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 ZX Spectrum games to play online
April 23, 2012 – 7:25 pm | 2 Comments
10 ZX Spectrum games to play online

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, I've come out of blogging hibernation to write a round up of the top 10 ZX Spectrum games you can play online (well, in my opinion) on the Mirror site.
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Rewind Twitter and replay it in real time
September 19, 2011 – 10:34 pm | No Comment
Rewind Twitter and replay it in real time

Ever watched a recorded TV programme and wished you could see what the reaction was on Twitter? Now you can!
Together with the brilliant developers at Raak, I've (beta) launched Tweet Rewinder.
It's a mobile web app ...

November 2010′s Telegraph website redesign: before and after
November 9, 2010 – 9:03 pm | 5 Comments
November 2010′s Telegraph website redesign: before and after

The Daily Telegraph website has a new look - and a new name. The former Telegraph.co.uk is now simply The Telegraph. And the new look - described as "much more than adding a new coat of paint but short of a comprehensive redesign" - aims to "make the site easier to enjoy and easier on the eye".

The name change means that of the main UK national newspapers sites, only the Guardian and the Express keep their URL as their masthead. The Telegraph, Times, Mail, Sun, Mirror, Express and FT all just have their name as their logo now.

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).

Modern Toss exhibition
May 30, 2010 – 11:35 pm | No Comment
Modern Toss exhibition

Completely unrelated to my usual blogging, but if you like Modern toss, there's an exhibition on in East London ...

Copywriting – please help me!
February 19, 2010 – 10:48 am | No Comment

I wrote a guest post about when you should pay professional rates for great copywriting - as opposed to 2p a word via some content mill, or even less for some automated keyword spewer.

If you fancied reading it and retweeting it, I might get invited back to do another one (and you might find it interesting, too).

How to use touch-screen mobile phones in the snow
January 13, 2010 – 1:51 pm | 7 Comments

Standing in the snow punching your mobile phone screen aimlessly with your mittens? Here are some tips from people on Twitter for getting your phone to work.

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 ...

Comment spam: using Backtype to spot it
November 26, 2009 – 10:08 pm | 11 Comments
Comment spam: using Backtype to spot it

Like most bloggers, I'm plagued by comment spam - but I've found a good way to spot the spammers: Backtype. It shows you comments on blogs that link to a specific URL.

Guardian makes its comments accessible, SEO friendly and mobile friendly all in one go!
November 5, 2009 – 12:15 am | 7 Comments
Guardian makes its comments accessible, SEO friendly and mobile friendly all in one go!

The Guardian has changed its comment system - moving from a client-side system to a server-side one.

With the old system, once you loaded a page, some javascript would go off and look up the comments and display them. This wasn't terribly accessible - if you couldn't or didn't run javascript, you couldn't see the comments. It was also bad for SEO, as search engines couldn't run the javascript. And if your mobile didn't run javascript (like mine), you couldn't read the comments either.

Cervical cancer vaccine: Please – here’s how YOU can help us inject some sense into Google’s results
October 1, 2009 – 11:57 pm | 16 Comments

I've pointed out that any concerned parents searching Google for information on the cervical cancer jab (in the tragic wake of a schoolgirl's death) see a mass of negative and inaccurate information about the vaccine linking the girl's death to the vaccine.

It turns out she died of an unrelated tumour. However, the results are likely to give parents second thoughts about allowing their daughters to be caccinated, even though the injection will save hundreds of lives a year.
YOU can help do something about this.

How many Diggs you need to get the nofollow taken off
September 3, 2009 – 9:55 am | 4 Comments
How many Diggs you need to get the nofollow taken off

Digg has started nofollowing links below a certain threshold of popularity. From a quick hunt around, I reckon it's somewhere above 200 Diggs. However, some sites appear to be trusted and need fewer. Other sites need more.

Hey, James Murdoch: How about thanking the BBC for all your traffic?
September 1, 2009 – 7:20 am | One Comment

Instead of lambasting the BBC for the "chilling" effect of its online activities, and blaming the problems of online news sites on the BBC "dumping free, state-sponsored news on the market", News Corp chief James Murdoch should thank the BBC for all the traffic it sends his way.

The BBC is responsible for about 870,000 visitors a month to Times Online and 1.1 million to thesun.co.uk (see methodology, below).

Guardian has the most bookmarks on Delicious
August 26, 2009 – 7:30 am | 2 Comments

The Guardian has more bookmarks on Delicious than any other UK newspaper according to Quarkbase. There are nearly 11,000 bookmarks for the Guardian, with the Times in 2nd (3,944) and the Independent 3rd (3,196).

How related article lists reduce bounce rates and increase page views
August 20, 2009 – 7:45 am | 6 Comments
How related article lists reduce bounce rates and increase page views

Adding a related-posts plugin can reduce your bounce rate by around 3% if my site is anything to go by.
In the two months before I installed the Yet Another Related Posts plugin my bounce rate was 84.3%. In the two months since then, my bounce rate has averaged 81.6% - a drop of 3.25%.

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?

Zemanta related articles explained
August 18, 2009 – 8:02 am | No Comment
Zemanta related articles explained

I'm seeing increasing numbers of pages linking to this blog that, when I go to look at the linking/referring site, list one of my posts in a box called "Related articles by Zemanta".

Wondering what it was all about, I asked Andraz Tori, CTO of www.zemanta.com a few questions. Here are the answers ...

tr.im is back!
August 11, 2009 – 11:17 pm | No Comment

The other day, tr.im, the best URL shortener in my book, shut down.

Good news. It's back! According to the tr.im blog:

@Guardiantech gets to 1 million followers
August 5, 2009 – 8:21 am | 4 Comments

Short and to the point. But @guardiantech reached 1 million followers early this morning.
It benefits massively from being on Twitter's suggested users list. But impressive nonetheless. You can see more UK newspaper twitter numbers here.

Five changes I’d make to the new Web User beta design
July 29, 2009 – 11:11 pm | No Comment
Five changes I’d make to the new Web User beta design

Five changes I'd make to the new Web User beta design. Well, they did ask ...