Saturday, 21 February 2009


If you want an insight into how the internet is eroding personal privacy then search for yourself on

It searches the deep web (ie it puts your name into databases and sees what comes out) to find far more than Google would - reminding us of what a trail we leave online as we live our lives now.

Hat tip: Mark Pack.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Guardian interview with Thomas Gensemer

I'm trying to avoid posting too much about the Obama campaign. But failing because of interesting interviews like this one in today's Guardian.

Monday, 16 February 2009


There's a thoughtful post by Jack Thurston (an ex Special Adviser at DEFRA) here on what LabourList is getting wrong, and more broadly what Labour is getting wrong. There's a nice quote towards the end which I think is quite powerful:

What really matters is something altogether less glamorous. And that is a really coherent and responsive email-driven supporter mobilisation strategy. Even at 30 per cent in the polls, Labour does have tens of millions of supporters it should be communicating with, many of whom have email. It’s not about technology. John McCain had all the same e-mobilisation tools as Barack Obama he just didn’t use them nearly so well. If the next general election is close (and looking at the polls, that’s a big IF) this could turn out to be an important difference between the parties.

Saturday, 7 February 2009


Youmashtube is a great website for entertainment.

It takes feeds off Youtube and creates a custom video channel for you - so you can simply listen / watch lots of videos in a row.

Particularly useful for your own custom music channel or watching long speeches in one go.

Currently I'm using it to catch up on the music of Betty Davis, an under appreciated musical genius. If you haven't heard of her she introduced Miles Davis (her husband) to Jimi Hendrix.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Hazel Blears on campaigning

Quite a good bit of advice on campaigning by Hazel Blears on the Progress website:

Make campaigning fun. Campaigning is like sex – if you’re not enjoying it, you’re not doing it right. It should never be a drudge. Make sure there’s plenty of meals, drinks, social events, and a campaign HQ with plenty of tea and biscuits. Tap into the enthusiasm of young people with blitzing and street stalls. High energy, high impact, low cost.