15 January 2008

WhatOnEarthIsGoingOn

MSN creates online community around social issues MSN have partnered with WhatOnEarthIsGoingOn to create an online community for its existing user base. The community are able to access the portal to learn about and discuss social issues. Brands are also able to connect with users in this latest example of cause marketing. Cause marketing is about brands differentiating themselves from …

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14 January 2008

If you’ve ever wondered what a mash up is…

.. then here is a fine example from the BBC. The Wikipedia definition of a mash up is "a web application that combines data and/or functionality from more than one source". A developer at the BBC, Simon Cross, has taken online information already available which tells him what is currently being played on the Radio. He then uses this information …

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14 January 2008

Rate of indexing by Yahoo!and MSN

How do they compare to Google? We all know that Google indexes new information really quickly, whether it is via a blog posts, news articles or just a plain old web page. But how quick are Yahoo! and MSN? And how much of a change is there in their respective SERPs based on this new information? Over the next few …

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14 January 2008

9 Facebook Tips That You May Not Know…

NOTE: As some of these tips are out of date now (though not all), we’ve done an updated post with 7 more tips.. Click here to read it! Here’s some tips from a seasoned Facebook user, which should help even the most experienced Social Networker get a little more out of our favourite social network… 1. Added applications don’t have …

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11 January 2008

Speaking Freely

"Just had a thought that maybe worth thinking about how quickly Yahoo and MSN index against Google. Just a thought. Bye." spoken through SpinVox

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11 January 2008

The Best Career of 2008!

US News does an annual article on what they consider to be the Best Careers of 2008 and I am thrilled to report that Usability/User experience specialist was 1 of 31 careers highlighted. Of course, I am happy about this in terms of my own job security, but I am even happier to see the profession listed as this means …

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11 January 2008

Facebook Limiting Profile Apps to 12

Facebook have announced on their Developer Blog that they’re launching a new "profile clean-up" tool in response to users complaining that other peoples profiles are getting too cluttered. Similar to the windows "clean up your desktop" tool, it will trim down the number of applications (including the Facebook-own apps like Wall, Mini-feed and the like) down to 12 on your …

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11 January 2008

Google Reading Flash Files

"I’m just leaving a message via SpinVox. This is the voice activation logging system which seems to work very well and it’s on the news that, it looks like Google is going to be using the Adobe SDK tool which allows them to read the content in flash files. This has been on the card for a while, I’m sure …

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10 January 2008

Google, Facebook and Plaxo to join DataPortability Workgroup

Google and Facebook have joined the DataPortability Workgroup, an organisation whose purpose is to create ways of sharing user-generated content between social networks. Chris Saad, co-founder and CEO of Faraday Media and an organiser of the data portability recently mentioned in a blog post that "together represent the key players in the competing approaches to social networking platforms and data …

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10 January 2008

Wikia needs more time.

The launch of the Wikia search engine has been greeted by some criticism, but Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikia says that he is building something different that will take time and user input.  Users of the new search engine will be able to rank and rate their search results by using open source software and also by tracking IP addresses …

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