Posts Tagged ‘social media’

A new spin on ad-blockers and FAKE messages

Read the full article (assuming you haven’t installed the plug-in) at The other story about paid ‘endorsements’ by celebrities on Twitter contains these nauseating-but-probably-true passages: Sheen took little more than a day to reach 1 million followers, a record. He had more than 2 million followers by yesterday. All the attention has brought a […]

Sock puppet army? Thanks HBGary Federal and Aaron Barr

Remember Aaron Barr, the HBGary Federal social media ‘expert’ who tackled Anonymous and ended up getting comprehensively hacked and 50,000 of his company emails published? Well, in those emails, apparently, (according to Daily Kos) were some that disclosed HBGary Federal advocating a sockpuppet army … using ‘personas’ … to, among other things, ‘smear enemies‘ (a […]

Biggest lesson learned in ten years of blogging …

Some commenters and email correspondents have given me a (mildly) hard time for not leaping into Avenging-Angel mode and castigating the spruikers — the Shaun Stennings, Dean Letfuses, Steve Goodeys and Sean Woods of the world — more stridently and with more fire and damnation as ‘scam artists’, ‘criminals’ and ‘low-lifes’. To some, it’s as […]

Sockpuppets everywhere

Oh dear. Even someone with an ‘official’ Facebook page and thousands of followers apparently feels the need to have a sockpuppet … Yesterday, your Wonkette uncovered a private Facebook account registered to what is (or what was at one time) Sarah Palin’s private e-mail address. Last night, she took to her public Facebook page to […]

Ironic, Mr Zuckerberg. Ironic.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has obtained a temporary restraining order against a California man accused of stalking him, his girlfriend and his sister. … [Alleged stalker] Manukonda tried to contact Zuckerberg numerous times in December via letter, email and Facebook, including more than 20 times in one day, Facebook security officer Todd Sheets said in […]

Let’s get a little interactional …

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A brief note about comment moderation

I recently had cause to mention our comments policy at, saying I’m not a big believer in censorship, but there are limits: That’s not how I try to play it at, Jen. I’ve actually stopped some comments alleging ‘criminal’ actions by Shaun Stenning from appearing, but generally, this site goes pretty much uncensored […]

D is for unintelligent

If you use any of these ‘most commonly used passwords‘, take yourself outside and give yourself a good smack. Duuuumb. 1 012345 2 password 3 12345678 4 lifehack 5 qwerty 6 abc123 7 111111 8 monkey 9 consumer 10 12345 … Demonstrating why you should not use the same password for multiple websites, the hackers […]

Don’t call it email. Riiiight.

Jeez, people are being a bit snide about Mark Zuckerberg (uh, yeah, OK. Guilty). In the midst of coverage of Facebook’s new ‘it’s not email’ announcement today, look at this little dig from The Guardian’s Adam Gabbatt … He was especially keen to stress one point. “It’s not email,” he said early in his presentation. […]

Naked FB pic leads to jail. And exposure. Ironic

We used to joke, when I was journo in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, about the Christchurch Press‘s supposed slogan: All the news that is news. Eventually. In that same vein, late but newsworthy, it occurs to me to comment on the case of the jilted boyfriend who posted a picture of his ex-girlfriend naked on […]


I had the unpleasant experience yesterday of a website I’m involved with (not this one) being hacked and a script loaded onto the landing page to redirect visitors to a malware site. That’s the first time that’s happened to me. As it turns out, every browser I used to try to access the (original) site […]

Old and new media romps in…

Discount slightly the gushing, dewy-eyed hype about Facebook and Twitter and this is STILL a real advertising campaign success story. My goodness yes. AND it uses social media in a clever, very deliberate and savvy, self-aware way. Watch this: Old Spice Social Case Study from Digital Buzz on Vimeo. The excellent writing (“Look at your […]

The internet’s ‘completely over’ — or is it just blogs?

Here’s an alternative view of the growth of the interwebs … from Prince, whose new album is going to be a free insert in this Saturday’s (10 July) Daily Mirror. Interesting. “You must come and listen to the album,” he says. “I hope you like it. It’s great that it will be free to readers […]

Barack Obama’s Facebook Feed Very funny.

Inspiring clarity of purpose from John Gruber

What makes Daring Fireball an efficient and effective soapbox is exactly that it is not noisy. My goal is for not a single wasted word to appear anywhere on any page of the site. … It’s my firm belief that all websites eventually attract the attention and respect that they deserve. The hard work is […]