Damian Radcliffe

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What I learnt over the summer aka Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links for August and early September 2010

In Monthly round up: Top Internet, Technology and Social Media Stories, Facts and Links on September 15, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Here’s the best of what I’ve read in the past four-six weeks relating to social networking, social media, technology et al. Comments, additions and your own contributions are very welcome.


50 Best Websites 2010 – file under ‘stuff to do on a rainy day’. List by Time Magazine. 

Best Blogs of 2010 more of the same from Time.

Internet 2009 in numbers from Royal Pingdom.

Brazil, Russia, India, China and Indonesia will double their Internet users to 1.2 billion by 2015

Social Networking

The top countries on Facebook (chart) | Royal Pingdom

Web Users Now Spend More Time on Facebook Than Google

Social Media in Disasters and Emergencies

The Next 5 Years in Social Media

How News Consumption is Shifting to the Personalized Social News Stream

75% of news consumed online is through shared news from social networking sites or e-mail. Social news is finding us.

Gender, Education, Age and Income analysed for social networks around the world, including many I’d never heard of!

MySpace has struck a deal with Facebook which will allow users to “sync” their status updates on both social networks. 

Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley told the Sunday Times the location-based social network, which boasts 3m users, does not regard Facebook’s newly launched Places service as a direct threat, saying: “I use Facebook, but not to announce which bar I’m in. That’s for your good friends, not for some half-forgotten college acquaintance.” Ouch!

Apple said 1m people signed up to Ping, its music-based social network, in the 48 hours after its launch

Virgin Media has launched Sofa Stadium, a new dual-screen app which coincides with the start of the Premier League season, giving fans match stats and social networking feeds alongside televised games.


A Look Back at the Last 5 Years in Blogging

Royal Opera House threatens to sue blogger over photo row

Without Prejudice – why all the Royal Opera House posts have disappeared

Non-profit blog threatened by legal action from the Royal Opera House for using unauthorised images of the ROH. This post lists the correspondence.


Leading article: Thanks to the internet, the customer is king again …

Hoteliers to take their revenge on TripAdvisor’s critiques in court …


9 Awesome Search Engines That Aren’t Named Google

“On Google, 34,000 searches occur each second….”

Search Google like an expert

Selected coverage of Google Instant:


Google phones set to overhaul competitors in four years – Business News …

Quarter of all searches on Android devices in the US are now made using voice.


Town halls ‘saving millions by embracing new technology’ – Telegraph

How Flickr can work on a local government website – a nice example from Walsall.


Crowdsourcing tubestrike info

TV online

Research by SeeSaw.com and Radio Times found 34% now watch their favourite shows online, rising to 56% among students. Radio Times editor Ben Preston said: “The couch potato is dead, the age of the hunter-gatherer is nigh. Technology means television isn’t a passive activity any more. We hunt down what we want to watch, we gather up great shows we’ve missed and we chat and joke about what we’ve seen – whether friends and family are sitting next to us or are online thousands of miles away.”

Apple iPhone users accessed 5.3m BBC programmes in July, according to new figures. New Media Age reported that an average of 230,016 Apple mobile handset owners visited the BBC iPlayer service to download shows each week during the month.

4oD accounted for 25% of TV watched by students with YouTube accounting for a further 13%.

TiVo has announced a research project that will see the company monitor how much time users spend watching online content on their TV sets alongside regular programmes.


New Facebook safety concerns have emerged after the social networking giant launched a feature in the US which automatically shares location information of users with their ‘friends’. People will be able to “check in” at locations, with the information shared among their chosen online contacts. But US Privacy Rights Clearinghouse spokeswoman Rainey Reitman warned: “What we see with Facebook is a massive learning curve. Every time they make a change, consumers scramble to figure out the privacy settings. Location data is tied to people’s safety – if people know where you are, they know where you’re not. Your location data is some of the most sensitive data we have.”
Sources: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/aug/19/facebook-places-location-tool-unveiled and http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/de665226-ab2e-11df-9e6b-00144feabdc0.html

Defending the new Facebook Places feature, product manager Ana Yang said: “People are already sharing their location on Facebook, so we looked at this to see if we could make it easier, more consistent and more social. But if it means removing friends you don’t know or even blocking someone, we support all those things because you’ll have more control. People should be establishing the social norms that it’s OK to block the sketchy ex-boyfriend and in some ways it’s easier to do this on Facebook than in real life.” She added that users could opt to be notified if they are tagged at a location, and said a total opt-out of “places” tags was available.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has suggested a radical plan for today’s teenagers whose social networking site activities could embarrass them into their adult lives – change your name. In an online debate hosted by the Wall Street Journal, he predicted this could be an effective way of disowning potentially compromising photographs and comments preserved for all time on social media sites, stating: “I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time.”
See: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/16/schmidt_wsj/ and http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/google-on-privacy-change-your-name-20100817-127xj.html?from=smh_sb

links for 2010-09-14

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links for 2010-09-10

In Daily Links on September 11, 2010 at 2:02 am
  • We already know that Facebook is the web’s biggest time sink. If you look at the average amount of time (according to Nielsen) users spend on the social network, Facebook is a clear winner over sites such as Google or Yahoo.
    Now, according to comScore, Facebook is also first when it comes to the total amount of time users are spending on the site. In August, U.S. web users spent 41.1 million minutes on Facebook, which was about 9.9% of their entire web-surfing time in that month. In this same period, people spent 39.8 million minutes on all of Google’s sites, and those include another huge online timesink – YouTube.
  • As reported in 'The Lawyer' magazine. User comments obviously worth a read. Interesting case this.
    (tags: blogging ROH)
  • Non-profit blog threatened by legal action from the Royal Opera House for using unauthorised images of the ROH. This post lists the correspondence.
    (tags: ROH blogging)
  • The US government has signed a deal with British owned news agency Splash to win hearts and minds in the Middle East by beaming them the latest celebrity news. Splash News and Pictures has signed a licensing deal to supply Voice of America with a weekly half hour TV show. This means millions of viewers in the Middle East, Asia and Africa will have access to the latest news about the adventures of Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian via the US government-funded broadcasting network.
  • To be launched in early November with an 80 per cent French music quota, it will be "aimed primarily at London's 400,000 native French speakers" as well as the large number of British Francophiles in the city.
    (tags: radio)

links for 2010-09-09

In Daily Links on September 10, 2010 at 2:03 am
  • Facebook recently passed an incredible milestone, 500 million active users. And it keeps growing… If Facebook were a country, it’d be second only to China and India.
  • What happened with the Internet in 2009?
    How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many Internet users were there? This post will answer all of those questions and many more. Prepare for information overload, but in a good way. 😉
  • # Pursue what you love. Passion is an incredible motivator. It fuels focus, resilience, and perseverance.
    # Do the hardest work first.
    # Practice intensely, without interruption for short periods of no longer than 90 minutes and then take a break.
    # Seek expert feedback, in intermittent doses.
    # Take regular renewal breaks.
    # Ritualize practice
    (tags: li)
  • 1. Meet People's Needs.
    2. Teach Creativity Systematically.
    3. Nurture Passion.
    4. Make the Work Matter.
    5. Provide the Time.
    6. Value Renewal.
  • A recent survey done by the Red Cross Organization in the US revealed that social media is becoming increasingly important when crisis hit home.
    * 16% uses social media to get news of an emergency
    * About half the respondents are willing to sign up for email, text alerts to receive news regarding emergency
    * About half of the respondents would mention a particular emergency on their social media channel
    * 75% choose Facebook as the most used platform for respondents to post eyewitness information to. Blog comes in 22% while Twitter 21%
    * Vast majority will choose Facebook as the platform of choice when it comes to posting about their safety
    * Most than two third agree that response agencies should regularly monitor social media
    * Younger users age 18 – 34 (33%) make use of social media to get use of an event or emergency compared to only 9% of those age 35 and older
    * In the survey, 3 out of 4 respondents expect help to arrive within one hour
  • …focus on the 20% that will bring you 80% of the results.

    By doing an 80-20 optimization of your website — whittling your pages down to the 20% of things that produces 80% of the results — you’ll not only have a simpler site that’ll convert better, but you’ll have less work in developing and managing it since there’ll be fewer elements to think about.

  • Searching is one of the core utilities of the internet. Most websites today have a search function, and we all spend a lot of time searching. On Google, for example, 34,000 searches occur each second. For many internet users, Google has become the default search engine in web browsers and mobile devices; however, Google isn’t always the best search engine for the job. When Google isn’t getting the job done, give one of these other search engines a chance.
  • An online business news outlet, TheBusinessDesk.com, has reached a readership milestone by securing more than 50,000 registered subscribers.

    The free-to-use service has three regional hubs: Yorkshire, the North West and the West Midlands.

  • Industrial areas in the North East and Midlands are least resilient to economic shocks, BBC-commissioned research suggests.

    Middlesbrough is ranked as the most vulnerable, followed by Mansfield, in Nottinghamshire, and Stoke-on-Trent.

    The Experian research suggests how England's regions may cope with further public sector cuts.

    The study looks at the ability of each local authority area to withstand sudden changes in the economy.

    A clear north-south divide is evident in the research.

    Elmbridge in Surrey is the most resilient area in England, followed by St Albans in Hertfordshire and then Waverley in Surrey, the information suggests.

    The research, commissioned by BBC English Regions, looks at four key themes; business, community, people and place.

    (tags: cuts experian)
  • Local authorities have embraced new mobile phone, satellite and “location based” technology to better inform residents about a variety of council services such as meals on wheels, schools, busses, refuse collections and planning applications.

    The new technology has helped increase council “productivity” by £230 million, the Local Government Association research found, as local authorities struggle to plug budget black holes.

links for 2010-09-08

In Daily Links on September 9, 2010 at 2:03 am
  • today, I was able to see a cool new use of some open source software called Ushahidi today to map the impact of the strike on us poor Londoners and our blighted travel plans.
  • Late on Monday night, I wrote a short post here in anticipation of the crowdmap I’d just set up for BBC London, which I hoped would provide a useful service the following day for the London tubestrike, 7th September 2010.

    It’s now Wednesday morning, and I can write, while still feeling slightly shell-shocked from the experience, that all in all, I’m very pleased with how it went.

  • Is this the year of the content farm?

    Last month, Demand Media, which already has a UK operation, published its IPO prospectus. This autumn, AOL plans a UK launch for Seed.com, a platform for freelance contributions that looks a lot like Demand’s. Homegrown entrepreneurs have taken the hint, too: last week, a marketplace for celebrity coverage called Interview Hub opened for business.

    Content farms are an attempt to increase the efficiency with which copy is commissioned, produced and published. Among freelance journalists, the instinctive response is often negative.

    No wonder. Would you fancy competing with thousands of new (and far less experienced) rivals for work that pays far less than it used to?

  • Why should you worry about Net Neutrality? It’s a complicated concept, even more complex in reality. Yet, for people like Chris Anderson of Wired it could spell the end of what we know as the free Internet. At a Polis experts seminar the conclusion was that you should not leave this area of media policy to competition, but that still leaves a lot of debate about what how you might interfere to prevent interference with the Web.
  • A third of the world’s population has given money to charity in the past month, the largest study ever carried out into global social conscience reveals today.

    The “World Giving Index” used Gallup surveys of 195,000 people in 153 nations and asked people whether they had volunteered or given money or help in the last month. It also asked respondents to rank how happy they are with life.

links for 2010-09-07

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