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Making the most of obscure theme days

Posted on March 14, 2016

What do freedom of information, biodiesel, corned beef and cabbage, and a world shortage of shoes have in common? The answer is that they all have awareness days dedicated to them this week.

You’ll no doubt have seen many of these theme days – some very important and some incredibly tenuous – cropping up on social media and the (more…)

Posted by John Murray

“My phone tweeted it in my pocket” – the new “the dog ate my homework”?

Posted on February 16, 2016

Football fans are not known for being the most forgiving and sympathetic of folks, and a surefire way to grind their gears is to follow up a lousy performance on the pitch with a reminder of how luxurious their lives are away from it.

That was exactly what Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott did on Sunday by tweeting a picture of (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Three ways social media can do the hard work for you

Posted on January 27, 2016

A lot of businesses are put off social media because they simply see it as an irritating fiddly bit in broadcasting their content. They think that it’s one thing to update their blog with fresh and interesting material, but to then have to go and log in to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. is just more (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Don’t make a Trump of yourself on Twitter

Posted on January 8, 2016

Love him or loathe him, Donald Trump is certainly a man who provides journalists with plenty of material. It seems that a day rarely goes by that the American billionaire turned Republican Party front-runner doesn’t do or say something that gets him in the news and sends social media into overdrive.

Yesterday was no exception, when he tweeted (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Super-rich to get own online social network

Posted on December 7, 2015

Billionaires looking to shun common or garden social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook may soon have a gilt-edged alternative, courtesy of Credit Suisse.

The financial services group, based in Switzerland, is considering creating an invitation-only social media platform to serve its high-end clients, according to a recent trademark application.

Eleven – a reference to the firm’s New York address of (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Labour draws up guidelines for social media

Posted on November 25, 2015

Concerned about the way its members have been conducting themselves online, the Labour Party is drafting a paper that will direct them how to use social media platforms effectively.

The Guardian writes that the party is concerned about how political debate has degenerated into personal attack, and is addressing the issue of online reputation management. One party member, Peter Willsman, said that (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Telegram identified as ISIS secret messaging app

Posted on November 24, 2015

It has been revealed that terrorist organisation ISIS has been using Telegram, a free app, to communicate with each other and distribute information.

The app, which is free and available on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac, has a “secret chat” feature that was used by extremists not only to talk to each other, but to distribute materials such as (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning

Social media trouble brewing for Starbucks’ red cups

Posted on November 12, 2015

Worldwide coffee chain Starbucks is seeing a growing number of its customers using Twitter to bemoan a change to its seasonal takeaway cups.

The company’s iconic red cups debuted in 1997, and each year since have featured a different Christmas-themed design, including reindeer, snowflakes and trees. However, this year’s design is a much more sombre affair, and although still a festive red, it is devoid of any (more…)

Posted by Mark Glenning
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