How to quickly geofilter a Twitter search query

A few years ago, I created a series of short 1-minute video tutorials explaining how to use specific features of various social tools out there. This was partly out of experimentation and partly because I kept getting asked similar questions over and over again via email. It’s much easier to point to a video of course.

It’s now 2016, and plenty has changed in the tools landscape. I’ve therefore decided to update existing ones and create some additional video tutorials for popular questions that I receive. To keep editing time to a minimum (and thus allow me to post more), I’m not going to impose a 1 minute time restriction on myself this time. I will aim for 5 minutes (give or take a few).

Here’s my first attempt at reviving these tutorials:


We need to be more digitally and media literate

In a recent workshop I held here in Ottawa, the topic of digital and media literacy came up on a few occasions. I wanted to examine this a bit further and share some quick thoughts.

Let’s start with some definitions courtesy of Wikipedia:

  • Digital Literacy is the knowledge, skills, and behaviors used in a broad range of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs, all of which are seen as network rather than computing devices.
  • Media Literacy is a repertoire of competencies that enable people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and formats.

If the global events of the last few months have reinforced anything in my mind, it’s that digitally literate internet users tend have low levels of media literacy and media literate internet users tend to have low levels of digital literacy. I would love to see an evolution occur where media literacy includes digital literacy and vice-versa, as I think they are inseparable in this day in age. Continue reading

Upcoming Public Sector Social Media Conference

The fall season here in Canada is always full of interesting conferences and events that I have the privilege of  being invited to speak at or simply to attend. One of these in particular, is the Public Sector Social Media Conference put on by the reputable Conference Board of Canada. Continue reading