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

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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 … Continue reading Whither Social Mention?

If you want to understand social media, do it when there’s a big TV event happening

We're living in a strange world right now. We're sort of at a tipping point between broadcast and broadcomment, where we can watch what millions of other people are watching, while at the same time see what they're saying. This was brought home to me during the Prime Ministerial debates in the UK. I watched … Continue reading If you want to understand social media, do it when there’s a big TV event happening

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 … Continue reading The UK Election Social Media Dashboard: What I learned