Oh Microsoft. We see what you did there. Everyone sees what you did there. You’re trying so hard, and you know what they say about trying too hard…
You tried to make Bing a verb, just like Google, and you paid for an awful lot of product placement for your phones and surface tablets in big budget American TV shows. And all it did was make us wince.
And then you built this: Bing It On, to show us all how Google and Bing search engine results pages differ. You did this to try and make us all use Bing. But do you know what it’s made me do instead? It’s made me go, “huh, all that optimisation I do for Google to make sure the right content displays in the SERP pages doesn’t work on Bing. Wow, Bing sucks.”
And somehow I really don’t think that was your plan. Continue reading
The European Court of Justice has ruled that “An internet search engine operator is responsible for the processing that it carries out of personal data which appear on web pages published by third parties” because, if I’m reading this correctly, a Google SERP for an individual’s name constitutes an overview of that person’s life, and if it includes damaging outdated information that breaches that person’s right to be forgotten, Google is responsible.
So if that picture up there of a Google search of my name included information about how I had done something damaging a decade ago, I could compel Google to take it down. In Europe, at least. Continue reading
Oh this I want, and I need, and oh look at that, I’ve supported the Kickstarter.
This is one of those things that when you see it just makes so much sense that you have no idea why someone hasn’t created one before.
Now, I am *not* supporting this one because it’s already passed its goal and I am oh so very broke right now, but I love the idea anyway. A portable wind turbine for your phone and other USB powered devices.
We truly are living in the future.
So I’m a big fan of my post apocalypse fiction, especially that which involves zombies. And I work in digital publishing and I’m always reading articles about where the digital newsroom is going next. So really it’s amazing to me that it’s taken me this long to read Mira Grant‘s Feed, a book about news and blogging after and during the (ongoing) zombie apocalypse.
If you haven’t read it you should turn your Kindle on right now and download it. The entire trilogy is under £15 and I read the first one (a not unhefty 500+ pages) in around 5 hours. I literally couldn’t put it down. It is that good.
But, the previous paragraph aside, this is not a book review post. No, this is a post looking at the way blogging has evolved in a world where the dead walk.
So Google Analytics is updating itself and taking us all with it. Universal Analytics is now out of beta and the times, they are a-changing.
Unique visitors are now users. Visits are now Sessions. And the customisable session timeout clock means that you too can now manipulate your site settings to artificially inflate your web traffic.
Other people see this as a problem, right? It’s not just me?
Or maybe it is just me, but either way, I’m concerned. Continue reading