1 March 2010

The wonderous (and sometimes forgotten) world of white space

For this post the examples are focussed on web design however the points remain true with many other forms of design. For those unfamiliar with the term white space, here is what Wikipedia have to say about it: “White space or whitespace refers to the blank (white) area between written characters or graphic regions.” – Wikipedia This is a fundamental aspect …

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1 March 2010

Gowalla vs Foursquare – Battle of the apps!

As a recent convert to the iPhone, I’ve really enjoyed trying out some of the many apps I’ve heard people talking about for the past, what – year or so? Two of the apps I’ve heard a lot about are Gowalla and Foursquare, which both exist in the same ‘space’ – the space my esteemed colleague Milly just termed the …

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25 February 2010

Twitter Monetization: Who’ll be the Real winner?

According to new reports, next month Twitter will be launching an ad platform to make some money (finally!).  The first generation of Twitter ads will apparently appear as hashtagged messages in users’ streams. Details aren’t exactly clear at the moment. Interestingly, Twitter’s head of monetization indicated in an interview that they wouldn’t be in control of ads per se — …

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24 February 2010

Ode to Foursquare

Back in January I did attempt To take the Foursquare plunge Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be Because their beta app wouldn’t sync with my Blackberry About a week ago the Blackberry was replaced With a glorious iPhone Foursquare, you were the first app I downloaded And I am far from disappointed! You’ve made exploring the environs so entertaining You’re …

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24 February 2010

Google Credit Card Comparison Tool

Compare Credit Cards with Google Search on Google for credit card and you will see that Google have launched their own comparison tool, not dissimilar to the one for secured loans a few months ago. When you click through from the ad you get into a table of results, see below. Looks like it is for UK only credit cards. …

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22 February 2010

Labour disregards SEO with campaign page

Over the weekend, a new landing page was put live for the Labour party’s website. It’s a slick, flash-based page that reflects the new “Future Fair for All” theme touted by the Labour party at the moment. It is refreshing to see a traditionally stodgy website being dynamic and reflecting policy changes and campaigns in almost real-time, but it is …

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18 February 2010

Mobile Phone Predictive Technology Coming of Age?

I’m always on the lookout for something reliable to help me enter text quickly on mobile phones. I have high hopes for voice-recognition software but I personally can’t see it happening here any time soon. Given their diminutive screen and keyboard size, a tool to aid text input on mobile phones would be really useful, and right now it’s not …

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17 February 2010

Social media infiltrates Microsoft’s Outlook

Something came to my attention this morning and I must be honest, I have mixed feelings about it, but I can see the practicality of it. Microsoft’s information manager (their term, not mine), Outlook, now provides its users with the ability to connect to their social media profiles straight from the email client. It was announced in November last year …

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17 February 2010

Facebook launches Facebook Zero

Facebook has announced a new scaled-down version of its site called Facebook Zero. This stripped-down, low-bandwidth version of Facebook has been designed specifically with mobile users in mind.  Facebook has said that the site “omits data intensive applications like photos”. When you visit the URL on your mobile, you may see a notice that your carrier does not yet support …

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17 February 2010

7 lessons you can learn from Southwest Airlines

If you haven’t been following the ‘buzz’ on Twitter in the past few days, you may have missed what has become the social media story of the week, namely Director Kevin Smith’s experiences with the US airline Southwest. As it’s been immensely well covered, I won’t waste too much time giving you the background – if you want to read …

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