10 July 2008

Blog posts…What makes a good one?

It has become one of the most popular ways for people to express themselves and even for companies to get their words out online. The blogsphere is well and truly established and on a rampage. New blogs pop up everywhere and generally don’t last long. (I too am guilty of cluttering up cyberspace with deadspace) So I thought (with a …

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10 July 2008

Charities Not Keeping Up With Web 2.0

According to an article in yesterday’s Guardian newspaper, charities around the country are noting a shift in power from their own tightly-controlled organisations to unofficial brand advocates using social media to spread the word. Some charities are apparently struggling with this new grass-roots revolution, although organisations like JustGiving (subject to a very popular Facebook app) are now recognising the change …

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4 July 2008

Babies = End of Your Social (Networking) Life?

As regular readers may notice, the Tamar Social Media blog has been a little quieter over the past three weeks. The reason behind this pre-summer lull isn’t that we’ve all gone on lovely hot holidays, it is mainly due to my wife and I having our first baby on the 14th of June (and my subsequent paternity leave). Wonderful news …

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20 June 2008

Citizen Journalism in China

The China Daily recently ran an interesting article in how new media helped during the Sichuan earth quake on the 12th May.  One example used was of Zhang Qi who lived near the epicentre of the earthquake.  Because of the damage done to the surrounding roads by the quake and land slides, rescuers were having trouble getting into her city …

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20 June 2008

MySpace Calls in the Decorators to Beat Facebook

MySpace unveiled a new design this week, pipping rival Facebook to the post. Facebook have been publicising their profile redesign for almost 6 months now, but with very little fanfair, MySpace cleaned up their act (a bit) during that time and have launched the results this week. According to President Tom Anderson, the relaunch was brought about in order to …

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18 June 2008

LinkedIn gets the Cash-In

Networking site for professionals LinkedIn has stamped confidence in online industries today by attracting new investment to the tune of $53m. The business overall is valued at over $1bn. At an uncertain economic time, this is a reassuring statement that there is sustained confidence in online industries. Perhaps this is due to the fact that LinkedIn manages to monetise their …

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11 June 2008

Facebook IS Gone From Blackberrys

First of all, I should start by apologising for the slightly sensationalist headline to this entry. Last time I used a similar one, it seemed to get a lot of views, so I thought I should see if lightning really does strike twice. Anyway, where was I? Incidentally, I would normally add a courteous line break in here, but Typepad …

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11 June 2008

When Celebrities Network! Part 9 – Dom Joly

The last celebrity for today’s session – following on from Rory Cellan-Jones and Leigh Francis earlier – is with TV funny-man Dom Joly. Dom is another of the celebrities we spoke to who has recently moved in to the world of Podcasting, with fellow comedian Danny Wallace on the Cobra Pubcast. Dom Joly Dom Joly is probably best known for …

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11 June 2008

When Celebrities Network! Part 8 – Leigh Francis

After our great chat with BBC Technology Correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones earlier today, we now move on to a chat with the brilliant Leigh Francis – perhaps more well-known as TV’s Avid Merrion / Craig David / Mel B / Keith Lemon / The Bear to name but a few. Leigh Francis As the creator of the smash-hit Channel 4 show …

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