Warning for social media companies


Another day, another UK Commons home affairs select committee report, this latest one strongly criticizing social media companies over their failure to remove abusive and extremist content from the internet.

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the like – were  doing ...

A splutter at Twitter as ad revenues fall away


News this week that revenue at social media behemoth Twitter had fallen for the first time ever, was a true spill-your-coffee moment for most media observers.

Was it Donald Trump’s constant controversial use of the platform that was suddenly making it unfashionable? How else to explain the company reporting ...

Where have all the bloggers gone?


Are independent political blogs a lasting part of the media furniture? Or are they a noughties phenomena that will one day appear on those "Do you remember 2005?" programmes alongside with Girls Aloud and George Bush?

The breathless talk of a few years ago where new media gurus predicted the death of ...

#egypt and #tigerblood


We thought it was worth highlighting twitter's most talked about hastags for 2011. In case anyone doesn't know - a hash tag is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic. For example, if you search on #LOST (or #Lost or #lost, because it's not case-sensitive), you'll get a list of tweets ...

Smartphones help London burn


A third night of rioting in London, the worst and most widespread in the nation's history, has seen thousands of youths outnumber and defy a largely powerless police force. Politicians have been caught napping, or in the case of the political leadership, abroad on holiday, seemingly without a care in the ...

Can Google+ end Facebook?


One in seven people on planet earth are now on Facebook. Surely Facebook is now part of our DNA as much as tea and coffee. It can't be got shot off. That's just the way it is. Right? Wrong.

If there is one thing we should know about the globalised world it is that things can be destroyed as quickly as they're ...

Tweet heat


Every few weeks, an off-colour or overly candid Tweet from a working journalist blows back into the newsroom in spectacular fashion. Over the last few weeks we’ve had the sacking of Octavia Nasr, CNN's Senior Middle East Editor, after she tweeted upon the death of Hezbollah’s Grand Ayatollah Mohammed ...

How students consume news


You've Googled the world, you've updated your status on Facebook, you've uploaded your pictures to Flickr, and you've tweeted about it on Twitter. But now Google would like you to head back its way and join in the Buzz and follow all of the previous actions in one place. Students no longer spend time in rock and roll ...




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Newsweek - the second act


F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said there are no second acts in American lives, but he wasn't around to see American media scion

Yomiuri Shimbun


One of Japan's five national newspapers, the Yomiuri Shimbun is in fact the biggest selling in the world