16 July 2009

Turkey rockets past Canada to be Facebook No. 3

As you will know if you’re a regular reader of the Tamar blog, I like to keep an eye on how Facebook is doing around the world, with my occassional “Top 10 Facebook-using countries” posts. I should point out that I’d dearly *love* to be doing this for some of the other big social media sites too, but as it …

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7 July 2009

How is Twitter coping with trend spam?

The problem of “trend spam” has been raising it’s ugly head more and more lately. For those of you who aren’t as geeky about Twitter as I am, here’s what trend spam is in a nutshell: Twitter’s trending topics list is a top 10 list of things people are discussing on Twitter at any one time, ranked according to activity. Until very recently it didn’t raise a lot of people’s ire, and served as quite a useful way of not only picking up on global events (Michael Jackson’s death was probably revealed to a lot of people via the trends, for instance) but also a great way for some of the comedy elements of Twitter to spread and grow.

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1 July 2009

Changes to Twitter welcomed by users

If only Facebook were so keen to keep their users happy! Twitter unveiled some snazzy new additions to their site today, in the form of an improved experience for browsing your followers / friends list. The new feature gives you a lot more options when browsing these lists (an essential task when trying to find interesting people to follow), including …

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5 June 2009

Apprentice candidates de-optimised for TV?

Over the past few weeks I, like a lot of people, have been watching the BBC’s Apprentice with great interest. As a bit of a social media buff (I wouldn’t dare call myself a guru!) I’ve always been very keen on seeing what sort of discussions are going on online around the various candidates. But what Apprentice fans won’t be …

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26 May 2009

MySpace adds profile designer… at last

In a move which could be seen as closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, MySpace are publicising their brand new “Profiles 2.0” this week, which allows users to choose from a massive range of profile themes and designs. Whilst this is surely an exciting move for MySpace, it’s not exactly a trail-blazing move in the world of …

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18 May 2009

Wolfram Alpha – C3PO… but with less personality

Will the new scientific search engine change the way we search for things? Unless you’ve been living under a large rock for the past few weeks (online), you’ll have noticed the increasing hype around the new “Wolfram Alpha” search engine, which is launching officially today. For those of you that aren’t yet familar, here’s a nutshell-sized explanation of what WA …

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13 May 2009

Twitter FAIL – @replies and support

Twitter is a-buzz this morning with reactions to the news that Twitter have updated their system to change the way you see replies. Specifically, it affects the way you see replies from people that you *don’t* follow yourself. According to @Biz on the official blog: “Based on usage patterns and feedback, we’ve learned most people want to see when someone …

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8 May 2009

Ten top tips for twittering… Celebs

Recently I’ve been struck by the disparity in the way different celebrities are “utilising” Twitter, and how different the results can be for them when they do. Whilst some commentators would have you believe that the rich and famous are “ruining Twitter” for the rest of us, I personally like nothing better than observing the goings-on of the twitterati in …

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5 May 2009

Brand protection – much more than just domain names!

¬† I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the issue of brand protection in a social media world, and what brands need to know in order to protect themselves properly. But not just in terms of your traditional brands, mind you. Online ‘brands’ these days encompasses everything from companies to celebrities, and even catch-phrases and ‘memes’. So what has got …

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