Tag: YouTube

Apr 07 2010

Twitter gaining in Remit survey

Last year, in a post Twitter? not in my Remit, I talked about the findings of a Remit/Estates Gazette survey of use of social media, among other sources, at the 2009 MIPIM property fair in Cannes; I was scathing of some of the responses, mainly because they showed low property professional awareness of how some …

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Mar 02 2010

tCn – The Construction Network launches

Late last year I was contacted by Ryan Briggs, one of the co-founders of a new social network aimed at the construction industry. The Construction Network, or tCn, aims to become the sector’s most exclusive business networking platform and has some big name partners, most notably the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Other construction associations …

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Jan 27 2010

SCRI Live – Salford talks, but is anybody listening?

The University of Salford’s Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI) in the Built & Human Environment recently launched a more interactive offshoot of its main website. SCRI Live is built on a customisation of WordPress, delivering a blog (covering housing, health, education and technology) and an RSS feed of news from Building magazine. I first …

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Jan 26 2010

Centre for School Design embraces Web 2.0

Yesterday saw the launch of the Centre for School Design in London. An initiative by the educational charity British Council for School Environments (BCSE), it was welcomed at an event in London Bridge by brief speeches from government minister Estelle Morris, design critic Stephen Bayley, Steve Moore of Policy Unplugged, and C4SD co-founders Ty Goddard …

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Dec 18 2009

Let’s be positive on social media: issue guidelines not bans

According to a November Information Age story (linked in a recent e-newsletter), over half of UK organisations are restricting employee access to social media websites such as Facebook and YouTube due to the threat of litigation. Research among lawyers in the 2009 Litigation Trends survey conducted by US law firm Fulbright & Jaworski asked how …

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Dec 09 2009

Let’s do that Australian thing

The friendly response of the new UK chief construction adviser Paul Morrell to my recent posts generated a few comments, several encouraging him to embrace Web 2.0 to build a conversation with people in the rest of the industry. It seems there is an international trend towards adoption of such techniques. Reading the Daily Telegraph …

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Oct 30 2009

Schneider Electric builds climate change community

I have just been looking at the website of Schneider Electric, a Danish French manufacturer of electrical equipment, including building management systems and whole host of other products. It wasn’t the main corporate website, but a community website, ActiveBE.com. I have looked at a couple of businesses in the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry …

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Oct 28 2009

Kieran Long and his Twitter avatar

One of the most common bits of advice offered to people just starting out on Twitter is to use a photograph of yourself as your Twitter avatar. Some individuals simply fail to post any image at all (and at least the colourful birdies are better than the old brown square), while others sometimes opt for …

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Oct 28 2009

Reflecting on RIBAforum09

For the second day running, I yesterday visited the London headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects for a social media event. While Monday’s Media140 event (see preceding posts) was thronged with social media-savvy marketing types, the audience at RIBAforum09 (see post) was, I think, altogether more conservative and cautious. The demographic complexion of …

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Oct 02 2009

Why social media bans won’t work

I have heard suggestions that more than half of all construction organisations prohibit employee access to social media sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter (a recent white paper from the US-based Society for Marketing Professional Services Foundation gives an even higher figure of 67% of AEC firms blocking employees from viwing social networking sites …

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