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Freelancer is back – my next career move

Posted by on Monday, 25 March, 2013

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After a particularly trying day several months ago, a dear friend challenged me to follow my career dreams. She meant to monetize my side projects and stay part of the Expedia team. But I don’t do things by halves.

So on Friday I’ll be handing in my IATA card and leaving the world of full-time employment.

Am I scared? A little. Am I excited? Absolutely.

I’m looking forward to working with a range of clients, starting with the BuzzBee and MS Exchange teams. Follow the MS Exchange ambassador, Squeaky Lobster, on twitter to see what we’re up to.

Do you have any freelancing tips and advice?

Also, if you need a hand with your marketing or PR give me a call. It would be great to see how we can work together, or just grab a coffee and chat.

How to Limit Who Sees Your Facebook Posts

Posted by on Saturday, 16 March, 2013

So for most people reading this, facebook is a tool for your work and personal life, so you know it fairly well.

This is for my friends who aren’t so facebook aware and are confused by the settings. Disclaimer: this is valid as of today, March 15, 2013. Layout changes may and will occur.

All screen grabs are from a Graph Search enabled profile, so yours may be a little different.

To limit who can see your posts, click the cog symbol in the top right of the page and select “Privacy Settings”.

The top option has “Who Can See Your Future Posts?”. Click edit in that row.

Facebook Security Post Settings

As in the above option, click Custom to choose an option. You have several choices:

  • Public > anyone can see it
  • Friends > Your friends can see the post
  • Friends Except Acquaintances > this one is only applicable if you’ve marked some friends as acquaintances to down-grade their importance to you. This is a good way to stop sharing posts with people you don’t really like, but it’s inappropriate to unfriend. Yeah, you can interpret that which ever way you wish.
  • Only Me > Yes, only you can see these. Great for apps and silly spammy stuff.
  • Custom > Selecting this option means you can share posts with friends etc, except individuals whom you select.

Below that is an option for lists. Most people don’t have lists, but if you do, it’s the same kind of filtering.

Next move to the third row in that section.

Facebook Security Past Post Settings

Selecting “Limit Past Posts” to apply your newly created settings to your previous posts.

And you’re done. There’s no need to even save.

For those waiting on the social profile and media law posts, sorry. The quick posts are coming out easier and I have a huge, last-minute project in the works. All will be revealed soon. I’m excited.

Using your public relations skills for good … with Kiva.

Posted by on Saturday, 20 October, 2012

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Let’s just accept that public relations gets a bad rap. Before you protest, in some cases it, and us as practitioners, deserve it.

But it’s up to us if we use our “powers” for good or evil.

One way is through volunteering. Learn skills, make friends, save the world. Simple.

I’m a volunteer editor with Kiva.org. If you haven’t heard of them, you need to check them out. Kiva is a microfinancing organization facilitating small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. These are shop keepers and farmers and tailors whose income capacity or location restricts them accessing loans from traditional banking systems.

This week Kiva is celebrating its seventh birthday. Since 2005, Kiva has loaned nearly $365 million in $25 increments with a 98.99% repayment rate. This is thanks to the partner organizations in 66 countries educating and supporting the entrepreneurs as they build their businesses.

So happy birthday to Kiva and thank you for all you do.

Use your skills for good and try out Kiva with a free trial loan. Money comes from a benefactor and repayments go to Kiva for their operating expenses.

What else are you doing to use your public relations skills for good?

A new home for TapDancingSpiders.com

Posted by on Wednesday, 4 July, 2012

Please excuse the housekeeping.

There’s been all sorts of fun stuff I’ve been wanting to do on here but restricted by a less than helpful hosting service. That has changed. TapDancingSpiders.com is now hosting by the brilliant people at IvyCat. The domain transfer was finalized just this morning, so please excuse the mess while I finish the migration and make it all pretty.

Also, visit IvyCat.com and say hi to Eric. He’s awesome, even when I insisted on doing all my installs myself because I’m being “silly and girly and want to learn it all”.

Thank you, Steve Jobs

Posted by on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011

Thank you for proving that computers can be beautiful and functional.

Thank you for imagining the unimaginable.

Thank you for never accepting good enough.

Thank you for changing the world.

Thank you, Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011