Do you eat, sleep and breathe web analytics? Do you find yourself constantly checking how many visitors your websites have received today? Is scouring your analytics in search of new wisdom a hobby?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ll love what Google just announced. If you answered no, there’s still probably something of value in it for you too.
Google Maps has launched an on-site applets platform that could do for the mapping tool what Apps have done for Facebook.
Mapplets are mini web applications that can be bolted on to extend a user’s Google Maps experience with a range of new functions, from petrol prices to Manchester’s Metro system.
The Foundation for Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), a software rights advocacy group, has offered a EUR 2,500 prize to whoever can devise the best campaign against Microsoft’s attempts to seek standardisation for its Office file formats.
In this interview, usability guru Jakob Nielsen takes aim at RSS, Flash and the design failings of the consumer electronics industry.
He calls Google’s non-search products a “hotch-potch of weird stuff”. He digs into sex and segmentation. And he also reveals his day rate…
Yahoo! has introduced a new tag that lets site owners make their core content more visible in search results.
The robots-nocontent tag allows webmasters to define areas of a page that are merely navigational elements or other secondary constructs that should be ignored by search spiders.
E-consultancy has doubled in size over the past year, but with that has come new challenges – let’s just say we have a hefty development to-do list.
With that in mind we’re on the lookout for a world class Head of Website Development. Somebody with very strong technical / development skills, as well as an understanding of how our plans fit in with business and marketing goals.
More details after the jump…
I’ve just returned from holiday where I did my best to stay completely away from any technology other than my camera (for good reason), and am getting back into the swing of things nicely.
One of the pleasant not-so surprises on returning was the recent launch of a UK TechCrunch site which is focused on UK Web 2.0 and mobile startups.
If you’re interested in what’s happening on the Web at the moment (driven by open source technologies), then taking a moment to listen to Tim talk about the challenges to the Open Source model will probably be useful.
On the topic of blogging, it seems worthwhile to talk a little about the blogging ecosystem, both for discussion and future reference (things change fast!). Like an ecosystem, blogging is a feedback mechanism, is most useful when you understand what is being said about you on the blogosphere, and unlike an ecosystem giving freely is more beneficial.
I’ve been dealing with a few clients of late, most of which have heard the ruckus around this newfangled Web 2.0 thing, and most of which want to do something Web 2.0 with their projects. Some want to implement blogs, others are interested in Wiki’s and podcasting, and surprisingly most of them want some Ajax features. The list goes on.
That’s really good because I’m always happy to talk to people about getting more out of the web, specifically around creating better and more valuable user experiences, but the problem I have (and which I communicate) is that Web 2.0 doesn’t just stop at implementing a blog engine, podcasts, a Wiki or Ajax.
When the big tech brands like Amazon start using Ajax to improve their user interface you know the tipping point has been reached. So how long will it be before the great and good embrace Fjax, aka ‘Ajax 2.0’?