28 October 2009

Should Twitter moderate trending topics

I have been doing some research into twitter spam recently and came across a very interesting article by @stopthespam. They posted an on-line poll asking the question: Should twitter moderate trending topics to stop it from being spammed? The poll received 117 votes of which 76% responded in favour of Twitter moderation. Although the results are from a very small …

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28 October 2009

Twitter Search Live in UK on Bing

Just been annouced at  #imagine09 that this is now live: Click here. So you get the latest trending topics and then a search facility. Still in beta but that’s cool. Try it yourself. It still contains a load of US based hot topics (Lakers?) but probably to be expected. Let’s see how it develops. Once you conduct a search, in …

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28 October 2009

Political Search Index – your view?

Here at Tamar we recently launched our first Political Search Index which is a report we’re developing which tracks how easy it is for voters to find official policy information from the mainstream political parties online. We’re really pleased to see that this has generated some great coverage, as well as creating quite a bit of debate. As well as …

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27 October 2009

Surfacing content – why you need to do this

And what is surfacing content? Following on from the announcement last week about Google’s new Social Search which has now officially launched here I noticed that a certain phase was used a few times in describing how elements of Social Search works and that phrase was ‘surface content‘. But what does that actually mean and what do you need to …

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27 October 2009

A question of Flash

Adobe Flash (formally Macromedia Flash) first hit our screens in 1996 quickly reaching the cutting edge of web design technology. From banners to full GUI design solutions, Flash offers designers and developer’s powerful animation, audio/video streaming and Rich Internet applications (RIAs) development capabilities. This powerful tool is something that I have used for many years. Once using HTML Tables and …

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22 October 2009

Google Social Search – New!

Don’t get too excited though Alongside the announcement of Google and Twitter signing a deal it was also revealed that Google is to launch a new product called Social Search via their Google Labs experimental team. Sounds great yes? Well, I am not that excited as you have to  a Google Account, a Google Profile, and friends listed as Google …

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22 October 2009

Google & Bing sign up Twitter

Twitter to appear in Google and Bing Search Results First Bing and then Google announced that they had signed up to include Twitter updates in their search results. As Marissa Meyer commented ‘We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that …

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21 October 2009

Windows 7 – what’s all the fuss about?

This week is the official launch of Windows 7, the operating system that Microsoft is banking on to minimise the damage done by its predecessor, Vista. I have not received my own copy yet, but I thought I would test-drive it on a friend’s PC. There are numerous changes to the operating system, but I thought I would point out …

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20 October 2009

SEO Pro Training – Day Two Summary

The day was kicked up by a head to head presentation-off between Will Critchlow and Rand Fishkin on the subject of keywords. Both took very different approaches to tackling the subject of keyword research; Rand opting for the macro approach and looking at SEO market share as a whole and in driving traffic to the site, whereas Will opted for …

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