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Underepresented, undersubscribed and dominated by the US?
You may be able to guess by the .co.uk domain name and the Anglo-centrism of Modern Life, but to clarify, I hail from England in the United Kingdom. With all the buzz about blogs in the UK media (notably the BBC, Guardian and the Times Online, amongst other forward-thinking publications), one would have thought the UK blogosphere would be a shining example of how to embrace new media. Right? [read more...]
Doling out some link love
Things are winding down a little for Christmas here, and so it’s time to wrap 2006 with a couple of recap posts – first off, it’s a run down of the most prolific referrers to Modern Life. So who sent the most traffic our way this year then? [read more...]
How do the Alexa Top 100 fare in terms of page load times?
Page load time is one of the key elements of web usability, and having a lagging response to your website can really dent your popularity. It’s easy enough, for most sites, to handle 1,000 visitors a day – but the top sites out there have to handle thousands of requests per minute, so efficiency and capacity are key concerns. Alexa provide a (somewhat inaccurate) listing of the top 100 busiest sites worldwide, so I set up a script to gauge their responsiveness – and to see who came out on top. [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...]
Common traits of the top few blogs
The best blogs all have a quite few things in common – regular, well written content and a large number of subscribers are base requisites for a Technorati Top 100 Blog. But what other traits do these select few blogs share? [read more...]
Self-referential irony alert!
Love them or loathe them, you only need to take a quick glance over popular social link sites to see that 'Top 10' pages are incredibly prevalent. Here's a list of 10 reasons why such lists are so popular. [read more...]
Users: Strong passwords? No thanks!
Life these days has become largely dependent on passwords - whether we're checking our emails, tranferring funds or shopping online, passwords have their part to play. We're constantly bombarded with horror stories of security breaches, fraud, and phishing sites. Users are consistently told that a strong password is essential these days to protect private data. Why is it, then, that users on websites opt for the same, consistent, insecure passwords time after time? [read more...]