31 January 2011

Facebook vs Google – who will fire the next shot?

Ding ding – Round 2! Over the weekend I found myself reading an article on the Wall Street Journal website entitled ‘Will Google survive Facebook?‘ – a short but interesting piece by James B Stewart, apparently inspired by the recent drop in Google’s share price. The long and short of the piece (in case you don’t have time to read …

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25 January 2011

Celebrity ‘tweetgulation’ – much ado about something

This weekend I noticed that the celebrity tweet regulation story was covered by The Sun. It’s interesting to see this digital media story go ‘mainstream’. I personally think celebrity ‘tweetgulation’ is a good thing. It’s keeping things fair across the board and it should be done. UK television networks have had to fight for years to incorporate products into their …

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11 January 2011

Facebook reaches (almost) 600 million users in 210 countries

A few years ago, when the interest in Facebook was at it’s peak (at least as far as the online media goes), I used to keep a fairly regular eye on the Facebook active user numbers. These numbers are fairly publicly available, provided as they are by Facebook’s own advertising tool. For those not familiar with the system, Facebook defines …

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16 November 2010

Social fairy…have you been touched?

According to a blog I just read, there’s apparently an American Express fairy lavishing gifts upon tweeps chatting about their product. Talk about booking a trip using Amex points on Twitter and you could find yourself awarded with tickets to a concert in that city compliments of the card company…and other similar cool stuff. In this day and age, being …

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12 October 2010

Knowledge Gap

It’s official. The Gap has gone back to its old logo. The new logo, introduced just last week, didn’t stand a chance once fans mobilized against it in social media–the Gap’s Facebook page was flooded with protests, a fake Twitter account for the ‘old’ logo was set up and gained thousands of followers, someone even went out of their way …

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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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14 September 2010

Is Facebook Highjacking Non-Profit Brand Identities?

Today I discovered something rather odd about the non-profit profile pages on Facebook.  Often times, it appears they have two “official” profiles, and the second profile is a community page. Ultimately, this Facebook community page means Facebook has designated non-profits as a subject the entire FB community can mold without any direct branded control by the organisation themselves. These are …

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