26 May 2009

MySpace adds profile designer… at last

In a move which could be seen as closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, MySpace are publicising their brand new “Profiles 2.0” this week, which allows users to choose from a massive range of profile themes and designs. Whilst this is surely an exciting move for MySpace, it’s not exactly a trail-blazing move in the world of …

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21 May 2009

Social Media – Pressing delete on personal privacy

Social media concerns me. Despite being a regular user of Facebook and Twitter I am very conscious of the long term implications these tools have for individuals personal privacy. As an example, if an individual chooses to post information about what they did on the weekend that is fine, however what if the same post includes photos or references to …

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18 May 2009

CMS – The Secret of My Success

I quite often get asked by clients where they should be spending their limited design/build budget and my answer is nearly always the same. Get a good CMS.  A well implemented CMS will pay for itself many times over and will give your organisation a competivie edge.  Below are three of the top reasons for investing in a new CMS. …

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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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