10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
July 15, 2012 – 6:44 pm | One Comment

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

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10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
July 15, 2012 – 6:44 pm | One Comment
10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them

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

Hugely embarrassing: Daily Mail jumps gun on “Amanda Knox guilty” story
October 3, 2011 – 8:47 pm | 70 Comments
Hugely embarrassing: Daily Mail jumps gun on “Amanda Knox guilty” story

I'm not sure it gets more embarrassing than this for a news site. In their attempt to be first with the verdict on Amanda Knox, the Mail Online published its pre-written story the moment the ...

Use Facebook’s activity stream to make friends look like adulterous, job-changing murderers
September 23, 2011 – 10:17 am | 2 Comments
Use Facebook’s activity stream to make friends look like adulterous, job-changing murderers

Trick people's friends into thinking they have an STDs, are leaving their partner or looking for a new job.

Facebook timeline beta screenshots
September 22, 2011 – 10:38 pm | No Comment
Facebook timeline beta screenshots

Here's what Facebook's new timeline beta looks like ... (Update: read about how you exploit the activity stream to make your friends look like murdering, adulterous, job-changing, STD-riddled nerds).
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Rewind Twitter and replay it in real time
September 19, 2011 – 10:34 pm | No Comment
Rewind Twitter and replay it in real time

Ever watched a recorded TV programme and wished you could see what the reaction was on Twitter? Now you can!
Together with the brilliant developers at Raak, I've (beta) launched Tweet Rewinder.
It's a mobile web app ...

Google gives big sites a free pass on author profile pictures
September 16, 2011 – 9:37 am | 3 Comments
Google gives big sites a free pass on author profile pictures

Guardian journalists get author profile pictures in search results without applying the markup. I doubt Google will do that for your site ...

Brighton SEO: Winning at SEO with duplicate content
September 9, 2011 – 8:00 am | 2 Comments
Brighton SEO: Winning at SEO with duplicate content

It turns out that you can dominate Google's search results in the short term via duplicate content - and here's the explanation, based on a talk I'm giving at Brighton SEO.

The ASA rules that the PCC is as independent as it is
September 4, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment
The ASA rules that the PCC is as independent as it is

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected my complaint about the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) advertising itself as independent.
I don't consider the PCC to be independent because it is "charged with enforcing the Code of ...

Google makes author profile pics MUCH more prominent in its results
August 30, 2011 – 4:07 pm | No Comment
Google makes author profile pics MUCH more prominent in its results

Google+ links are also much more visible

Google reduces the font size of publication names in its news results
August 16, 2011 – 10:34 am | No Comment
Google reduces the font size of publication names in its news results

This may just be an experiment but Google appears to have reduced the size of the publication name in its news search results.

The Sun buries its Chris Jefferies apology – another nail in the coffin of self regulation
July 31, 2011 – 10:42 pm | 3 Comments
The Sun buries its Chris Jefferies apology – another nail in the coffin of self regulation

The Sun's website search doesn't show its libel apology to Chris Jefferies when you search for his name.

Ten secrets of online magazine success
July 20, 2011 – 3:44 pm | No Comment
Ten secrets of online magazine success

I've neglected my blog lately due to illness and overwork. Sorry. But here's a guest post from James Fryer who launched regional online magazine SoGlos.com, which celebrates its fourth birthday this week. To celebrate, he's sharing ...

Average google analytics bounce rates
July 3, 2011 – 10:54 am | 6 Comments
Average google analytics bounce rates

Google's new analytics benchmarking newsletter has some global stats about bounce rates.

New Google mobile layout
June 28, 2011 – 10:38 pm | 2 Comments
New Google mobile layout

The mobile version of Google seems to have a fancy new layout. It's all go today what with Google Plus and web fonts v2 and a funny black bar across the top ... Here's how the new mobile layout looks.

The most annoying 1,200 pixels on the internet
June 27, 2011 – 11:02 am | No Comment
The most annoying 1,200 pixels  on the internet

The web version of Twitter has a really annoying usability issue.

Google’s improved search pages: no results
June 6, 2011 – 5:22 pm | 3 Comments
Google’s improved search pages: no results

Two examples of searches for a location with no results. Maybe a very high proportion of people who search this generically go on to refine their search?

EU cookie law: 4 examples of sites already implementing it
June 2, 2011 – 9:43 pm | 16 Comments
EU cookie law: 4 examples of sites already implementing it

Worried that implementing the EU cookie directive is like telling your website viewers to sod off? Here are some examples of sites who have implemented it.

Dear Google – what’s with the apostrophe and +1?
June 1, 2011 – 11:44 pm | No Comment
Dear Google – what’s with the apostrophe and +1?

Google has launched its +1 button and thrown its grammar book out the window.

Ryan Giggs affair injunction: the front pages
May 23, 2011 – 10:21 pm | 5 Comments
Ryan Giggs affair injunction: the front pages

How the newspapers are running the Ryan Giggs injunction story

The injunction DID protect the footballer Google search volumes show
May 22, 2011 – 11:20 pm | No Comment
The injunction DID protect the footballer Google search volumes show

Until this weekend, Google shows the injunction has been fairly effective. But on Saturday, there were 425,000 searches for his name ...