Q: What’s the number one thing people want their browser to do?

A: Block ads. Sometimes it’s worth reminding ourselves of the simple truths about online media and marketing. Like the fact that, given the choice, a lot of people don’t want banner ads, pop-ups and other sundry promotional interruptions getting in the way of whatever they are dong. I was reminded of this when Google kindly turned on…… Continue reading Q: What’s the number one thing people want their browser to do?

My top ten pieces of advice for looking after your web shadow

A while ago I did a video for the Insititute of Chartered Accountants called “12 Golden Rules for Online Personal Reputation Management”. I really enjoyed it, and played with the idea for a bit, then decided to write a book about the subject. It’s called Web Shadows and will be finished any day now *…… Continue reading My top ten pieces of advice for looking after your web shadow

Ada Lovelace Day: Shona Brown

Suw Charman has asked people to join her today on Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of the first computer programmer, in writing about women in technology that they admire. Now, I’m a cultural rather than a tehcnical geek, so the woman who leapt to mind that I admire most in the tech industry is Shona…… Continue reading Ada Lovelace Day: Shona Brown

Strategy and innovation: Head for the edge

Business thinkers John Seely Brown and John Hagel are always worth listening to. Their perspectives on innovation and concepts like FAST Strategy have not only resonated as theories for me in recent years but have given practical, effective models for the work we’ve been doing at iCrossing, especially in “edge” areas like social media research,…… Continue reading Strategy and innovation: Head for the edge

Web shadows: Looking after ourselves online

    I’ve been reading and therefore thinking a fair bit about privacy and personal online reputation. It’s something I’ve touched on in the past and the posts Managing your online reputation will be a core life skill and Online overshare: the personal rep pitfalls have had a small but steady trickle of traffic ever since.  I tend…… Continue reading Web shadows: Looking after ourselves online

Google’s world supreme court of free speech

    For the timebeing, Google acts as a supreme court in a world of “sovereign users” clashing with ever increasing frequency with nation states that would prefer to have the last word on free speech.  Google acts like a benign dictator of the world’s data, which makes it important that we keep an eye…… Continue reading Google’s world supreme court of free speech

Google SearchWiki: brands need to watch & listen

    SearchWiki results and comments for a search on   * Updated *  There are two complementary evolutionary paths for SearchWiki: that taken by the Google engineers and the one cut by users. The comments / conversations may be poor quality at the moment, but who is to say how people will find ways to…… Continue reading Google SearchWiki: brands need to watch & listen

I prefer iPhone to me laptop sometimes…

The new iPhone software upgrade came out over the weekend. Love the fact that the phone I bought a few months ago keep getting better, instead of degrading like my last smartdumbphone did. The standout shiny new thing in the new set-up is Google Maps, the iPhone’s application which lets you quickly search for businesses, addresses,…… Continue reading I prefer iPhone to me laptop sometimes…