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Newsfeeds: delivering the latest news to your virtual doorstep; and ways to share it! (#9 Social Media Tools Series)

Here’s a test: Take a look at the bookmarks of your favorite websites and blog sites, and tell me how often you browse them? If your answer is not often enough, allow me to let you in on a little secret – it’s called “RSS” in geekspeak, and “newsfeeds” in English. If you’d like to…

Responsible blogging: is it an oxymoron?

I think I’m finally beginning to understand the fear that some organizations grapple with when it comes to blogging. First of all, the nature of blogging itself goes against the grain of any institutional setting. My first job was in a multi-national scientific firm – they expected their staff to project a ‘corporate standard’, from what we said when meeting…

Are newsletters a dying breed? (#8 Social Media Tools Blog Series)

Newsletters are like teasers – they highlight issues and activities, celebrate success stories, point to useful resources and give you a hint of upcoming events. A great way to build a relationship with your target audience, an email (e-) newsletter is cost-effective and a valuable tool for communicating via the Internet. As Nancy White, online…

Wikis, sites, docs and pads: the many flavours of collaborative writing (#7 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

I always enjoy reminiscing about the way things were before the advent of the mobile phone or the Internet or thumb-size music machines… and I usually think to myself, in a corny fashion: Isn’t technology amazing? Now, if you’ve been collaborating with colleagues (whether in your office or across different time zones) on reports, projects,…

Social Bookmarking: storm-a-brewing (#6 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

When I was in university, I had an ingenious way of bookmarking important facts/points from articles: 3×5 inch white, lined cards! I would use one side to write out a key point and the reverse side for a citation of the relevant book or journal article. What can I say… it was the 90’s! My…

Social Media: Are You Listening? (#5 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

My colleagues Meena and Antonella started a great blog series on Social media tools that complement the KS Toolkit and will serve as input for the upcoming social media workshop. Antonella wondered at the beginning of this week how we know if social media is working, and mentioned social media listening as an important practice. …

Social Networks: friend or foe? (#4 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

It would be hard to use the Internet and not come across a slew of social networking sites. Facebook, MySpace…these are just two of the popular sites that regular Internet aficionados use to keep in touch with family and friends and/or meet new people. Social networking sites allow users to create their own personal virtual…

Social Media: how do you know it's working? (#3 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

If you are responsible for communications in your organization, you will know the value of having a clear strategy and a way of evaluating it. This post will discuss some social media tools and give you ideas on how to include social media appropriately in your communications plan and measure its effectiveness. Setting your goal…

Blogging for impact (#2 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

In the online publishing world, blogs seem to have taken off like wildfire. While the blog may have humble beginnings as a personal journal, it has transformed into a powerful tool for communicating online.   Not too long ago, research ideas were written in closely guarded notebooks, discussed in hushed tones over coffee and within…

Microblogging (#1 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

Microblogging is a form of blogging based on short posts. A real-time communication platform, microblogs are short, tight snippets of information that tell others what you’re doing, where you’re going or even how you’re feeling at any given moment. In a social context, you could essentially be keeping tabs on your friends’ activities and vice…