Do’s and Dont’s of using social media at 40+

Using social media in your 40s and beyond may feel unheard of for some. Many older people consider social media to be something that younger people use. However, more and more people are utilizing social media. People of all ages use it to stay in touch with their loved ones, see what their favorite brands and businesses are up to, and even to stay up to date with the news.

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Still getting notifications?

“What do you mean you don’t have notifications on for emails and only check it a couple of times a day?  I am still getting notifications on my phone as they arrive, so why aren’t you?”   I was incredulous.  The very idea that my husband didn’t get a red dot on his home screen that alerted him to the fact I had sent a message that needed his urgent

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Why nobody should be mean online

I read two things this week about why nobody should be mean online.  One was a pithy statement from Em Clarkson on Instagram who was responding to the “just don’t read the nasty comments” sentiment with “what would be better was if people didn’t leave the f*cking comments in the first place”.  So true. Then this morning I read this great article on Medium entitled “Why being mean online is

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#Gifted

This might be a controversial one but here goes.   I don’t like the term #Gifted. To be fair it might not be something that is even on your radar, so let me explain. Us bloggers, or influencers as we are increasingly being referred to, are required by the ASA to mark anything that we have been paid for, or sent for inclusion in a blog social media, as an

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Technology is killing spontaneity

It hadn’t really occurred to me to be honest, that technology is killing our ability to be spontaneous.   In fact I was always thinking the exact opposite.    That having so much information in the plan of my hand as allowing me to have more knowledge of what I could do if I wanted to be spontaneous.    How finding ourselves with a free Saturday afternoon at home would

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So yeah. This is me: Mummy Barrow

Are the lyrics to This Is Me, from the Greatest Showman not some of the greatest ever penned?  When I thought about writing a post to introduce myself and say “so yeah, this is me: Mummy Barrow” the lyrics of this song instantly sprang to mind.   When the sharpest words wanna cut me down I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out I am brave, I am bruised

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Things to consider starting a blog

Things to consider starting a blog   Blogging is extremely popular. There are now an awful lot of them out there. So many that it seems people have lost count – although the total worldwide figure is more than 150 million. That doesn’t mean you should be put off from starting your own blog, however. The fact that there are so many blogs online should be seen as a positive

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Ranty Friday — Online Etiquette

The irony of Ranty Friday this week being about online etiquette and of people ranting online is not lost on me this week.  I just want to get this out in the open right at the start.   I think my point about online etiquette is that whilst I love a damn good rant, what I don’t like is people being abusive online.   And that is my point this

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Ranty Friday — Fake likes

I can hear you now “what is she on about now? Ranty Friday and fake likes?  What?”  What even is a “fake like”?   Well let me tell you because this week on Ranty Friday I am both mildly ranty but actually really sad that social media has come to this.     Below is a copy of an email I received this recently: My name’s  Ben and I design apps

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Ranty Friday — Social Media experts, gurus and mavens

On Ranty Friday this week I am talking about social media experts, gurus and mavens.  You know the ones. Mavens.  Did you even know the word existed?   Well apparently it does and is often used these days in relation to social media.  Along many other synonyms. When it comes to social media these days I see more and more people calling themselves one of these terms.   But seriously, can you

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Social Media Marketing

With the boom in online social media such as Facebook and Twitter comes the boom in businesses offering to boost companies presence on the internet, aka social media marketing.   But do they?  Or are they having the opposite effect and actually turning us off? I had this debate at 8am on Sunday morning (how sad is my life?) when I saw one of these companies clogging up my timeline

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Some of the many reasons I love Twitter….

If you know me at all you will know I am a Twitter addict.   My Tweets are rapidly approaching 16,000 and I think about 8 of those have been of any importance. Mr B quickly realised that if he didnt join Twitter too he would never be able to communicate with me at all and so signed up.   One of the first people he followed was @stephenfry.   Everybody follows him.  

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