LinkedIn “InMaps”…. what does yours look like ?

LinkedIn InMaps  interactive visual representations of your LinkedIn connections, based on the relationships between your connections. LinkedIn uses information about how people in your network are connected to you and each other to create your individual map. Groups like colleagues, people you went at school with, or friends are separated into colour-coded clusters, as people within these groups are also interconnected with each other. My colour-coded groups include P&P, Acuma, HP, Intechnica as well as Lloyds and HBOS.

Here’s a link to my map.

People with more connections are represented by larger dots and hovering over the dots allows you to see the names of connected people. Clicking on those names shows you other people that they’re connected to visually. This is a great way to understand your network and reconnect with those people and groups that you’re losing touch with,

As well as being a useful tool, it can come up with some surprises….

Here’s my current map.

I couldn’t help thinking that it looks rather like a dog!

Is Argyll and Bute’s web team going to suffer due to their colleague’s PR disaster?

As bad weather lashes Britain, a storm of another kind is causing difficulties in Argyll and Bute. A 9-year old girl who blogs at about her school dinners has been prevented from photographing her school meals and tweeting about their quality.

Her cause has been taken up by Jamie Oliver who this morning tweeted this to his 2.3 million followers.
Jamie's tweet

Since then #neverseconds and “Argyll and Bute” is trending on Twitter and articles referring to this are appearing on news sites both nationally and internationally.
Never seconds news articles


As bloggers and tweeters (me included) add to the storm, Argyll and Bute’s webserver seems to be having difficulties….
Argyll and Bute error message

It shows that you can’t plan for peaks in load such as this, but perhaps lessons will be learnt. It would be a shame for the IT guys to get it in the neck as well as their colleagues in PR.

This article is also reproduced on the Intechnica blog.

Why we shouldn’t ever allow UK government to control social networks

Right, time to put my cards on the table. I’m happy to say that I’m a conservative voter and that I support the government (even with those liberal hangers-on). Having said that, what a fool David Cameron is if he thinks that we should tolerate the UK intelligence services and the police having the ability to disable social networks during times of social unrest. Apart from the technical difficulties that he’d face, taking such steps would alienate the law-abiding majority and prevent social networks from being used for good.

If DC decides to shutdown FaceBook or Twitter, people will simply switch to Google Plus or PingChat. He can’t block access to every method of communication via the Internet and he’s deluded if he even thinks he can. The whole reason Blackberries are banned in parts of the Middle East is because the messages are routed through RIMs servers in Canada and are outside the control of the despotic regimes that try to control them. The Twitter hashtags #riotcleanup and the @shopalooter account demonstrate that social networks can be used for good as well as bad.

If DC wants to regain the public’s confidence he needs to ensure that the deterrent effect of long custodial sentences hangs over people who indulge in mob violence and he needs to ensure that the criminal justice system in the UK delivers custodial sentences when appropriate that are both punitive and rehabilitative in nature. Short sentences offer neither punishment, rehabilitation or protection for the public.