Site review: Authonomy

Authonomy, a site from publisher Harper Collins, is a social network which will allow aspiring writers to exhibit their talents online.


Publishers receive too many manuscripts to sift through themselves, and this seems like a good way to sort the wheat from the chaff, so how does it shape up? 


IA: Bottom up meets top down in School of Everything

The innovative School of Everything offers a great chance to learn from others like you. 

But will its combination of user-generated and company-generated navigation help or hinder findability in the long run?


Q&A: Kristofer Arwin of review site TestFreaks

TestFreaks, launched at the end of last year, is a consumer review site that aggregates technical information and opinions about a range of products.

It was founded by Kristofer Arwin, Magnus Wiberg and Martin Alexanderson, all of whom previously founded PriceRunner back in 1999.

We talked to Kristofer about his plans for the TestFreaks, and how he aims to make it into the world's biggest product review site...


The Web Week in Review

While the launch of Google's Chrome web browser took up many of the headlines this week in the world of technology (and I had to include one story on the launch here), there was other interesting news.


Using PayPal's IPN system

One of the benefits of having your own merchant account is the level of integration that it provides.

A payment gateway enables your customers to pay without leaving your website, and there is almost no limit to the ways that you can build specific functionality related to payments that makes business easier for customers and your business.


Google Chrome: a review

Google Chrome, the first web browser from the search engine giant, was released for download this week in a beta version.

Google Chrome 

Will it be a serious rival for Internet Explorer, Firefox and other browsers though? Here's a run-through of some of its features...


Wither widgets?

It wasn't too long ago that we were told widgets were the marketer's recession survival tool and that Facebook's application platform, which allows developers to build widgets for the social network's users, heralded the ushering in of another "new economy."

My how quickly times change.


E-consultancy shortlisted for award... woop!

Happy faces here at E-consultancy Towers (aka Lemon Studios) this morning following the news that we have been shortlisted in this year's AOP Awards.

We've been lucky enough to win two of these awards previously, and here's hoping we can add to our collection this year. Penguin suits at the ready!

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The first half of 2008: the internet economy in review

With the first half of 2008 solidly behind us, I thought it'd be worthwhile to look back at some of the general trends established in the internet economy. After all, it's hard to know where you're going if you don't know where you've been.

What follows are the most important trends I saw in the first half of the year.


How to look like a million bucks

In the world of business, image counts for a lot. It may not be everything, but sometimes it's pretty darn close.

Sure, you always have to deliver, but sometimes getting a new client or closing a big deal is as dependent upon how you look to the client as it is upon how qualified you are.


First impressions of the Google Chrome web browser

Yesterday saw Google’s entry into the Browser wars. Launched initially for Windows, later releases will include Mac and Linux/Unix-based software.

The SEO industry in particular has been abuzz with the launch, with many taking special time out of their day to test the new tool (Ref: Twitter – you know who you are).

However, what is the big deal?


Q&A:’s Marc Webber on online video content

Marc Webber is the head of content at and the man in charge of developing its fast-growing broadband TV service.

Here, we ask him about the progress the broadcaster is making with its catch-up TV and made-for-web content, as well as in developing new revenue streams like product placement.