Social Media


The councillor’s charter

Posted on March 13th, by Robert Ward in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

The topic of an evening of debate was “Social media and local government – help or hindrance”, which naturally led on to the participation of councillors on social media

Not for the first time, a good idea came out of discussion at the Croydon Debate Club. Since it wasn’t me who came up with it, I would go so far as to say it was a very … Read More »



Is social media and local government a help or a hindrance?

Posted on February 16th, by Robert Ward in Opinion. 1 Comment

Local news outlets, with fewer and fewer journalists, find easy pickings mostly on Twitter

Social media is the new(ish) thing. There’s hardly a television news item that doesn’t mention it somewhere. Broadcasters want to show they’re hip, and in a world where people expect their news to be instant and free it gives journalists an easy news item without having to leave their desks.

Local politics … Read More »



Instagram Croydon: the social network for Croydon’s new influencers

Posted on April 7th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 3 comments

Exploring the social media underground charting ‘the Croydon revolution’

Up until recently, Croydon’s social media scene was neatly compartmentalised across the ‘Big Three’ platforms.

Twitter was where you went to anonymously ruin people’s lives. Facebook was where you went to post links to your latest ‘hot take’ tacitly suggesting that everyone is a racist. LinkedIn was where you went to tell people that you’re … Read More »



Some new year resolutions for Croydon

Posted on January 4th, by Jonny Rose in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Don’t buy new trainers just yet – Jonny Rose suggests alternative new year resolutions

I don’t normally go in for new years resolutions. They’re onerous, rarely realised, and – with their implicit suggestion that all you need to do be a better person is try harder – are anti-thetical to all that I believe.

However, no doubt there will be some of you … Read More »



Social security

Posted on March 30th, by Nadim Lilani in Sport. No Comments

Social media’s influence is now massive in football, and Nadim Lilani looks at the contentious case of local lad Carlton Cole to assess its pitfalls

“Big win today! The boys showed great fight and thanks to the fans for their top support as usual! On to the next! #Buzzing #Wemarchon”. It has become an all-too-familiar sight: a mundane message posted on Twitter by a footballer … Read More »