• Tweet Christmas time for many is a season to be jolly, but for many others Christmas time can lead to episodes of depression and anxiety. One of the leading causes of depression at Christmas time is loneliness. People at risk of loneliness include the elderly, those who have had recent relationship breakdowns, parents estranged from [&hellip

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  • Tweet Even with new research showing that *83% of Queenslanders support the right of workers to bring legal claims for injuries in unsafe workplaces, and 73% believing workers should be able to claim for minor injuries as well, the Qld government today have moved to change the WorkCover scheme, which could include capping common law [&hellip

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  • Tweet Google has quietly retooled the closely guarded formula running its internet search engine to give better answers to the increasingly complex questions posed by web surfers. The overhaul came as part of an update called Hummingbird, which Google has gradually rolled out in the past month without disclosing the modifications. The changes could have [&hellip

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  • Tweet Facebook has begun feeding select news outlets real-time social network chatter about hot topics to weave into story coverage, wading deeper into Twitter territory. A pair of software tools, Public Feed and Keyword Insights, lets Facebook’s media partners tap into comments posted on the service. ‘Selected news organisations can begin to integrate Facebook conversations [&hellip

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  • Tweet Facebook could be spreading unhappiness through society as well as keeping people connected, research has shown. The number one social networking site is strongly associated with declines in well-being, psychologists claim. Scientists found the more time people spent on Facebook over a two-week period, the worse they subsequently felt. In contrast, talking to friends [&hellip

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  • Tweet   Car accidents are common, and knowing what to do when it happens to you is very important. We hope the following article will help and assist you in the event you or a member of your family is involved in an accident. Please read on: Being involved in a car accident is a [&hellip

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  • Tweet Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has never paid to boost his social media profiles. But his office acknowledges some of his 1.4 million Twitter followers aren’t genuine. ‘Neither he (Mr Rudd), nor his office, has ever paid to boost the Prime Minister’s Twitter followers, Facebook friends or Facebook likes,’ a spokesman for Mr Rudd told [&hellip

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  • Tweet The television networks’ worms were split on who won the leaders’ debate, but the verdict from the blue birds of Twitter was unanimous: they were not impressed. The commentary on social media was that the debate was boring, the leaders were evasive and the rhetoric was more of the same. John Collins tweeted that [&hellip

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  • Tweet Yes folks the news is official, it is now legal for Segways to be used on footpaths across Queensland and reports are that tour operators and members of the general public are already planning to ride them on public footpaths. Reaction from pedestrians is understandably mixed, most did not care when they were displayed [&hellip

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  • Tweet Facebook has begun letting people share social network posts at blogs or other spots on the internet. An Embedded Posts feature being tested out at CNN, Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, PEOPLE and Mashable websites lets Facebook members broadcast posts in real-time to broader online audiences. ‘We are beginning to roll out Embedded Posts to [&hellip

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  • Tweet Today many modern cars have onboard computers that record data about speed, air bag deployment or failures, braking and other mechanical functions. This information can sometimes help to determine the cause of a car accident. Police can establish for example how fast a car was travelling at the time of impact from recording devices [&hellip

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  • Tweet Users who may have grown frustrated with Facebook’s rudimentary search feature are getting an updated version designed to make it easier to find people, places and photos on the site. Facebook unveiled its social search tool in January, but only made it available to a small fraction of its 1.1 billion users, as its [&hellip

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  • Tweet Ignoring the internet was the biggest mistake media company Fairfax made, Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull says. Mr Turnbull was commenting at the launch of Fairfax: The Rise and Fall, on the same day that Fairfax news websites introduced a paywall. He said the company once had total domination in the classifieds market. But it [&hellip

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  • Tweet The number of car accidents caused by either mobile phone usage, either texting or talking on a mobile phone whilst driving, or social networking long into the night have been a major factor in  a majority of car accidents increasing the number of personal injury compensation Claims.   Some of these facts include young drivers [&hellip

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  • Tweet Social networking site Facebook has announced plans to introduce clickable hashtags for users. The tool is already widely used on other media, such as micro-blogging site Twitter, so users can find out what others are discussing. Facebook users have long adopted the hashtag, often using it as an addition to comments and status updates. [&hellip

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  • Tweet Apple has unveiled its hotly anticipated iTunes Radio Service, as the iconic maker of the iPhone moved to challenge streaming music operators such as Pandora and Spotify. The free internet radio service features over 200 stations ‘and an incredible catalogue of music from the iTunes Store’, Apple said in a statement as it opened [&hellip

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  • Tweet Google has urged Australian and New Zealand companies to copy its famously chilled-out working practices, saying it makes for happy, creative employees and better business. Google’s Australian headquarters in harbourside Sydney is a den of zen: an Aladdin’s cave of cool where you’ll sooner see a flying pig than a business suit, and the [&hellip

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  • Tweet Social media is great for sharing information with family and friends, but a growing trend that a lot of us don’t realise is that whatever you post on the internet via your social media network is accessible by anyone who wants to research you.   As an example, how many times have you posted a [&hellip

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  • Tweet Facebook has announced it is updating its policies on ‘harmful and hateful’ content after a campaign complaining it was allowing jokes and other offensive comments about rape and domestic abuse. Facebook vice president of global public policy Marne Levine said the social network would ‘complete our review and update the guidelines’ around hate speech [&hellip

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  • Tweet Twitter says it is stepping up security measures for the popular messaging service, following a series of high-profile breaches by hackers hitting media organisations and others. Twitter said it would implement a new login verification system, ‘a form of two-factor authentication’ which is ‘a second check to make sure it’s really you’ when a [&hellip

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  • Tweet Queensland’s Hamilton Island has announced a valuable tie-up with Asian social media giant QQ.com as part of a plan to dramatically increase the number of Chinese visiting Australia. Chinese visitors pumped $4.2 billion into the Australian economy in 2012, with tourist numbers from the rising superpower increasing 16 per cent to a record 625,000. [&hellip

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  • Tweet QR code scanning – once the domain of the younger crowd – is becoming more evenly distributed across various age groups, according to [download page] data released by ScanBuy. The company, which says it processed a new high of 6.7 million scans via ScanLife in March, reveals that 57% of mobile barcode scanners were [&hellip

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  • Tweet Another month has flown by and it is now time to report our Australian Social Media statistics for April 2013. As I have mentioned in the past, social media growth in Australia has slowed right up. The larger networks are now reaching saturation point and not growing like we saw in 2010 and 2011. [&hellip

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  • Tweet It appears Aussies are starting to suffer from ‘Facebook fatigue’, according to new data from a social media monitor. The data, collected by social media monitoring firm Social Bakers, shows around 115,000 less people have logged on each month since the beginning of 2013 – with almost 400,000 users walking away from Facebook since [&hellip

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  • Tweet The amount of time Australians spend on social media sites is declining, according to new research involving three million internet users. Interest in sites like Facebook and Twitter grew rapidly in Australia from 2010. But new data shows time spent on these sites via fixed-line internet connections fell in 2012, with average users now [&hellip

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  • Tweet Twitter has began to allow ads to be targeted at users based on the words written in ‘tweets’ and messages forwarded to followers at the popular social network. Previously, contents of Twitter messages relied on algorithms that pool the interests of users to send them potentially relevant ads in the form of tweets ‘promoted’ [&hellip

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  • Tweet Buzz has continued to build about the social media giant Twitter’s launching of a new music app. Key ‘influencers’ have already been given a sneak preview of the software ahead of a public roll-out, expected within days. Tech site AllThingsD said the music service, originally mooted for a Friday launch, was expected to be [&hellip

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  • Tweet Small and medium-size businesses are most likely to fail because of an inability to manage costs or anticipate rising costs, according to a survey of more than 1000 Australian owners of SMEs. The survey, published yesterday by accounting software provider CCH and global information services group Wolters Kluwer, revealed SMEs see inexperienced management, a [&hellip

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  • Tweet The federal coalition will deliver a faster, better, cheaper national broadband network (NBN) to all Australians if it wins government, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says. Whether for good or ill, these job seekers made a strong first impression Mr Abbott launched the coalition’s broadband policy in Sydney on Tuesday with communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull. [&hellip

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  • Tweet Facebook unveiled a software suite overnight which stakes out a "home" on Android smartphones as it steps up its challenge to Apple and Google in the booming mobile market. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said the new software weaves the social network into the home screen of HTC and Samsung phones powered by the latest [&hellip

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  • Tweet Google’s new privacy policy is under legal attack from regulators in its largest European markets, who want the company to overhaul practices they say let it create a data goldmine at the expense of unwitting users. Led by the French, organisations in Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Italy agreed Tuesday on the joint [&hellip

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  • Tweet Google Street View is giving the world a rare glimpse into one of Japan’s eerie ghost towns, created when the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami sparked a nuclear disaster that has left the area uninhabitable. The technology pieces together digital images captured by Google’s fleet of camera-equipped vehicles and allows viewers to take virtual [&hellip

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  • Tweet A new survey shows marketing budgets will grow by 1% in 2013, following growth of 3.4% last year, while the growth of social networking and Web 2.0 is less pronounced than in 2011. The 2013 Senior Marketer Monitor, conducted by the Australian Marketing Institute and Colmar Brunton, is based on a survey of 259 [&hellip

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  • Tweet Big music labels, steep freight costs and import taxes are being blamed for the higher prices Australians pay for everything from software to songs. Global technology giants Apple, Microsoft and Adobe copped a caning on Friday at a federal parliamentary inquiry for slugging Australians up to 80 per cent more than people in other [&hellip

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  • Tweet Some people can’t stand it, others can’t live without it. Twitter turned seven on Thursday and with more than 200 million active users, the social media platform has no shortage of friends to celebrate with. It’s come a long way since March 21, 2006, when web developer and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey sent the [&hellip

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  • Tweet Google has added views from some of the world’s tallest mountains to its popular online map service. Armchair explorers were invited to take virtual adventures with members of Google’s Street View team to Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe and Mt Everest base camp in Nepal. ‘Whether you’re scoping [&hellip

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  • Tweet Facebook is preparing to take on Twitter by adopting the messaging service’s iconic hashtag symbol, The Wall Street Journal reports. Users of the globally popular one-to-many messaging service Twitter use # or pound symbols as a hashtag to indicate subjects in tweets. The style is such an entrenched part of the Twitter language that [&hellip

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  • Tweet Facebook has started transforming the stream of updates from friends at home pages into a ‘personalised newspaper’ with news ranging from the personal to the global. The News Feed on home pages at the leading social network has been revamped to get rid of clutter and present ‘bright, beautiful’ stories whether they are insights [&hellip

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  • Tweet One in five major Australian businesses suffered a cyber attack in the past year, with attacks becoming more coordinated and targeted, a government survey shows. With the most serious attacks involving malicious software and theft or breach of confidential information, essential service industries are starting to invest more heavily in tighter cyber security. The [&hellip

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  • Tweet Facebook will soon be the new Big Brother, after the completion of a smartphone app to track user’s locations. While Facebook already has the right to know who you are, what you’re doing, or what you’re searching, it has been announced that a smartphone app to track your whereabouts at any given moment is [&hellip

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  • Tweet Internet companies will soon have to find a way to protect user privacy to avert a ‘clash’ which could lead to increased government regulation, eBay chief executive John Donahoe says. ‘There’s going to be, at some point in the next few years, a trigger point,’ Donahoe told a New York breakfast meeting organised by [&hellip

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  • Tweet After a 20-month probe, US regulators have announced they will not charge Google over its internet search practices. Rivals accused the internet giant of producing biased search results and abusing its market dominance to thwart competitors. The Federal Trade Commission said it lacked a legal basis to bring a monopoly abuse case against the [&hellip

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  • Tweet   The New Year is almost upon us and with it brings time for word of mouth practitioners to reflect on what new opportunities lie ahead. The world of digital and social has arguably opened more doors for marketers and communicators than any other media in recent history. This Thursday we’ll be joining WOMMA [&hellip

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  • Tweet I’ve just got off the phone with an Indian speaking call centre claiming to be the Technical Department of Windows, who were informing me that we had an issue with our version of windows and it needed to be fixed. I thought this very interesting, particularly that our computers here in the office were [&hellip

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  • Tweet One area of Internet marketing we constantly get asked about by our clients is negative reviews of their products on review forum sites. As these sites tend to have a high organic  search result in Google they often rank higher or just below the company themselves, and if the review is negative and there [&hellip

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  • Tweet Ransomware or in other words having your computer hacked and held to ransom by cybercriminals is on the rise, especially if you are in a small business and your computer security protocols are not up to date or non existent. We’ve seen a number of businesses targeted over the last few months as it [&hellip

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  • Tweet Facebook Pages (popularly known as ‘Fan Pages’) are a starting point for businesses wanting to connect to millions of potential and existing customers on Facebook. A Page allows brands to disseminate marketing and service information fast and lets customers interact directly with stake holders. Pages are also an important component of Facebook’s own revenue [&hellip

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  • Tweet Copied content indicates what really engages—and what drives users off-site Social sharing buttons may be sexier, but according to research from user engagement platform Tynt, copy and paste is the sharing method of choice 82% of the time. The service, which offers a way for content publishers to track sharing behavior through embedded code [&hellip

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  • Tweet (CNN) — From the continuing rise of tablet devices to the daily-deals craze and the return of the Internet IPO, 2011 has been a transformative year for technology. The pace of change has become blisteringly fast, with traditional industries — bookstores, video-rental chains, newspapers — crumbling more quickly than we could have imagined. Predicting [&hellip

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  • Tweet Internet users think TV ads are more effective than online placements Even while marketers have taken strongly to digital advertising, they haven’t abandoned traditional media by any means—TV still takes the largest share of ad dollars in the US, and its percentage of the total isn’t slipping. But with the measurability inherent in online [&hellip

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  • Tweet         Microsoft has announced that its instant message chat tool is to be ‘retired’ in favour of Skype’s messaging service. The software giant, which bought Skype for $8.5bn (5.3bn) in May 2011, said Windows Live Messenger (WLM) would be turned off by March 2013, although it would remain available in China. [&hellip

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  • Tweet   Thousands of young Australians might have to update their Facebook status from hired to fired, sooner than they’d like. A survey’s found almost one-third of workers aged between 18 and 25 are friends with their boss on social media, but almost 60 per cent admit they’ve never cleared potentially career-damaging content from their [&hellip

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  • Tweet Mobile Increases Almost Two-Fold Year-Over-Year In the first half of 2012, internet advertising revenues climbed to an all-time high of $17 billion, representing a 14 percent increase year-over-year, according to IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report released today by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and prepared by PwC US. This performance is compared to the [&hellip

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  • Tweet It seems logical, yes. But a new study from Beevolve released in October finds a strong correlation between a Twitter user’s tweet volume and follower count. According to the global study of 36 million Twitter user profiles, users with between 100,001 and 1 million followers boasted the highest average number of tweets, at almost [&hellip

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  • Tweet It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the social juggernaut of our time decided to move into eCommerce. Facebook said earlier this week it would partner up with some retailers, including Victoria’s Secret and Fab.com, to start its online commerce program. Basically, people can press the “want” button on Facebook, share that information [&hellip

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  • Tweet A vest developed in Massachusetts Institute of Technology lets Facebook users hug one another no matter how far apart they are. A Like-A-Hug vest on display on Friday at the website of designer Melissa Kit Chow was touted as "wearable social media" that inflates to embrace wearers whenever Facebook friends "Like" items they post [&hellip

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  • Tweet A Facebook QA with Prime Minister Julia Gillard has attracted sexist and hateful comments, with her office having to censor the comments. Ms Gillard took to the social networking site on Monday to talk about her education policies. But the discourse turned ugly, with one man calling the prime minister a slut. Another man [&hellip

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  • Tweet The iPad mini may be on sale in November – well in time for Christmas – if the rumours turn out to be true. The latest gossip surrounding Apple’s hotly anticipated device suggests the launch event will take place on October 17 with the tablet expected to hit the shops two weeks later. Apple [&hellip

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  • Tweet In 2010, Apple Inc. AAPL +0.29% co-founder Steve Jobs proclaimed, "Mobile advertising really sucks." Now, however, the rule book for what works in mobile advertising is slowly being written. Some of the ingredients to success include ads that play on the unique properties of mobile gadgets, including location, or ads disguised as a game, [&hellip

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  • Tweet The Australian Psychological Society’s submission to a worldwide international manual has called for the inclusion of an addiction to internet gaming. The inclusion of the new addiction, submitted as "internet-use disorder", has been characterised as any kind of withdrawal symptom – such as expression of distress, frustration, irritability – when sufferers are not allowed [&hellip

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  • Tweet   A rumour that Facebook users’ private messages were appearing on public timelines is false, the firm has said. Some users, mostly in France, reported that "private messages" sent between 2007-2009 were suddenly public. However, Facebook told the BBC: "[The] messages were older wall posts that had always been visible on the users’ profile [&hellip

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  • Tweet Online fraud is a type of cybercrime that uses email, web sites, chat rooms or message boards. There are many different types of online fraud, including phishing and pharming scams, which use forged e-mails and Web sites to trick recipients into giving out personal information such as credit card data, social security numbers, and [&hellip

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  • Tweet 1 in 2 company marketers say they are using QR codes to encourage their customers to interact with their brand, per results [download page] from an Econsultancy survey released in June 2012, in partnership with Responsys. QR code usage by these respondents surpasses other mobile channels, including creation of applications (35%), mobile commerce (29%) [&hellip

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  • Tweet Facebook and other social networking sites are all about putting names to faces, but half of Australians do not want them to use facial recognition technology to get the job done. A national Newspoll of more than 1200 people found 95 per cent of those surveyed believed it was acceptable for airport officials to [&hellip

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  • Tweet Social networking giant Facebook is to launch its own smartphone by next year, reports have suggested. The New York Times cited unnamed sources, including Facebook employees, suggesting that the network had been hiring several smartphone engineers. Facebook recently admitted it was struggling to make money out of its growing mobile audience. The company, which [&hellip

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  • Tweet This week the Full Federal Court unanimously upheld the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s appeal filed in October 2011 against Google. The Full Court declared that Google, by publishing the four advertisements that were the subject of the ACCC’s appeal on result pages of the Google Australia website, engaged in conduct that was misleading [&hellip

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  • Tweet This week, thousands of cities across the globe will dim their lights at 8.30pm for an hour, joining in the world’s largest voluntary environmental action: Earth Hour. Scheduled for the last Saturday of every March – closely coinciding with the equinox to ensure that most cities are in darkness as it rolls out around [&hellip

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  • Tweet Social media and search advertising are projected to be the most popular advertising tools this year, each cited by 24% of respondents to a PointRoll survey [pdf] of US marketing professionals, conducted by Kelton Research and released in March 2012. Display advertising followed closely, chosen by 22% of respondents. There was then a significant [&hellip

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  • Tweet   1 in 4 online shoppers, who shop at least quarterly online and login to their Facebook account at least monthly, have made a purchase based on a social recommendation, details Sociable Labs in a March 2012 report. 62% of survey respondents said they had ever read a comment on their Facebook page from [&hellip

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  • Tweet New technology has helped the British arm of Rupert Murdoch’s publishing company, HarperCollins, post its highest revenue figures in three years, says a report released in London. Turnover for the business rose 4.7 per cent to STG254 million ($A389 million) in the year ending June 2011, with the sales of e-books up sevenfold, reported [&hellip

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  • Tweet Facebook will make its stock market debut in May with a record-setting initial public offering of shares, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The world’s leading online social network has stopped selling shares on the secondary market in order to get a precise count of investors, the Journal said on Wednesday, [&hellip

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  • Tweet   61% of women who are active blog users say they have made a purchase based on a recommendation from a blog, a proportion that rises to 87% among BlogHer network members, according to a March 2012 survey from the company, which polled a sample of women from the general population and a sample [&hellip

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  • Tweet   Social network users are 27.3% more likely to say that the sites are important for making entertainment-related decisions than not (56% vs. 44%), according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR) and Penn Schoen Berland, in March 2012 survey results. And the influence of social networks appears to be overwhelmingly positive: 82% of users say [&hellip

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  • Tweet Coles has become the latest major brand to experience a social media backlash after posing the statement: ‘In my house it’s a crime not to buy….’ elicited a string of hostile comments towards the supermarket. The retail giant published the tweet from its @Coles account at 8.25pm, but by 9.18pm quickly back tracked claiming [&hellip

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  • Tweet Microsoft this week let consumers start trying out its upcoming touch-based Windows 8 operating system, which aims to power a new wave of computer tablets and traditional PCs designed to counter Apple’s big gains in the market through its Macs and iPads. The test "beta" version of the revamped system was introduced at the [&hellip

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  • Tweet Maybe you’ve seen this error message on your computer: “Oops … the system encountered a problem (#700).” Or this one: “Arrggh! Our tubes are clogged!”. Or, sometimes most distressing of all, a notice that a site will be shut down. These are no ordinary messages. They’re attached to online services that store your mail [&hellip

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  • Tweet A Chinese high court has begun hearing an appeal brought by Apple against a Chinese firm, Proview Electronics, over the use of the iPad trademark. Apple Inc is in several legal battles with Proview Electronics Co, which the US company says sold it the rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries, including [&hellip

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  • Tweet Coca-Cola is the latest company to have a social media marketing attempt go wrong. The company invited fans to post one-word comments in addition to previous posts on the company’s Facebook page, but it ended in customers attacking each other. ‘Here is a little social experiment Add a word to the person above you [&hellip

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  • Tweet   GPs in the UK are set to ‘prescribe’ smartphone apps to patients to help them manage their own health. The Department of Health says the technology can put patients in charge of their medical records, and help them manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. More than 500 apps were nominated as [&hellip

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  • Tweet Flash sale sites and the fashion industry’s maturing web presence boost sales to young consumers As Generation Y grows up and gains more buying power, the 18- to 34-year-old age group is increasingly purchasing luxury goods. According to a survey by American Express Business Insights, Gen Y consumers upped spending on premium, full-priced luxury [&hellip

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  • Tweet Since the days of Google Buzz, the +1 button has been a mystery to users and content producers alike. It’s different from Facebook’s “Like” button, in that it doesn’t directly share content to a user’s social stream. But the cultivation of a social graph has long been the goal of Google, and its connection [&hellip

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  • Tweet Legal authorities say a judge at England’s High Court has allowed lawyers to log on to Facebook to serve legal claims. The Judicial Office for England and Wales said Justice Nigel Teare had agreed to the use of the popular social networking site to serve a claim in a commercial dispute. Lawyers had been [&hellip

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  • Tweet Internet users will receive a warning if sites do not respect their privacy thanks to new tools being developed by the web’s standards setting body. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) wants to help users control how their personal data is managed. It is designing controls to shield personal data and reveal when sites [&hellip

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  • Tweet Google has been accused of bypassing the privacy settings of users of the Safari web-browser. The Wall Street Journal said Google and other companies had worked around privacy settings designed to restrict cookies. Cookies are small text files stored by browsers which can record information about online activity, and help some online services work. [&hellip

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  • Tweet Although roughly 3 in 4 SMBs use email marketing tactics such as organic list growth and web-based sign-up forms to generate leads, just 41% include a sign-up form on their Facebook fan pages, according to a survey released in February 2012 by GetResponse. And while a majority optimize their newsletters with clear, recognizable, branded [&hellip

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  • Tweet The popularity of Google+ has showed dramatic growth recently, according to February 2012 analysis from Compete, which tracked the the landing page for the main feature of the social network, the +1 button (google.com/+1/button, or plusone.google.com), beginning in November 2011. The page drew over 40 million unique visitors in December alone, with more than [&hellip

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  • Tweet Microsoft has taken out full-page newspaper adverts to criticise changes to Google’s policies. Google has touted the changes it announced last week as a simplification of detailed but obtuse policies and a way to provide a better user experience. However, Microsoft’s adverts say the changes allow Google to internally merge the data it collects [&hellip

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