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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The unbearable crapness of Google Trends
August 13, 2010 – 4:47 pm | 2 Comments
The unbearable crapness of Google Trends

Fresh from pointing out the problems with Google's keywords tool, here's why they need to sort out the list of hot UK search topics in Google Trends. Here's the top 10 at 5pm on Friday ...

Dragons’ Den’s one-sided Twitter ‘conversation’
July 21, 2010 – 11:06 pm | No Comment
Dragons’ Den’s one-sided Twitter ‘conversation’

There was a curious end to yesterday's Dragon's Den when Evan Davis turned to the camera and said: "Why not tell us what you think of today's programme by joining the conversation on Twitter."
But then, although someone is clearly running the account, they haven't actually replied to anyone's tweets. Odd.

Google’s bizarre and rubbish celebrity boyfriend / girlfriend feature
July 14, 2010 – 10:10 am | 3 Comments
Google’s bizarre and rubbish celebrity boyfriend / girlfriend feature

Google has a series of things it will tell you if you search for them, such as how many horns a unicorn has. More usefully, it can tell you stuff like how many metres are in a yard or when sunrise is in London.

It also seems willing to try to tell you celebrities' dating status, although it appears to be quite rubbish at it ...

Sites that ban you from linking to them. Still. In 2010
June 29, 2010 – 11:53 am | 39 Comments

The Guardian has poked some fun at the Edinburgh Fringe website for banning people linking to it in its terms and conditions. Can this still be going on, more than a year after I revealed that most newspapers banned deep links, as did brands like Apple, Royal Mail, Channel 4 and, er, the Association of Online Publishers (which culminated in the hilarity of my attempts to get the Royal Mail to post me the paper licence they insisted I needed to link to them)?

Here are some more sites that still think they can - or should - ban people linking to them. YOU ARE ALL CLOWNS.

Love Chips: what the site says about government spin and SEO
June 27, 2010 – 10:55 pm | One Comment
Love Chips: what the site says about government spin and SEO

Lovechips.co.uk: It lies about the nutritional value of potatoes. The people who commissioned it don't know or care that it's rubbish. But shutting it down won't save us a penny, even though the government claims it will.

Channel 4 goes in for some keyword stuffing
June 25, 2010 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
Channel 4 goes in for some keyword stuffing

Channel 4 is keyword stuffing the Title of its Big Brother homepage:
Home - Big Brother - Channel4.com - Big Brother, bigbrother, BB, BB11, 4oD, Live Stream, Live Streaming, Live Feed, Channel 4, Channel4, C4, housemates, house, Ben, Caoimhe, Corin, David, Govan, Ife, John James, Josie, Mario, Nathan, Rachael, Shabby, Steve, Sunshine

Bing xRank – it’s rubbish as it can’t distinguise volcanos from 90s bands
May 19, 2010 – 8:00 am | No Comment
Bing xRank – it’s rubbish as it can’t distinguise volcanos from 90s bands

Bing says xRank is "an insightful ranking formula that tells you who the world is searching for most. The result is a cultural snapshot of who's hot and who's not!"
Er, no. It currently thinks Ash is the hottest band around right now because people are searching for volcanos.

The BBC and Guardian: more reasons I hate mobile sites
May 10, 2010 – 10:44 pm | One Comment
The BBC and Guardian: more reasons I hate mobile sites

Mobile versions of websites - what a train crash they often are. As I write this, at 10.30pm on Monday night, neither the BBC nor Guardian mobile websites are mentioning that Gordon Brown has promised to resign ... a story that their web news pages are unsurprising leading with - and have been doing so for several hours.

Clegg wins but Sun ignores its own poll again
April 30, 2010 – 8:44 am | 2 Comments
Clegg wins but Sun ignores its own poll again

I'm not quite sure why the Sun runs Sun Vote as it just ignores it (EG when its readers aren't that fussed over a hung parliament). But its own on-site poll from last night about who won the debate (and unlike other sites, these aren't easy polls to vote in - you have to go through a lengthy sign-up process) reveals that Clegg won.

“Cam winning battle for mums” says News of the World. Figures show the opposite.
April 19, 2010 – 9:38 am | No Comment
“Cam winning battle for mums” says News of the World. Figures show the opposite.

The News of the World has trumpeted a poll of mums claiming Cameron is "storming" into the lead. The figures show the opposite of this - read my dissection of the stats over at The Media Blog.

Labour beat Conservatives and Lib Dems in online manifesto campaign
April 13, 2010 – 12:55 pm | 2 Comments
Labour beat Conservatives and Lib Dems in online manifesto campaign

As with their party leaders' websites, the parties' online approaches to their manifestos leave a lot to be desired - although Labour has a clear victory over the Conservatives.

Memo to political party leaders about their awful websites
April 9, 2010 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

I've reviewed the online presence of Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg over at econsultancy. Why not take a look?

Google: estate agents are criminals
March 23, 2010 – 6:20 pm | One Comment
Google: estate agents are criminals

Google's planning an online property portal. For now, it seems to be attempting to soften up the market by suggesting estate agents belong inside - as this search for "Estate agents in Islington" showed ...

Cash Gordon: some SEO advice
March 23, 2010 – 11:12 am | No Comment
Cash Gordon: some SEO advice

Following on from yesterday's Cash Gordon debacle, the site is now live again. I thought I'd offer some SEO tips as they seem to be floundering about the place .

Cash Gordon: Do people REALLY not know the dangers of unfiltered twitter streams?
March 22, 2010 – 1:18 pm | One Comment
Cash Gordon: Do people REALLY not know the dangers of unfiltered twitter streams?

You'd have thought people would realise the folly of unmoderated hashtag-based twitter streams by now (see Skittles etc). But not the Conservatives. Their new Cash Gordon site displays the latest tweets using the #cashgordon tag - with no filtering or moderation, as these screenshots show.

Exposed: gaping holes in Facebook’s procedure to report abuse
March 12, 2010 – 8:30 am | 20 Comments
Exposed: gaping holes in Facebook’s procedure to report abuse

Facebook claims that it "maintains a robust reporting infrastructure that leverages our hundreds of millions of users to look for offensive or potentially dangerous content."

But I've discovered that this is rubbish. Its methods for reporting inappropriate content are confusing, flawed or missing.

You need a paper licence to link to the Royal Mail website
March 9, 2010 – 11:11 am | 43 Comments

I can think of a way to save the Royal Mail some money - abolish their mad scheme for controlling who links to them - which involves being posted a paper licence to do so.
This is the saga of my trying to link to the Royal Mail site.

eHow’s advice – can you trust what it says?
March 9, 2010 – 9:41 am | 2 Comments
eHow’s advice – can you trust what it says?

eHow says Acai Berries are wonderful - eat them. Although it also says they have no benefits.

Google security problem: logging in to two accounts at once
March 4, 2010 – 1:01 pm | 2 Comments
Google security problem: logging in to two accounts at once

People are often complaining that they want to log into two Gmail accounts at once (the answer is to use two browsers, or Chrome in incognito mode). I seem to now be logged into two accounts at once - even though I don't want to be - potentially exposing someone else's details.

If Fox News ever came to Britain, would it look like this?
February 24, 2010 – 12:56 am | No Comment

An astonishing video from a hong kong news station where they use 3d avatars to show gordon brown attacking people and losing his temper ...