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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...

December 7, 2010  10:26 AM

Facebook at bedtime

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Facebook, Microblogging, Social networking, twitter

A book at bedtime in the modern age has been replaced by Facebook at bedtime, according to a study commissioned by Travelodge.

Instead of settling down to a good book, 72% of UK adults surveyed said they check social networking site Facebook, while 18% send a Tweet on microblogging...


October 29, 2010  1:49 PM

How to friend a felon

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Facebook, police, social media, Social networking, twitter

In a further sign that the old-school concept of bobbies on the beat is fading away, police are to be trained on how to use Facebook and Twitter to catch killers.

According to the BBC, the move is "exactly what detectives need to tackle...


September 22, 2010  9:42 AM

UK girl gets 21,000 responses to party invitation

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Facebook, Social networking

A public life used to be limited to those who had fame and or fortune, but now literally anyone can take to the world's stage through the press of a button.

At a stroke, a 14-year-old girl from Hertfordshire used Facebook events to post a party invitation and received replies from...


September 16, 2010  11:32 AM

What are you doing now? “Braking very hard!!!”

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
car, Facebook, social media, Social networking

In a groundbreaking development in car safety, General Motors has announced that drivers will soon be able to use Facebook while speeding down the motorway.

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September 15, 2010  5:39 PM

How to be Confused.com about the cost of social media

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
confused.com, Facebook, Insurance, social media, Social networking, twitter

Insurance price comparison site Confused.com - the one that doesn't use meerkats or singing waiters in its adverts - seems intent on alienating the approximately 500 billion users of Facebook and Twitter (source: Facebook/Twitter marketing) by announcing that users of social media may face...


August 12, 2010  3:47 PM

Husband fingered as polygamist by digital fingerprints on Facebook

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Facebook, polygamy, Social networking, twitter

User generated content is all very well, but as one - no two married couples in the US found out, digital fingerprints, once out there, can come back to haunt you.

Cleveland woman Lynn France typed into the Facebook search the name of the woman with whom she suspected her husband was...


June 16, 2010  2:52 PM

Children spend too much time on computers

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
gadgets, Hardware, health, Mobile Computing, National news, pictures, photos and images, Social networking

In the days of old when knights were bold and computers hadn't been invented, squires - wannabe knights - would practice swordsmanship using wooden swords, to minimise the risk of injury and also to protect the valuable ironmongery from damage.

It is entirely possible that many infant...


March 23, 2010  4:00 PM

Headhunters find happy hunting ground online

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
jobs, Linkedin, recruitment, Social networking

Downtime happened to meet a CIO in a bar recently (no surprises there, then) and the conversation turned inevitably to how things were going.

"We're hiring, actually," he said. "You could have fooled me, judging from how thin our recruitment ad salesman is looking," Downtime replied....


March 17, 2010  11:23 AM

Scarface mafia hitman red-faced after being nabbed through Facebook

WAshford Profile: WAshford
Facebook, FBI, Social networking

Facebook is not only becoming a drag for some reckless members of generation-Y who are being vetted by recruiters based on their online posting, but criminals are beginning to feel the pinch too.

A mafia hitman, who called himself scarface in online postings, has been arrested after...


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