Social Media Helps Hurricane Harvey Victims

"Anyone in North Houston have a boat and can rescue a 3 &6 yo, mom, gramma and grandpa and 2 dogs?" The above Facebook post from someone trapped in Hurricane Harvey signals the power of social media to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms, often a distraction, prove to be a way to marshal the forces of good and summon aid. Twitter, which didn't exist (shocking!) in 2005 when Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Dennis wreaked devastation

Forget #Covfefe: Read Breitbart.com! (Updated)

When I originally posted this on May 12, I had read a piece on DailyKos, a Web site I generally distrust, by a woman named AuntieB, who described her experience as a mother who uses SNAP or food stamps. Whatever you may think about the entitlements issue, AuntieB calls attention to the human experience of getting by. You can even read the comments, although if you believe the system needs reforming and you are a conservative, you may have to fight the urge to defend yourself

Supreme Court: Can You Hear Me Now?

Even the Supreme Court isn't immune to cell phone interruptions. The Supreme Court is a cell-phone-free zone, but today Justice Stephen Breyer's cell phone interrupted attorney Neal Katyal as he delivered an argument in the hallowed chamber. The lapse in cell phone etiquette is unusual for Breyer, who apologized promptly. We trust there will be no further incidents. No word on how newly appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch reacted. Breyer's cell phone went off during a day that inc

1985 Wayback Machine

The call for Internet manners existed when we only had dial-up and Telnet: Favorite quote from this 1985 video: "Why not try to be the Miss Manners or Emily Post of bulletin boards?" A timely idea, thirty years ago and now. Some more thoughts on bulletin boards: UGM Tip/Wayback Machine: Tony Hsieh, Zappos In his business book/autobiography, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, Zappos (http://www.zappos.com) founder Tony Hsieh calls the BBS or Bulleti

How to Be Successful on Instagram

The Sprout Social Blog offers five tips for businesses to be successful on Instagram. But an Instagram post can be worth a thousand words, as Sprout Social shows by including this post as an exemplar: Social Media Sprout's five Instagram success secrets summarized: Thoroughly prepare your content strategy. Use branded hashtags such as #Let'sThrive. Have a call to action. Engage with Instagram users. Connect with influencers. #Instagram #Socialmedia #UGM #goodmanners #content

Affirmations for Internet Blunders

You posted that cringe-worthy political humor on a work Twitter/Facebook account. Or someone posted a video of you on NeighborShame.com. Unfortunately, these digital tracks can't be erased. They'll float around on the Internet forever. How do you recover? Will it ruin your life? this phenomenon is so great that the Syfy Channel now devotes a show to the topic, "The Internet Ruined My Life." However, in this crisis you can find opportunities for growth and self-analysis and st

STREET REACH

On Facebook we discovered a video for the Street Reach app, posted by Upworthy.com. View it here: https://www.facebook.com/Upworthy/videos/1655190344521817/?hc_ref=SEARCH created HelpMeHelp #UGotManners, students. If you live in Cincinnati, download the Street Reach app here. #UGotManners #app #homeless #help #goodmanners #Facebook

Emotional Side...uplifting video

In an Internet full of division and noise, sometimes the best thing you can do is pause and watch an uplifting video. #UGotManners #video #Facebook #gratitude #UGM #goodmanners #viral

Quotes About Internet Manners

Hat tip to Goodreads.com... “Like, love, follow, friend, and share positive content for good Netiquette. NetworkEtiquette.net”― David Chiles “Checking in on what our kids are doing online isn't helicoptering, it's parenting.”--Galit Breen, @GalitBreen “To teach our kids what they need to know online, we have to talk to them off line.” ― Galit Breen, @GalitBreen #UGM #quotes #Twitter #augnm #tips #UGotManners #badmanners #Goodmanners #howto #advice

Take a break with Vimeo

Vimeo just came out with its Top Picks of 2016. Our top picks for Internet Manners and Social Media videos on Vimeo... #vimeo #Goodmanners #Goodnews #UGM #UGotManners

Engagement Ring Goes Viral!

Remember that scene in the movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in which Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly and George Peppard as the lovestruck writer Paul Varjak visit her holy place, Tiffany's, and get a Cracker Jack ring engraved? One woman's post about an engagement ring echoed that she sentiment about what's important in life...and went viral. H/t HillaryDaily.com, although the story is all over the Internet now. As the Tiffany salesman says in the movie clip, "That's nice to

GIVEAWAY! AUGNM Roundup for the Week of December 5, 2016

There is no shortage of good and bad Internet behavior out there, so we're continuing our weekly feature of the highlights and misses in the digital world over the previous seven days. First, some terminology. UGM Tip: Something particularly good we've noticed. "404": A 404 is "Page Not Found," so it represents a goof on the Internet. Skull and Crossbones: Danger! UGM Tip: GISHWHES! The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, started by Misha Collins (

AUGNM Roundup for the Week of November 28, 2016

There is no shortage of good and bad Internet behavior out there, so we're continuing our weekly feature of the highlights and misses in the digital world over the previous seven days. First, some terminology. UGM Tip: Something particularly good we've noticed. "404": A 404 is "Page Not Found," so it represents a goof on the Internet. Skull and Crossbones: Danger! UGM Tip: #GivingTuesday. It's more than a hashtag, it's a movement. GivingTuesday.com offers this mission statem

Turkeys and TED Talks

Everyone in the US is slowly recovering from the turkey fog and the Black Friday madness (online shopping, anyone?) If you're needing a break from the stuffing and pumpkin pie as well as the Christmas fare on TV and in the theaters and the football games, might we suggest watching a TED Talk? Here are seven to inspire you: Boeing systems engineer Betty Smith, Session 2 at SnoIsle Libraries TEDx Talks, on women and dark matter Brené Brown, TEDxHouston, "The Power of Vulnerabil

Fake Amazon Reviews, Real Angst

NOTE: This post originally appeared on October 19, 2016. Since online holiday shopping has begun in earnest, we want to do a public service and make sure you know that real people are reviewing the gifts you buy on Amazon. USA TODAY's Matt Granite says, "Amazon has many of the most competitive and aggressive Black Friday deals this year." Author Kristin Johnson here. I am an Amazon reviewer. I've also been reviewed on Amazon. I know that Amazon works on its policy constantly,

AUGNM Roundup for the Week of November 14, 2016

There is no shortage of good and bad Internet behavior out there, so we're continuing our weekly feature of the highlights and misses in the digital world. First, some terminology. UGM Tip: Something particularly good we've noticed. "404": A 404 is "Page Not Found," so it represents a goof on the Internet. Skull and Crossbones: Danger! UGM Tip: The Web site HoopLaHa, aka the good news Web site, launched a new Web series called "The Passion project," and the series premiere ep

Election Over, President-Elect Trump--A Survival Guide, AUGNM-Style

As observers of the Internet we noticed three key trends and reactions last night and all through the morning. 1. Digital dynamism outpacing traditional media. The Internet/AP Newswire/New York Times Online/Drudge Report were frequently ahead of the television coverage all evening and called the deciding state, Pennsylvania, for President-Elect Donald J. Trump before the major networks, including CNN, MSNBC, Russian TV, Fox News/Fox business, Bloomberg, and BBC America did. T

UGM and Funding

NOTE: UPDATE FOLLOWS... GoFundMe campaigns are a positive way to harness the power of the Internet. Case in point: a campaign started by Jonathan Bell: "Going to the Hospital". His fundraising goal is $100,000 to pay his medical bills. Mr. Bell writes: "There are a number of very good and not so good reasons I don't have medical insurance. I won't bore you with most of them... I'm about to go to the hospital with a seeping wound in my left pubic region. It is likely I will be

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