Weekly Round-Up: Facebook, Facebook and more Facebook
While enjoying the late Indian Summer that snuck up on us this week, we've been busy attending the Best of Bristol Business Exhibition, where we met up with local businesses (see our take on how best to approach business exhibitions), current clients and new contacts.
The big news in social media has been the changes announced by Facebook at their recent conference, so we've got a themed round-up this week.
Rather than add another post to the many initial comments and reactions on Facebook's latest announcements, we've rounded up a host of links to opinions from various perspectives, in order to give a balanced view on things (with some Bristol-related links at the end):
Adweek discusses the new advertising opportunities brought by increased media offerings.
Minute-by-minute coverage of the F8 conference from The Guardian
A look at the new Timeline and Social Apps by The Economist - are these changes going to push Facebook in front of rival Google, or repeat the mistakes of Myspace?
Drew Hawkins considers the change from a marketer's perspective, and rather than questioning the changes themselves argues that they underline the importance of adaptability and being ahead of the game when it comes to social media.
Social Media Examiner summarises the changes with links to videos explaining new features.
From a design perspective, here is design blog The Fox is Black discussing the Timeline - bringing up the interesting point that the design change encourages users to input more data, not just so you can enjoy it, but as a potential data capture exercise for being sold to.
And because a round-up wouldn't be complete without some Bristol news:
Congratulations to Bristol Zoo who welcomed a new arrival in the Gorilla enclosure this week: a Baby Gorilla was born this Tuesday.