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"
VentureBeatMath Camp shuttering Shorts and Roll apps on August 30 following Pinterest acquisitionVentureBeatMore than a month after it was acquired by Pinterest, Math Camp announced in emails to users that it is shutting down its photo sharing apps Shorts and Roll at 12:01 a.m. on August 30. The company advises that you should download all …Continue reading "Math Camp shuttering Shorts and Roll apps on August 30 following Pinterest acquisition – VentureBeat"
Wall Street JournalAn Internet Giveaway to the UNWall Street JournalWhen the Obama administration announced its plan to give up U.S. protection of the internet, it promised the United Nations would never take control. But because of the administration's naiveté or arrogance, U.N. control is the likely result if the U.S …US Ready To Hand Over …Continue reading "An Internet Giveaway to the UN – Wall Street Journal"
CBS LocalUS Ready To Hand Over Internet Control On October 1stCBS LocalWORLD WIDE WEB (CBSMiami/AP) — Flip the switch and the lights go on. Hit the starter button and the engine turns over. Type in an Internet domain name and the Web page pops open. How does it all work? Who even thinks about that …Continue reading "US Ready To Hand Over Internet Control On October 1st – CBS Local"
ZDNetPegatron is exploiting workers making Apple iPhone 7's in China – reportZDNetChina Labor Watch has skewered Apple over worker exploitation in the manufacture of iPhones in China (PDF). This is not the first time that Apple been has attacked for working practices at some of its suppliers, following a furore about suicides and …and more » …Continue reading "Pegatron is exploiting workers making Apple iPhone 7's in China – report – ZDNet"
MSPoweruser.comMicrosoft: New Outlook.com experience rollout will finish in the first half of 2017MSPoweruser.comMore than a year ago, Microsoft started rolling out the new Outlook.com experience with a new design, and lots of new features. It's an update everyone has been waiting for, and Microsoft still hasn't finished rolling it out. A lot of users are …Continue reading "Microsoft: New Outlook.com experience rollout will finish in the first half of 2017 – MSPoweruser.com"
Fort Worth Star TelegramDecline in power for Texas looming in WashingtonFort Worth Star TelegramStar-Telegram | Star-Telegram.com · News · Sports · Obituaries · Classifieds · Partly sunny. 92°. Sign In; Subscribe. Full Menu. Partly sunny. 92°. Sign In; Subscribe · Customer Service · Customer Service · Press Pass. News. News · Arlington · Crime …and …Continue reading "Decline in power for Texas looming in Washington – Fort Worth Star Telegram"
Telegraph.co.ukBrussels set to demand years of extra tax payments from AppleTelegraph.co.ukThe European Commission is expected to declare this week that deals stretching back 25 years between Apple and the Irish state gave the company an unfair advantage. In what is by far the biggest case of its kind, Apple could be ordered to pay back …Continue reading "Brussels set to demand years of extra tax payments from Apple – Telegraph.co.uk"
Wareable42mm Apple Watch 2 May Have 35% Larger BatteryMac RumorsThe veracity of the photo cannot be confirmed, as is often the case, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said an Apple Watch 2 with a higher capacity battery will launch later this year. The larger battery should unsurprisingly lead to longer …And finally: Nike relaunches …Continue reading "42mm Apple Watch 2 May Have 35% Larger Battery – Mac Rumors"
Esquire.comDo NOT Google Why Is #McChicken Trending Right NowEsquire.comThere are some things that will scar you for life. The video responsible for making #McChicken trend on Twitter is one of those things. So, to save you from an experience that may cause you to throw your phone or laptop across the room and then gauge …Continue reading "Do NOT Google Why Is #McChicken Trending Right Now – Esquire.com"
Fox NewsConstruction 'on the cheap' may have cost lives in Italy earthquakeUSA TODAYAnother severely damaged building was an elementary school, empty when the quake hit, that was supposedly rebuilt to be quake-resistant four years ago. Antonio Moretti, a geologist and professor at the University of L'Aquila, said he has visited the …Italy checks for building …Continue reading "Construction 'on the cheap' may have cost lives in Italy earthquake – USA TODAY"
Daily Mail'Laurie the moose lady' works with roadkill to feed hungry Alaskan familiesDaily MailRoadkill moose provide plenty of food because adult bulls weigh up to 1,650 pounds, yielding more than 560 pounds of meat each. Alaska's cold weather allows residents to take advantage of roadkill meat as food because carcasses stay fresh long enough … Source: …Continue reading "'Laurie the moose lady' works with roadkill to feed hungry Alaskan families – Daily Mail"
Fort Worth Star TelegramRevamped Rangers' lineup keeps the power onFort Worth Star Telegram… W. Rodriguez firstname.lastname@example.org. i. Rougned Odor, left, and Mitch Moreland are two of six Rangers with at least 20 homers this season, the most for the club since 2009. Richard W. Rodriguez email@example.com. By Stefan Stevenson.and more » Source: telegramContinue reading "Revamped Rangers' lineup keeps the power on – Fort Worth Star Telegram"
CNETKaepernick's refusal to stand for national anthem roils Twitter – CNETCNETOn Twitter, the reaction was strong and divided. "At the Rio olympics Usain Bolt stopped an interview to honor our national anthem. Spoiled brat #Kaepernick sits it out. Pick your role model," tweeted Tiffany Bass. Others, though, felt he was free to …Twitter's reaction to …Continue reading "Kaepernick's refusal to stand for national anthem roils Twitter – CNET – CNET"
AppleInsider (press release) (blog)How virtual and augmented reality could play a role in Apple's futureAppleInsider (press release) (blog)Apple CEO Tim Cook suggests that the company is investigating the possibilities of virtual reality and augmented reality. Here's an explanation of what the technology is, how Apple could adopt it, and how it could be practically implemented …Continue reading "How virtual and augmented reality could play a role in Apple's future – AppleInsider (press release) (blog)"
Worcester TelegramArea firefighters converge on Southbridge fireWorcester TelegramBy Telegram & Gazette staff. SOUTHBRIDGE – A large fire at 13-15 Central St. has brought firefighters from Southbridge, Webster, Dudley and Spencer to battle the blaze. The structure is a building that home to several businesses, including a coffee …and more » Source: telegramContinue reading "Area firefighters converge on Southbridge fire – Worcester Telegram"
People Are Really Regretting Finding Out Why 'McChicken' Is TrendingElite DailyThe McChicken video is basically the new “2 Girls 1 Cup,” and the world couldn't be more repulsed. McChicken is trending on Twitter, but do yourself a favor on this fine Sunday and DO NOT search for it, and DO NOT watch it. I repeat: …Continue reading "People Are Really Regretting Finding Out Why 'McChicken' Is Trending – Elite Daily"
Ford VR Brings The Le Mans Experience To Virtual RealityAndroid HeadlinesThe Detroit auto major recently announced its foray into self-driving cars that it hopes will revolutionize the taxi market, and now the company has launched a virtual reality app for smartphones that will showcase the new Ford GT and its performance … Source: virtual realityContinue reading "Ford VR Brings The Le Mans Experience To Virtual Reality – Android Headlines"
myfox8.comWanted North Carolina murder suspect admits killing on Facebookmyfox8.comAnthony Curtis Macneill, 32, posted on his Facebook page that he had “just killed someone,” Sunday morning. Police have been searching for Macneill since they learned he shot and killed his child's grandfather. Deputies received a call about a domestic …Fayetteville murder suspect admits killing on FacebookWTVD-TVSuspect threatens …Continue reading "Wanted North Carolina murder suspect admits killing on Facebook – myfox8.com"
Business InsiderMicrosoft is trying harder to silence internet hatersBusiness InsiderOn Friday it said it wants to make it easier for people to report online abuse in its consumer communities, which includes everything from the internet search engine Bing to gaming community Xbox Live. "For many years we've sought to protect our …and more » Source: internetContinue reading "Microsoft is trying harder to silence internet haters – Business Insider"
Would internet transition have an impact on current US election?The Hill (blog)I have fought for many policies over corporate governance in private organizations in the US and policies to bridging the gap in technology for Africa as well as on behalf of the global International Community at the Global Internet Governing body, the … Source: …Continue reading "Would internet transition have an impact on current US election? – The Hill (blog)"
Amazon Introduces API Gateway Usage PlansInfoQ.comAmazon recently updated their API Gateway service to include Usage Plans. Usage Plans allow Amazon API Gateway customers to regulate and monetize their APIs through different levels of access and different categories of users. A common pattern for … Source: amazonContinue reading "Amazon Introduces API Gateway Usage Plans – InfoQ.com"
Patently AppleMicrosoft Invents an All-New Digital Pen for Artists to better Compete against Apple PencilPatently AppleEarlier this month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a Microsoft patent application that revealed their work on a future Surface tablet that will work with an all-new digital pen-brush that will provide users/artists with the ability to …and …Continue reading "Microsoft Invents an All-New Digital Pen for Artists to better Compete against Apple Pencil – Patently Apple"
Cinema BlendBig Brother Live Feed Spoilers: Who Won The Veto, And Who's In TroubleCinema BlendThis article contains spoilers from the Big Brother live feeds, including who won Head of Household, which juror returned, who's nominated, who won the Veto, and who won the final care package. We also have a pretty good idea of who's …Continue reading "Big Brother Live Feed Spoilers: Who Won The Veto, And Who's In Trouble – Cinema Blend"
Fox NewsChurch offers Alcoholics Anonymous-inspired recovery program for racistsFox NewsA North Carolina church reportedly is raising eyebrows after launching a weekly Alcoholics Anonymous-inspired 12-step program for racists. Trinity United Church of Christ in Concord holds the “Racists Anonymous” meetings on Wednesdays, Fox 46 …Feeling Racist? Try a Racists Anonymous MeetingEsquire.comA church in North Carolina regularly holds …Continue reading "Church offers Alcoholics Anonymous-inspired recovery program for racists – Fox News"
Fox NewsChurch offers Alcoholics Anonymous-inspired recovery program for …Fox NewsA North Carolina church is raising eyebrows after launching a weekly Alcoholics Anonymous-inspired 12-step program for racists, according to a report.Feeling Racist? Try a Racists Anonymous Meeting – EsquireEsquire.comA church in North Carolina regularly holds Racists Anonymous … – MicMicRacists Anonymous Meetings Held at North Carolina …Continue reading "Church offers Alcoholics Anonymous-inspired recovery program for … – Fox News"
The Next WebFacebook's newest app may have a huge security problem for teensThe Next WebLifestage, Facebook's new app aimed at teens, is a great concept that captures a bit of the energy Facebook once had as a startup. It's got a huge privacy issue that may affect teens, though. The main (maybe only) problem with …Continue reading "Facebook's newest app may have a huge security problem for teens – The Next Web"
Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog)Jason Garrett wants the Cowboys to handle the national anthem the right wayFort Worth Star Telegram (blog)FRISCO Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has a process for everything, even how his team stands for the national anthem before games. He has them stand directly on the white line, while encouraging the players …Continue reading "Jason Garrett wants the Cowboys to handle the national anthem the right way – Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog)"
Could Amazon reviews keep you from getting sick? Researchers analyze text to predict food recallsGeekWireResearchers from the University of Washington's Data Science for Social Good program have set out to harness Amazon reviews to predict food product recalls. The team has developed a machine learning platform that can mine the text of Amazon reviews to … …Continue reading "Could Amazon reviews keep you from getting sick? Researchers analyze text to predict food recalls – GeekWire"
Yahoo News UKPremier League Round Up – Sergio Aguero deserves a three-match banYahoo News UKJose Mourinho says he feels no pressure to start Marcus Rashford in Manchester United's starting line-up, despite the winner against Hull City. In many respects, that's fair enough. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic already scoring, there seems little to gain in …and more » …Continue reading "Premier League Round Up – Sergio Aguero deserves a three-match ban – Yahoo News UK"
BBC NewsMorgan Hehir murder: MPs' help sought in Apple laptop fightBBC NewsA father has called on MPs to help force computer giant Apple to unlock his murdered son's laptop. Morgan Hehir, 20, from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, was stabbed with a steak knife in the street on 31 October last year. Three men were jailed in June. …Continue reading "Morgan Hehir murder: MPs' help sought in Apple laptop fight – BBC News"