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How Active are Canadians on Social Media?

How active are Canadians on Social Media? To get an idea, I did a bit of online research, focusing on three platforms: LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Some rudimentary figures turned out to be quite interesting: Canada has a population of approximately 35 million people. Of those, 11 million (31%) are on LinkedIn, 19 million (54%) are on Facebook, and 6 million (17%) are on Twitter. I have gotten these numbers from a variety of reliable sources, including the Globe and Mail, Financial Times, and the social media site providers themselves. Interesting that over half of all Canadians – including babies and nonagenarians – are on Facebook.

Clippy Trivago Video

Remember Clippy? That animated paper clip thing that zipped around trying to offer help with Microsoft Office?

He was as annoying as is the Trivago commercial guy.

Here is something else I find annoying. I click on a link to an interesting article only to find out when I get there that it’s in fact a video. Now that means I have to put on my headset so I don’t disturb my coworkers, wait for all the junk arranged around it to load up and permit me to hit the start button, skip past commercials, and listen to someone deliver what one would rather read.

And how do you speed-read video? To be honest, most times I just click the exit button.

Am I the only one who doesn’t like video?

Step Right Up! Buy Your “Likes”!

It was bound to happen, sooner or later. I received an email that announced – unabashedly – “Increase Facebook likes, Twitter followers and YouTube Viewers”.

So here’s what they will do. For fifty dollars, they will get you 1000 Facebook “likes”, or 1000 Twitter followers. For one hundred dollars, they will get you 1,000 YouTube views.

And they will “price on request” anything over 1,000.

“We are equipped with the right tools and strategy building,” they brag. And I don’t doubt they can do it. It reminds me of the old “link farms” we used to call them, where you could submit your web address to this database and they would provide you with links, presumably so your rankings would rise with search engines.

I don’t know; call me old fashioned. I like to, you know, provide something of value and earn my followers.

If you agree, click “like”. If you see over 1,000 likes, you’ll know I weakened.

On Networking and Smart Mosquitoes

It still is all about networking. We have social media networking, but that’s only part of it. You still need to get out of the office once in a while and network with your peers. (I’m so old I used to network before it was actually called “networking”. When I first heard the term I decided it wasn’t for me because I was always too busy chatting with people.)

Whenever I do network, I always meet up with someone I haven’t seen in a while and we make plans to get together and who knows where that will all lead to? If nothing else a nice, usually overdue, chinwag.

Everyone has personal and professional networks. Not only do we use them to get help and guidance, but they serve a human need we all have to interact with one another. And it’s not an old-timers’ game. My university-age daughter was born into the social media era, but the minute she’s home for the summer, she and her friends start making plans to get together.

Oh yeah, the mosquitoes. One of my new networks is the “cottage country” network. Last year we bought a cottage and managing it was all so new and somewhat overwhelming, but now I’ve managed to get to know people who can help me with obtaining firewood, how to get a shallow-well jet pumped primed and working efficiently, and what are the best mosquito zappers on the market.

I’ve never seen so many mosquitoes in my life! And smart. We went up for a week last year with a utility trailer, and as I was unhooking it, I was live bait for the mosquitoes. We slathered ourselves with repellants all week, and when I went out on the last day to hook the trailer up again, I swear they were already hovering around the hitch, just waiting for me. Not this year…

Online networking options grow in popularity

The best entrepreneurial training I ever received was working at my uncle’s service station when I was a teenager in Lower West Pubnico.

It was a gathering site for people, mostly fishermen, and the conversation was usually pretty lively.

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