Agree or Disagree-The Podcast Reflections #yycflood Part 1-Social Media

This is Part 1 of a series of reflections regarding the One Year Anniversary of the events of the Floods in Calgary and Southern Alberta.

Terry Lo ( @calgarydreamer) and I meet with Sean Stephenson from Calgary Police Service discuss the Social Media impact on the response to the flood.

Sean Stephenson is the Digital Communications, Team Lead Strategic Communications Section for the Calgary Police Service. They, along with many people were a positive influence on the Social Media. We discuss the following, we remember and where we were during the flood

-The time commitment involved
-What happened when they went to Twitter jail?

-Awards they won for their efforts
-The change of perception of the Police

-Lessons they learned about Social Media

-How has Calgary changed since the flood.


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Agree or Disagree: The News Coverage over the incident in Moncton was sensationalized.


If the title of this video from CTV News bothered you, you are not the only one.

Many of you were.

This was not the title of a blockbuster movie with a Hollywood star coming to save the day and kiss the love interest at the end. This was a real live incident involving the loss of loved ones whose spouses will never feel their embrace again.

Yet, if you watched CTV News, this was the title they went with.

Now, it is not just CTV News that should feel some brunt here.  The news coverage on this also included the following.

Videos of the actual shooting of one RCMP officer. These were shared and re shared on Social Media.

The use of the hashtag #monctonshooting

Rumours and conjecture of the actual suspect Justin Bourque.

When I say news coverage, I’m going to include the Social Media presence on this. After all, many of you followed the coverage on Social Media. So, there is responsibility there too.

For the most part, and I know some of you won’t like to give them credit, but CBC news handled this the best. They attempted to stick to the facts, and tell the story.

However, it doesn’t dismiss the feeling many have. That the incident in Moncton was sensationalized.

Would you agree or disagree with that?

About this video we all need to see…..

Several of you over the weekend posted this video. Apparently, many of you have told us we need to see this video.

So, for the next 4:27, I would like all of you to take the time to watch the video.

Are you done?


Now, I would all of you read what I have to say in response.

First let me say some things about me.

I have 2,905 friends on Facebook. I also have 1,820 Followers on Twitter and 375 on Instagram.

Do I feel lonely? Yes, sometimes I will admit I do.

I would also admit that if you have seen me on my Iphone or Ipad checking my Facebook or Twitter. I would admit I have what some call a keen interest in what we call “Social Media”.

Is my loneliness because I am always on my phone?

No, it’s not.

For some context for our rhyming friend, I’d like to take you to a time far away. A time some of us may not remember.

The time before we all had Facebook and smart phones.

I remember that time. The time before Facebook and smart phones. The time where we didn’t have a phone to distract us. The time where we truly connected with each other. We walked by each other and said hello. The time where we connected with each other and talked to each other on buses.

Wait? You don’t remember that? Why?

Because it didn’t really happen.

We walked by each other and ignored each other. We were not friendly with each other on the bus. We read books, listened to our walkman and did what we could to NOT talk to someone.

What gave people a sense of community and connection? Social Media

The time before Facebook and smart phone, there were many people that felt like they didn’t fit in. There was a feeling that in a very real world, there was a real disconnect of who they were.

What gave people a people a sense of belonging? An online connection with like minded people.

There was also many of you that lived in a city or a town. You couldn’t find the “special someone” in the community that you were involved. You might have switched groups, but it still didn’t work.

What changed that for you? An online dating site.

Some of you have been through some very difficult time of loss and grief. You felt very lonely through that time and couldn’t always personally connect. Or, you had a friend who you were close too that you couldn’t physically be there for.

What helped you through it? A lengthy online conversation with someone you know.

I understand that many of you are impacted by our what rhyming friend is saying. But I’m afraid there is something he is not seeing.

He is not seeing the power of connection. That connection can be, but does not need to be in a physical setting. The connection needs to be meaningful.

I have been in physical places with many people and felt lonely. I have also been by myself and felt connected.

While I understand while many of you are impacted by what he said, I would respond by saying this.

It’s not about what we are seeing.

It’s about what we are looking for.

Agree or Disagree: You put a specific limit on your time on Social Media

Agree or Disagree: You put a specific limit on your time on Social Media

The link above is an article about how parents should be limiting their kids time on Facebook.

It would be common sense for parents to do that. Really, it’s no different then TV or video games. What is interesting is that  I have a number of friends who are on a “Facebook break”. It’s sad because they are missing on the exciting and insightful things I put on Facebook and Twitter. But, that is their choice.

In fairness, other than missing my amazing posts (I really hope you take this as sarcastic, because it is), many do feel the need to limit their time. Some feel that there is an information overload. Some feel conversations get too intense and difficult on Facebook, Twitter or  other blogs. Some quite simply, need a break.

So, do you put a time limit on your Social Media use?If so, how do you do that? And do you find it effective?


Agree or Disagree: Everybody Lies on Facebook.

Agree or Disagree: Everybody Lies on Facebook.

Many of you use Facebook. Many of you post pictures of your friends, your family and your pets. Even some of you shared your pains and your losses in life. Some have recently shared  about your engagements, your pregnancies, and your weddings.

But do you always tell the truth on Facebook?

According to the article linked, you don’t. This article suggests you lie on Facebook. That we all lie on Facebook.

Here’s a portion of the article to read.

Of course, there’s no question as to how much people lie on Facebook, although it was quite shocking to hear from my own daughter – some lie just about their age, some about their jobs and some about their entire lives. It might be as harmless as little 9 year old kids pretending to be 13 (I imagine that ‘13’ is the age of most Facebook users) or a 50 year old woman who says she’s 43, or, it could be people lying about who they really are, what their jobs are or even worse.

I think that it was clear from the beginning that social media (and the Internet in general) gives people free passes to lie as much as they want and build online personas that have nothing to do with who they are in their real lies.

So, tell me. Do you lie on Facebook?

Agree or Disagree: Texting has changed the way we approach dating.

Agree or Disagree: Texting has changed the way we approach dating.

This is an interesting article I found on this. 

It used to be that before there was email, text, and Facebook, we would pick up the phone and call each other for a date. Or, maybe ask face to face. In some cases, guys would ask the parents of the girl before they go on a date.

Now, it’s very different. With the advances of modern technology, it has opened different ways to date. And, quite frankly end dates. 

Is this a good thing?


Agree or Disagree: At times, we take our friendships for granted

I know some of you may think that the only reason that I’m on Facebook is to how do we put this…….”stir the pot”


But I do actually follow what many of you do and say on Facebook. I’m curious about what many of you are out there are up too.


Some have you are promoting Outrage Free Friday’s. Yes that is true. Look it up.


Some of you are having babies.

 Some of you are engaged.

 Some have you have moved.

Some of you are trying to sell your house.

Some of you are starting new jobs.

But I do notice these things. And when I read your updates, I smile at your success. I am sad for you at your downs. I’m also intrigued by your ideas. And laugh at your funny photos.

What is really interesting is how I am able to know what is going in some of your lives. It use to be, I would pick up the phone, give someone a call, and personally find out what has been going on in your life. Now, if I really want to know, all I need to do is do a quick search on Facebook for your name. Then, I can explore your photo’s, read your profile, and I can assume I’m caught up with what is going on. Oh, and there is no doubt you are happy  and excited with your lives. Your smiling profile picture is proof of that.

A friend of mine made an observation recently. He was speaking that if you go to church every week and the fact that our weeks fill up so quickly with busy activities, that in a sense we have actually lost the need to call people. We know, or are really confident that we will see them and catch up with them at that point in time. There are so many opportunities  to catch up, that you don’t actually need to catch up.

One of the reasons many of you use Facebook is to keep in contact with friends that you have naturally lost contact with. Friends from school. Friends from work. Friends from church.  For whatever reason, the circumstances in your life changed that you lost constant contact with them. But you feel like you are still connected with the power of Social Media. You wish them a Happy Birthday when Facebook reminds you. You are assured that everything seems ok.

But then, all of a sudden it seems, something changes. You might notice a significant life change. You see they are sick, not with the cold, but something much tougher. Or they lost someone close to them. Or, they are gone themselves.

I reflect on that because this week because I actually experienced it. There was a group of us that spent a lot of time together. We played cards. We laughed. We ate. We walked. Over the years, life moved us away from each other. But we in this group were saddened to learn that we lost a friend to a car accident this week. With the sadness brought back some memories of events from the past. Old photos were looked at with us together.

It also was a reminder that over the years of living, I have known some of you for a long time. Some on different levels. Some of you, I have just learned to know. But I think I’m grateful for knowing you in whatever way I do. For that, I say thank you. I hope to not take that for granted.

Because the world is better that you are here. And will miss you when you are gone.