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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Oh no. I’ve just deleted half my blog
September 15, 2009 – 12:53 pm | 2 Comments

Ah. When doing a wordpress upgrade, make sure you don't overwrite the wp-content file, won't you. I just have, so I've lost all my images, plugins and lord knows what else ...
I could have sworn ...

Where can I find the UK’s cheapest cars – and what will the affect be on google’s results?
September 9, 2009 – 11:23 am | No Comment

Interesting post by Martin Belam on advertisers telling people to search for the phrase "Where can I find the UKs cheapest cars" (link is to his blog).

Me on Sky News talking about the anonymity of Baby P’s killers
September 2, 2009 – 8:55 pm | 6 Comments

I went on Sky News a couple of weeks ago to talk about the publishing of Baby Peter's killers' names on the internet - despite the court order banning naming them. Here's the clip.

The (in)accuracy of Alexa: more evidence not to rely on it
September 2, 2009 – 7:30 am | 2 Comments
The (in)accuracy of Alexa: more evidence not to rely on it

I'm giving up comparing websites using Alexa.com's data. Checking the accuracy of Alexa data using ABCe numbers led me to believe they were good enough to rely on. But the Times reckons the Alexa numbers in my latest post relating to referrals from the BBC were rubbish - and the Guardian agrees.

Hey, James Murdoch: How about thanking the BBC for all your traffic?
September 1, 2009 – 7:20 am | One Comment

Instead of lambasting the BBC for the "chilling" effect of its online activities, and blaming the problems of online news sites on the BBC "dumping free, state-sponsored news on the market", News Corp chief James Murdoch should thank the BBC for all the traffic it sends his way.

The BBC is responsible for about 870,000 visitors a month to Times Online and 1.1 million to thesun.co.uk (see methodology, below).

Guardian has the most bookmarks on Delicious
August 26, 2009 – 7:30 am | 2 Comments

The Guardian has more bookmarks on Delicious than any other UK newspaper according to Quarkbase. There are nearly 11,000 bookmarks for the Guardian, with the Times in 2nd (3,944) and the Independent 3rd (3,196).

A wireframe for a new Express homepage
August 13, 2009 – 10:36 pm | 2 Comments
A wireframe for a new Express homepage

The Express has a new homepage beta. I was rude about it on Twitter today. I thought I should be more constructive. So here's a wireframe for an alternative.

The idea is that the 4 main areas - each dedicated to one of the Express's obsessions - pull in content from around the web (including the Express's own) in real time and link to it.

How Murdoch CAN charge for online content – but can any other papers?
August 10, 2009 – 11:33 am | No Comment

I've written a guest post for econsultancy, entitled: Murdoch CAN charge for content online, but can anyone else?

Five changes I’d make to the new Web User beta design
July 29, 2009 – 11:11 pm | No Comment
Five changes I’d make to the new Web User beta design

Five changes I'd make to the new Web User beta design. Well, they did ask ...

Ofcom: we need action not research on broadband speeds
July 28, 2009 – 9:35 am | One Comment
Ofcom: we need action not research on broadband speeds

Ofcom has revealed that people don't get the broadband speeds they pay for. Well, duh. Here's a timeline of how we already know that. Their research isn't groundbreaking or new or revealing something for the first time, as is being claimed. What we need is action: ISPs should be forced to publish a typical range of speeds rather than an upto speed that no one can get.

Can you help keep my newspaper Twitter account data up to date?
July 10, 2009 – 2:46 pm | One Comment

I recently counted all the official national newspaper twitter accounts. It took a long time. So I want the figures to update automatically. Here's what I've done so far. Can you help me do it better?

I’m sorry I suggested newspapers turn off their RSS feeds …
July 3, 2009 – 12:55 pm | 9 Comments

OK, newspapers shouldn't turn off RSS feeds. I was wrong.
The point I was trying to make was that there didn't seem much point having RSS icons in your header (Express) or by your search box (Mirror), or offering a brilliant RSS mashup feature (Guardian), or having RSS icons by each section of your news area (Independent) etc etc - but not doing anything to educate people about what they could do with all this.

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.

Meet Ulrika Johnson’s baby: Malcolm
June 25, 2008 – 12:00 pm | No Comment
Meet Ulrika Johnson’s baby: Malcolm

Ulrika Johnson has caller her baby Malcolm - does this hurt Malcolms, or help Malcolms?

Malcolm Coles on the internet
May 22, 2007 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

Places to find me on the internet.

First blog posts
June 26, 2006 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

Musings on writing a first blog post.