Bath-Knight Facebook Timeline

April 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Some of you might already be aware that Bath-Knight has both Twitter and Facebook accounts. The team and I use these platforms as an extension to our website as they are great places to communicate with our customers online.

Recently Facebook announced that they would be changing all Facebook business pages to the new ‘timeline’ layout so on 31st March we made the switch to a timeline format.

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Bath-Knight's Timeline on Facebook

To accommodate the change we’ve added new images, including a cover photo which shows our product range in its entirety and a new and improved welcome page. The content on Bath-Knight’s timeline will remain very similar to before and include details of blog updates and news stories that we feel will be relevant to you, plus links to our product pages on the official Bath-Knight website.

Facebook is a fantastic place to get online and share your thoughts so if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook by clicking the ‘Like’ button. Feel free to comment on our post and even share them with friends. Look forward to seeing you there!

Check out Bath-Knight on Facebook today – www.Facebook.com/BathKnight

The Anti-Social Network with Richard Bacon – Internet Trolling

March 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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On Monday evening I watched The Anti-Social Network, a documentary on BBC Three which was created by TV presenter and broadcaster Richard Bacon. The show looked into how the internet has become riddled with cyber bullying, now referred to as “trolling”, and the catastrophic effect that such has had on thousands of internet users.

Trolling is now common place on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and Richard Bacon has been a victim of trolling himself. Startlingly statistics reckon that a third of people aged 11-17 have experienced cyber bullying in one form or another since creating social network accounts.

Online bullies appear to range from school children tormenting their classmates to anonymous “trolls” mercilessly searching the internet to find innocent victims. Disturbingly it would appear that memorial accounts or RIP pages on Facebook are often targeted by trolls.

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Richard Bacon created The Anti-Social Network

On Monday night’s programme we were shown two cases of RIP pages been targeted with abusive messages and defaced images. Sickeningly both pages were commemorating the lives of young boys who had sadly died; the effect of trolling on their families was devastating to see.

Watching the documentary I felt utterly disgusted and angry. It’s heart breaking to hear that people are getting abused so viciously and often suffering in silence because they are too afraid to tell family and friends about the bullying. It’s also frustrating because there appears to be little that social networking sites can do to safeguard internet users against trolls.

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Cyber bullies often target Facebook & Twitter

Although the police have brought in a law to help stop trolling, only two people have been jailed under it because trolls, especially those who troll anonymously, work their way around social networking sites so strategically. Stealing other people’s identities’ to cover up their own or even creating fake names so as not to be traced.

As an advocate of the internet- I wrote a blog earlier this week encouraging people to get online as its Age UK’s myfriends online week– I’m obviously concerned that trolling will put people off getting online. Instead of avoiding the internet because of cyber bullying simple be aware of trolling and safeguard yourself. Ensure to keep an eye on your account and report any abuse to the appropriate site or police.

I would definitely recommend watch The Anti-Social Network which is on BBC Iplayer now.

Myfriends Online Week- what do you love about the internet?

March 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week Age UK are hosting Myfriends online week (19th -25th March 2012) an annual initiative that encourages older people to see the benefits of using the internet particularly focusing on how the internet can keep you socially active.

During this week Age UK will be holding Myfriends online week events across the country, helping people who don’t use the internet to take their first step in doing so and explaining the countless benefits that the internet has to offer.

To kick start Myfriends online week Age UK took to social media platform Twitter this morning, asking people why they love the internet and they have received all different sorts of answers. Some people love the internet because it’s so convenient, other like that they can shop online but most people love how they are able to keep in touch with friends and family via the web.

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Age UK's Myfriends online week 19th-25th March 2012

I love the internet because it is so multi-functional. I use the internet in both my professional and personal life and it has become hugely important. Not only is information available at the touch of a button but so are my customers and friends and family.

Over time I’ve learnt how to use all different sorts of online platforms to keep in touch with people and I’ve benefited hugely. Like most people in business I e-mail constantly and have found Facebook to be a great area for both personal and business purposes. However, I’m most fond of using Skype’s video calling service as it completely free and a great way to see my family and friends who are dotted across the globe.

I really couldn’t recommend social platforms as Facebook, Twitter, E-Mail and Skype highly enough as they truly do enable people to become more sociable and are all free and easy to use once you know how- check out a local Myfriend online event for extra help!

But my online guilty pleasure has to BBC iPlayer which stores television programmes shown across all BBC channels and allows internet users to watch whenever they like. It’s perfect if you forget to tune into your favourite programme or forgot to press record.

Take a step and go online!

World Cancer day 2012

February 3, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Saturday 4th February is World Cancer Day. Recognised around the world, it’s a day which offers the chance to remember those who have suffered and died from cancer. But also creates the perfect opportunity to come together and raise awareness of the many different types of cancer, educate people on how to safeguard themselves and create positive change.

As it’s estimated that ‘1 in 3 cancer deaths can be prevented through changing lifestyle habits’, this year’s World Cancer Day is promoting the theme ‘Stand Up and Do Something’, encouraging everyone to make a positive change to their life.

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This year supporters can join World Cancer Day online with the Facebook Application which has prompted hundreds of people to pledge a change. I think using online resources such as Facebook offers a fantastic way to get people involved, plus other people’s suggestions offer great inspiration.

Change can be anything from eating healthier, getting more active, lightening your work load to reduce stress or even attending medical check-up. All are incredibly simple but extremely effective.

Happy World Cancer Day 2012!


The technologies which are getting elderly people online quick!

July 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’ve come across a really interesting article on The Guardian online, which displays some wonderful statistics regarding how mature people are getting online and becoming more favourable with technology.

The information taken from AARP – The American Association of Retired People focuses directly on mature people’s involvement in the digital age. I’m sure elderly focused organisation and charities, along with the UK’s Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox will agree that these figures are fantastic and a real pleasure to read.

baby boomers on the internet

The facts to prove technology isn’t as alien to elderly people as some might think-

  • Over-65s are joining Facebook faster than any other age group’
  • ‘The fastest-growing demographic on the dating site Match.com is the over-50s’
  • ‘60% of baby boomers in the US (almost 47 million people) are consumers of social media including blogs, forums, podcasts and online videos’

The article, which focused primarily around care and housing provider ‘Housing 21’,  features fantastic tales of elderly people using online sources such as Facebook, Google maps, Google search and voice recognition to revitalise their lives or relive the past.

Personally I feel really impressed and inspired to know that elderly people are willing to try something new like the internet or social media. It’s great feeling to think that more of my customer base is trying to get online and connected.

Overall these statistics come as a huge relief for many who are trying to encourage their elderly friends and relatives to get online. Providing proof that technology is something to be welcomed rather than ignored.

AARP video- packed with facts and figures about baby boomers online!

Helpful online guides from Age UK’s myfriends online week

March 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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 Age UK Myfriends Online Week easy to use guide

Yesterday I blogged about Age UK’s ‘myfriends online week’, a campaign which wants to help elderly people discover the social side of the internet with the help of their relatives and close friends.

In ‘We’re supporting Age UK’s myfriends online week’ I spoke about how online resources such as Skype can be extremely beneficial to users who maybe communicating with friends and family abroad and attached an easy to use guide.

Focusing my thoughts on the benefits of Skype I found myself thinking about how other online networks can really impact the lives of elderly people who are new to the web.

Age UK have published easy to use guides on websites that they believe will encourage elderly people to become more sociable online. The guides are really easy to follow, have brilliant links and helpful step by step instructions- perfect!

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Elderly people enjoying a conversation via Skype

Age UK’s online guides include ‘How to…’ Facebook, Twitter, Email, Skype and get online in a more general sense, which means that there is plenty of help on hand if you get stuck anywhere along the way.

I’m really impressed with the website choices that Age UK have made. As everyone has a Facebook account these days I think that encouraging elderly people to get a profile is wonderful. It makes sharing photos, events and general day to day happenings with family and friends so easy. An elderly person who is connected to their family via simply having a Facebook profile can feel so much involved!

Twitter is a great choice for anyone as it is so simple to use.  You can follow anyone and everyone from friends, to favourite celebrities and even companies and brands which you like. It’s perfect for getting quick snippets of information and has been famously used by elderly people in the past to document their lives.

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The late Ivy bean- one of the world oldest Twitters users

The late Ivy Bean was 104 when she died, Ivy used to tweet from her nursing home, talking about her life in general from her health to what she was having for dinner. Ivy found the online networking site a great way of making new friends and staying engaged with the world outside of her care home. So social networking really can make a difference and be beneficial to elderly people who are getting online.

I find it really encouraging to see Age UK willing people on, getting people to local events and persuading families to help. Hopefully so much support will allow more elderly people to discover the social side of the internet.

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2010 at 9:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It is my last blog of the year and what a wonderful year it has been.

Here at Bath-Knight we have had an exciting digital year, developing our presence online and working hard to make the most of online resources.

I am extremely happy to be part of the digital movement, now an active user on Twitter, where we follow our customers, fellow mobility aid services, generous charities and the odd celebrity.

As I have encouraged my readers to get online to see the benefits it has to offer myself and the team have done the same. Creating a Facebook page especially for Bath-Knight and also for Portia the office dog, we wouldn’t want her to feel left out of our exciting adventure into the digital world. Here I can view customer profiles, upload photographs and get involved in conversations.

Finally, I have ventured into the blogsphere right here on wordpress. It is a wonderful place to note down what is happening in and around Bath-Knight. From marathons for wonderful charities, plans of a MoonWalk around the beautiful city of Edinburgh, celebratory occasions in the office, sharing campaigns which I think will really be beneficial to you and finally sharing my ideas, recipes and personal thoughts.

I have thoroughly enjoyed our step into the digital world and hope that 2011 brings more excitement, blog views and twitter followers.

Bath-Knight is taking a short time out to enjoy the Christmas period. We will be back on 4th January 2011 with some great blog ideas for you to look forward to!

I and all at Bath-Knight wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New year!

Take care and stay warm.
Annette.

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