Articles tagged with: social media

Someone’s spreading terrible rumours about you

published: November, 28, 2012 Categories // Social Media, Media, Opinion Pieces

Christopher Banks on the new age of internet spam and those awful emails and tweets we all know about – and should never, ever click on.

Spam used to be simple. No-frills emails telling you how to ENLARGE your penis through pharmacology.  Something has changed in the age of social media, though.  All but the most delusional of us are no longer susceptible to such bluntness.  We’ve accepted our knobs are not going to get any bigger, unless we attach them to that stretching machine they used on Mike Teevee in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. The spammers of the 21st century have more insidious weapons in their arsenal

Be seen. Be heard. Be remembered

published: September, 24, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Art, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Toronto artist Raymond Helkio, in a video interview with publisher John McCullagh, talks about his graphic design work for PositiveLite.com and about living with HIV.

Be seen. Be heard. Be remembered

Since its inception in 2009, PositiveLite.com has relied on social media and word of mouth to let potential readers know of our existence. And we have been very successful in that regard. However, not everyone uses social media and our experience tells us that there are many Canadians living with HIV who are not familiar with our online HIV magazine.  To remedy this, we decided that we needed to undertake some promotion of the magazine in more traditional ways, such as displaying posters

A message from the Publisher

published: September, 04, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Events, Launches, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Publisher John McCullagh writes about some exciting developments that are taking place at PositiveLite.com.

A message from the Publisher

Today, I want to tell you about some exciting developments that are taking place at PositiveLite.com.  First off, we've made some significant enhancements to the website. We've done this with the help of a new web developer, Make Good Media. We contracted with this small, progressive, Toronto-based company to help us with the technical side of our operations. They are providing a range of solutions for us to upgrade the site, making it more robust and user-friendly.  On Monday nigh

Connecting through Social Media

published: August, 20, 2012 Categories // Social Media, Women, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific

Putting the social in social networks: Denise Becker says she’s more social, thanks to Facebook and Twitter.

Ihave heard many times that Social Media has actually resulted in people spending less time together.  Time spent on the computer could have been better spent with people, communicating in person and socializing physically rather than via the keyboard.  In addition, letter writing has become a thing of the past and it is likely that beautiful handwriting will soon be a dead art too.  The unusual thing is that I have found social media has actually introduced a whole new group of friends to

Fun on Facebook

published: August, 15, 2012 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin answers the question “what can you do on Facebook, especially as a member of the HIV community?”

Fun on Facebook

Facebook is the oldest – if we choose to forget for a moment the embarrassment that was Friendster or that other site whose name presently escapes me – and largest of the social media platforms. Despite its relatively weak recent initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, it is the most popular boy in the room, with 900,000,000 users worldwide. Not a typo – nine hundred million. As of May 2012, so the number today is, no question, higher. These users tend to be (slightly) ol

When social media isn’t so very sociable

published: July, 02, 2012 Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media

Denis Robinson has a twitter epiphany – and makes radical changes to his social media presence.

This entry first appeared on Denis’s own blog Half a Lifetime.  Social media is truly an oddity and each day I learn how it affects us, and the world we live in. It is responsible for trends in media, fashion, literature & thought. It has changed how we learn about things, how wars are fought and it has made the world an exceptionally small place. However, recently I have found myself questioning its place in my life and what it has done to my way of thinking. Numbers seem to be very

#HIV – Twitter 101 for people with HIV

published: June, 26, 2012 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin: "If you’ve spent more than a few minutes online – and if you’re reading this, odds are you have – you’ve probably seen it: ‘Follow me on Twitter’, or ’Follow us on Twitter’". What does this mean? Michael explains - and more!

#HIV – Twitter 101 for people with HIV

#HIV – Twitter 101 for people with HIV (This is Part 2 of a series on social media and HIV. Read the first installment here. Part 3, Twitter 102 – Twitter as an information channel, coming soon.) If you’ve spent more than a few minutes online – and if you’re reading this, odds are you have – you’ve probably seen it: ‘Follow me on Twitter’, or ’Follow us on Twitter’. Usually, those words link to another web page, one usually hosted on, you guessed it, Twitter.com. Follo

Lighting Another Torch

published: June, 18, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow reviews a year of blogging on PositiveLite.com and how others are taking up the torch.

Lighting Another Torch

When I started blogging, I wondered if I had anything to say. Over the last year and a half I’ve learned that I have inspired others to do it as well, so I guess I did and now I feel I haven’t given up my torch but I have lit the torch of others.  It was a raining when I woke today, yes, at12:21 this afternoon. Lazy? Maybe, but as I wrote recently, I have a new medication that is helping me get more sleep. Some days I have to set the alarm to get up and go help my mom who isn't doing ver

Technology Woes

published: May, 08, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Lifestyle, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow says ”I’m all thumbs and not good at being a two-finger pecker.” And that’s just the start.

Technology Woes

I am still waaaaaay behind the current technology but I have made a couple of steps forward. I now have a phone that I can text; with the plan I have it's much cheaper to text than talk. A while ago I bought myself a netbook for when I am out of town at workshops or conferences. It’s great but there were times when I couldn't get online at some of the places I was staying. One of the biggest problems I am having with these new gadgets is learning to be a two-finger or two thumbpecker. The k

HIV Changes Everything

published: May, 07, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Many people know Bob Leahy, but how many people know his story. From ivory-tower banker to AIDS activist to PositiveLite.com Editor, Bob says it’s been one positive experience.

HIV Changes Everything

This article first appeared in Bob’s other blog on The Body, which you can find here.  Not everyone knows this but I used to be a banker.  I wore a three-piece suit and tie every day, and poured over statistics and reports and numbers and, well just bleh stuff, on the fifty-second floor of an ivory (no, stainless-steel and glass clad) tower in the financial district of downtown Toronto.  Not corner office, yet, but close to that. I had a fancy title and a lovely view, but my head was do

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