20 November 2009

The trouble with (Twitter) lists…

… Considering my recent post “Trusting you life to digital – am I paranoid?” and the response it got (in a nutshell – yes, I am being paranoid!) it may come as no surprise to you that Twitter‘s recent roll-out of their new “lists” functionality has got my paranoia radar spinning – but I’m finding it hard to figure out …

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18 November 2009

Stay safe while using social networks

If you listen to BBC Radio 1 at all, you will probably be aware that they’re running a campaign this week called “Bullyproof“, to tie in with national Anti-bullying week here in the UK. As well as some great advice for kids, one of the features on the site is actually very relevant to a much wider audiences – so …

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16 November 2009

Are marketing agencies practising what they preach?

There’s a very interesting report out this week from US “Agency Client Relationship Experts” (!) RSW/US, looking at a number of changes to the way marketing agencies are getting new business in the current climate. I won’t go in to the nuts and bolts of the report here (you can download the whole thing here if you’re interested) but there …

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13 November 2009

IAB Engage: Competing with the niche – can big brands ‘micro focus’?

This week, I had the pleasure of attending the 5th IAB Engage conference, billed as ‘Get Fit Be Happy’. Whilst this message of health and fitness is really intended for brands, customer engagement and the bottom line – it was most notably felt by myself when running up the theatre aisle stairs… Contrary to the dayglow-spandex fitness-focussed getup admirably donned …

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13 November 2009

The man who knows everything about everything

As many of you have likely heard, the venerable Stephen Fry brought down the house at the IAB Engage Conference on Wednesday. I was lucky enough to be in the audience for his ‘fireside’ chat with IAB chairman, Richard Eyre. The actor/writer/blogger/tweeter/king-of-swimwear talked about a wide range of topics, but mostly waxed poetically about his love of gadgets and all …

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9 November 2009

Support Twitter silence on Remembrance Day

Image by simonkimber via Londonist Last month, Twitter demonstrated again that it could mobilize the masses to support a good cause – tweeters worldwide helped the US-based #beatcancer campaign raise $70,000 for four cancer charities AND set a new Guinness World Record for the distribution of the largest mass message through social media. The Royal British Legion is the latest …

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30 October 2009

Twitter Listomania

Yesterday was a good day! In addition to another fine edition of London Cozytweetup, Twitter gifted me with the ability to create lists! I’m no longer part of the uncool, list-less tweople. As I started to put my first list together, I realized I’m following way too many people. Going through my ‘following’, I noted that I don’t remember why …

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30 October 2009

Facebook War Declaration

Last year, I donated to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. That act landed me on the U.S. Democrats’ email mailing list. Yesterday, I received an email with the subject line, Sarah Palin’s Facebook Lies. I usually ignore most emails they send my way, but this, I thought, deserved a quick read through. I wanted to see how the gun-wielding former beauty …

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29 October 2009

Facebook phishing scams exploit Blackberry app

As a Blackberry user, I was prompted this morning to download the latest version of the Blackberry/Facbook – version 1.7.0.18, for those that care. I duly did this, only to find that I had a new notification on my official notifications tab (see screenshot below)… I don’t see a lot of these for some reason – so I assumed it …

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28 October 2009

Should Twitter moderate trending topics

I have been doing some research into twitter spam recently and came across a very interesting article by @stopthespam. They posted an on-line poll asking the question: Should twitter moderate trending topics to stop it from being spammed? The poll received 117 votes of which 76% responded in favour of Twitter moderation. Although the results are from a very small …

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