This is why I choose to add a French Flag Filter to my Profile Picture on Facebook

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In the aftermath of Paris attacks of November 13, 2015, Facebook quickly offered the ability to add a filter covering your profile photo in a layer of the colors of the French Republic flag.

After thinking through, this is why I chose to do it:
there is a time of shock after events that you feel are touching you directly in who you are. After a death comes grief, but it comes with several stages, that need to be passed through before you can transform them into something constructive. I decided that until I had passed those stages, I would signal my state of grief by filtering my face behind a veil that represents a part of who I am, and that will signal myself as a mourner, or a person in mourning for those particular events. I will remove the veil when I feel ready to go back to the world… this is called bereavement, and nothing else.

Now, if it presents a vision of the world to anyone who would tell me it is limiting to a shocking reality excluding other valuable causes, I would reply that the world wide web is very vast, vaster than the sea of filtered faces you can see in Facebook’s timeline. If you see only filtered profiles, it may mean that your choice of friends is not diverse enough, that is all. This goes both ways.

 

I had also had to explain something that seemed obvious, but is always necessary to restate clearly:

Since we are all guilty of doing it, and I will always include myself in these faulty behaviors or speeches, I want to say that immediately after hearing of a terrible news, other than pronouncing conventional sentences, we may want to jump to very insensitive comments, that are spoken from a place of raw emotion.

I will not comment on top of these comments that social media have facilitated now. I will put myself in the place where I am: in shock and disbelief, in sadness and profound distress.

I know that whatever I will say or think is painted with where I come from and what my own experiences are. We are all part of what is going on and in need of trying to make sense in order to be able to move from the place of raw emotion that is too painful to bear otherwise.

My plea to everyone is to do what you feel comfortable the most with, whether it takes root in your belief system or political views, but also bear in mind that the noise we make has an impact, the words we say have an impact, the images we share have an impact. Let us all think before we react. Let us pause the time we are sure what we can do is going to be useful to someone else as well as to oneself.

And if too much thinking and pausing is making us look dumb or bizarrely shy or uninteresting, let us be thankful for being a worker of peace, a keeper of time.

Thank you for all your messages of love. Paris is where I was born and where I lived all my life until I moved permanently to the States at 40 years old, too old to become anything else than a foreigner in a foreign country, an adopter of a new land. The motherland remains strong. I do not want to hear any disparaging comment about the politics of the French. They are my countrymen and my allegiance will always be to the world of strong values that made me who I am. Paris will always be my hometown where every nook and stone I have walked and had adventures that those who are currently walking may feel and love or fear.

Let us be kind to each other and let us try to be patient when Time has been suddenly put in a motion that is scary.

Sandy Marked a Shift for Social Media Use in Disasters

See on Scoop.itThe impact of social media in emergencies

Government agencies and others turned to online technologies to communicate with the public like never before.

Nigel Kay‘s insight:

Impressive data on use of social media during Sandy.

See on www.emergencymgmt.com

Social media today is not about the tools, but the technology and behavior — virtual collaboration, information sharing and grass-roots engagement — that transforms monologues into dialogues.

My Year 2011 in retrospect

It’s been a very intense year.
I wanted to recap what personal events will stay in my mind as the touchstones of 2011. I listed ten of the most prominent themes that dominated my life this past year. What would be yours?

10.- [Facebook and other social networks ]

This is the year when I worked on reuniting all my online identities and reclaiming my narrative.

9. – [Moodscope]

Thanks to this simple tool, I have managed my depression and mood swings like never before. Also thanks to the fabulous friends who were my “buddies” with the system!

8.- [ Local News Retrospective in the Lewisboro Ledger ]

As the recap says it in the article, our town has been the theater of so many tragedies and other events, that touched people that were my neighbors and acquaintances. It has often been shattering and will leave long lasting traces.

7.- [Lose It!]

I happily lost all my “American weight”! the pounds that I had steadily gained since I started living in the States thirteen years ago. All gone! good riddance 🙂

6.- [A Creative Project in Progress ]

I am finally gaining enough self-confidence to feel creative again. I also regained enough liberty to find more time to devote to my projects thanks to my boys becoming more independent!

5.- [Beyond social networking, a blogroll]

Beyond getting the news of the world, I am keeping friendships alive and following their news, when they blog or write to me.

4.- [ Jewish Family Congregation ]

Our congregation is experiencing a crisis and I am devoting as much time as I can because I love it (and yes, there is an ambivalent meaning in this sentence, which is totally intentional!)

3.- [Snipets of family life in Westchester ]

This has still remained a priority focus: balancing my life so that I can be the best parent to my sons, and raising them to become the best they can. And they make me proud.

2.- [Angel Wings Web]

A new adventure, that will soon be one year-old, and that keeps me stoked and energized. I am also so proud of myself at last! This lean start-up will soon launch online, stay tuned! (and sign up for the news when it comes!).

1.- [Action for Happiness]

And it’s time to wish you all to be happy in 2012: and to know that it takes action, because it is an attitude, to work for!

Tools for Finding Great Content Online !

quoted from Tools for Finding Great Content Online !

Do you sometimes struggle to find good relevant content online?

Are you always on the lookout for great articles to share with your friends, followers and your fans?

In this blog post I will show some of the best content curation tools that I use every day which allow me to manage and aggregate various forms of social media from all over the web.

Google Reader:

Perhaps my favourite tool, this is the first thing that I open along with my email every morning when I come in to the office. Many people think that RSS is dead but I still think there is life in the old dog yet. Google reader allows you to subscribe to RSS feeds from all over the web and aggregate them all in to the one place. You have the ability to share on various social platforms and create folders which allows you to manage all the sites you have subscribed to by category.

Google Alerts:

This is another great tool from Google that not too many people know about. Google Alerts provides email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, social media, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic which you have set up. Below is just some of the ways that you can use Google Alerts.

·         Monitoring a developing news story

·         Keeping tabs on who is talking about you online

·         Keeping current on a competitor or industry related news

·         Get the latest news and updates on a brand, product or service

·        Online Marketing, Reputation Managment

Twitter Lists:

Twitter rolled out this feature back in 2009, like Google Reader the lists feature allows users to create, organize and curate others into groups, or “lists”. When you click to view a list, you’ll see a stream of Tweets from all the users included in that group.  Once you have created a list other Twitter users can then subscribe to your lists. This means lists have the potential to be an important tool for discovery of news and relevant tweets.

Twitter lists are best taken advantage of when using applications such as Tweetdeck, Hootsuite or Seesmic as all these platforms allow you to create columns, which will make managing your lists much easier.

These are just some of the lists that I follow using Tweetdeck.

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