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Surf the web to be better at your job: Web surfing aids productivity

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 25th, 2011

Do you surf the web at work? Perhaps you sneak in a bit of surfing time between hard tasks or when boredom hits. A recent research study suggests that surfing the web may actually help you be more productive at work! Don J.Q. Chen and Vivien K.G Lim, of the National University of Singapore, presented […]

Google+ already has more than 20 million users!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 9th, 2011

Last week I wrote about the number of users on Twitter—about 24.5 to 34.5 million US adults. According to Amir Efrata, Google+ has  20 million unique visitors in the first 3 week (the numbers were reported July 20, 2011). Google+ has an international number of users nearing Twitters US users. The US Google+ population is, […]

Tip of the Day: Vote today for the next Georgia License Plate!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 8th, 2011

If you have not done so yet, vote today for the next Georgia License Plate. You have until 3 pm today. This is your chance to help choose the “best” design. From/Reference:  Vote for design! Vote for the next Georgia license plate! Voting link: https://etax.dor.ga.gov/TagContest.aspx

Music downloading via phones is nearly 120 years old!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 19th, 2011

We may think the ability to download music and podcasts to our phones is a newfangled way to access these media. But that would be incorrect. As Alasdair Wilkins discusses, “People were “downloading” music from their phones way back in 1892.” In 1892, Scientific American had an article on the theatrophone in Paris, which had […]

Google is now a Tween

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on September 27th, 2010

Happy 12th Birthday Google! Now comes acne, interest in other internet search engines, and awkward middle school dances! Hard to believe how old Google is. How things have changed. Today’s Google Doodle is by Wayne Thiebaud, a 89-year old Los Angeles painter. DailyTech has a good article on Google’s birthday. Check it out!

The Most Banned Books of 2009

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on April 22nd, 2010

Feel like being a rebel with a clue? Check out one of the top ten most banned books for 2009, as reported by the ALA. Harry Potter didn’t make this list this year, but Ms. Meyer’s Twilight series appears for the first time on the list (maybe those conservative mothers actually read the books their […]

Internet use around the world: 21.3%

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on March 26th, 2010

Ever wonder how many people around the world or in particular countries use the Internet? This handy resource by Google provides a graph over time (1990-2007), allowing you to see and compare Internet users as percentage of population for a variety of countries. You can select by check boxes from a long list of countries […]

Giving a little to get a lot: Charities and Social Media

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on November 5th, 2009

What do charities do better than fortune 500 companies? They blog more and make greater use of social networking media. Perhaps this is not too surprising, but it is interesting… According to this study by Barnes and Mattson, completed in 2008, 89% of charities (or 89% of the 200 largest charities according to Forbes.com) used […]

New Tech Comm Journal: Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on November 1st, 2009

Here is info on a new Tech Comm journal: Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization : Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization Barry Thatcher (Founder/Editor-in-Chief), New Mexico State University Kirk St. Amant (Assistant Editor-in-Chief), East Carolina University This Journal publishes research articles on the theory, practice, and teaching of professional communication in critical global contexts such as […]

So everyone is an Author now?

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on October 31st, 2009

With blogs, twitter, social networking sites, is everyone a writer or better yet, an author now? No, but according to Pelli & Bigelow in A Writing Revolution , everyone will be an author in 2013. Yes, in just four short years everyone will be an author. Get ready to read! A lot! The idea behind […]