Real Names Are Highly Overrated!

Google recently reversed its “real names” requirement for members of its Google Plus social network. Good call, Google — and good riddance. It’s about time! In the Internet’s early days, being online was all about anonymity. You could create a … Continue reading

Why Google Plus “Isn’t Working” for Gary Vaynerchuk

Celebrity marketer Gary Vaynerchuk is “almost willing to predict” Google will close its social network, Google Plus, within three years. Why? Because G+ (as loyalists call it) “isn’t working”.   Is GaryVee right? Well, he’s certainly right that it isn’t … Continue reading

The So-Called “Islamic State” Is Not “Islam”

It’s bad enough to speak of Muslims as if they all were terrorists. But isn’t it even worse to call terrorists and terrorist organizations “Islam”? Even if they call themselves Islamic. Especially then! Inflammatory references of just this kind are creeping into popular speech. They … Continue reading

Format Text on tsū? Here’s How!

Text formatting on tsū, the new social network that pays for submissions, may at first seem impossible. It isn’t! Oh, tsū still doesn’t have the rich formatting options of Google Plus. (No bold or italic for example.) You can’t even divide your text into … Continue reading

Google Plus: Track Posts and Comments

You’ve written a wildly popular post on Google Plus. People are talking. Lots of reshares, including some by social-media heavyweights whose followers greatly outnumber yours. You shared it first, perhaps, as a link to your blog, with a terse summary. You … Continue reading

More Fancy Fonts and Special Characters

Brighten your social-media posts with fancy fonts and special characters! Like this: ℱᗩﬡᙅᎩ ℱOﬡ☂ᔕ and ϟ℘ℯ¢ḯαł ℭнαґα¢☂εґṧ. As ever-more publishing migrates to social platforms like Facebook and Google Plus, the apparent lack of formatting options becomes confining indeed. On Facebook we have … Continue reading

Track Your Posts with Funky Hashtags

By incorporating unique hashtags into your social-media posts, you can track them in remarkably useful and powerful ways. With one click, you can (a) link to a given post, (b) summon up all shares and reshares of that post, and … Continue reading