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UK newspaper Twitter followers: 1 August
August 1, 2009 – 3:31 pm | 4 Comments
UK newspaper Twitter followers: 1 August

With 981,359 followers, @Guardiantech is closing in on a million, as I reveal the latest figures for UK newspaper Twitter accounts. @GuardianTech has jumped 150,000 followers in a month. @TimesFashion (29,190 followers) has moved up one place to 2nd, overtaking @GuardianNews (27,802) which is now 3rd.

How US traffic is vital for UK newspaper sites
July 30, 2009 – 8:30 am | 3 Comments

On average, US traffic to UK newspaper sites is 36.8% of the UK traffic. The figure for the Telegraph is slightly higher (44.5%) and for the Mail it's a massive 62.5%.

Five changes I’d make to the new Web User beta design
July 29, 2009 – 11:11 pm | No Comment
Five changes I’d make to the new Web User beta design

Five changes I'd make to the new Web User beta design. Well, they did ask ...

Alexa data: how accurate is it – using audited ABCe figures to check?
July 29, 2009 – 8:30 am | 5 Comments

By making use of ABCe data, we can check what Alexa says with the official audited data for UK newspapers. As the table shows, it's OK but not brilliant.

Ofcom: we need action not research on broadband speeds
July 28, 2009 – 9:35 am | One Comment
Ofcom: we need action not research on broadband speeds

Ofcom has revealed that people don't get the broadband speeds they pay for. Well, duh. Here's a timeline of how we already know that. Their research isn't groundbreaking or new or revealing something for the first time, as is being claimed. What we need is action: ISPs should be forced to publish a typical range of speeds rather than an upto speed that no one can get.

Michael Jackson’s kids made the Daily Mail the most visited UK newspaper site in June
July 27, 2009 – 9:27 am | 6 Comments
Michael Jackson’s kids made the Daily Mail the most visited UK newspaper site in June

Figures from Compete.com, which tracks American internet use, show that, of the 4.7 million unique users that the Mail added from May to June, 1.2 million were from the USA, and foreign searches for Michael Jackson's kids also drove the Mail's growth.

9 sites who don’t know that www.domain.com ISN’T THE SAME as domain.com
July 23, 2009 – 7:40 pm | 7 Comments
9 sites who don’t know that www.domain.com ISN’T THE SAME as domain.com

You may not know it, but the www version of your website is not the same as the non-www version.: yourdomain.com/page is NOT THE SAME PAGE as www.yourdomain.com/page. It's treated as a different URL by search engines, for instance. And if someone leaves off the www (on a link or when they type a URL), they may not get any page at all unless you've set your server up right.

The importance of a 404 status code on your 404 page
July 23, 2009 – 2:34 pm | 6 Comments
The importance of a 404 status code on your 404 page

The ABCe website demonstrates the importance of returning a proper 404 status code, as this search at google for abce demonstrates.

Delia Online relaunch slices her traffic in half
July 21, 2009 – 8:42 pm | One Comment
Delia Online relaunch slices her traffic in half

The relaunch of Delia Online has cost Delia Smith half her web traffic in the last 4 weeks, according to stats from Alexa.

New google sprite: July 2009
July 17, 2009 – 10:36 am | No Comment
New google sprite: July 2009

Google has updated its 'sprite' - the one image it uses to render all its graphics. If you're not sure what a sprite is, it's a way to speed up page loads by downloading just one image, and then using CSS to just show the relevant bit.

Guardian wins newspaper URL tweet war
July 16, 2009 – 8:47 pm | 7 Comments

Other people have tweeted (or retweeted) the Guardian's URLs 328,288 times over the last 4 months - way more than any other UK newspaper.

The FT and Times have more followers on Twitter than the Telegraph and Mail - but they're not tweeted about as often. The Telegraph is in second place: 120,731 tweets have included a link to one if its URLs. The Daily Mail is 3rd with 95,851.

10 people who better pray their boss isn’t on Twitter – S/HE CAN SEE YOUR TWEETS
July 15, 2009 – 9:46 pm | 4 Comments
10 people who better pray their boss isn’t on Twitter – S/HE CAN SEE YOUR TWEETS

Do people realise that anyone can see their profile unless they lock it? Here are 10 tweets about the person's boss from the last week - they're all from accounts with more than 50 updates, so they should have worked out what's going on ...

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?

Google predicts Ashes win?
July 9, 2009 – 7:25 pm | 4 Comments

For some reason, Google's showing a title of "BBC Sport - Cricket: Ashes 2005" for the BBC's cricket page, which is of course all about Ashes 2009.
This is despite Google's cached page having the correct ...

Newspapers on Twitter – how the Guardian, FT and Times are winning
July 6, 2009 – 9:22 pm | 12 Comments

National newspapers have a total of 1,068,898 followers across all their Twitter accounts - with the Guardian, Times and FT the only three papers in the top 10 newspaper accounts. The Guardian's the clear Twitter winner, as it's place on the Twitter Suggested User List means that its GuardianTech account has 831,935 followers - 78% of the total ...

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.

I’m sorry I suggested newspapers turn off their RSS feeds …
July 3, 2009 – 12:55 pm | 9 Comments

OK, newspapers shouldn't turn off RSS feeds. I was wrong.
The point I was trying to make was that there didn't seem much point having RSS icons in your header (Express) or by your search box (Mirror), or offering a brilliant RSS mashup feature (Guardian), or having RSS icons by each section of your news area (Independent) etc etc - but not doing anything to educate people about what they could do with all this.

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 ...