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Social networks as service status sites

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday November 8, 2010 )

My web hosting service had an outage on the weekend, albeit relatively brief. And when I say outage, I mean outage. (more…)


Guys, laptops and laps

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday November 6, 2010 )

Many of us working in the online world take our laptops everywhere – you never know when you may need it, right? However, if you’re a male and using a laptop while out and about, somewhere you probably shouldn’t place it is on your lap. (more…)


Letters to the editor

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday October 26, 2010 )

Remember the ubiquitous “Letters To The Editor” sections of newspapers? I’m assuming they still exist in those paper thingies – I haven’t read one for a while. Perhaps there’s a lesson for for all of us in those sections in relation to online comments. (more…)


Quoting anonymous sources

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday October 17, 2010 )

You have a scoop and the source is trustworthy. The problem is he/she doesn’t want to be identified. You’re itching to post a blog or article – how do you handle it? (more…)


Bing likes Facebook (& vice-versa)

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday October 16, 2010 )

Facebook announced Wednesday it was partnering with Bing to display Facebook users’ friends recommendations to online search. (more…)


Extended Alexa features

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday October 11, 2010 )

Alexa used to be all the rage among web site owners and many spent a lot of time trying to increase their “TrafficRank”. It was also a tool used by many web site buyers to gauge the popularity of a site they were interested in. (more…)


Google’s new keyboard navigation

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday October 4, 2010 )

Google has had keyboard navigation for search engine results pages for quite some time, but a new feature makes it even easier to use. (more…)


Google launches URL shortener

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday October 2, 2010 )

Google has had a URL shortening application for some time, but it was used primarily in-house in association with some other Google services. The application is now to the public. (more…)


Google suggests a good reputation

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday September 28, 2010 )

Google’s Suggest function is quite handy, but can also help scare off potential customers. It’s another reason online merchants need to observe ethical business practices and monitor their online reputation closely. (more…)


Yahoo and Bing gain, Google loses share

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday September 19, 2010 )

It’s certainly not a sky is falling result for Google, however, it does point to the Yahoo! and Bing search alliance starting to pay dividends. (more…)