Six in 10 firms will monitor workers’ social media use by 2015

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As top bosses' concern grows at the possible fallout from unguarded remarks by employees on a company's brand and reputation, a new report suggests that up to 60 per cent of firms will be keeping tabs on all their staff's work-related social media use by 2015. The finding came from technology research firm Gartner, which… Read more »

Firms in dark over co-ordinating their online messages, survey finds

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A quarter of British businesses feel their efforts to get their messages across to customers are being hampered by their lack of a clear strategy for communicating with them through digital channels. Only one in three marketing people working in the retail and general business sectors believed they were 'excellent' or 'good' at getting marketing… Read more »

Marketers embracing social media but failing to integrate it

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Big companies rushing into social media, as a result of not wanting to be seen as getting left behind by their competitors, are failing to integrate their efforts with their other marketing channels. According to a report by directories publisher Thomson Local, many companies are losing out on the potential of social media, because they… Read more »

Failure to tap into customer power online costs retailers billions

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While many British retailers are benefiting greatly from upping their internet presence, and giving people more ways to buy online, they are missing a trick when it comes to capitalising on 'customer power'. A report by social commerce specialists nToklo suggests that half of the 101 biggest retailers ranked by online sales volumes do not… Read more »

Twitter user @NatWest caught up in bank chaos

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Unfortunate Twitter user Natalie Westerman no doubt thought that the username @NatWest was a suitably snappy way by which to be known on the microblogging website. But the 22-year-old teacher has been forced to re-think, after becoming the target of a torrent of angry messages when the bank's IT systems suffered a massive meltdown over… Read more »

Online panic as Twitter suffers outage

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Social media fans across the world found themselves lost last night after a bug took Twitter offline for a number of hours. According to a report by the Daily Telegraph, people took to other social networking sites to get their fix. One Facebook member wrote: “Be honest. Did you spend most of Twitter being down… Read more »

The Top 10 Relics of the Internet

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The internet, as we know it, is a relatively old creature now – we all know that a primitive version existed way back in the 1950s with point-to-point communication, but it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that it gained a commercial and public significance. And in these tumultuous two decades, we’ve had the highs and the… Read more »

Microsoft may pay $1bn for Yammer

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It has been reported that Microsoft could be about to shell out $1bn to acquire Yammer, a social network for businesses. The idea of the website is to offer secure and private social networks that can be used internally by firms' employees, allowing them to communicate more freely and easily in the hope of increasing… Read more »

Music social network Ping to be axed

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Apple has announced that plans are in place to close down its music social network, Ping, later this year.    Ping has been running for two years now, but user response to the network hasn't met expectations. Despite the fact that it has received backing from Lady Gaga and Coldplay frontmen Chris Martin and it… Read more »