Archive for Google

Google and Twitter trends come to the UK

28 January 2010 , , ,
Cross-posted from the Mandate blog: For a long time both Google and Twitter have provided information on the currently hot terms – those words people are using to search (Google) or in tweets (Twitter). The data has been global totals, which in practice means the data tells you what is currently hot with Americans, with […]

Winning elections with the internet: Google Surge back in the news

25 January 2010 , , , ,
Last month I blogged about what’s called a “Google Surge“: The phrase “Google Surge” (aka a “network blast” for those less keen on using a militaristic vocabulary for all things political) has been coined to describe the practice of blanketing websites viewed by inhabitants of a particular area with geo-targeted online adverts in the last […]

Habbo Hotel’s Facebook tie-up: a sign of things to come

12 January 2010 , , , ,
The news that Habbo Hotel, the extremely popular social network for teenagers, is launching a tie-up with Facebook is not only significant in itself but a sign of things to come. It’s immediate significance is in ease and convenience: Facebook users will be able to use Habbo Hotel without having to register separately, users of […]

Will the 2010 election be the Google Surge election?

21 December 2009 , ,
PoliticsOnline published this piece from me earlier in the month: The phrase “Google Surge” (aka a “network blast” for those less keen on using a militaristic vocabulary for all things political) has been coined to describe the practice of blanketing websites viewed by inhabitants of a particular area with geo-targeted online adverts in the last […]

Europe's biggest publisher moves to charging for online news

12 December 2009 , ,
The Germany Axel Springer group has this week launched an iPhone application for two national German newspapers, Bilt and Die Welt. For both there is a monthly subscription charge for access. The group is also intending to introduce charging more widely, with details due next week of how it will charge for local content on […]

The diversity of search terms: a striking example

10 December 2009 ,
My post about Episode 10 of the TV series Flash Forward has been doing rather well at getting traffic from search engines. In total 81 different search phrases have generated traffic to the page and the most popular of those has only produced 10% of the total search engine traffic. That’s a pretty striking example […]

Which social bookmarking services matter in the UK?

9 December 2009 , , , ,
Take a look round the internet, and you’ll find stories and posts littered with icons urging you to share the content via social bookmarking services such as Digg and StumbleUpon. But take a look at the sites themselves, and it’s clear that they are not only dominated by US users but also often designed with […]

Is fragmenting data the way to beat Google?

8 December 2009 , , , , ,
The outlines of a serious challenge to Google’s domination have started to take shape in the last few weeks and, rather than being based on someone doing a better search engine (as per many of the previous ones), it is based on fragmenting data on the internet. We’ve already seen Rupert Murdoch’s desire to take […]

What’s an API?

4 December 2009 ,
Cross-posted from Reputation Online: The humble two and three pin electrical plugs and sockets are in many ways a mini-marvel of standardisation. Electricity generation and power distribution companies can change what they do and how they do it in all sorts of different ways, as can the manufacturers of devices which requiring plugging in. But […]

Google's blog search gets a menu boost

29 November 2009
Over the summer I posed the question If Google is so great at usability, why…, raising the odd location of the “Blogs” option on Google searches. It looks like Google now acknowledges the point I made (though I suspect it wasn’t my blog post that triggered the thought!) as the new look Google interface, which […]