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How to verify a Facebook page

Posted on April 29, 2016

You may have seen that some business pages on Facebook feature a tick next to the page name. This tick means the page has been verified as a genuine business by Facebook. It also means the page apparently shows higher in Facebook’s search rankings, and it gives the page more authority as a verified business (which is always useful considering all the scam Facebook pages cropping up every day).

Getting your Facebook page verified is actually very easy, and takes just a few moments to do. There are also two ways to (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Celebrate five years of Ed Balls Day by tweeting your own name

Posted on April 28, 2016

We all enjoy that smug sense of satisfaction when a figure of authority gets something wrong, and there’s nobody more in the crosshairs than politicians. Five years ago today, one poor MP did something so comical and clueless, he seems destined to be ridiculed over it on every April 28th for the rest of his life.

On April 28th 2011, the then Shadow Chancellor (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Do we spend too long on Facebook?

Posted on April 26, 2016

As continue to move further into the digital age, social media is becoming more and more addictive, with people spending far too much time on their favourite networks, letting their friends know what they’re doing and where.

It is getting to a (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Exploring the YouTube videos nobody watches

Posted on April 25, 2016

Similar to many aspects of the internet, it’s hard to get your head around the sheer size of YouTube. Some of the statistics are just mindblowing; for example, 300 hours of videos being uploaded to the site every minute. That means that since midnight on Saturday, more footage has been uploaded than we could watch in a lifetime, even if we did nothing but sat in front of YouTube from the minute we were born until the day we died.

The most popular videos have been viewed over a billion times, with Korean artist Psy’s 2012 hit ‘Gangnam Style’ still way ahead of anything else, with over 2.5 billion views. In fact, 28 of the 30 most popular YouTube clips are popular music videos. Perhaps if The Buggles had been around today, ‘Video Killed the Video Star’ would have had very different lyrics – I’m not sure we can “put all the blame on VCR” anymore!

In this ocean of instantly clickable video, it’s perhaps inevitable that while some clips are watched again and again by millions of people all over the world, others are barely watched at all. In fact, there are videos out there that nobody has ever seen other than (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Is Facebook reaching ‘tipping’ point?

Posted on April 22, 2016

Social network Facebook is believed to be considering setting up a virtual ‘tip jar’, so that users of the site can give tips to the people and pages they like the most.

This new proposal is just one of a (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Teens snub Facebook

Posted on April 19, 2016

A recent survey conducted by investment company Piper Jaffray has found that social networking phenomenon Facebook is becoming less (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

How the internet has changed the way companies name themselves

Posted on April 18, 2016

If you lived through the ‘80s and ‘90s, you’ll remember that the first reference point if you wanted to find a local business was the phone book or Yellow Pages. This was a big, weighty doorstop of a directory that was so large, the deliverer had to actually call at your door and hand it to you, as it wouldn’t (more…)

Posted by John Murray

What will happen when you fall for Facebook ‘win a car’ scams?

Posted on April 15, 2016

Last week, so annoyed was I at the current spate of Facebook scams doing the rounds, I created a video explaining how the ‘win a car’ scams work. The video is a near three minutes of pure anger and, to date, has generated thousands of views and around 100 shares on Facebook.

Have a watch and judge for yourself – I may have gone a bit overboard.

Did you watch it? Angry, eh?

It makes me angry because this has been going on for several years. I even wrote about it back in 2014.

Now, I’ve spoken with a few journalists this week about a possible feature on these scams, but the overriding response was one of indifference. The reason being they didn’t feel there was much to warn people about – there’s no real harm in these scams as nobody ends up out of pocket, and nobody is conned out of money.

This led me to think about the endgame of these scammers. Just getting hundreds of thousands of gullible people to share their page on Facebook isn’t the goal of the scammer. That’s merely a means to an end. If the journalists in the UK don’t feel there’s much to warn against, and the people sharing these scams don’t see the harm, perhaps it’s time we looked at exactly what could happen when you fall for the scam – if not to you then to (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson
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