25 February 2009

Adopt a Blog #27 – ICanHasCheezBurger

Who hasn't heard of LOLCats or ICanHasCheezBurger? Even if those names don't ring a bell, you are still likely to have seen one of their images pop into your inbox. I didn't even know there was an official website for these funny captioned pictures of animals (mostly cats) till I decided to find out why on earth I kept hearing …

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25 February 2009

SES London 2009 and Video in Search 2009

The after lunch-time slot presenting to a sleepy search marketing audience requires an engaging presenter and a subject worthy of arousing interest from dwindling attention spans. Cue Amanda Watlington to stand up and reel off statistics like she is firing warning shots from a pistol. 27m in the UK watched videos online in June 2008. 3 billion videos watched online …

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24 February 2009

Adopt a Blog #26 – Design*Sponge

Design*Sponge first came to my attention from a spot of proper old fashioned surfing – just following links on other sites to see what was going on – and I've been a regular visitor ever since. It's a blog that's very prolific – numerous posts on a daily basis – about a range of product design and interior design. It …

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24 February 2009

What lurks in the deep web?

I have seen a recent flurry around a new bit of lingo in the marketplace, the deep web. It sounds like a ghastly tentacled apparition, lurking beneath the tranquil web 2.0 waters of the Internet but the NY times calls it differently, according to them, the deep web consists of the trillions of pages that are not traditionally crawled by …

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24 February 2009

Gmail is down…*was down….

Like many people, we rely on the mighty Google to be unbreakable, but it's not the case. To my surprise I saw the SOS signals pouring out of Twitter. That also raises the question, "Is Twitter the best social network for up to speed updates?", I think it just might be. I didn't hear anything on Facebook or Myspace, nothing …

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24 February 2009

Do Digg Auto-bury? And Do I Care?

There seems to be a bit of a debate going on in the community of active Digg users about whether the ability for Digg to 'auto bury' certain contributors content is real or a myth. From my basic reading up on the matter, it seems that the existence of this auto-bury has been contested for a long time, and now …

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24 February 2009

Twitter slowly rolls out search functionality

I've been using the micro-blogging service Twitter for some time now and I've always found it strange that there is no on-site search function. Users had to use a separate URL to perform a search. Thankfully it looks like that is about to change according to the official Twitter blog: “Twitter Search has been growing ever more popular despite the …

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24 February 2009

Yahoo! Web Analytics better than Google Analytics?

Google Analytics(G.A) has for a long time been sitting pretty as the king of analytics packages. Not only is their product efficient and user friendly but the major advantage its held over its rivals is that it is absolutely free of charge. Armed with these factors Google Analytics has gained the majority market share among analytics users. Yahoo! has decided …

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23 February 2009

Government social media position valued higher than Lord Chancellor?

Tax payers across Britain are up in arms today after The Telegraph reported that a senior position within the Government's Digital Engagement team, has a higher starting salary and benefits than what the Lord Chancellor is eligible to before allowances. The role would involve communicating through social media sites Facebook, Bebo and Twitter and has a starting salary of £120,000 …

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20 February 2009

My first website…

My first ever website – as with a lot of younger web designers – was built in dreamweaver. My first attempts at building a website involved using tables and frames. I would create separate frames for the header, the main navigation (which I commonly put on the lefthand side) and another frame for the page content, which would change depending …

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