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Digital vacancies at NHS Health Scotland

I’m leaving NHS Health Scotland to go and join Creative Scotland as Digital Comms Manager. Could you take my place? Check out these digital vacancies. Continue reading

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What Google’s new “mobile-friendly” labelling means for your site

Google have started labelling certain sites as “mobile friendly” in mobile-based search results. Find out what this means for your site, and why you need to be taking it seriously. Continue reading

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Local Government – I love you, but I’m leaving

After a decade working in local government I’m moving on to pastures new. Continue reading


Launching the EDSMS Test Lab

Following a conversation with fellow surgeons Leah and Kenny at last night’s Social Media Surgery, we have decided to launch the EDSMS Test Lab, a place for us to test out new social media with each other. Continue reading

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Edinburgh’s Social Media Surgeries Need You!

We’re looking for more volunteers, more venues, and more people to help at Edinburgh’s Social Media Surgeries. Can you help us take the surgeries to the next level? Continue reading

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6 social media pitfalls, and how to avoid them

A summary of some social media sessions I ran at a recent housing conference. My key message was not “don’t do it” but rather “do it properly”. Continue reading

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What is a mobile web user anyway? Top 5 assumptions to avoid

Assumptions about your website’s mobile web visitors could lead to potentially damaging decisions about what to offer (or not offer) on mobile devices. Here are my top 5 assumptions to avoid. Continue reading


Achieving the mobile web standard

I recently attended Socitm’s “Learning from Better connected” event in London – a conference reporting on the key findings from the annual survey of all UK local authority websites – to present our findings in relation to using council websites on mobile devices. Continue reading

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Life without the Knowledge Hub?

Following the recent announcement that Local Government Association (LGA) are considering the closure of the Knowledge Hub, I was asked for a comment by the Guardian’s Local Government Network. Continue reading

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