30 Social Media Activism Rules for the Resistance

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Social Media Activism Can Be Fraught Hey, I get it. You’re an activist, but you have a boss, a family, neighbors, that one dude from high school, and several law enforcement agencies with access to your social media feed. Newsflash: even if you don’t realize it, that first sentence is something you should assume to be true. So. How do you #resist and stay (mostly) out of trouble? 1) Speech has consequences. Be prepared to back up what you say and be able to defend it to any or all of the above. Your online presence is creating your “brand”.…

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Five Ways Facebook can Make Your Life Better

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Selfies. Memes. LOLcats. That old friend that has political views that make you grind your teeth. Embarrassing posts from your mom and dad. Games. Most of us use Facebook as a way to “waste time” or “goof off”. What if I were to tell you that Facebook can be an excellent motivational and organizational tool?

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Smart Phones: The Swiss Army Knife of the Digital Age

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Smart phones are an amazing investment, and even if you’re down and out and broke, if you can find a phone and plan you can afford, buy one.  They are a lifeline, an entertainment center, and a business office in one. Every now and then someone starts that old rant about the ‘Obamaphones’ again. Part of me wants to ask whether that is kind of like a homophone, except that it sounds like the President. The other part of me wants to start a pedantic rant about how, no, that particular entitlement far predates the 45th President of the United…

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Happily Blogging and Benefiting From It

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Hey, Maureen? What do all these social media and blogging posts have to do with happiness, anyhow?   When I went to college to earn my Master’s in Social Work, I didn’t realize that the coursework had a significant portion of management built into it (MSWs are often the leaders of small and large non-profits and public organizations). I thought I would be learning a lot of – you know – social work-y stuff like psychology and sociology. But some of the most valuable insights I gained came from my ‘macro’ level classes, which taught about systems and large organizations.…

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