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Hugely embarrassing: Daily Mail jumps gun on “Amanda Knox guilty” story
October 3, 2011 – 8:47 pm | 70 Comments
Hugely embarrassing: Daily Mail jumps gun on “Amanda Knox guilty” story

I'm not sure it gets more embarrassing than this for a news site. In their attempt to be first with the verdict on Amanda Knox, the Mail Online published its pre-written story the moment the ...

Google gives big sites a free pass on author profile pictures
September 16, 2011 – 9:37 am | 3 Comments
Google gives big sites a free pass on author profile pictures

Guardian journalists get author profile pictures in search results without applying the markup. I doubt Google will do that for your site ...

Online news isn’t turning journalists into sheep
April 19, 2011 – 7:30 am | 3 Comments
Online news isn’t turning journalists into sheep

John Naughton wrote an Observer article at the weekend complaining that news websites such as Gawker "allow ratings to dictate content". What's wrong with that, I say?

A simple graph shows why the Guardian’s future does look bleak
April 7, 2011 – 10:33 am | 15 Comments
A simple graph shows why the Guardian’s future does look bleak

Dear the Guardian: Please let me give you more money. This graph shows how my switch to your digital services is costing you a fortune.

How to bookmark a moving target: the latest minute-by-minute Guardian report
January 26, 2011 – 7:30 am | No Comment
How to bookmark a moving target: the latest minute-by-minute Guardian report

How I implemented a URL that always redirects to the latest Guardian minute by minute football report - and how you can do something similar.

6 tiny New Year’s resolutions for newspapers
January 5, 2011 – 8:00 am | 2 Comments
6 tiny New Year’s resolutions for newspapers

Here's a few small changes that I would like to see newspapers make in 2011. If you could just get a developer or someone to sort these out, that would be awesome, thanks.

Is RSS dead? Newspaper subscriber numbers now and 18 months ago compared
January 4, 2011 – 12:32 pm | 12 Comments
Is RSS dead? Newspaper subscriber numbers now and 18 months ago compared

There have been a couple of articles recently (see below) proclaiming the slow death of RSS as a way for users to subscribe to websites. So how do the number of subscribers to newspaper RSS feeds compare?

Here's a table that compares the number of subscribers in Google Reader to each paper's most popular RSS feed 18 months ago and today.

Google’s reading level scores for UK newspapers
December 11, 2010 – 3:45 pm | One Comment
Google’s reading level scores for UK newspapers

Google's launched a new feature that analyzes reading level scores for websites. Here are the scores for national UK newspapers, plus the overall verdict Google gives on the site's reading level.
There's no right score - ...

The BBC and Guardian: more reasons I hate mobile sites
May 10, 2010 – 10:44 pm | One Comment
The BBC and Guardian: more reasons I hate mobile sites

Mobile versions of websites - what a train crash they often are. As I write this, at 10.30pm on Monday night, neither the BBC nor Guardian mobile websites are mentioning that Gordon Brown has promised to resign ... a story that their web news pages are unsurprising leading with - and have been doing so for several hours.

The Clegg bounce illustrated by the volume of newspaper stories
April 22, 2010 – 11:08 am | No Comment
The Clegg bounce illustrated by the volume of newspaper stories

Since the first TV election debate, Nick Clegg has started to be taken seriously by the newspapers (or else has been the victim of a series of hatchet jobs, depending on your point of view).

The charts how the number of stories about Nick Clegg has soared in The Sun, The Daily Mail and The Guardian - even allowing for the fact general election is on.

How much traffic Twitter drives to UK newspaper sites
March 26, 2010 – 7:00 am | 5 Comments
How much traffic Twitter drives to UK newspaper sites

Adam Sherk recently pointed out that Twitter drives less than 1% of traffic to US newspaper and magazine sites (but noted that this still makes it "a top 25 referrer for all the [10 sites he asked] and top 10 referrers for most").

Trying my luck somewhat, I asked people from the three largest UK newspaper sites (the Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Guardian) what their figures were.
* For the Mail, under 0.5% of their referrer traffic is from Twitter.
* For the Telegraph, 0.5% of global traffic and 0.25% of uk traffic currently comes from twitter.
* For the Guardian, 0.4% of their page impressions in February came from Twitter.

John Terry: another nail in the superinjunction coffin?
January 30, 2010 – 3:54 pm | No Comment
John Terry: another nail in the superinjunction coffin?

John Terry's been "nobbing" Wayne Bridge's girlfriend as one of the edits on Wikipedia puts it. Terry got a superinjunction forbidding publication of this story - and of the fact that there was an injunction. ...

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.

National newspaper Twitter account growth gets ever slower …
December 2, 2009 – 10:57 pm | 2 Comments

UK national newspaper Twitter accounts are continuing to grow - but the rate is getting slower and slower, according to the latest figures for the 129 accounts I'm tracking. November to December growth was just 6.6%, down from 17% earlier in the year.

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.

Growth of Newspaper Twitter accounts running out of steam
November 3, 2009 – 8:45 am | 4 Comments

Newspaper Twitter accounts are continuing to grow - but at an ever slower rate, according to the latest figures for the 130 accounts I'm tracking. October to November growth was just 8.3%.

September ABCes: How the Guardian and Telegraph overtook the Mail
October 25, 2009 – 11:31 pm | 2 Comments

June 2009 saw the Mail Online unexpectedly overtake both the Guardian and Telegraph in the ABCes, partly on the back of US traffic and Michael Jackson stories.

Fast forward to September and the story is the same as earlier in the year - Guardian first, Telegraph second and Mail third. So what's changed? To find out, I've compared the ABCe figures for UK and foreign visitors in June and in September. The difference between the Guardian's performance and that of the Telegraph and Mail is revealing.

Full details and analysis of Carter Ruck’s new attempt to gag Parliament
October 15, 2009 – 8:34 pm | 3 Comments

Having failed to stop the Guardian reporting an MP asking a question about Trafigura and the injunction concerning the Minton report, Carter Ruck is making a second attempt to gag Parliament.

Rate of growth slows for newspaper Twitter accounts
October 5, 2009 – 10:26 pm | 4 Comments

National UK newspapers had 1,665,202 followers of their Twitter accounts at the start of October - an increase of 193,266 on September 1st (when they had 1,471,936).

The rate of growth has slowed, however. This is a monthly increase of 13.1%, compared with 17% from August 1 to September 1, and also from July 1 to August 1.

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"?