26 March 2009

The Web’s fourth most dangerous word?

Sentry Parental Controls, a net nanny service provider, recently released a list of words that parents are blocking their children (under 16) from searching on the internet. The concept is quite sound: As it is easy to bypass a lot of firewalls, and the availability and abundance of content that is not picked up by filters, a lot of net-censorship …

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26 March 2009

Twitter in Primary School!

Twitter is to be taught in primary schools in Britain as part of an effort to make online communication and social media part of the UK’s education system. Other additions to the education system include classes for blogging, podcasting and Wikipedia. Children will also learn keyboard skills and how to use spellchecker. The plans have been drawn up by Sir …

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26 March 2009

Tamar @ Econsultancy Digital Cream

A week or so ago I attended the Econsultancy 'Digital Cream' event here in London, where we were sponsoring the Social Media table. It was a great event, which you can find out more about on their website here – a bit bizarrely, for me at least, the event was held under 'Chatham House Rules' – something I'd never come …

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25 March 2009

Google insights for Search

By definition, Google insights, provides insights into the search terms users have been entering into the Google search engine. “Unlike Google Trends, Google Insights for Search provides a visual representation of regional interest on a map.” First introduced in 2008 Google insights has finally upgraded. Aside from web searches you can now use this tool to analyse desired search behaviour …

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25 March 2009

Facebook responds to redesign feedback

Facebook recently had a redesign to it's homepage which resulted in quite a few unhappy users. Yesterday Facebook decided to respond with a lengthy blog post which explains how they make product decisions. In the post they also let users know about upcoming changes that will be made; like live updating, photo tags, tools to control applications, seeing more highlights …

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24 March 2009

Hot off Microsoft, Internet Explorer 8, is not so hot

IE8, the latest Microsoft internet browser, hit the download sites recently.  According to Information Week, the initial feedback from the public has been bad. With complaints ranging from slow boot times, buggy search functionality and a ridiculous computer physical disk space requirement along the line of 4Gb, there’s little surprise that early users have voted negatively by rolling back to …

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24 March 2009

Google Street View: I have a black box over my eyes.

After quite a bit of back and forth with the government and protesters, Google Street View has finally launched its British counterpart: And how much fun has it been roving around your old haunts and places you spent time growing up? Although very impressive in its detail and the awesome tech behind its recognition software, it has managed to stir …

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24 March 2009

How reading leads to better blogging

Some people are hopeless writers and no matter how hard they try they’ll never write anything without confusing their readers. There are many people like this, so if you feel you are one of them, do not despair. Because I write for a living, it comes easily to me, but I must confess it wasn’t always this natural. I obsessed …

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24 March 2009

Who is the walrus?

"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things:Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–Of cabbages–and kings–And why the sea is boiling hot–And whether pigs have wings."– Lewis Carrol – 1879 Twitter is ablaze at the moment, growing at a million percent a second (not quite but close) and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight yet. There …

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24 March 2009

“I’m sorry John – it’s Twitter or me!”

Anybody who has tried juggling a demanding relationship with an addiction to social networking will know that it can be hard to balance your online time with your loved-one time… Well, according to the Telegraph, and that old journalistic staple 'a friend of the actress', Twitter is copping the blame for the recent break-up of celebrity A-list couple Jennifer Aniston and …

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