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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7 December 2009

How to help charities online this Christmas

Last week, we were lucky enough to be invited to attend a Twitter party at 10 Downing Street, organised by the Prime Minister’s wife Sarah Brown, to promote the “Million Mums” campaign. As the biggest Twitter-bore in Central Chiswick, I headed down to Westminster to represent Tamar at what turned out to be a great party that has been covered …

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7 December 2009

Google Personalised Search

What personalised search means for your site On Friday Google announced that it was rolling out personlised search for all users. This is a big change as previously personalised search was only run if you were logged in. Now Google will offer slightly adjusted results based on your previous 180 days history. For exmple if you search for ‘recipes’ and …

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2 December 2009

FarmVille is bigger than Twitter

Say what? For those who don’t know, FarmVille is a (rather addictive) Facebook app which allows ‘farmers’ to develop their very own little patch of land, complete with tractors, barns, woodsheds and fences…not to mention scarecrows, animals, fruit trees and crops. Speaking to journalists at the UK headquarters this week, Facebook revealed some pretty mind-blowing stats about the popular social …

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2 December 2009

Twitter making room for adverts?

If you’ve logged on to the Twitter website recently (an act which must be decreasing in popularity as more and more apps come onboard) you might have noticed a space at the bottom, under the “more” button – a space which has only recently appeared, and would seem like an IDEAL space for a banner advert or two…? It’s currently …

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