Instagram has started asking new subscribers for their date of birth. Users who indicate they are under the age of 13, as per Instagram’s terms of service. The move is part of a number of measures that they say are designed to make the popular picture-sharing site safer for younger people. We all know that … More Show your ID before signing up for Instagram?
The US elections are continuing to demonstrate how the internet is playing an increasingly important role in engaging with voters. Research in the US has shown that 7% of on-line searchers may change their votes. In a close election what political parties do on-line could make the difference between winning and losing. Democrat Barrack Obama … More Winning elections on-line
When talking to politicians and business people about improving their presence on-line the most often response I receive is ‘I do not have the time’. With Posterous they no longer have an excuse. Many are put off by long sign up forms, email authentication, resizing of images and general complication with getting to know how … More Now anyone* can blog with Posterous
There are thousands of social media sites, which for someone who hasn’t even got a Facebook profile must be overwhelming. Whilst I have written about creating a profile network I realise that to start with many politicians will need to take a few ‘baby’ steps into the realm of social media and enabling their constituents … More Five Social Media must do for politicians
One of the greatest compliments is to be copied, however if you are a famous person someone pretending to be you is full of hazards especially if they use your photograph, name, location and age to try and persuade people they are you then write as you saying things you may not want to be … More Fake profiles on Facebook, is someone pretending to be you?
Whilst many business professionals have been getting LinkedIn for many years, the site has over 20 million profiles based in over 150 countries, it is not always been seen as a priority for politicians – which is an opportunity missed. A LinkedIn profile that has been made public will be found by search engines and … More Should I get LinkedIn?
There are many benefits for politicians using YouTube. Videos are quick and easy to create, many digital still cameras include video recording facility, and with millions of YouTube users of all ages and backgrounds your messages will reach a whole new group of people and possible voters. Benefits for search You already have a website, … More YouTubing made easy for politicians
Many politicians and businesses have barely begun to get a grip with Search Engine Optimisation, but do need to learn about Social Media Optimisation if they wish to stay ahead of the game. Social Media Optimisation is about utilising the social media environments to promote your messages and content. In some cases this involves taking … More Making the most of your content: Social Media Optimisation
Facebook has improved the level of control you can put on which friends can see what content on your Facebook profile. Previously you had the choice of someone either seeing everything or setting up a limited profile where you could control what aspects of your profile that this second group of people can see. With … More Keeping it private on Facebook
Facebook have introduced ‘pages’. I have started talking about the need to set up one of these new type of pages on Facebook to politicians but given that they are already under huge pressure from attempting to maintain their websites, youtubes, email, facebook profile, etc, their initial reaction has not been positive. I have been … More So do I need a ‘Facebook Page’
Businesses and politicians alike would love to control the messages about them. With the internet it is far harder to have this control but just trying to avoid this medium won’t solve the problem as if you are not writing about yourself then someone else will. Without your content about you, when someone Googles your … More Beware your digital signature
With over 120,000 new blogs created worldwide everyday why on earth would Wellbelove want to enter the blogosphere? Partially, given that I am increasingly working within the Web 2.0 environment I could hardly continue to advise others on the pros and cons of blogging without experiencing the creation of a blog first hand. Additionally, I … More Entering the blogosphere