Social Media Matters: Thai man arrested for Facebook updates

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
Metro section

Thai man arrested for Facebook updates

According to a BBC report, a Thai man has been arrested for insulting the country’s royal family on Facebook. Surapak Puchaieseng is accused of posting images and messages that are considered unacceptable under Thai law, which makes it clear that the royal family is off limits for such criticism.

Puchaieseng denies the allegations but is currently being held in jail in Bangkok. If found guilty, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

I think it’s safe to say there wouldn’t be many people left walking free on the streets of the Commonwealth if such a law existed in the group of countries that includes Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.

Advice for job hunters

I’ve noticed a few people who are seeking employment and who also happen to be active on social media. While some are perfectly professional online, it’s important to rein in any potty-mouth tendencies if you’re looking for a job.

Most people in your network would be perfectly pleased to help you find work, but remember that they also have their own reputation to worry about. If you’re constantly using the “F” word or otherwise cursing in your status updates, it will only make people in your network hesitant about recommending you. The same would go for negative status updates. Be on your best online behaviour if you’re looking for work.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Each week, I feature three YouTube channels that you may want to check out. All subscriber numbers are as of Sept. 5. Since I’ve just become a “man who knits,” I thought I’d share some popular knitting/crochet-related YouTube channels.

Cyberseams (8,696 subscribers): Cyberseams has uploaded nearly 70 how-to instructional videos on knitting – from beginner to more advanced. With more than seven million channel views, it’s definitely one of the go-to knitting channels on YouTube. Most popular video: How to Knit – The Basics (2,542,894 views).

Crafting with Mikey (20,894 subscribers): Walkerton, Ont.-based Michael Sellick’s popular channel features how-to instructional videos on crochet, loom knitting and jewelry making. The type of knitting I’ve just started doing is called loom knitting – which means I use a loom and not the needles used by most knitters. I was happy to find a YouTube channel that is specifically dedicated to helping loom knitters like me! Most popular video: Crochet a Blanket – Starting and Finishing (280,756 views).

Knitting Tips by Judy (8,191 subscribers): Based in Indianapolis, Ind., Judy has 135 knitting instructional videos uploaded to her channel. Most popular video: How to Knit on Circular Needles Video (330,718 views). With nearly four million channel views, Judy is another YouTube authority on knitting.

Facebook gets royal thumbs-down

Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Phillips, says Facebook is “dangerous” and that she’d rather pick up a telephone or use Skype to have a real-life person-to-person conversation. Phillips, who is Queen Elizabeth’s eldest granddaughter, was quoted in an interview with Tatler magazine as saying, “I think Facebook’s dangerous. So many people I know get into trouble with Facebook.”

Phillips, aged 30 and 12th in line to the British throne, stands in stark contrast to her 85-year-old grandmother, who has an official Facebook page and Twitter account.

Fitness training via Skype

It seems like Zara Phillips isn’t the only one in the U.K. who loves Skype. In fact, Welsh fitness trainer John Bruno now offers fitness training via Skype, according to an article by Rachel Mainwaring published in the Western Mail. To access the services of a personal trainer, this usually meant meeting in person either at a gym or at home. Times are changing on that front, Mr. Bruno suggests.

“It’s basically a brand new way of exercising that you can do in the comfort of your own home, a hotel room or an office anywhere in the world,” he was quoted as saying in the article.

“It doesn’t matter where you are, as long as you have Wi-Fi access, you can switch on Skype via a camera on your computer, connect up with me and we can do anything from pilates, to personal training to motivational coaching. It’s like having me in the room with you but without any of the hassle of driving to a gym,” he said. “The great thing about Skype is that the clients can stop and ask me anything; it’s not like a DVD, I’m there, literally in the room with them, so they can ask me anything they like. And they can also see me, so they are not missing out on any type of instruction.”

It may be only a matter of time until personal fitness trainers as a group adopt Skype to their list of tools to use when meeting with clients. The trend has begun!

Twitter updates cause terror

Gilberto Martinez Vera (@gilius_22) and Maria de Jesus Bravo Pagola (@MARUCHIBRAVO) are in jail in Mexico after allegedly spreading rumours online of an attack on a school. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the updates caused mass hysteria among parents, many of whom rushed to get their children before the “attacks” began. The government blames more than 30 car accidents on the updates. Martinez and Pagola face up to 30 years in jail.

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