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5 June 2012
URL shortening service bitly rolls out redesign and rides storm

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
Popular URL shortening service bitly rolls out a new redesign, functionality and cops a fair bit of flack in the process.

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Twitter hit 10 million UK users

15 May 2012
Twitter hits 10 million active users in the UK

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Micro-blogging platform Twitter has revealed to the BBC that it now has more than 10 million active Twitter users throughout the UK. Globally, Twitter has 140 million users but the UK leads the rest of the world when it comes to accessing the platform via their mobile handsets.

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24 April 2012
Sharing and communication through the ages

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
We’re a communications consultancy, so we obviously love and have a keen interest in communications, regardless of the nature or source. We’re loving this ‘Sharing & communication through the ages’ infographic from 30,000 BC to the present day from print company Moo.

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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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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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24 November 2011
The World of Social Media 2011

Tim Gibbon, director Elemental By Tim Gibbon
Videoinfographs releases a review of social media amidst a challenging year in its video infographic entitled The World of Social Media 2011

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X Factor returnee contestants 2 Shoes, Amelia Lilly, James Michael and Jonjo Kerr

12 November 2011
The X Factor: Social media and the live shows infographic – Week 5

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
It was 'Dance Classics' week on The X Factor, and if you were lead to believe that is was going to be a two-step extravaganza as portrayed by The Xtra Factor, you were wrong. With even more twists and turns with series 8 of The X Factor that made Twitter weep, the social buzz has never been so entertaining.

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The X Factor: Social media and the live shows Sophie Habisis – Week 4

6 November 2011
The X Factor: Social media and the live shows infographic – Week 4

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
The X Factor week 4 saw the Halloween the theme for the 10 hopeful contestants left in the competition. It certainly was an apt theme in that it turned out to be a living nightmare for the programme maker, judges and of course for one contestant in particular.

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The X Factor: Social media and the live shows - Week 2

29 October 2011
The X Factor: Social media and the live shows infographic – Week 3

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
Just before the fourth live show, taking a look at how the social media stats measure up for last week’s live show, can we use that to predict who will be in the bottom two?

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The X Factor and Frankie Cocozza

22 October 2011
The X Factor: Social media and the live shows infographic – Week 2

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes
The second of the X Factor live shows brought some interesting television viewing and results last week. The activity and engagement from social media quarters wasn’t bad either, with one of the shows favourites Frankie Cocozza in the bottom two with NuVibe in the first sing-off, what role is social media have to play?

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