Posts about: Internet
You may have seen the news that ReadWriteWeb posted a story about facebook's login. It appeared at the top of google for a search on "facebook login", leading to, allegedly, 000s of people turning up and trying to log in to facebook.
Here are the best of the 1,500-odd comments, to save you the trouble of ploughing through them. After the first page or so, most of the "I want to log in" comments appear to be jokes - leading to the suspicion that after the first few genuinely confused people, this massive thread is, in fact, between people pretending to be idiots, and people claiming they can't believe people are such idiots.
The Information Commissioner's Office says recording phone calls is nothing to do with it.
Whatever you do, don't follow the wordpress advice on SEO ...
It seems to think keywords are really important but meta descriptions aren't.
Exacting revenge on a company that secretly added links to clients' sites by targeting their analytics data ...
Visit petitions.number10.gov.uk and you can create an electronic petition, calling on the government to take some action. Then you get a response, "usually provided there are 500 signatures or more".
So how many people sign these petitions?
Twitter seems to be adding an explanation to some trends, sourced from whatthetrend.com. Here's an example for a search on John Terry today.
Seems a good innovation to me. Should help with some of the more mysterious trends that only carry on as people ask why is X trending.
John Terry's been "nobbing" Wayne Bridge's girlfriend as one of the edits on Wikipedia puts it. Terry got a superinjunction forbidding publication of this story - and of the fact that there was an injunction. ...
So, just as Search Engine Land has issued some SEO advice for Bill Gates's blog, I thought I'd help the Pope out with some SEO and copywriting tips.
Searchers in the UK are starting to prefer the US spelling of some words. Although we can still spell centre and theatre, with the following words the US spelling is now searched for more often than the UK version:
* donut vs doughnut
* yogurt vs yoghurt
* fetus vs foetus
More evidence that Google has changed how it handles spelling errors. It is now fixing spelling in autocomplete (the list of suggestions it offers as you start to type in the web-based search form).
Unlike yesterday's example, where Google was just deciding for itself which version of alternative, correct spellings you meant, I approve of this - partly because it's helpful, and partly because the user retains control (so they can search for wrong spellings if they want to).
We've all been running round worrying about Google forcing us to search for search engine optimization when we want to search for search engine optimisation.
I think we can relax, as it turns out hardly anyone searches for either ...
Not content with its various other spelling problems, Google is now trying to make us spell colour the US way.
There have been various posts about how Google is returning results with the American spelling (search engine optimization) when people search for search engine optimisation.
But it's got much bigger problems with spelling than just -ise vs ize.
NewsNow revealed this morning that it's heard that News International will soon be blocking NewsNow from crawling The Sun's site - just as it has done with the Times.
This has now happened, as the Sun's robots.txt file shows.
I wrote yesterday that I was sympathetic towards NewsNow and its ongoing row with newspapers, especially the Times. I've now decided that I'm not.
NewsNow crawls the Times site in order to gather information for its paid service to businesses.
I am sympathetic towards NewsNow over the newspapers attempts to block it linking to them. The site has been blocked from showing Times Online stories. But I think it's campaign is a little overblown:
If buying a used car, I wonder what checks you should do on the documentation? Don't bother asking Google.
Tanya Gold has written some anti-iPhone drivel in the Guardian. I'm not going to link to it or its 17 questions. (Nothing to say? Why not ask lots of questions? Is that a good idea?)
But wait. What's that in the advertising slots on the page? Oh, yes, an advert for the Guardian's iPhone app.
I needed to know how much it typically cost to replace the suspension on a car (not mine, fortunately). The results are another good example of why the UK search results are often rubbish.
The htaccess file on my blog - and other sites on the same shared server - was hacked. I've fixed mine now.