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Bank loan “Tweeticide”?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday May 11, 2010 )

I sometimes check out people who I don’t know who contact me via social networks to get a better sense of the person. Employers do it, and perhaps banks might start doing it too. (more…)


Browser market share statistics

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday May 5, 2010 )

Internet Explorer is continuing to lose market share. How long before it will be lumped into the the “other browser” category? That probably won’t happen, but Microsoft has a lot of work to do in order to win back hearts and minds. (more…)


Google publishes user data request stats

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday April 27, 2010 )

Tinfoil hats firmly on – Google has published some statistics on government requests for user information and also content removal requests from various government agencies. (more…)


Publishing rumors online

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday April 17, 2010 )

As I’ve so often mentioned, often people mistake freedom of speech with freedom from responsibility. While some countries have laws protecting freedom of speech, that doesn’t necessarily mean bloggers, or blog commenters for that matter, are immune from being sued. (more…)


Survey: Internet “most essential” medium

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday April 13, 2010 )

A recent survey has found that the Internet has for the first time become more the important medium in the majority of American’s lives. (more…)


The Internet vs Senator Steve Fielding

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday March 22, 2010 )

I read a headline and snippet on the ABC this morning and initially thought an Australian politician’s web site had been hacked. It wasn’t and just goes to show how out of touch some of our politicians are about the nature of the Internet. (more…)


Ignore email crackpots and hecklers

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday March 22, 2010 )

While angering your social network following by disregarding them isn’t a wise idea, next time some idiot emails with you unduly harsh criticism or general whacko comments, ignore them totally. Here’s why. (more…)


Are you being watched?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday March 19, 2010 )

Reading this from work or at home on a company computer? Here’s something to keep in mind. (more…)


Searching Twitter…via Google

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday March 8, 2010 )

I rarely search Twitter from Twitter for anything as the signal to noise ratio is just too low – but there is a better way to search. Who would have guessed it was via Google.. or perhaps it should have been a given. (more…)


Facebook routes email to wrong users

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday February 27, 2010 )

Imagine intending to send an email to someone and it winds up going to someone different. Misdirected communications have brought down many a celebrity, politician and company. (more…)