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Workers See Social Networking Risk to Personal and Corporate Security

One in six (17%) UK employees consider social networking such as Facebook and LinkedIn a major risk to corporate security, according to new research from global risk consultancy Protiviti. The research also found that three in ten (28%) believe that social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn pose a real risk to their own personal security. The use of social networking within UK businesses has soared in recent times, with employees using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter for marketing and other processes, including recruitment. However, according to Protiviti’s research, privacy and security are major concerns for users, with employees calling for clearer guidelines on social media usage in the workplace. When asked whether employers should do more or less to explain to staff the principles... »

Social Networking Comes of Age

Social networking is entering a new phase and is increasingly being taken seriously as an aid to learning, according to a new survey by SkillSoft. Whereas in 2010, social networking in the workplace was mainly used for marketing/PR and brand awareness purposes, this year, a significant 73% said they were using it to share information between colleagues, customers and clients. Of those using e-learning within their organisation (79%), over one-third (35%) said they had already incorporated an element of social networking within the programme. “When social networking was first introduced into the business environment, many firms couldn’t see beyond using it to promote their brand.  However these results reveal the growing number that have looked further and have discovered the value of socia... »

Twitter: Does your Small Business Need it?

The social media platform twitter seems to have taken its place in the list of daily tools that many small businesses cannot do without. Every day most decision makers in SMEs will check the post for mail, their phone for texts or voicemail messages, their email and now their twitter account. But with the “to do” list getting ever longer the first thing every small business owner needs to ask themselves is this: Twitter: does your small business really need it? 1: The Marmite Factor Twitter is like Marmite: You either love it or hate it. Social media “gurus” may say that you cannot do business these days if you don’t have a twitter account. Other people may still wonder what all the fuss is about. The truth of the matter is that you won’t really know unt... »

#100thoughts

#100thoughts

Business owners sharing pearls of wisdom on social networking website Twitter could win one-on-one consultancy advice in a new business competition organised by HSBC. To enter, business owners should tweet their most insightful piece of advice in the Twitter format and include the hashtag #100thoughts. The total message must be no more than 140 characters. The five most inspiring and distinctive comments will each win a VIP invitation to a series of networking panel debates featuring leading business personalities such as economist David Bloom and serial entrepreneur Sir Eric Peacock. The invite-only events are being held around the country between May and July 2010, and the winners will get exclusive access to the expert panel for questions and debate. One overall winner, voted for by the... »

LinkedIn Network Extends with Twitter

LinkedIn Network Extends with Twitter

Small-business owners using social networking websites LinkedIn and Twitter can reach a greater number of contacts in one go following the launch of a new application. The new Tweets tool allows LinkedIn users to automatically share their LinkedIn status updates with their followers on Twitter. Status updates are short sentences that users enter into their profiles to describe what they are doing, ask questions or share information. Both LinkedIn and Twitter are free to use. Twitter users can also select status updates, known as Tweets, to share with their LinkedIn contacts by adding the hash symbol to the end of the update, and it will instantly appear on their LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn spokeswoman, Vicky Perry, said that business owners can network more efficiently by using the Tweets a... »

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009

Silicon Valley comes to the UK

The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) this week welcomes to the UK some of the biggest names from Silicon Valley as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Biz Stone, founder and CEO of Twitter, Reid Hoffman, founder and CEO of LinkedIn and Salar Kalamangar, Vice President of Google Web Applications are just some of the pioneers participating in the second ‘Silicon Valley comes to the UK’ event organised by NESTA and Cambridge University’s Judge Business School. The visit is designed to create opportunities for UK entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, collaborate on business opportunities and learn about how to commercialise great ideas so that they can grow into successful businesses. The pioneers will also mentor Cambridge University students on e... »

More Firms should use Social Media like LinkedIn, facebook and twitter to Recruit

More Firms should use Social Media to Recruit

Three quarters of employers are missing out on potential job candidates by failing to use social networking sites to recruit staff, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The DWP survey of 200 employers, carried out in association with recruitment firm Harvey Nash, found fewer than 25% of businesses regularly used websites such as LinkedIn and Facebook as part of their recruitment process. However, the poll suggested that firms were waking up to the growing relevance of social media for sourcing new skills. While just 15% were worried about missing new recruits by not using sites like Twitter, 44% predicted that social networking would become more important in the future. “Using social networking is an effective and economical way to source new talent, especially fo... »