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14 February 2012
State of the social media agency 2012 by InvestInSocial

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
There’s never a shortage of lists when it comes to social media, particularly those listing and ranking social media agencies. Here’s another; social media directory InvestInSocial records over 920 social media type companies with 555 social media agencies leading the charge - creating the ‘State of the social media agency’ infographic 2012.

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Reporters Without Borders

3 February 2012
Google quietly enables country specific blocking for Blogger

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Last week Twitter caused a bit of an international stir when it announced it could now block tweets on a per country basis. Yesterday, news that Google had in fact introduced the same thing three weeks earlier (on January 9th). Ironically, the day before Twitter announced its blocks, Reporters Without Borders released its index showing that Australia, the UK and the United States have less freedom of press this year than last.

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1 February 2012
Is Really Simple Syndication (RSS) still relevant?

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) has been with us for a number of years and although it maybe a little grey around the sideburns, its role hasn’t changed. Although a lot of people still question the relevancy and necessity of RSS, it remains an essential element and make-up of the web, but why should we continue to make friends with it?

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30 January 2012
Checking claims on blog directory and search engine Technorati

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
It’s one thing creating a blog and publishing articles, but quite another making it visible ensuring that content is read. Technorati, arguably the most well-known blog directory and search engine is an obvious choice to submit your blog, but it is not always as easy as it sounds.

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26 January 2012
How can understanding trends help with the economic recovery?

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
I’m always interested in spotting trends (what influences them and what they in turn influence), so I was quite chuffed to become part of the trend spotting club, helping me share what I stumble across. Happy Spotting might be where it’s at.

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19 January 2012
Dachis Group unveils Social Performance Monitor for brands

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
We blogged back in September 2011 about social media agency the Dachis Group releasing its Social Business Index. The US-based social media company has now unveiled its latest app, the Social Performance Monitor (SPM).

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9 January 2012
Can The X Factor muster another number one?

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
UK X Factor 2011 winners Little Mix (who were the first group to ever win the X Factor) were beaten to the Christmas number one by the Military Wives Choir, but how did it play out?

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4 January 2012
'The evolution of Facebook features' and hello Facebook Timeline

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
In case you hadn’t noticed, Facebook is undergoing some of its most significant changes, notably its Timeline functionality. Like it or not, its going to be implemented this Wednesday, 04 January 2012. Keeping this in mind, it’s worth revisiting GroSocial’s ‘The evolution of Facebook features’ infographic cataloguing some of the social networks most notable features.

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1 January 2012
Weight Watchers kicks off 2012 TV ad and social media campaign

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
Weight Watchers UK appears to be the first brand off the mark to launch the first high profile 2012 TV ad, supported with social media marketing. Although pre-planned and expected, how will its early New Year campaign fair now it's out now?

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X Factor finalists at Wembley

20 December 2011
The X Factor: Social media and the live shows infographic – Week 10

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Social media and The X Factor: what we learnt [infographic] from series 8 including Social media predicted the winner;; There’s no ‘hindsight bias’ here and Tulisa gains most Twitter followers for the first time in the series

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