In 2013 we hire detectives to investigate ourselves, in 2023?…

The actor Ashley Judd is an interesting character. Not only is she a Hollywood star, she is also married to the Scottish racing driver (with the Scottish name) Dario Franchitti and is dropping hints that she is about to contest the US Senate seat for Kentucky.

While it is mischievous to think of her imploring Dario to go ‘faster, faster’ while they are in their love shack, it is certainly bizarre to know that two weeks ago she engaged a private investigator… to examine her own past. Continue reading

The best times to post on Twitter, Facebook and Google +

In social media nobody can hear anybody scream their messages if they are posted the wrong time, but some recent data may make things a little more time-effective.

According to RadiumOne’s tool and the data received from more than 10,000 publishers reveals that social network traffic peaks between 10am-12pm and 8pm-10pm as workers go on lunch and arrive home from work.

This may seem retchingly obvious, but the data also shares marked differences between each social media channel and the device used to post status updates and messages.

Somewhat surprisingly, the optimal time for Facebook is around 5pm, which goes against received wisdom that 9pm is the time for people to get active on that channel.

Twitter comes in at 1pm and the spoilt orphan of Google + is at 10am, underscoring the fact that most people just want to get that channel out of the way. Lip service some might call it.

As for deivices, mobile is busiest at 10am, tablets at 1pm and fixed-line computers at 9pm, which again seems to make sense, although data that doesn’t mention LinkedIn when it comes to social seems more than a little odd. For professional people, LinkedIn is now almost like email in its ubiquity.

When it comes to blogging, the report doesn’t mention optimal times, but if you’re reading this, I suppose it doesn’t really matter what time it is.

Good content will invariably out, but in a digital age where using digital tricks and linking is as important, if not more important, than content, knowing what time to post is probably as useful as anything else out there.

To find out more about the RadiumOne data, please go to and all will be revealed, although I can’t tell you the optimal time to do so… you’ll just have to do it for yourself.

The best time on mobile to reach Twitter audience is 10pm… and via Facebook app

People versed in social media know that the best time to post on Facebook is around 9pm, not so many know how this works on mobile… least of all Facebook itself.

But a new report by Citrix ByteMobile shows that old social habits are indeed dying hard on this channel. It says that the best time for all social networks is around 10pm, just before traffic falls off a cliff and most of us fall into Bedforshire.

The report goes on to say that the mobile Facebook app also drives traffic to Twitter and YouTube as well as other sites such as Tumblr and eBay. There’s also stuff on there about which apps block up the mobile network and how mobile video is driving data.

From a publisher’s point of view, however, the best thing about this particular report is the way it was distributed by the PR company. Instead of an easy-to-read synopsis for a really-lazy-journalist to cut-and-paste into a ‘story’, the raw data from a detailed report meant this particular writer had to research, parse and think about it a bit more than usual.

And that is a very good thing… must post this on my mobile at 10pm when you hepcats are more likely to read it.

‘Hotels’ such as Premier Inn are the cause of death for many a salesman

‘I was sleepin’ like a rat when I heard something jerkin’, there stood Rita looking just like Tony Perkins.’ – Bob Dylan

In Henry Miller’s 1950s deeply scabrous play Death of a Salesman the dying Wily Loman represents the loser side of capitalism and remains the warning for every man who doesn’t make the most of his chances in his career. Continue reading