The Blagger's Blog 2nd December 2011

A weekly roundup of talking points, sans effort

Worth the paper it’s printed on?

Last week’s light news success stories included…
…the plethora of British actors that came away from the International Emmy Awards with more than just a few stories, which 38 articles reported on, whereas Nick Clegg’s declaration of a new Youth Contract to combat rising unemployment in young people only appeared in 35…
…Janet Devlin finishing her run in this year’s X Factor, and featuring in 36 pieces as a result, while the Arcadia Group announced that hundreds of high street stores would close and just 31 stories ran …
…and finally, the Duchess of Cornwall attending a Strictly Come Dancing rehearsal, which was the focus of 13 articles, one more than the 12 that looked at the Government saving the Youth Justice Board quango.
(Source: Journalisted)

Weekly high

iPhone users beware, at least one rival brand knows how best to take your device of choice down a peg or two. Even most BlackBerry and Apple phone owners would admit the Samsung Galaxy presents itself very well, and lightning fast functionality only adds to the whole ‘if I didn’t have one of these I’d have one of those’ thing, and now the manufacturer has a great advert too. Enough said.

Weekly low

So there’s a Kansas City Governor, called Sam Brownback. He’s in a town called Topeka, attending the Kansas Youth in Government programme, which is designed to encourage interest in politics amongst young people. Emma Sullivan, a senior high school student, takes objection to some things he says, and tweets: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot“. Brownback’s office get in touch with her school, and try to force her to write a letter of apology. Then word gets out, and, unsurprisingly, the politician comes off looking ridiculous. No, no, no.

Battle of the tweets: Manchester vs London vs Edinburgh

Top Manchester #tags (seven days to 1/12/2011)

#xfactor #mufc

#mcfc #mytramexperience

#imacelebrity #imaceleb

#ripgaryspeed #manchester

#strike #n30


As expected, despite the incident happening in East London, the video of a woman hurling abuse at ethnic minorities on a tram has ballooned, even if a few people are just complaining about the Metrolink in their #mytramexperience rant. In football United and City still feature high on the list, though the tragic loss of Gary Speed, who died on Sunday must come top of the talking points. Oh, and there have been some strikes.
One to watch: MENnewsdesk (MEN News Desk – Manchester Evening News News Desk; 16,837 followers / 13,164 updates)

Top London #tags (seven days to 1/12/2011)

#xfactor #mytramexperience

#imacelebrity #n30

#imaceleb #strike

#f1 #lfc

#momentsicanneverforget #mufc


On top of racism on public transport the main thing on most twittering lips has surely been n30, November30, or the public sector walkout staged on Wednesday. The cause of much controversy, with some branding the action as unacceptable given current economic difficulties, that hasn’t stopped an equal number of people showing their support for the cause via social media, and 2million government employees downing tools.
One to watch: eamonnholmes (Eamonn Holmes– Presenter, Sky News Sunrise and ITV This Morning; 231,077 followers / 12,116 updates)

Top Edinburgh #tags (seven days to 1/12/2011)

#xfactor #mytramexperience

#n30 #edinburgh

#imaceleb #strike

#imacelebrity #ripgaryspeed

#scotlandhour #nov30


The last Wednesday of every month, between 9PM and 10PM, Twitter users in Scotland engage in #scotlandhour. The idea is to join the forces of business, tourism, and local knowledge together, thus creating a constant stream of tips and advice for anyone living in, or visiting, that beautiful expanse north of Hadrian’s Wall. On top of that the same conversations prevail, so that’s picket lines, bigotry in motion, I’m A Celebrity, and X Factor.
One to watch: scotsmandotcom (The Scotsman– Scotland’s quality national news website and newspaper; 8,821 followers / 11,451 updates)
That was The Blagger’s Blog, a selection of statements, statistics and noteworthy newsies from across the media and social world, amalgamated, allowing the time-starved professional to start a conversation from thin air.
If there is a success story, blunder, or tweeting town you’d like to see included email [email protected] or tweet using #blaggersblog. Happy Friday!