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Nicole Hollway

Nicole Hollway

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Every morning when I wake up, the first thing I do is reach for my phone and check my email and my Facebook notifications. If there are no notifications and no children needing breakfast, I peruse my Facebook feed.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Brad Paisley released a song featuring LL Cool J. 

The song is called "Accidental Racist" (off of Paisley's new album, Wheelhouse).

The internet has exploded.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: This week, the Beacon has been hosting open mics in four areas that have been getting help in identifying how arts can help them and that may get further aid through the Kresge Foundation.

These events have come at the end of a series of meetings in and exploration of Old North, Midtown, the Garden District and an expanded Loop done under the auspices of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation with support from Arts & Education Council and Regional Arts Commission. The goal is to build collaboration and develop ideas from within neighborhoods rather than bringing in outside organizations to plan.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 14, 2012 - As Facebook users have noticed, the newsfeed (main page where you view your connection's updates and posts) has begun to group posts by topic. So, on Super Bowl night, you would see "29 of your friends posted about the Super Bowl" and it would show you the first few, then an option to "see all 29 posts"). As with all Facebook features, I'm sure some hate this, while others find it convenient. Regardless of preference, Whitney Houston's passing threw its usefulness for a loop.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 7, 2012 - The Miriam-Webster definition for "Social Media" is as follows: forms of electronic communication (as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages and other content (as videos).

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 27, 2011 - At this point, it's as part of the vernacular as "boy meets girl": Facebook makes changes. Everyone is confused by changes. Everyone rails (using the new features they are complaining about - how meta!). Everyone threatens to breakup with Facebook. Nobody does.

The recent changes are a pretty major shift. I guess.

Quality, not quantity

The web has a sickness. Well, it has a few, but the one I'm referring to today is the "eyeball trap."

A few major assumptions lead to this sickness:

A crazy thing happened last week. A friend of mine, chief executive of Nurses for Newborns Foundation, posted a Facebook status noting that their diaper reserves had been reduced to zero. For those who are not familiar with Facebook, the "Status" is a line of text at the top of your profile that some update more than others and people use to convey everything from the weather to how they are feeling to true confessions. When you log in to Facebook, the home page displays status updates and other postings from your circle of friends in chronological order.

As some of you likely encountered, last weekend construction wreaked havoc on Interstate 55/70 between Missouri and Illinois. Though I did my best to listen closely on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning as KMOX gave us repeated fair warning, all I retained was a 90 percent certainty that it was going to be a mess, and it was going to start at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Last week, the location wars got serious. The same day that Foursquare was featured in the New York Times Fashion & Style section, Facebook launched its Places application.

Last week, Slate published an article, "How Blacks Use Twitter: The latest research on race and microblogging."  Now, I'll admit that I can't tell you why, but my general sense of Slate is that it's intelligent, thoughtful, edgy. So when I clicked through to the article I expected something, well, intelligent, thoughtful and edgy.

True confessions: I'm a technology evangelist.

I get really, really excited when technology is used to take an everyday need, habit, task or interest and make it somehow easier, better, indispensable, more accessible. Often, this takes things to the next level, creating space for new thoughts, new habits, new norms. Wash, rinse, repeat.