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"
MashableGoogle's grand plan to target the 'next billion' internet usersVentureBeatGoogle has made no secret of its desire to target emerging markets and get more people using its services. But at its second “Google for India” event in New Delhi today, the internet giant unveiled a myriad of new products, programs, and updates as it …Google …Continue reading "Google's grand plan to target the 'next billion' internet users – VentureBeat"
The VergeSundar Pichai explains why Google is focusing hard on IndiaThe VergeToday is a big day for Google for two reasons. Firstly, it's the company's 18th birthday, so it can now legally vote and smoke. Secondly, and possibly more importantly, it just held a massive event in India where it unveiled a bunch of new …Continue reading "Sundar Pichai explains why Google is focusing hard on India – The Verge"
New York TimesFacebook Ordered to Stop Collecting Data on WhatsApp Users in GermanyNew York TimesThe city of Hamburg's data protection commissioner ordered Facebook on Tuesday to stop collecting and storing data on WhatsApp users in Germany, the first time a privacy watchdog has waded into the debate. The regulator, which has authority over …Facebook Told to …Continue reading "Facebook Ordered to Stop Collecting Data on WhatsApp Users in Germany – New York Times"
OzarksFirst.comTrending: Social Medial Reacts to DebateOzarksFirst.comViewers reacted to the nominees' performance in real time from minute one, throughout the showdown, and into the early morning hours Tuesday. Some viewers took part in post-debate polls, while others saved their reactions for social media posts and …'Fact Checking' the Candidates at the Debate: Whose Job is It?PJ MediaFive …Continue reading "Trending: Social Medial Reacts to Debate – OzarksFirst.com"
FortuneHow Twitter Could Change Under the Umbrellas of Disney, Salesforce, or GoogleFortuneCompanies including Salesforce.com CRM -0.28% , Walt Disney DIS -1.31% and Alphabet's Google GOOG -1.61% have shown interest in Twitter, which is working with investment banks to evaluate its options, according to people familiar with the matter.How would Salesforce, Google and Disney benefit from …Continue reading "How Twitter Could Change Under the Umbrellas of Disney, Salesforce, or Google – Fortune"
iPlayerHD Video Hosting Now Offering Users Their First Year At No CostBenzingaiPlayerHD, which has provided professional web video hosting since 2008, announced today they are giving every new user a full year of it's best video hosting product, the Pro Plan, at no cost. Normally $29 a month, the Pro Plan includes every feature … Source: …Continue reading "iPlayerHD Video Hosting Now Offering Users Their First Year At No Cost – Benzinga"
Finance MagnatesBraveNewCoin to Distribute Bitcoin Pricing and Analytics on RIMES MDSFinance MagnatesWith this new partnership, RIMES' clients have the ability to receive BNC bitcoin pricing from RIMES Benchmark Data Service, for use in their local databases or analytic tools. The BNC index, 'Bitcoin Liquid Index' (BLX), provides tick by tick data … Source: analyticsContinue reading "BraveNewCoin to Distribute Bitcoin Pricing and Analytics on RIMES MDS – Finance Magnates"
Huddle TodayBig Data Is About PeopleHuddle TodayPentland will be a keynote speaker at next month's Big Data Congress being held in Saint John. Pentland helped create the MIT Media Lab and he's been an advisor to the United Nations and World Economic Forum as well as companies like Google and … Source: big dataContinue reading "Big Data Is About People – Huddle Today"
PravdaUS special services to hack anonymous usersPravdaAccording to experts, changes of the Rule 41will allow them to easily get access to data, extract it and spy on users. It will affect everyone who uses a computer with the Internet access throughout the world. The changes will affect all the privacy … Source: anonymousContinue reading "US special services to hack anonymous users – Pravda"
AppleInsider (press release) (blog)Apple patents laser mapping system, hybrid mechanical-capacitive keyboard, invisible I/O connectorsAppleInsider (press release) (blog)The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple three patents covering laser-based positional and 3D mapping hardware, a keyboard with mechanical switches and capacitive touch sensitive keys, and optical interconnect technology .and more » Source: appleContinue reading "Apple patents laser mapping system, hybrid mechanical-capacitive keyboard, invisible I/O connectors – AppleInsider (press release) (blog)"
Fairbanks Daily News-MinerAnonymous donor gifts rescue boat to Nenana volunteer fire departmentFairbanks Daily News-MinerNENANA — The Nenana Volunteer Fire Department is the owner of a new rescue riverboat, thanks to a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous. “This is a great thing,” Fire Chief Joe Forness said. “It's definitely going to benefit the community …Continue reading "Anonymous donor gifts rescue boat to Nenana volunteer fire department – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner"
The VergeDrake's Views is the first album to hit 1 billion streams on Apple MusicThe VergeDrake's Views has become the first album to clock up 1 billion streams on Apple Music. The Canadian rapper announced the news on Instagram with a pair of pictures — the first showing a celebratory plaque from Apple, signed by …Continue reading "Drake's Views is the first album to hit 1 billion streams on Apple Music – The Verge"
PYMNTS.comHow Pokémon GO Became A Hacker's PlaygroundPYMNTS.comMillions of people are jumping at the chance to “catch 'em all” as part of the Pokémon GO experience. But what could be the most successful mobile game ever created has a very dark side. Rich Stuppy, Chief Operating Officer of Kount, joined Karen … Source: hackerContinue reading "How Pokémon GO Became A Hacker's Playground – PYMNTS.com"
ESPN FC (blog)Trending: Allardyce's future in the spotlightESPN FC (blog)REAL MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has played down talk of a rift with galactico Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Tuesday's Champions League Group F game at Borussia Dortmund — saying the Portuguese is an "intelligent" person who knows his … Source: trendingContinue reading "Trending: Allardyce's future in the spotlight – ESPN FC (blog)"
The VergeApple is reportedly working on a sleep tracker for the Apple WatchThe VergeDuring the unveiling of the new Apple Watch, the iPhone-maker presented the wearable as primarily a fitness device. And although there are still several fitness functionalities the Apple Watch is missing, it's no surprise that the company is looking to …Apple Said …Continue reading "Apple is reportedly working on a sleep tracker for the Apple Watch – The Verge"
The Times of IsraelIsraeli startup sells anonymous messaging app in $32 million dealThe Times of IsraelThe Blindspot app allows users to send anonymous messages, photos and videos to their contacts without the receiver being able to trace it. Launched in December 2015 the app has already had over two million downloads, but has drawn charges …Continue reading "Israeli startup sells anonymous messaging app in $32 million deal – The Times of Israel"
MashableGoogle announces Google Station to offer free Wi-Fi services everywhereMashableLess than one year after Google began connecting railway stations in India with free Wi-Fi service, the company introduced a similar program to bring fast Wi-Fi service across the world. The company plans to bring fast Wi-Fi service to cafes, malls and …and more » Source: GOOGLEContinue reading "Google announces Google Station to offer free Wi-Fi services everywhere – Mashable"
Tableau Delivers APIs for Developers to Create New Experiences with Data AnalyticsPR Newswire (press release)Tableau's APIs give developers the flexibility to connect with any data source and integrate Tableau in any application for easy embedded analytics. The Tableau Community has used these APIs to build new Web Data Connectors, embed Tableau …and more » Source: analyticsContinue reading "Tableau Delivers APIs for Developers to Create New Experiences with Data Analytics – PR Newswire (press release)"
topseos.com Announces SEO Brand as the Best Enterprise SEO Agency for September 2016Marketwired (press release)NAPLES, FL–(Marketwired – September 27, 2016) – The independent authority on online marketing, topseos.com, has named SEO Brand the best enterprise SEO firm for September 2016. SEO Brand was selected due to their strong performance in the … Source: seoContinue reading "topseos.com Announces SEO Brand as the Best Enterprise SEO Agency for September 2016 – Marketwired (press release)"
ForbesTrump Vs. Clinton Round One: The 400-Pound Hacker And Other Health IssuesForbesIf you wanted to learn more about how the two Presidential candidates would address the many health and healthcare issues facing the United States, but couldn't watch tonight's 90-minute debate (due to either lack of time or general nausea), here's …and more » Source: hackerContinue reading "Trump Vs. Clinton Round One: The 400-Pound Hacker And Other Health Issues – Forbes"
ABC OnlinePlease like me: does using Instagram really make you a narcissist?ABC OnlineAbout this time last year, Sunshine coast teenager and social media celebrity Essena O'Neill dramatically quit instagram. She had hundreds of thousands of followers, a flawless online presence, and a lucrative modelling career – before she pulled the … Source: instagramContinue reading "Please like me: does using Instagram really make you a narcissist? – ABC Online"
The VergeGoogle Assistant is learning a second language with upcoming Hindi supportThe VergeGoogle Assistant, the company's voice-controlled AI tool, got its first public release to the English-speaking world last week inside the new messaging app Allo. Today Google is announcing the second language it'll work with: Hindi, the fourth most …and more » Source: GOOGLEContinue reading "Google Assistant is learning a second language with upcoming Hindi support – The Verge"
ReutersGoogle launches service to take internet to India malls, cafesReutersGoogle launches service to take internet to India malls, cafes. A man holds his smartphone which displays the Google home page, in this picture illustration taken in Bordeaux, Southwestern France, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau. MUMBAI …and more » Source: internetContinue reading "Google launches service to take internet to India malls, cafes – Reuters"
How the TV show 'Mr. Robot' won the prize for hacker realismWorcester TelegramLAS VEGAS — Finally, the computer hackers of the world have a TV show they can call their own. "Mr. Robot," a mind-bending drama in which a morphine-using computer-security drone gets enmeshed in a revolutionary plot against corporate domination, …and more » Source: hackerContinue reading "How the TV show 'Mr. Robot' won the prize for hacker realism – Worcester Telegram"
The Next WebMicrosoft's new tool helps developers find 'million-dollar' bugsThe Next WebAt its Ignite conference in Atlanta, Microsoft announced a preview of Project Springfield, a cloud-based tool designed to help developers detect bugs in their Windows-based applications. The main component in Project Springfield is SAGE, a fuzz testing …Microsoft Seeks to Stamp Out Buggy Software …Continue reading "Microsoft's new tool helps developers find 'million-dollar' bugs – The Next Web"
Financial ExpressAnonymous India Claims That Reliance Jio Is Sharing Call Data With AdvertisersHuffington Post IndiaThe hacker group Anonymous India has claimed that Reliance Jio is sharing call data with advertisers. After the commercial launch of Jio services on 5 September, this accusation will add to the woes of the newest network provider in the market. …Continue reading "Anonymous India Claims That Reliance Jio Is Sharing Call Data With Advertisers – Huffington Post India"
The VergeGoogle Station is a new platform that aims to make public Wi-Fi betterThe VergeGoogle has announced a new public Wi-Fi initiative called Google Station, promising “fast Wi-Fi for everyone.” The platform is an extension of work done in India providing Wi-Fi to millions of users at train stations in partnership with RailTel and …and …Continue reading "Google Station is a new platform that aims to make public Wi-Fi better – The Verge"
Yahoo NewsDebate Fact-Check: How Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Stack UpYahoo NewsHillary Clinton and Donald Trump tangled in an intense series of exchanges tonight during the first presidential debate of 2016. The candidates made charges about each others' records while defending their own careers and policy proposals. But were …US–Campaign 2016-DebateYahoo Financeall 7,759 news articles » …Continue reading "Debate Fact-Check: How Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Stack Up – Yahoo News"
New York TimesDaily Report: Twitter Attracts a Wide Range of SuitorsNew York TimesTo Disney, Twitter might be tamed into a chatty consumer site with an online video capability that suits Disney's family-friendly businesses. For Salesforce, which specializes in sales and marketing software, Twitter's stream of lightweight commentary …Twitter could take many forms, depending on new …Continue reading "Daily Report: Twitter Attracts a Wide Range of Suitors – New York Times"
Official Charts CompanyThe Weeknd is this week's Official Trending Chart Number 1Official Charts CompanyThe Canadian singer-songwriter's collaboration with Daft Punk enters straight at the top of the list of the songs trending in the UK this week, based on movement up the Official Singles Chart (see below for full methordology). Starboy, which trails his … …Continue reading "The Weeknd is this week's Official Trending Chart Number 1 – Official Charts Company"