Great day today at Digital Doughnut event at the RGS in Kensington. I missed the start and end due to diary clashes, but managed to see the bulk of it. The theme was Inspiration: The Life Cycle of Ideas My highlights from the day are ... Tom Ollerton from We are Social reminds us that … Continue reading Digital Doughnut – with sprinkles and everything!
I was at Social Media and the Law 2012 today, which was a really great event. First of all big thank you to Luisa Edwards from Google for managing the day so well - always nicer when a conference chair makes it fun instead of a relentless clock watch! Also some really great comments about Google's … Continue reading Social media and the law (and a bit of Leveson, well, needs must …)
So it's happened. Google got spanked to the tune of $22.5 million dollars for monitoring the behaviour of people using Safari browsers notwithstanding browser settings (i.e. user instructions) that did not permit it. Think this just matters State side? Think again. The cookies stuff which came into force last year (but which people only paid attention … Continue reading Google gets spanked for ignoring cookie settings to the tune of 22.5 million dollars. Ouch!
Late last night - in fact while I was merrily consuming some nice wine in the garden bar at The Sanderson, Facebook's first set of public results were published. It's really not a bad effort despite what many in the press are focussing on. The high level picture is that revenue is up, hitting 1.18 … Continue reading Facebook first public results – don’t be a Grinch
I love ads, let's just get this straight right away. I used to think the Apple Think Different ads were my all time classic, but I have to say that the recent Guardian Three Pigs has blown that off the number one slot. But not all ads are that engaging. And sometimes you are just … Continue reading Freedom to skip ads – could it be a human right?
Sorry for the delay in writing this - had an evening event yesterday, so a bit short on time. Anyway, the themes from day 2 are these: - Channel 4 has got the bit between its teeth and is really going for the digital/social/content overlap space and will have a new 'channel' called 47 (four … Continue reading FT Digital Media conference day 2 – we are all in chains
Jimmy Wales, what a legend in his own lunchtime. To sum up today, in true cryptic style: - there are four screens now and we need to treat them all the same (but slightly differently) - data rocks, it's not the new financial services, it's the new rock and roll - privacy matters, but there … Continue reading FT Digital Media Conference – four screens and a Joan Collins
Anonymous and WikiLeaks today have made a bit of a splash in the press around Stratfor. There are some allegations in there that global brands have engaged Stratfor to undertake investigations of pressure/protest groups in the run up to major sporting events. Essential to work through the brand damage of activism, should it occur. Ultimately … Continue reading Hackers, brands and sponsorship
Much stuff on the newswires this morning about this - essentially that Google keeps the fees on ads which are illegal and pulled. Clearly a big issue for us here in the UK in the run up to the Olympics, because selling tickets after purchase is illegal. See for example this story on ZDNet. Yes, … Continue reading Google keeps fees on illegal ads – so what?