17 February 2010

Google Buzz – damp squib or firecracker?

Last week, Google finally joined the social media trend by integrating social networking into Gmail. Unfortunately ‘Buzz’ has run into some pretty big problems pretty immediately. Buzz users and bloggers noticed that there were some pretty big privacy issues around the new Google offering, and now even the Electronic Privacy Information Centre, a US privacy watchdog group, has filed a …

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12 February 2010

Love Without Borders, Updated.

Given the prevalence of social networking sites and MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) communities, it is not surprising that there are people falling in love. Dating sites have been around for as long as the @ symbol has made sense to anybody, enabling people to enjoy the benefits of a relationship without the added pressure that sex and constant companionship …

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9 February 2010

Twitter and Facebook in Google’s crosshairs

Things have changed in the online world over the past two years. Normally Google has been the company that has made the waves and innovations, but when it comes to social media the company has really struggled to implement some solid strategies and match the success that they obtained in the search department. So far Google have appeared to sit …

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8 February 2010

Facebook dominates UK mobile internet use

And when I say dominates… I do mean dominates. Data from a survey by GMSA has revealed that Facebook accounts for nearly half of all the time people in the UK spend online using their phones. Mobile phone users in the UK spent around 2.2 billion minutes browsing the social network – in December 2009 alone. The closest contender for …

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5 February 2010

Facebook – 6 years of social

In the last 10 years the internet has changed our lives drastically and become an integral part of our modern living. Those, like us, who work online know this all too well. An area of the online world that has exploded over the past year or three is social media. And leading the charge is none other than the six …

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3 February 2010

Social media spending on the up, according to IAB

As a member of the IAB social media council, I was lucky to get a sneak-peak at the findings of their survey of UK marketeers on the subject of social media in 2010. As the results are now un-embargoed, I can give you a few of them here. There’s some very interesting findings, with the headline results including: Social marketing …

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3 February 2010

Privacy isn’t just for ‘old people’

At last week’s social media uber-gathering during the Davos World Economic Forum, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman said, “All these concerns about privacy tend to be old people issues.” As you can see from my other posts on tamar.com, I’m a bit obsessed about privacy and being placed in the ‘old’ camp didn’t sit too well with me at first (my age …

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2 February 2010

Social Networking spam on the increase

Have you noticed an increase of spam on Facebook recently? Spam is not a new problem on social networks but recently it seems that it has increased on Facebook. We know the problems that Twitter faces with spam bots and trend spam . Anyone with a Twitter account has been followed by @dirtypics or an equally spammy account inviting you …

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27 January 2010

Davos 2010 – The year the World Economic Forum got social

Well, it had to happen eventually. The past couple of years has seen a massive number of companies, brands, people and even places finally waking up to the influence and power of ‘Social’ – and finally the folk at the DAVOS have caught up! It’s understandable that they took a long time to get round to it, they do have …

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