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 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
July 15, 2012 – 6:44 pm | One Comment
10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them

Even more sites that try to bank you from linking to them in the terms. Make it stop.

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?

Dear Google – what’s with the apostrophe and +1?
June 1, 2011 – 11:44 pm | No Comment
Dear Google – what’s with the apostrophe and +1?

Google has launched its +1 button and thrown its grammar book out the window.

Express newspaper creates an infinite number of URLs using rel = canonical
May 6, 2011 – 7:00 am | 6 Comments
Express newspaper creates an infinite number of URLs using rel = canonical

The Express newspaper has cocked up its implementation of the rel=canonical command SO BADLY that it has created an infinite number of duplicate webpages ... many of which now have links from elsewhere on the internet.

Why the ASA’s figures on online advertising complaints won’t be trustworthy
April 12, 2011 – 7:00 am | 4 Comments
Why the ASA’s figures on online advertising complaints won’t be trustworthy

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has thrown away my complaint about an online marketing claim because it's too similar to a complain about an offline marketing claim.

Google +1: What normal person would ever use it?
March 31, 2011 – 9:52 am | 22 Comments
Google +1: What normal person would ever use it?

Google has launched +1 - a sort of facebook like button for its search results. If you see a result you like, you can hit the +1 button and then Google will reflect that information ...

15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them
March 28, 2011 – 6:00 am | 54 Comments
15 more sites that forbid you from linking to them

Well here, in 2011, are 15 websites that I've not featured before, all of which try to prevent you from linking to them in some way (usually restricting the right to link to just the homepage or else requiring prior written consent). YOU ARE ALL IDIOTS.

Why you shouldn’t connect Twitter to LinkedIn
January 10, 2011 – 9:00 am | 13 Comments
Why you shouldn’t connect Twitter to LinkedIn

In the LinkedIn profile settings is an innocuous looking option: "Twitter Settings" Add your Twitter account on your profile." Whatever you do, don't do it.
Professional contacts of mine on LinkedIn received email updates with the words "I have deleted my last blog post as having anal at the top of my homepage didn't look good."

Vodafone’s unmoderated #mademesmile hashtag feed. When will people learn?!
December 12, 2010 – 11:04 am | 3 Comments
Vodafone’s unmoderated #mademesmile hashtag feed. When will people learn?!

Vodafone is the latest firm to stick an unmoderated hashtag feed on its website. If you use the hashtag #mademesmile, you can get tweets about them not paying enough tax published. It's rapidly turning into a car crash, as these tweets, published here show.

Now Google’s Americanising our dates
December 6, 2010 – 1:39 pm | 2 Comments
Now Google’s Americanising our dates

There was uproar - uproar, I tell you - at the start of the year when it was revealed that Google was favoring favouring American spellings. Now they are trying to make us adopt American date formats. Make us I tell you.

#KLMsurprise – KLM launches unmoderated hashtag feed. Surprise!
November 15, 2010 – 7:36 pm | 10 Comments
#KLMsurprise – KLM launches unmoderated hashtag feed. Surprise!

Learning no lessons from previous cockups, KLM has launched a website which publishes unmoderated tweets that contain the word #klmsurprise. Unsurprisingly, it's now being abused.

Google removes helpful links. Is it messing with my head?
November 8, 2010 – 9:05 pm | No Comment
Google removes helpful links. Is it messing with my head?

Google appears to have inflicted its latest insane test on me. This time it's removed the handy links which let you swap between a web search, image search, news search etc. And also those that let you log in to your google accounts from a results page. This happened once before and it was a bug. Let's hope it is again ...

Cheapflights.co.uk swears on Twitter and calls X Factor contestant a silly bint
October 31, 2010 – 11:08 pm | 3 Comments
Cheapflights.co.uk swears on Twitter and calls X Factor contestant a silly bint

There you are, in charge of the corporate Twitter account, but logged in to your own personal account when watching Katie Waissell on the X Factor. "oh for f*cks sake, stop crying you silly bint", you tweet to your followers. You go to bed. Then you wake up in the morning and realise you were logged in to your work account.

Websites that forbid you from pressing the refresh button
October 15, 2010 – 11:35 am | One Comment
Websites that forbid you from pressing the refresh button

You know how sometimes you want to see if a webpage has changed - and you hit the refresh button to see if it has been updated? Well that is NAUGHTY and you must stop. Here are some websites that forbid you from manually monitoring their pages for changes - which would seem to cover pressing refresh and looking.

But what if you have greasy, dirty, thinning, quiffed hair?
October 3, 2010 – 10:58 pm | 5 Comments
But what if you have greasy, dirty, thinning, quiffed hair?

The government has a form that allows you to report a benefit thief online. I would LOVE to have been in the meeting where they came up with the options in the dropdown menus ....
Hair: ...

Content Strategist at Walt Dsiney
October 1, 2010 – 1:30 pm | No Comment
Content Strategist at Walt Dsiney

This made me laugh: "Content Strategist at Walt Dsiney Parks and Resorts Online.". Maybe this person is to help out with new Mikcey Mouse and Donlad Duck cartoons?
Maybe a proof reader should be the first ...

Why would you re-design a form to make it harder to use?
September 30, 2010 – 3:23 pm | 2 Comments
Why would you re-design a form to make it harder to use?

The online flat-rate VAT return used to be hard to use as the instructions by box 6 said to enter your turnover excluding VAT. But if you're on the flat-rate scheme, you were supposed to enter your turnover including VAT - even though it said not to. The government redesigned the form to make this clear. They've done it again and removed the instructions. They are clowns.

South West Trains’ stupid Wi-Fi excuse
September 29, 2010 – 8:41 pm | 2 Comments
South West Trains’ stupid Wi-Fi excuse

South West Trains are idiots. They don't offer Wi-Fi because they have observed their customers using mobile phones. But that's because there's no Wi-Fi. And there's no bloody reception either.

Google Instant filters put gay and lesbian on a par with rape, racism and paedophilia
September 13, 2010 – 8:45 am | 20 Comments
Google Instant filters put gay and lesbian on a par with rape, racism and paedophilia

Google's new Instant functionality (where results start to be displayed as you type, rather than waiting for you to finish typing and press search) has filters in place to stop, for instance, results for "cock" appearing midway through typing Cockfosters.

But Google is filtering words like gay, lesbian and clitoris, putting them in the same bracket as search terms like pre-teen models, rape and nigger. Meanwhile it's allowing results to be shown when you search for coon, necrophilia, kiddie fiddler and female genital mutilation.

Yahoo trending – better than Google Trends UK
August 17, 2010 – 10:00 am | One Comment
Yahoo trending – better than Google Trends UK

I pointed out last week how awful Google Trends UK was - because it was full of American results. In some good news, Yahoo's trending list seems a lot better (although it doesn't give much in the way of explanation of how it's put together).