Why I won’t put pictures of my daughter on social media

As is clear from some of my more recent posts the Watling household has recently been thrown in to disarray by a mini arrival in the form of our daughter H. Sam and I are of course biased, but H is incredibly cute… even when she decides to screams her head off (she sticks her bottom lip out which is both cute and really funny!).

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Four Facebook-Free weeks

This weekend marks 4 weeks since I decided to try and distance myself from Facebook, which I failed to do following this post last year. After getting irritated yet again by the things which prompted the post last year, I decided I needed to go cold-turkey this time; My rule of ‘once a day’ last year quickly escalated to regular checking again. Anyway, this weekend I passed the 4 week mark in my break from Facebook. After a week or

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Trolling: eroding our internet freedom?

Over the last week or so, the news has been filled with stories about trolling online. The term is quite well described here on Wikipedia, although this Urban Dictionary definition says it a bit more ‘like it is’. Anger around the subject has been growing for quite a long time, but the tragic suicide of a young teenager, Hannah Smith, as a result of online bulling has brought the topic to the fore. The wide range of reports and stories

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Farewell Facebook!

Okay, so ‘Farewell’ is perhaps a little stronger than reality, but further to my post a month ago, Monday saw a significant directional shift for my interaction with the aforementioned social network site. I have decided to stop actively using it and, to support this, the Facebook apps have been removed from my phone and tablet respectively. This may sound like a trivial move, but as I mentioned in my previous post, these things are habit forming. I only removed

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Is Facebook losing it’s appeal?

Stop a random person on the street in any typical town and the odds they have heard of Facebook are pretty darn high. The chances that they are also a Facebook member is probably equally so. Of all of the social networks in the world, Facebook (or FB as many people use for shorthand) is the most well known and has the most users. I have been a member of Facebook since 2007. That’s longer than I known a lot

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What would my year abroad be like today?

As mentioned in a previous post, we recently went to stay with a friend in Paris. She moved out there just over a year ago and it was interesting to see how she had settled in. Unlike some of my other friends who live abroad in foreign speaking countries, she did not do a language degree or year abroad, so this was her first experience of living outside of the UK. Whilst we were there, we were routinely online using

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Do people need protecting from social media?

The other night, the BBC aired an ‘interview’ with Mark Zuckerburg about Facebook and how it came to be. Many of us will have seen the cinematic portrayal of the tale, The Social Network, some of which will be based in fact and the rest in, if not fiction, then on a very twisted truth. I certainly don’t want to debate that here in this post, rather it was some of the content of the documentary which got me thinking

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Some websites which deserve attention!

Today I took part in an interview to find out my digital persona as part of a Digital Strategy Roadmap project for my the company my friend works for. The purpose was to, ultimately, create a set of general digital personas (explained here on Wikipedia) which will support their online approach in the future. Anyway, aside from the fact that I got to chat about all my favourite techie things for 45 mins, I also got a few interesting pointers

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Blog Post 19-10-2010

Just on my way home after my second consecutive late Tuesday of working. We have been running some live load tests and they generally went very well. We have found an area of weakness but once I saw it, I wasn’t surprised. Anyway, I am feeling much better overall than last week. I don’t think I was drinking enough water at work last week which, when I stayed later, ended badly. Hopefully I won’t see a detrimental result on my

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (4 & 1). I'm a Gardener, am houseplant obsessed and addicted to tea. By day I work in tech and also look after my littles. I'm trying to get our family to live a more sustainable life. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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