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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10 ZX Spectrum games to play online
April 23, 2012 – 7:25 pm | 2 Comments
10 ZX Spectrum games to play online

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, I've come out of blogging hibernation to write a round up of the top 10 ZX Spectrum games you can play online (well, in my opinion) on the Mirror site.
In ...

So long, and thanks for all the links
October 14, 2011 – 1:39 pm | 5 Comments

Over the last week, I finally ranked on the first page of Google for a search on "malcolm". Yay. And I finally passed 1,000,000 page views for this blog's posts.
Unrelated to that (or was it ...

Rewind Twitter and replay it in real time
September 19, 2011 – 10:34 pm | No Comment
Rewind Twitter and replay it in real time

Ever watched a recorded TV programme and wished you could see what the reaction was on Twitter? Now you can!
Together with the brilliant developers at Raak, I've (beta) launched Tweet Rewinder.
It's a mobile web app ...

Conference pricing
September 15, 2011 – 10:33 pm | 10 Comments
Conference pricing

Do big conferences have to cost so much - and why can't something be done to help the unemployed attend - or those who don't work for big agencies?

Nothing: what happens to people caught with stolen goods away from the riots publicity
August 15, 2011 – 7:00 am | 3 Comments
Nothing: what happens to people caught with stolen goods away from the riots publicity

So while police Twitter accounts are busy trumpeting the court decisions after the riots, the people with my stolen computer won't be charged at all.

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.

Any thoughts on the new look?
January 13, 2011 – 11:05 pm | 11 Comments
Any thoughts on the new look?

After months of indecision, I've finally settled on a new theme for my blog. I'll be tinkering away for the next few days / months / years but if you spot any problems, don't like anything, wish something was here that isn't etc etc then let me know

Google’s reading level scores for UK SEO blogs
December 11, 2010 – 3:22 pm | 11 Comments
Google’s reading level scores for UK SEO blogs

Google's launched a new feature that scores websites for reading level (probably using one of these reading level assessments, I guess). Anyway, I thought it would be fun to see what it made of UK SEO blogs' reading levels. So here are the answers. Not quite sure if it's good to be basic, intermediate or advanced ...

Let’s keep the airports shut – the ash means it’s nice and quiet everywhere
April 19, 2010 – 9:34 am | No Comment

It's so quiet in the south of England - and probably the rest of it too. So once everyone's home and the ash has cleared up, how about we keep the airports shut?

Join my Facebook group: Let's keep the airports shut - the ash means it's nice and quiet everywhere.

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.

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?

Copywriting – please help me!
February 19, 2010 – 10:48 am | No Comment

I wrote a guest post about when you should pay professional rates for great copywriting - as opposed to 2p a word via some content mill, or even less for some automated keyword spewer.

If you fancied reading it and retweeting it, I might get invited back to do another one (and you might find it interesting, too).

Website no longer hacked. Phew.
December 24, 2009 – 1:06 am | 6 Comments
Website no longer hacked. Phew.

The htaccess file on my blog - and other sites on the same shared server - was hacked. I've fixed mine now.

Best blog posts by me of 2009
December 18, 2009 – 1:19 pm | 2 Comments

I added a best-of-2009 tag to a few posts to save me actually having to write anything. They're here if you want to take a look ...

Mail needs to clamp down on its racist readers (and moderators?)
November 4, 2009 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

I've guest posted over at The Media Blog: The Mail needs to clamp down on its racist readers. The Mail Online has a serious problem with its moderation policy and racist comments....

If you monitor your brand on Twitter, read the tweets before replying …
October 25, 2009 – 11:33 pm | 6 Comments
If you monitor your brand on Twitter, read the tweets before replying …

It was oneletteroffmovies day on Twitter on Saturday - turning Top Gun into Top Gum, and Pirates of the Caribbean into Pilates of the Caribbean etc. My contribution was "BT - one alien's struggle to get broadband so he can email home". And then BT started to tweet me ...

Nofollow: How to link to someone or something you detest (I’m looking at you Jan Moir)
October 21, 2009 – 7:00 am | 10 Comments
Nofollow: How to link to someone or something you detest (I’m looking at you Jan Moir)

The furore over Jan Moir has thrown up several interesting SEO issues. Here's a basic one - how should you link to something you detest?

The problem with linking
Put simply, Google counts a link to a ...

Jan Moir: Don’t forget to change your meta descriptions …
October 19, 2009 – 10:48 pm | No Comment
Jan Moir: Don’t forget to change your meta descriptions …

There's a lot to remember when you're running around in a social media storm, as Jan Moir discovered last week. It would seem that updating meta descriptions isn't high on the list ...

The meta description on the Jan Moir article about Stephen Gately's death still reads: Our columnist asks why no-one will face up to the sordid reality of the Boyzone star's demise.

Jan Moir: Twitter forces Mail to pull all adverts
October 16, 2009 – 2:45 pm | 44 Comments
Jan Moir: Twitter forces Mail to pull all adverts

Update Rachel has commented below that she and others on a Facebook group had been even more proactive and along with others had been phoning the press offices / media buyers of the relevant advertisers. ...

How to pronounce my name – a video guide
September 15, 2009 – 5:30 pm | One Comment

Someone in my clearly massive fanbase has made a video in which the xtranormal characters argue with each other about how to pronounce my name properly.