Social Media:

Tweeting teen on the right track for Southern Rail

Posted on July 17, 2017

Regional operator Southern Rail placed its Twitter account in the hands of a 15-year-old last week, with surprising (if somewhat surreal) success.

The work experience student, known (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Social media prompts council action over blocked path

Posted on July 12, 2017

How quickly would you expect your local council to react to a complaint? One week? One month? Longer?

I once used the (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Social media used for “public opinion manipulation”, study finds

Posted on June 21, 2017

A nine-country investigation conducted by the University of Oxford has concluded that social media is being used as an effective tool to spread misinformation and propaganda throughout the world.

The Computational Propaganda Research Project did not (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Twitter ditches egg avatar

Posted on April 5, 2017

Microblogging site Twitter has recently announced that it is getting rid of its egg avatar as part of its strategy to deter internet trolls.

The iconic avatar, which is (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Are newspapers providing readers with the truth?

Posted on December 15, 2016

National newspapers publish hundreds of stories each week and members of the public take time out to absorb the information they are presented with. They would naturally assume that what they are being given is factually accurate information that has (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Fake Facebook warning – scam from ‘Team Advert’

Posted on November 21, 2016

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of scams on Facebook, such as the ‘win a car’ scams and the ‘win a PS4’ scams. They’re usually pretty easy to spot and they target casual Facebook users – people who wouldn’t necessarily know a genuine page from a fake one. However, a new type of scam emerged recently that was a lot more difficult to spot, and it targeted business owners who (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

The increase of cyberbullying, and what to do about it

Posted on November 11, 2016

Whether or not you care to admit it, the internet has seen a staggering increase in the number of cyber bullying instances in the last few years. We’re not just talking about the USA either; the UK has been hit very hard by the desire to torment others via the latest social media technology.

The children’s helpline Childline has seen a staggering 87% increase in the number of counselling sessions over the three years 2013-2015 as a direct result of online bullying. Even if someone hasn’t reported an act of cyberbullying, many have still been exposed to it or had it affect them directly. More than two in five (41%) of youngsters aged between 11-19 have admitted to seeing online behaviour or content that upset them, with 27% of children aged 7-11 saying the same.

When you consider that 96% of youngsters aged between 11-19 use (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Why Ghostbusters has got its Facebook marketing so wrong

Posted on July 8, 2016

Regular movie-goers may have noticed a trend over the last decade or so for reboots, or remakes, of classic films. Some of these have been successful (such as Mad Max), even improving on the original, and some have been absolutely appalling (Fantastic Four, for example).

There are some films, however, that you would argue shouldn’t be touched. Films that are so perfect in their execution that any attempt to remake, or reboot, them would only lead to an inferior film designed solely to cash in on the success of the original. One such film is 1984’s Ghostbusters.

First off, let’s clear something up. This movie isn’t a reboot. It’s a remake. A reboot would imply there will be more of them. There won’t. Therefore it’s a remake.

Before I go into this, I should put all my cards on the table and ‘fess up as a (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson
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