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eHow’s advice – can you trust what it says?
March 9, 2010 – 9:41 am | 2 Comments
eHow’s advice – can you trust what it says?

eHow says Acai Berries are wonderful - eat them. Although it also says they have no benefits.

Google security problem: logging in to two accounts at once
March 4, 2010 – 1:01 pm | 2 Comments
Google security problem: logging in to two accounts at once

People are often complaining that they want to log into two Gmail accounts at once (the answer is to use two browsers, or Chrome in incognito mode). I seem to now be logged into two accounts at once - even though I don't want to be - potentially exposing someone else's details.

Uninstall a Google Chrome extension on a Mac
March 1, 2010 – 11:02 pm | 5 Comments
Uninstall a Google Chrome extension on a Mac

Obviously, Google Chrome extensions are cool (like plugins for Firefox), as they enable you to get your browser to do new things. But having installed the bit.ly one, it turned out to be a bit of a pain.

Instructions on the internet for how to remove / delete extensions for google's Chrome (I'm running version 5.0.307.11 beta) are sadly lacking - or way overcomplicated. It turned out to be quite easy.

Why Italy was right to find Google guilty
February 25, 2010 – 8:24 am | 20 Comments

reedom of speech and the future of the internet are at stake. An Italian court has found some Google executives guilty after some students filmed themselves bullying a boy with Down's syndrome [1] and then uploaded the clip to Google Video. The students were later convicted for their actions.

According to Tom Watson MP, the decision to hold Google liable for publishing the video:

"is the biggest threat to internet freedom we have seen in Europe. The only people who will support this decision are Silvio Berlusconi and the governments of China and Iran. It effectively breaks the internet in Italy."

Well, Tom, you can make that Berlusconi, the Chinese and Iranian governments - and me.

Ann Widdecombe undergoes odd makeover …
February 22, 2010 – 2:05 pm | 4 Comments
Ann Widdecombe undergoes odd makeover …

Ever done a search for Ann Widdecombe? No, me neither until today. There's an interesting image shown, as you can see.

Copywriting – please help me!
February 19, 2010 – 10:48 am | No Comment

I wrote a guest post about when you should pay professional rates for great copywriting - as opposed to 2p a word via some content mill, or even less for some automated keyword spewer.

If you fancied reading it and retweeting it, I might get invited back to do another one (and you might find it interesting, too).

Facebook login: the best comments on the readwriteweb fiasco
February 14, 2010 – 11:44 pm | 4 Comments

You may have seen the news that ReadWriteWeb posted a story about facebook's login. It appeared at the top of google for a search on "facebook login", leading to, allegedly, 000s of people turning up and trying to log in to facebook.

Here are the best of the 1,500-odd comments, to save you the trouble of ploughing through them. After the first page or so, most of the "I want to log in" comments appear to be jokes - leading to the suspicion that after the first few genuinely confused people, this massive thread is, in fact, between people pretending to be idiots, and people claiming they can't believe people are such idiots.

Ignore WordPress’s SEO advice
February 9, 2010 – 1:39 pm | 2 Comments

Whatever you do, don't follow the wordpress advice on SEO ...
It seems to think keywords are really important but meta descriptions aren't.

SEO revenge: analytics style
February 4, 2010 – 2:11 pm | 3 Comments

Exacting revenge on a company that secretly added links to clients' sites by targeting their analytics data ...

John Terry: another nail in the superinjunction coffin?
January 30, 2010 – 3:54 pm | No Comment
John Terry: another nail in the superinjunction coffin?

John Terry's been "nobbing" Wayne Bridge's girlfriend as one of the edits on Wikipedia puts it. Terry got a superinjunction forbidding publication of this story - and of the fact that there was an injunction. ...

Church blogs: SEO and copywriting tips for the Pope
January 25, 2010 – 2:02 pm | 5 Comments
Church blogs: SEO and copywriting tips for the Pope

So, just as Search Engine Land has issued some SEO advice for Bill Gates's blog, I thought I'd help the Pope out with some SEO and copywriting tips.

Discovered: the west pole, somewhere in London
January 22, 2010 – 10:59 am | 17 Comments
Discovered: the west pole, somewhere in London

The only way is up. All roads lead to Rome. And just as you can only travel south from the north pole, apparently if you're on the Circle Line, you can only travel east, regardless of which way you're going.

As these pictures show, if you're going from Victoria to Liverpool Street, you go in an easterly direction. Want to go the other way, from Liverpool Street to Victoria? Ah, then you'll be needing to go in an, er, easterly direction.

UK searchers starting to prefer US spellings
January 21, 2010 – 2:02 pm | 3 Comments

Searchers in the UK are starting to prefer the US spelling of some words. Although we can still spell centre and theatre, with the following words the US spelling is now searched for more often than the UK version:

* donut vs doughnut
* yogurt vs yoghurt
* fetus vs foetus

Google autocomplete now fixes spelling problems
January 18, 2010 – 7:00 am | 3 Comments
Google autocomplete now fixes spelling problems

More evidence that Google has changed how it handles spelling errors. It is now fixing spelling in autocomplete (the list of suggestions it offers as you start to type in the web-based search form).

Unlike yesterday's example, where Google was just deciding for itself which version of alternative, correct spellings you meant, I approve of this - partly because it's helpful, and partly because the user retains control (so they can search for wrong spellings if they want to).

Search engine optimisation, optimization and SEO
January 17, 2010 – 7:00 am | 3 Comments

We've all been running round worrying about Google forcing us to search for search engine optimization when we want to search for search engine optimisation.

I think we can relax, as it turns out hardly anyone searches for either ...

Google: We spell it colouring here
January 17, 2010 – 12:16 am | One Comment
Google: We spell it colouring here

Not content with its various other spelling problems, Google is now trying to make us spell colour the US way.

Google’s spelling problems are worse than we thought
January 15, 2010 – 11:02 am | 18 Comments
Google’s spelling problems are worse than we thought

There have been various posts about how Google is returning results with the American spelling (search engine optimization) when people search for search engine optimisation.

But it's got much bigger problems with spelling than just -ise vs ize.

How to use touch-screen mobile phones in the snow
January 13, 2010 – 1:51 pm | 7 Comments

Standing in the snow punching your mobile phone screen aimlessly with your mittens? Here are some tips from people on Twitter for getting your phone to work.

Sun blocks NewsNow from crawling its site
January 12, 2010 – 2:01 pm | 2 Comments
Sun blocks NewsNow from crawling its site

NewsNow revealed this morning that it's heard that News International will soon be blocking NewsNow from crawling The Sun's site - just as it has done with the Times.

This has now happened, as the Sun's robots.txt file shows.

Clearing snow off the pavement: Can you be sued if you do it badly?
January 11, 2010 – 12:36 am | 14 Comments

'elf and safety gone mad, innit? The current UK snow has prompted several stories about how, if you decide to clear the snow from your pavement, you are laying yourself open to litigation.
Mark Pack asks the all important question. Has anyone ever actually sued successfully as a result of someone clearing snow on the pavement outside their house?