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As Lord McAlpine takes the tweeters who defamed his character and makes them culpable for their actions, the spotlight turns on libel laws and how it affects the everyday person and their Twitter account. What we want to discuss is how this also affects company Twitter accounts, exactly when shouldn’t you hit that retweet button, and when is it a really bad idea to write a tweet in the first place? Continue Reading

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It has always struck me as strange that LinkedIn, which was created as a business to business social network specifically designed for networking, had such appalling company pages.

Whilst social networks primarily targeting those people wanting to chat with their friends have pretty good company pages and attract the social media managers of varying companies, LinkedIn started to attract the recruiters and becoming more of a job board, which is disappointing when it has so much more potential.

It appears that LinkedIn have finally realised the error of their ways and are in the process of launching their new and improved company pages. Continue Reading

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Imagine a future where instead of saying you “Googled” something, you just “Facebooked” it.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated his intentions of exploring the search market with Facebook in a recent interview with Search Engine Land, stating “at some point, we’ll do it”.

This begs a number of questions: Is this about revenue and share price? Is this about creating a new and unique way of getting the answers you need? Or is this about staying in the game? Continue Reading

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Pinterest, the social network based on sharing your virtual pinboards, has now been crowned the fastest growing independent website of all time.

It’s eclipsed Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to hit ten million monthly unique visitors in the US. And it’s still invite only.

The escalation of Pinterest has been labelled “unprecedented” with growth of more than 4000% in the last six months, with over four million users registered worldwide.

Considering that CEO and co-founder Ben Silbermann worked for Google before going it alone, Pinterest had a better chance than many of making its mark. Continue Reading

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Life events such as birthdays, New Year’s Eve, or just meeting up for drinks have become synonymous with Facebook events.

They have provided a unique forum for broadcasting every detail of your event to friends and family, as well as requesting everyone’s attendance and then reminding everyone it’s happening, for years and years. Somewhere along the line they seem to have lost their way. Continue Reading

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As if their recent stock market performance wasn’t bad enough, social media giants Facebook are facing new outrage at their recent addition of a Promoted Posts feature for company pages.

Now, fury at Facebook updates is nothing new – whether that’s privacy policies, visual updates or the dreaded Timeline, they seem incapable of keeping anyone happy. Indeed, they could offer a free Creme Egg for every status update, and I’m sure people would still complain.

But this time, people may just have rushed for their indignation too soon. Continue Reading

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Google take their next step towards integrating search with social by ensuring businesses get a social visit via local results.

For several years Google have been integrating Google Maps results into their search results, this has given users searching for businesses in a certain locale more relevant results and businesses in that locale a more prominent position in results. When users clicked on a business they would be taken to their Google Places page, a page which held brief information about the business, some photo’s, reviews and a link to their website. Continue Reading

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Around the middle of Janurary, Google rolled out “Search Plus Your World” (hereon called SPYW), which means that logged-in users will get their organic search results augmented with socially shared content and markup, ostensibly from Google+. Danny Sullivan already wrote up two pieces about that (“Google’s Results Get More Personal”:http://searchengineland.com/googles-results-get-more-personal-with-search-plus-your-world-107285 & “Real-Life Examples of How Search Plus Pushes Google+ Over Relevancy”:http://searchengineland.com/examples-google-search-plus-drive-facebook-twitter-crazy-107554), which cover the changes brilliantly, so I suggest reading those, before carrying on. Continue Reading

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Pinterest, it’s the hottest new thing in social media, despite launching little over a year ago and still available by invitation only, has recently seen a phenomenal growth in popularity and usage; according to Quantcast, in March last year approximately 50,000 people in the US were signed up whereas in October that same year the figure was 600,000 and showed no sign of slowing. Continue Reading

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