The Pronoun

Saturday, 29 November 2014 by

In the latest of my posts on grammar, I look at our essential friend, the pronoun. At it’s simplest, the pronoun is a type of shorthand, indicating a noun that’s previously been mentioned or is known in some way. There are quite a few different types of noun, such as: Possessive pronouns – words that

Trade Union

Since 2012, I’ve carried out annual research to find out which TUC-affiliated unions are the most influential on social media. It’s been a year since the last review, and so I’ve updated the metrics to see what’s changed. This provides unions with an opportunity to monitor their progress over the last 12 months (see the

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We are currently seeing the biggest increase in new top level domains names since the rise of the web. Domains like .com, .net, and are by now are very familiar, and a few more obscure ones, such as .biz and .info, have been around for a few years. This year, ICANN and the


Monday, 20 October 2014 by

I look at prepositions for the latest in my posts on grammar. What have the prepositions ever done for us? You are writing a sentence with a subject (I) and an object (you) and you’ve something you want to pass between them (a ball): how do you get the ball from subject to object? A


Friday, 03 October 2014 by

I’ve been doing some blog posts on grammar recently, and I thought I’d focus in nouns for this one. Nouns seem obvious when we hear, read or speak them: they are the naming words, words or phrases that refer to a person, place, object, event, substance, quality or quantity. Straightforward stuff, isn’t it? However, once

Unions & cloud-based services

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 by

Cloud-based services have been growing in popularity over the last few years. These services are delivered online and are usually paid for on an ongoing basis, with flexible pricing depending on the needs of the user. This usually results in lower costs and lower risks, combined with reliable and well-built software. While some unions are

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Every year the TUC holds an awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of affiliate unions in their communication efforts. The awards for 2014 have just been held, on Wednesday 9th July. The award categories include traditional media, like best magazine and best illustration, but I always keep an eye on the two technology categories: best

Trade Union

Every June I look at a number of key industry metrics to see how the TUC affiliated unions’ websites rank against each other.  The results are compiled in a trade union website league table, and the 2014 version is now complete. The full league table can be seen below and last years’ results are here: trade


Monday, 02 June 2014 by
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I’ve recently launched a new website on behalf of Prospect, the professionals’ union.  The website – Careersmart – provides free careers information as well as emphasising the contribution unions can make in the workplace. The site has a range of articles dealing with career issues, from help with job hunting to advice on how to


Have you ever wanted to get a message across loudly on Twitter or Facebook? Thunderclap is an online tool aimed at activists that can help do just that. It pitches itself as a ‘crowdspeaking’ platform, in a similar vein to ‘crowdfunding’ websites like Kickstarter. Successful campaigns result in the same message being broadcast at the