10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
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Even more sites that try to bank you from linking to them in the terms. Make it stop.

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Trinity Mirror stops selling followed links – Christian Science Monitor starts…
July 15, 2009 – 3:39 pm | 3 Comments

Trinity Mirror has stopped selling paid links without the nofollow tag. Christian Science Monitor has started.

Can you help keep my newspaper Twitter account data up to date?
July 10, 2009 – 2:46 pm | One Comment

I recently counted all the official national newspaper twitter accounts. It took a long time. So I want the figures to update automatically. Here's what I've done so far. Can you help me do it better?

New design trend: Logos that change to show you they’re a ‘home’ link
July 3, 2009 – 1:30 pm | 8 Comments
New design trend: Logos that change to show you they’re a ‘home’ link

Three's a trend. And five's a default. Four examples of sites whose logo is a link to the homepage - and who make this abundantly clear by changing the image on mouseover.

Delia Smith relaunch gets worse …
July 2, 2009 – 12:01 pm | One Comment
Delia Smith relaunch gets worse …

I recently pointed out that the Delia Online's relaunch was a right cock up. They've now made things worse ...

Is Trinity Mirror selling followed links on its ic network?
July 2, 2009 – 9:28 am | 12 Comments
Is Trinity Mirror selling followed links on its ic network?

Is Trinity Mirror selling keyword-rich links on its ic Network without using the nofollow tag? Don't tell Google ...

MPs’ expenses: the best tools and resources on the web
June 21, 2009 – 10:59 pm | One Comment
MPs’ expenses: the best tools and resources on the web

Interested in the MPs' expenses scandal? Here's a round up of the best resources and tools.

Is the Times hiding negative comments about its Nightjack story?
June 18, 2009 – 7:43 pm | One Comment
Is the Times hiding negative comments about its Nightjack story?

Condemnation of the Times's Nightjack story appeared to stop today on the paper's own blog. But it just looks that way as the word 'next' that gets you to more comments has vanished.

Login designs: the 9 worst ones and where to find good examples
June 11, 2009 – 6:51 pm | 11 Comments
Login designs: the 9 worst ones and where to find good examples

Here's a round up of bad or hard to use login designs and functions - things to avoid if you ever sort your login out.

Proof and implications of javascript passing anchor text and page rank in Google
June 2, 2009 – 8:50 pm | No Comment
Proof and implications of javascript passing anchor text and page rank in Google

An explanation and test of google's treatment of javascript hidden links.

Sites whose appearance sucks in google news!
May 27, 2009 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Sites whose appearance sucks in google news!

More examples of sites that appear in google news with headlines like 'Newsticker requires javascript' and 'Font size A A A'

On the usability of taps and the lessons for web design
May 20, 2009 – 8:51 pm | 12 Comments
On the usability of taps and the lessons for web design

A review of the usability of taps - avoiding arrest for getting my camera out in public toilets and showers - in order to see what lessons the design of everyday objects can tell us about web design.

I’ve already found the Wolfram Alpha killer: a librarian in Slough
May 19, 2009 – 6:58 pm | 3 Comments
I’ve already found the Wolfram Alpha killer: a librarian in Slough

Wolfram Alpha - the new search engine that gives access to systematic knowledge (ie it's a big database of curated facts) - has been variously hailed as a google and wikipedia killer. I've found the Wolfram|Alpha killer - the UK Ask A Librarian site.

Twitter’s latest SEO improvement: meta descriptions
May 13, 2009 – 8:04 pm | One Comment
Twitter’s latest SEO improvement: meta descriptions

Twitter is now using proper meta descriptions - the full tweet for tweets, and the bio for profile pages.

#fixreplies #twitterfail – 4 lessons to learn
May 13, 2009 – 1:18 pm | 2 Comments
#fixreplies #twitterfail – 4 lessons to learn

#fixreplies and #twitterfail 4 lessons to learn from Twitter's approach.

Apostrophe usage: get them right to avoid wasting a Twitter character
May 1, 2009 – 2:36 pm | No Comment
Apostrophe usage: get them right to avoid wasting a Twitter character

With a 140-character limit, avoiding unnecessary apostrophes could make the difference between your tweet fitting ... and not (this is no excuse not to include an apostrophe when you should).

Content carousels reviewed: Yahoo loses, Sky wins
April 30, 2009 – 11:31 pm | 5 Comments
Content carousels reviewed: Yahoo loses, Sky wins

Carousels (sliders as they're sometimes known) are a good way to promote several items of content without using up too much space on your homepage.

Here's a roundup of sites using them - and how successful I think they are. Having studies several, I think the best ones.

Twitter’s appearance in Google: sort it out …
April 27, 2009 – 4:48 pm | 4 Comments
Twitter’s appearance in Google: sort it out …

Someone at Twitter needs to read Google's guidelines to improve how the search engine shows individual tweets.
But even if Twitter itself doesn't care how it looks, clever people like Barack Obama and Russell Brand have worked out how to get individual descriptions in Twitter. I'll explain how ...

Newspaper sites: PLEASE improve your readability
April 20, 2009 – 12:35 pm | 6 Comments
Newspaper sites: PLEASE improve your readability

Newspaper websites are failing in some obvious ways to make their stories readable. Too many are using small fonts, long off-putting paragraphs, no subheadings, no in-content boxes or pictures, and no in-content links.

Design, readability and websites
April 20, 2009 – 12:34 pm | 5 Comments
Design, readability and websites

There are several ways to make your copy readable on the web. Yet I see sites ignoring these simple tips, all the time - especially newspapers.
At the botom, you'll find this article repeated, breaking all ...

Twitter avatars: choosing a brilliant one
April 15, 2009 – 11:27 am | 11 Comments
Twitter avatars: choosing a brilliant one

What makes a good Twitter avatar - with examples of good and bad avatars and lessons you can learn from them.