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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 Of course it isn’t…

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My final word on social media kerfuffle

A couple of great posts have prompted me to make one final post on the latest social media and PR kerfuffle. First of all the ever wise Tom Murphy brings a dose of reality and common sense by saying “Now…

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Davos Conversations

Yet another indication of just how mainstream social media has become is Davos Conversations – a collection of blogs, videos and photos to give us a better insight into the exclusive gathering of 2,000+ senior politicians, business and NGO leaders….

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Official London 2012 Olympic blog

Just came across the London 2012: Work in Progress blog. It only started on November 21 and is an official team blog from the London 2012 Olympic leadership team. The description says: This site will act as a blog for…

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UK MPs Google map

Simon Dickson has created a great mash-up of UK MPs using Google maps and As Simon says one of the most impressive things about this is how quick and easy it was for him to do this – compared…

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999TV and YouTube debut for West Yorks police

In the UK the police are proving to be some of the most innovative users of social media including blogs and video sharing. The chief constable of North Wales Police is probably the most senior public sector officer to blog…

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Keep Freedom of Information requests free

Fleet Street 2.0, a UK Press Gazette blog, highlights the cross-party Early Day Motion against the government’s plans to introduce fees for Freedom of Information requests. Steve Wood has more information at the UK Freedom of Information Act Blog. The…

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West Yorkshire Police student podcasts

Leeds, specifically the LS6 postcode, always has a crime surge around about this time of year. It’s because of the massive influx of students arriving at the two universities. That’s why West Yorkshire Police has come up with this fantastic…

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Arts Council gig in Liverpool

I’m off to Liverpool tomorrow to speak at an Arts Council Get Digital conference on social media. Rather than use the usual dull PowerPoint (not that mine are ever dull!) I’ve put together a list of prompts using This…

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Guardian leader admits journalists must share the blame for spin

Today’s Guardian has a surprisingly thoughtful leader on yesterday’s Conservative Party story about the increase in spending on ‘government spin’. In a balanced leader it starts by saying “There are large dollops of, er, spin in the Conservative claim….” It…

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