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Memo to political party leaders about their awful websites
April 9, 2010 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

I've reviewed the online presence of Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg over at econsultancy. Why not take a look?

Johnston Press dropping its paywall says nothing about the Times’s plans
March 31, 2010 – 11:49 pm | 3 Comments
Johnston Press dropping its paywall says nothing about the Times’s plans

Johnston Press is dropping the paywall on its local papers, with the number of subscribers said to be in single figures. People have already started to draw conclusions from this.

However, my view is that the Johnston Press experiment tells us precisely nothing about anything. The reason? Johnston Press had implemented its paywall in the worst way possible. All you can learn from this is that a paywall that makes no attempt to sell the content won't sell any subscriptions.

The demographic of Youtube’s UK audience
March 30, 2010 – 10:56 am | One Comment
The demographic of Youtube’s UK audience

YouTube has a tool - YouTube Insights for Audience - that lets you check out which sorts of people use YouTube, and what sorts of videos particular subsections watch.

So by checking UK viewers only, we can see their age ranges (40% are aged 18-24, for instance) and gender split (72.7% of UK viewers are male).

How much traffic Twitter drives to UK newspaper sites
March 26, 2010 – 7:00 am | 5 Comments
How much traffic Twitter drives to UK newspaper sites

Adam Sherk recently pointed out that Twitter drives less than 1% of traffic to US newspaper and magazine sites (but noted that this still makes it "a top 25 referrer for all the [10 sites he asked] and top 10 referrers for most").

Trying my luck somewhat, I asked people from the three largest UK newspaper sites (the Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Guardian) what their figures were.
* For the Mail, under 0.5% of their referrer traffic is from Twitter.
* For the Telegraph, 0.5% of global traffic and 0.25% of uk traffic currently comes from twitter.
* For the Guardian, 0.4% of their page impressions in February came from Twitter.

Google: estate agents are criminals
March 23, 2010 – 6:20 pm | One Comment
Google: estate agents are criminals

Google's planning an online property portal. For now, it seems to be attempting to soften up the market by suggesting estate agents belong inside - as this search for "Estate agents in Islington" showed ...

Cash Gordon: some SEO advice
March 23, 2010 – 11:12 am | No Comment
Cash Gordon: some SEO advice

Following on from yesterday's Cash Gordon debacle, the site is now live again. I thought I'd offer some SEO tips as they seem to be floundering about the place .

Cash Gordon: Do people REALLY not know the dangers of unfiltered twitter streams?
March 22, 2010 – 1:18 pm | One Comment
Cash Gordon: Do people REALLY not know the dangers of unfiltered twitter streams?

You'd have thought people would realise the folly of unmoderated hashtag-based twitter streams by now (see Skittles etc). But not the Conservatives. Their new Cash Gordon site displays the latest tweets using the #cashgordon tag - with no filtering or moderation, as these screenshots show.

Exposed: gaping holes in Facebook’s procedure to report abuse
March 12, 2010 – 8:30 am | 20 Comments
Exposed: gaping holes in Facebook’s procedure to report abuse

Facebook claims that it "maintains a robust reporting infrastructure that leverages our hundreds of millions of users to look for offensive or potentially dangerous content."

But I've discovered that this is rubbish. Its methods for reporting inappropriate content are confusing, flawed or missing.

You need a paper licence to link to the Royal Mail website
March 9, 2010 – 11:11 am | 43 Comments

I can think of a way to save the Royal Mail some money - abolish their mad scheme for controlling who links to them - which involves being posted a paper licence to do so.
This is the saga of my trying to link to the Royal Mail site.

eHow’s advice – can you trust what it says?
March 9, 2010 – 9:41 am | 2 Comments
eHow’s advice – can you trust what it says?

eHow says Acai Berries are wonderful - eat them. Although it also says they have no benefits.

Google security problem: logging in to two accounts at once
March 4, 2010 – 1:01 pm | 2 Comments
Google security problem: logging in to two accounts at once

People are often complaining that they want to log into two Gmail accounts at once (the answer is to use two browsers, or Chrome in incognito mode). I seem to now be logged into two accounts at once - even though I don't want to be - potentially exposing someone else's details.

What the BBC’s strategic review actually said about online
March 4, 2010 – 8:29 am | One Comment

I've summarised the bits about the website plans from the BBC's strategic review, to save you having to read the whole long, rambling document.

Uninstall a Google Chrome extension on a Mac
March 1, 2010 – 11:02 pm | 5 Comments
Uninstall a Google Chrome extension on a Mac

Obviously, Google Chrome extensions are cool (like plugins for Firefox), as they enable you to get your browser to do new things. But having installed the bit.ly one, it turned out to be a bit of a pain.

Instructions on the internet for how to remove / delete extensions for google's Chrome (I'm running version 5.0.307.11 beta) are sadly lacking - or way overcomplicated. It turned out to be quite easy.

Jan Moir shows it’s time for the PCC to be replaced
February 26, 2010 – 10:09 am | No Comment

I've blogged about Jan Moir and the PCC over at libdemvoice.org. Why not read it and leave a comment? Here's a taste:

Second, the PCC is excusing what she wrote on the grounds that someone else had said it already. On this basis, newspapers can justify any factual inaccuracy as long as someone else said it first. What was Cowley supposed to do, track down the first journalist to wrongly claim Gately died alone and complain about them only?

Why Italy was right to find Google guilty
February 25, 2010 – 8:24 am | 20 Comments

reedom of speech and the future of the internet are at stake. An Italian court has found some Google executives guilty after some students filmed themselves bullying a boy with Down's syndrome [1] and then uploaded the clip to Google Video. The students were later convicted for their actions.

According to Tom Watson MP, the decision to hold Google liable for publishing the video:

"is the biggest threat to internet freedom we have seen in Europe. The only people who will support this decision are Silvio Berlusconi and the governments of China and Iran. It effectively breaks the internet in Italy."

Well, Tom, you can make that Berlusconi, the Chinese and Iranian governments - and me.

If Fox News ever came to Britain, would it look like this?
February 24, 2010 – 12:56 am | No Comment

An astonishing video from a hong kong news station where they use 3d avatars to show gordon brown attacking people and losing his temper ...

Ann Widdecombe undergoes odd makeover …
February 22, 2010 – 2:05 pm | 4 Comments
Ann Widdecombe undergoes odd makeover …

Ever done a search for Ann Widdecombe? No, me neither until today. There's an interesting image shown, as you can see.

PCC rules on Jan Moir: a strange and troubling ruling.
February 17, 2010 – 11:36 pm | 6 Comments

The Guardian reports that the PCC has rejected all the complaints (more than 25,000) about Jan Moir's article about Stephen Gately.

As it's late, I shall limit myself to comparing the reported ruling with the original article ...

SES London: the ultimate list of blogs about it
February 17, 2010 – 10:31 pm | 7 Comments
SES London: the ultimate list of blogs about it

Every blog post ever about SES London 2010 ...

Twitter adds nofollow to @names
February 17, 2010 – 9:27 pm | 2 Comments
Twitter adds nofollow to @names

I might be going bonkers. But I have a Firefox stylesheet that reveals which links are nofollow. And 'm fairly sure that, last time I looked, @ mentions of people's names weren't nofollowed - but now are, as this screenshot demonstrates.