Little Shop of Horrors

Just had an annoying page takeover on Stuff this morning telling me New World’s Little Shop promotion is back. I already knew. As a father of two young girls going two days without visiting the local supermarket is nigh unheard of! My initial feeling of getting two little packets and a tick sheet from the […]

This morning Spark New Zealand launched. Here’s how I know…

Saw a full-page newspaper ad in the Dominion Post in the general news section. Saw another full-page newspaper ad in the Dominion Post business section. Scrolled past a promoted video on the launch on Facebook. Scrolled past a couple of tweets referencing the launch. Got punched in the face by an eyeblaster ad on the […]

Notes from Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report

Earlier this week Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers published her 2014 Internet Trends report. She’s been doing these reports for over a decade now and they’re a fantastic resource for business planners, digital strategists, developers, entrepreneurs and designers…in fact, pretty much anyone in the tech scene. The report contains 164 slides so I […]

Reddit and weep

I’ve just been reading about the form players from last weekend’s Super Rugby round. I got the link to the article from Reddit’s Rugby subreddit and found a new site I haven’t heard of before called It turns out this site has buckets of information and useful international insights into one of my favourite […]

A picture says a thousand retweets

Late last year twitter launched a service called twitter cards that enables a thumbnail image to appear alongside a standardised tweet from particular websites. To enable this feature websites need to feature a wee snippet of code to the twitter link/icon on their site. E-commerce services like Shopify are now offering it for sales items […]

Black Caps winning on the field and on twitter

Of all sports I follow cricket really is tailor made for twitter. On holiday at Christmas I found @BLACKCAPS tweeting regular test updates of wickets and milestones during the NZ/West Indies ODIs. Better still I discovered this at the end of the day when I didn’t know the result of the test, which meant as […]

Social Media Snowballs in Sochi

Well before the Winter Olympics in Sochi began there’s been a broad range of bitterness towards the Russian hosts and particularly their President Vladimir Putin. Primarily Putin’s attitude, comments and actions around homosexuality are at the forefront on this resentment. Putin’s views are ridiculous and from another era but I’ve been intrigued since the games […]

Books…check. CDs…check. eReaders…check. Newspapers…?

Today Amazon’s Jeff Bezos announced his purchase of The Washington Post for US$250 million. Bezos obviously sees the value of a well-respected masthead as he gradually builds up content options and value for Amazon’s Kindle services. Strong brand loyalty, simple automated payment processes through Kindle/Amazon, with useful hardware is a nice combination that Bezos obviously […]

Say it all it all in your URL

Sharing news and content on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter is something I do very rarely these days. Instead, I have a couple of friends who I share content, articles, videos etc with. Usually this is through Skype chat or Messages. They’re not professional contacts, just people who enjoy a bit of humour or a new […]

Holding on to your friends

I’ve got a set of bookmarked websites I call ‘timefillers’. They’re sites that are regularly updated and contain gee whiz content that stirs up emotions. One of my timefiller sites is It features a range of filtered image lists eg 10 best, 15 most etc that make you generally feel good. What I also […]


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