If You Do One Good Thing Today… Smile (with #AmazonSmile)

At this exact moment (Friday afternoon), the regular activity on the internet goes a little weird… The bodies may be in the office but the minds are on the weekend – and you can see it from our collective browsing patterns. In particular, spikes in online retail browsing tend to spike on a Friday afternoon….

Look Who’s Talkin – What Irish Mobile Data says About Our Habits

So, yesterday I put together the below charts on Irish mobile data quarterly, since 2009. It certainly makes a case for mobile advertising – just look at our data consumption! But the other things which are far more interesting to me is how they clearly show the rapid fall off of SMS traffic (does this…

Hailo Gets PreBook – Why it Matters in Dublin and Two Handy Hacks

When the London app Hailo launched in the US market it was expected to pummel it’s old and outdated cab hire competition. However in October of last year – several dozen legal battles and a heap of marketing spend later – Hailo announced they were pulling out of the North American market entirely. The company cited…

8 Amazing Places to Stay in Ireland with Airbnb

Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin as the old phrase goes but other people’s firesides sure can make for a lovely retreat. So, the term ‘staycation’ has been knocking around in Ireland since the big R hit back in 2008. And while plenty of us have been exploring what our own back yard has to…

Why You Should Totally Read Comics

You Can’t Judge a Book by It’s Cover – But You Can Judge a Comic Book by a Page I’ve just this week completed an online course from the University of Boulder, Colorado on comic books and graphic novels. People are often really ‘judgey’ about reading comics, and about the sort of people that do…

Why Snapchat is Now Less ‘Private’ than WhatsApp…

So Snapchat – the mobile temporary image and video sharing app loved by under 25s – has changed its privacy policy and T&Cs and folks, it ain’t looking good. If you would like the 140 character summary, scroll straight down to the bottom of this post but for everyone else, here goes: First and foremost…

It’s Time for the Internet of Ideas

(reboot) Back in November The Web Summit arrived in Dublin. And for a brief, beautiful week, nerds ruled the streets. Publicans wondered bemusedly at their sudden shortage of craft beer, delinquent ‘youths’ in Temple Bar were temporarily scared off by desperate start ups, begging them to invest. People with Google Glass could actually walk around…