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"
AppleInsider (press release) (blog)Chicago Apple Stores targeted in traveling fraud schemeAppleInsider (press release) (blog)According to the Lake County sheriff's department, the New Yorkers, ranging in age from 18 to 41, would fly in to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, rent a car and travel to a nearby Apple Store with intent to attempt a fraudulent …Continue reading "Chicago Apple Stores targeted in traveling fraud scheme – AppleInsider (press release) (blog)"
Data-Driven Strategies: The Power of Big Data in Strategic PlanningBusiness 2 CommunityNow that the hype has died down, the benefits of big data are no longer in question. Mounting research shows that organizations that have embraced big data and analytics are reaping real returns. In fact, McKinsey & Company tells us that companies that … Source: …Continue reading "Data-Driven Strategies: The Power of Big Data in Strategic Planning – Business 2 Community"
Catholic Charities hosting free back-to-school resource fairWOAILizzy Nemeth with the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio stopped by News 4 San Antonio's Evening Break to share why they are hosting the event and what type of response they get from families who attend. For more information about the free … Source: hostingContinue reading "Catholic Charities hosting free back-to-school resource fair – WOAI"
WGN-TVPatrick Finley joins Sports Feed on MondayWGN-TVThe Chicago Sun Times Bears beat writer took a little time during his appearance on Sports Feed on Monday night to discuss the Cubs acquisition of Aroldis Chapman. He's a big talent but also comes with a bit of baggage after a 30-game suspension … Source: feedContinue reading "Patrick Finley joins Sports Feed on Monday – WGN-TV"
BloombergGoogle-Backed Chinese Smartwatch to Go Head to Head With AppleBloombergThe $200 gadget will go for a fraction of the standard-issue Apple Watch and is roughly $100 cheaper than Motorola's latest Moto 360. Li Zhifei, founder and chief executive officer of the Beijing-based company, reckons he could sell about 50,000 of the …and more » Source: appleContinue reading "Google-Backed Chinese Smartwatch to Go Head to Head With Apple – Bloomberg"
Fox NewsAt least 19 dead, dozens injured in knife attack outside TokyoFox NewsPolice told Japanese broadcaster NHK they received a call from an employee of the facility, located west of Tokyo, just after 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, who said a man carrying a knife broke into the building. The man later turned himself in at …Continue reading "At least 19 dead, dozens injured in knife attack outside Tokyo – Fox News"
Us WeeklyRob Kardashian Deletes All Photos of Blac Chyna From His Instagram AccountUs WeeklyMaybe he just did it to see how long it would take for the media & society at large to get riled up about the missing pictures. "Cheating rumors?" "Baby's not his?" "Temper tantrum?" "How dare he delete pictures from his Instagram …Continue reading "Rob Kardashian Deletes All Photos of Blac Chyna From His Instagram Account – Us Weekly"
FortuneTwitter Paid a Hacker $10000 For Filching Vine's Source CodeFortuneAvinash Singh, an Indian computer security researcher, stumbled across a prized possession earlier this year: the entire source code for Twitter's short-form video service, Vine. Singh, who goes by the nickname “avicoder,” uncovered a security hole …Twitter's Vine source code hacked and patchedInquirerall 14 news articles » …Continue reading "Twitter Paid a Hacker $10000 For Filching Vine's Source Code – Fortune"
Yahoo FinanceFacebook is finally considering a huge change that employees have been begging forYahoo FinanceFacebook is thinking about opening up an office in San Francisco, which would be a huge boon for employees who have been dreaming of an easier commute, the San Francisco Business Times reports, based on conversations with three real-estate sources.Exclusive: Facebook …Continue reading "Facebook is finally considering a huge change that employees have been begging for – Yahoo Finance"
Fort Worth Star TelegramThe Latest: Wrestling works to validate Russian athletesFort Worth Star TelegramFILE – In this July 6, 2015 file photo Russian doping whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova who ran under a neutral flag leaves the track after suffering an injury in a women's 800m heat during the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.and more » …Continue reading "The Latest: Wrestling works to validate Russian athletes – Fort Worth Star Telegram"
LOL at the DNCAmerican SpectatorDemocrats have every reason to rage against the Democratic National Committee: Newly leaked DNC memos confirm that Donald Trump was right when he said the party machine was “rigged” in Hillary Clinton's favor. The latest CNN/ORC poll shows that 68 …and more » Source: lolContinue reading "LOL at the DNC – American Spectator"
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6SE' will be available on September 16 (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep. 47)CNETSubscribe to the Apple Byte Podcast. iTunes MP3 | RSS MP3 | FeedBurner MP3 · SoundCloud | Google Play | TuneIn · iTunes video | RSS video | FeedBurner video · YouTube | Livestream| Stitcher … Source: appleContinue reading "Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6SE' will be available on September 16 (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep. 47) – CNET"
Wall Street JournalGoogle Took Different Approaches Than YahooWall Street JournalA number of factors led to their diverging fates, but at the core of Google's triumph over Yahoo has been a consistent management team that focused relentlessly on technology serving its massive online-advertising business. Yahoo, by contrast …and more » Source: GOOGLEContinue reading "Google Took Different Approaches Than Yahoo – Wall Street Journal"
Microsoft – Channel 9Kasia Mrowca on Reducing Feature Gluttony and Big DataMicrosoft – Channel 9Her suggestions not only made sense but they made me think more deeply about how I actually build software. She also happens to be an expert in econometrics! I couldn't let the opportunity pass to ask her about how one would …Continue reading "Kasia Mrowca on Reducing Feature Gluttony and Big Data – Microsoft – Channel 9"
LOL Dems! The 5 most hilarious planks of the DNC platformConservative ReviewAs Democrats gather in Philadelphia for the coronation of Hillary Clinton, they are also approving their party platform. There are some pretty amazing parts of the platform. Here are the top five laugh out loud portions of the DNC platform. On one hand … …Continue reading "LOL Dems! The 5 most hilarious planks of the DNC platform – Conservative Review"
9NEWS.com Elitch Gardens hosting Pokemon Go event9NEWS.comAnd on Tuesday, you can hunt for rare Pokemon at Elitch Gardens, which is hosting a “Pokemon Go” lure-a-thon. Discount tickets to the park are available for $27.99 online by using the promo code Pokemon, and at the front gate by showing off your app. Source: hostingContinue reading "Elitch Gardens hosting Pokemon Go event – 9NEWS.com"
Mitchell church hosting bible study starting tonightScottsbluff Star HeraldMitchell Ministerial Association is hosting Operation Overboard Vacation Bible School Monday, July 25 to Wednesday, July 27. Vacation bible school will be held daily from 6 to 8:15 p.m. at Beecher Hall, 1730 18th Street, Mitchell. Registration will be …and more » Source: hostingContinue reading "Mitchell church hosting bible study starting tonight – Scottsbluff Star Herald"
New York TimesAmazon Expands Drone Testing in BritainNew York TimesUnder the partnership, Britain's aviation regulator will let Amazon test several aspects of drone technology — such as piloting the machines beyond the line of sight of its operators — that the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States has …Amazon sees cell towers as drone …Continue reading "Amazon Expands Drone Testing in Britain – New York Times"
FortuneTwitter Takes On Its Most Difficult Challenge Again: Explaining ItselfFortuneOn Monday, Leslie Berland, who took over the job in January after several years at American Express, unveiled Twitter's newest effort to demystify itself—something it has struggled with for years. While 90% of people Twitter surveyed globally …Twitter finally figures out what Twitter is (maybe) – …Continue reading "Twitter Takes On Its Most Difficult Challenge Again: Explaining Itself – Fortune"
San Francisco Business Times (blog)Exclusive: Facebook considers major office expansion into San FranciscoSan Francisco Business Times (blog)Facebook Inc. is considering opening its first San Francisco office, potentially bringing the Silicon Valley social media behemoth northward in a major shift of its real estate growth strategy, according to three real estate sources. Sources said no …Facebook …Continue reading "Exclusive: Facebook considers major office expansion into San Francisco – San Francisco Business Times (blog)"
BuzzFeed News After Breakfast Booing, California Democrat Is Hosting “Unity Reception”BuzzFeed NewsAfter Breakfast Booing, California Democrat Is Hosting “Unity Reception”. Barbara Lee has been personally handing out invitations. She didn't endorse in California's primary — but she still received chants at her state delegation breakfast. posted on Jul. Source: hostingContinue reading "After Breakfast Booing, California Democrat Is Hosting “Unity Reception” – BuzzFeed News"
MetroManchester United transfer news: Anthony Martial strikes Titanic pose on InstagramMetroIt's been a hectic few days on social media for Anthony Martial after he lost his Manchester United shirt number to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The French striker unfollowed the club on both Twitter and Instagram after his No. 9 jersey was handed to the Swede …and …Continue reading "Manchester United transfer news: Anthony Martial strikes Titanic pose on Instagram – Metro"
The GuardianWhat's next for Flickr after Yahoo's sale?The GuardianWhen Marissa Mayer took control of Yahoo in 2012, Flickr's core users were hopeful that it might get the attention it deserved. Bonner bought the website dearmarissamayer.com and used it to host the simple message: “Please make Flickr awesome again.”. Source: YAHOOContinue reading "What's next for Flickr after Yahoo's sale? – The Guardian"
Anonymous Donors Help Restore a Renaissance Nymphaeum in RomeHyperallergicThe centerpiece of a Renaissance villa in Rome, once used as a papal country retreat, has been restored to its former glory, with financial backing from an unexpected source: a group of anonymous Japanese donors. The stunning nymphaeum (a type of … Source: anonymousContinue reading "Anonymous Donors Help Restore a Renaissance Nymphaeum in Rome – Hyperallergic"
LOL at the DNCSFGateThe newly released-by-Wikileaks emails included correspondence by DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda who forwarded a copy of a press release on Sanders' acceptance of the invitation with the editorial comment, “lol.” That's why Wasserman …and more » Source: lolContinue reading "LOL at the DNC – SFGate"
Con Artists Using LinkedIn To Steal InformationWFMYNews2.comLinkedIn is a networking site with more than 330 million users, making it a prime target for con-artists looking to steal information. The site gets targeted because it has a high level of trust, leading some of us to let our guard down. One woman … Source: linkedinContinue reading "Con Artists Using LinkedIn To Steal Information – WFMYNews2.com"
SalonShades of the Cold War: How the DNC fabricated a Russian hacker conspiracy to deflect blame for its email scandalSalonNow wait a minute, all you upper-case “D” Democrats. A flood light suddenly shines on your party apparatus, revealing its grossly corrupt machinations to fix the primary process and sink the Sanders campaign, and within a …Continue reading "Shades of the Cold War: How the DNC fabricated a Russian hacker conspiracy to deflect blame for its email scandal – Salon"
Slate MagazineTwitter's Top Pundits React to the Pageant in PhiladelphiaSlate MagazinePhoto illustration by Slate. Images by Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images, Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images, and Scott Audette/Reuters. Another op'nin, another show/ In Philly, Boston, or Baltimo'! Actually, in Philly, where the Democratic National Convention … Source: twitterContinue reading "Twitter's Top Pundits React to the Pageant in Philadelphia – Slate Magazine"
VentureBeatGoogle open-sources Omnitone library for decoding spatial audio on the webVentureBeatGoogle today announced that it has open-sourced Omnitone, a piece of software that developers can use to incorporate spatial audio into websites. The software is available now on GitHub under an Apache license. To give people a sense of what's possible …Google's Omnitone surround sound project …Continue reading "Google open-sources Omnitone library for decoding spatial audio on the web – VentureBeat"
GizmodoHere's a Bolt of Lightning Striking the Empire State BuildingGizmodoA thunderstorm is hitting New York City right now and Henrik Moltke of the Intercept just grabbed this timelapse of a bolt of lightning coming right for the Empire State Building. It's not exactly a rare event—the construction of the building makes it …and more » Source: …Continue reading "Here's a Bolt of Lightning Striking the Empire State Building – Gizmodo"