Know where the legal line lies in what you can and cannot say online


If you need further evidence that social media is now very much part of the fabric of contemporary society, it comes in the form of an initiative by the Attorney General’s Office designed “to help prevent social media users from committing a contempt of court.” Attorney General for England and Wales Dominic Grieve, QC, MP […]

Beware lack of Plan B in a Twitter hashtag chat #AskJPM


Using Twitter as a channel to engage in public conversation is a tactic that’s been employed by a number of large organizations in high-profile examples over the past few weeks. Focused around a hashtag – a word or single-word phrase starting with the ‘#’ symbol – such ‘tweet chats’ can be an effective method of […]

Introducing "FIR presents Linked Conversations with Chuck Hester"


The FIR Podcast Network is pleased to announce a new podcast focused on getting the most from the LinkedIn business network that will begin later this month. Presenter Chuck Hester explains… I’ve known Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson for many years, and have enjoyed hearing – and learning from – For Immediate Release from the […]

Getting personal with a custom Google+ address


Ever since Google introduced Google+ in 2011, a big frustration for many users of the embryonic social network was letting people know where to find them. That means a web address or URL: something you can let people know about so that it’s easy for them to find you on Google+. Except that it wasn’t […]

The over-arching strategy for Google+


One of the characteristics of any conversation about Google+ is a view that not many people actually use it – mostly the “users” versus “active users” argument – and how it will fail as it’s not like Facebook or Twitter as a social network. Speaking as an “active user” since Google field trialled Google+ in […]

How ‘social TV’ enables immersive involvement in live events


Audience participation with live TV events via social channels like Twitter is becoming increasingly common and a big part of audience expectations. I’m thinking of campaign-type events, not spontaneous or serendipitous actions by individual tweeters, Facebookers or Google+ers with their communities. This is about orchestrated activities: programme-makers and the television broadcasters creating a broader platform […]

The state of the social web according to GlobalWebIndex


Some interesting metrics form part of a global study into social media usage and trends published last week by GlobalWebIndex, the London-based market research firm. Stream Social: Q2 2013 examines usage worldwide of the top five social platforms – Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest – during the second quarter of this year. The report […]

The mobile internet tipping point in China


It seems pretty clear that smartphone growth and usage in China are in high-speed mode. Recent research like IDC’s 2013 Q1 China Mobile Phone Quarterly Tracker talks up the growth trend, suggesting that smartphone shipments in China will grow 6 percent year-on-year, and will exceed 460 million units by 2017. China undoubtedly is a hot […]

Fifteen big trends for the evolving digital age


The latest sets of analysed data on current and next internet trends from the peerless Mary Meeker, US venture capitalist and analyst, and her colleague Liang Wu, present a buffet of valuable metrics and compelling insights into the scope of the global online world and those shaping it, evolving it and driving it relentlessly onwards. […]