A long time ago I wrote a post on the shadowy industry of selling fake followers on Twitter. At the time it was possible to buy thousands or even millions of Twitter followers, guaranteed within a few days following payment. I used a company called Devumi to test this process using a dummy Twitter account @not_zodiacmedia. There were many companies offering the same sort of service, but Devumi had the slickest looking site and were marginally cheaper than the competition so they won my...

Earlier this month BBC correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones published an interesting article about Twitter's recent fortunes. At the time Twitter's share price had fallen around 25% over the course of several days. This share price drop was triggered by the publication of Twitter's Q1 2015 results which included a cut in Twitter's 2015 revenue forecasts. The silver lining to this cloud was that Twitter's user growth had picked up. According to Twitter's results it gained an extra 14 million 'monthly active users' in the first quarter of 2015 bringing the total year on year gain to a staggering 47 million users. That's a lot of new users. It's not far off the entire population of England joining Twitter in one year.

I once had an interesting conversation in the pub with an old colleague about future technology predictions that will come true in our lifetime (about 2080 I hope!). There were some interesting ideas put forward such as:

  1. In our lifetime food won't be grown naturally any more but will be engineered in laboratories.
  2. In our lifetime computers will be able to write their own computer programs and they will be more effective than human written programs.
  3. In our lifetime nobody on the planet will have to go to work anymore as all jobs will be automated.

There are glimmers of the first of the above coming true after a lab grown burger made the news last year.

When we get approached for quote requests we always do some due diligence on the company making the request. This generally takes the form of checking their recent accounts filed at Companies House and researching their website and wider online presence. There have been several occasions recently where I have checked out a company's website, seen they have a Twitter account, browsed to it on Twitter and simply thought 'Wow!'.

A large amount of Twitter's rise to fame is owed to celebrity usage. Prior to Twitter, mass communication with the world's most famous and feted people was only available indirectly via traditional media. With most interviews being carefully controlled the general public only ever saw the carefully styled public persona of a celebrity and not the real person. Twitter changed all that by allowing direct, and importantly, two way interaction between celebrities and the general public. The appeal of this newfound closeness had people flocking to Twitter in their droves.

When it comes to driving traffic to your site there are basically two options:

  1. Create content that people actually want to look at and then promote it with an off-site back linking campaign.
  2. Start a Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising campaign on a major search engine

Hello everyone and welcome to what will hopefully be the first in a long line of blog posts from the Zodiac Media team.

The aim of this blog is to share our knowledge, experiences and opinions on internet and technology related topics with the wider online community. In particular we will be writing with small and medium-sized businesses in mind as they comprise the majority of our client base. Posts are likely to fall into two main categories, 'techie' and 'non-techie'. We'll 'tag' blog posts accordingly so you don't waste your time.