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Award-winning Romanian tourism PR campaign

When the UK’s Conservative government decided to run an anti-immigration campaign in Romania to dissuade Romanians from coming to the UK a Romanian advertising agency came up with a fantastic response. The UK government campaign ‘You won’t like it here’ was intended to keep away Romanian migrants by showing how awful life in Britain is. […]

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Twitter Transparency Report reveals US government is top demander of private information

The Twitter Transparency Report published today reveals that the US government has made more demands that Twitter hands over private information about users than every other government combined. The US government has made 679 ‘User Information Requests’ of which Twitter has provided some or all of the information demanded in an astonishing 75% of cases. […]

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NeverSeconds shows why PR needs to be respected

Lots of buzz about #neverseconds and almost universal ridicule of Argyll and Bute Council’s statement (see Update Three below as the council has now unethically tried to hide its incompetence) in response. The story is that nine-year old Martha Payne has been blogging photographs of her school meals and writing about what is wrong with the meals. […]

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Social media in local government

BDO has published an interesting report into the current use of social media within local government in the UK. BDO worked with Municipal Journal (MJ) to conduct a survey to find out how 67 local authorities are currently using social media to support a range of services. The report Updating your status: From housing and […]

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Russian Embassy digital barbecue

On Thursday I was a guest of Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko at the Russian Embassy in London. The embassy was hosting an invite only reception for ‘top British bloggers‘. The event kicked off with two lively and informative panel discussions. Both discussions were chaired by Mark Flanagan, the former Head of Strategic and Digital Communications in […]

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PR winners and losers–August 14

PR winners and losers is a couple of days late this week, not good for its second outing, but my take this week is: PR Winner Greater Manchester Police is this week’s PR winner for its excellent use of social media that demonstrate how social media and social networks can be a greater force for […]

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Greater Manchester Police @gmpolice Twitter gaffe and apology

Greater Manchester Police is one of the public sector organisations that is leading the way in its use of social media. But, if you’re at the forefront of new innovations it’s inevitable that you’ll make the occasional mistake. And that is what happened to Greater Manchester Police this morning. For the last few day it […]

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Seven years today since my first blog

It was seven years ago today (on April 24, 2003) when I started my first blog. Little did I know at the time what an amazing effect it would have on my life and career. If I hadn’t started that blog I might never have started Wolfstar. It would be great to be able to […]

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Tom Watson announces Power of Information Taskforce

Excellent post on Tom Watson’s blog announcing the establishment of the Power of Information Taskforce. It’s chaired by Richard Allen, the former Lib Dem MP and now head of government affairs at Cisco. As Tom says “Richard has a vast…

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Is Gordon Brown the first head of government to Twitter?

Yesterday, DowningStreet started to Twitter. The bio describes it as “The official twitter channel for the Prime Minister’s Office based at 10 Downing Street” and gives the web address of the official PM’s site at www.pm.gov.uk. Of course it isn’t…

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