Darren Smith

2009 — a period of stimulating challenge, or one of opportunity?

For those of you whom I have not been able to say a personal “best wishes” to, let me take this opportunity to wish you a relaxed and safe festive season, wherever you might be going, or staying. May it refresh you, energise you and afford you new insight and perspective into your life, your…

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OpenSocial gets off to a hacking great start

Google’s OpenSocial was launched amid great expectation last week, with virtual groupies waiting for the doors to open. While I wasn’t among those pitching their tents, so to speak, outside Google’s OpenSocial landing page, once I had come across the fact that it open for business, I thought I’d check it out. OpenSocial holds much…

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Facebook: Pokes vs real penetration

We’ve all heard about how Facebook has changed the face of the planet, sucking even the most technophobic business dowdies into its vortex. I’m not going to debate the merits, or otherwise, of Facebook as an investment (ask Microsoft), as an application platform (ask Google), or as a waste of time (ask anyone). What I…

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Media ethics and guerrilla warfare

It has been with some interest that I have followed the ongoing discourse over the “us versus them” (mainstream media versus the blogosphere) issue, and its potential impact on the media landscape. Vincent Maher has pretty exhaustively tackled some of the issues in his paper Towards a Critical Media Studies Approach to the Blogosphere, and…

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