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Tech & social headlines: Social media & stigma of mental health

The top pick today is a piece in Huffington Post asking if social media dependence has links to mental health issues. In my work as the chair of a health & wellbeing partnership, I came to appreciate the inherent challenges of mental health – both for individuals and the organisations attempting to provide support. Mental health […]

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Tech & social headlines: How social media has changed Journalism

My top pick is the Washington Post article on research into U.S. journalists usage of social media. For those of us working in PR & Comms it comes as no surprise that social media has revolutionised the way stories are both sourced and reported. For communications agencies, the report reaffirms the need to shift towards Influencer Relations. A huge growth area and […]

Tech & social headlines: Top tools for budding social media experts

Two great ‘How to’ articles for my top picks. The FastCompany article provides an exhaustive review of some of the most popular social media tools around. Technorati provides a behind the scenes look at modern social media. So not much more to say  – other than check them out… Top picks: FactCompany: The definitive guide to social media tools for […]

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Tech & Social Headlines: UK 9th in Global Networked Readiness Index

Two headlines stand out today. Both connected by a similar theme around haves and have-nots. They highlight the need for us to be fully cognisant of the world we are creating through technology and the potential impact on people across the world. The first piece, a US White House report, identifies potential for discrimination in big data usage. The full report […]

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Daily social & tech headlines: It’s good to talk

My top pick today is a touching piece in The Atlantic about how we grieve on social media. It provides an important reminder that despite the diversity of technology around us, the core benefit is to bring us all closer together. One particular quote on social media stood out:  “fomenting the grieving process…it sets it within the context of a community that […]

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Daily social & tech headlines: Time to discuss ‘screen-based media’?

My top pick today is the piece by TIME magazine asking to put an end to the term ‘mobile’ when discussing technology. They make a compelling argument, and one I completely agree with. I’d go further and add ‘digital’ as another overused term. Digital now covers so many areas, used interchangeably for online ads through to interactive websites, […]

Daily social & tech headlines: Bullied teachers and the rise of anonymity

 “We don’t need no education” – Pink Floyd, The Wall I’m showing my age, but when I was at school we wouldn’t dare talk back to a teacher, never-mind try to bully them. Which is why my top pick today is so disconcerting. The UK’s ‘Independent’ newspaper reports that 21% of 7,500 teachers polled have been bullied by pupils […]

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Daily Social & Tech Headlines: Robots, driverless cars and solar panelled roads

Just one top pick today. It’s from Wired showing Honda’s latest humanoid robot. Whilst it would be easy to make wisecracks asking why we need a robot to kick a football or open a jar, the reality is this is really impressive engineering. The bigger question is what this really means for our future. With other news covering driverless cars and solar panelled roads, one has […]

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Daily social & tech headlines

My top picks have a similar theme – what could, or should, the future look like? The Guardian provides a series of interesting quotes on how and why big data could shape public services. The opportunity is best summarised by Tom Heath, head of research at the Open Data Institute “Data can enable government to do existing things […]

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Daily social & tech headlines

The  hashtag had a dramatic makeover today. Twitter and Sky have announced tweets containing the ‘#Watchonsky’ hashtag can be expanded to reveal Watch and Record icons that link directly to Sky’s mobile TV service Sky Go. As they put it, “a British broadcaster has created a service which lets users access live TV and set recordings via […]

Daily social & tech round up [14/04/14]

Lots of news from the social and technology world today. The biggest is the announcement that Facebook might be looking to launch a service that would allow users to store money and make electronic payments through the social network. Not only would this be a direct threat to PayPal, it could change the shape of […]

Daily social & tech news round-up [12/04/14]

As I track the news each day across social media, tech and hot topics such as big data. I thought I’d share some of the more interesting headlines I come across here on my blog. Here is my first round-up of many, for today Saturday 12th 2014: NextWeb: 3 ways to build a winning big data […]

Canvassing questions #4: Why politicians witter on twitter

When out canvassing, I regularly ask people to check out this blog or my twitter feed to find out more. Along with being asked how I make time for it all (and sometimes jokes about being a ‘twit’) I find that most people wonder why on earth politicians are wasting their time online.