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  • Flipboard gives China a peek behind the ‘Great Firewall’

    This is interesting. Very interesting. The launch of Flipboard for Android in China is giving users in that country access to Twitter. As The Next Web points out, the social network is usually blocked in the country except to people using a virtual private network (VPN). Flipboard allows users not on a VPN to tweet from their accounts. Admittedly iOS users have been able to do so since the app launched for the iPad in December 2011 and the iPhone in March this year. The fact that the same functionality exists on Android, means that Twitter could be opened...

  • 6 must-follow rules for using social media in customer service

    It is a well-known fact that if a customer has a negative experience with a service or brand, they are more likely to share it than one that is satisfied. Sharing experiences is now an everyday task to many with the birth of the social web where everyone is a public journalist. That said, anyone can post anything at any time to their favourite social media channel for the world to see. With the fast digital landscape we are busy moving in; your reputation can be made or broken within 140 characters (Twitter) or less. A few years ago, an...

  • Do links from social media sites really hold any SEO value?

    In a recent article, I commented that “many SEO’s know that a link from a social media site holds substantial value insofar as the ranking score is concerned”. A guest commented that this statement was not necessarily true. I am not sure if he or she meant that it was not true that SEOs actually know that, or that it was not true that links from social media sites hold any Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) value. Either way, this comment led me to write this article where I will delve deeper into the details surrounding the perceived value of social...

  • 5 top tips for bloggers who suck at working with images

    Listen, if you’re one of those bloggers who would rather speak in public or jump off a tall building than figure out how to insert images into your blog posts, you’re not alone. But in today’s photo-centric internet of photo blogs and Pinterest and short attention spans, the fact is, this is one area where you can’t afford to stay in the dark. Whether you’ve been blogging for years or just started recently, take heart: working with images doesn’t have to be difficult. To help take the mystery out of putting pictures into posts, here are some quick and easy...

  • Facebook’s first female board member: Sheryl Sandberg

    After years of serving as one Facebook's top executives, COO Sheryl Sandberg has been appointed to the company's board of directors. "Sheryl has been my partner in running Facebook and has been central to our growth and success over the years," said company founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a press release. "Her understanding of our mission and long-term opportunity, and her experience both at Facebook and on public company boards makes her a natural fit for our board." Sandberg, a former Google Vice President, is the first woman to be appointed the social networking giant's eight-member board of directors....

  • Lego + Chrome = Hours of joyful procrastination

    This is ridiculously cool. Eight-trillion Lego blocks and they're all yours, just sitting there waiting for you on Google Chrome. Google partnered with Lego Australia to create Lego Build, a Chrome Experiment "which lets you explore and build a new world of LEGO creations together online" As Google's product marketing manager, for Australia and New Zealand Lockey McGrath explains, a number of technologies went into bringing Lego Build to life: Build may look simple, but this collaborative 3D building experience would not have been possible a couple of years ago. It shows how far browser technology has come and...

  • Is your company timing its social campaigns wrong?

    We recently told you that half of the world's biggest companies weren't effectively using social media to talk to their customers. Now it turns out that some of the biggest names in retail are getting the timing of their social media campaigns wrong. That's according to the latest research from tech analysis company Yesmail Interactive, which looked at companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, American Apparel, American Eagle, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Diesel, Eddie Bauer, Express, Forever 21, The Gap, Guess, H&M, J Crew, Kenneth Cole, The Limited, Old Navy, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Urban Outfitters. The company...

  • Nedbank launches app suite, only available to staff for now

    South African banking giant Nedbank today launched a smart and feature phone app suite to its staff. Speaking at the Nedbank Leadership Summit the group's CEO Mike Brown announced that a beta version of the app suite would be available to the company's employees: I am really excited about Nedbank's digital journey....we have built a foundation that enables unrivalled security and on-going app releases to meet customer needs for anywhere anytime banking. Can't wait to get going myself! The announcement was shared on Nedbank's Facebook Timeline: “The Nedbank App Suite is unique in that it will be available on...

  • Facebook gets even creepier, lets you know which friends are nearby

    Hello, what have we here? It seems the social network giant has sneakily launched a location-based mobile app that lets you find out which of your friends are close by. According to Tech Crunch, the app also allows users to see who else is using the app in the area, even if they're not 'friends', and easily send them a friend request. Is it just me, or does this all sound suspiciously similar to what SXSW darling Highlight does? The app is called "Friends Nearby" and is available from some regions under its previous name ("Friendshake") via the mobile web...

  • Google easter egg celebrates gay pride

    We've told you about the nifty tricks you can pull using Google's various services. It's latest may not be the most technically brilliant, but it is still important. Type Gay Pride, LGBT, gay, lesbian, NYC Gay Pride and SF Gay Pride into your Google search bar and you'll get a rainbow ribbon below your search bar: As Mashable reports, Google has always had a pro-gay rights stance. In a 2008 blog post company co-founder Sergey Brin expressed opposition to Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that took away the rights of Californian same-sex couples to marry: While there are many...

  • Microsoft confirms Yammer deal

    Microsoft today confirmed that it would be buying out business social network provider Yammer for US$1.2-billion. According to an official press release from the Redmond based tech giant, Yammer will join the Microsoft Office Division, while the team will continue to report to current CEO David Sacks. “The acquisition of Yammer underscores our commitment to deliver technology that businesses need and people love,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft. “Yammer adds a best-in-class enterprise social networking service to Microsoft’s growing portfolio of complementary cloud services". Microsoft claims that Yammer will continue to develop its own stand-alone products, but that it eventually...

  • From space to the racetrack: Angry Birds launches Formula 1 themed game

    Angry Birds in space not enough for you? How about Angry Birds on a Formula 1 track? Well, you're in luck -- the Finnish gaming giant launched a themed web version of their fowl-flinging game today, as part of their sponsorship with Caterham F1 driver Heikki Kovalainen. It's all chequered flags and red starting lights in Angry Birds Heikki -- the game takes place on Formula 1 race tracks around the world. Currently, the only level available is set on the site of the upcoming British Grand Prix (Silverstone) but that will change as the real-life F1 championship continues...

  • 3 innovative ways people are using Raspberry Pi

    The Raspberry Pi, single-board computer, has been shipping for a few months now and you're lucky if you can fit in an order. A month ago, over 20 000 boards had been sold, and suppliers are struggling to keep up with the demand. We decided to take a look around to see why the boards are proving so popular so quickly after launch. Raspberry Pi at school Eben Upton, one of the core designers behind the board, envisioned bringing hardware back into schools and to interested hobbyists to try to kickstart the hardware hacking culture that seems to be dwindling in...

  • What Steve Jobs can teach us about hacking charisma

    Olivia Fox Cabane makes her living by teaching people the skills needed to be charismatic, influential and persuasive. During her career, she’s been invited to speak at Harvard, MIT, Google and the United Nations. And through her new book, The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism, Cabane wants to change the way you think about charisma. While most people think charisma is so something you’re either born with it or you’re not, Cabane believes that charisma is nothing more than a set of attitudes, skills and behaviours that can not only be practiced...

  • 8 ways to promote your retail brand on Pinterest

    Ok so Pinterest is the next big social network, but how can the fashion and retail industry harness the power of this growing platform? I’ve already given you some general Pinterest tips in a previous article, but considering that you can create boards from any topic or trends imaginable, I thought I’d invite you to the inside track of how to use Pinterest for more specific areas.  Here are 8 simple steps to turn the unfamiliar territory of Pinterest into the back of your hand. 1.  Give your readers exclusive sneak peeks: if you're working on a new product, design...