Content, SEO and social media news: weekly round-up – 09/11/2012

Food blog gains notoriety thanks to chefs’ rude responses

James Isherwood, something of an amateur food blogger, has gained a massive new following overnight, after Michelin starred Chef Claude Bosi noticed that James gave his restaurant Hibiscus a 3 out of 5 star review and directed a reel of rather strongly (four letter) worded tweets at him. To add insult to industry, other well-known chefs, including Tom Kerridge and Sat Bains, waded in, labelling James a “c**t” and a “loser”, and declaring that he was #notwelcomeinanyrestaurantever (although ironically, James had previously given Kerridge’s restaurant a glowing review). The barrage of abuse became so extreme that James decided to deactivate his Twitter account and is said to doubt his future as a blogger.

However, the story caught the attention of the national press, and many newspapers have now blasted the chefs’ behaviour, with Luke MacKay of the Guardian writing: “All of you made me ashamed to be a chef last night; you made me ashamed to be on Twitter and you have done nothing but bad for our industry.” James has since reactivated his Twitter and will undoubtedly be experiencing hundreds if not thousands on hits on his blog, Dining with James, over the coming days.

3 out of 5 people would be lost without online content

A new report from the Science Museum has shown that the majority of internet users rely on online content as their main source of verifiable information. The study, which asked a range of internet related questions to a sample of 1000 adults, showed that 4 out of 5 consumers under the age of 25 would feel ‘lost’ without the net – and this figure only reduces to 3 out of 5 in the 25 and over age bracket. The study was commissioned by the Museum to celebrate the launch of their Web Lab exhibition, which was co-created by Google and demonstrates the increasingly significant role that the internet plays in our everyday lives. The exhibition is free to visit, and is scheduled to run until Summer 2013. For more information, visit sciencemuseum.org.uk.

Twitter gets trigger happy with password reset button

Many Twitter users have woken up to email alerts informing them that their passwords have been reset over the past couple of days – a measure that is usually only taken when an account has been compromised. However, it seems that a small scale hacking issue arose, and Twitter alerted more accounts than necessary. “We’re committed to keeping Twitter a safe and open community,” a statement from the micro-blogging platform confirmed. “As part of that commitment, in instances when we believe an account may have been compromised, we reset the password … in this case, we unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised. We apologise for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.” If you’ve received an email about your Twitter password, it’s still worth double checking your account, but chances are on this occasion you’ve just been caught in the crosswire.

Mitt Romney’s website blunder

Let’s be honest, Mitt Romney’s not had a great week – but a recent blunder on the part of his web staff has rubbed salt into his undoubtedly raw wound. Romney’s campaign staffers appear to have accidentally launched his official “victory” website into the online world, just a few days after his disappointing defeat. The website was quickly removed from the public domain but Political Wire have a selection of screenshots if you want to take a sneak peek at what might have been – highlights include a guide to his schedule January 20th inauguration, and his promise of a “smaller, simpler, smarter” America.