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The old web is dying and I’m not sure I like the new one

BlogPulse has no pulse So I was playing around with dashboards and the like yesterday  – as one does – and noticed that BlogPulse has disappeared. BlogPulse was not the greatest blog search engine around, but it was the only one offering anything like useable charts. So, given that Technorati charts disappeared years ago (although […]

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Brendan Cooper is a social media consultant and copywriter who has helped clients win business and awards for over 15 years.

Whither Social Mention?

Social Mention is a pretty good social media aggregator. Think Google, but for social media. When I say ‘pretty good’, I mean it’s not without its faults. It doesn’t do real phrasal searches – that is, a search for “Brendan Cooper” in quotes will give results with just “Brendan” and “Cooper” in them, which is […]

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Flanged bananas. Or: how to write a press release that works online too.

Do you write press releases? Do they work online? As in, can people find them? How do you know? Here are some ways to make your releases work as hard for you online as they do offline. Takeaways: Use keywords Make the title and first sentence look good online Write the release first, then the […]

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Goodbye Delicious, hello… what?

So the news is out. Yahoo have screwed up. They’re closing Delicious. I don’t even need to include a link here – just go out and look for mentions of it right now and you’ll see the news. This is A Big Thing. It throws up all sorts of substantial issues, not least among which […]

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The UK Election Social Media Dashboard: What I learned

Estimated reading time: 1.5 minutes So the dust is still settling – hasn’t actually settled yet because we have a hung parliament so all the politicians will be running around with their knees bent, flapping their arms and clucking and pecking at each other relentlessly until one of them, with a gigantic squawk, lays a […]

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Everything does something, but nothing does everything

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how to monitor, capture, measure and report. The good news is that there are ways of doing all of these. The bad news? None of them do it all. Here’s the current state of play: Google Reader is really good for monitoring and going back through old posts, […]

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What are people saying about… the iPad, iPhone and iPod?

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past week, you’ll know all about the iPad, Apple’s new wunderkit – what it has, what it has not, what it’s for, what it’s not for, and so on. Fortunately, the term ‘iPad’ is very quick and easy to search for. So, it’s a doddle to […]

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I’ve seen the future of social media. And it’s… email

I’ve been playing around with Posterous recently. It’s stunningly quick and easy. This is in no small part down to the way you use it. You email your posts. Now, at first I thought this was just a small feature of Posterous. But it’s making more sense to me. When I email something, I’m emailing […]

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What are people saying about… Bono?

Last week I looked at how Eurostar were faring, by putting together a dashboard in Netvibes which is powered by my social media search engine in the background. The results were interesting: we could see how the anger spread quickly through social media channels – and now, you can see how it’s waned quickly. No […]

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