Links of the day | 在网上找到

3UK scraps roaming charges – only four years after abolishing it. It was called 3 Like Home rather than Feel Like Home but the principle was the same

Yahoo to close its blogging service, |– an interesting move, I will talk about this in more depth

G2 Crowd – interesting aggregated opinions

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Just a simple post about five of the things that have made my day this week:

A former colleague from my time at Yahoo! Tomi Poutanen has a new curation / recommendation-based start-up called Milq this is worthwhile taking a look at. You can get the iPhone application here, they are currently looking for Android talent.

Only four years later than I should have done, I am finally getting around to read Ship of Fools by Fintan O’Toole which describes how the unholy trinity of corruption, banking and property became an Irish economic nuclear bomb.

There was this touchingly naive tweet from the UK Home Office account which warned in the kind of tone that reminded me of the average 20 year-olds parents. I wonder what happened to all that work on messaging that went into the Talk To Frank  and Pablo the Drug Mule Dog?


O2’s equivalent of its GiffGaff youth orientated brand in Ireland is called 48; it has some interesting call plans including ones that advocate the use of OTT messaging and VoIP usage. I love the style of the advertisements as well. On a personal note, after all the problems I had getting away from 3; it looks like they are reinstating 3 Like Home style free roaming on sister networks again according to TotalTelecom.


I love Vice’s content for Ray-Ban which gets Action Bronson to talk about cooking and rap with some rolling breaks underneath the dialogue. What is interesting is how Bronson realises his hip-hop career will have a finite life.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Facebook Pulls Physical Gifts From Gifting Program: Guess Why

BuzzFeed has a Medium problem | PandoDaily – media models challenged

Steve Ballmer and the Art of Managing a Monopoly : The New Yorker

In historic vote, New Zealand bans software patents | Ars Technica – interesting how this will fit in with the Trans Pacific Partnership

Android’s Hugo Barra Departs Google for China’s Xiaomi – AllThingsD

What’s Bad About TV? Just Ask Apple. | Light Reading

Chip daddy: Moore’s Law is about to be repealed, but don’t blame physics • The Register

Why Google brought its app store to Iran, and what it could mean for Syriathe Obama administration has followed a pattern of gradually relaxing export restrictions worldwide

Samsung Announces colorful Galaxy Tab 3 built for kids — GigaOM – I really like the design off this, looks road warrior proof

Feds Back Away From Forced Decryption … For Now | Threat Level | Wired.comcourts are not buying into the government’s theory that encryption is evidence of criminal behavior

10 things a cyclist notices about rural Ireland – The Irish Times – interesting comments on changing society

The need for social media planning

Way back a number of years ago, I learned to scuba dive. One the key things that was drilled into us was the concept of ‘Plan the dive, dive the plan’ meaning plan what you are going to do and the follow through with it.

It sometimes become clear when a brand doesn’t follow this approach on their social media channels:
Ronseal Facebook Facepalm
The moral of the story is having a calendar of conversation-starters that will be used as part of the ongoing brand dialogue.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Not to be Overlooked – Japanese Outbound Tourists to Europe – Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International

Communities Dominate Brands: Ballmer Aftermath Part 1 – Future of Microsoft, especially in mobile

Ballmer Departure From Microsoft Was More Sudden Than Portrayed – Kara Swisher – News – AllThingsD

Richard Goodall Gallery Contemporary Art – prints by Central Station Manchester

Of Course Teens Think About Privacy, They Have Parents – The Atlantic

In surveillance era, clever trick enhances secrecy of iPhone text messages | Ars Technica – kind of like one-time pads but created on the fly

The Kids Aren’t All Right, and Neither Is Abercrombie & Fitch – Businessweek – part-time jobs aren’t what they used to be