Category Archives: social media

Stop saying that word ‘Millennial’

Barely a day goes by without a new report claiming to provide insights into the surprising habits of so-called ‘Millennials’. Articles such as ‘How Millennials are changing the face of retail’, ‘Millennials and mobile: what marketers need to know’, and … Continue reading

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The Nouvelle Vague

‘What I learnt about these headlines shocked me to my core. Here’s what you need to know.’ Link-bait. We’ve all fallen victim to it at some point. Those links that are deliberately vague, yet subtly claim that they will somehow … Continue reading

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The rise of the quantified self – eight examples of life logging

Here’s a post I wrote for The Real Adventure blog recently. One of the big trends this year is the concept of the ‘quantified self’; a movement where wearable technology and smart phone apps combine to give people detailed insight … Continue reading

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I’ve recently become addicted to Strava, a website and app to log, analyse, and compare bike rides. The concept is simple, record rides using GPS and build up a history of your performance, in a manner very similar to products such as … Continue reading

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Exfoliate: the antithesis of the Facebook Timeline

A friend sent me this article today, talking about Exfoliate; an Android app that automates the removal of old content from your Facebook account. According to the app’s makers, “Old content on social networking sites is a threat to your privacy. … Continue reading

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Drag to share

Al just showed me this, an unusual approach that invites users to share images on the Hollywood Reporter website. Hovering an image shows an option to “drag and share”, which, when selected, reveals a drag and drop interface to share … Continue reading

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Facebook Like vs Recommend

Confused when to use “Recommend” rather than “Like” on your Facebook buttons? This is a perfect example of when you should use the “Recommend” option. They both have the same functionality, but the subtle wording change is just so appropriate here. Example:

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Like Button = Spam button

“When a user clicks a Like button on your page, a connection is made between your page and the user. Your page will appear in the “Likes and Interests” section of the user’s profile, and you have the ability to … Continue reading

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The power of open data

Last Friday I was lucky enough to attend “Local by Social South West: Apps for Communities” a thought provoking event that explored how Apps and Widgets could be used to bring real benefits to citizens, broadening social and economic inclusion … Continue reading

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