28 February 2008

BBC unveils new homepage

So here we have it, the BBC have unveiled their new looking homepage which promises to bring in a lot more Web 2.0 functionality through greater levels of user customization. Scrolling around I cant help notice that it feels like a widget styled site.  Each area is split into each of the BBC’s themes where the user is allowed to …

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28 February 2008

First Google Zeitgeist in China

At the beginning of 2008, Google issued the very first year-end zeitgeist in China, which showed the most popular searching phrases during the last year.  The local instant communication tool brand QQ, which is quite similar with MSN, ranked first on the Zeitgeist.  While MSN ranked 10th.  Among the top 10, four of them related to finance, including China Merchant …

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27 February 2008

BBC web2.0 look goes live!

A while ago I posted a blog entry about the beta for the new ‘web2.0’ look of the BBC homepage. They have now gone live with this. It is only on the home page and there are a few changes but the major feature are still there. Still love that clock!

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27 February 2008

Facebook due for a Facelift!

Facebook announced a year ago that they are working on a redesign of the members profile page, now the social networking site has unveiled previews of the new look. According to Facebook the profile redesigns will start rolling out in the next few weeks. The changes are a big step forward, in terms of the Facebook experience. According to Facebook …

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27 February 2008

Is this goodbye to Bobby?

Bobby is a comprehensive web accessibility tool used to aid web designers in creating standard compliant websites with increased accessibility. In May 2005 the Bobby tool made a transition to WebXACT, the Watchfire company incorporated Bobby into a broad suite of tools that assesses the quality of a web page – broken links, browser compatibility, privacy etc.  For the last …

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26 February 2008

Does Ask.com bring traffic?

Finding accurate traffic statistics about search engines is not an easy task. It all depends on who is publishing the figures. While is pretty obvious that Google has the biggest share of the search market, I was intrigued by the recent rumours about ASK.com’s "penetration" in the SE market of around 17%, which was more than Msn. Ask Jeeves has …

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26 February 2008

The great gadget monopoly

The advent of the gadget can be traced back almost to the creation of mankind itself, when ancient man used various devices to help carry out daily tasks more effectively.  However gadgets aren’t strictly devices, they are simply a means to complete a task more efficiently and precisely than was previously possible.  Google for example is not a gadget, its …

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26 February 2008

Every designer’s best friend

When it comes to designing and building websites, Firefox is every designer’s best friend. With its multitude of essential tools provided via the developer tools add-on, it has enabled designers to build websites more quickly. Primarily due to the fact that it allows you to see clearly how the browser is interpreting your code. Sadly there appears to be no …

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26 February 2008

The ten o’clock shuffle

Watch the SERPs change, set your watch! Over the last few weeks we have noticed that the Google ranking change at around 10am each morning. While we are seeing several variants of the results depending on which datacenter information is served from at 10 am each morning, or within a few minutes, the results flip from the ‘evening’ set to …

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25 February 2008

No Index Tag, don’t forget about it!

Where’s my site gone? In a brave effort to distract myself from the football this evening (my team is losing) I thought I would tax the grey cells and remind everyone about the No Index tag. This is a tag that excludes the search engines from crawling and indexing your pages and is often used on parked domains or when …

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