Before his much-anticipated appearance on Capitol Hill this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has provided written testimony to Congress in which he apologises for failing to prevent the collection of tens of millions of users’ personal data by a data analytics company. Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear before a joint US congressional hearing after admitting that up to 87 million users may have had their data improperly utilised by Cambridge Analytica to build election voter profiles. The data-mining scandal is exacerbated by the vast amounts of money Facebook is making from its billions of users around the world. The public … Continue reading Zuckerberg apologises for #Facebook #Cambridge Analytica scandal in written testimony
In a post that echoes the main reason Facebook became so popular in the first place, everyone else is talking about Facebook’s 10th birthday so we will, too. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, eh? We have two infographics for you today, courtesy of Mobiles.co.uk: the rise of Facebook and the future of Facebook. And if you’re still a lover of everything Facebook after all these years, we invite you to be E&T’s friend on Facebook, Like us, poke us, write on our wall or do whatever new expression of virtual contact Facebook comes up with in the future. … Continue reading Facebook turns 10 – the history and the future – two infographics
Aside from a salutary lesson in investing in something intangible, in something that doesn’t actually exist – i.e. investing in digital “air” – the continuing slide of Facebook’s share price is also an illuminating glimpse in to the nefarious world of high finance, wherein the efficacy or otherwise of your product or service is almost an irrelevance, its future prosperity and stability inexorably tied to the whims and proclivities of a worldwide network of financially cavalier gamblers. Ah well, Zuckerberg has had a pretty good ride thus far and still isn’t short of a few quid today, regardless of having … Continue reading Facebook share price IPO – an annotated graphic
Members of the E&T team have been asked to blog about inspirational women, in honour of Ada Lovelace day, which prompted me to think about who inspired me when I was young. In science and technology the only famous woman I could initially think of was Marie Curie. This morning I remembered Valentina Tereschkova, the first female astronaut – I clearly recall seeing the television reports of her achievement, and becoming aware that women could do the same things as men (this of course was a time when London Transport could legally advertise different pay rates for male and female … Continue reading In honour of Ada Lovelace
Fantasy presentations from the conference agenda for Social Media Forum Europe 2011. Continue reading Tweeting: ‘blogging for morons’?
“There’s a lot of Tweeting, but there’s not much engagement,” Alex Aitken, director of communications at Westminster City Council told panel debate audiences at Social Media World Forum. Politicians are using social media as an extra communications tool, rather than a means of engagement with the electorate, he adds. Fellow panelist Craig Elder, the Conservatives’ online communications editor, agrees: “Politicians are having a massive conversation between themselves. It’s just a broadcast exercise I’m happy for the blame for this to be shared across all three parties – it’s old politics on new media. It’s just a broadcast exercise I’m happy … Continue reading Social media tools helping political efforts: how effective?
PR is starting to get its act together in regard to social media – especially bloggers. Astute PRs realise that bloggers are a soft touch compared to seasoned journalists, and will fall easily to their seductive tricks. Continue reading Corporate PR ‘will eat social media’
Thomas ‘Ecademy’ Power is back, bringing a welcome voice of experience and caution to the gung-ho geekery permeating the Social Media World Forum. As enterprises gush and rush to embrace Twitter to drive core sales, Facebook to build critical customer communities, and LinkedIn to consolidate valued B2B relationships (and find key staff to recruit) how many CIOs consider the fact that all that irreplaceable data that they are basing so much sales and marketing activitiy on does not actually belong to them? It belongs to yer Twitters, Facebooks, YouTubes, LinkedIns, etc. And as they -the socnet platforms – introduce new … Continue reading Supine tigers, gaping maws