So what about Facebook?


Facebook was my first introduction to social media. But now that I’m tweeting and blogging (and oh so much more social-media savvy), I suddenly don’t know what to do with it.

At first, Facebook was what I used to keep in touch with real-life friends (and get updates, like it or not, from I-met-you-once-why-did-you-friend-me friends, not to mention the I-last-saw-you-in-grade-3-and-you-didn’t-like-me-then friends). Twitter and blogs were where I hung out with this cool gang of smart, sassy, bloggy-peeps.

(Nothing like buttering-up your audience, eh? Give a girl a comment?)

But it didn’t take long for these worlds to start colliding. I started meeting other bloggers and tweeters in real life. I started wanting to connect to places like the Fishbowl and Losing it in Ottawa via Facebook.

When I started blogging, I thought a lot about privacy. About whether I would use my name – first? Last? A believable pseudonym? An obvious screen name? And what about my kids?  I had to deal with more than my share of bullying as a kid and, quite frankly, the thought of cyberbullying scares the bejeezus outta me. So even though I try not to say anything about my kids that might embarrass them later, I also try to make sure that nothing I say online could ever be linked to them. Especially when I start blogging about my underwear.

But back to Facebook. I figure I have 3 choices. I could:

  1. Just relax already, use my real name everywhere, and stop worrying about it. Stop worrying? Not likely.
  2. Change my name on my Facebook. I hear that’s what the kids are doing these days, to avoid having employers base hiring decisions on something stupid they did in a bar once.
  3. Create another FB account, for my ‘online life’. Kinda leaning this way, but worried will just complicate things.

Do you keep your online & offline lives separate? How many facebook accounts do you have?


Seven Milliseconds of Fame


One night, the night of March 6 to be exact, I achieved a hitherto unheard-of level of fame and adulation:

My favourite was, of course, the hero worship. I mean, who doesn’t need a little hero-worship now and then? But I politely declined.

But that was not my first brush with twitter-fame. Oh no. I once made The #SlowCooker Daily on

[Ooooooo. Ahhhhhh.]

If you haven’t seen, there’s a good summary here.  It’s basically a web site that combs twitter for keywords etc. and auto-generates a ‘newspaper’ page with ‘top links’.

Accolades indeed.

Now, I started this post in a mindset somewhere between poking fun at my 7 milliseconds of fame and pondering the potential of tweet-agglomeration. For example, in the article above, @spydergrrl uses it as a way to summarize her Twitter feed at the end of a day when she didn’t have time to follow it.

Hm. I can see that being useful.

Oh, and in putting together this post, I went looking for the press clipping for my 7 milliseconds – and instead found a recipe for Crockpot Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal.

Score one for

You can also use twitter lists as the basis for a page. While my days as an art thief may be over, I still like to know what’s going on at the museums.  So I have a list of Ottawa Museums, but it’s still easy to miss their tweets in the general conversation (and I never remember to look at my ‘other’ Hootsuite page). A daily summary page would be perfect.

Or, well, I’m hoping it’s perfect. I’ve decided to try it out. You can check it out too, if you like:

We’ll see how it goes. For starters, I expected to add it to my RSS reader, but I can’t seem to subscribe except by email.

You brought me Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal,, but the jury is still out.