Find, Understand, Share, Extend

Today is World Usability Day. The theme this year is communication. I’ve chosen to write about something which I find helps teams I work with communicate and explore what we design and put on the web. Back in 2005, Yahoo! Search announced a “vision statement”. Enable people to find, use, share and expand all human knowledge. Somewhat ambitious, sure. A little […]

Enterprising times – a case for search best bets

Reading the e-Consultancy interview with Lou Rosenfeld on the importance of site search analytics, I was reminded of when I was product manager of intranet (or enterprise) search at the BBC. It was back in 2002. People complained that search was broken, but we had neither quantitative nor qualitative data to analyse. After consulting with […]

Following mentions of “intranet” on twitter

As mentioned in a previous post, you can ask twitter to text message or instant message you whenever any term you’re interested in is mentioned in a tweet. As well as tracking East Dulwich, I’ve been tracking a few others including “intranet” It makes for some pretty interesting reading but was hard to share online […]

Keeping up to date with East Dulwich on the internet: Part 4 – Delicious RSS feeds

This series of short articles explains some simple and free ways to use the internet to keep tabs on the subjects you’re interested in. I’m using East Dulwich as the example subject. Previously: Part 1 – Google Alerts, Part 2 – Technorati Watchlists, Part 3 – Twitter tracking. This article is about following Delicious bookmark […]

Keeping up to date with East Dulwich on the internet: Part 3 – Twitter tracking

In this series of short articles, I’m looking at different ways of subject-tracking on the internet. Previous articles covered Google Alerts and Technorati Watchlists. This article is about Twitter and its tracking feature, using East Dulwich as the example subject. Twitter Twitter lets you share your thoughts with the world. You can do this by […]

Keeping up to date with East Dulwich on the internet: Part 2 – Technorati Watchlists

How do you keep on top of everything everyone’s saying about East Dulwich, or any other subject, online? In this series of short articles I’m going to run through a few things you can set up quickly and for free to follow what people are saying about the things you’re interested in. [Also in this […]

Keeping up to date with East Dulwich on the internet: Part 1 – Google Alerts

How do you keep on top of everything everyone’s saying about East Dulwich, or any other subject, online? In this series of short articles I’m going to run through a few things you can set up quickly and for free to follow what people are saying about the things you’re interested in. This article looks […]

Check world time and weather via search

Yesterday I was due to make a Skype call with a friend in Denmark at 1530 CET. I needed to double-check I’d got the right time scheduled so I did a little research. It turns out that if you want to know the time in, say, Copenhagen you can simply type “time copenhagen” in to […]

Name that tune

Sounds fun, I haven’t tried it yet. My friend Paul R says it’s only got 1 out of 3 of his so far! songtapper.com Song Search and Retrieval by Tapping This site lets you search for a song, by tapping the rhythm of its words (lyrics). Let’s say you have a song stuck in your […]

Amazon takes on the search giants with Alexa

Every so often an idea comes along that has the potential to change the game. When it does, you find yourself saying – “Sheesh, of course that was going to happen. Why didn’t I predict it?” Well, I didn’t predict this happening, but here it is, happening anyway. In short, Alexa, an Amazon-owned search company […]

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