James Mayes

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Social media image size cheat sheet

In Facebook, Facebook tips, Google+, Infographic, LinkedIn, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Twitter, Twitter Tips, Video on January 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

Something that’s been a pain to me in the past, and no doubt a constant pain to everyone else who’s ever tried to carefully prepare a social media page…. what size should the image be?

Luckily, problem solved. The wonderful guys over at LunaMetrics have done the hard work for us. Not only for images though, they’ve covered video preview sizes, caption box character limits, thumbnail sizes… everything!

Image size

What’s more, they’ve covered all this for

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest

If you build, customise or play with images, videos, thumbnails or layouts on any of the above sites…. you need this in your life!  Bookmark, enjoy! Full post here.


Can’t is a state of mind. Can is a statement of community.

In Community, Personal, Personal Development, Sport, Start-ups on September 24, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Many will know I’ve been away this weekend with TechBikers. A project kicked off by Google’s Eze Vidra, the aim was to get together a bunch of tech-focussed entrepreneurs and do something epic. For themselves, for this community and indeed for charity.  Well, we did it! Best part of 200 miles cycling in 3 days, Paris to London.  It’s had cheers, tears & beers. Unbelievable physical and mental endurance from all those involved and some fantastic support from many behind the scenes.

My biggest takeway is simply the subject line of this post. Many of those on this ride (myself included) simply could not have achieved this alone. Immensely proud to have done so. It’s changed my perception of what I and others are capable of. It’s also reinforced my belief that people as communities can be spectacularly empowering. That thing about being greater than the sum of it’s parts? Yeah, that. I’ve collated a few photos from the event that, for me, capture some of the spirit, the adventure, the hardship. Undoubtedly, some friends for life amongst this crew. While everyone involved deserves the highest praise for their commitment, I’m also going to use this to a single out a few that really stood out for me.

Eze “like Sunday morning” Vidra. The main man, the inspiration, the rock solid smile!

Ben “The Beard” Southworth. He knows why, but I promised discretion on this one….

Abe “Don’t question me now” Choi. Efficiency under fire, elegant behind the scenes, an absolute lynchpin.

Alex “it’s not water, it’s a rather pleasant Bordeaux” Hoye. That, and the evening attire… nice work.

Bindi “I refuse to change gear, I’m in heels” Karia. For maintaining bling while under water.

Pru Ashby & Andy “Gangnam” Young. Both responsible, I understand, for phenomenal corporate sponsorship efforts to ensure all personal donations went to the charity itself.

Drummond “Terminator” Gilbert. 200 miles. ON A FRICKING BROMPTON.

To everyone though, simply my heartfelt thanks. It’s been the experience of a lifetime. You all worked together to make it possible. To build a library. To demonstrate the power of community. You’ve rocked my world in what now feels like both the longest and shortest three days ever.

For anyone who hasn’t donated but now understands a little more, the fund raiser page is open for another week I believe. If not in my name, donate for Drummond. I say again, 200 miles on a Brompton.

OK, the pictures….

Blog: The biggest change since GooglePlus launched?

In Google+, Recruitment, Social Media, Social Recruiting on October 28, 2011 at 8:28 am

GooglePlus logoI’ve blogged a number of times previously on Google+. As a major social platform to compete with Facebook or Twitter, it’s not there yet. It’s worth recognising though, growth rate has been impressive and there’s still chance.  40m users globally, 2.5m in the UK, and recruiters already targeting the platform via search tools other than Google itself. Indeed, Google continues to migrate features from other services into the platform too.

One of the things I’ve been waiting for is the platform to open up to those running Google Apps accounts, not just private GMail addresses.  They have now – so why does this matter?

  1. I know a huge number of people who use Google Apps as part of their professional lives. The requirement to log out of Apps in order to log in to Plus (or swap between browser sessions) is a barrier to usage.  If I could stay logged into Plus the whole time, I’d be there more.  I know that’s the same for many others, so I expect to see usage stats rise as a result.
  2. If it’s being used more by people when they’re logged in with an Apps account, it would suggest those people are in the “work” frame of mind – I’m guessing this will lead to increasing numbers of professional discussions and information exchange on the platform.  All this will add to an already data-rich pile for recruiters to swim in.
  3. I know there are those out there who’ve never bothered signing up for Plus because they didn’t have a Gmail account and didn’t want to sign up for another email service just to get into Plus.  For those using Google Apps as work, problem solved – another barrier to entry removed.
  4. Some of the collaboration tools in Plus are professionally useful.  I for one love the Hangouts feature and have made significant use of it, both internally and with potential clients.  Now Plus is available to all Apps users, I wouldn’t be surprised to see businesses making more use of things like this (maybe replacing paid-for services such as GoToMeeting). That being the case, again, Plus usage generally will rise.

If you use Google Apps at work, you’ll have to ask your Apps account administrator to turn the function on.  This link gives relevant info.

If you think I’ve missed something or even called it wrong – let me know!

Infographic: The Google Brain

In Google+, Infographic, Personal on October 11, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I’ve been conscious recently that my memory is changing.  Not in some “old guy” kind of way (though that might also be happening!) but in terms of what I remember and how.  I’ve always associated particular keywords with topics very easily – and when someone mentions a topic on which I’ve previously read a relevant article, even if it was years ago I’ll be able to find that article in seconds.

Conversely, I no longer remember phone numbers, email addresses or dates – everything lives on my shiny little Android helper.  I was delighted then, when I found someone had done a decent job of piecing the various aspects of this into Google to see the complete picture. Rather fascinating.  The opener is below, the link to the full graphic follows. Enjoy!

How Google thinks

Full infograhic can be found here. Thanks to onlinecolleges.net

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