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November 28, 2011  9:03 AM

It’s true: Facebook can bite

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Employment, Facebooki, social media, twitter

Although the danger of social media to job seekers has been running through the rumour mill for some time, an Australian survey proves it is true that careless postings can come back and bite.

The research found that 12% of employers have rejected job applicants based on what they have...

August 24, 2011  2:37 PM

Diggers and social media: A match made in heaven

mscott2 Profile: mscott2
Finland, social media

Over one million Finns have found themselves unable to resist the lure of watching four strangers live in diggers. 

Over the past two months the four men, who've been constantly streaming live video and interacting with their viewers, have been sleeping, eating and drinking in the...


May 16, 2011  12:35 PM

Social media can kill: don’t be a planker

WAshford Profile: WAshford
planking, social media

There has been a lot in the news lately about the security risks of Social Media, but the death of a 20-year-old Australian proves that online games of one-upmanship can be fatal.

An internet craze dubbed "planking" involves posting pics online of participants lying down in a variety of...


May 3, 2011  11:25 AM

Court slashes maintenance payments to ex-wife because of blog posts

WAshford Profile: WAshford
social media

Users of social media still appear to be struggling with the concept that once they post information, it is out there for just about anyone to see and use.

Chicago internet lawyer Evan Brown has...


February 21, 2011  10:30 AM

Nun expelled from convent in Spain over Facebook

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Facebook, social media, Social networking

A convent in Spain has expelled a 54-year-old nun for spending too much time on social networking website, Facebook.

Sister Maria Jesus Galan said on her Facebook page that she has been asked to leave the convent after disagreements over her online activities, according to


February 7, 2011  3:50 PM

Hello – Avon tweeting!

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
avon, Facebook, iPhone, social media, twitter

Cosmetics company Avon is famed for its door-to-door representatives, attracting housewives and metrosexual guyliner-buying househusbands with their familiar...


February 2, 2011  11:30 AM

The Computer Weekly royal wedding – now on the BBC!

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
BBC, Facebook, social media

Amid all the fuss about Prince someone-or-other marrying an online saleswoman from Reading late last year, most (but not all) of the media missed what was undoubtedly the real news - the Computer Weekly royal wedding.

Our


January 26, 2011  2:59 PM

Praise the Like

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
pope, social media, Social networking

Catholics among you will no doubt be pleased to know that the Pope has given his official blessing to social media.

In a Papal missive to mark World Social Communications Day (Downtime is...


November 29, 2010  1:23 PM

Aussies: follow @TheAshes, you’ll enjoy it more than the cricket

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
cricket, social media, sport, twitter

A female US Twitter user has become a minor cricketing celebrity after her name on the microblogging site - @TheAshes - soared almost overnight to more than 5,000 followers. The woman, who as an American has absolutely no knowledge of cricket...


November 19, 2010  5:12 PM

It’s the internet’s fault (again)

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Internet, jury, social media, Web

Not content with being blamed for the creation of bullying, pornography, paedophilia and the X-Factor (probably), it seems that now the internet is also about to be responsible for the imminent collapse of a central tenet of British democracy - trial by jury.

Lord Chief Justice Lord...


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