Valentine expression


Today is Valentine’s Day, the day traditionally when millions of people express a feeling towards another via the mechanism of anonymous greeting cards they send. Well, note the word ‘traditionally.’ The days of buying a printed Hallmark Valentine card and sending it through the post haven’t quite vanished yet. But things are quite different today, […]

The mutual value of the conversation


The stats helper monkeys have been busy, said WordPress in an overnight email telling me about “Your 2013 in blogging,” a concise analysis of this blog during the year as noted by the stats module in Jetpack, the uber-plugin utility for self-hosted WordPress sites. It’s a concise portrayal of a range of metrics that are […]

It’s all love and hate with Facebook


The thumbs-down symbol to register dislike of something on Facebook has long been a wish expressed by quite a few people. That wish has come to fruition, sort of – there now is a dislike button but only as an add-on to Facebook Messenger, the social network’s text-chat service. The fact that so many people […]

Happy Christmas

Recorded in 1972 as a protest song about the Vietnam War, the lyrics of John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” resonate powerfully today, too, especially when set against the backdrop of the imagery in this YouTube video. So, this is Christmas And what have you done? Another year over And a new one just […]

Seven years on Twitter


Today marks the seventh year I’ve been on Twitter. And this post marks that milestone to the minute as I signed up and posted my first tweet at 12.48pm UK time on December 7, 2006. signing up for twitter — Neville Hobson (@jangles) December 7, 2006 7 years, 68.6K tweets and 12,160 followers later, I […]

Scoble and Israel join up the dots #AoCUK #CIPR


About 100 people gathered in Google’s London campus last night to hear Robert Scoble and Shel Israel talk about concepts, ideas, experiences, trends and realities surrounding some of the themes and topics in their new book, Age of Context, published in September. The widely-anticipated event was organized by the CIPR and sponsored by Precise. Age […]

Exuberance, imagination and style on display at #somecomms Awards


If I’d been a keen fan of Arsenal football club, I’d have been in seventh heaven last Thursday evening. I was at the Emirates stadium – Arsenal’s home in north London – for the huge shindig that was the UK Social Media Communications Awards 2013. It was an event that attracted not far off 300 […]

Increase your computer satisfaction with Soluto’s anti-frustration service


One of the banes of modern computer life is booting up, the process that happens to your computer when you switch it on. On my office desktop computer running 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate, it takes well over five minutes from the moment I turn the machine on to the moment when realistically I can start […]

Making a difference, one conversation at a time #BAD13


Today, in blogs big and small around the world, people are talking about human rights. It’s a topic of universal interest yet often it’s one of universal fatigue, too. You get fed up hearing about famines, wars and human suffering that seems never-ending and that violate the human rights of people everywhere, unendingly. You get […]