Archive for category Social Media

How much ‘screen time’ should kids have? (And is social media bad for their health?)

Kids social media use screen time

There are many, many joys to being a parent, but trying to police your children’s ‘screen time’ is, it’s fair to say, not one of them.

As they move seamlessly from television to smartphone to tablet to laptop (and, given half a chance, back again), what started out as being cute has accelerated into a never-ending quest to find that sweet-spot where you don’t feel they’re spending all their time in front of a screen.

Add social media to the mix as they get older and it’s even more of a minefield, as age limitations are circumvented and duplicate accounts created in a bid to fool parents. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reality bites for Uber, Facebook and Twitter

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The world’s largest taxi company Uber owns no vehicles, begins an oft-quoted observation from 2015 on the digital disrupter and its peers Facebook (no content), Alibaba (no inventory) and Airbnb (no real estate).

Fast forward to the last couple of months and there are increasing signs that disruption will no longer absolve you of real-world responsibilities.

Notably Uber – ownership of vehicles or not – was found to be a transportation service in a strict, legally enforceable way by the EU’s top court, opening it up national regulation across Europe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mapping social media’s ‘conversational networks’, the Conversation Prism gets an update

Conversation Prism social media map Brian Solis JESS3

The central role of social media in the consumption and spread of news – not to mention shaping the news agenda itself – is well established.

According to a recent Reuters report more than half (54%) of internet users said they use social media as a news source every week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Google is still aiming high with Google+

Flickr Google logo Keso sIt’s hard to imagine now, but at its launch Google+ was seriously considered as a rival for Facebook, though, given the ubiquity of Facebook and Twitter, it’s perhaps just as hard for some to remember Google+ exists.

In a recent study of US teenagers’ social media habits (where Instagram is vying with Facebook as the most popular platform) Google+ didn’t even register, and that’s far from being the only study in which it did not feature. Read the rest of this entry »

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Facebook Live and the new television – from Steve Reich to the US vice presidential debates

Steve Reich Different Trains London Contemporary Orchestra Facebook Live

Last week I happened upon a live performance by the London Contemporary Orchestra of Steve Reich’s hypnotic and moving Different Trains.

Broadcast via Facebook Live from Edge Hill station in Liverpool, the stream – which can be viewed at the end of this post – attracted around 1,800 viewers from around the world, and has so far been viewed over 143,000 times. Read the rest of this entry »

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UK millennials and social media – Facebook still dominant for reach and engagement

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Thinker, Texter, Reader (Flickr: @Michael Coghlan)

UK millennials are Europe’s heaviest users of social media, according to new research by comScore.

The research company takes a pretty broad definition of the generation that currently fascinates advertisers the most, bracketing them as 18-34 year olds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Twitter supersizes profiles with new design

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I tend to forget Twitter.com exists as a destination website, so heavily embedded in my daily routine is my mobile, Hootsuite-enabled use of the social network.

But the website is hitting the news today thanks the updated profile designs it’s started to roll out. Read the rest of this entry »

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