March 23rd, 2012 — Latest News
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We have all seen the rapid rise in popularity of Pinterest and how the site lets users create “boards” where they can collect images from across the web and share them with friends and strangers. Pinterest’s low key approach makes sense for the users because it appeals to people interested in creating curated collections of photographs around a topics, such as fashion, food or floral fabrics. Essentially they are making a scrapbook that links back to the original source of each photo, whether it be a fashion blog or an online store it has become very populkar with the female demographic especially in the United States.
BO.LT is now open in BETA mode for people looking at sharing content and websites they like. BOLT is different instead of pinning an image to a board the user is effectively bolting the image to a page and it is not suprising that this more masculine terminology has proved popular with a male demo graphic.
BOLT also allow users to edit the webpage they have “BOLTED” using a very intuative editing feature. So the bolted page can look different to the original pages content.
It is that time of year again when The Challenge starts. Now The Challenge has been running every year since 2005 and has seen over 173,000 people take the plunge. You have nothing to loose as the course is totally free. That is right - There is no charge for awesomeness.
What is the challenge?
The original idea was simple. Can you earn $1 in 30 days and it was originally called The 30 Day Challenge. Last year the name changed to just The Challenge and changed from a day by day process to a to modular process . Which works well so you can learn at your own pace.
Who is Ed Dale?
The Ex Tubby Nerd has now transformed in to The hottest man in the universe and you can find out more on how he ranked at #1 on Google for that phrase when you join the challenge. You will like Ed’s down to earth approach to internet marketing and how he and the rest of the gang deliver content in a variety of ways to suit your needs.
More than a challenge
For those of you who have already taken The Challenge or already know a little about building websites, internet marketing or selling online there is always more to learn and I would recommend heading over to The Immediate Edge which is Ed and Dan Raine’s private membership group providing the latest cutting edge techniques.
December 11th, 2010 — Latest News
Every year Google release Zeitgeist which highlights the most popular searches carried out over the year. This year Google have split the data into different categories like Fastest Rising, Entertainment, Sports, People, Health and the Fastest falling…
The results are a like a snapshot of the year 2010. With the fastest falling being Swine Flu, The fastest rising iPad and chatroulette. In entertainment it is a young Justin Bieber a name I had not even heard about this time last year!
It is interesting but not surprising to see the social networks Twitter and Facebook appearing in the top 10 fastest rising. Yes, people really do go to Google and search for Facebook! I am never surprised that people do perform the strangest Google Search!
Finally in the news it was Haiti and Chile dominated the search queries for news this year. You can find more about Zeitgeist at http://www.google.com/intl/en/press/zeitgeist2010/
Google has seen massive changes itself in the latter half of this year with “Instant Search” – Predicting our query as we type and “Instant Preview” showing a snapshot of the webpage before we click.
November 12th, 2010 — Latest News
In the last 24 hours Google have introduced Google Instant Previews to the Google interface and user experience which allows you to preview the website prior to clicking on the actually link. It is a very nice AJAX effect and perhaps useful to a searcher who can tell from the preview the type of page they are about to click.
My thoughts on this are-
· The page quality and design can be seen prior to visiting the site and this will hopefully improve the design of websites so they can look good in the preview.
· It can be slow to load, This is quite a big factor considering how quickly results are delivered with Google Instant Search and Google’s passion for delivering results quickly.
· Longer pages may have an increased click through rate as the preview displayed is bigger and more eye catching to the user.
The main down side is paid search. All the ads that appear in the right hand column are obscured by the preview. The paid adverts are Google’s main source of income and I find it hard to believe that Google is happy blocking a paid ad with a natural search results page.
I am sure that Google have carried out thorough research into this but it appears they have favoured the “searcher” over the “advertiser” and this may become something Google regrets if it sees a drop in advertising revenue. If so I am sure Google will be quick to drop the preview.
The only upside for Google is advertisers will need to spend more money to see their advert is displayed in the top 3 spots that are not obscured by the preview pane.