12 August 2008

Yahoo fighting back?

Covario, a digital advertising company, released its Global Search Spend Analysis today, revealing that in Quarter 2 of 2008 search spending with Yahoo increased at the expense of Google. Unfortunately for Yahoo Europe, this was referring to their US and Asia spends only, as in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Google still has more than 90% of the paid …

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11 August 2008

Getting Creative

To come up with new and innovative ideas can be a hard thing to do. A good place to start is to bounce ideas off your peers. Brainstorming was first recognised as far back as 1939 by Alex Osborn, a founding partner of international advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn. His idea was to promote lateral thinking and free …

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11 August 2008

Searching stats in the States

I came across a report on the weekend by Pew Internet & American Life Project about the increase in Search use.  To sum up it says almost half internet users use a search engine on a typical day.  It is not far behind email where 60% use it on a typical day. While they are the facts from the study …

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11 August 2008

A bit of web history…

CERN is back in the news again, for the non-physicists among you CERN is The European Organization for Nuclear Research. They have been fiddling with particle accelerators and other dangerous stuff for the past 50 years. what makes them interesting for me is the fact that they have the undisputed honour of having the first web-page ever, in 1991 (±6th …

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8 August 2008

Wikia Evolution – New Firefox Toolbar Launched

Wikia Search, the open source web search engine, today launched their new toolbar ‘Wikia Evolution’. The toolbar has been designed with the intention of getting users to participate in the Wikia Search project and to then incorporate their feedback by modifying the search results. Users are encouraged to add URLs to the Wikia Search Toolbar along with associated keywords which …

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8 August 2008

Fonts and me

Like many designers I have phases of favourite fonts. I can see through the past work I’ve done what font era I was in. These phases are not a fickle love, but many months when the font is used as much as possible. My first love (and I’m talking the 90’s) was a font called Blur. Blur was cool, it …

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8 August 2008

The boarders cabaret

Our bursary holder Simo Sam invited us along to the boarders cabaret held in the St. Cyprian’s school hall last night. The boarder’s cabaret is an opportunity for parents and guardians and in our case sponsors to get a better taste of life at St Cyprians and be entertained and welcomed by the children of the Catherine boarding house. Simo …

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8 August 2008

Olympic Search Volumes

With the start of the greatest sporting event on earth just round the corner, I thought it would be interesting to see which athletes are brining in the highest search volumes.   Using Google’s new Insight tool can we also take a look at some regional variations and see if there are any outsiders for a medal. Unsurprisingly Mo Farah is …

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8 August 2008

Net Address Bug Worse Than Feared

A recent fault found in the internet’s addressing system found at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas is worse than initially suspected. The faults were located in the nets Domain Name System (DNS). The DNS acts as an address book for the internet and helps computers interpret the name of a website i.e. The BBC‘s site into the list …

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7 August 2008

Counting the cost for Yahoo!

Goodness Yahoo! is in a mess isn’t it? Having thought that he’d scraped through a shareholders’ vote of confidence Jerry Yang now finds that a recount of the votes cast against him has been demanded by one of the group’s biggest shareholders  – egged on by billionaire and corporate raider Carl Ichan who thinks Yang is the wrong man for …

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