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Thank Me Later: The Role of Gratitude in Social Media

Good manners are great- like social alchemy, they lubricate the processes of every day life, giving a little advantage to those who use them effectively.

But as with all things, they require balance.  Perhaps it’s because it exposes their ritual, arbitrary nature but gratuitous deployment can breed suspicion or come across as weakness.  I think it’s much the same with the gratitude that some people demonstrate in social media.

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telecoms

Why the Nexus is not “just another Android phone”

Okay, let’s make this clear: The Nexus is just another Android phone.

However, it’s one that Google have thrown the full weight of their marketing effort behind. Bear in mind these guys don’t hold press events for the opening of every envelope- the last big one announced Google Wave and that was only as part of a larger Google I/O gathering.

Furthermore, Google are notorious long-game thinkers. They gradually manoeuvre their way around the industry, insidiously implanting the importance of their products into your everyday lifestyle. It’s viral.

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Public Relations

Thoughts on Journalists’ Public Relations Relations

Whatever your business, reputation is important. But in media-related industries like journalism and PR, it’s absolutely vital.

Today’s fuss about Kevin Braddock‘s naming and shaming of PRs has been interesting in itself but I think it reflects another interesting aspect of the UKTJPR community; Some journalists are much better at their own PR than others.

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Politics

Griffin vs the Chimera of Society

ngLike many of you, I was sucked in by the #bbcqt activity last night in a manner that 2 Screen would surely be proud of.  However, I couldn’t help but think this.

Tweetminster measured 12.49 #bbcqt tweets per second by the end of the programme, a phenomenal volume hailed by many as a beacon of popular desire to confront a repugnant political contingent. But underneath it all, there were tones of a more sinister element to what was happening.

Both on the programme and via social media, people were using the security of the self-affirming mob to indulge their righteousness.

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Have Apple Miced an Opportunity?

magicmouseIn today’s Apple update, there’s one element for me that’s far more exciting than the others and yet at the same time, really disappointing.  The new Magic Mouse.

Sure, iMac users can now woosh around and no longer have to live in jealousy of their MacBook brothers and let’s not understate how nice that will be for them.  But if you’re going to play around with the core interface elements, why stop there?

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Public Relations

Are you a fan of fans being fanned by the fantastic Dyson Fan fan?

dyson-fan-pr-1If you’re anything like me, you’ll be relieved to hear today’s Dyson announcement about bringing air-multiplication to the mainstream.  This country was built on such great endeavours; just look at the water punctuation of the 30s or fire division pioneered by Sir Henry Johnstead back in the 1800s.

God Save the Queen!

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Politics

Why didn’t The Sun switch to the Lib Dems instead?

sunflame_soho_bigImaginatively, The Sun today declared their support for the Conservative Party after 12 years of backing Labour.

But is this a mature approach in modern times?  Does a publication have to declare its support for a particular party, drawing their lines and wearing hearts on their sleeve?

Many would argue that all publications will have their slant so it may as well be explicit.  However, something about this doesn’t seem right to me.  Why should it be about parties rather than policies and ideas?

After all, Parliament provides an arena where policy may be proffered by anyone, to then be considered for the country and iterated via gladiatorial debate.

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telecoms

iPhone: Orange vs O2

Based on Ofcom’s December 2008 3G coverage maps, expect to see Orange adverts in the near future featuring solely this…

O2

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Orange

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Have a look at the full OfCom report on 3G coverage on their site.  Official announcement from Orange here.

UPDATE NOV ’09: Table comparison of O2 vs Orange pricing here from Pocket-Lint.

For related stories on this topic, click here.

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Social Media

North/ South Twivide

Couldn’t resist putting this up.

Trendsmap is a service that layers tags on top of a World map to show what is trending where.  Let’s have a look at the image below:

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In the area around London:  Grammar, investment, debate.

Over toward Liverpool: @mrpeterandre .

What does it all mean?

P.S. Feel free to add your own finds as comments below…