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When a Bad Suggestion is a Good Thing

Is a bad suggestion a good thing? It could be based on the volume of international press an Irish hotel received after filing a suit against Google because the search giant’s autocomplete function suggested the hotel was in financial difficulty (see screen print below). After repeated efforts to have Google remove the automated suggestion —…

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Win! Free! Sex! 10 Secrets to Start Your Business

Hopefully that headline grabbed your attention. It might even be more effective on Twitter. It contains many of the keywords designed to hook you on magazine covers, according to Norah Casey, owner and CEO of Harmonia, Ireland’s largest publisher. Casey is also one of the potential investors on Ireland’s version of The Dragons’ Den TV…

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Confusing ‘Facebook Vomit’ With Customer Engagement

Keeping advertising and social media in separate silos diminishes the power of both, according to Darren McGrath. They stay separate because it is easier for many people to understand them, but advertising and social media are connected because they influence how people feel, and emotions are a powerful influence. This separate can cause companies to…

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Old Media Shown Up Again?

Maybe the right side and left side of the brain just won’t get along. Or maybe the training is all wrong. Over at The Irish Economy blog, the Irish Times newspaper drew flak for clumsy, lazy or clueless reporting of tax information released by the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland’s tax authorities. The blog post is here.…

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Old Media Ups Its Game

On the same day I blogged about Storyful, I caught up later with an old friend. We are both employed full time in tech but are also interested in media — he makes films — and I like journalism and new media. We met for a few drinks, and in between solving the country’s problems,…

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A New Approach to Political Debate

After a lot of development and a little mystery, the covers are beginning to slip off Jolitics, a new political website. Established by Bebo founder Michael Birch, Jolitics is currently being tested in alpha in Ireland. Site membership of this innovative approach to political discussion is by invitation for now, but I managed to snag…

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News From Noise

A couple of interesting and innovative websites are being unleashed on an unwitting Irish public this summer. Although British and based in Silicon Valley, Bebo founder Michael Birch has just started doing early tests of Jolitics in Ireland. You can read more about that here. But there is another site, Storyful, that marries two subjects…

More Facebook Woes

Protesters organising a mass defection from Facebook yesterday said 33,313 quit the social networking site. It sounds like a lot, but in the context of the site’s 400 million users, it is a small percentage. The Guardian blog reporting the story said the site also has to worry about a new source of trouble. Consumer…

Demographics Could Lose Facebook Users

In the continuing row over Facebook’s privacy, or lack thereof, a number of interesting perspectives have been offered about shifting demographics and shifting notions of online privacy. The first perspective is from Wired.com author, Fred Vogelstein. He interviewed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg and/or senior management at least 12 times over the past three years. I…

This Is Going To Suck — But It Sounds Like A Business Opportunity

How would you like people to post reviews of your work anonymously online? It sounds like it could fall somewhere between uncomfortable and out-and-out bullying. Yet a new website called Unvarnished, currently in beta, aims to do just that. Unvarnished allows anonymous “reviewers” to comment on your professional work. As this blog writer, Leslie Gaines-Ross,…