10 more sites that stupidly try to ban you from linking to them
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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 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.

The Mirror should beware: it looks like it’s selling links to MoneyExtra
September 7, 2009 – 11:29 pm | 62 Comments
The Mirror should beware: it looks like it’s selling links to MoneyExtra

However, the Mirror wants to beware how its links look. Let's take a look at a few pages - stories which share these characteristics:

* All contain exactly three links to a MoneyExtra page.
* All three links use different anchor text.
* The text happens to be competitive search terms.
* And MoneyExtra isn't mentioned in the article itself.

10 people who better pray their boss isn’t on Twitter – S/HE CAN SEE YOUR TWEETS
July 15, 2009 – 9:46 pm | 4 Comments
10 people who better pray their boss isn’t on Twitter – S/HE CAN SEE YOUR TWEETS

Do people realise that anyone can see their profile unless they lock it? Here are 10 tweets about the person's boss from the last week - they're all from accounts with more than 50 updates, so they should have worked out what's going on ...

Delia Online relaunch goes sour
June 29, 2009 – 9:09 am | 7 Comments
Delia Online relaunch goes sour

Delia Smith relaunched her site last wednesday and switched hosts to Red. She / they seem to be having problems. Here are some of her biggest issues ...

6 ways Bing USA insults the British (and 1 the French)
June 10, 2009 – 10:48 pm | 5 Comments
6 ways Bing USA insults the British (and 1 the French)

If you use Bing USA, you don't just get more features - you get to see how Microsoft paints Britain to the Americans. It's not a pretty sight as these screenshots show (they also show that nearly all UK-related terms searched for in Bing USA return wikipedia first or second) .

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.co.uk gets 8% of its traffic from social sites
May 10, 2009 – 2:46 pm | 23 Comments
Telegraph.co.uk gets 8% of its traffic from social sites

Telegraph.co.uk gets an astonishing 8% of its visitors from social sites like Digg, Delicious and Stumbleupon, Julian Sambles, Head of Audience Development, has revealed to me. The figure's much higher than anyone previously thought.

Twitter avatars: choosing a brilliant one
April 15, 2009 – 11:27 am | 11 Comments
Twitter avatars: choosing a brilliant one

What makes a good Twitter avatar - with examples of good and bad avatars and lessons you can learn from them.

4.01pm – the best time to tweet if you want to be noticed
April 7, 2009 – 10:02 am | 33 Comments
4.01pm – the best time to tweet if you want to be noticed

The best time to tweet if you want people to notice is ... 4.01pm, according to my survey of nearly 120 Twitter users. 11am-12pm is another good time - but you've got more chance of being retweeted at 4.01pm.

External links: the 8 stages of linking-out denial
March 16, 2009 – 12:52 pm | 9 Comments

External links / linking out - which stage of denial are you at? There are 7 before you reach a sensible place ...

Newspaper sites: don’t read or link to us …
March 11, 2009 – 9:31 pm | 20 Comments
Newspaper sites: don’t read or link to us …

Loads of newspaper websites order you not to link to them without written permission. Few go as far as the FT and suggest you can't even read the site ...