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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Do men outnumber women 2:1 on Twitter?
April 8, 2009 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

There are twice as many men tweeting as women. Or men are twice as likely to tweet about their wives as vice versa?.

Me, me, me: Twitter narcissists disappear at lunchtime
April 8, 2009 – 10:37 am | 2 Comments

The percentage of tweets containing 'I' follows a similar pattern each day - peeking at 6am, and falling to a daily low at 12am.

1 in 5 tweets contains a URL
April 8, 2009 – 9:18 am | One Comment

One in 5 tweets contain a URL. Tweets are more likely to contain links on weekdays than weekends. And tweets at 10am are more likely to contain links that at other times.

4.01pm – the best time to tweet if you want to be noticed
April 7, 2009 – 10:02 am | 33 Comments
4.01pm – the best time to tweet if you want to be noticed

The best time to tweet if you want people to notice is ... 4.01pm, according to my survey of nearly 120 Twitter users. 11am-12pm is another good time - but you've got more chance of being retweeted at 4.01pm.

Google shows triple inline sitelinks
April 2, 2009 – 4:38 pm | No Comment
Google shows triple inline sitelinks

Google is showing triple inline sitelinks in some cases, not just dual or single.

90 minutes later, some newspaper sites haven’t published the football score
April 1, 2009 – 11:26 pm | No Comment
90 minutes later, some newspaper sites haven’t published the football score

20 minutes after the Englang game finished at 9.55pm, half the major UK newspaper sites hadn't published the results.

ITV.com breaches Alfie Patten court order?
April 1, 2009 – 8:15 am | One Comment
ITV.com breaches Alfie Patten court order?

ITV.com is breaching a court order forbidding the publication of the DNA test results for alleged 13-year-old dad Alfie Patten.

Do blogs make reporting restrictions pointless?
March 31, 2009 – 9:17 am | 7 Comments
Do blogs make reporting restrictions pointless?

The case of the leaked DNA test on 13-year-old alleged dad Alfie Patten has revealed a big problem with court-ordered reporting restrictions in the internet age: there is nothing to stop websites repeating the information unless they know about the court order banning this. And under the terms of the order itself, there's no way to find out about the order.

Are Brand Republic and Walt Disney in breach of Alfie Patten court order?
March 27, 2009 – 11:54 pm | No Comment
Are Brand Republic and Walt Disney in breach of Alfie Patten court order?

The media are banned from reporting DNA test results for 13-year-old 'dad' Alfie Patten - has anyone told Walt Disney and BrandRepublic/Haymarket?

Quis breviaret ipsos breviares – who shortens the URL shorteners?
March 27, 2009 – 3:43 pm | One Comment

Which URL shorteners make themselves longer when self-applied?

ITV.com IA: Man City filed under Man Utd (and anything under Johnstones Paint Trophy)
March 26, 2009 – 3:10 pm | 4 Comments
ITV.com IA: Man City filed under Man Utd (and anything under Johnstones Paint Trophy)

ITV.com's information architecture has Man City in a Man Utd cateogry, and the UEFU cup in a Johnstones Paint Trophy northern semi category ...

Ow.ly and Hootsuite in widespread breach of newspaper / other site T&Cs
March 25, 2009 – 10:26 pm | 4 Comments
Ow.ly and Hootsuite in widespread breach of newspaper / other site T&Cs

ow.ly is framing the destination URL, in direct contravention of many sites' T&Cs - rather than directly redirecting to the target URL, like most URL shorteners,

Alot clebrity news: most out-of-date PPC ads ever?
March 25, 2009 – 9:35 pm | No Comment
Alot clebrity news: most out-of-date PPC ads ever?

Alot news toolbar adverts are very out of date. Jade Goody has died, Angeline gave birth long ago, and the newest efit for Madeleine McCann was last summer.

Google street view: which news sites linked?,
March 20, 2009 – 12:56 am | No Comment

Newspaper sites did very badly at linking to google's new street view service.

Comic relief: which news sites gave a proper link, and which didn’t?
March 19, 2009 – 9:55 am | One Comment

News sites are bad at linking out. Which of them managed to link to charity site rednoseday.com on its big day - and which failed to make mentions into proper hyperlinks.

What do the Daily Express’s suggested search terms tell us?
March 18, 2009 – 11:06 pm | 2 Comments
What do the Daily Express’s suggested search terms tell us?

What the Daily Express search examples tell us about its editorial agenda: anorexia, abortion, muslims, big ben, recipe, bnp, friends provident, apprentice, floods, care homes, immigration, binge drinking, lottery, Madeleine McCann, Liverpool FC.

MoneySavingExpert adds Twitter sharing button: Twitter goes really mainstream …
March 16, 2009 – 5:48 pm | 2 Comments
MoneySavingExpert adds Twitter sharing button: Twitter goes really mainstream …

Proving the increasing mainstreamness of Twitter, MoneySavingExpert.com has just added a Twitter button to its bookmark / Digg / Facebook sharing options.

External links: the 8 stages of linking-out denial
March 16, 2009 – 12:52 pm | 9 Comments

External links / linking out - which stage of denial are you at? There are 7 before you reach a sensible place ...

Don’t link to us: part two
March 12, 2009 – 11:41 pm | 14 Comments
Don’t link to us: part two

Loads of companies websites' conditions of use forbid you from linking to them. Why?!?

‘Morning’ Metro fails 10pm test
March 12, 2009 – 10:42 am | 2 Comments
‘Morning’ Metro fails 10pm test

London's ‘morning' Metro newspaper goes to press so early that it failed to report on Arsenal's penalty shoot-out win over Roma last night