Posts Tagged: social network

Buying back in

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TomCross_ScreenshotYears ago, when I was living and working in Sydney, one conversation that would often be repeated in the bar after work was around the merits of the social networks MySpace and Bebo. As MySpace was the first social network that I truly embraced*, I obviously fought its corner and was somewhat sceptical of the arguments of some of my fellow British colleagues in favour of Bebo. It was around the same time that another relatively unknown site began to be talked about, and tentatively explored by both sides of the divide; a site which would ultimately render our discussions futile. That site was called Facebook. Read more on Buying back in…

When the Pinterest hype dies down…

Pinterest has been going into hyper drive of late. Everyone is keen to extoll the virtues of the new social network. The hyperbole is quite unbelievable. It’s the new place to hang out, share pictures and project a lifestylepinterest hype you’d like to have. I like it, it’s fun, but I can’t help but think there will come a point when the excitement will die down and you’ll realise that it’s just sharing pictures.

There are a few reasons why I think it might not turn into a Facebook type monster. They’re all conjecture and based on my own personal experience of the site, but I thought I’d share them anyway… Read more on When the Pinterest hype dies down……

Google+ is being bullied by the popular kids…

I think everyone is being a bit mean to Google. Yeah, that’s right. I think the community of social media / digital analysts have been very rash in their assessment of Google+ and its social offering.

Google+ is the new kid in the playground and everyone knows they’ve got exceedingly rich parents; this is a back-foot start straight from the off. No one wants to focus on the functionality, no one wants to talk about where it fits and no one wants to let it find its feet. Read more on Google+ is being bullied by the popular kids……

Five non-profit ways to use location-based technology

Location-based social networking is evolving at break-neck speed and, as a result, it has become a valuable platform for a wide range of non-profit campaigns and other socially important activities, including fundraising, advocacy and even crisis response. Here are a few concrete examples of how location-based technology can be used for non-profit purposes. Read more on Five non-profit ways to use location-based technology…

LinkedIn Signal – The start of things to come…

Being an active LinkedIn user I’m always really interested in hearing about developments that LinkedIn are introducing to improve the usability and extend the functionality of the LinkedIn platform. There have been a few developments that have been integrated recently, specifically related to the companies section, that have provided additional functionality for both users and administrators of groups and company pages. Read more on LinkedIn Signal – The start of things to come……

Apple’s ‘Ping’ – Promising or Problematic?

Not content with revolutionising the MP3 and mobile markets, along with creating some of the most iconic and desirable consumer products of the 21st Century, Apple has now turned its Midas touch to the social media sphere.  But will the oddly named ‘Ping’ network prove to be another runaway success for Steve Jobs et al, or is this a step too far for Apple’s all-consuming tentacles? Read more on Apple’s ‘Ping’ – Promising or Problematic?…

Why Twitter’s Who To Follow is missing the point

It’s very good of Twitter to keep on suggesting that we follow Jonathan Ross, isn’t it? Not to mention some chap called Stephen Fry.

Who To Follow is such an odd little feature to introduce because it goes against the principles of social media that have made Twitter so successful in the first place. As we know, gone are the one-size-fits-all shouty marketing messages that you simply block out, and in are recommendations from people you trust. Here’s three reasons why it’s missing the point. Read more on Why Twitter’s Who To Follow is missing the point…

Has social media killed the protest?

It’s difficult to extol the power of protest without saintly praise of the godfather of grumble, Bob Dylan.

I remain a big fan of the man, despite his recent, bewildering shills, and the fact that ‘Blown’ in the Wind’ is pretty tepid by today’s standards, a song probably somehow more synonymous with the artist and the time than the infinitely superior ‘Masters of War’, but the truth remains the man could invoke a decent protest.

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The digital candidates, who wins?

How do the two US presidential candidates fare on the various social networking websites that take up so much of our valuable time? Glad you asked, luckily the Scottish-based social media company, Yomego has compiled a list:

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