Google

30Jun

Google, Privacy, and You

On giant robots and dirty laundry

Google was recently touted as 'worst on privacy' out of a sample of online organisations, according to a study by Privacy International. Whether you agree with the verdict or not, there's no doubting that Google is in a powerful position as far as sensitive user information is concerned. [read more...]


8May

New Google Analytics Rocks the Proverbial Socks

Statisticians rejoice!

Talk about a quiet rollout – the Google Analytics team must have been working a lot of late nights recently, as this evening they’ve released a completely overhauled interface for their analytics. Quite the surprise! (In fact, as I write this the announcement has just popped up on Bloglines) [read more...]


18Dec

Why Good Hosting is Important

Or, how a dedicated host cured all my Google woes

Google knows an awful lot about the web, and one of the things the Googlebot tracks is the response time of your pages. If you know where to look, Google will also gladly divulge their data on your site via the Webmaster console, hidden away in the ‘Crawl stats’ section of the diagnostic tab. [read more...]


15Jul

Google Indyrank Theories

More to page ranking than meets the eye?

Google watchers everywhere were given a glance under the hood, as a blogger revealed a rarely-seen error message. Most of the output was as you’d expect, with debug status information and various parameters – but one thing mentioned was the mysterious ‘Indyrank’. What could this new and previously unmentioned ranking variable refer to? [read more...]


8Jun

Where is Google going?

Hell in a handbasket or Office killer?

With the recent release of Google Spreadsheets, and the acquisition of Writely, the AJAX- based word processor, it would seem that Google is preparing to assemble a suite of applications and tools to rival that most ubiquitous area of software - the office suite. But will the millions of Microsoft Office users switch over so easily? [read more...]