21 May 2008

TypePad finally supporting Blackberrys!

Great news for those of us that spend more time on their blackberrys than is healthy – after many months (years?) of user requests, Typepad have finally decided to support us blackberry users with their mobile applications. So far it seems to be quite impressive, though notably it doesn’t seem to want me to add any carriage returns to my …

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19 May 2008

Facebook Cracking Down on ‘False’ Official Pages

When we were conducting the research for our recent Social Media Sectors report, one thing we found very difficult was classifying when a page or group was ‘official’, and when it was created by a fan. In some cases ‘official’ pages are being created by employees of the company without corporate backing or approval, which makes the diffentiation very difficult. …

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14 May 2008

Facebook – My Life in Numbers

Following on from my little piece of number crunching when I reached 500 friends last week (I’m at 504 now – not that I’m counting…!) I decided to take it another step and see how those 500 friends split down in terms of my life – when did I first meet them? Time to find out… The first thing I …

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12 May 2008

Credit Companies Causing Stir on Facebook

There’s a story hitting the papers today about credit companies using Facebook to target young consumers. The BBC reports that charity Credit Action claim adverts promising cheap loans for people with poor credit are appearing regularly on the social networking site, many of which are breaking advertising regulations. The products being highlighted as particularly worrisome are promoting ‘pay day loans’ …

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7 May 2008

500 Friends… Do I Get a Prize?

Today I reached somewhat of a milestone in my Facebook life. Following on from my 1-year anniversary last month, I have now reached the dizzying height of having 500 friends. Before I joined Facebook I wouldn’t have even been able to count 100 friends off the top of my head, but now I have over 500 at my fingertips. So …

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6 May 2008

Social Networkers Set to Triple by 2012

After reports recently (including on this blog) about the UK being top of the European social networking charts, independent market analyst Datamonitor has predicted that membership will almost triple to 27m by 2012. That means that almost half of the country would be signed up to one of the major social networks – no mean feat for sure, though a …

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1 May 2008

Twitter Not Worth The Paper it’s Not Printed on?

There’s a very interesting post over at the AllFacebook blog talking about the latest valuation of some of the hot digital properties. Based on valuations (tenuously) calculated over at the Silicon Alley Insider, Facebook is worth approximately $9 billion. But more interesting to me is the valuation they put on Twitter – a relatively small $75 million. I know most …

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25 April 2008

UK Facebook Users Break 10 Million Mark

Well, we knew it was coming and finally on Wednesday the number of UK users on Facebook surpassed the 10 million mark (see my graphs below). As well as showing that previous reports of Facebook’s supposed decline in the UK are utter nonsense, it also marks cements the UK’s position as the second largest users of Facebook in the world. …

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22 April 2008

When CAPTCHA’s Go Bad!

My colleague Barrie was applying for a new Gmail account today when he stumbled upon the following in his application form – a very questionable piece of CAPTCHA text! Where do Google get these from?! I have had a few questionable ones in the past, some of which have seemed to be related to my "previous search" history (though not …

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21 April 2008

Facebook Slimming Down… But Why?

As several bloggers have noted lately, Facebook seems to be dropping features on a weekly basis. In just the last month alone, the following features have been trimmed from the site: Networks – or the link to your network page at the top of the page, to be precise Friend timeline – the feature that showed you a timeline of …

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