Archive | 2009

How can local government use social media?

Ingrid Koehler at the IDeA has posted some questions about how local government can use and engage with social media. As an ex-local councillor (where my responsibilities included being lead member for corporate communications and customer services) and as a…

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Speed cameras – in dire need of some good PR support

Ex-transport minister Tom Harris MP has written an excellent blog post in favour of speed cameras. Personally I’ve never understood the rationale of those who oppose them and I’m not in favour of making them highly visible with signs to…

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Don’t Panic Guide to Social Media Conference makes last stop at Barbican, London

The third and final instalment of the Don’t Panic Guide to Social Media takes place in April at The Barbican Centre in London. It’s your last opportunity to catch this conference, which has already proved very popular at its first…

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The best blogs by MPs

First there was one and now there are many, far too many to pay attention to. The only three MP blogs that I find to be essential reading are Tom Watson, Tom Harris and Kerry McCarthy. All three are quite…

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Can trade associations ‘get’ social media?

Both the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) have published papers on social media this week. One thing they appear to have in common is that neither was very good. Amelia Torode…

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Obamiconme – does what it says thanks to Rick Murray.

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National Express East Coast: Lions led by donkeys

I don’t want my blog to turn into a regular rant against abysmal customer service, but when you have the 21st century equivalent of a publishing press and you’re regularly subjected to deliberate bad service it’s hard not to vent…

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LabourList goes live

The Observer reports that LabourList, the ‘secret’ new media project that Derek Draper has been working on, has finally soft launched with a beta version of the site. There’s already been the expected round of criticism from right-wing commentators such…

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Will Labour’s shadow cabinet web chat go viral?

Not sure what I think of this. I like the idea, just not to sure about the implementation. The only bit that really made me laugh was “William Hague (available for speeches, weddings and hen nights) has logged on. hi…

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