Twitter is a strange thing. Founded in 2006, it was initially promoted as a way of communicating with friends about what you are doing right now. It did not appeal to me. Who wants to know all that trivia? Who wants to publish it? Lots of people now on Facebook, apparently. But I digress. I
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I attend numerous technical events, most of which are vendor-specific. There is nothing wrong with vendor-specific events. If you want to explore what is on offer from that vendor and quiz their people, they are ideal. You will be aware though that they are promotional events and give you a skewed view of the world,
…continue reading The Monki Gras London 2013: scaling craft, how to be happy at work, defining software excellence, and lots of beer
2011 felt like a pivotal year in technology. What was pivoting? Well, users are pivoting away from networks and PCs and towards cloud and devices. The obvious loser is Microsoft, which owns PCs and networks but is a distant follower in devices and has mixed prospects in the cloud. Winners include Apple, Google, Amazon, and
…continue reading ITWriting.com awards 2011: ten key happenings, from Nokia’s burning platform to HP’s nightmare year
The big new thing in social media right now is Google+, the search giant’s latest attempt to grab a slice of the social internet from Facebook and Twitter. I have been trying it for a few days and like everyone else have enjoyed playing with circles, the ability to categorise contacts into groups and choose
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Remember Microsoft Vine? It was a well-meaning but puzzling product intended to assist communication in emergencies, but with additional potential for social communication. To nobody’s surprise, Microsoft has emailed beta testers to inform that that the project is to be discontinued:
The decision to discontinue future development of Microsoft Vine was not easily made. Multiple
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I’ve hesitated before installing the official Twitter app for Android
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I’m just back from the BBC’s press briefing on the new iPlayer. This is a public beta. The press release is here.
The big story is that social media features are now integrated. The idea is that you can post recommendations (or otherwise) to Twitter and Facebook about programmes you are viewing, or participate in
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