16 January 2008

Blogging 101

Back in 1994 a student named Justin Hall thought it would be interesting to create an online journal, detailing his life at Swarthmore College.  Justin’s blog has since been widely regarded as one of the earliest personal blogs on the internet.  Since his ‘experiment’ the internet has become flooded with these online journals, 106 million and counting – that’s nearly …

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16 January 2008

Call to Action / Conversion #4

Quick ideas to improve online conversion Ask yourself the following questions from the customers perspective: Can I find the item I’m looking for?Can I find something that interests me? –    Put top sellers on you homepage (show items that are cool, intereting and desirable)–    Test your navigation (categories, naming etc) with customers–    Show related items Do I …

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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NOTE: As some of these tips are out of date now (though not all), we’ve done an updated post with 7 more tips..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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