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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Can an increase in bloggers make the blogosphere a more reliable information source?

Metrica’s PR planning and audience research tool, UK Pulse, finds that the proportion of blog readers that blog regularly themselves has shifted just one percentage point, to 20%, between 2009 and 2010. Forrester Research announced yesterday that social network content creation has plateaued, which demonstrates that this trend is playing out across the blogosphere and social…

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Insights from Sir Stuart Rose, one of Britain’s captains of industry

Recently, Jeremy Thompson (MD of Durrants), Alex Northcott and Michael Webster(CEO and Deputy CEO of Gorkana) and I were fortunate to attend a breakfast briefing with Sir Stuart Rose the Chairman of Marks and Spencers, one of Britain’s best known retail companies.  Until recently Rose was also serving as the CEO of M&S.  As well as a fine…

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Free Expression – Google’s Transparency Report

Google’s second Transparency Report has been released this week, detailing the number of government requests for data (and data removal) by country, as well as providing data on traffic to Google services around the world. The statistics themselves are interesting, with the US government coming top with 4,287 requests between January and June 2010 and the…

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Turning Social Media Into Action

How to get from social media to social enterprise and action was the discussion on Wednesday’s GlobalNet21 meet-up. GlobalNet21 organises events based on themes which are most prevalent in the 21st Century such as climate change, equality and human rights. For each given area key speakers are selected, these are individuals who are either professionals in the…

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New Google, new Twitter – how will they impact on your PR strategies?

Coming hot on the heels of Google unleashing ‘Google Instant‘ on the public as covered by my Metrica colleague Ria yesterday, now it’s Twitter’s turn.  If, like me (@richardbagnall), you’re a regular user of Twitter, soon you will be seeing the new changes to your account as they are rolled out to all users over the next…

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