19 January 2010

The browsing experience – Not everyone sees what you see

For years web designers have had to deal with compatibility issues across multiple browsers and for just as many years have had to accept content being displayed in slightly different ways. This is unlikely to change soon but the differences are becoming fewer and fewer. To make the most of this you need to choose a browser in which to …

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19 January 2010

Taking the Foursquare Plunge

I signed up for Foursquare, the location-based social network, the week it launched in the UK back in October and have yet do the equivalent of my first tweet, i.e. checking in at a location. There are two reasons why I didn’t bother to dive in headfirst. First, I’m a Blackberry user and there isn’t a publicly available Foursquare app …

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18 January 2010

Facebook/Twitter face-off

In the growing battle for online supremacy between Facebook and Twitter, is Facebook the one running scared? Facebook has just soft launched its own Twitter-like retweet function called Share, a way for users to share other people’s status updates with their friends. The new functionality will sit alongside the Comment and Like buttons at the bottom of a post. Facebook …

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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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