Virtual Version‎ > ‎Members‎ > ‎Co-Directors‎ > ‎

Jess Maher

Consultant's Name         |

Email Address                 |

LinkedIn Profile             |

Twitter Account              |

Speciality Areas             |

Jess Maher 



social media, social networking sites, social media policy, human resource strategy, knowledge & information management, business development, business process design, administration, small business management & employment relations

Community Hall Hire in Auckland

posted Oct 15, 2010, 8:33 AM by Jess Maher   [ updated Oct 15, 2010, 8:49 AM by Unknown user ]

INFO-GRAPHICS: potentially one of the most overlooked and under utilised tool widely avaliable

posted Oct 15, 2010, 12:40 AM by Jess Maher   [ updated Oct 17, 2010, 11:31 PM by Unknown user ]

Gotta love the info-graphics, particularly for Facebook pages etc, I personally think they are one of the most overlooked and under utilised tool which can be as simple or artistic as you like. Often, when doing them myself, I will use even paint or publisher to do these, or draw them by hand and take a photo to upload. The point is, you need no special tools or skills and they can be used for anything really... 

Some of my favourites around social media can be found below (which are all available on our AssistNZ Facebook page);

Using reporting diagrams and extra detail... 

and for good measure a slightly more basic one of ours.... 

A more detailed detail kind of info-graphic..

or with a few paragraphs of information even.... 

and why not screen shot any promotional material for your Facebook pages, this example is very wordy for these purposes but it is aimed at our consultants whom we think might need abit more information than normal, but its all in context... I think that could really be one of the keys when I think about it.. .

it is really simple to use the badges or widgets which certain networking sites like Twitter, or other free services available online, such as, provide can easily be captured as an image and uploaded as an image on your personal or business page on Facebook for example... a picture is easy to view and lets face it, if we don't have to read anything to get the point, depending on your medium, sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words..

What am I personally trying to achieve...?

posted Oct 15, 2010, 12:35 AM by Jess Maher   [ updated Oct 15, 2010, 12:37 AM by Unknown user ]

My personal aim is to change the nature of the workforce in society. The current structures which govern many of the roles and expectations in our communities are very much out of sync with what creates real value for society. While the paternal nature of employment is understandable, it is far from preferable. While the objectives of capitalist, free market societies are limited to $ alone, the employee will remain a paid servant to their employer.

Babies on Social Media: a log of your whole life...

posted Oct 14, 2010, 11:26 PM by Jess Maher   [ updated Oct 14, 2010, 11:26 PM by Unknown user ]

Have often discussed the reality that many of my friends whom are now having children, will have been featured on Facebook even before birth! This indicates more and more of the next generation will have thier whole lives layed out on social networking sites potentially still there for them to look at years into the future...

TV1 News Reports on Facebook Page of Name Suppressed Individual in James Webster Case

posted Oct 8, 2010, 12:03 AM by Jess Maher   [ updated Oct 8, 2010, 3:14 AM by Unknown user ]

Watching the news this evening, the recent alcohol related death of Kings College student, James Webster, was again a topic of disucssion as the court case unfolds this week. One particular individual, who currently has name suppression, a 17 yr old who had supplied the alcohol to James in this case found himself the subject of one particular element of this 'headlines' hookline'. Despite his name suppression, in relatively non explicit terms, the report focused on the incongruence of his statement in court and what had been said + posted on his facebook page. Without revealing his name or profile, the reporter discussed how he had bragged about his extensive heavy drinking and apparent lap dances and drinking in a strip club which was posted only a month ago. 

Yet in court, the teenager could be heard, through name suppression ordered voice distortion, to proclaim he had really learnt his lesson through this tragic incident, which had occured on the 9th of May this year... Clearly this is one example of just how much many people seem to overlook the real life implications of their behaviour online. Despite the name + voice suppression, I think it would be fair to say that anyone with close involvement to either this tragic accident or the proceeding court case, would likely not need to see the face or hear the voice of this person to identify them. Considering the limited other cases which have related to social media, we certainly wouldn't be surprised if this individual were to face legal repercussions as a result of such online disclosures. 

Whilst such digital record in this case potentially could face argument in an attempt to to be thrown out of court as inadmissible, one may assume a significant degree of this argument would rest heavily as to the location, validity and accessiblity of the public to these posts. It is easy to imagine a situation where the admissibility into evidence of facebook posts could depend on what privacy settings were used! Regardless, even in such case where these posts may potentially not be admissible and as such ignored by the courts, judge + jury, clearly this does not exclude attention from the media. Even if not relevant to assessing this particular individuals creditability and/or responsibility in this case, its pretty safe to say the courts don't tend to like it when statements made in court are not consistent with out of court records.

Considering recent case rulings, the precedents set have considered online postings to be just as public from a legal perspective as printing such comments onto flyers and distributing them in your neighbours letterboxes. Given the recent public ruling of blogger Whaleoil, (who ironically had been charged over revealing names of individuals in high profile cases that had been protected by the courts under name suppression) the judge stated that unlike conversations, online posts provide a written record which is publicly accessible.
We found some great insights and references from the awesome outline of the rulings from the Whaleoil case (Police v Slater) which was found on Kiwi Blog, developed by David Farrar. On here, he states that the rulings of this case "presumably applies to Twitter and Facebook also. (quoting the judges' ruling as) Even if the blog were to be accessible by means of subscription; with a login and a password it could well in my view be subject to the same constraints" (Farrar, 2010).

Makes you wonder how many people realise that what they say on Facebook really has real life impacts, it even could be brought against them in the courts...

Posted by Jess Maher, 
AssistNZ Ltd
(8 Oct, 2010)

1-5 of 5