30 September 2008

Position crawling systems: Playing the wrong game?

One thing I’ve learned since starting here at Tamar is that while there are many tricks in this trade, it seems that natural search is the way to go… I found this interesting article online and the author, George Michie, should know what he is talking about as he is the Principal of Search Marketing for the Rimm-Kaufman Group, a …

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29 September 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.1

This is the first in a series of blogs written by everyone who works at Tamar. Everyone will talk about their 3 favourite sites, or sites that they use on a regular basis, and explain why these are their favourite sites. I was quite excited when asked to list my three favourite web-sites. I knew that each individual in the …

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29 September 2008

How is Facebook helping MI6?

Well, her Majesty’s secret service is using the world’s biggest social networking site to recruit agents, according to a story released earlier today. According to a Foreign Office spokesperson : "The open recruitment campaign continues to target wide pools of talent representative of British society today.  A number of channels are used to promote job opportunities in the organisation. Facebook …

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29 September 2008

Google facts to ponder

Here are a few interesting Google snippets. Google has raked in $48 billion from Internet ads since 2001 Far from stashing all of it, the company has paid $15 billion in commissions to the web sites that run its ads contributing to the success of major sites like AOL, Ask.com and MySpace as well as an array of bloggers. Google …

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29 September 2008

Microsoft adopts open source…

jQuery is a popular open source JavaScript library that has become one of the most popular libraries on the Web in a very short time. The reason for this is that jQuery allows developers to easily find and manipulate HTML elements with a minimum amount of code. jQuery however, is not only popular under Web developers, Microsoft seems to think …

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25 September 2008

Google as a shortcut

I’ve recently discovered that Google will provide you with certain information that other web sites would traditionally supply. This information appears above Google’s search results and seriously improves usability by reducing clicks. For example, I used to go to www.onlineconversion.com in order to convert something into a different unit but this seems so ‘last year’ now. For simple conversions just …

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25 September 2008

Google Launches Crowdsourcing Tool

Google launched a new crowdsourcing tool yesterday called Google Moderator. The tool can be used by groups to determine which questions should be asked at meetings, conferences, Q&A sessions etc. Users will be able to add questions and then also vote on the questions of others. This way all the most popular and relevant questions will rise to the top. …

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25 September 2008

Attend PDC to receive your pre-beta Windows 7

If you are lucky enough to find yourself in Los Angeles around the 27th – 30th October, make sure you pop in at the Professional Developers Conference 2008 (PDC 2008). Attending developers will be getting an early version of Windows 7 to take home, according to a blog post by Microsoft. “With Windows 7 at PDC2008 you will see advances …

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24 September 2008

Static or Dynamic URLs – Which is best?

Google answers, sort of… A recent post here on the Google blog from the search quality team attempted to clarify the situation as to whether dynamic URLs should be re-written as static URLs. Read the post and you may be confused as they say not to change dynamic URLs unless you really know what you are doing. And while that …

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24 September 2008

Google launch Project 10 to the 100th

As part of Google’s 10th birthday celebrations, the search engine giant has launched project 10 to the 100th. Users of the search engine are invited to submit ideas to the project with the single aim of "helping as many people as possible". Google has placed as few restrictions as possible on the project but  asks that ideas to be submitted …

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