TUC Communication Awards 2016

Friday, 15 July 2016 by
TUC Communications Awards 2016

It’s the time of year when the TUC give out their awards for the best use of communications amongst unions. I’m always interested in the digital categories to see how unions are developing their websites and other tools. There is one big change this year. Previously there were two digital categories – best website and

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Apps vs responsive websites

Thursday, 23 January 2014 by
Apps vs Responsive

“Should we develop an app or a mobile friendly website?” I’m increasingly coming across this question. It’s important to understand the pros and cons of each approach. Against a background of rapid growth in the use of smartphones and tablets, many organisations are unsure about the best way to target users on these devices. Apps

The Climbing Frame App

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 by

A new addition to the world of trade union Apps has just been released. TUC unionlearn’s popular Climbing Frame website, an online service primarily aimed at Union Learning Reps, has been launched as an App. The App is another way of accessing the same information as on the website, allowing Union Learning Reps and other

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I ran a workshop on digital organising at the recent Prospect Connect Sector Conference and I asked the delegates – union reps in the technology sector – to form into groups and score the online tools we were discussing for effectiveness. I’ve taken the results from the workshop and averaged the scores given by the

Union apps

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 by

With a large increase in the number of people using mobile computer devices like smartphones and tablets, unions are increasingly looking at the opportunities presented by developing their own apps. This is something I’m seeing firsthand as I’ve been working more and more on apps recently, with the launch of Prospect’s new Apprenticeship App and a new app

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Apprenticeship jobs & guide app

Monday, 11 March 2013 by

I’ve recently been working with Prospect and Unionlearn to develop an app aimed at people doing or considering doing an apprenticeship. It’s just been officially launched to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week 2013 (March 11th to 15th). It’s available on Android smartphones and tablets, and the iPhone/iPad. The objective was to create an app that

2013 – the year of the tablet?

Thursday, 10 January 2013 by

This year is going to be the year of the tablet. Some are predicting that tablets will outsell laptops and become the most used type of portable computer. This anticipated growth is faster than anyone expected just 12 months ago. Apple created the first popular tablet device with the launch of the iPad in 2010.

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The ‘Girls Around Me’ app

Thursday, 26 April 2012 by

The recent furore over the ‘Girls Around Me’ smartphone app illustrates the increasing  ease with which our movements can be tracked. The app was developed by Russian  developer i-free and enabled people who had downloaded the app to view a map of  women in the local area, along with names and even background information like