Archive | 2009

My thoughts on the #socialmedia chat

Have you ever been to a great party where you’re just arriving as everyone else is leaving.That’s what it feels like this afternoon with this afternoon’s #socialmedia chat. As I’m too late to participate on Twitter, I thought it might be better to add some slightly longer thoughts to some of the sound bites on […]

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Labour Party conference 2009 #lab09

I’ve only missed one Labour Party conference in about the last 14 years. This year however I’m only there for one day as I need to stay in Leeds to help my wife who is the final week of the selection contest to choose the prospective Parliamentary candidate for Elmet and Rothwell. My flying visit […]

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Why the BNP needs the ‘oxygen of publicity’ – to choke itself

This morning I provided PR Week with a quote about the BBC’s decision to allow the BNP’s Nick Griffin to appear on Question Time. My full comment was: I don’t think it’s just a publicity stunt for the BBC. It’s not a question of if it is a good move, it was the only move […]

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Cabinet Office hits back at inaccurate media coverage of Deputy Director of Digital Communication job advert

Once again the media has been getting its collective knickers in a twist because the UK government is recruiting a ‘Twittercrat’ who will be ‘paid to teach the Government how to use social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Bebo.’ Cue, lots of critical comment and editorials. Except that most of it wasn’t true and […]

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CIPR Northern Conference 2009

I’ve known for a while now what the exciting line-up for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Northern Conference is going to be. But I had to keep it under wraps until the official conference brochure was published. The headline speaker is a man who needs no introduction – Alistair Campbell. Naturally, I’ve heard him […]

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Lots of interesting new social media research statistics

If you don’t read my posts on the Wolfstar blog you might have missed my last two posts with some interesting new social media research statistics. The first was Forrester Research’s new report looking at usage of social media and social networks across the globe. I take a closer look at the figures across Europe. […]

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Why Labour is beating the Tories online

It is a common fallacy that the Tories are beating Labour online. That’s why Conservative MPs dominate the new Total Politics Annual Blog Poll. There are just 14 Labour blogs in the Top 30, compared to nine Conservative… That’s right. Labour is in fact the party that leads with blogging MPs, according to a poll […]

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The truth about The Investor’s Business Daily, Professor Stephen Hawking and MND/Lou Gehrig’s Disease

You’d think a publication with the title of The Investor’s Business Daily would be a pretty reputable publication, dedicated to checking its facts, otherwise how could it talk cover a subject such as investment? You’d be wrong. The Investor’s Business Daily was where the story about Professor Stephen Hawking and his experiences (or claimed lack […]

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#welovethenhs takes over Twitter

The #welovethenhs is now by far and away the top trend amongst the people I follow on Twitter. However, surprisingly it isn’t trending anymore (Twitter searches for the most talk about subjects and highlights them as trending topics). Based on the volume of tweets that I’m seeing then #welovethenhs should be trending. I’m not the […]

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The tools that give me time to do corporate social media

Today is a sad day as one of the set of tools that I depend on is no more. The ability to subscribe to mainstream media and social media websites using RSS feeds is an enormous time saver and if it wasn’t for that it would be extremely difficult to do my job as a […]

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