2 October 2008

You Tube – Hot or Not

After a recent discussion around the hallowed tables of Tamar about rating images and videos that users send to sites, as luck would have it I came across an article on Google discussing the issue, but with an added twist. It states, "What if you could learn not just which of your videos are hot on the site, but which …

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1 October 2008

The best websites in the world…ever. Vol.2

My favourite websites are all content related, though set in different ways.  The three I have chosen are www.zgeek.com,  www.trustedreviews.com and www.carmagazine.co.uk. ZgeekI have been reading and commenting on Zgeek for a number of years.  It is basically a forum where the homepage serves up news that the users have found around the web.  The content does swing towards the …

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1 October 2008

Henry is… updating his status in many places!

As regular readers will know, I’ve been a Facebook user for over 18 months now and still find time to update my status on a regular basis. Despite being of no real value to me, I like to keep my friends updated as to my whereabouts / activities, though in reality I spend more brain power trying to think of …

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1 October 2008

The future of search

Ten Search experts over at Google will over the next three weeks be sharing their knowledge on how they see search evolving in future. In the first blog posts on the Future of Search Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience at Google, mentions that search should be available to everyone no matter the user’s location and …

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30 September 2008

Current crisis will not halt growth in the I.T. and search sector.

While the worlds markets appeared to be in a free fall, after what has been declared the worst ever day for international economics, Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer was typically upbeat about his organisations ability to remain competitive and generate profits. He views I.T. and the digital world as an economy of its own, and while this economy is not immune …

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30 September 2008

Heavy traffic, the correct response?

How The Times deals with heavy traffic As you would expect The Times is experiencing a lot of traffic to their website as we all try and keep up to date with the interesting times we live in. So it was useful to see how they dealt with the traffic to their site when it all became a bit too …

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30 September 2008

Are you ready for Christmas?

It’s the beginning of October, official start of Christmas madness. Every year at this time we all start seeing the adverts and decorations. What we also start seeing is the increase of Christmas related terms being used in searches. In this example from Google Trends, around July every year, UK searches for ‘holidays’ diminishes as everyone finalises their Christmas holiday …

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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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