Posts Tagged 'twitter'

Think before you tweet…..

I had a look back yesterday at the blogs I had been posting since I started blogging to see what was the most popular.
 
Currently by number of visits the top five posts are:

Cut throat Tender Pricing
APC Tips and Techniques
What makes a good CV? 15 tips from the GFP Team
Measurement is for Dummies
Time for a Construction revolution

The reason I did that was I was looking back to see if a theme was developing on what people most like to read about.

However given all the current talk about super injunctions I thought I’d do a post that I’ve had in my head for a while.

Honestly.

I really did have it in my mind to do a posting about a recent case involving twitter and a local councillor in South Wales. Seems a bit corny to do it now, but hey ho. I’m not going to talk about the super injunction stuff, but about the twitter case.

The case in question was about defamation and involved councillor Colin Elsbury at the local elections earlier this year, and mistaken identity.

There are loads of places to read about the facts of the case, and I suppose if you are going to read about it anywhere The MailOnline would be a good place to go!

I had also seen an article in March written by CMS Cameron McKenna too titled ‘Can you damage a reputation in 140 characters?’ This interestingly was also looking at the ‘no win, no-fee’ conditional fee agreement in the case too.

The principle message behind this is simple, as stated by the judge in the case at the time.

 ‘Anything posted on twitter is in the public domain and subject to libel laws’.

The fine ultimately worked out to be just more than £2,400-a-word!

Which brings me full circle to the blogs I’ve done!  I don’t think I’ve posted anything to upset anyone, but if I have, do please accept my apologies……

So finally, be warned, and think before you tweet……….

Social Media and all that

Whats your view about social media at the moment.

Do you use it to interact with your customers and target audience?

Are you finding it harder or easier of late to speak to the decision makers, do you think social media will make any difference for you? Is it just another phase we are all going through. Do you find that a lot of the ‘experts’ that you come across haven’t been involved all that long? So what makes them expert do you ask? 

So where do you stand on all of this, is it something for you? Should you care and be involved? Well I think it’s something we should all take note of – like it or not, it’s here. And to stay for a while to come. The thing I like most about it is it’s engaging, and people will genuinely help you if they can. But it’s two way, don’t expect to take all the while, you’ve got to give too, otherwise you’ll get nothing from it.

It does seems to me that the smaller the business the more nimble you are and the more responsive you will be. The larger construction companies just don’t quite seem to get it yet.

Well that’s the conclusion I came to when I read this really interesting article form Nick Pauley at Pauley Creative.  In fact having a look at some of the articles Nick has written on his website could be a lesson to a lot of us in Construction.

Made me think about what we are doing, so look out for some subtle changes to our website as a result!

There was also an interesting tweet I came across in the week from Guido Gihaux that had a link to a youtube video about the use of social media in the UK – well worth a view, a lot of other people have picked up on it too.

So all I should say for now is follow me on twitter, link up with us on LinkedIn and become our fan on facebook!


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I’m now the Managing Director of Mynott Associates Limited my own specialist measurement business. I’ve been in the industry all of my life since I left school. My first job was with Bovis Construction as a management trainee where I trained to become a quantity surveyor. I’ve worked for contractors all through my career, I am FRICS, FCIOB and MCIHT qualified and act as an RICS assessor. I’m also a keen Arsenal supporter having followed them from a young boy

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