Why The Guardian, and I, love Twitter

Micro-blogging service Twitter launched back in March of 2006 and was thought by many to have 'tipped' at last year's SXSW tech conference in Austin, Texas.

But a slew of recent articles, including one in today's Guardian, suggests that it might be about to tip again. And this is why you should care.


The importance of knowing who you are

Perhaps one of the most challenging questions for an entrepreneur to answer is 'what does my company really do and what is its true role in the marketplace?'

It's a simple question. But it is difficult for many entrepreneurs to answer realistically, because there's a natural tendency on their part to think their companies do more and have more potential than is actually true.

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Site review: 'visual search engine' Viewzi

Viewzi offers an alternative to the traditional text view of search results. It recently launched in beta, so we've taken a look.

Viewzi search

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Upgrading a website? Four key SEO tips for web design firms

As many web design firms take on the remit of upgrading a client’s website, it is important to integrate best practice SEO techniques into the web design process.

This will ensure that your client both maintains and benefits from the free rankings available in the organic listings of the major search engines.


eBay vs Craigslist: double Web 2.0 standards?

Craigslist is more than just a popular online classifieds service. The bare-bones site created by Craig Newmark represents, to some, the epitome of the New Internet.

It is fueled by a dedicated community and Craig has eschewed the temptation to fully exploit its commercial potential for his personal gain, even going so far as to state "my exit strategy is death".


Q&A: Dailymotion's Kate Burns on monetising UGC

Kate Burns was recently appointed UK MD of video sharing site Dailymotion as the French start-up looks to expand internationally.

We asked the former Google exec about the challenges of monetising user generated content and how she is planning to build up the site's appeal to users and brands.


Doritos invites user-generated TV ad

Doritos, the tortilla corn crisp brand owned by PepsiCo, has launched a new online campaign to engage users with an interactive website, user generated content and strong links to social networking sites.

Historically, FMCG brands have been slow to embrace online marketing as they have struggled to deliver a compelling creative message and measure the effectiveness of their campaigns.


Useful reputation management resources

Reputation management and reputation monitoring are hot topics in 2008 and there are a whole host of resources that offer cost effective ways to manage your brand online.


Microsoft dumps Yahoo but the drama is just beginning

Microsoft might be the software company that everyone loves to hate, and Steve Ballmer might be crazy .

But Microsoft and Ballmer proved two things by deciding to walk away from an acquisition of Yahoo this past weekend - they are not desperate and they are not stupid.


10 things can do better online

No matter how successful an e-commerce site is, there are often ways in which a site can be improved to maintain its appeal to customers and maximise conversions.

We have looked at M&S, Amazon and Tesco already, now we take a look at Next to see what improvements could be made to their website...


The Web Week in Review

This week's hodgepodge of articles I found interesting includes news that could impact the Microsoft-Yahoo courtship, online streaming music, digital thieves and young entrepreneurs.


Site review: Snooth

Snooth is a wine review site that previously covered only the US, but recently launched worldwide and now displays information from sellers in 40 countries.