25 September 2009

How did anti-social become social?

If the history of the world was compressed into 1 year, homosapiens would have been around for 12 minutes, agriculture for 1 minute, the industrial revolution was 2 seconds ago, computers have been around for 4/10 of a second and the internet has been in existence for 1/10 of a second – the blink of an eye.   A lot …

Continue Reading
16 September 2009

Facebook hits 300m users – but has UK peaked?

The guys at Facebook – or to be more accurate, the top guy, Mark Zuckerberg – announced yesterday via their blog that Facebook is now reaching 300 million users around the globe. A remarkable milestone, and one which apparently shows no sign of slowing. Even better news for them, they’re now making money! Here’s what Zuck had to say: “We’re …

Continue Reading
15 September 2009

Facebook adds status tagging – now live in UK

Anybody logging in to Facebook today will be greeted with a snazzy new functionality to play with – which might give you a little sense of de-ja-vu if you’re a Twitter user too… Yes, Facebook have upped the ante in their continued quest to compete with / get ahead of Twitter, by allowing users to tag friends in status updates, …

Continue Reading
11 September 2009

Tamar @ Twestival (including photos…!)

Regular readers will know that we like to support charity here at Tamar – our own TLC being just the tip of the iceberg – so it was no big surprise when we decided to sponsor this year’s London Twestival gathering, held in aid of the charity Childline. The party took place last night at Vinopolis in London, and if you’re a Twitter …

Continue Reading
11 September 2009

Our first Measurement Camp

Early on Thursday morning, myself and couple of Tamar colleagues were lucky enough to be invited to join the “Measurement Camp” gang at their monthly meet-up. I’ve known of Measurement Camp for a while now (including their most excellent Wiki) but this is the first time we’ve been able to attend (purely for timing reasons – it’s open to all …

Continue Reading
11 September 2009

Is Twitter more use to brands than Facebook?

Just over a year ago all the big brands were popping up on Facebook.  Creating games, competitions or other methods of engagement and then proudly showing how many fans they had gained. With Twitter becoming increasingly popular this year, I’m definitely leaning towards Twitter being more value to our clients when pushing a campaign. The more random people I follow …

Continue Reading
9 September 2009

How to get 400 million backlinks in only 3 years

If you are on the Internet these days, you will have seen the now famous social bookmarking icons, they weren’t so famous 3 years ago when AddThis started. If you have seen the buttons below, the chances are that a little piece of code from AddThis is responsible for the icons. What i did not realise was quite how popular …

Continue Reading
4 September 2009

Here come the teens… A teenager speaks

This week at Tamar we’ve been lucky enough to host a work experience person, in the shape of one Rachel Hosie. Rachel has been working with the Social Media team, helping us with some data gathering and doing some top-secret research. But one of the things that we spent some time looking at was the Morgan Stanley teenage report from …

Continue Reading
21 August 2009

The evolution of YouTube as a search engine

In May, to continue the trend of major names giving themselves subtle summer makeovers(see Twitter’s login facelift), YouTube expanded their search bar and removed their ‘home’, ‘videos’, ‘channels’, ‘community’ tab-style layout in favour or a more search-oriented design. This further establishes YouTube’s status as the internet’s 2nd most popular search, surpassing Bing, Yahoo and the other search engine also-rans. The …

Continue Reading