3 February 2010

Social media spending on the up, according to IAB

As a member of the IAB social media council, I was lucky to get a sneak-peak at the findings of their survey of UK marketeers on the subject of social media in 2010. As the results are now un-embargoed, I can give you a few of them here. There’s some very interesting findings, with the headline results including: Social marketing …

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3 February 2010

Privacy isn’t just for ‘old people’

At last week’s social media uber-gathering during the Davos World Economic Forum, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman said, “All these concerns about privacy tend to be old people issues.” As you can see from my other posts on tamar.com, I’m a bit obsessed about privacy and being placed in the ‘old’ camp didn’t sit too well with me at first (my age …

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2 February 2010

Social Networking spam on the increase

Have you noticed an increase of spam on Facebook recently? Spam is not a new problem on social networks but recently it seems that it has increased on Facebook. We know the problems that Twitter faces with spam bots and trend spam . Anyone with a Twitter account has been followed by @dirtypics or an equally spammy account inviting you …

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27 January 2010

The Apple iPad – Paper is finally dead

Minutes ago Steve Jobs announced the latest product to change the world. We are of course talking about the much hyped and eagerly anticipated iTablet, iSlate, iPad. That’s right, they called it the iPad… Will it actually be as good as the hype suggests? Well here’s a breakdown of the features of the iPad: The screen is a 9.7″ high …

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27 January 2010

Davos 2010 – The year the World Economic Forum got social

Well, it had to happen eventually. The past couple of years has seen a massive number of companies, brands, people and even places finally waking up to the influence and power of ‘Social’ – and finally the folk at the DAVOS have caught up! It’s understandable that they took a long time to get round to it, they do have …

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22 January 2010

Twitter improve ‘suggested users’ list – now based on algorithm

“Good news everybody!” News reaches us from Twitter HQ (well – via their blog anyway) that the ‘Suggested users’ function has now been improved to give a better experience to new users. Here’s how Twitter’s Josh explained the changes: “We’ve created a number of algorithms to identify users across a variety of clusters who tweet actively and are engaged with …

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19 January 2010

The browsing experience – Not everyone sees what you see

For years web designers have had to deal with compatibility issues across multiple browsers and for just as many years have had to accept content being displayed in slightly different ways. This is unlikely to change soon but the differences are becoming fewer and fewer. To make the most of this you need to choose a browser in which to …

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19 January 2010

Taking the Foursquare Plunge

I signed up for Foursquare, the location-based social network, the week it launched in the UK back in October and have yet do the equivalent of my first tweet, i.e. checking in at a location. There are two reasons why I didn’t bother to dive in headfirst. First, I’m a Blackberry user and there isn’t a publicly available Foursquare app …

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18 January 2010

Facebook/Twitter face-off

In the growing battle for online supremacy between Facebook and Twitter, is Facebook the one running scared? Facebook has just soft launched its own Twitter-like retweet function called Share, a way for users to share other people’s status updates with their friends. The new functionality will sit alongside the Comment and Like buttons at the bottom of a post. Facebook …

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