2 January 2008

New Year’s Resolutions 2.0

Happy New Year to all our readers, I trust you all had a nice Winter break? Because 2008 seems certain to be the year that Social Media really hits the mainstream, I’ve decided to make myself a few Web 2.0 new year’s resolutions. Have a read and let me know if you agree, or if you have any better ideas! …

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31 December 2007

Realising the Power of Status and News Feed.

Having spent Christmas in York with family and friends, I finally realised the true power of the facebook’s status updates and the News Feed. Firstly, I went out for a few drinks on Christmas Eve with some old school friends, many of them I’d not seen in years. This year however was different, even though I’d not seen some of …

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31 December 2007

7 Outlandish Predictions for 2008

It’s time to put my neck on the line and make some predictions for 2008. Some of these predictions may seem like bold outlandish statements – but it is New Years Eve after all. So here goes… Facebook will topple Google as the #1 ranked website before the end of Quarter 3. Paid search will become less viable as a …

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31 December 2007

New Year predictions?

After my hostage to fortune quote on the Money Programme last week “facebook will be bigger than Google” (I’ll either look prophetic or a total idiot in 12 months), I thought I’d dig up some other past predictions for the technology future to herald in the New Year. Everyone at Tamar has been bored senseless by me recounting the story …

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21 December 2007

Google Talk gets translation bots.

Google has added translation bots to crawl their Google Talk chat software. The intention is to translate whatever you type in a Google chat to Chinese. For example, open a chat with en2zh@bot.talk.google.com, type hello and the bot automatically translates to 你好. This will certainly make international communication  Much easier and faster. "En2zh" which determines the language pair, in this …

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21 December 2007

Google off the hook… almost

Today the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cleared Google’s acquisition agreement of ad serving company DoubleClick Inc. With an approval already under their belt from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, we’re likely to see the European Commission follow suit. An approval from the European Commission is the last barrier Google face before their acquisition of DoubleClick is closed.   The …

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21 December 2007

And as if by magic….

Let it not be said that companies do not listen. I have been inundated with replies since yesterday suggesting sites that provide exactly what I’ve asked for – product videos. However, as with most things that sound too good to be true, it is, except for our friends at ASOS (As Seen On Stars) www.asos.com. Just use the “Click here …

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21 December 2007

Facebook Growth Examined – Part 1

As you’ll have seen from my post last month on the dip in Facebook’s active users in the US, I’ve been keeping a close eye on the number of active users on everyone’s favourite social network over the past month. I intend to keep this going over the holiday season too in a bid to see how Christmas affects Facebook, …

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21 December 2007

facehooked

The Money Programme special on facebook featuring your truly goes out tonight at 7pm on BBC2. I shall be out enjoying my last night of festive celebrations before I batten down the hatches for the family Christmas. If you are too set your DVDs/Sky+/videos (anyone still have one of those?) and watch at your leisure. Facebook really was the big …

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20 December 2007

Social networks vs Email

  One of the researchers at Hitwise, have released a graph that show that webmail services are being taken over by the top social networking sites. This stat does not include desktop emails sent from your mail programs but it is an impressive comparison indeed. A lot of people are abandoning traditional emails because of a number of issues. Spam …

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