James Royal-Lawson


5 Twitter newspapers

Previously I’ve created and shared with you 5 social memetrackers using Twingly.

Now it’s time to present to you 5 created “newspapers”. organises links shared on Twitter into easy to read newspapers. You can create newspapers from Twitter lists, Twitter hashtags or advanced Twitter searches.

So, if you aren’t active on Twitter – or you simply don’t have time to keep up with the incredible pace of the real time web – then take a look at these papers. Bookmark the ones you find useful, add an alert for the ones you really don’t want to miss – and if you’re a Twitter user, log in and create a few of your own.

I’ve spent a little bit of time trying to make these newspapers relevant and on topic. A bit of digital curation if you will.

Included in the list is a bonus paper from Jens Wedin – The UX Daily featuring articles about user experience.

The Intranet Daily

Based on my Intranet Twitter list that includes the prominent Intranet bloggers and experts. Intranet managers everywhere should add an alert for this paper!

The Eye Tracking Weekly

A Weekly newspaper created from an advanced Twitter search in order to pick up all eye tracking related tweets.

The Swedish Daily

Based on my Swedish Twitter list that contains people based in Sweden who are following me on Twitter or whom I follow. A great number of the articles featured are in Swedish.

The QR Codes Daily

Another paper based on an advanced Twitter search, this paper gives you a daily digest of articles about QR Codes. Great source of example and inspiration for using barcodes.

The UX Daily

A bonus paper – Created by Jens Wedin and features articles about user experience design. This too is a paper with focus and a high relevancy rate.

Enjoy the newspapers! Have you created a useful newspaper? Let me know about it in the comments below.

Google’s broken date recognition

I don’t exactly know when it happened (probably an effect of the “May update” Michael Grey spotted the date problem during April), but Google has clearly got some problems with how they are currently deciding when a page was published.

Trick Google

Simon Sundén pointed out two weeks ago in this article on his Swedish blog that it was easy to trick google into showing any date you wanted in search result pages. Simon suggested that Google was giving extra weight to dates in titles and main headings. But Google’s problems appear to be even more wide-spread.

Google’s algorithm is currently making some really poor guesses as to the published dates of certain articles. Hans Kullin has today spotted that Google is changing correct dates in their search results for old articles from Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet to incorrect dates based on the date they happen to re-index the page.

Aftonbladet example

Let’s take this Aftonbladet article from March 2008 – Bojkotta inte Kina-OS!.

Screenshot of Aftonbladet

You can see from the date in the above picture that Aftonbladet are clearly saying that the article was published on the 20th March 2008.

Screenshot of Google SERP

When we search for that article, Google is telling us that it was published on the 27th of May 2010 (yesterday at the time of writing this).

Screenshot of source code

Why though? Well, the first date that Google reaches when indexing the html of that article is indeed the 27th of May (as you can see in the above image). The date the article was published comes later on further down in the code. In addition, today’s date is repeated a second time in the code towards the bottom of the page.

The most reliable date?

Screenshot of the trigger date in the Aftonbladet menu

Aftonbladet are showing today’s date at the very top of their left hand navigation. (and by the side of their search box in the page-footer) Google’s current broken way of establishing the date that an article was published is seeing this date and deciding that it is the most reliable date on the page.

Exploiting the problem

Hopefully Google will fix this. Given the importance and weight of recently published content, we’re going to see a lot of people exploiting this problem with Google’s date calculation algorithm in order to push their old content back up the search result 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.”

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