30 January 2009

What website do you wish you had designed and why?

Having read through some of the ‘The best websites in the world ever….‘ some sites I admire are already covered; The BBC for cutting edge design that is always fully compliant, Google maps for being so technically mind-blowing and, as Lavelle, I too am a big fan of Webdesignerwall.com as a source of site design inspiration. As these have all …

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30 January 2009

‘Google for film’ search site launched

You’d be forgiven for thinking from the title of this that Google has added another feature to their specialised universal search engines, but you’d be wrong. FindAnyFilm search site was launched yesterday by the UK Film Council where users can search for any film in the UK.  The site provides UK film listings in multiple formats and also includes trailers …

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29 January 2009

Data privacy day 2009

Yesterday was Data privacy day 2009. Well apparently not in South Africa it wasn't but it was in the United States, Canada and 27 European countries. The purpose of the day is to educate and make users aware of the best way to protect their information online. With 55 percent of online American teens between 12 and 17 using social …

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29 January 2009

Top 10 Tips for the Twitter-verse

Now that the rest of the world has finally woken up and started using Twitter (thanks Wossy for the publicity on Friday night) I thought I'd summarise my top tips for brands thinking of putting their toe in the Twitter water… 1. Decide what you're on Twitter for. There are two main reasons – social or business. If as an individual you're doing …

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29 January 2009

Whats the BUZZ??

For those that want to find out what people are saying about their website(s) and gain a little more insight into their website's reputation, etc, I have the answer for you: BUZZGAIN. This social media program will let you in on all the "buzz" around your website in the social media world by keeping track it for you. The best …

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29 January 2009

Adopt-a-blog #14 – My Fashion Life

As the credit crunch continues to bite away at my bank balance, I (like many others) have had to take a long, hard look at my expenses and as a result have started to cut back on the 'luxuries' of life. For me, this includes the huge stack of weekly and monthly glossies I would escape to on my daily …

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28 January 2009

What website do you wish you had designed and why?

I should imagine that most web designers acknowledge the greatness of some of the major players. The Guardian for making an astonishing amount of content accessible and user-friendly. The BBC for encouraging users to tailor make the content. The lucky designers that work on Nike that don’t seem to have the same accessibility constraints that we have in our W3C …

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28 January 2009

Adopt-a-blog #13 Huffington Post

A rather refreshing take on a US based news site (www.huffingtonpost.com) brings to life a liberal public view on events spanning from politics, all the way through to the environment. By encouraging views from all angles, Huffington post boasts a wide range of news stories to entice even the most subdued member of the public. From one liners to mini …

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28 January 2009

Twitter Time

Now is the time to be Mirco Blogging. All I keep hearing at the moment is Twitter this, Facebook that. Or as John Prescott referred to it "The Facebook" when praising the site and commenting on how he's never had so many friends in his life. Everyone is at it, from Steven Fry to Andy Murray. How can we be …

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27 January 2009

Monitoring brand exposure to help your link building campaign

The Twitter movement is continuing to take the social networking world by storm with the latest convert @rustyrockets (aka Russell Brand) reportedly gathering 2,000 followers within 20 minutes of joining. Although this kind of uptake of followers may only be limited to celebrities and figures of authority, it cannot be disputed that the captive audience found within the Twitter network are exposed to …

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