Karen Blakeman on February 24th, 2013

Embarrassed by some of your first tweets from 2007? Wish you hadn’t got involved in that drunken virtual brawl on Twitter last Christmas? There was a time when you could safely assume that those ramblings would be lost in the mists of Twitter’s archive never to be seen again. A search on Twitter would only […]

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I had a fantastic week at SAOUG’s 11th Southern African Online Information Meeting (#saoim) this week. I gave a workshop and a keynote conference paper (details to follow in a separate post) but did not tweet as much as I usually do mainly because I was so busy talking to people and making new friends. […]

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Karen Blakeman on April 19th, 2012

The presentation I gave to CILIP in Hants & Wight yesterday (Search Turns Social – Resistance is Futile) is now available on authorSTREAM at It is also available on Slideshare at and temporarily on my web site at

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Karen Blakeman on July 18th, 2011

2011 is proving to be a vintage year for disposing of Google search options. Google, in common with most search engines and database providers, is quick to announce wonderful new search features but tardy in telling users about discontinued tools. In fact, it generally takes several messages to the Google support forums about something not […]

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Karen Blakeman on February 9th, 2011

This morning I updated Tweetdeck and one of the new features is the incorporation of a service called This allows you to tweet more than 140 characters. Type in your tweet in Tweetdeck and as soon as you go over the limit of 140 the background in your tweet box turns yellow (this may […]

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Karen Blakeman on November 7th, 2010 ( organizes links and tweets into a newspaper-style format. Newspapers can be created for your own Twitter network, a list or #tag. It is run by SmallRivers, a privately held Swiss startup co-founded by Edouard Lambelet and Iskander Pols and located at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL campus. To create a newspaper […]

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Karen Blakeman on June 27th, 2010

The Daily Mail has done it again and proved that the quality of their research is second to none, because they don’t do any. They have an exclusive on the possible product recall of the iPhone 4. You can see the article on the Daily Mail site at, or possibly not. By the time […]

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Karen Blakeman on April 13th, 2010 This free plug in enables you to view and manage your Twitterstream from within Outlook. Technical requirements are Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 with the latest Service Pack. Outlook 2003 SP3, 2007 SP2, 2010 (32-bit and 64-bit.). Note that TwInbox does NOT work with Outlook Express. According to the web […]

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Karen Blakeman on January 6th, 2010

Heavy snow hit us overnight in Caversham and as I write the fluffy white stuff is still falling. From my office window I can see through a gap in the houses opposite the traffic on Briants Avenue and there have been no buses, or indeed any traffic at all. Our local radio stations provide good […]

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Karen Blakeman on December 15th, 2009

Major headline news in UK is the hostile bid by Kraft for chocolate manufacturer Cadbury. Cadbury apparently called Kraft’s offer derisory but there are now stories circulating that Hershey is in the race to gain control of Dairy Milk and Bourneville chocolate, amongst others. This has started a debate over US vs UK chocolate (see […]

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