Recent posts in my Google Category
November 21, 2012
“Platform wars” - Charles Arthur at Online Information
At Online Information this year Charles Arthur was talking about the platform wars that he has recently written a book about, inspired by a call from a publisher’s agent who observed that Apple, Microsoft and Google “always seem to be fighting each other.” Here are my notes from the session.
November 6, 2012
“Brazil’s newspapers close ranks against Google and Apple” - Caio Túlio Costa at #TAS12
Two talks at the Tablet and App summit in Frankfurt addressed the issue of national newspaper groups coming together to challenge the established digital distribution channels of Apple, Amazon, Google and the like. The first of these case studies came from Brazil - Caio Túlio Costa explaining how the newspaper industry had challenged Google and Apple.
May 15, 2012
Google Currents - a system for publishers, not journalists
I always like to play around with new toys, and so as soon as the Google Currents production system was released to the public, I set about making an edition for myself - and discovered that it is a system for publishers, not journalists or individual authors.
May 2, 2012
If even Google and Facebook are struggling with the pace of change - what chance media companies?
Reading pieces by Eric Jackson and Peter Kirwan yesterday leaves an awkward question hanging in the air. If Google and Facebook are really struggling with the impact of disruption to their business models from changes in trends on the internet, where does that leave media companies, many of whom haven’t really got to grips with web 1.0 yet?
January 11, 2012
SEO is dead. Again.
The launch of Google’s “Search, plus Your World” launch has started a round of people exclaiming that SEO is dead. Again. I’m trying to find out exactly when the fatality took place - and the earliest claim I can find is March 2005.
January 5, 2012
Google+ survey for FUMSI
If you’ve got two minutes, and you use Google+, then I’d really appreciate it if you could find the time to fill in a quick survey I’m running about the use of the service. The results will feed into some articles that I am writing for FUMSI.
February 15, 2011
New York Times article on SEO delves into the real link economy
A link to a New York Times piece on the world of SEO has been doing the rounds for the last few days - “The Dirty Little Secrets of Search”. If you've never really delved into the SEO world then it is a decent layman's introduction.
February 9, 2011
BBC Sport defends itself against accusations of selling paid SEO links on BBC Online
There has been a bit of a storm in a teacup this week over whether the BBC is selling links on the BBC Sport site, prompted by this blog post from Sam Rutley. Lewis Wiltshire, Editor of the BBC Sport site, has utterly refuted the claims. Most news organisations are a little naive about the cash value of links on their domains.
February 3, 2011
Google and Bing - 3 quick points about their spat
Three quick things about the highly enjoyable spat between Google & Microsoft over whether Bing has been stealing search results.
February 2, 2011
"User research lessons from Philips, Google & the BBC" - Steve Rogers at PublicZone's user research event
On Friday I was talking at an event hosted by digital agency PublicZone, who specialise in working with not-for-profit organisations. They were launching a new booklet, "The User Research Handbook", and one of the speakers was an ex-BBC colleague, Steve Rogers, who is now Director of EMEA at Google. During the course of his talk Steve gave several examples of where user research had informed and improved design at Philips, Google and the BBC.
January 19, 2011
Why comment spam still exists - and why I'll stay 'dofollow'
If you've been running a blog for any length of time, you'll be sure to have come across the phenomena of comment spam. People pimping sex products and pr0n are easy to spot, but there is a whole breed of spammer out there who are rather more subtle. They particularly target blogs which allow them to post links which aren't marked as 'nofollow', making them valuable in the eyes of search engines.
January 18, 2011
Is Google the real key to Wikipedia's success?
The Internet has been celebrating the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia, which is held up as the poster child of crowd-sourcing and the proof of the existence of what Clay Shirky calls the 'cognitive surplus' that the web enables us to harness. I do wonder, though, whether Google gets enough credit for the success of Wikipedia.
August 16, 2010
"How soon is now?" - Google Wave and live reporting
Google Wave promised journalists the possibility of collaboration and live publishing that was both real-time and permanent. With the recent announcement that Google is no longer supporting the product, what lessons can be learned about the merits of a real-time publishing tool.
August 12, 2010
5 things the news industry can learn from Google Wave
The demise of Google Wave has been much publicised, and widely described as yet another failure by Google to 'get' the social web. I think there are some valuable lessons for the news industry from the way that Wave was developed, launched and died. And I promise not to include a single predictable pun...
July 30, 2010
EuroIA 2010 update
This year's EuroIA conference in Paris is getting closer, and registrations have now opened. There are early bird discounts available until August 6th, and Eric Reiss tells us that uptake is 100% up on this time last year. Space is limited, so I urge you get registered soon.
July 16, 2010
Nic Newman, Emily Bell and Peter Barron discuss "#UKelection2010, mainstream media and the role of the internet"
This week Google in London hosted the launch of a study paper by ex-BBC News strategist and journalist Nic Newman entitled "#UKelection2010, mainstream media and the role of the internet: how social and digital media affected the business of politics and journalism". As well as NIc, the evening featured Emily Bell and Peter Barron discussing the findings of the report.
May 24, 2010
Google Diversity Grant places up for grabs at EuroIA
Google are offering two free places for female computer scientists at this year's EuroIA Summit in Paris. Here are details of how to apply.
February 27, 2010
The Sun relying on 'copyright thieves' Google and Yahoo! for their Wrightys XI campaign
Despite Murdoch's stance that search engines steal his newspaper's content, The Sun are using search keywords as the main marketing thrust for their 2010 FIFA World Cup competition.
January 5, 2010
Evening Standard fails African Cup Of Nations geography test
Whilst the Evening Standard gets confused about whether the African Cup Of Nations is being held in Angola or Ghana, The Guardian is making available an open public sporting events calendar which knows for sure.
December 17, 2009
Google Chrome - now with added Mariah Carey
Google have recently put together a huge marketing push for their Chrome browser - but should they be making more of the fact that it comes with an optional Mariah Carey theme?
November 26, 2009
Google's recursive lunar image swirls
November 2, 2009
Carbon, clippings and checking out Wave - more cool stuff on guardian.co.uk
October 27, 2009
Paid search and politics - still some learning for the parties to do
September 30, 2009
Google ads battleground between The Sun and Labour
Labour vs The Sun on Google
Google Ads drag the Hillsborough disaster into the recent spat between the party and the newspaper
September 14, 2009
English Defence League advertises Muslim dating agency on their forum
August 4, 2009
"Graceful Hacks" - UX, IA and interaction design tips for hack days
UX, IA and interaction design tips for hack days
July 31, 2009
Social media unplugged: Part 4 - Google Bookmarks, Fark and Mixx
July 9, 2009
Michael Jackson and search at The Guardian
July 8, 2009
Activate 09 at The Guardian: Notes and take-away quotes - Part 4
June 2, 2009
A Google-eye view of the European Elections
April 12, 2009
Tracking the "Credit Crunch" with Google Street View: Crouch End
April 11, 2009
Tracking the "Credit Crunch" with Google Street View: Muswell Hill
Tracking the "Credit Crunch" with Google Street View
Comparing recent pictures of shops in Muswell Hill and Crouch End with how they appeared when the Google cameras were in town
April 9, 2009
When RSS ads go bad...
March 27, 2009
Press silence on Alfie Patten DNA test result broken by Google News
March 21, 2009
London's abandoned Underground Stations on Google Street View
Abandoned Tube Stations on Street View
Peek at the disused bits of London's Underground that you can see overground using Google Street View