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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

Do social media interactions = great content?

Posted on June 23, 2016

Chasing likes, shares, follows and retweets can be a frustrating game and one that leaves you scratching your head. You could post something you think is eloquent, funny, thought-provoking and factual, yet have it (more…)

Posted by John Murray

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

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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