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Michael Jackson’s kids made the Daily Mail the most visited UK newspaper site in June
July 27, 2009 – 9:27 am | 6 Comments
Michael Jackson’s kids made the Daily Mail the most visited UK newspaper site in June

Figures from Compete.com, which tracks American internet use, show that, of the 4.7 million unique users that the Mail added from May to June, 1.2 million were from the USA, and foreign searches for Michael Jackson's kids also drove the Mail's growth.

Guardian wins newspaper URL tweet war
July 16, 2009 – 8:47 pm | 7 Comments

Other people have tweeted (or retweeted) the Guardian's URLs 328,288 times over the last 4 months - way more than any other UK newspaper.

The FT and Times have more followers on Twitter than the Telegraph and Mail - but they're not tweeted about as often. The Telegraph is in second place: 120,731 tweets have included a link to one if its URLs. The Daily Mail is 3rd with 95,851.

Trinity Mirror stops selling followed links – Christian Science Monitor starts…
July 15, 2009 – 3:39 pm | 3 Comments

Trinity Mirror has stopped selling paid links without the nofollow tag. Christian Science Monitor has started.

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?

Newspapers on Twitter – how the Guardian, FT and Times are winning
July 6, 2009 – 9:22 pm | 12 Comments

National newspapers have a total of 1,068,898 followers across all their Twitter accounts - with the Guardian, Times and FT the only three papers in the top 10 newspaper accounts. The Guardian's the clear Twitter winner, as it's place on the Twitter Suggested User List means that its GuardianTech account has 831,935 followers - 78% of the total ...

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.

Is Trinity Mirror selling followed links on its ic network?
July 2, 2009 – 9:28 am | 12 Comments
Is Trinity Mirror selling followed links on its ic network?

Is Trinity Mirror selling keyword-rich links on its ic Network without using the nofollow tag? Don't tell Google ...

Newspapers: turn off your RSS feeds
June 30, 2009 – 11:01 pm | 23 Comments
Newspapers: turn off your RSS feeds

The latest subscriber figures (see table below) show that, apart from a couple of exceptions, it's time for newspapers to turn off their RSS feeds - and hand over the server space, technical support and webpage real estate to something else. Like Twitter.

Express.co.uk about to redesign: sneak preview
June 25, 2009 – 9:30 pm | 3 Comments
Express.co.uk about to redesign: sneak preview

The express website is about to have a redesign. You can see it here. Here's a screenshot. They also seem to be moving URL from dailyexpress.co.uk to express.co.uk. It doesn't seem that much better to me ...

ABCe: please sort out your terrible website (again)
June 24, 2009 – 10:36 pm | One Comment
ABCe: please sort out your terrible website (again)

In March, I appealed to the Audit Bureau of Circulations to sort out its terrible ABCe website. It's had a redesign. Here's a list of its latest problems.

Diane Abbott’s expenses exposed by crowd publishing
June 23, 2009 – 10:46 pm | 4 Comments
Diane Abbott’s expenses exposed by crowd publishing

The people of Hackney have taken to crowd publishing the expenses of local MP Diane Abbott - by attaching hand written breakdowns to local newspaper billboards.

MPs’ expenses: the best tools and resources on the web
June 21, 2009 – 10:59 pm | One Comment
MPs’ expenses: the best tools and resources on the web

Interested in the MPs' expenses scandal? Here's a round up of the best resources and tools.

Is the Times hiding negative comments about its Nightjack story?
June 18, 2009 – 7:43 pm | One Comment
Is the Times hiding negative comments about its Nightjack story?

Condemnation of the Times's Nightjack story appeared to stop today on the paper's own blog. But it just looks that way as the word 'next' that gets you to more comments has vanished.

Alfie Patten: what have we learned about reporting restrictions?
May 19, 2009 – 10:01 am | 3 Comments

We need a centralised database of reporting restrictions in general terms (ie not all the detail so it's like an issue of popbitch). Just what is the point of reporting restrictions if no one knows they exist?

Telegraph dropping like a stone in google results?
May 18, 2009 – 3:16 pm | No Comment
Telegraph dropping like a stone in google results?

The Telegraph has now dropped to result number 8 in Google for a search on MPs expenses.

Google’s results for MPs’ expenses are rubbish
May 18, 2009 – 10:08 am | One Comment
Google’s results for MPs’ expenses are rubbish

The results from Google if you search for MPs expenses are rubbish. Last week they had pages from the BBC first and the Telegraph 2nd - even though the Telegraph is the primary source of all this material. Today the results are even worse: they're absolute garbage.

London Evening Standard relaunches with two home pages. Oops.
May 12, 2009 – 10:12 am | No Comment
London Evening Standard relaunches with two home pages. Oops.

The London Evening Standard website relaunched today. It has TWO home pages. Is this a good idea?

Telegraph.co.uk gets 8% of its traffic from social sites
May 10, 2009 – 2:46 pm | 23 Comments
Telegraph.co.uk gets 8% of its traffic from social sites

Telegraph.co.uk gets an astonishing 8% of its visitors from social sites like Digg, Delicious and Stumbleupon, Julian Sambles, Head of Audience Development, has revealed to me. The figure's much higher than anyone previously thought.

News sites that get a time stamp in Google – and those that don’t
April 28, 2009 – 11:12 pm | 5 Comments
News sites that get a time stamp in Google – and those that don’t

Some news sites get a last updated time stamp in Google - and some don't. It's a bit of information next to the URL that says XX minutes ago. Not all news sites get it - although I can't see any rhyme or reason.

Proof the Express doesn’t update its website on a Sunday
April 26, 2009 – 11:26 pm | 2 Comments
Proof the Express doesn’t update its website on a Sunday

The Express doesn't update its website (express.co.uk) on a Sunday. So much for "Breaking news, sport and showbiz from the World's Greatest Newspaper - updated 24/7"