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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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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24 August 2010

Dead or alive?

I have always been a big fan of hard-hitting graphs, and I was especially astounded by this Wired Magazine Article. I was alerted to this eye opening graph by @tanyagoodin and was immediately sceptical by the apparent demise of “web”. I investigated and it turns out that the graph is a 100% area graph and really only looks at “share”, not actual …

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19 August 2010

One location service to rule them all

Disclaimer: I’ve borrowed the title of this blog from Tanya Goodin, our CEO. We were talking about Facebook Places this morning and she posed the (very Lord of the Rings inspired) question to me, did I think that Facebook Places would be the one location service to rule them all? My answer to her was I hope not, but it’s …

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11 August 2010

Dear bloggers – if you want interaction, make it easy…

As somebody who spends a fair bit of time reading and research industry news for my job – as well as commenting on blogs in my spare time too – I get very frustrated about how difficult some bloggers make this process. Considering one of the defining features of a blog is the ability to comment on stories (as opposed …

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30 July 2010

Facebook questions – revolution, or doomed to fail?

Facebook have recently rolled out a new feature to a small set of lucky (?) beta testers – namely, Facebook questions. If you think this sounds like a familiar idea (or if you have used the feature already) you’ll probably be making connections to Yahoo! Answers, the once-innovative question-and-answer “Crowd Source” service. And you’d be right to – aside from …

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