Indexed

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 Felicitously combining two of my favourite things – charts and jokes – Jessica Hagy’s indexed delivers a daily visualization that helps you make sense of this confusing world: Needless to say, my birthday’s in September. I suggest you add her to your feed list now.

Google for all your content needs?

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My colleague Mark has an interesting post on his blog about a hint from Google that they could re-purpose the AdSense engine to deliver personalized content in general, rather than just advertising content. They’d need to build an explicit preference engine into the system, but if that thought’s occurred to me, then you can bet … Read more

You can trust a Scouser…

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… to find something to moan about in almost any circumstance.  Apologies to any friends from the North (of England, that is) who may be reading this; if you’re offended, I’m afraid I now live too far away to come and do a Boris.

Skype-tastic

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I feel a little disloyal, given that VoIP is also a feature of Messenger, but I’ve opted for Skype for cutting the cost of my international calls now I’m here in the US (I shudder to think what my next mobile phone bill will look like). I’ve set up a UK SkypeIn number (contact me … Read more

I heard it on the radio…

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In a serendipitous combination of my love of gadgets and my love of Radio 4 (The Archers excepted, which I’ve never warmed to), Cener Development have come out with a Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget which plays BBC radio stations (in fact, the gadget can be customized to play any radio stream, at least those using … Read more

The joys of cross-domain tracking

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One of the dirtier little secrets of web analytics is tracking behavior across multiple domains. I got asked a question about this by a colleague today, so I thought I’d blog about it (the blogmaw gets fed for another day – hurrah). The problem Here’s the problem in a nutshell: to track a user’s behavior … Read more

Not born in the USA

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So, a mere five months after announcing it on this blog, I’ve finally made it to Seattle with my family. Appendicitis, last-minute dramas with mirrormirror, and even having my car towed in London the night before I was due to sell it (I got it back, fortunately, but am now £200 lighter for the experience) … Read more

What is Web 2.0? (Part III)

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You remember I mentioned in my first post about Web 2.0 that I was preparing to deliver a presentation on the topic to some folks at McCann Erickson in London? No? Ah. Well, I was. And I promised to post the presentation on this blog. So here it is, courtesy of slideshow-hosting site Slideshare, which … Read more

What is Web 2.0? (Part II)

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Following on from my lengthy post on the topic of what the heck Web 2.0 actually is, an excellent paper on Web 2.0 [PDF format] has appeared on Pew Internet’s website. It draws on Hitwise data about the growth of usage of certain “Web 2.0” sites (such as Wikipedia) compared to the stagnation of “Web … Read more

BBC looks to Microsoft for Web 2.0

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In an excellently timed follow-up to my post about Web 2.0, the BBC has signed a memorandum of understanding with Microsoft to act as a framework for joint projects between the two organizations, including Web 2.0-style stuff (the details are vague, but we can probably expect stuff like video sharing). Hopefully this will mean that … Read more