The Thing About the Influencers


These are the slides and (highly idealised) script that went with them at my talk today at Digital Shoreditch. I’ve been doing an awful lot of thinking about “influencers” recently as part of a big project. It’s been more than half a decade since I last looked at the problem in any depth; back then I was fascinated by the Social Network Analysis opportunities: these days, as you’ll see, much less so.

Testing the “One Image To Rule Them All” Guidelines


James Whatley recently shared a post by Garrett Heath, “One Image to Rule Them All.” The timing was particularly handy, as I’d begun to freak out about image dimensions on Twitter. Twitter helpfully gives us the ideal image aspect ratio for Twitter Cards. Tip: If you want your entire image to be visible in the […]

Why Are Scammers Always From Nigeria?


I am particularly fond of instances of “common knowledge” that turn out to be wrong. I actively enjoy having my remaining beliefs in urban legends burst. It feels like I’m attaining knowledge; or becoming less ignorant at the very least. This is one of my favourite examples: “Why Do Nigerian Scammers Say They Are From […]

Using Excel to summarise your Twitter Analytics data better.

Twitter Analytics with Excel

This is the first of what I’m planning will be a series of screencasts looking at Social Media data and analytics.

I hope it’s going to be a useful experience for me; but more to the point, useful for you. So I hope you’ll bear with me and give me feedback — either in the comments below, or on Twitter — where I’m @mediaczar.

For this first video, I thought I’d take a look at Twitter’s analytics product. Twitter opened this up to the general public last month — but some of us have had much longer to play around with it and get used to it. I thought it might be good to share some of what I’ve learned.



I’ve decided to share some of the tools I use to do my work. Partly in the hope that someone may find them useful; partly in the hope that having other people use the tools will help improve them. The first one I’ve posted is one of a set of link shortener tools, called bitlyquery […]

Is Facebook Failing Marketers?


Last October, Forrester’s Nate Elliott wrote an inflammatory blog post in the form of an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg. Open letters have been in vogue since Jay-Z released a track of the same name last April but I’m pretty sure (given the timing) that Mr Elliott’s post was more inspired by SinĂ©ad O’Connor’s notorious […]