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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.

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.

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

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.)

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. My uncle had a joke: if the place ever caught fire, the headline in the paper would read Service Station Burns Down — 200 Men Left Homeless.