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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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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