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#webshadows blog | Me and My Web Shadow published in the USA today!

Image: Making final edits to the book in the Intelligensia coffeeshop in Los Angeles, CA

Image: Working on the final edits of Me & My Web Shadow in the Intelligensia coffee shop in Los Angeles

Today is the official publication date for Me and My Web Shadow in the USA, where it is being published by Bloomsbury USA.

I’m thrilled that the book will be available in the US, where I spend so much of my time these days.

If you’re reading this in America and have a copy – let me know what you think… even more importantly, if you could leave a review on Amazon.com or elsewhere I would be very grateful. There are some great Amazon reviews on the UK Amazon store and they are really helpful to people deciding whether to buy or not.

If you would like to get your hands on a copy, the ads on the right of this page will take you to the appropriate Amazon store, and it is widely available in US book stores.

And, of course, Me & My Web Shadow is available on the Amazon Kindle platform, so you can read it on Kindles and indeed your PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad. Also, if you are a Sony Reader owner it is available for that device.

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#webshadows blog | Young Americans more careful with their online reputation than elders, says Pew

Young Americans more careful with their online reputation than elders, says Pew

Younger people in America could teach their parents a thing or two about responsible behaviour online, according to US research organisation Pew Research Center. Meanwhile older people are more likely to be careless about how they are managing their personal online reputation.

Partly this may be because, as a senior Pew researcher put it in the New York Times, 18-25 year olds are at “a time in life when there’s a lot of attention being paid to self-presentation”.

Read the whole post at meandmywebshadow.com

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Kindle previews are my new Amazon wishlist

The Kindle app on the iPad is really working well for me.A feature it took me longer than it should have to become useful though is the preview. Instead of building a pile of business books on my desk which I will only read some of, or stacking them up in Amazon Wishlist, now I order the previews. It sends you the first 25 pages or so of whatever book you like. In workflow terms it kind of works like an Instapaper for browsing books… wonderful. (iBooks does the same thing, but the range of books there is quite limited at the moment – though doubtless it will get better.)

This morning I’ve stashed previews of Charlene Li’s book on leadership and the below book “Superconnect” (about networks of all things)…

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Jack Dorsey: The 3 keys to Twitter’s success [video] – Holy Kaw!

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey discusses the three core lessons learned from building and launching the world of 140 characters. So what did Jack take away from the experience? Successfully launching ideas requires 1) Getting your ideas out of your noggin 2) Luck with a dash of planning 3) Refining your idea based on feedback.

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Transgressions: Noobs, boobs and Facebook privacy

A tangled web of transgressions...

Privacy is one of the most complex social, political and commercial issues on the web. It’s not a single issue at all really, it’s a seething mass of issues, struggles, norms being negotiated, lines being re-drawn…

For privacy, read: change. Read: brave new world. Read: cry for help. Read: incitement to revolt.

A few years ago, Matt Locke wrote an incredibly useful essay called Six spaces of social media (secret, group, publishing, performing, partcipation and watching), in an attempt to pry definitions of social spaces away from technical and platform ones and focus minds on what was actually happening in these spaces. You know, the interesting, human stuff. All of these spaces might exist in Facebook, for instance, or in a forum, or across several platforms (Twitter/blog/Facebook/email is a common combination).

Now he’s come back to the topic with a post about transgressions, that is to say when other users or the platform owners do things with your stuff (data, identity, images etc.) that you didn’t want them to.

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My iPad article in the Word Magazine – a set on Flickr

A series of serendipitous events has led to having an article about the iPad published in this month’s The Word magazine.

It covers my impressions of living and working with the iPad for the past two months (very good, since you ask).

I’d forgotten the joy of being in print… and they kindly included my brazen mention of Me and My Web Shadow.

Thanks very much @davidhepworth for the chance to write it.

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