30th September 2011 0 comments
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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. We've also been working on the promotion of door handle and window fitting suppliers Spiller Architectural Ironmongers and on social media for Business Management Consultants Directorpower.
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):

Facebook Changes
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.
Information from Facebook on their new Timeline feature, here and here.
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.

Coming up in October, there is a Cajun and Zydeco Festival, Gathering Light: The Festival of Song, Bristol Festival of Literature and a new season of Shakespeare starts at the Tobacco Factory.