13 January 2010

Usability best practice, Part 1 – Tab navigation

Using tabs as a navigation device has long been an established metaphor and is widely accepted as a user-friendly way to display top-level navigation (primary). But this wasn’t tabs original use they were used to show alternative views of the same group of information known as ‘module’ tabs. Somewhere along the line it evolved into ‘primary’ navigation as we know …

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13 January 2010

Google’s Pagerank adapted to prioritise tweeters

Ever since Google began to include real-time results in the SERPs, from sites like Twitter and other blogs, speculation has been rife as to how they prioritise which tweets appear and which don’t. Whilst a search on a popular ‘hot topic’ can often reveal what seems like a fast stream of tweets, a corresponding search on a site like Twitter …

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13 January 2010

Some clues and insight into 2009 Google search queries

This blog post on the Google blog, while not earth shattering, revealed some depths of the normally cloudy Google search data. It highlights some interesting little factoids about search in 2009 and where we might be going in 2010. The most striking factoid: Fraction of Google queries, duplicates excluded, never seen before: More than 1/3 Fraction of Google queries, duplicates …

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13 January 2010

Google to pull plug on China?

Google may end operations in China After a major attack on Google gmail accounts (among those were Chinese activists) last December, Google looks like it may be about to pull out of China. While not directly accusing the Chinese Government of  the attacks Google said they were no longer prepared to censor their Chinese results as agreed in 2006. While …

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12 January 2010

The best job in the world?

I may not spend my days lounging on a sandy white beach, while dolphins frolic and a cool breeze ruffles my hair, but I do have a job in one of the most interesting, fast developing and innovative industries in the world. And 2010 is, I’m certain, going to prove to be one of the most exciting years in Technology. …

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8 January 2010

The Political Search Index Part 2

Party leaders failing to fully protect their online reputations Our new political research shows that Britains party leaders are failing to protect their online repuations. Over the last two months Tamar tracked the reputation management of leading political figures to determine how successful they are at positioning themselves positively online. And the findings make interesting reading as Head of Search …

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7 January 2010

Top ten searches of the year: Google vs Yahoo vs Bing

Another year has come and gone, and I was curious to see what the top searches of the past year could reveal about 2009. Each year, Google, Yahoo and Bing examine the millions of queries that people around the world have typed into their search engines and compile a list of the most popular searches of the year. The top …

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1 January 2010

15 digital predictions for 2010

It’s that time of year when pundits start coming out of the woodwork to predict the next big thing. Here are my 15 predictions (15, because Tamar is 15 this year) for what’s going to be happening online in 2010: 1. Social media, and specifically Twitter, will continue to take over the world with the latter reaching 100 million users …

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31 December 2009

Social networking terminology become mainstays in the Oxford English Dictionary’s ‘words of the year’

As Oxford English Dictionary unveils its words of the year, we find social networking giants paving the way for new words. Words such as ‘tweetups’ and ‘unfriend’ are now mainstays in the Oxford dictionary, highlighting the up and coming importance of the online social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. So which words form the world of online made …

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