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If you monitor your brand on Twitter, read the tweets before replying …
October 25, 2009 – 11:33 pm | 6 Comments
If you monitor your brand on Twitter, read the tweets before replying …

It was oneletteroffmovies day on Twitter on Saturday - turning Top Gun into Top Gum, and Pirates of the Caribbean into Pilates of the Caribbean etc. My contribution was "BT - one alien's struggle to get broadband so he can email home". And then BT started to tweet me ...

Cervical cancer jab: Google fuelling unnecessary fears
October 1, 2009 – 9:43 am | 8 Comments
Cervical cancer jab: Google fuelling unnecessary fears

Anyone turning to Google to look into the cervical cancer jab is unlikely to be reassured. Although these results are generated algorithmically, Google's results are anti-jab. There is very little in the way of balance in the results, with a mixture of old and new scare stories, and only a couple of positive stories.

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 ...

Carphone Warehouse attacks Microsoft in Sidewiki
September 24, 2009 – 12:51 pm | 7 Comments
Carphone Warehouse attacks Microsoft in Sidewiki

Carphone Warehouse has slammed Microsoft as 'useless' and 'crap' - making use of Google's new sidewiki feature to make sure that everyone visiting the Microsoft site knows it too.
At least, I assume that's what's going ...

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.

The (in)accuracy of Alexa: more evidence not to rely on it
September 2, 2009 – 7:30 am | 2 Comments
The (in)accuracy of Alexa: more evidence not to rely on it

I'm giving up comparing websites using Alexa.com's data. Checking the accuracy of Alexa data using ABCe numbers led me to believe they were good enough to rely on. But the Times reckons the Alexa numbers in my latest post relating to referrals from the BBC were rubbish - and the Guardian agrees.

Did SEO failure contribute to thelondonpaper closure?
August 24, 2009 – 7:30 am | 3 Comments
Did SEO failure contribute to thelondonpaper closure?

thelondonpaper is closing - with a reported pre-tax loss of £12.9m in the last financial year on £14.1m turnover. Maybe if they'd sorted out their SEO strategy, they'd have got more website visitors and sold more adverts?

Google’s got Somerset in two places – neither in the UK …
August 20, 2009 – 3:52 pm | No Comment
Google’s got Somerset in two places – neither in the UK …

The issue around US maps appearing a part of the individual results for UK sites continues ... matt Cutts has written a post. But here's another oddity - the same site with two different wrong locations.

Google’s adding maps of the USA to UK results
August 19, 2009 – 9:34 am | 7 Comments
Google’s adding maps of the USA to UK results

There have been several complaints lately about irrelevant US examples filling up the results in Google UK. Now Google's started adding maps of the USA to UK-based companies. Here are two examples - both with a .com domain. This suggests to me that Matt Cutts has completely missed his point in his video explaining .com sites in the UK results.

Cottage hire Birmingham: another example of Google’s UK results going bad
August 18, 2009 – 11:48 pm | One Comment
Cottage hire Birmingham: another example of Google’s UK results going bad

Search for cottage hire birmingham, and Google shows you a map of bethlehem in pennsylvania. Huh?

Big Brother’s finished: searches halve in 5 years shows Google Insights
August 18, 2009 – 10:52 pm | No Comment

So why am I blogging about it? I wanted to try embedding a Google Insights graph - and this one for UK searches for Big Brother shows how interest has slumped over the last 5 years.

ITV: Please sort out your Champions League site
August 18, 2009 – 8:00 am | 3 Comments
ITV: Please sort out your Champions League site

The Champions League is about to start. And ITV seem to have cocked up their website.

Google results: all adverts
August 12, 2009 – 9:25 am | No Comment
Google results: all adverts

Google's made its adwords move around when you resize your browser window. I can't say I like the change. But it also means that, by shrinking your browser window enough, you can make only adverts appear.

Independent newspaper allowing spammers to leave dofollow links
August 11, 2009 – 1:16 pm | 2 Comments
Independent newspaper allowing spammers to leave dofollow links

The Independent newspaper website is taking a unique approach, and allowing spammers to leave keyword-rich links to spam sites - with no nofollow on them.

New research: 100% of surveys are rubbish
August 11, 2009 – 9:20 am | 8 Comments
New research: 100% of surveys are rubbish

In my survey, 100% of polls I looked at are rubbish. Therefore I conclude that all surveys are meaningless.

10 sites that say it’s OK to print their pages – but not photocopy them
August 10, 2009 – 8:32 am | 4 Comments

There also appear to be lots of sites that say it's OK to print their pages (gee, thanks) but forbid you from photocopying them. Here are 10. Is this really an enforceable, or sensible, condition?

tr.im shuts down
August 9, 2009 – 11:56 pm | No Comment

Blimey. Tr.im, which has seemed a bit unreliable lately (the stats have been all over the place), has shut down completely. Trimmed URLs will continue to work until the end of this year.
Shows the danger ...