Five For Thought

by Laura Berry

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

With a story about the power of ‘clicking’ we hope that you all get ‘clicking’ and head over to our facebook and twitter pages to leave us a comment about our daily top five links. Full to the brim with the lastet news, video, social media and photography stories, there is something for everyone and if not why don’t you suggest an interesting link you think the Holyrood Partnership blog followers would like to see?

THE POWER OF THE CLICK IS GETTING LOUDER (Raymond)

UK’s shoppers spent £4.9bn online last month, 20% more than in the same period in 2010, bringing the total spend so far this year to £10bn. Online shoppers were being particularly sharp on stocking up in advance of duty increases on booze with alcohol sales rising by 37% on January and up 25% on February 2010. Other growth areas included clothing (up 34% on February 2010), home and garden (up 37%), and electricals (up 22%). 

http://econsultancy.com/uk/blog/7296-e-commerce-stats-10bn-spent-online-in-january-and-february?utm_medium=email&utm_source=topic

A LIFE LESS ORDINARY (Adrian)

Tired of the same routine in your working life? Well, take inspiration from these 10 stories that demonstrate how people have swapped their dull office jobs for a more exciting career. From professional gamblers to helicopter pilots, these guys show that you don’t have to settle for a 9 to 5 life.

http://him.uk.msn.com/in-the-know/photos.aspx?cp-documentid=156539349

TICKET PROFIT LIMIT (Andrea)

There’s been a proposal to cap the amount of profit people can make by reselling gig or festival tickets online – putting an end to the rip-off merchants who make a fortune from those desperate to attend. Should people be respectful and not make a profit at all, or is that too big an ask in this society?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/12805620  

IS GOOGLE MAKING US STUPID? (Scott)

Great piece of writing from author Nicholas Carr, one of the few dissenting voices regularly challenging whether everything in the information age is necessarily good for us. You should also check out his books (The Big Switch and the Shallows) and his blog, http://www.roughtype.com/

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/6868/

LINKEDIN A 100 MILLION TIMES OVER (Laura)

At Holyrood Partnership we are big advocats of one of the newest social networking platforms and now the proffessional networking platform LinkedIn has found its 100 millionth member. With a new member every second this is definitely the site to watch especially for those businesses and individuals looking to maximise on their networking oppurtunities and build their own profile. Its a fantastic site one which has provided untold benefits for the Holyrood team and our clients and with even more members joining each day, it isdefinitely the network to watch.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/8398553/LinkedIn-reaches-100-million-members.html

 

 

 

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