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Note for people on the run: don't use Facebook

14 October 2009
From the BBC: A man on the run, wanted for fraud by US authorities, inadvertently revealed where he was hiding through a series of extravagant Facebook updates. Cameroon-born Maxi Sopo’s messages made it clear he was living the high life in the Mexican resort of Cancun. It gets better: He also added a former US […]

Yes, council websites can

The October edition of Total Politics has a piece from me on how local authorities can learn from the Obama campaign’s mastery of the internet to build communities of active and engaged residents: Why does your local council exist? There are many answers to that question, especially from different points on the political spectrum, but […]

The Government’s farcical slowness over updating election imprint rules

Six years on from receiving a recommendation from the Electoral Commission that existing legal powers should be used to clarify how the rules regarding election imprints apply to internet campaigning, the Government has still failed to act. This is despite the Government acknowledging in its official response to the recommendation the “importance” of getting this [...]

Portsmouth Council rejoices at discovery staff only spending 11 seconds a day on Facebook

1 September 2009 , , ,
There has been widespread praise for Portsmouth Council after it was discovered that on average its staff only spend 11 seconds a day using Facebook. Despite the huge growth in the number of people using Facebook and the growing number of hours spent on the site by its users, Portsmouth Council staff are barely using [...]

Ten top internet tips for councillors

1 September 2009 , , , ,
Cross-posted from Dave Press, where I did a guest slot last week: It is pretty rare these days to find a councillor who doesn’t use the internet, at least occasionally. However, in part because the average age of councillors means that the vast majority are not ‘internet natives’, that often does not amount to much […]

More people use Facebook in the UK than it takes to elect a government

30 August 2009 ,
A bit of whimsical statistical trivia for the bank holiday weekend: Number of votes won by the winning party at the 2005 general election: 9.6 million (BBC) Number of Facebook users in the UK: 11.2 million (TechCrunch) (Before anyone starts threatening me with a slide-rule: yes, this does compare apples and oranges a bit since Facebook’s minimum age [...]

How are British parties responding to the social media successes of Obama?

27 August 2009 , , , ,
I’ve recently answered a few questions about political parties and their use of social media, sent to me by Vincent Bailey, a student at Cardiff University completing a masters degree in Political Communication. He is looking at the use of new media by the main three parties in the UK, with reference to the Obama […]

Is "What Would Google Do?" the right question?

26 August 2009 , , , , ,
The title of Jeff Jarvis’s What Would Google Do? book is a deliberate echo of the American phrase, “What would Jesus do?” Whilst for Christians asking what Jesus would do in particular situations makes sense, does Google have a similar role of authority over everyone’s business lives for Jeff Jarvis’s question to make sense? At […]

MPs on Facebook: leading the way or forgetting to change the defaults?

Cross-posted from The Wardman Wire: A new studyof MPs on Facebook shows widespread use of the social network by Parliamentarians, but also a range of curious choices about how to use the medium which may in part reflect a failure to change default settings. The study, carried out by Woodnewton Associates and based on evidence gathered in May [...]

Fortune's fastest growing companies: internet largely absent

18 August 2009 ,
The latest Fortune 500 listings of the fastest growing, most profitable, biggest and so on American companies is out. What’s striking is that whilst business books telling us all about how the future is in the online world, the online world gets only a brief look in in these lists. Take the 20 fastest growing […]