Google tagged articles
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...]
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...]
...and a surprisingly large lead in the RSS reader stakes
I was moderately shocked today to see a jump of over 1,000 subscribers in my FeedBurner stats this morning – then I realised this was the first data push since Google started broadcasting their subscriber figures. Whilst I’m guessing these numbers don’t differentiate between the different Google RSS features, such as the personalised homepage and Google Reader, one thing is clear: Bloglines no longer leads the way in terms of RSS aggregation. [read more...]
In the third (and most likely last) recap on the year that was 2006, we've got a graph (pretty much straight from Google Analytics, with some clever photoshopping to get the overlaid graphs) showing just how traffic to the site has grown since the launch in May / June this year. [read more...]
A peek inside the RSS kimono
RSS is a funny old thing - once it takes hold in a person's daily routine it becomes as essential as checking ones email or reading the morning newspaper - but as far as mainstream usage goes, it's a long way from attaining widespread approval. The technology behind RSS is not the issue - it's just the underlying transport, like the ink and paper of traditional media. If RSS is to break into the mainstream, it's the means of delivery that will make it or break it. [read more...]
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...]
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...]
...and is linkbait a bad thing?
'Linkbait' is a word that gets passed round a lot in SEO - but it's not a massively used or understood term, and a Google search only yields a few specialist sites based on SEO. Some describe it as a technique; others dismiss it as a byproduct of producing quality content. [read more...]