10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
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Search volumes for a footballer vs the rapture vs horoscopes
May 21, 2011 – 9:36 am | No Comment
Search volumes for a footballer vs the rapture vs horoscopes

Search volumes for the word horoscopes tend to be fairly stable at about 500,00 a month, so I've used them as a handy comparator so we can compare search volumes for a certain footballer's name vs the rapture vs horoscopes.

Are the courts blind to Google autosuggesting Fred Goodwin’s affair partner?
May 19, 2011 – 6:48 pm | No Comment
Are the courts blind to Google autosuggesting Fred Goodwin’s affair partner?

Fred Goodwin allegedly had an affair and although publishing the woman's name is forbidden by an injunction, Google is autosuggesting it ...

394,000 web pages name Imogen Thomas’s anonymous injunction footballer
May 16, 2011 – 9:04 pm | No Comment
394,000 web pages name Imogen Thomas’s anonymous injunction footballer

How much privacy has the injunction footballer got left after all the rumours on Twitter and hints on newspaper sites?

Google shows social connections in Flickr sitelinks
May 13, 2011 – 11:28 am | 2 Comments
Google shows social connections in Flickr sitelinks

When I search for Flickr, I see the Flickr user profiles of people I'm apparently connected to in my Google social circle (well, I recognise 3 of the 4, anyway).

Pippa Middleton’s arse: how newspapers optimise for the phrase without showing it to their readers
May 12, 2011 – 12:30 pm | 14 Comments
Pippa Middleton’s arse: how newspapers optimise for the phrase without showing it to their readers

Interesting use of different headlines on the Daily Mail today to solve the problem of how to optimise for the high-volume search term "Pippa Middleton's arse".

Super injunction names: 6 national newspaper stories that flouted the injunction to reveal all
May 11, 2011 – 7:01 am | 4 Comments
Super injunction names: 6 national newspaper stories that flouted the injunction to reveal all

Six newspaper stories from the last week that told you who the names of those with superinjunctions were.

Twitter and super injunctions: no one need pack their toothbrush
May 10, 2011 – 7:38 am | 3 Comments
Twitter and super injunctions: no one need pack their toothbrush

No one is going to prison over the Twitter superinjunction leaks

Super injunctions and Twitter: Alfie Patten, John Terry, [redacted] and [redacted]
May 9, 2011 – 9:59 am | No Comment
Super injunctions and Twitter: Alfie Patten, John Terry, [redacted] and [redacted]

The biggest problem is, oddly, not that you can find out on Twitter or via Google. It's that the lawyers involved didn't seem to think it's necessary to tell Google or Twitter that an injunctions exists.

Pippa Middleton underwear pictures: Google updates its autosuggester
May 6, 2011 – 9:48 am | 7 Comments
Pippa Middleton underwear pictures: Google updates its autosuggester

Google is no longer suggesting Pippa Middleton's arse when you start to type her name in its search box.
Even worse, it's now suggesting Pippa Middleton underwear pictures, SHOWN HERE, after a photo of her in ...

Pippa Middleton’s arse closing the gap on her dress
May 2, 2011 – 12:31 pm | 2 Comments
Pippa Middleton’s arse closing the gap on her dress

Searches for "Pippa Middleton arse" running at 72% of the level of those for "Pippa Middleton dress"

Pippa Middleton’s arse: classy, Google, classy …
May 1, 2011 – 10:20 pm | One Comment
Pippa Middleton’s arse: classy, Google, classy …

In a new low for google autosuggest, it's suggesting "arse" as the top suggested search term when you type in Pippa Middleton's name.

Uncovered: the first ever tweets, in order (warning: they’re dull)
April 19, 2011 – 5:58 pm | 5 Comments
Uncovered: the first ever tweets, in order (warning: they’re dull)

The first tweets ever sent, in order. See how Twitter actually began on its first two days. Try to stay awake ...

Google’s indexed 64 fake Independent jelly-bean Kate-Middleton URLs
April 19, 2011 – 11:06 am | 7 Comments
Google’s indexed 64 fake Independent jelly-bean Kate-Middleton URLs

You can change Indy URLs to anything if you leave the unique ID number in. Google's started to index the fake ones people are circulating on Twitter ...

Online news isn’t turning journalists into sheep
April 19, 2011 – 7:30 am | 3 Comments
Online news isn’t turning journalists into sheep

John Naughton wrote an Observer article at the weekend complaining that news websites such as Gawker "allow ratings to dictate content". What's wrong with that, I say?

Why the ASA’s figures on online advertising complaints won’t be trustworthy
April 12, 2011 – 7:00 am | 4 Comments
Why the ASA’s figures on online advertising complaints won’t be trustworthy

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has thrown away my complaint about an online marketing claim because it's too similar to a complain about an offline marketing claim.

The news people are searching for right now
April 1, 2011 – 1:00 pm | 2 Comments
The news people are searching for right now

If you've been at Brighton SEO or you're after the websites from my chapter in Face The Future: Tools For A Modern Age, here they are.
Data on real-time search trends

Yahoo Buzz UK (appears to have ...

Google +1: What normal person would ever use it?
March 31, 2011 – 9:52 am | 22 Comments
Google +1: What normal person would ever use it?

Google has launched +1 - a sort of facebook like button for its search results. If you see a result you like, you can hit the +1 button and then Google will reflect that information ...

Buzz: Has Yahoo started taking the axe to its sites?
March 30, 2011 – 8:35 am | No Comment
Buzz: Has Yahoo started taking the axe to its sites?

Yahoo is killing off a load of its sites - and the UK version of Buzz (its online user-driven site about what's interesting on the web) appears to be the first casualty. It hasn't been ...

15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them
March 28, 2011 – 6:00 am | 54 Comments
15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them

Well here, in 2011, are 15 websites that I've not featured before, all of which try to prevent you from linking to them in some way (usually restricting the right to link to just the homepage or else requiring prior written consent). YOU ARE ALL IDIOTS.

Think Quarterly: 7 things I hate about Google’s new online magazine without having read a word
March 24, 2011 – 10:04 am | One Comment
Think Quarterly: 7 things I hate about Google’s new online magazine without having read a word

I confess to not having read it. But because they've decided to offer the primary desktop version of it as page-turning online magazine, here are 6 things I already hate about it.