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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Which are the most important social media metrics? (Hint: they’re nothing to do with social media)

I could write a book on this one. But there's little point because a) I don't have time to write a book, and b) other people have already written them. So, I'll be brief, not least because this is a blog post and not a book: the most important social media metrics are nothing to … Continue reading Which are the most important social media metrics? (Hint: they’re nothing to do with social media)

New Delicious – sweet eye candy but a bitter aftertaste

As if by magic, Delicious has relaunched. I had that sinking feeling when I powered up my laptop this morning and noticed that the Delicious add-on that I use to navigate the web wasn't loading properly. It didn't take long to figure out that there are some fairly radical changes going on. Superficially it looks … Continue reading New Delicious – sweet eye candy but a bitter aftertaste

Models for working with social media: what works, what sort of works, and what really doesn’t

I've been thinking a lot recently about how best to work with clients. It strikes me that this is a process that should, at the end, have a client who knows about social media, and can talk about it and use it with confidence. This is important: clients can smell fear at a hundred paces, … Continue reading Models for working with social media: what works, what sort of works, and what really doesn’t

Trends

Quite simply, some charts that may be of interest. For example, note how Apple is supplanting Microsoft in search volume; that PR may be peeling upwards away from advertising and even marketing; the relative fortunes of Google+, Facebook and Twitter; social media may be levelling off; and, especially heartwarming for me, Star Wars is much … Continue reading Trends

Podcasts pay

So, I'm falling in love with my HTC Wildfire, not least because it's re-opened the world of podcasts. My old PC is now downloading them and wirelessly throwing them across to the phone, as well as downloading web intelligence for clients, and helping to cure cancer and find aliens via distributed computing. Fab. Anyway, what … Continue reading Podcasts pay

Want PR? Been Penalized by Google? Then lead a campaign.

Campaigns are an often-overlooked weapon in the PR arsenal. And, when conducted properly, social media can really, really help - which is what I'm hoping will happen with the 'Have I Been Penalized' campaign. I spent some of my most creative, exciting and formative years working with Dr. Marc Pinter-Krainer on the Sharepages.com website and … Continue reading Want PR? Been Penalized by Google? Then lead a campaign.