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Social networking tip: the benefits of NutshellMail

20 December 2009 , , , ,
Back in March I blogged about the benefits of using NutshellMail to keep on top of social networks. The free service has just been updated, with some very useful extra features added. But first, why use it? What I wrote in March still applies: One of the most common reasons I hear people give for not joining a [...]

How are the different social networks doing in the UK?

16 December 2009 , , , , ,
Last week I used Google’s search data from the UK to look at the relative popularity of different social bookmarking services. The same can be done for social networks too, and here’s what the data says: Facebook dominates, as expected, though the tail off in search traffic in the UK in the last few months […]

Is fragmenting data the way to beat Google?

8 December 2009 , , , , ,
The outlines of a serious challenge to Google’s domination have started to take shape in the last few weeks and, rather than being based on someone doing a better search engine (as per many of the previous ones), it is based on fragmenting data on the internet. We’ve already seen Rupert Murdoch’s desire to take […]

Yes, people are who they say they are on Facebook

7 December 2009 ,
One of the reasons I often given people for using Facebook is that overwhelmingly people on it are really who they say they are. Whether it’s in the world of politics, consumer goods, public affairs or one of many others that is under consideration, this feature of Facebook users is often an important advantage over […]

How will ACT and Facebook sit together?

27 November 2009 , , , , ,
As we covered earlier this week, the Liberal Democrats now have a new social network – ACT. Unsurprisingly one of the most common comments made since its launch has been, “how does this fit with Facebook?”. The party’s previous decision to have a heavy emphasis on using Facebook, both for its centrally inspired social networking [...]

When two hypes colide: Wikipedia and user-generated data

24 November 2009 , ,
Martin Belam is one of those who has picked up on the story about the number of people contributing to Wikipedia falling away. He makes the reasonable comment: Not entirely convinced by this argument. Yes edit wars and holier-than-thou editors on Wikipedia can be frustrating, but frankly, with over 3 million English language articles already […]

Controversial direct action hits Facebook

11 November 2009
Control Your Info (CYI), a campaign group wanting to raise awareness of online privacy issues, has taken a controversial course of direct action to make a point: Thanks to the nature of the Facebook group system itself, if there is no administrator present, anyone can join and make themselves an administrator. This is what CYI […]

What drives traffic to news websites?

The Newspaper Marketing Agency’s latest (September) figures (PowerPoint slides) for the sources of web traffic to newspaper websites paint a useful picture of which social media sites really matter – and which don’t. The top ten domains that referred UK traffic to newspapers during the month were: Google Yahoo MSN News.bbc.co.uk Facebook AOL Wikipedia Ask […]

Social networking in the UK: Facebook soars, Bebo and MySpace drop

26 October 2009 , , , , ,
Cross-posted from the Mandate blog: The latest Ofcom survey of internet usage is packed full of useful statistics and – even more helpfully – they are based on (a) proper research and (b) people in the UK. Many of the figures quoted are American – or American masquerading as global – and not infrequently are […]

Jan Moir: the dilemma for the PCC (and what you should say in your complaint)

The reaction to Jan Moir’s article about the death of Stephen Gately has been widespread and swift. Fuelled primarily by Twitter and Facebook, complaints about homophobia flooded in on the Daily Mail, the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) and the firms who were unlucky enough to have their adverts appearing on the page.┬áThe headline was changed, [...]