Jamie Butow

  • Jamie Butow, Californian community engagement coordinator.

    JAMIE BUTOW: Does the Internet make or break a relationship?

    Do you share your password with your spouse or significant other? Do you have joint email and social media accounts? Have postings online been a source of tension in your relationship? It's not much of a leap to say that the use of the Internet is woven into just about everything we do.

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    JAMIE BUTOW: Reporting tools change with growth of social media

    Way back in the dark-ages of journalism, reporters and editors used to flock to the lobby on the day new phone books arrived. These were super-valuable (and still are in many cases) as we went off to find sources for stories. When I was in journalism school in the early '90s, my

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    JAMIE BUTOW: The day Richard Sherman blew up the Internet

    "Oh dear lord." That's what was going through my mind as I watched Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman seemingly lose his marbles on TV after they won the NFC Championship. "This is going viral," was my next thought. "At least it's not the guy breaking his knee

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    JAMIE BUTOW: Live, laugh, love and click the 'share' button wisely

    My family moved to a new city in the middle of my fourth-grade year. One Friday I left my old school and on Monday I started at a new school. I was 9 years old and nervous that no one would like me. I wanted these kids to like me. I smiled and laughed and complimented my classmates, all in hopes

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    JAMIE BUTOW: A little advice for tablet buyers

    Kindle, iPad, Nook, Galaxy, Nexus and Surface. Are you confused? You're not alone. Heck, I own one and use several others regularly and I can't keep up with who has the latest what on the market. Last week as I was driving my son to school and listening to our morning radio show, First

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    JAMIE BUTOW: You have to interact on Facebook to see more

    Have you ever "Liked" a page on Facebook and weeks later wondered why that person or business hadn't posted anything? Have you ever gone to their page and seen that they have been posting updates and assumed you just somehow missed them in your Facebook news feed? You aren't

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    JAMIE BUTOW: Halloween's a great topic on social media

    I have long said my two favorite days of the year on social media are the first day of school and Halloween. I just love seeing pictures of all my friends' kids as they set out in new clothes with new backpacks for a new school year. I get that same joy on Halloween when kids are so

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    JAMIE BUTOW: Facebook gives itself a big gift: teen data

    If any parents out there have had any reservations about letting their teens join Facebook, here's something else to add to your "no" list. For some time Facebook has limited those younger than 18 years old from posting publicly. That means your teen could only share status updates

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    JAMIE BUTOW: #Condorstown kicks social media into high gear

    Friday is opening night for the Bakersfield Condors hockey team, which means Kevin Bartl, Ryan Holt and their minions have ramped up the social media presence. And that's saying a lot considering they are pretty active on Twitter all year long. For example recently on the @Condors Twitter

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    JAMIE BUTOW: Readers react to shutdown, CPR legislation

    The government shutdown -- or slimdown, whatever you want to call it -- is obviously provoking a lot of discussion. Here's a sampling of comments on a recent article on a Highway 65 gas pipeline project that's on hold because federal workers are on furlough. "Be sure and call up

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    JAMIE BUTOW: TV isn't just for watching these days

    How many times have you started watching your favorite TV show and heard an announcer say, "Sync your mobile device to blah blah blah .com now for your second screen experience." Watching TV is now more than just watching TV. Networks are all but standing on their heads to get

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    JAMIE BUTOW: Crime, #kcfair and George Takei making headlines

    I love Harvey Levin. I'm just going to say that right off the bat. Levin is a television producer and a lawyer and is the founder of celebrity news website TMZ.com. What I love about this guy is that he puts the news in celebrity news. Case in point: Last week it was widely reported that a

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    JAMIE BUTOW: Changes made to online comments, still anonymous

    Many frequent Bakersfield.com readers noticed a change in the online commenting system recently. While change is always difficult, we hope you're finding the new system better and easier to use. Here's a look at some of the new features available with the Disqus-powered commenting

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    JAMIE BUTOW: We're kicking up live high school football coverage

    I've spent the past few weeks writing about heavy topics as kids went back to school and suddenly wanted to be on various social networks such as Ask.fm and Instagram. So time to lighten it up a bit. One of the great things about this time of year is high school football. Sports Reporter

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    JAMIE BUTOW: Preventing cyberbullying is a joint effort

    "You need to quit writing or whatever you do with my man." "god you make me sick" "dude u r so ugly, i dont see how a girl as pretty as lily goes out with ur ugly a**." Those are just three of the "questions" I found posed anonymously to two Bakersfield

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    JAMIE BUTOW: Parents, arm yourself with social media information

    As kids of all ages have gone back to school in recent weeks, many parents are hearing, "Can I join this site? All my friends are on it." Many tweens are probably predicting their early and painful deaths if not allowed to have an Instagram or Facebook account. Maybe they are trying to

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    JAMIE BUTOW: New school year brings new video game rules

    I'm back from vacation, where I decompressed and disconnected, and am now ready to roll. I'm a big proponent of getting out of town for a change of scenery every so often. For this particular vacation I was lucky enough to escape to Silver Lake where we camped, rode horses, hiked and