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Ann Widdecombe undergoes odd makeover …
February 22, 2010 – 2:05 pm | 4 Comments
Ann Widdecombe undergoes odd makeover …

Ever done a search for Ann Widdecombe? No, me neither until today. There's an interesting image shown, as you can see.

PCC rules on Jan Moir: a strange and troubling ruling.
February 17, 2010 – 11:36 pm | 6 Comments

The Guardian reports that the PCC has rejected all the complaints (more than 25,000) about Jan Moir's article about Stephen Gately.

As it's late, I shall limit myself to comparing the reported ruling with the original article ...

Facebook login: the best comments on the readwriteweb fiasco
February 14, 2010 – 11:44 pm | 4 Comments

You may have seen the news that ReadWriteWeb posted a story about facebook's login. It appeared at the top of google for a search on "facebook login", leading to, allegedly, 000s of people turning up and trying to log in to facebook.

Here are the best of the 1,500-odd comments, to save you the trouble of ploughing through them. After the first page or so, most of the "I want to log in" comments appear to be jokes - leading to the suspicion that after the first few genuinely confused people, this massive thread is, in fact, between people pretending to be idiots, and people claiming they can't believe people are such idiots.

SEO revenge: analytics style
February 4, 2010 – 2:11 pm | 3 Comments

Exacting revenge on a company that secretly added links to clients' sites by targeting their analytics data ...

Church blogs: SEO and copywriting tips for the Pope
January 25, 2010 – 2:02 pm | 5 Comments
Church blogs: SEO and copywriting tips for the Pope

So, just as Search Engine Land has issued some SEO advice for Bill Gates's blog, I thought I'd help the Pope out with some SEO and copywriting tips.

Discovered: the west pole, somewhere in London
January 22, 2010 – 10:59 am | 17 Comments
Discovered: the west pole, somewhere in London

The only way is up. All roads lead to Rome. And just as you can only travel south from the north pole, apparently if you're on the Circle Line, you can only travel east, regardless of which way you're going.

As these pictures show, if you're going from Victoria to Liverpool Street, you go in an easterly direction. Want to go the other way, from Liverpool Street to Victoria? Ah, then you'll be needing to go in an, er, easterly direction.

Express confuses followers and following. Ha ha ha!
January 17, 2010 – 5:02 pm | 11 Comments
Express confuses followers and following. Ha ha ha!

I pointed out this morning that the Express was talking utter rubbish claiming that the BBC was keeping up twitter accounts with 0 or 2 followers. The real numbers were in the 000s.

It appears the Express has confused following and follower numbers. Ha ha ha ha ha.

Express looking at wrong Twitter accounts in BBC attack
January 17, 2010 – 9:28 am | 8 Comments

Dear the Express. Please look at the right twitter a/cs when discussing the BBC's followers. That is all.

Google: We spell it colouring here
January 17, 2010 – 12:16 am | One Comment
Google: We spell it colouring here

Not content with its various other spelling problems, Google is now trying to make us spell colour the US way.

Google’s spelling problems are worse than we thought
January 15, 2010 – 11:02 am | 18 Comments
Google’s spelling problems are worse than we thought

There have been various posts about how Google is returning results with the American spelling (search engine optimization) when people search for search engine optimisation.

But it's got much bigger problems with spelling than just -ise vs ize.

NewsNow vs the Times: I’ve decided I’m not sympathetic
January 9, 2010 – 2:19 pm | 3 Comments

I wrote yesterday that I was sympathetic towards NewsNow and its ongoing row with newspapers, especially the Times. I've now decided that I'm not.

NewsNow crawls the Times site in order to gather information for its paid service to businesses.

Worst UK Serps yet?
January 5, 2010 – 1:55 pm | 9 Comments

If buying a used car, I wonder what checks you should do on the documentation? Don't bother asking Google.

Tanya Gold in the Guardian: advert #fail
January 5, 2010 – 1:10 pm | No Comment
Tanya Gold in the Guardian: advert #fail

Tanya Gold has written some anti-iPhone drivel in the Guardian. I'm not going to link to it or its 17 questions. (Nothing to say? Why not ask lots of questions? Is that a good idea?)

But wait. What's that in the advertising slots on the page? Oh, yes, an advert for the Guardian's iPhone app.

Replace suspension cost: more rubbish UK search results
January 4, 2010 – 6:00 am | 6 Comments
Replace suspension cost: more rubbish UK search results

I needed to know how much it typically cost to replace the suspension on a car (not mine, fortunately). The results are another good example of why the UK search results are often rubbish.

Pre Budget Report: Business Link wastes money on Google adverts
December 9, 2009 – 2:17 pm | 2 Comments
Pre Budget Report: Business Link wastes money on Google adverts

It's the pre-budget report today. Business Link, the government's advice service for businesses, is bidding on the term "pre budget report" in google's adverts.

Maybe we could repair the budget deficit by wasting less money driving traffic to a site that doesn't have any information on?

BBC hoodwinks bloggers with promises of links
December 8, 2009 – 6:00 am | 10 Comments
BBC hoodwinks bloggers with promises of links

Shownar is a BBC site that tracks the online buzz around the broadcaster's shows. Despite being paid for out of the licence fee, it's pulling the wool over bloggers' eyes by making out that, if you link to it, it will link back - but it's nofollowing the links.
The BBC should either make them normal links - or be much more transparent about its "you link to us and we'll link to you" statement.

Paywalls: shall we try to make them more attractive than the Berlin Wall?
November 30, 2009 – 11:56 pm | 4 Comments
Paywalls: shall we try to make them more attractive than the Berlin Wall?

This roundup of what some paywalls look like when you hit them illustrates that publishers - and Johnston Press in particular - need to massively improve the way they promote the benefits of subscribing ...

Is the new retweet the end of angry Twitter mobs?
November 22, 2009 – 11:59 pm | 18 Comments
Is the new retweet the end of angry Twitter mobs?

I've really begun to loathe Twitter's new retweet function. Here's why:
Pictures of people I don't follow, unclear menu options and not being able to see who is retweeting stuff.

Information Commissioner: please redesign your stupid form
November 19, 2009 – 3:53 pm | No Comment
Information Commissioner: please redesign your stupid form

The Information Commissioner's Office webform is a joke - the validation is awful. Also, they seem to have confused the internet with email.

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.