Good news spreads faster than bad on social networks

BAD NEWS SELLS. If it bleeds, it leads. No news is good news, and good news is no news. Those are the classic rules for the evening broadcasts and the morning papers, based partly on data (ratings and circulation) and partly on the gut instincts of producers and editors. Wars, earthquakes, plagues, floods, fires, sick children, murdered spouses — the more suffering and mayhem, the more coverage. But now that information is being spread and monitored in different ways, researchers are discovering [...]

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Cloud data a tempting target for hackers

Internet-based cloud services are gathering an enormous trove of information. Everything from highly personal medical and social media material to confidential financial and corporate documents are being stored online. Already a quarter of the world's business data is cloud based. This is proving an irresistible lure for hackers. One notable example was the February 2011 breach at Nasdaq's Directors Desk, which maintains records for thousands of corporations. Nasdaq has said little about what happened. But the case reportedly has prompted [...]

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Communication in the Workplace

Introduction : When we examine the causes of many of our employment relations issues in the workplace, a common theme is misunderstood communication. The addition of email, intranets and social media type platforms into the workplace have multiplied the chances of management and employees bursting into print without thinking through the consequences of their actions.   Content: Understanding the potential impact of poor communication. The mechanics of communications including basic models of communication. Strategies to help us think before we act. Details: Course: Communication in the Workplace Duration: [...]

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Council employee resigns over Facebook comments

A social media expert has warned the boundaries between public and private have become blurred, after a Gore District Council employee resigned in the wake of comments she made online. Dr Mark McGuire, an Otago University senior lecturer in Design Studies specialising in social networking, said yesterday the business model of social networking sites, such as Facebook, actually encouraged making public everything people said or did online. "You have to spend a lot of time and effort to make it private. [...]

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Labour MP has Facebook rant against Mad Butcher

Yes that is right folks I have been silly. Labour Party list MP Darien Fenton's Facebook rant against the Mad Butcher, Peter Leitch is another example of people in management doing dumb things with social media. Among other things, Darien Fenton's said that she chooses "not to buy stuff from those who support Tories." Referring to The Mad Butcher chain that Sir Peter Leitch founded but no longer owns. When others asked Ms Fenton to explain her comment, she called [...]

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