Talk of the Town: Drew’s board of social media

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THE world of social networking has come a long way in a short time. Ten years ago, Facebook was a mere combination of two words that when put together meant nothing.

Before it became the behemoth company it is today, there was MySpace and Bebo, while Twitter now more than gives it a run for its money.

But Talk of the Town can today reveal the next step for the phenomenon that is social networking, thanks to Edinburgh-based hip-hop artist and Facebook user Drew Devine.

Frustrated by the site’s new promoted posts advertising option which allows networkers to pay for extra exposure, Drew posted: “I will now be using a sandwich board on Princes Street with my status updates. Thank you.”

Malcolm’s hedging his bets with Euro support

EDINBURGH North and Leith Labour MSP Malcolm Chisholm has openly declared his support for England in Euro 2012.

After their opening 1-1 draw with France, he told his Twitter followers: “Enjoyed game, half pleased since always support England if Scotland not there.”

His second choice is Poland “for new Polish friends”.

But he candidly added: “Don’t think either will win.”

What a dram cheek!

IAN Rankin is certainly finding the inspiration as he irons out the final creases ahead of the release of his much-anticipated new Rebus book.

In 2006, distiller Highland Park produced Rebus 20 whisky to mark two decades of the fictional cop’s adventures, but this week the city writer tweeted the firm to ask: “Have you guys got any of the Rebus 20 left? I’m getting through my stock . . .”

Learn to play the Games

OLYMPIC fever is now upon us, with the famed flame touring the Capital today ahead of Emelie Sandé’s concert at the Castle.

But with less than two months until the sporting action begins, it’s fair to say there hasn’t exactly been a stampede for some of the events.

Which makes an email dropping into Talk of the Town’s inbox all the more surprising. It comes from travel agent Thomas Cook, and insists its branches are “the only place to go to guarantee tickets to the Games . . .”

Alternatively, turn up at Hampden on the day of one of its football matches and be waved in using what will then be a spectacularly discounted ticket for one of tens of thousands of empty seats.