Chinese Twitter for Beginners (Part 2)

Jun 18

Chinese Twitter for Beginners (Part 2)

Some of you might remember that, ages ago, I wrote about my experiences setting up a profile on Sina Weibo: China’s popular social network. It is perhaps best described as the love-child of Twitter and Facebook, and is currently amongst the most popular social networks in China, with a reported 500 million users. Recently, having started a new job at Aston...

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Chinese Twitter for Beginners (Part 1)

Oct 16

Chinese Twitter for Beginners (Part 1)

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what benefits overseas social networks might be to universities, especially those parts of the university dedicated to alumni communications. So I got reading to find out what was out there, and came across Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo.com, which is often referred to as China’s equivalent to Twitter. The...

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NOTW: Be Careful What You Wish For

Jul 07

NOTW: Be Careful What You Wish For

So, the News of the World is to close after the protracted phone-hacking scandal came to a head with the revelation, by the Guardian, that the voicemail of murder victim, Milly Dowler, had been hacked by the newspaper. ‘The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed when it came to itself,’ said the chairman of News...

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Can PR Learn From Journalism?

Jun 13

Can PR Learn From Journalism?

With technology transforming the way that we do business, it can be tempting to assume that our interactions online have actually become shallower and more meaningless. In some ways the opposite is true. One of the current mantras in the world of marketing is that selling is no longer just about image. Companies can no longer get by on surface qualities; to succeed...

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Is Facebook a Good Thing?

May 31

Is Facebook a Good Thing?

I brainstormed my feelings about Facebook the other day and was quite surprised by the results. ‘Alienation’ and ‘tyranny’ were two of the more hysterical words I wrote down, along with ‘liberation’ and ‘pleasure’. Is Facebook (and social media in general) a ‘good’ thing? Why am I so addicted to Facebook?...

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Notebook: Our Royal Wedding

Apr 29

Notebook: Our Royal Wedding

We talked about going to London for the Royal Wedding, but I’m afraid that indolence eventually took over and we stayed here in Lichfield, watching it on TV like most of the nation. Media junkies that we are, Richard got out his laptop and I sat with my iPhone, simultaneously watching the TV and following the hilarious Twitter commentary. I’ve Storifyed...

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