9 April 2009

Google image search gets colour filters

Okay, so whilst it might not be an algorithm update or an addition of streetview, we at Tamar like to give the nod to small Google changes as well as the sizable ones. And I would like to acknowledge yesterdays addition of a colour filter to Google image search. This makes it far easier to find whatever one is looking …

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9 April 2009

Oak Lodge School project, London – an appeal for materials and skills!

At the moment we're all working hard to scope and plan the Oak Lodge School project and we're now appealing for skills and materials to help us out. We've had some fantastic help already from Lydia and Roland at FCP Architects, who have created some fantastic concepts for the outdoor teaching area. They've kindly donated their time and skills to the project and we couldn't …

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8 April 2009

Social media: Enthusiastically embracing the erosion of our identity

Social network sites are making our children, and us, dumb – shortening our attention spans, causing us to search out sensationalism, creating in users an inability to empathise and leading us to nurse a shaky sense of identity. Or so says Baroness Greenfield, a professor of synaptic pharmacology at Lincoln College, Oxford, and director of the Royal Institution, who last …

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8 April 2009

Flash content – the spice of SEO?

In July 2008, a flash searchability announcement by Adobe sparked a wildfire of speculation around the SEO community that Google was almost fully-indexing Flash content. Adobe explained they were working with Google and Yahoo to allow indexing of Flash by allowing them to use their new Adobe Search Player (Ichabod) which would allow Google to go through the Flash file’s …

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7 April 2009

EU ISP’s to store user data for next 12 months!

As part of the UK’s efforts to improve security after the 2005 London bombings it was revealed this week that internet service providers (ISPs) will be storing user’s email and internet phone calls details for an entire year leaving me wondering, what happened to freedom of information? Thus far a number of ISPs have resisted suggestions made by the EU …

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6 April 2009

Surfing at work: not so bad actually

Finally! An Australian study has proven what so many have been trying to get away with for years: people who use the internet for personal reasons at work are about 9% more productive that those who do not.The University of Melbourne study showed that people who use the internet at work make better employees and that surfing the internet for …

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6 April 2009

Quiet image search revamp for Yahoo

Yahoo has updated its image search with a richer and sleeker interface that displays larger images, popular searches and more results. Also, it's much easier to browse related thumbnails. The Yahoo Image Search preview page is very similar to the Google Image Search preview page. But once something is searched for you'll see the difference: Google's well known preview: And …

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6 April 2009

One-liner site links: an analysis

The Google SERPs have had what might be considered a minor change this week, they have introduced a new kind of site-link called the one-liner. Traditionally site-links were reserved for the number one result for 'brand searches' or authorities for certain keywords. Now the new one-liner site links can appear anywhere on the first page. As you can see for …

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3 April 2009

TLC 5-a-side Football Tournament 2009

Once again, here I am on the morning after a the night before – and another highly successful charity event – this time the TLC 5-s-side football tournament held at Rocks Lane sports facility, Turnham Green. Eight teams of five fought it out in a group stage and knock out style competition (with some taking the 'knock out' bit a …

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