Online Security

Online security is not something to take lightly. Fortunately, I have been aware of the risks for a long time. The one foremost in my mind is the risk of identity theft: someone uses my name, picture, and a few details to impersonate me. I can be use…


For most of us Wikipedia is the first stop on any research journey, but I have been finding out there is so much more to the wonderful world of Wikimedia. From bucket loads of quotes for when your inspiration takes a dip on Wikiquote, to free to use music on Wikimedia Commons, if I had … Continue reading wiki’d

Thing 5: Diversity

In this post, I will reflect on diversity and representation in online communication. The prompt for this post asks us to focus on this through the lens of emojis/emotions and the release of diverse emoji choices in 2015 by Apple and 2016 by Facebook. EMOJIS The initial controversy over the release of diverse emojis almost… Read more Thing 5: Diversity

Pony spotting

If you’ve watched all of my Youtube videos and STILL have nothing better to do, go to Google Hangouts, start a chat with anyone and type in /ponystream If it doesn’t make your mouth curl up at the sides just a tiny wee bit you are probably dead inside. I spotted a flaming pony, a … Continue reading Pony spotting


You might have already heard before that “librarians are the original search engine”. I certainly have, at least twice since beginning this degree. It got me thinking though about the trend of automating and digitising key functions. Thinking of my own…

Commonwealth of Data

One of the funny things that’s come up in my readings is the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (A. A. C. R.). The idea behind it was that people should be able to read and decode any catalogue/library entry, by use of a common format. The fact of the ex…

Thing 17 – Geo-location Tools

Go to to learn more and try the app. See if you can locate a geocache in your area and share your adventure on your blog. OR Explore one of the other apps created at The University of Edinburgh and write about this on your blog. OR Share on your blog another geolocation app that…

Face away

Ah Facebook – I use you every day and yet I hate you. You play on my fear of missing out, yet cause me to miss out on the beauty of the real world. You have messed so badly with our News Feeds you expect us to make Groups to find out about the people … Continue reading Face away

Raining cats and dogs

As a self confessed crazy cat lady, I was shocked to find the number one interest of my Twitter followers is… dogs. How can this be?! Isn’t sharing cat pictures the main point of Twitter? Does this mean we need to set up a new social media site? Having never knowingly posted anything about dogs … Continue reading Raining cats and dogs

Gen Z

“80% of 13–20-year-olds, or “Gen Z”, believe that gender did not define a person as much as it used to… and only 44% always bought clothes designed for their own gender” I wish I could remember what I was buying online, something innocuous like a toaster, and when I went to fill in the … Continue reading Gen Z