Social Networking News, Features, and Interviews

  • Social media getting a bad rap – on many fronts

    Celebrity speaker Mike Handcock, billed as “New Zealand’s only Global Speaking Fellow and international bestselling author on entrepreneurship,” is urging small business owners to reduce their use of social media in favour of “authentic relationships and purposeful business,” which he says are the real keys to successful business.

    06 Feb. 18 17:38 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Facebook registers dip in time spent on site

    Facebook has revealed that time spent on the social network fell at the end of last year by about 50 million hours a day, even before the company made changes to its flagship News Feed that may further reduce user engagement.

    01 Feb. 18 09:40 Written by Reuters
  • Snapchat owner’s shares tumble

    Snapchat-owner Snap Inc has reported slower user growth than Wall Street expected and said it was redesigning the app

    08 Nov. 17 09:15 Written by Reuters
  • Twitter to introduce tougher anti-harassment rules

    ​Twitter plans to toughen its rules on online sexual harassment and impose stronger penalties for misconduct, according to an email it sent to a group of safety advocates, academics and researchers that helps the social media service set its policies.

    19 Oct. 17 09:06 Written by Reuters
  • NZ Health Ministry to use social media to predict epidemics

    New Zealand’s health minister, Jonathan Coleman, has launched a project that will seek to establish if tracking trends on social media and using ‘unconventional data’ can help predict outbreaks and further improve responses to epidemics.

    27 July 17 11:12 Written by Stuart Corner
  • PwC flags challenges for media and entertainment companies

    PwC has released its 18th annual Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2017-2021 saying that entertainment and media companies accustomed to competing and creating differentiation through content and distribution must focus more intensely on user experience (UX).

    08 June 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Unruly & VeNA team to help advertisers beat ad blockers

    UK based video advertising technology company, Unruly, and the Video Entertainment Network Asia (VeNA) have teamed up to help advertisers produce adverts with sufficient appeal to persuade consumers to turn off ad blockers that are becoming increasingly popular, especially in New Zealand.

    04 May 17 06:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Wearable wearers beware: you are a prime target market

    ​Market research firm Nielsen Consumer and Media Insights says usage of wearable devices is rising exponentially in New Zealand, doubling over the past 12 months to nine percent of the online population over 15 years of age, representing an attractive target market.

    26 April 17 10:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark and Skinny counter 2degrees with limited Freedom

    Spark has been quick to respond to 2degrees’ 3 April announcement of its ‘unlimited’ mobile plans, by launching simultaneously under its Spark and Skinny brands mobile plans that “allow customers to use their mobiles without restriction by providing data without a cap, unlimited voice calling and unlimited texting.”

    11 April 17 07:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Spark launches cloud contact centre on AWS

    Spark has launched a cloud contact centre service from Genesys that combines inbound and outbound calling, email, web chat, social media and fax and that enables a single view of customer interactions across all these channels.

    06 April 17 06:00 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Major Windows 10 update nears as Microsoft stops adding features

    Microsoft is hurtling towards the consumer release of its big Windows 10 Anniversary Update with the latest beta build for its operating system. Testers are being enlisted in a "Bug Bash" to help find and fix issues.

    15 June 16 10:20 Written by Blair Hanley Frank
  • Is NZ Budget a boost for a digital nation?

    Budget 2016 is an encouraging boost for technology, New Zealand’s fastest growing industry, according to NZTech CEO Graeme Muller.

    27 May 16 03:26 Written by James Henderson