My First Five: Repost from Student Affairs Women Talk Tech blog.

My post today from the Student Affairs Women Talk Tech blog:

by Jennifer Keegin

I follow Maria Popova (@brainpicker) on Twitter. She is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings. She writes for WiredUK, The Atlantic, Nieman Journalism Lab, and Design Observer, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.

She recently answered the question: “What are the first five websites you visit every day?” She mentioned Open CultureIts Okay to Be SmartMetaFilter, Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish, and Coudal. After this terribly interesting post, I decided my blog for today would be about my First Five.

  1. The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) The Commons webpage. The Association’s blog of sorts, I always appreciate the posts from other colleagues around the country regarding College Unions and Activities.
  2. Tumblr. I maintain my own blog and our Campus Activities page via Tumblr, but I also love catching up with some of my favorite feeds like NYCgov photos, i love chartsFeel Good Blogs,  Texts from Hillary ClintonDads Are the Original Hipster, and The Kids Should See This.
  3. Design Sponge. This gets my creative juices going and I love it when they imagine living in a film.
  4. I’m trying to avoid mentioning that of course I check Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ ’cause don’t we all? I check my email every morning on my cell as I slowly wake up in the morning. I clean out my mailboxes (I have 5 accounts) and usually this leads to learning about any new comments or etc. that I need to know about with my social networks. So when I actually get to work and turn on my computer, I don’t need to jump right on those sites. However, I usually like to catch up with my friend Jeff Lail, who is posting short video clips everyday via his Google + page. I love getting a dose of his brain every morning just to get me thinking. I wish more folks would do this. Short clips, a topic to ponder for the day.
  5. Huffington Post. I like their various topic pages. TechWomen in TechWomen, and next to CNN and Twitter, its where I go to read the news.

What are YOUR First Five websites?

How Tech has enhanced my life recently.

This post was originally published on the Student Affairs Women Talk Tech blog. I meant to post it a week ago.

Writing blog posts for a women’s blog, a women’s tech blog on a regular basis is challenging, and yet – I always manage to find something that I have inside me that I want to share with other women who are interested in Tech. Here’s what’s on my mind this week:

Social Media Week: I’m knee deep in a week’s worth of events for our University revolving around Social Media. Taking the example of Bridgewater State University, I designed a week’s worth of topics which were turned into “Nooner Events”. LinkedIn, Cyber Stalking, Creating an Online Identity, and Google + Hangouts will all be covered. At first this series of events was created to fulfill the desires of my superiors to see more programming come from Campus Activities separate from the events done by the Dean of Students and the Late Nite Binghamton program. The great thing is that it truly fit with an interest I already have – a passion really – and turn it into something fun to plan. Already today I have conversations with “fringe” students about Social Media (when they just came into the room for free pizza). I’m truly interested to see where this goes by the end of the week. We have blog prompts everyday and also there is a Social Media Challenge where the winner will get a new Kindle Fire.

The Power of Social Media: Our Greek system is currently on lockdown due to numerous reports of serious hazing going on during this pledge session. All pledging has stopped and several incidents are under investigation. The most interesting thing about this situation on this campus is how fast the word got out via social media and the effects it has had on the campus community. In one day I saw the Greek Advisor go from deciding a course of action, to having a plan, to the local newspaper attending the emergency meeting planned for all Greek Presidents. I saw this notice via Twitter. Next thing we knew the next day the University was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article and then later that day a NY Times article. Then came the slew of parent phone calls and desperate students “dropping” in our office to see who was in trouble. Bad news travels FAST.

Skype: My parents live in Seattle. I live in Upstate NY. We Skype. My daughter has been Skyping since she was two weeks old. But here’s what I found amazing this week. My parents are getting ready to retire this year and sell their house. They are packing everything up to stage the house. Via Skype my mother was able to show me items that she wanted to know if I wanted to save or not. This cut out so much time. Instead of writing a list of items down, or taking pictures of everything – she was able to go through three large containers full of cassette tapes to see if I still wanted them. (I have a cassette player in my car. It was a used car when I bought it.) This would have been so much more complicated without Skype.

So that’s what’s on my brain this week. Has Tech enhanced your life this week?