10 social media trends government communicators should pay attention to in 2016

More and more, those who look ahead will have an advantage in digital communications, in particular on social media. Anticipating future trends is not just fun, and incredibly difficult too, it’s also vital if you want to be able to allocate your resources properly and develop an integrated communications approach across online and offline channels. Continue reading “10 social media trends government communicators should pay attention to in 2016”

Net neutrality, the end of roaming charges, the migration divide and the 2016 agenda of the European Commission

27 October 2015 was a momentous day if you work in EU affairs. Today important decisions were taken and an interesting debate on migration took place during the European Parliament’s plenary session. These decisions will have a direct impact on European citizens’ lives or affect their lives in the short to medium term. Continue reading “Net neutrality, the end of roaming charges, the migration divide and the 2016 agenda of the European Commission”

10 great free plant identification apps and sites

In every place where you find nature you can learn something about plants, even in the city. But with an estimated 400,000 plants on Earth, it’s hard to know all of them or to be able to distinguish similar plant species. Even with a botanical encyclopedia, you’d be hard pressed to identify exactly which plant it is you have just stumbled upon if you don’t know it. Continue reading “10 great free plant identification apps and sites”

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: My take-aways from SxSW 2015

First times are always special. Going back to South by after my first time two years ago was then a good way to test whether the magic of South by was due to my taking part for the first time or if it truly is part of the DNA of the event. For certain I wasn’t disappointed! Actually, going back to South by makes it easier to focus on what you are really interested in while soaking in the very special atmosphere of the festival. Continue reading “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: My take-aways from SxSW 2015”

What happens to celebrity Twitter accounts when they die? The Hugo Chavez case

Yes, I know. I should be focussing on much more challenging questions such as eradicating world hunger or education for all, but heck, it’s 1am, it’s the end of my first day at the über geek Mecca also known as SXSW, and this question has been haunting me since the death of Hugo Chavez 3 days ago. (By the way, if you read to the end of this article, you’ll be in for a surprise – seriously). Continue reading “What happens to celebrity Twitter accounts when they die? The Hugo Chavez case”

The new cyborg: the controversial truth about life with a smartphone

Rereading my post title I just realised that “life with a smartphone” sounds just like “life with an alcoholic husband” or “life with a bearded woman”. It raises the smartphone to the status of life partner, which is precisely not exactly what I’ll be talking about. But I’m certainly not going to discourage you from having this impression, we’ll see why. Continue reading “The new cyborg: the controversial truth about life with a smartphone”