Category: Social


How to avoid social networking chaos

Social networking is taking up more and more time for Internet users. In the past year, the average number of minutes per day spent on social networking sites has doubled. Indeed, Facebook has seen a 700% rise in average minutes usage since April 2008. Worn out after all that social


A ping a day keeps the internet doctor away

Stressed out business owners are struggling these days to cope with the modern commercial world. A report published this month on stress, shows that the recession is having a clear impact on the levels of stress. And the Internet is making it all worse. Using to organise your online


Half your online contacts will disappear

The people you knew online seven years ago are a different bunch to the group you now spend most of your time with. That’s the conclusion from an interesting research study conducted in Holland which showed that you lose about half your contacts from your social network every seven years.


Social network users want bosses to ignore them

People who use social networks are set for a major disagreement with their bosses at work. Research published by eMarketer shows that most people reckon their employers should keep their hands off social networking activities. It’s obvious that people are making a mental distinction between work and social networking –


How to be liked online

People buy things from people they like. For years, sales directors have been able to tell us that their biggest sales come from the sales staff who are the most likeable. And you know from your own experience that if you liked the sales person you were dealing with, you


Nine out of ten people won’t use Twitter – exactly what you want

Twitter users are small fry as far as the Internet is concerned. In spite of mega media coverage, 19 out of every 20 people still don’t use Twitter. According to the latest figures collected by eMarketer, only around 3% of US Internet users are Twitter users as well. Even with


Unfinished products can succeed

Product developers often want to ensure that the “baby” they have lovingly produced for the world is as complete as it can possibly be. They want the design to be right, the features to be perfect and the testing to be so thorough that no-one will find fault at launch.

Google to buy Twitter – oh help…!

Google is in the final stages of negotiations to buy Twitter, according to “people close to the negotiations” who have informed TechCrunch. If this turns out to be true, it could be a disaster for Twitter users. Google’s virtual monopoly position online means it will be able to do almost

Beware the liars on Twitter

Twitter is full of liars; honestly. In fact, so is the big wide world. It may come as a shock to you, but people often don’t tell the truth. Twitter is no different – except for one thing. In the “real world” you are able to spot liars using subtle

How to retweet

  How to retweet is a common subject people ask me about. On Twitter there is no obvious guide to the whole notion of retweeting or “rt” as some people call it. So here is a handy guide to help you retweet the messages you like – and gain extra


You cannot ignore social networking

Social networkers are going to be more important to your business than you ever thought possible. Data from several different sources is revealing just how important social networking has become online – and how the search engines are beginning to suffer as a result. Let’s look at some basic data

Social networking is being hampered by lack of understanding

Millions of people are joining social networks every single day. The growth of Twitter, for instance, has reached an astonishing 1382% per year…! Facebook has almost 200m users, LinkedIn grows daily and the growth of Ecademy is now also reaching exponential proportions. We’ve all gone social networking mad. However, things

Your online profile needs to trigger emotions

How do you make your mind up whether to follow people on Twitter, or connect with them on LinkedIn or make them a Facebook friend? If you don’t know them already you probably take a look at their profile. New research on brain activity from the University of New York

Online social networking is psychologically beneficial

Social scientists from the University of Amsterdam have suggested that using online social networking sites could be beneficial for your psychological health. They claim that the Internet has “come of age” and is helping people achieve greater happiness than before. Essentially they have compared the use of the Internet ten

Hardly anyone actually uses social networks

Here’s a major shock announcement for you – people visit social networking sites to be sociable. Gosh, hold the front page…! That’s the “revelation” in a study by JPMorgan and highlighted today by a report from eMarketer. Indeed, the principal reasons why so many people visit social networking sites are

Twitter could kill your business – take care..!

Twitter could kill your business if you fall victim to the condition Enterotwittus. This is a “gut feeling” present in many business owners that spending hours each day using Twitter will actually help their business. Whilst it might help their business, taking time away from work it could actually lead

Social networking makes you happy

Happy people mix with happy people. Wow – hold the front page…! That’s one of the conclusions to a major study from the University of California and Harvard Medical School, published in today’s British Medical Journal. The researchers looked at people in a particular (offline) social network around Framingham, Massachusetts.

What a load of fuss over Pownce…!

You have probably never heard of Pownce, yet its name is plastered all over the Internet this morning – including in highly respected publications like the Financial Times. Pownce is a social networking site which has bitten the dust. It has been bought by a blogging company called Six Apart