23 December 2009

Will Google’s new URL shortener make tracking easier?

As you’ll probably have heard by now, Google are stepping in to the URL-shortening game with the launch of their own service – http://goo.gl/. Currently only available for use by Google’s own tools (i.e. The Google toolbar and the like), it’s almost certainly going to be opened up to the public at some point, putting Google in direct competition with …

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16 December 2009

Web design trends we lost in 2009

Do you still think “above the fold” or think that multiple pages are better for SEO? Here I outline how 2009 has seen the thankful demise of a few web design trends or myths: Frames Thanks mainly to W3C accessibility guidelines, the usage of frames has rapidly declined over the years. In fact usability best practices don’t recommend using iFrames …

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14 December 2009

Facebook privacy tweaks allow targeted status updates

One of the less-publicised new features that rolled-out to all Facebook users this week, along with the much-talked-about new privacy settings is the ability to target your status updates to certain groups of people. Simply clicking on the little padlock icon that now shows up beneath the status update box brings up a plethora of options for how that (or …

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14 December 2009

Do not misunderestimate the power of words

It is a bad idea to misunderestimate the power of the interwebs. This past year the world cheered to Obamamania, suffered a financial tsunami, saw the rise of zombie banks and recessionista’s, and decided to start paying more attention to green washing and e-vampires. We saw the rise (and fall) of wonderstars like Susan Boyle (who also topped 100 million …

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14 December 2009

Drawing attention with related posts

Why are we talking about related posts? To try and improve the effectiveness of the Tamar blog, it was thought important to draw more attention to the related posts to reduce bounce rate. The best option seemed to be to take the related posts from being just a list and make it larger and more visual. Sometimes a title of …

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8 December 2009

It’s time to get social

As you’ve probably heard, on Monday Google announced that real-time search has arrived. Real-time results are being “rolled-out” gradually over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for them next time you do a search. Real-time searches will appear in a “latest results” box on the SERP. Live streaming content is pulled in from blogs, forums, social bookmarking …

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8 December 2009

Google Real Time Search

Google Live Search Like London buses Google announcements are coming thick and fast these days following a realtively quiet development period. Obviously lots has been going on behind the scenes. At the end of last week we saw the quiet launch of personalised search and yesterday saw the loudly heralded announcement of real time search by Google.  Interesting they should …

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