social media

How to use Facebook as your ultimate online scratchpad

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

This is a follow-up to my earlier piece on “How to make Facebook the file transfer solution of your dreams,” because that kicked my own habits into gear and reminded me just how useful Facebook can be as a jotter, link swapper, web clipper, and general all-round universal online [...]

How to make Facebook the file transfer solution of your dreams

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

“Facebook?” I hear you say? Why would you want to use a social media platform for file transfer? File sharing with friends, maybe, and posting pictures online, but file transfer? Well, think about it. Most every file transfer solution requires you to either plug in a cable or fire up an [...]

The Internet as functional telepathy

By Chris Meadows
July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just a few days ago I came across the Facebook meme you see at right. Today, Charlie Stross posted a blog comparing the Internet to “functional telepathy.” Maybe there really is no coincidence. At first glance, the Internet as functional telepathy seems like something out of science-fiction [...]

What Indie Authors Can Learn from Big Retail

By Joanna Cabot
June 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

As a relative Twitter newbie, I have been burning up my Kindle Unlimited downloads this month on social media guides for authors. How much to tweet? What to say? How to say it? It all felt so confusing to me. Then I had a retail experience yesterday which opened my eyes a little. When I came home [...]

Morning Links: Social media failing creative women. Literary pilgrimage

By Joanna Cabot
May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

On the Literary Pilgrimage (Book Riot) If there were a passport for literary pilgrims, PEI’s stamp would still dominate mine. *** Compromise and Expectations — A Clash in the Making (An American Editor) I am finding that client demands are increasingly impossible. I try to be politic when [...]

Morning Links: Twitter for writers, Author Earnings misleading?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Using Twitter to Gain Exposure as a Writer (Writers Helping Writers) Fortunately for us all, there are a multitude of opportunities to get that needed exposure today; all you need to do is sign online for many of them to open up to you. One area alone with many chances to take advantage of is the [...]

J.K. Rowling Twitter abuse shows the dark side of Scottish nationalism

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 11, 2015 // 2 Comments

As a Scot, I’m immensely proud of the achievement of the Scottish National Party in last Thursday’s UK elections, and the new spirit abroad in Scotland. But I’m almost equally disgusted by and ashamed of its dark side, as revealed in the Twitter abuse heaped on J.K. Rowling, a [...]

Morning Links: Selling used books for a penny. eBooks vs paper books redux

By Joanna Cabot
April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

James Patterson Defends Collaborative Writing (GalleyCat) Patterson’s success stems from publishing numerous bestsellers a year with the help of a team of writers, a practice that he has been criticized for as focusing on quantity versus quality. *** E-Readers vs. Book Books: A Book Lover Weighs [...]

The other current genre controversy: The David A. Riley feud

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

With Sad Puppies already trailing enough dirt around the landscape, I hesitated a long time before eventually deciding to write this up. One reason I hesitated – and also one reason I finally decided to write – is that much of the to-and-fro in this particular spat was done on a no-name [...]

Are Message Boards on the Way Out?

By Joanna Cabot
March 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

A recent thread on a message board I frequent had me thinking about…well, message boards. The thread in question was called ‘How Can We Revive the Board?’ and the responses to it raised a number of questions about why it’s dying, whether it can be fixed, and whether message [...]

London Book Fair to follow publishing Around The World in 8 Hours

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The London Book Fair has just issued a release to announce that it “will be holding the first ‘virtual conference’ for the world of publishing on 18 March 2015. Around The World in 8 Hours will follow the world of publishing across the globe in a day-long series of social media events, [...]

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