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[18 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
There are two types of people

I have, today, been to quite an exciting and entertaining meeting of the London Blog Club where a strange ranty lady extolled the virtues of being strange and ranty and a lady. Unfortunately, I fail to qualify on all three counts.
But I did, in a roundabout way, learn a lot about communication.
Granted, a big ego can entertain a room, and strange ranty lady did get quite a few laughs and seemed to get away with a good deal of profanity. However, I am not sure that she had a message …

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[27 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
The PHP UK Conference 2011

I dabble – I can do PHP (complete amateur) and I am working on a Jumbo sized project which I reckon might just be completed by the year 2525. The smaller stuff that does work includes the scripts which drive the select but randomized adverts on my blogs and business sites. And, the little widget that always puts my latest podcast into the top slot on the “Featured” bar in those sites.

In the meantime I listen and learn. And that’s why I was at the PHP UK Conference 2011 on …

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[13 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
Social Media Week – London

The week commencing Monday 7 Feb 2011 saw a multitude of events across the globe, under the banner of “Social Media Week” and quite possibly a few other events which had hopped on the band wagon in the hope of attracting more visitors. I think I am going to place one particular event into that latter category as it didn’t really fit the genre of “social media” and in all honestly, it did the BBC and its Media Centre a disservice. It was my first ever visit to a …

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[5 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]
Klout and FriendFeed and Quora and ?

The Quora phenomenon hit the UK around 1 Jan 2011 and I, along with lots of my network, seem to be signing up to it, whilst simultaneously trying to work out what good it’s going to do us! It’s looking a lot like a Twitter clone with more complications!

I’ve had similar misgivings in the past about things like Klout and FriendFeed, and then this evening, 5 Jan 2011, I met Thomas Power from Ecademy and Lee Bryant from Headshift. I may be changing my mind on just what Social Media …

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[2 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
The basic principles of business do not change

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The first rule of marketing – don’t believe the marketing!

If you’re like me, every so often you check Eventbrite and similar sites to see what interesting seminars and events are coming up. And a couple of weeks ago I was enticed by this one . . .
How to target social media influencers
. . . so I registered. I attended the event this morning, 2 Dec …

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[29 Nov 2010 | No Comment | ]
BarCamp Southampton

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Getting to grips with your business!

Really refreshing, in a brutally honest sort of way! That just about sums up the way that @cminion and @cgutteridge ran BarCamp Southampton. You knew right from the start when the welcome talk included . . .

This is not a proper barcamp, whatever that means!
If you see something that hasn’t been done then you have just volunteered to do it!
The …

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[24 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

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The Times can learn a lot from The Guardian

I wonder how many people like to read an online newspaper report on a single web page? Perhaps spread over two is OK? Recently, The Times has gone in for 9 or 10 page spreads.

I read the first page of that report on the Budget today, but felt disinclined to click so many times just to read one report. I would …

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[18 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

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Is The Telegraph contradicting itself?

The headline article on page B1 of today’s UK edition of The Telegraph, relating to Duncan Bannatyne and the non-dom issue is here.
The real detail is not (see foot note) on The Telegraph’s web site though! I wonder why that is?
So here you are, this is Duncan’s column from page B12  . . .

THE recent revelations about
Lord Ashcroft’s non-dom
status only serve to
strengthen my belief that …

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[2 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

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Feedback from FastTrack

I was at the FastTrack event in London last night and the gathering illustrated the gulf between those who are on-message and off-message, in the world of Social Media (SM).
For the moment, there are a few SM experts around, and a number of people who claim to be SM experts.  Fifty years ago, this sort of discussion would have been about the telephone and not SM, and …

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[6 Nov 2009 | No Comment | ]

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Friday Feedback
“It’s the way you tell ’em” was the famous catch phrase of an Irish comedian when I was growing up in the seventies. And it’s true! In my speaking career I have learnt that some people are naturally funny, and some aren’t. Some can deliver funny material well and some cannot.
I’ve tried! I did some stand up at University. I’ve also experimented with improv and a guitar, trying …