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James Royal-Lawson

intranet

For your reading pleasure (week 4, 2010)

Common and real concerns about intranet micro-blogging

Oscar de-bunks, with the help of some sociology and communication theory, a few of the most commonly aired concerns regarding the using of micro-blogging as an intranet tool

Top 5 Misconceptions about How Social Media traffic Converts

Jesper helps explain how social media is not a direct sales channel that converts instantly, instead it’s part of your wider, long term, distributed web presence.

Survey Results: Impact of Blogging on Search Engine Optimization

Lots of interesting quotes and stats in this survey summary. Not just blogs, but regularly publishing & promoting relevant content has a “direct” impact on SEO.

Should a Blog or Twitter be Your Social Media Hub?

As I wrote in the comments of this post, I think it’s possible to switch out “social media efforts” for “distributed web presence” in what Jason Baer says.

5 Ways to find out if an SEO is lying to you

There’s a lot of money being spent ineffectively on SEO by misinformed and under-informed website owners. This post gives 5 useful “oh oh” signs to look for.

Led by Facebook, Twitter, Global Time Spent on Social Media Sites up 82% Year over Year

The way in which we consume the Internet is continuing to evolve. Be careful with the table at the end of the article, Australia is top – but they only surveyed 10 countries.

For your reading pleasure (week 3, 2010)

How Google ranks Tweets

A little bit of an insight into how Google ranks tweets on Twitter from a Google Engineer.

The Case Against Vertical Navigation

Yet another detailed and well argued article from Smashing Magazine. This time covering the use of (left hand side) vertical navigation menus on web sites, and arguing the case for horizontal menus instead.

Öppna länkar i nytt fönster?

A request to have pages opening up in new windows (or tabs) came up yet again this week from a client. This is a useful page covering many arguments – not all of them against. Although in almost all situations, I am.

Preventing Spam in Form Submissions without Using a CAPTCHA

A clearly written guide to how you can do almost the same job as a CAPTCHA, but without using a CAPTCHA and all of the problems it causes people.

Social and Mobile Lead in Nielsen Annual Intranet Report

Bill Ives gives a summary of Nielsen’s latest Intranet report. The tipping point for mobile web, could tip over into Intranets too during 2010.

Färdiga SEO-paketlösningar rekommenderas inte

Niklas Lindh explains why you should use SEO consultants rather than throw money at pre-packaged SEO services./

A Brief History of Eye-Tracking

UX Booth provide us with a nice read about the history of eye tracking, without getting to the whole love/hate eye tracking debate.

For your reading pleasure (week 2, 2010)

Mobile Web 2009 = Desktop Web 1998

This Nielsen Alterbox article from February 2009 is worth re-reading. There’s a lot of talk about the mobile web right now, including my own babblings about 2010 being the tipping point. I don’t agree with all of Nielsen’s recommendations, but don’t let that get in your way.

2010 Intranet resolutions

Still, after all these years, “making it easier to find information” is still right up there on the intranet wish-list.

Technology, the intranet, and employee productivity

In short, the corporate intranet (and use of the Internet for activities such as research) can be a tremendous productivity gain, not a drain.

Open access is smart business, not an employee entitlement

Another article, rightly, arguing against organisations blocking websites.

Almost 8m UK Adults Struggle To Access Websites

Low levels of accessibility creates a needless block to the possibility of doing business with a sizeable group of people. This article gives an overview of a recent report as well as giving 6 concrete bits of advice to make your site more accessible.

Using the ALT and TITLE Attributes Properly

Another year-old article, but a lot of people out there publishing content still have very poor understanding of these two attributes and how to use them.

Why Redirect old content when Changing domain or Server?

Jesper Åström publishes a series of three articles covering one of my pet issues – redirecting pages.

For your reading pleasure (week 1, 2010)

Why Enterprise Microblogging Has More Practical Use for Everyday People Than Twitter

Took the time to revisit this post which was published in December. Enterprise Microblogging can be a valuable internal communication and knowledge sharing resource – as long as your company culture is ready for it – irrespective of company size

2009 Mobile Web Trends Report

Mobile web use has doubled again in 2009. We’re at tipping point for the mobile web. How ready are you?

The culture of collaboration and what it means for your intranet

Each organisation has it’s own unique culture, but they can be grouped – as Maish Nichani shows. Take some time to read the comments.

Reklam som säljer behöver inte alltid skapas av dig själv

Naturally an advert for Honesty, but this Swedish post by Jesper Åström (who as always) gives an educating and insightful look into exploiting opportunities created by campaigns driven by your competitors.

What’s Next in Web Design?

From the conclusion: “In concrete terms: Better interaction design, less graphic design. Better user experience, less debates about taste. Faster technology, more reliable design standards.”

Is the intranet dead?

Is the intranet dead?

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