16 April 2009

4chan Runs Again

Ashton Kutcher and the CNN have challenged each other to see who can achieve 1,000,000 followers on their Twitter accounts. Both were perilously close at the time of writing; with CNN having 963,493 and Mr. Kutcher having 948,385. But, like with most challenges on the internet, the nefarious 4chan has a way of toppling the mightiest of contenders. The members …

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16 April 2009

Celebrities getting charitable with Twitter

The world of Twitter has been a-buzz in the past couple of days with talk of celebrities 'giving back' via Twitter. X-men star and all-round Australian nice-guy Hugh Jackman has pledged to give $100,000 to a non-profit charity that can pitch their cause to him using only 140 characters (the standard message format on Twitter) – an announcement which seems …

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15 April 2009

An interesting use of typography on the web

April’s XD blog theme is: ‘An interesting use of typography on the web’. The website that I have chosen is: crowleywebb.com The reason why I have chosen this website is because despite being mainly text-based (with the homepage consisting only of text on a flat background colour), there is a lot more to this site than it intially seems. The …

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15 April 2009

Google Street View causes trouble again

While citizens have generally accepted the fact that you're never far from a camera in Britain, where millions of surveillance cameras in its streets, shopping centres and public spaces watch your every step, residents in the affluent village of Broughton in southern England recently formed a human chain to turn away a car shooting images for Google Street View. Apart …

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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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