8 March 2010

The Googlization of Twitter

The Wall Street Journal revealed more details about Twitter’s monetisation plans. According to insiders, Twitter will be launching ‘Google-style’ sponsored ads around its search results. Brands have expressed mixed feelings about the news. According to the trade journal, Marketing, some brands, like Virgin Media, see it as an excellent way to harness the power of the platform. While others, such …

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5 March 2010

WordPress ‘pushes’ blogs into real-time

You may remember a previous post of mine about the real-time web and various emerging technologies that will enable the transition for older technologies into this frontier. I mentioned how Twitter could be useful in Google results using Greasemonkey (which Google have since implemented themselves) and also how RSS was a dying technology in terms of the increasing real-time need …

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5 March 2010

Google’s Babelfish

The latest tech buzz to get me excited is the news that Google is developing mobile speech-to-speech translation: a real life babelfish! The software would provide real-time, speech-to-speech translation to a smartphone, and will hopefully be ready in two years. The reason I particularly love this cross-over between  sci-fi and reality is that I spent nearly a year at uni …

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4 March 2010

Google webmaster tools loves site managers

In the space of a few days two great features caught my eye, as they will make the lives of webmasters so much easier. Long awaited Site Verification Sharing I couldn’t be happier to hear that Google added a long waited feature to their Webmaster Tools Site Verification process. Previously if more than one person needed to be a verified …

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2 March 2010

Advertising + Social Media = ♥

Hot on the heels of the rumours about Twitter’s advertising platform, Digg.com – a social news aggregator – has provided a performance update on its innovative advertising model. Several months ago, Digg wowed the world with an advertising system built around social media. Digg’s online visitors and users were able to provide feedback on the site’s ads by “digging” (the …

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1 March 2010

Windows users now have the option to choose their favourite browser

As from today (1 March 2010), Microsoft is legally obliged to start advertising alternatives to its web browser, Internet Explorer (IE), following an agreement reached with the European Competition Commission (ECC) in December 2009. The ECC’s case has been running since 2008 and Microsoft finally signed on the dotted line on 16 December to offer alternative browsers from 1 March. …

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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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