Good news spreads faster than bad on social networks

BAD NEWS SELLS. If it bleeds, it leads. No news is good news, and good news is no news. Those are the classic rules for the evening broadcasts and the morning papers, based partly on data (ratings and circulation) and partly on the gut instincts of producers and editors. Wars, earthquakes, plagues, floods, fires, sick children, murdered spouses — the more suffering and mayhem, the more coverage. But now that information is being spread and monitored in different ways, researchers are discovering [...]

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Council employee resigns over Facebook comments

A social media expert has warned the boundaries between public and private have become blurred, after a Gore District Council employee resigned in the wake of comments she made online. Dr Mark McGuire, an Otago University senior lecturer in Design Studies specialising in social networking, said yesterday the business model of social networking sites, such as Facebook, actually encouraged making public everything people said or did online. "You have to spend a lot of time and effort to make it private. [...]

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ERA throws out dismissal over pregnancy

Janita WrightA spray tan specialist was fired by her aunt after she got pregnant, with the aunt telling her clients would find it "disgusting and repulsive" to have services performed by a pregnant woman. The Employment Relations Authority has since ruled that Janita Wright was wrong to dismiss her niece Veronica Kloeten from her job at CTS Cosmetologists in Mt Wellington. Kloeten was awarded her lost wages, maternity leave and $3000 in compensation after Wright dismissed her for supposed "serious misconduct" [...]

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Facebook using workers hogging workplace bandwidth

Social-network users are hogging more computer-network bandwidth - from the cubicle next door. A growing proportion of the capacity on corporate networks is being taken up by employees actively using social networking applications and file-sharing services, according to Palo Alto Networks, a US computer-security company that tracked network usage at more than 1600 customers between last April and November. Active usage - referring to people who play, post and share rather than just passively watching a scrolling feed of posts on [...]

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A 7-Step Process to Achieving Your Goals

It's the first work week of 2012, and from what I see on Twitter, lots of folks are jumping into the New Year with a resolution or two. Whether those resolutions are online ("check Facebook no more than three times a day") or offline ("exercise every day"), the challenge lies in translating resolution to reality. For the past few years, I've had an annual ritual that helps me make good on my goals for each year or quarter. Using [...]

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Labour MP has Facebook rant against Mad Butcher

Yes that is right folks I have been silly. Labour Party list MP Darien Fenton's Facebook rant against the Mad Butcher, Peter Leitch is another example of people in management doing dumb things with social media. Among other things, Darien Fenton's said that she chooses "not to buy stuff from those who support Tories." Referring to The Mad Butcher chain that Sir Peter Leitch founded but no longer owns. When others asked Ms Fenton to explain her comment, she called [...]

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Is the traditional CV a thing of the past?

Increasingly we need to be online - or risk being off the pace, when it comes to job hunting.Our curriculum vitae used to be our ticket to employment. The exhaustive record of all we have achieved was the standard by which we were judged in the initial stages of our application for a job. A concise grammatically correct formal cover letter and a positive manner in an interview was good enough to be in the frame. Now covering letters have [...]

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Workers worried online past may damage career prospects

It is good to see people doing weird stuff on photocopiers with their clothes on for a change. The latest Kelly Global Workforce Index shows that 25% of New Zealand men and 22% of women are worried that material from their social networking sites could adversely impact their careers. 30% of women and 28% of men admit to deliberately censoring or editing their personal social network content, to protect their current employment or future career prospects. Kelly Services managing director Debbie [...]

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