18 November 2010

Before 2011… How did our previous predictions fare?

Before my boss and Tamar’s CEO Tanya Goodin makes her predictions for 2011 (in what has become an annual tradition, not just here at Tamar but in the industry as a whole) I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the previous predictions we’ve made, to see how well we did. If you’re feeling …

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15 October 2010

Check-in’ out the location-based apps, Pt 5 – SCVNGR

This is the final post in a series of five blogs, looking at some of the major players in the location-based app business – FourSquare, Gowalla, Facebook Places, Yelp and SCVNGR. As well as looking at the pro’s and cons of each for users of the service, I’m taking a look at what opportunities they present for brands and services …

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14 October 2010

Check-in’ out the location-based apps, Pt 4 – Yelp

This is the fourth in a series of five blogs, looking at some of the major players in the location-based app business – FourSquare, Gowalla, Facebook Places, Yelp and SCVNGR. As well as looking at the pro’s and cons of each for users of the service, I’m taking a look at what opportunities they present for brands and services who …

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13 October 2010

Check-in’ out the location-based apps, Pt 3 – Facebook Places

This is the third in a series of five blogs, looking at some of the major players in the location-based app business – FourSquare, Gowalla, Facebook Places, Yelp and SCVNGR. As well as looking at the pro’s and cons of each for users of the service, I’m taking a look at what opportunities they present for brands and services who …

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12 October 2010

Check-in’ out the location-based apps, Pt 2 – Gowalla

This is the second in a series of five blogs, looking at some of the major players in the location-based app business – FourSquare, Gowalla, Facebook Places, Yelp and SCVNGR. As well as looking at the pro’s and cons of each for users of the service, I’m taking a look at what opportunities they present for brands and services who …

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11 October 2010

Check-in’ out the location-based apps, Pt 1 – FourSquare

This is the first in a series of five blogs, looking at some of the major players in the location-based app business – FourSquare, Gowalla, Facebook Places, Yelp and SCVNGR. As well as looking at the pro’s and cons of each for users of the service, I’m taking a look at what opportunities they present for brands and services who …

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17 September 2010

Facebook Places arrives on UK shores; Nobody surprised

At about 7.45 this morning, Facebook held an event here in London to launch a ‘secret’ new service. This may well be the worst-kept secret I’ve EVER seen! : ) The moment the event was announced, Twitter (ironically) was a-buzz with speculation about what it could be – most agreed that it was either the UK-launch of ‘Facebook Places’, or …

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15 September 2010

Meet the new Twitter – same service, whole new style

Unless you got a particularly long lie-in this morning, you’ll no doubt have seen the buzz currently going around about the brand new Twitter interface – announced last night by the Twitter team. Launched with a very jazzy-looking (but ultimately fairly un-revolutionary) video and an explantory page at http://twitter.com/newtwitter, the new interface has gone a long way to answering Twitter’s …

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10 September 2010

Epictetus – The father of social media?

If you’re the sort of person that has to do or see lots of presentations, you’ll know how people love to sprinkle relevant quotes in to their powerpoints and keynote decks, to keep you interested. I’m just as guilty as the next man – and one of my favourite people to quote is the late (very late) great philosopher, Epictetus. …

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27 August 2010

Big changes for Google real-time search results

Big changes for Google’s dynamic and constantly refreshing stream of real time search results or “updates” vertical.  Google real time search results are now incorporating geographic targeting, so sentiment, attitudes, and buzz can be measured by location. Also, Google Alerts, Google’s free content monitoring service, now has the option to incorporate real time results in alerts; this includes results from …

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