2 April 2009

Wales Wikia Wound-up – Wouldn’t Work Well

In a piece of news that probably caused some confusion due to it's release date (April 1st – though evidently it wasn't a joke), Wikipedia founder James Wales announced his decision to close his 'Wikia Search' search engine yesterday, citing a lack of success for the project's demise. In a post on his blog, Wales explained: "I personally believe in …

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1 April 2009

Social network ‘Slacker’ launched this week

Today Twitter launched a brand new social network designed specifically for the office market. Due to huge growth in its original format, Twitter hired a team of experts to monitor user behaviour. The team found that a staggering 76% of all tweets posted between August 2008 and February 2009 were posted by office workers during office hours, and displayed typical …

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1 April 2009

Google Street View to map people’s movements

In an exciting new development Google has announced that from today, using Google Street View, they are now able to track and monitor your movements on a day by day basis. Combining Street View with Mobile IP tracking, Google Local and known locations enables Google to build up a picture of all your daily movements. This will lead to some …

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1 April 2009

Google Search Suggestions

Numbers of results also included New to me this morning, and its not an April Fool unlike this from Google, are the search suggestions that are offered when you start to type in any search. Also featured are the number of results for each search query. I am going to do some double checking as this may just be because …

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31 March 2009

It’s the end of the world as we know it – again

Once again some learned man has published an article on how some new technology, some new form of computer related interaction, will be the death of us all. The esteemed Dr. Aric Sigman published a paper in recent months highlighting the dangers of online social interaction. The paper, titled “Well Connected?: The Biological Implications of ‘Social Networking’” received a mixed …

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31 March 2009

Skype comes to the iPhone

After quite a lot of speculation, Skype finally made its way iphone-bound today. As a regular skyper and iPhone advocate – I think this is pretty good news and good progress, I've downloaded a couple of other IM services on the iPhone and never really got off the ground with them. Here at Tamar, we sometimes use the Skype services …

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31 March 2009

Aussie bankers using twitter to help customers

As Head of Social Media here at Tamar, I love to see examples of brands who are embracing Social Media – especially ones in less 'glamorous' industries like banking or finance. It doesn't happen often enough for my liking, so I'm happy to take the goodness when I can get it – hence why I was so pleased to see …

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30 March 2009

Cape Town goes Greek for CSR

In 2007 the Tamar offices in London and Cape Town collectively raised over R300 000 to build a Grade R classroom block at Vuyani Primary School in Guguletu, which meant building two classrooms and six toilets to accommodate 60 pupils, and a new playground. Last year the Cape Town office returned to pave 110 square metres around the classroom, previously …

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27 March 2009

Adopt-a-blog #35 – Crooks and Liars

Crooksandliars, according to the banners on it, was 2009 Winner of Time.com's best blog award and less recently the Weblog Award winner in 2005. This is a true veteran blog, first launched in 2004 and one of the first political blogs to use video. If you are into American politics and current affairs then this is a great read, especially …

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