Damian Radcliffe

Posts Tagged ‘social media tools’

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 2010-09-05

In Daily Links on September 6, 2010 at 2:01 am

Social entrepreneurs in Big Society

In Daily Links on August 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm


Links to:


CHISEL kids – CHISEL is an acronym for Crime prevention. Health & personal safety, Identity awareness, Sports & fitness, Education support, Lifeskills & mentoring and are the key objectives of the programme.

Pinkstinks – a campaign and social enterprise that challenges the culture of pink which invades every aspect of girls’ lives.

Mapping for Change – an innovative social enterprise that exists to support the development of sustainable communities. We specialise in providing participatory mapping services to communities, voluntary sector organisations, local authorities and developers using a suite of innovative tools for communication.

Creating community websites with platforms other than WordPress

In Daily Links on July 28, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Useful post from Nicky at TAL.

The Tuttle Club

In Daily Links on July 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm

The Tuttle Club is a loose association of people finding a way of working better together both online and off-

There’s no need to sign up – everyone’s welcome at our Friday morning meetups. They run from 10am to midday at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton St, London WC1X 9NG.

Time Magazine’s Top 50 sites of 2009

In Daily Links on July 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Here’s the list. Sadly no comment on each of the sites, or any categorisation. One for a rainy day…

Where Geeks meet Government

In Daily Links on July 28, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Rewired State.

“Rewired State runs hackdays where developers show government what is possible, and government shows developers what is needed.”

15 Ideas You Can Steal From The UK’s Best Online Community

In Daily Links on July 28, 2010 at 12:30 pm

c/o Rich Millington – a list of 15 things Mumsnet does well.

How to Add Multimedia to Your Blog

In Daily Links on July 21, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Useful guide.