visitors came searching, mostly for drag0nista, tweet like tony burke, communication shutdown twitter, istock, and alessi products. Attractions in 2010 These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010. 1 Autism badly served by “Communication Shutdown” October 2010 11 comments 2 About May 2010 1 comment 3 New media prejudice based on fear of the unknown October 2010 7 comments 4 Don’t mistake the organ-grinder for the lion-tamer: the media and the 2010 federal election August 2010 10 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com, 5 New ABC social media role an empty gesture December 2010 7 comments

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