Lost connections

By Jasmine Ryan @JasmineRyanTAFE The online world has caused a divide between human connections in the real world. In situations where we feel bored or have nothing to do our natural human instincts would be to talk to somebody either next to us or start up a conversation with a total stranger, to read a […]


Don’t read the comments

View image | gettyimages.com   BY AARON STREATFEILD Don’t, seriously. Whoop! You did, didn’t you? You just couldn’t help yourself. Yet again we witness, in the aftermath of a horrific event, the shockwave of social media opinion. The time has come and gone.  Andrew Chan and Muyuran Sukumaran have met their long-awaited fate, at the hands […]


Social media: Are you overexposed?

Are you overexposed on the Internet? Photo: love Maegan/flickr   BY SIMON EDDS   Despite almost all of my friends jumping on board, it wasn’t until early 2008 that I finally joined Facebook (and after reviewing my first few posts, I didn’t enjoy the experience very much). But sure enough, as my list of friends […]


Like me … plea$e

In our first-ever STM podcast, NICK CAVARRETTA broaches the subject of bands buying facebook likes with Chris Penney from Glitter Canyon, who bought 1000 likes for his band’s page, and Matthew Carpenter from GetWithSocial.com, who sells facebook likes to anyone who is willing to pay for them. This is a common practice, but who is […]


Twitter connects Australian farmers

Apostle birds, Gulargambone, NSW. Photo: Brett Donald/flickr   BY AMANDA PARKINSON Farming is changing. Most farmers are used to the tweeting of birds on their land, but Australian farmers are doing a lot of the tweeting themselves. Farming group AgChatOz is an organisation whose aim is to use social media site Twitter to connect rural […]