The social busker

Tis was the eve of Christmas eve, and whilst strolling merrily down one of Glasgow’s busiest shopping streets I couldn’t quite help, but stop to applaud and appreciate the young talent that lined  with festive spirit and a smart and savvy sign, which read along the lines of; ‘find me here’ followed by a list of YouTube, Twitter and Facebook contact details.

These ain’t just any young buskers! These are social savvy buskers of the twenty-first century buskers, who have without question clearly embraced what the concept of social media; and indeed the social revolution of which we are all becoming accustomed too.

As a social media enthusiast myself, I feel unexpectedly proud of their courage and marketing technique.

Take note people. These budding champions are a far cry from the generation of buskers gone before them; who spent hours outside, in all kinds of weather, showcasing their talent upon the streets of Glasgow City Centre. Budding stars in the making – whatever they go on to do.


Merry Christmas everyone!!

Social networks get revamped in time for Christmas!

For many tis the season to be jolly, buying presents, sending cards, Christmas parties and fending of the forces of winter, (for some of us).

For social networks it seems the perfect time to produce a makeover. This week Facebook rolled out their new streamline profile, Timeline, revealed back at their annual developers conference in September. The new Frictionless experience will only be available in New Zealand for now, but will be rolled out to the rest of the world in the coming weeks.

Let’s not forget our blue bird friend, Twitter, who took the plunge and introduced two new feeds, @(username) and Activity, which in essence is the equivalent to Facebook’s notifications feed. Despite the changes being introduced back in August, we have only seen these roll out in the UK in last month.

Following closely behind, StumbleUpon introduced us to their new redesigned website earlier this week, featuring a brand new logo and greater focus on placed on it’s visual content and appearance.

So, it seemed only natural for the ball to fall back to the Twitter nest once again who have now decided, “Out with the old, and in with the new!” Adding four new features this time, all part of their new Fly Twitter project to make Tweeting on Twitter a richer experience.

“We’ve simplified the design to make it easier than ever to follow what you care about, connect with others and discover something new,” via the Twitter Blog.

Check out the video, it’s much more exciting!

Oh, and if your the lucky bird with an iPhone or Android mobile you can upgrade your mobile app now. I’ve upgraded today and I have to say on first appearance it looks miles better than the old app, which personally found a little confusing to navigate (from my iPhone). What do you think?