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Daily Mail readers pro Brown over condolence letter
November 11, 2009 – 2:03 pm | No Comment
Daily Mail readers pro Brown over condolence letter

As well as the Sun misjudging its readers' mood over Gordon Brown's handwritten letter, Daily Mail readers also seem to be sympathetic to the Prime Minister.

The best rated comments on its story are those with sympathy for the PM. The worst rated are mostly criticising him.

Change your logo: the shame of the Daily Mail’s poppy refusenik stance
November 11, 2009 – 12:26 pm | 3 Comments
Change your logo: the shame of the Daily Mail’s poppy refusenik stance

The Daily Mail has been lambasting football clubs for playing games without wearing "the poppy that symbolises respect for the nation's heroes".

But where's its poppy, eh? Other papers are wearing poppies - why is the Mail a poppy refusenik newspaper. SHAME.

Gordon Brown letter: Sun misjudges readers’ mood
November 11, 2009 – 6:00 am | 8 Comments
Gordon Brown letter: Sun misjudges readers’ mood

The Sun is running a pretty despicable campaign against Gordon Brown - and the majority of its readers don't agree with the paper's stance if its website comments are anything to go by.

Guardian makes its comments accessible, SEO friendly and mobile friendly all in one go!
November 5, 2009 – 12:15 am | 7 Comments
Guardian makes its comments accessible, SEO friendly and mobile friendly all in one go!

The Guardian has changed its comment system - moving from a client-side system to a server-side one.

With the old system, once you loaded a page, some javascript would go off and look up the comments and display them. This wasn't terribly accessible - if you couldn't or didn't run javascript, you couldn't see the comments. It was also bad for SEO, as search engines couldn't run the javascript. And if your mobile didn't run javascript (like mine), you couldn't read the comments either.

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....

Growth of Newspaper Twitter accounts running out of steam
November 3, 2009 – 8:45 am | 4 Comments

Newspaper Twitter accounts are continuing to grow - but at an ever slower rate, according to the latest figures for the 130 accounts I'm tracking. October to November growth was just 8.3%.

September ABCes: How the Guardian and Telegraph overtook the Mail
October 25, 2009 – 11:31 pm | 2 Comments

June 2009 saw the Mail Online unexpectedly overtake both the Guardian and Telegraph in the ABCes, partly on the back of US traffic and Michael Jackson stories.

Fast forward to September and the story is the same as earlier in the year - Guardian first, Telegraph second and Mail third. So what's changed? To find out, I've compared the ABCe figures for UK and foreign visitors in June and in September. The difference between the Guardian's performance and that of the Telegraph and Mail is revealing.

Jan Moir and the PCC: why its website crashed
October 19, 2009 – 2:41 pm | 10 Comments
Jan Moir and the PCC: why its website crashed

The PCC is supposed to deal with complaints about sensitive matters. To cope with this, it should put in place (1) scaleable web hosting to ensure it can cope with any surge in traffic and (2) top-quality security measures to ensure its backend is secure.

It appears to have done neither.

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. ...

Jan Moir: Mail readers reject her hateful bile (probably)
October 16, 2009 – 11:23 am | 7 Comments
Jan Moir: Mail readers reject her hateful bile (probably)

Update According to Google, at 2.45pm, Jan Moir is the 42nd most popular search in the last hour. The Mail must be loving the traffic they are getting. So, why don't you try contacting the ...

Full details and analysis of Carter Ruck’s new attempt to gag Parliament
October 15, 2009 – 8:34 pm | 3 Comments

Having failed to stop the Guardian reporting an MP asking a question about Trafigura and the injunction concerning the Minton report, Carter Ruck is making a second attempt to gag Parliament.

Google Sidewiki, Carter Ruck and the Trafigura injunction
October 13, 2009 – 11:43 pm | One Comment

I wrote a sidewiki about Trafigura. Then i chickened out and deleted it straightaway.

Rate of growth slows for newspaper Twitter accounts
October 5, 2009 – 10:26 pm | 4 Comments

National UK newspapers had 1,665,202 followers of their Twitter accounts at the start of October - an increase of 193,266 on September 1st (when they had 1,471,936).

The rate of growth has slowed, however. This is a monthly increase of 13.1%, compared with 17% from August 1 to September 1, and also from July 1 to August 1.

Cervical cancer vaccine: Please – here’s how YOU can help us inject some sense into Google’s results
October 1, 2009 – 11:57 pm | 16 Comments

I've pointed out that any concerned parents searching Google for information on the cervical cancer jab (in the tragic wake of a schoolgirl's death) see a mass of negative and inaccurate information about the vaccine linking the girl's death to the vaccine.

It turns out she died of an unrelated tumour. However, the results are likely to give parents second thoughts about allowing their daughters to be caccinated, even though the injection will save hundreds of lives a year.
YOU can help do something about this.

Papers continue shameful coverage of vaccination death
September 30, 2009 – 10:19 am | 7 Comments

I posted yesterday about the shameful reporting of the tragic death of a girl who died on the same day as getting the cervical cancer vaccine - and how, without any evidence of a link, the papers were giving the impression that the vaccine, which will save hundreds of lives a year, is unsafe.

So, how are the papers covering the news that, as the BBC news site puts it in its 3rd most important story "Cancer jab 'unlikely' death cause: A girl who died shortly after being given a cervical cancer vaccine had a 'serious underlying medical condition', an NHS Trust says"?

Cervical cancer jab: how the newspapers have learned nothing from MMR
September 29, 2009 – 11:00 am | 12 Comments
Cervical cancer jab: how the newspapers have learned nothing from MMR

The UK media have learned nothing from the debacle over the MMR vaccine - where they relentlessly covered stories doubting the safety of MMR, putting the lives of children at risk.
They are continuing their habit ...

Google Sidewiki: the abuse of UK newspapers begins
September 24, 2009 – 12:33 pm | 9 Comments
Google Sidewiki: the abuse of UK newspapers begins

I just tweeted that I was finding it hard to resist the temptation to be the first to sidewiki the home page of UK newspapers. (Sidewiki is Google's new way to let you see what other users have said about a page while you look at it).

It looks like I'm too late as the Mail already has been sidewikied as this picture shows.

Truncating text: more weird Express descriptions
September 21, 2009 – 8:40 pm | No Comment
Truncating text: more weird Express descriptions

I wasn't going to carry on giving examples of the Express truncating story descriptions. But SARitchie and SharkSEO sent me some more ... so here are some more from today.

Don’t auto-truncate text to create snippets – part 2
September 20, 2009 – 10:59 pm | 2 Comments
Don’t auto-truncate text to create snippets – part 2

The other day I advised not to truncate text automatically when describing pages on your navigation pages, after the Express reported public sector borrowing at £16.1. They've done it again with the report of Man U's victory over Man City, which is described thus: "Manchester United have brought home victory after a nail-biting Man".

Don’t automatically truncate text like the Express does
September 18, 2009 – 2:12 pm | One Comment
Don’t automatically truncate text like the Express does

The Express's home-page template truncates the introductory copy of each featured story if it's too long. I'd been hoping that this would lead to a hilariously rude half-sentence one day. This has never happened. So I'm reduced to using this example.