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When your sales conversion is lower than expected - asking the tech team for web performance metrics may not help: visitors per hour is not enough, concurrent users is plain unhelpful.
Yahoo’s decision to open up its email API is great news for web mail users and is a great example of what Web 2.0 is about. How long will it be before a major retailer like Tesco follows suit?
Former Google France boss Franck Poisson has hooked up with Yahoo!, which will provide advertising and search services on Webwag, his new customisable homepage venture.
The deal will see Webwag displaying sponsored links from Yahoo!, as well as launching what it claims is the sector’s first ‘personal wide web’ search feature – through which users can sift through their chosen content as well as the web as a whole.
Nielsen//NetRatings has released a survey that shows the latest internet trends and technologies are still a mystery to many UK consumers.
The report shows 52% of British web users believe online and digital technologies make their life easier, but a similar percentage say they find them difficult to follow.
Amazon has scaled back its A9 search engine by canning personalised features and no longer requiring users to log in.
The etailer removed the functions late last week, with a spokesperson telling the Associated Press it was "shifting its priorities to areas where it can provide the greatest benefit for customers."
Yahoo! is planning to give free access to code for its Mail service in a bid to encourage mash-ups and independent application development.
The move, which will happen later this year, was announced as part of a ‘Yahoo! Hack Day’ aimed at helping programmers to build apps using the portal’s various services.
Mike Rundle has written a post called The Catch-22 of Web 2.0 in which he says he feels like “the only person seeing certain things happen – like watching a train wreck in slow motion”.
Mike is a top web designer who makes some cynical points that don’t make too much sense from where I’m sitting.
So let’s go through them one by one…
A social conference is a physical embodiment of the web 2.0 world and like the web itself presents a unique and invigorating opportunity to communicate and connect. Is this the future of conferencing?
A "cacaphony of complaints" from web publishers has prompted the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) to put pressure on the industry's two major metrics firms to improve their methodologies and transparency, reports AdWeek .
The magazine says several top publishers have expressed doubts over the unique user and traffic data being provided by Nielsen//NetRatings and comScore Media Metrix, both of which are preparing to be audited.
I have recently returned from an international standards meeting in Washington (and that is a story in itself – I nearly had to fly without my laptop and Treo – aargh!) where we were discussing the revision of the human centred design standard ISO 13407.
There continues to be a tension between web design that is “highly-designed” and web design that is accessible and search engine friendly. The former sites tend to be Flash only or rely heavily on DHTML.
So it is possible for a site to be beautiful but accessible?