11 March 2008

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who caches fastest of them all?

Which search engine caches sites information the quickest? This is a totally one-off example but a recent relaunch of a site shows that even with site maps in place Yahoo! was the quickest to crawl, index and cache the full information of a site. Google was second and MSN last. Google did manage to pick up the title tags very …

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10 March 2008

Common web design trends

Some common web design trends seen in 2007 were: The increased use of gradients on pages. Turning flat pages into ones that are more engaging and three-dimensional. The widespread use of large fonts for headers and website text. The widespread use of white backgrounds and the use of large white areas/spacing between content. Websites with diagonally-lined backgrounds. Reflective Wet floor …

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10 March 2008

Google to clamp down on slow loading ads.

Google are  going to be penalising web adverts whose landing page takes too long to load.  This following a post on its Inside AdWords blog. It simply states that Google will be incorporating a new factor, landing page load time, into Quality Score. The reason behind the move is that users prefer not having to wait when arriving on a …

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7 March 2008

Packrat Creators Honour SXSW Conference

It looks like the makers of Packrat are celebrating the start of the SXSW (South by South West) conference – March 7th to 16th in Texas, as they have added a new collection to the game this evening. Amongst the cards you can collect is: Internet blogger Dooce, aka Heather Armstrong. According to Wikipedia, Armstrong has written extensively and sometimes …

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6 March 2008

me and Steve Wozniak…

It’s been a while since I updated this blog and if you want to know the truth it’s because I knew I was about to commit sacrilege. You see I have to admit that I am disappointed with the iPhone. There, said it. Like Steve Wozniak who admitted the same in his blog a few days ago, I waited in …

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6 March 2008

IE 8 is here!

Microsoft have not taken Firefox’s intervention in its browsing market lightly and the brand new Internet Explorer 8 proves just that. It comes jam-packed with brand new features, great looks and most surprising , it is available for download! This beta is however only for developers to demonstrate all of the new bells and whistles, and there are some pretty …

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6 March 2008

Google updating on the hour, every hour?

Ten o’clock shuffle becomes an hourly shuffle A post I did last week on the regular changes in the Google rankings at 10 am UK time each morning is already looking outdated. We are now seeing about three to four ‘shuffles’ each day, sometimes more. Typically these will be a few early in the morning and then an update in …

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6 March 2008

Search within sites with Google

Google has just rolled out a new service for searchers. It is a new addition to the infamous onebox and replaces the old "More results from…" link. Have a look at a search for Endsleigh or Tesco and see the new addition. This search within site link activates a keyword site:URL command and I think it will be very helpful …

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6 March 2008

Social Media Mavens Getting Richer

I’m sure you’ll all have seen the stories in the news this morning announcing that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has made it on to this year’s Forbes Rich-list in position number 785. But who else from the world of Search and Social Media is on the list? Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page grab joint 5th place with a …

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5 March 2008

Hello China!

We’ve recently opened an office in Shanghai and are in the process of introducing Chinese translations to our branding, website etc. I wanted to do some research first to get some tips on how we should approach this. Fonts Ideally you should not have more than 30 characters on one line. There are three traditional Chinese typefaces Song, Kai and …

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