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June 14, 2012

Father’s Day and your Digital Dad

When I was a boy (way back in the 1900s), Father’s Day and Mother’s Day were easy. You got together with family, ate a lot of food, and gave mom and dad cards and gifts. Simple, easy, done. But earlier this week, I started thinking about all the other bases I have to cover because my dad is on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and of course email. I figured that this now means a wall post, tweet, G+ hangout, and possibly a lame animated eCard. But after a little bit of my daily internet rummaging, I realized that the wonderful world wide web has a lot to offer if you’re looking online for Father’s Day ideas…Here’s what I found:

Social Coupons. Groupon, and other community buying services, are tailoring their offers this week for dad. You can get a great deal for dad on: 5-hour competition BBQ cooking classes, exotic car racing laps at race tracks, $150 worth of golf equipment, photo mugs,  6-hour charter salmon fishing trip, etc.

As a mild warning, I bought a Groupon from FTD florists this past Mother’s Day and was seriously disappointed. The flowers never showed up. So I tweeted about  the issue, and within 24 hours I was refunded in full and a great bouquet arrived for my mother. Good customer service from FTD and Groupon to make this right.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas. Sure, there are plenty of retailers and other websites offering their ideas for dad, but my favourite has to be the 10 Best Father’s Day Gifts for Geeky Dads from @Mashable. Here you’ll find binary code t-shirts, lego tie clips, Moleskine notebook shell cases, and more.

iPhone Apps. Appadvice.com curated a list of iPhone apps dad might like. With offerings of primarily sports games and reading apps, this list left me scratching my head a bit; perhaps it is designed for the teen-dad in your family.

Google Doodle. Google has showcased a Father’s Day Google Doodle (log0) every year for over a decade, so watch for a new one this Sunday. I anticipate they will use the one below originally posted March 19, 2012 when Father’s Day is celebrated in some European and Central American countries.

And, of course, if you were out late on Saturday night and you’re due at the pulpit in 15 minutes but forgot your sermon at the pub, don’t worry: pull out your smart phone and check out these Father’s Day sermons from preaching.com.

Hope everyone has a great Father’s Day full of red meat, relaxation, and good beer!

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December 22, 2011

5 great Christmas Hashtags

‘Tis the holiday season, and most of us are off to Christmas parties, holiday networking events, family gatherings, and neighbourhood gift exchanges. All of this human interaction creates fertile grounds for discussion, commentary, and sharing complaints not just in person, but also on social media networks.  Over the past week, I’ve been on the hunt for some of this year’s twitter hashtags. I came across a number of the old-standards, but a few also stood out. Here are 5 hashtags to check out this year.

1. #FilltheKettle This one from the @SalvationArmy has to be my favourite. This organization stands for what the season is all about; giving, compassion, and caring. Their bell ringers and fundraising collection kettles are a Christmas tradition and they’re using social media to help spread the word. Along with visiting their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr pages, you can also make online donations to the “iKettle“.  Individuals and businesses can host their own “iKettle” and compete against other teams to be at the top of the leaderboard.

2. #ThingsNotToDoAtChristmasParty Most people have to go to awkward professional functions at work, so why not organize it with a hashtag? This one has some funny posts and good tips, but the big ones are, “don’t drink too much and make a fool of yourself”, and “don’t abuse the mistletoe concept…it’s not funny”.

3. #Istoppedbelievinginsantawhen I first noticed this one trending in Toronto, Canada, and it features some funny, and some heartbreaking, stories about when people first found out that Santa wasn’t real.

4. In the UK, people are using #Replacea1Dsongwithsanta and #ReplaceATWSongWithReindeer. I had to do a little research on what  a “1d” and a “tw” were. Wiki to the rescue –  “1d” means One Direction and “tw” means The Wanted, which are the names of two UK-based boy-bands. I think these are kind of interesting, but some people are less than impressed (@CharleyHarris). Perhaps a #ReplaceAJustinBieberSongwithChristmas” is in order for Canada?

5. #Scrooge This one is for those who like to chuckle at the frustrating side of Christmas. Often you will find people venting about Christmas music, shopping, inlaws, food, bad gifts, having to work long hours, etc. Ironically, the laughs I got from reading these tweets helped to get me into Christmas mood, so if you’re lacking some Christmas spirit, this is the hashtag for you.

If you’re looking for more holiday hashtag fun, here are a few of the standards:

Do you have  a good holiday hashtag this season? Share and let us know.

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