I have, over the past few months of 2013, wanted to improve my twitter profile and Klout score as a business user. I have so far improved my Klout score from 47 to 57 in a matter of weeks. Here are my twitter tips for business users and my guide to get more followers. Klout score …Continue reading "My top 15 twitter tips for business users"
Here you can see a snippet of the summaries from the very nice people (and yours truly) that attended a recent UKFast Round Table event regarding Analytics. Am I really that fat? I know the answer before you post a commentContinue reading "Analytics Round Table at UKFast"
I have been messing around with some data today from the fabric application that myself and Will.I.Am designed/created. I wanted to see what where the most popular words used in articles that were deemed as good enough to share by the software. The list below is a snapshot of that data. There is a heavy …Continue reading "What words should you use in article headlines?"
I was tweeted about a recent blog post by Lawrence Jones today, entitled ‘The £43bn White Elephant‘. HS2 is very much not a white elephant and indeed is crucial for our country to prosper over the next 100+ years. Let me explain with just a few reasons… Reason one: Since 1997, the leading countries in terms …Continue reading "Why HS2 is the exact opposite of a White Elephant"
have created a few pieces of software recently that may be ‘spun out’ with the help of one of the new directors at Online Ventures, futurologist, Tom Cheesewright. Of these pieces of software, the last two – fabric and leadtrigger (working titles) – have been built without a central console for the user to, erm, …Continue reading "Software of the future – will it be ‘console-less’?"
Growing up, I had a particularly bad childhood full of physical, but more so, severe mental torture. From living in the smelliest, filthiest house in a bad area of town, being bullied at a ‘posh’ school (i got a scholarship of some sort) for being the poor kid, and bullied on my estate for being …Continue reading "Just be yourself and inspire others around you – it’s all you have to give"
Myself and some of the Online Ventures gang (namely Sara, Aurora, Mark, Sian and Matt) took it upon ourselves recently to write a short but extremely helpful book for the Amazon Kindle platform. Entitled, ‘Dominate Business Networks In Your City’ (buy it here if you like), the book covers such topics as networking events, network …Continue reading "Networking book complete and published to kindle"
Depending on who you ask, I am apparently pioneering marketing in my city of Manchester. By who you ask, I mean that competitors would say “pffff” and clients would say a resounding “yes!”. By the amount of local businesses that are emulating my own and Online Ventures’ methods, I think its working The secret to …Continue reading "Modern marketing is really old fashioned"
Several years ago, I joined Just Search. I had numerous offers on the table for more money, and was indeed working for a company that paid me almost double what I took as a salary from Just Search. I knew it was the correct decision – I felt it in my bones. Within 9 months, …Continue reading "Will history repeat itself?"
Maaaaaaany years ago, one evening whilst still working at Just Search, in the course of a few hours at home, I built a ‘mind map’ (using Mindnode on an iMac) of what I thought (at the time) the elements of a successful site should be. To my surprise, whenever I showed this to people, they …Continue reading "Plagiarism by Neil Walker. Should we pity SEO dinosaurs?"
I was shown a great service recently by Gareth Burton, a fellow entrepreneur from Manchester. It’s called summary.com and its absolutely amazing. Created by SoundView, the summary.com service does one thing only, but does it extremely well. It creates summaries of a plethora of really useful business books that entrepreneurs would love to read if …Continue reading "My review of summary.com – book summaries for entrepreneurs"
Longform content is something that many online marketing strategists and SEOs are writing about at the moment. There are plenty of great SEO blogs about long-form content that show correlations between length of (quality) text and great ranking positions in Google. I want to show an experiment to show how well-written longform content can contain …Continue reading "Longform content – how permutations increase keyword reach for SEO"
If you were to ask me the main reason why I get out of bed in the morning, it would be to help young people that, for whatever reason, were not lucky enough to have a mainstream, ‘normal’ education – school, college, university. This is almost always because of an unstable home life with a …Continue reading "The curious case of the normal but amazing Rionne Williams"
The InterceptAnonymous Leaks to the WashPost About the CIA's Russia Beliefs Are No Substitute for EvidenceThe InterceptThe Washington Post late Friday night published an explosive story that, in many ways, is classic American journalism of the worst sort: the key claims are based exclusively on the unverified assertions of anonymous officials, who in turn are …Continue reading "Anonymous Leaks to the WashPost About the CIA's Russia Beliefs Are No Substitute for Evidence – The Intercept"
'League Of Legends' Update: Patch 1.7 Coming Next Year, Gangplank To Get A Huge Facelift? [Video]University HeraldRiot Games has released the latest "League of Legends" patch on Tuesday, bringing a bunch of fixes to assassins, the jungle and some long-ignored champions. The patch notes for the 6.24 update reveals all the listing all of the …Continue reading "'League Of Legends' Update: Patch 1.7 Coming Next Year, Gangplank To Get A Huge Facelift? [Video] – University Herald"
Los Angeles TimesTaiwan is trending, and LA's Taiwanese community has mixed feelings about itLos Angeles TimesThe night Donald Trump was elected president, JC Chang, 28, shed tears and called his mother, scared for the direction the country was going. When he learned of Trump's call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen last week, he found himself …Continue reading "Taiwan is trending, and LA's Taiwanese community has mixed feelings about it – Los Angeles Times"
Don't feed the bearsGlens Falls Post-Star (blog)The Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife put out an interesting news release yesterday about a prosecution of a southern Vermont man who had been feeding wild black bears for years. It's a sad story, with numerous bears dead because of the man's …and more » Source: feedContinue reading "Don't feed the bears – Glens Falls Post-Star (blog)"
The Coolest Thing on the Internet Is Moving to CanadaMother JonesA year ago, Donald Trump said he would consider closing off parts of the internet. "We're losing a lot of people because of the internet, and we have to do something," he told a crowd while campaigning at the U.S.S. Yorktown in South Carolina. "We …Continue reading "The Coolest Thing on the Internet Is Moving to Canada – Mother Jones"
BetaNewsWindows 10 suddenly killing internet connectivity for some usersBetaNewsMicrosoft pushed out a new cumulative update to the Windows 10 release channel yesterday, and a number of users are reporting that it's causing their internet connection to stop working, although there's speculation that the update isn't the cause at all.Windows 10 users can't connect to the …Continue reading "Windows 10 suddenly killing internet connectivity for some users – BetaNews"
QuartzThe ridiculously invasive virtual interview process applicants are subjected to at AmazonQuartzWhen Shivan Kaul Sahib, a senior at McGill University in Montreal, was applying for a job as a software engineer at Amazon, the company asked him to take a test to measure his skills, which would be administered remotely through online proctor ProctorU. Source: …Continue reading "The ridiculously invasive virtual interview process applicants are subjected to at Amazon – Quartz"
Refinery29These Are The Most Popular Sweatpants To Lounge Around InRefinery29During the holidays, our wardrobe revolves around one of two extremes: It's either sparkle central or "Do Not Disturb"-levels of cozy. We've got our sparkly looks already locked down and wrapped up with a metaphorical red velvet bow (and by that, we … Source: pinterestContinue reading "These Are The Most Popular Sweatpants To Lounge Around In – Refinery29"
Deccan ChronicleFormer TV channel hacker vouches for hacking plot in Wajah Tum HoDeccan ChronicleMumbai: Hacking is a phenonema that can happen to anyone of us, be it a credit card, a bank account, a social media account or even a TV channel as has been shown for the first time in Vishal Pandya's upcoming thriller …Continue reading "Former TV channel hacker vouches for hacking plot in Wajah Tum Ho – Deccan Chronicle"
wwlp.comHiring a Russian hacker in the U.S.wwlp.comSo what if you could hire a Russian hacker to work on the other side, and help improve your company's cyber-security? One New York-based company is already offering this service. Long before the U.S. allegations of meddling in the U.S. election … Source: hackerContinue reading "Hiring a Russian hacker in the U.S. – wwlp.com"
ABC NewsAP Sources: Mattis Received Anonymous Email in Petraeus CaseABC NewsJames Mattis as his nominee for Secretary of Defense while speaking to supporters during a rally in Fayetteville, N.C. Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who the FBI concluded received anonymous emails from the woman …Paula Broadwell: "Why shouldn't I be able …Continue reading "AP Sources: Mattis Received Anonymous Email in Petraeus Case – ABC News"
Amazon Grocery Will Cashier the CashiersBarron’sPut your groceries in a bag and walk out: Amazon bills your account. No checkout counters, no lines. That bodes poorly for Kroger KR 1.7256507750804329% Kroger Co. U.S.: NYSE USD34.78 0.59 1.7256507750804329% /Date(1481320806735-0600)/ … Source: amazonContinue reading "Amazon Grocery Will Cashier the Cashiers – Barron's"
Twitter cuts ties with firm believed to help police spy on activistsRTMedia Sonar's access to API, Twitter's public platform for developers, was shut down, and Twitter told the Daily Dot that if they try to create more, “we will terminate those as well and take further action as appropriate.” Media Sonar's sales …and more » Source: …Continue reading "Twitter cuts ties with firm believed to help police spy on activists – RT"
International Business Times UKYahoo hack: Critical XSS security flaw allowing attackers to gain access to any email patchedInternational Business Times UKYahoo, which was in the limelight for revealing a massive hack on its users earlier this year, has fixed a highly critical cross-site scripting (XSS) security flaw in its email system that would have allowed …Continue reading "Yahoo hack: Critical XSS security flaw allowing attackers to gain access to any email patched – International Business Times UK"
Fort Worth Star TelegramSchwarzenegger: OK Trump is still 'Apprentice' producerFort Worth Star TelegramIn this Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 photo provided by NBC, Tyra Banks, from left, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger attend a press junket for "The New Celebrity Apprentice," in Los Angeles. Schwarzenegger, star of the new version of the …and more » Source: telegramContinue reading "Schwarzenegger: OK Trump is still 'Apprentice' producer – Fort Worth Star Telegram"
Fort Worth Star TelegramDez Bryant taking peaceful approach to Cowboys' exceptional seasonFort Worth Star Telegram… catches and six touchdowns this season. Paul Moseley firstname.lastname@example.org. 1 of 6. i. Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has 37 catches and six touchdowns this season. Paul Moseley email@example.com. By Clarence E. Hill Jr.and more » Source: telegramContinue reading "Dez Bryant taking peaceful approach to Cowboys' exceptional season – Fort Worth Star Telegram"
Yahoo officially rolls out 'Yahoo Answers Now' Q&A app for iOS and AndroidThe Indian ExpressYahoo has officially launched its 'Yahoo Answers Now' app for mobile, an extension of one of the most popular Q&A communities on the Internet. The app aims at helping users find quick and honest responses to questions that a regular web …Continue reading "Yahoo officially rolls out 'Yahoo Answers Now' Q&A app for iOS and Android – The Indian Express"
Instagram Stories can be used to market productsGoshen NewsThis is a new Instagram feature modeled after Snapchat's features. It allows you to tell a “story” in pictures throughout the course of a single day. These images will not appear on your regular Instagram feed, though. Instead, the photos appear at the …and more » Source: instagramContinue reading "Instagram Stories can be used to market products – Goshen News"
Youngstown news, Lutheran churches collaborate to warm, feed …Youngstown VindicatorThe image of students dancing around at the bus stop in cold weather because they had no gloves to keep their hands warm or hats to keep body heat from …and more » Source: feedContinue reading "Youngstown news, Lutheran churches collaborate to warm, feed … – Youngstown Vindicator"
Lutheran churches collaborate to warm, feed those in needYoungstown VindicatorThe image of students dancing around at the bus stop in cold weather because they had no gloves to keep their hands warm or hats to keep body heat from escaping moved Lily Ekong. Turning her concern into action, she and her husband, the Rev. Hosea …Continue reading "Lutheran churches collaborate to warm, feed those in need – Youngstown Vindicator"
Radio New ZealandAnonymous donor funds $1.4m cancer research facilityRadio New ZealandAn anonymous donation of $1.4 million is paying for the research unit at the University of Auckland. It is a joint initiative with the Auckland District Health Board and will involve oncology clinicians and researchers working at Auckland Hospital. The …and more » Source: anonymousContinue reading "Anonymous donor funds $1.4m cancer research facility – Radio New Zealand"
Fort Worth Star TelegramAledo roars into 5A state final by dominating Mesquite Poteet in second halfFort Worth Star TelegramAledo wide receiver Logan Bridges (1) tries to avoid Mesquite Poteet cornerback Jimmy Phillips Jr. (16) during the first half of the 5A Division II State semifinals, Friday night, December 9, 2016, played at the Ford Center …Continue reading "Aledo roars into 5A state final by dominating Mesquite Poteet in second half – Fort Worth Star Telegram"
The Sydney Morning HeraldYouTube's top trending videos of 2016: Adele, Carpool Karaoke and a toy reviewerThe Sydney Morning HeraldThe Late Late Show skit which features singalongs in cars with some of the world's most famous celebrities took not only the top spot, but made up four of the top 10 trending videos Down Under. Number …Continue reading "YouTube's top trending videos of 2016: Adele, Carpool Karaoke and a toy reviewer – The Sydney Morning Herald"
NHL.comTrending: Wings can't solve Bobrovsky, Blue JacketsNHL.comTrending: Wings can't solve Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets. Dylan Larkin scores while former teammate and friend Zach Werenski is in penalty box. by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com. DETROIT – The Red Wings did a lot of things well but couldn't …and more » Source: trendingContinue reading "Trending: Wings can't solve Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets – NHL.com"
Worcester TelegramLocal Ghanaians mark African nation's new leaderWorcester TelegramWORCESTER – Ghanaian Nana Akufo-Addo's victory this week in that country's presidential election had reverberations that reached all the way back here. Mr. Akufo-Addo, a longtime opposition leader, visited the city over the summer to raise money for …and more » Source: telegramContinue reading "Local Ghanaians mark African nation's new leader – Worcester Telegram"
Fort Worth Star TelegramMavs hopeful that Dirk Nowitzki could practice next weekFort Worth Star TelegramStar-Telegram | Star-Telegram.com · News · Sports · Obituaries · Classifieds · Cloudy. 38°. Sign In; Subscribe. Full Menu. Cloudy. 38°. Sign In; Subscribe · Customer Service · Customer Service · Press Pass. News. News · Arlington · Crime · Fort …Continue reading "Mavs hopeful that Dirk Nowitzki could practice next week – Fort Worth Star Telegram"
Jakarta PostTwitter shares 10 most popular topics in Indonesia this yearJakarta PostTwitter shares 10 most popular topics in Indonesia this year Twitter Indonesia country business head Roy Simangunsong says the most popular topics Indonesian netizens discussed in 2016 were Ramadhan and sports achievements. (Shutterstock/File) … Source: twitterContinue reading "Twitter shares 10 most popular topics in Indonesia this year – Jakarta Post"
ABC6OnYourSide.comHacker pulls prank at McDonald's drive-thruABC6OnYourSide.comNEW BERN, NC (WSYX/WTTE) — One North Carolina McDonald's wasn't "lovin' it" when a hacker managed to get pinpoint their drive-thru frequency then pranked several unsuspecting customers. At first, some thought it was a joke. "You know I'm actually on …and more » Source: hackerContinue reading "Hacker pulls prank at McDonald's drive-thru – ABC6OnYourSide.com"
The Japan TimesMattis received anonymous email in Petraeus caseThe Japan TimesWASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who the FBI concluded received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus led to his downfall, The …AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus caseDayton Daily …Continue reading "Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case – The Japan Times"
Indianapolis StarChuck Jones 'definitely did not' create this Twitter accountIndianapolis StarIn the days following a pair of tweets sent by President-elect Donald Trump jabbing a local union and its president, Chuck Jones, a Twitter account bearing his name and photo has surfaced. Jones, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1999, was in … Source: twitterContinue reading "Chuck Jones 'definitely did not' create this Twitter account – Indianapolis Star"