Greenpeace vs. Facebook

On Beth Kanter’s blog this week, there’s a sneak peek into new Idealware research on how not-for-profits are using their Facebook fan pages. For those working in the charity sector – and perhaps for anyone familiar with Facebook – these initial results won’t be that surprising. Charities, it seems, are finding Facebook fanpages useful for increasing event attendance, driving […]

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The Sun Microsystems Blogging Principles

From the old blog. So far, I’ve only read the preface to Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams’ Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. However, there’s already something on page xii that made me want to pause and post here. The authors are talking the blogging principles that Jonathan Schwartz introduced for Sun Microsystems employee blogs […]

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Rediscovering StumbleUpon

Despite my total lack of coordination in real life, I haven’t stumbled on the web for a while. It’s just one of those things on the internet where, for a month or two, I’ll be spending all my spare time clicking on the stumble button, discovering new sites and leaving reviews. Then – as has […]

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Running a competition on Facebook

From the old blog. Over the past couple of days, I’ve been reading up on running competitions on Facebook. This new interest was prompted by a single sentence in a blog post by Leyl Master Black called Top 5 Facebook Marketing Mistakes Small Businesses Make. Leyl’s post is useful reading in general, but what caught my attention was under […]

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Deleting social media channels

Earlier this week, I Googled myself. It’s been quite a while since I’ve done that, and I was surprised to see how the various social media channels I’ve created over the last five years had crept up the results list. Channels that I set up to promote my newly published novel back in 2007. Channels […]

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Starting a new social media channel

From the old blog. I’ve recently started a new job, and along with the new colleagues to get to know, the new computer systems and the new tea rules, I’ve also got the opportunity to start up a new social network. It occurs to me that this is a rare privilege. Too often, it’ll be […]

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What’s wrong with face-to-face?

Originally written for the YouthNet blog. So, YouthNet’s launched a new report today: a study by Professor Michael Hulme into how young people communicate, interact and seek information online.  It’s a really interesting read, encompassing the results of quantitative online research undertaken with 994 young people by The Futures Company, quotes from young people, and comments on the implications […]

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Reflections on the #moonwalk

Originally written for the YouthNet blog Last Friday, after work, a group of us from YouthNet walked down to Liverpool Street station for a twitter-organised moonwalk in memory of Michael Jackson. Given the instantaneous nature of the Internet, I’m almost too late to blog about the event itself. All over the web, you can read […]

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Who will organise the data?

Originally written for the YouthNet blog. Earlier this afternoon, I attempted to clean out my inbox. I didn’t get very far. Old newsletters could be deleted easily; so could old invitations to events, sales emails, and spam. However, I found myself distracted by an emailed link to this half-forgotten YouTube video, entitled The Machine is Us/ing Us. The video […]

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