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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22 January 2010

Twitter improve ‘suggested users’ list – now based on algorithm

“Good news everybody!” News reaches us from Twitter HQ (well – via their blog anyway) that the ‘Suggested users’ function has now been improved to give a better experience to new users. Here’s how Twitter’s Josh explained the changes: “We’ve created a number of algorithms to identify users across a variety of clusters who tweet actively and are engaged with …

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18 January 2010

Facebook/Twitter face-off

In the growing battle for online supremacy between Facebook and Twitter, is Facebook the one running scared? Facebook has just soft launched its own Twitter-like retweet function called Share, a way for users to share other people’s status updates with their friends. The new functionality will sit alongside the Comment and Like buttons at the bottom of a post. Facebook …

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13 January 2010

Google’s Pagerank adapted to prioritise tweeters

Ever since Google began to include real-time results in the SERPs, from sites like Twitter and other blogs, speculation has been rife as to how they prioritise which tweets appear and which don’t. Whilst a search on a popular ‘hot topic’ can often reveal what seems like a fast stream of tweets, a corresponding search on a site like Twitter …

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31 December 2009

Social networking terminology become mainstays in the Oxford English Dictionary’s ‘words of the year’

As Oxford English Dictionary unveils its words of the year, we find social networking giants paving the way for new words. Words such as ‘tweetups’ and ‘unfriend’ are now mainstays in the Oxford dictionary, highlighting the up and coming importance of the online social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. So which words form the world of online made …

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