September 29, 2011

Bigfoot introduce program to reduce cyberbullying

by Kerry Butters

Arts education specialists Bigfoot have introduced a new program designed to teach kids how to communicate effectively on the internet. The program is one of several aimed at reducing bullying and have been designed in partnership with Kidscape. The campaign is called “Sticks and Stones; words will ALWAYS hurt me” and is intended to help […]




September 9, 2011

Sharing online could affect your future, Microsoft say

by Kerry Butters

A new study by Microsoft has shown that many teens in the US don’t consider the importance of what they are sharing online before they go ahead and post. Parents also don’t really think about the “potential consequences” of the personal information both themselves and their children make available on the net. However, the study […]




July 2, 2010

Facebook makes photo tagging easier

by Darren Allan

Facebook has announced that it will employ face detection technology to help users tag photos of friends and family more swiftly. As Product Manager for Photos Sam Odio points out on the Facebook blog, over 100 million snaps are uploaded to Facebook every day, which is quite a staggering number. Heck, even we’ve uploaded the […]




June 30, 2010

Google Me to challenge Facebook for social supremacy?

by Darren Allan

We all know Facebook is going from strength to strength. Next month, it’s supposed to hit the 500 million user mark. That’s half a billion folks from around the globe hooked up to its intravenous feed of status updates and daft quizzes. Google, of course, wants a slice of this sort of action. Google wants […]




June 19, 2010

Twitter launches promoted trends in monetising effort

by Darren Allan

Twitter has unveiled its first ever trending topic which an advertiser has paid to have displayed amongst its list of the most popular topics. Disney is the company in question, and it has forked out to promote Toy Story 3 (which is just out in the States) on Twitter. The promoted trend appears at the […]




May 20, 2010

60% of Facebook users considering leaving over privacy

by Darren Allan

Facebook has long been under fire over privacy issues. The newest concerns revolve around the way Facebook is proposing to share customer data with third-party websites. And the site’s most recent privacy faux-pas involved real-time chats becoming visible to users other than the participants, which doubtless led to some very relationship damaging ear-wigging. Facebook has […]




April 21, 2010

Facebook switches Lite off

by Darren Allan

Facebook Lite was the cut-down version of the social networking site which was streamlined to load quickly on poor Internet connections. Lite offered a service which allowed users to write on walls, share photos, view profiles and all the basic stuff, but without any of the fancy bits such as the gazillion applications, quizzes and […]




April 6, 2010

Facebook under fire over privacy issues

by Darren Allan

Once again, Facebook is receiving press attention of the negative variety, this time over proposed changes to its privacy policy. What Facebook is intending to do is “occasionally” share information about users with pre-approved third party websites, if you visit those sites while you have your Facebook profile open. It all sounds a bit ominous, […]




April 2, 2010

Joan Collins says Twitter is boring

by Darren Allan

It has emerged that septuagenarian actress Joan Collins believes that Twitter is boring and banal. Ahem – and Dynasty wasn’t? She wrote about the micro-blogging site in her diary published in the Spectator magazine. Apparently she describes the recent Oscars party in which the folk she was sat with were all too busy Twittering away […]




March 30, 2010

Webroot social networking survey sees room for improvement in security

by Darren Allan

Webroot, security software provider for the consumer and SMB markets, has announced the results of its second annual social networking survey. The poll was conducted over a sample of 1,100 users drawn from Facebook, Twitter, and other popular social networking sites. And one of the big findings was an increased awareness of security and privacy […]




March 25, 2010

Microsoft Office Talk: Twitter for business

by Darren Allan

Microsoft is busy researching a potential path into the micro-blogging universe with a project called OfficeTalk. Still in the testing stages, OfficeTalk is quite similar to Yammer in that it’s micro-blogging not for the public Twitter style, but for a closed office environment. Microsoft says that OfficeTalk has been deployed internally, and has seen over […]