The year that was: Memorable Twitter trends of 2011

Black Twitter The highs and lows of the past year, as experienced by the Twitterverse. Worldwide Events & News Mubarak's resignation (#cairo #mubarak #egypt #jan25) After eighteen days of protests in Egypt and pleas on various social media platforms, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February this year generating buzz worldwide, particularly with regard to the role of social media in the protests Following the detention of Egyptian online activist Wael Ghonim #Jan25 also became a rallying point for those supporting his ideals. Libyan uprisings ...

Humour, Mobile

7 apps for a Merry Christmas & a happy new year

Christmas "Tis' the season to be jolly fa la la la la," says the carol. In actual fact, it’s the season to be silly. We've Christmas-fied our malls, offices, and houses and if you feel that just isn’t enough; there's one more thing that you can imbue with the spirit of commercialism. App makers, or the pet rock salespeople of the 21st century as I see them, have also gone all Christmas for us. So, if you fell and hit your ...

Social networking

A tweet from a kill: Should we stay connected when we’re away from it all?

laptop-beach One morning last December, I tweeted from a lion kill. While the sounds of cracking bone and the reek of dead giraffe rose up through the swampy Lowveld air, I was hunched over my iPhone, tweeting about what I was watching. In my defense, I was so excited that I had to share the experience -- and the most obvious place to do that was on Twitter. Some of my followers were appalled (to tweet from the bush was to ...

Advertising & Marketing, Ecommerce

5 Tips to jingle all the way with Christmas emailing

jingle bells For some of us, the joy of Christmas comes in the form of greatly increased interest in retail offers and seasonal content, which makes it the most profitable time of year for businesses. With only a few days to go, the festive season spending frenzy is well underway, but even as we begin to count down the hours there’s still a lot of shopping left before Santa jumps on his sleigh. With that said, it’s getting a little late for planning any ...


6 Great videos to inspire you this Christmas

With Christmas only a few days away Memeburn has a Christmas gift for you. We have compiled a Christmas video collection for 2011. Featuring everything from cruel pranks and parodies to classic tv adverts -- the collection is truly magical. From all of us at Memeburn, Merry Christmas [youtube] This 2011 advert from John Lewis embodies the true spirit of Christmas. Most certain to bring a smile to your face. It will make you wish you had been more like ...


Like Facebook Timeline? Turns out you’re not alone

Facebook recently rolled out its new Timeline feature, the highly visual replacement for its previous profile pages, to all of its user worldwide. For the first seven days after they activate this feature, users will be able to make changes to their timelines (hide stories, promote others etc.) before others can see their new profile pages. Typically, Facebook's users tend to dislike any change to the service, especially those that are as invasive as completely changing their profile changes. Oddly ...


The ‘science’ of Christmas online

Science makes everything better. Seriously, it’s a proven fact. So of course I did some analysis about Christmas and found some surprising insights. Don’t get fooled by the unicorns-and-rainbows myths about the holidays anymore. Here’s the science. The figures compiled here are the most authoritative view you'll get on the social influence of reindeer, gift buying and just how which social networks you're on affect where you'll be placed on Santa's "naughty or nice" list. Enjoy and Merry Christmas and ...


The law needs to provide better protection for bloggers

Law A recent ruling in a Portland, Oregon Court decided that a blogger cannot claim to be a journalist and is, therefore, not protected by normal rules (for example to protect sources). The blogger was ordered to pay US$2.5-million in penalties. The ruling was interesting because it failed to consider just how much the world has changed. The ways in which we transmit information interact with each other have both changed in a phenomenally A large section of the online world receives ...


Why PressTrends is one of the most exciting things to happen to WordPress

wordpress Recent news around WordPress has, primarily, been focussed around the release of WordPress version 3.3 and the launch of WordAds. Those of us interested in the business of WordPress, however, have also been keeping an eye on a new player in the arena – PressTrends. The industry surrounding WordPress theme shops is an ever-growing and ever-evolving landscape. With new theme shops opening on a daily basis worldwide, one aspect of the industry that is making its way to the ...


10 online tools that guarantee you’ll have a great festive season

Xmas lights Tis the Season to be jolly, they tell me, and as lots of us pack up for an end of year holiday, here are some ways your computer can be part of your holiday fun. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 1. These days, it's not just the kids sending Santa letters, Santa sends them videos too. Create a personalised message for a child (or adult) in your life quickly and easily with Portable North Pole. And they're now even ...






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