22 April 2008

When CAPTCHA’s Go Bad!

My colleague Barrie was applying for a new Gmail account today when he stumbled upon the following in his application form – a very questionable piece of CAPTCHA text! Where do Google get these from?! I have had a few questionable ones in the past, some of which have seemed to be related to my "previous search" history (though not …

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21 April 2008

Facebook Slimming Down… But Why?

As several bloggers have noted lately, Facebook seems to be dropping features on a weekly basis. In just the last month alone, the following features have been trimmed from the site: Networks – or the link to your network page at the top of the page, to be precise Friend timeline – the feature that showed you a timeline of …

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16 April 2008

New UK Laws to Outlaw Flogging

… Flogging of course being the term for Fake Blogging! New laws being introduced in the UK next month should see fake bloggers being penalised (or even arrested) for their actions, according to the IPA. The new regulations fall under the ‘Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations’ and extends the coverage from just traditional marketing to online. To outline it …

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16 April 2008

Facebook Lexicon Arrives

Those of you who are regular readers of our blogs – or indeed are long-time clients – will know how fond we are in the ‘Search and Social Media’ team of the Google Zeitgeist report, and indeed Google Trends. Well, now you can do a similar thing within Facebook, with the newly-launched Facebook Lexicon. The tool trawls about 6 months …

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3 April 2008

Facebook chat coming soon?

According to the guys at AllFacebook.com, the launch of the much-hyped Facebook chat client could come this week. The clues to this imminent change? Apparently there are a number of javascript changes being implemented by Facebook, as well as a new TCP connection change to Facebook users that are logged in (don’t worry, they lost me at TCP as well…) …

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1 April 2008

Why won’t TypePad support the Blackberry?

Time for a rant I’m afraid… I’m getting increasingly frustrated now that Typepad have continually failed to release an application for the Blackberry, to allow bloggers to update their blogs from this widely-used device. What will it take for TypePad to listen to their users?! Surely it can’t be that hard? As if to rub this in, when the iPhone …

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28 March 2008

Snickers vs Marmite – Who Has Most Facebook Fans?

Quit yo jibba jabba fools! Mr T is… losing! At least in the Facebook pages battle anyway. Snickers launched their first official Facebook page at the start of February, but so far they’ve only gained 5,000 fans. That’s not too shabby when you consider how many fans the average page used to get when the system first launched, but in …

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26 March 2008

Who Wants To See A Millionaire Anyway?

There have been a number of stories in the world press in the past 24 hours about a security breach of Facebook’s photo interface, that has been highlighted by a keen expert on his blog. The loophole allowed the expert to view supposedly private shots from Paris Hilton and Mark Zuckerberg amongst others, using an issue that has apparently been …

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19 March 2008

Is Real Life What Happens Between Emails?

A video has appeared on YouTube advertising the many (?) advantages of Twitter, narrated by a slightly annoyingly voiced man, using paper cut-outs. As far as I can tell from the "related videos", it seems to be one in a series of videos aimed at explaining things in plain English. But in my opinion, this only serves to highlight how …

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19 March 2008

Facebook tightens up privacy

There are a number of stories floating around about some new Facebook features being released at the moment – the two biggest ones being a new Instant Messaging platform and some heightened security features for photos. Like the new (much-touted) profiles layout, the IM platform hasn’t been released yet so I shall put off commenting on that for now, but …

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