Monthly Archives: August 2011

Tweet up follow-up


This is the only photo I got at last week’s Tweetup. I was too busy chatting and getting to know lots of local “tweeps.” It was a great networking event and I was able to put a face to many names! Looking forward to the next one!

If you’re on Twitter and you have the opportunity to go to a Tweetup, (a face-to-face ‘Meetup’ with other Twitter users), I’d highly encourage you to go. It’s not only a great networking event, but a nice way to meet in person with all those people you connect with on Twitter.

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Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Tweetup tonight

Organized by Brenda Garcia of and Andrea Walker of, tonight’s Tweetup will bring together “Tweeps” from all over Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Sounds like there’s a crowd coming! It’s being held at the Buffalo Club on Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge.

Great idea to make it a “foodraiser” for the local Friends in Need Foodbank as well! I’ll report back!

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The most common writing error: or, when to use an apostrophe

It’s a huge pet peeve of mine, and I see it everywhere. It’s the apostrophe. Not the apostrophe itself, but the use of it. And over the past few years, this particular use of it has gotten much, much worse.

When you are writing about something that is PLURAL, you use an “s” at the end of the word. For example: the dogs, the Flintstones (Fred Flintstone is one Flintstone), some flowers. There is no apostrophe when you pluralize a word. I see this particularly when people talk about a family group by name, such as the Smiths. You’ll note there still is no apostrophe.

(However, if a name ends in “s”, you would use an apostrophe, but not before the s, you would use it after: the Jones’ car.)

You do use an apostrophe when something is POSSESSIVE, or showing ownership of something, such as the child’s book, or the men’s shirts.

If you follow this simple rule, you’ll never pay big money for a full-page ad and end up with this:

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Dual identities: online transparency

A colleague on a social media group I’m a part of shared this article today after we talked about online transparency and personal vs. professional identities.

Many of us don’t think twice about laying out details of our personal lives in public for all to see. Many might even be using our real names, just as Facebook‘s Mark Zuckerberg likes it. On the other hand, consider free-for-all meme site 4chan, where users cavort about in complete anonymity. That site’s founder, Christopher “Moot” Poole, thinks anonymity fosters creativity, honesty, and authentic content sharing.

Read more here

I was really struck by Mark Zuckerberg’s quote in the infographic in that article, saying that you have” one identity, and more than one identity is an example of a lack of integrity.” Do you agree? Or does this seem a little too black and white?

I have to admit, my first reaction is to agree with Zuckerberg. If you have an opinion, idea, or project, you should stand behind it. Anonymous identities don’t come across as trustworthy sources in many scenarios, but it does provide some cover for the ‘whistleblower.’

I’ve talked about this before, but I have yet to act on it. See, I use Twitter and Linked In professionally, but my personal life is on Facebook. I hold back about linking my Facebook with my other online “identities.” And to be honest, I keep fairly private on  Facebook. As my colleague said in our discussion yesterday, “Do I want clients knowing about my eggs and bacon for breakfast and my pajamas?” It’s something you have to be comfortable with, for sure.

One reason I’m drawn to Google + is because you can separate people you follow into circles, and reveal certain things to certain circles of people and not to others. That’s how most people live their everyday lives, isn’t it? Or is that showing a lack of integrity, as Zuckerberg would put it?

Share your opinion with me on this topic, because I am really interested in what people are thinking about this and/or doing with it. Have you linked all your identities online, and why or why not?


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How Millenial Are You?

Recently I was asked to help with a presentation on age gaps and how they affect relationships in the workplace. With Baby Boomers and their previous generation, the “Matures” heading for retirement, there are new generations of workers with different attitudes toward life and work who are entering the workplace and changing how things are being done.

Keep in mind, these are vast generalities, so they don’t apply in every case. The generations can be defined in these categories:

Matures – born in the 1920s to 1940s, the Matures (also known as the Silent generation, Veteran, or a host of other terms) grew up during the Depression and their views, values, and attitudes were shaped by those experiences. Matures value hard work and believe in putting in your dues to earn what you get.

Baby Boomers – The Boomers were born during the “baby boom” after World War II when the economy was also booming, between the mid-1940s and the mid-1960s. They did not go through the economic hard times that their parents did, and their parents wanted them to have the best of everything, hence the term “Me generation.” Boomers also came of age during the sexual revolution and the birth of rock and roll, so there is an effect there also. Boomers value competition, hard work, success, and if they don’t like the rules, they’ll change them.

Generation X – Considered the “lost” generation, Gen Xers were born between the late 1960s and the early 1980s. With working parents and divorce on the rise, these latchkey kids grew up skeptical of authority. After seeing the crash of the dot-com era, they tend to be financially conservative. Generation Xers tend to value entrepreneurial spirit, independence and creativity, and quality of work and life balance.

Millenials – Born between the early 1980s and late 1990s, Millenials are confident, optimistic, and very technologically comfortable. They only know a wired and connected world, so that is a large part the way they communicate. They value recognition and feedback, and they want to be respected. They like to look at the ‘global’ view and want to make a difference in the overall picture of a project or movement.

For the presentation and to facilitate the discussion, we were each asked to take this quiz:

How Millenial Are You?

I have since had a few friends and family take the quiz and it’s interesting to note how many people don’t score into their typical age range. For example, I rated as a Millenial, but by age I’m actually Generation X. A friend of mine is a Millenial in age, but rated as a Baby Boomer!

But I think the most interesting part of all is that since going through this exercise, I’ve been much more aware of people’s differences according to this system, and I find I’m better able to relate to them on that level. I recognize that not everyone my age is into technology, social media, and things that other Millenials like to dig into, and I’m always excited to connect with people who are of my generation who do relate to the Millenial perspective.

I might look more into ways to relate to other age groups in the workplace – I’ve found this particular topic really fascinating. Check back for more blog posts on this!

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Ah, summertime

Tomorrow night in Pitt Meadows, Vancity is hosting the Fresh Air Movie Tour, and will be showing “Rio” at Harris Road Park. There is something so wonderful about watching a movie outdoors on a warm (let’s hope) summer night. I love the drive-in too, and this trend of free outdoor movies that Fresh Air Cinema puts on, by corporate sponsors, is a fantastic idea.

Check out this commercial they did. It perfectly sums up what I’m talking about.

I’ll take photos tomorrow night and share!

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