I'm a Whrrl Girl!I'm a Whrrl Girl!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2009
At times it feels like my life is not only the fast lane, it’s on the autobahn! That’s why I was thrilled to discover Whrrl. It’s a mobile and Web application that allows me to tell my stories on the run - live from the scene - and then share them with my friends and family, as well as my readers on various blogs.
I’ve never had the patience for scrapbooking and I’ve always been an in-the-moment type of gal. With Whrrl, I can take a few snapshots, add in my comments and a text slide or two, and share an event with my pals before I’ve even left the party. It’s super fast, and super easy. Whrrl works with my camera phone via their iPhone app, or via SMS text on any other mobile phone.
If your friends are also on Whrrl, then you can build your stories together and collaborate, sharing your photos from a single event. This was the case when I recently hosted an ELF MUAH (Makeup at Home) party, where several of my friends in attendance, were also telling their stories live via Whrrl.. Check out our Whrrl MUAH party here: You can also search for #MUAH on Whrrl and see some of the other successful MUAH parties.
Whrrl stories don’t always end on the scene. After you get home, you can add in your photos from your digital camera, and polish your story from the Web. You can even add more text slides, rearrange your pictures, and send out the finished product via email or as a Twitter or Facebook update (which you can also do from your phone).
Whrrl is a great way to check out what’s going on right now. It’s fun to view other people’s stories as they happen. To sign up, you can use Facebook Connect to quickly and easily connect to all your Facebook friends who are already on Whrrl.
Who’s Whrrling near you? Go to Whrrl.com and find out!
Ciaran Blumenfeld, the founder of www.Momfluential.com, is a modern storyteller who started her career doing advertising copywriting and creating marketing campaigns in the non profit world. Since the arrival of Ciaran’s four children, she has re-focused her writing skills on the online world, generating engaging content and product reviews for multiple sites.
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On-line Safety - by Melanie NotkinOn-line Safety - by Melanie Notkin
THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2009
Today’s modern cosmopolitan woman is most likely active in various different web channels, be it Facebook, Twitter,LinkedIn, or tighter-knit social networking sites like SavvyAuntie. Your content often feels more personal than public, and we sometimes forget that our information, including pictures and more personal details, are not as private as we would like to think. Keeping that in mind, what do you do when a family member, be it a niece, cousin, sister or brother, has content online that could get them into trouble or worse?
Understandably it’s a delicate and difficult situation to navigate. A few months ago a Savvy Auntie contributor’s little niece- the one who used to borrow her lipstick and smear it all over her face! - posted very suggestive photos of herself on her MySpace profile. The auntie panicked, not least of all because she’d recently read about a teenage girl being sued for child pornography after snapping and distributing explicit photos of herself.
How do you toe the line between being a peer and an authority figure? You want to be the cool aunt (or sister or cousin) and most importantly, you don’t want to lose the trust of your family member. So do you go straight to the parents? It depends. It’s important to take into account the nature of your relationship, but for our SavvyAuntie contributor, she opted to first chat with her niece and then to approach her parents if her niece didn’t respond. Fortunately in our auntie’s case, all she had to do was clearly outline to her niece the dangers and the lack of privacy online, and her niece quickly removed the pictures. And their talk was a valuable lesson in online safety for our contributor as well. Now there’s an aunt who should be celebrated on SavvyAuntie’s Day!
Melanie Notkin is the Founder of SavvyAuntie.com, the first and only community for Aunts: Aunties by Relation (ABR), Aunties by Choice (ABC), Mommy Aunties, Great Aunts, Godmothers, and all women who love kids. SavvyAuntie.com enables and empowers Aunts to exchange ideas, get advice, find gifts and connect with other Savvy Aunties. The first to offer Forums, Groups, Blogs, an Auntiepedia and other social tools designed uniquely for Aunties, SavvyAuntie.com gives Aunts a unique and modern approach to learn, connect, share and celebrate Aunt-hood.
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