Keeping in Touch

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It’s pretty obvious but when you live abroad it’s important to keep in touch with your friends and family from home (or other parts of the world). Some connections will weaken with time, which is normal, but it’s a shame to lose touch altogether especially with all of this free technology around us that’s making the world smaller. So what are same of the best ways to do so?

Social media is probably the most popular choice, as most people are already on Facebook. Twitter is good for quick updates and sharing interesting finds. Skype is amazing because you get to talk for free and you can also add money to your account and call/text phones. From a very different perspective, instead of sending a long email, why not write it down on paper? It may seem archaic but snail mail is so personal and fun to receive.

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Snail Mail

Your friends and family will want to hear all about your worldly adventures and you’ll probably get tired of retelling the same stories over and over. So here’s an idea, why not start your own blog? They’re a great way of updating everyone at once and in a way, making your memories more permanent. If you’ve never blogged before, it’s pretty intuitive and can be self taught. If you’re still unsure, there are also tons of websites that teach you how to blog.

Staying Organized

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There is so much information on the internet so where do I start? Luckily for this assignment there were some specific requirements. We have to use:

1) A social network platform – Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (yeah, right!). There’s way more out there than I thought! I chose Twitter.

2) A news aggregator – This was a new concept to me and I went with Feedly. I really like it so far and it even inspired me to add an extra research question. There are many lists of the ‘best’ ones, and here’s one of those lists.

3) A blog – Plenty to choose from but I’ve used WordPress before and find it pretty user friendly. Here are some opinions of the best sites to use.

4) A social bookmarking component – Again a new concept for me, I went with Delicious, mostly because I liked the name! I don’t fully see the value of this yet, maybe I have to play around with it more. There’s a whole website dedicated to the best ones.

With all these (free) resources available, I wonder what I’ve been doing with the hours I’ve spent online!