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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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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.

Alfie Patten: what have we learned about reporting restrictions?
May 19, 2009 – 10:01 am | 3 Comments

We need a centralised database of reporting restrictions in general terms (ie not all the detail so it's like an issue of popbitch). Just what is the point of reporting restrictions if no one knows they exist?

Telegraph dropping like a stone in google results?
May 18, 2009 – 3:16 pm | No Comment
Telegraph dropping like a stone in google results?

The Telegraph has now dropped to result number 8 in Google for a search on MPs expenses.

Google’s results for MPs’ expenses are rubbish
May 18, 2009 – 10:08 am | One Comment
Google’s results for MPs’ expenses are rubbish

The results from Google if you search for MPs expenses are rubbish. Last week they had pages from the BBC first and the Telegraph 2nd - even though the Telegraph is the primary source of all this material. Today the results are even worse: they're absolute garbage.

Eurovision 2009 results vs Google’s predictions (nul points)
May 17, 2009 – 9:03 am | No Comment
Eurovision 2009 results vs Google’s predictions (nul points)

Google ran an interesting experiment - attempting to predict the results of the 2009 Eurovision contest based on search popularity. But while it got the winner right, the rest of its predictions were a bit poor.

5 things I hate about Google’s Webmaster Tools redesign
May 13, 2009 – 10:06 pm | 4 Comments
5 things I hate about Google’s Webmaster Tools redesign

Google has redesigned Webmaster Tools. Some of it's good. Some of it I hate. This is what I hate about the design (on top of that fact it's much slower than the old version).

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.

Proper transcript of Stephen Fry’s scathing assault on Digital Britain strategy
May 11, 2009 – 7:39 pm | 2 Comments
Proper transcript of Stephen Fry’s scathing assault on Digital Britain strategy

Ofcom probably thought it was a great idea to get Stephen Fry to one of its Digital Britain panel discussions. Sadly for them, he launched a scathing assault on the whole strategy, saying he was 'literally baffled' by it and he thought the whole thing pointless. Here's the transcript of what he said.

Twitterfail 2: Digital Britain publishing swearwords via Twitter stream
May 11, 2009 – 5:33 pm | 3 Comments
Twitterfail 2: Digital Britain publishing swearwords via Twitter stream

Ofcom and the Digital Britain Forum haven't learned the lessons from the Telegraph's problems with publishing unmoderated Twitter feeds.

Telegraph.co.uk gets 8% of its traffic from social sites
May 10, 2009 – 2:46 pm | 23 Comments
Telegraph.co.uk gets 8% of its traffic from social sites

Telegraph.co.uk gets an astonishing 8% of its visitors from social sites like Digg, Delicious and Stumbleupon, Julian Sambles, Head of Audience Development, has revealed to me. The figure's much higher than anyone previously thought.

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.

News sites that get a time stamp in Google – and those that don’t
April 28, 2009 – 11:12 pm | 5 Comments
News sites that get a time stamp in Google – and those that don’t

Some news sites get a last updated time stamp in Google - and some don't. It's a bit of information next to the URL that says XX minutes ago. Not all news sites get it - although I can't see any rhyme or reason.

That Shane Richmond / Charles Arthur Twackdown in full …
April 22, 2009 – 6:20 pm | 13 Comments

The full text of the row that erupted live on Twitter between @shanerichmond (Communities editor and technology blogger at Telegraph.co.uk) and @charlesarthur (The Guardian's Technology editor).

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.
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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.

There are twice as many tweets about men as women
April 9, 2009 – 9:07 am | No Comment

There are twice as many tweets about men (ie including the word 'he') as there are about women (ie including the word 'she').

Watching people get drunk on Twitter
April 8, 2009 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

Tweeting about beer and wine peaks at 2am saturday and then again at midnight saturday. Tweets about being drunk peak at 8am on saturday and sunday. Although they can't have been that drunk, or they wouldn't be up at that time tweeting.