About Andrew Walsh

Andrew Walsh is the founder of Social Web Q and A and its parent entity SocialWebEnterprises.com. He is also a college instructor and reference librarian as well as the author of Savvy for the Social Web: The New Skills You Need to Survive and Thrive in the Digital Age. Follow him on Twitter!

Notetaking: Should I Write by Hand or Go Digital?

Note-taking is another entry in that seemingly endless list of activities that have been transformed by the digital age. Today we can take notes using tablet and stylus; we can lug laptops to meetings; we can snap pictures of slides and whiteboards; we can even employ Siri to take down our notes for us. But […]

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How I Use It: Advantages of Google Inbox

When discussing the pros and cons of email as a communication medium, we typically start with some fundamental assumptions. An email inbox is a long chronological archive of messages. Messages are either read or unread, and after reading you can keep them in your archive or delete them. Over the years, our email experience has […]

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Security Risks On the Internet of Things: Will They Hack My Car?

Charlie Miller has been hacking computers and phones for over a decade. His ends aren’t nefarious, however: he’s a security researcher working to expose vulnerabilities that will ultimately make our systems safer. In order to raise public consciousness of the issues at stake, he’s been hoping to hack something less techy and abstract that would […]

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Gmail Advanced Search Tips: Cutting Through That Inbox Clutter

Google products are known for their usability and uncluttered interfaces. This is great for novices, but users who demand more precision can be left frustrated as their basic keyword searches yield masses of irrelevant results. Gmail is one service in particular where it can be difficult to sift through a huge library of emails trying […]

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Continuous Partial Attention on the Social Web: Beneficial or Dangerous?

In today’s environment of constant connectivity, we routinely slog through multiple tasks in a single session. Blinking notifications pull us away from whatever we had been doing to something more pressing. We surf the web by opening up multiple browser tabs and scrolling back and forth between various articles, email accounts, social media streams and other types […]

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Can Microsoft Office Stay Relevant for a Future in the Cloud?

Microsoft Office has remained the industry standard for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations for many years, an impressive feat. But in terms of meaningful innovation, there hasn’t been a whole lot lately. Sure, there have been plenty of Office updates (too many, some would say), but they are mainly cosmetic changes and bundles of new “features” […]

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More Than Just MOOCs: The Major Types of Online Education Today

Online education is often talked about as a homogeneous force poised to either bring radically improved education to every corner of the globe or ruin learning and knowledge as we know it. But in reality there are many different types of online education across which generalizations can’t be made. A more nuanced understanding of these varieties, […]

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Is Amazon Poised for World Domination?

Amazon is often portrayed in the media as an unstoppable behemoth indiscriminately crushing everything from indie bookstores to big box stores on its way to world domination. But recently more have started to question that narrative. Amazon’s July attempt at entering the smartphone market was a highly-publicized disaster, but critics are pointing to far more […]

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Best Tools to Visualize Text with a Word Cloud

Visualizing a chunk of text into a word cloud, which sizes and styles words based on their frequency, is a versatile technique. The idea likely first emerged on blogging and social networks in the mid-2000s as “tag clouds,” which visualized social media metadata mainly as a navigational aid. (You could click on the word “Technology” […]

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Staring at Screens Too Long – Is It Bad for My Health?

These days, not many of us earn our paychecks by laboring out in the fields or at a factory. The transition to a knowledge economy has resulted in some great advantages, but it also means that more and more jobs now consist of sitting at a desk all day starting at a computer. New research […]

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