By: Alexandra Samuel  09-12-2011

Facebook your kids? Tweet your granny? E-mail your sister? However you want to connect with (or avoid) your family members, networks can help. This page has inspiration, strategies and advice on how to harness technology to creating the family relationships you want.

You’ll find that a lot of these articles reflect my current stage of life as the mother of two young kids. But I also round up news about how Facebook, FourSquare, Twitter and other social media tools affect teens, aging parents and other family dynamics.

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40 years online

I’ve spent the past 40 days looking back at the Internet, so I’m spending today looking forward. For my 40th birthday, I’d love to hear your answer to that question. How can you make the most of your time online.



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Social media for productivity

Sometimes social media feels like the thing we’re trying to cope with, and sometimes it feels like the thing that can help us cope. You’ll find that most of the posts in this category combine established web tools with my own recommended workflow or practices. The posts here focus on project management, contact management and time management tools and strategies.