Government offers careers advice through Facebook

Today saw the launch of the government’s ‘7 Day Jobs Challenge’, a new Facebook campaign that offers young people advice on finding work.

Developed by the Department of Work and Pensions, the Challenge is Aimed at 18 to 24 year olds, and particularly those awaiting their GCSE and A-Level results.

Users will be able to find daily tips on finding a job, advice from celebrity experts such as The Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry and Reggae Reggae sauce creator Levi Roots on writing a CV and setting up your own business, and daily discussions – all aimed at helping young people improve their employability skills.

Visit the 7 Day Jobs Challenge


Can you ever erase yourself from the internet?

Well not according to this article which discusses a case currently going through the European Courts . Whilst the feeling from the judiciary is that privacy settings on online accounts, such as Facebook, should by default be set to the highest settings, the fact is that most of our data is shared with other companies meaning that control is quickly lost by us (the individual) and the company providing or selling our data (e.g. Facebook).

The conclusion of this author (Adam Hartley, MSN) is that when posting online, assume that you lose all control of that information and be prepared to have it shared with others.

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Twitter possibly for sale to Google or Facebook

Twitter is said to have held talks with both Google and Facebook over a potential sale that values the microblogging site at $10bn.

Discussions with the search engine giant and social network are said to be “low level”, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The valuation of $8bn to $10bn is more than double the $3.9bn price tag reported a year ago.

It is not known if a formal offer has been made but Twitter’s management has previously said it would remain a privately owned venture.

Source: Marketing Week (Michelle)

Facebook beats Google in France

Facebook was the most visited mobile site in France in Q4 2010, according to Médiamétrie stats, beating Google into second place. Over one third of mobile owners in France use their devices to access the web, an increase of around 3.3 million users since 2009.

Source: Keyword Fluency Agency Buzz (Gemma)

Why do people follow brands on Facebook?

Exactly why do people follow brands on Facebook? (Chris Lake)

The survey coincides with the launch of Econsultancy’s 90-page best practice guide to creating Facebook Pages.

The guide, aimed squarely at brands (and agencies that build pages for clients), contains 50 recommendations and includes 60+ examples of Facebook Pages. It should provide you with lots of insight and ideas to help you brainstorm and execute a brilliant Facebook strategy for your company.

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Facebook’s player base continues to grow

Facebook’s player base continues to grow; EA (one of the largest game publishers in the world) has undertaken to take Facebook more seriously as a gaming platform, with an estimated 290 million gamers playing an average of 3½ hours monthly.

Source: (Jamie)

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