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On the usability of taps and the lessons for web design
May 20, 2009 – 8:51 pm | 12 Comments
On the usability of taps and the lessons for web design

A review of the usability of taps - avoiding arrest for getting my camera out in public toilets and showers - in order to see what lessons the design of everyday objects can tell us about web design.

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.

5 things I hate about Google’s Webmaster Tools redesign
May 13, 2009 – 10:06 pm | 4 Comments
5 things I hate about Google’s Webmaster Tools redesign

Google has redesigned Webmaster Tools. Some of it's good. Some of it I hate. This is what I hate about the design (on top of that fact it's much slower than the old version).

#fixreplies #twitterfail – 4 lessons to learn
May 13, 2009 – 1:18 pm | 2 Comments
#fixreplies #twitterfail – 4 lessons to learn

#fixreplies and #twitterfail 4 lessons to learn from Twitter's approach.

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?

Proper transcript of Stephen Fry’s scathing assault on Digital Britain strategy
May 11, 2009 – 7:39 pm | 2 Comments
Proper transcript of Stephen Fry’s scathing assault on Digital Britain strategy

Ofcom probably thought it was a great idea to get Stephen Fry to one of its Digital Britain panel discussions. Sadly for them, he launched a scathing assault on the whole strategy, saying he was 'literally baffled' by it and he thought the whole thing pointless. Here's the transcript of what he said.

Twitterfail 2: Digital Britain publishing swearwords via Twitter stream
May 11, 2009 – 5:33 pm | 3 Comments
Twitterfail 2: Digital Britain publishing swearwords via Twitter stream

Ofcom and the Digital Britain Forum haven't learned the lessons from the Telegraph's problems with publishing unmoderated Twitter feeds.

Business Link advice completely wrong …
May 5, 2009 – 11:15 pm | 2 Comments
Business Link advice completely wrong …

Understanding the differences between sole trading, limited companies, self employment can often be confusing - but Business Link has made a right mess of it with a case study that, in attempting to explain how easy it is to set up in business, has actually broken the law ... by pretending to have set up as a limited company when it isn't.

Content carousels reviewed: Yahoo loses, Sky wins
April 30, 2009 – 11:31 pm | 5 Comments
Content carousels reviewed: Yahoo loses, Sky wins

Carousels (sliders as they're sometimes known) are a good way to promote several items of content without using up too much space on your homepage.

Here's a roundup of sites using them - and how successful I think they are. Having studies several, I think the best ones.

Twitter’s appearance in Google: sort it out …
April 27, 2009 – 4:48 pm | 4 Comments
Twitter’s appearance in Google: sort it out …

Someone at Twitter needs to read Google's guidelines to improve how the search engine shows individual tweets.
But even if Twitter itself doesn't care how it looks, clever people like Barack Obama and Russell Brand have worked out how to get individual descriptions in Twitter. I'll explain how ...

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"

Newspaper sites: PLEASE improve your readability
April 20, 2009 – 12:35 pm | 6 Comments
Newspaper sites: PLEASE improve your readability

Newspaper websites are failing in some obvious ways to make their stories readable. Too many are using small fonts, long off-putting paragraphs, no subheadings, no in-content boxes or pictures, and no in-content links.

90 minutes later, some newspaper sites haven’t published the football score
April 1, 2009 – 11:26 pm | No Comment
90 minutes later, some newspaper sites haven’t published the football score

20 minutes after the Englang game finished at 9.55pm, half the major UK newspaper sites hadn't published the results.

ITV.com breaches Alfie Patten court order?
April 1, 2009 – 8:15 am | One Comment
ITV.com breaches Alfie Patten court order?

ITV.com is breaching a court order forbidding the publication of the DNA test results for alleged 13-year-old dad Alfie Patten.

ITV.com IA: Man City filed under Man Utd (and anything under Johnstones Paint Trophy)
March 26, 2009 – 3:10 pm | 4 Comments
ITV.com IA: Man City filed under Man Utd (and anything under Johnstones Paint Trophy)

ITV.com's information architecture has Man City in a Man Utd cateogry, and the UEFU cup in a Johnstones Paint Trophy northern semi category ...

Ow.ly and Hootsuite in widespread breach of newspaper / other site T&Cs
March 25, 2009 – 10:26 pm | 4 Comments
Ow.ly and Hootsuite in widespread breach of newspaper / other site T&Cs

ow.ly is framing the destination URL, in direct contravention of many sites' T&Cs - rather than directly redirecting to the target URL, like most URL shorteners,

Alot clebrity news: most out-of-date PPC ads ever?
March 25, 2009 – 9:35 pm | No Comment
Alot clebrity news: most out-of-date PPC ads ever?

Alot news toolbar adverts are very out of date. Jade Goody has died, Angeline gave birth long ago, and the newest efit for Madeleine McCann was last summer.

Google street view: which news sites linked?,
March 20, 2009 – 12:56 am | No Comment

Newspaper sites did very badly at linking to google's new street view service.

‘Morning’ Metro fails 10pm test
March 12, 2009 – 10:42 am | 2 Comments
‘Morning’ Metro fails 10pm test

London's ‘morning' Metro newspaper goes to press so early that it failed to report on Arsenal's penalty shoot-out win over Roma last night