18 May 2009

Wolfram Alpha – C3PO… but with less personality

Will the new scientific search engine change the way we search for things? Unless you’ve been living under a large rock for the past few weeks (online), you’ll have noticed the increasing hype around the new “Wolfram Alpha” search engine, which is launching officially today. For those of you that aren’t yet familar, here’s a nutshell-sized explanation of what WA …

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13 May 2009

The Censorship Bill

A new cyber-bullying bill, aimed to punish those who intend to cause harm through electronic mediums, could turn us all into criminals. The bill, HR 1966 introduced by US Representative Linda Sanchez, is being proposed as a result of the much covered “MySpace Suicide” in an attempt to hold people accountable for actions carried out online. People found guilty of …

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13 May 2009

Twitter FAIL – @replies and support

Twitter is a-buzz this morning with reactions to the news that Twitter have updated their system to change the way you see replies. Specifically, it affects the way you see replies from people that you *don’t* follow yourself. According to @Biz on the official blog: “Based on usage patterns and feedback, we’ve learned most people want to see when someone …

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11 May 2009

Apple Shampoo and the pitfalls of realtime trend data

Trends are in their essence, very trendy and the old saying spreading like wildfire is an understatement for this new monster that I have dubbed – The New Social Web. News is spreading faster and faster on the web these days, with microbloggers like twitter the latest trends are easily detected, and can spread internationally in under a minute.  The …

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8 May 2009

Ten top tips for twittering… Celebs

Recently I’ve been struck by the disparity in the way different celebrities are “utilising” Twitter, and how different the results can be for them when they do. Whilst some commentators would have you believe that the rich and famous are “ruining Twitter” for the rest of us, I personally like nothing better than observing the goings-on of the twitterati in …

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5 May 2009

Brand protection – much more than just domain names!

  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the issue of brand protection in a social media world, and what brands need to know in order to protect themselves properly. But not just in terms of your traditional brands, mind you. Online ‘brands’ these days encompasses everything from companies to celebrities, and even catch-phrases and ‘memes’. So what has got …

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4 May 2009

Surviving the Twitter pandemic.

With the whole world is up in a frenzy over the outbreak of swine flu, it is not surprising that people over many social networks feel they need to air their opinions, views and experiences. This widespread coverage of “news” (and I use this term very loosely) is a great way to get opinions from a far greater pool than …

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22 April 2009

Check yourself out on Google!

Google introduces profile results Currently only available for our friends across the pond, Google have begun to introduce individual's profiles within the search results much like it's blogs results. Now when you search your name in Google (I'm not the only person to have done that am I?!?) a Google Profile result will appear at the bottom of the page …

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21 April 2009

Jeeves is back – and this time he’s social!

So after three years in the wilderness, the clever people over at Ask.com have decided to invite their famous butler Jeeves back in from the cold, in the hopes that his return will give them the edge over at least a few of their competitors. Whilst they are unlikely to be troubling Google's current domination any time soon, they have …

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17 April 2009

Official – Ashton Kutcher bigger than CNN

Seriously though Ashton, what's with the crazy hat?!For those of you that have been following the big Ashton vs CNN contest over on Twitter (or maybe you read my story about it yesterday?) I'm pleased to announce that at about 7am GMT on Friday the 17th, Ashton took the first "1,000,000 followers" crown – and if you were following him …

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