Three separate but possibly related things about language and culture. BL Ochman writes about an English-language dilemma: In WebProWorld's Google forum today, (registration required) the publisher of an Irish travel site wonders whether Google penalizes for spellings in Oxford English as opposed to American English. Respondents point out that if you are looking for high rankings in Google UK or other European versions of Google, Oxford English spellings may provide an advantage in … [Read more...] about Multi lingua francas
A BBC story on the threat posed by blogs and bloggers to a company's reputation includes mention of quite a few names - companies and bloggers - that will be highly familiar to many business bloggers. My favourite sound bites from the BBC story are by Matthew Yeomans (organizer of the Blogging 4 Business conference in London last week): "Companies have been used to a level of control, and it's been very much a one-way street," says Matthew Yeomans of Custom Communication, an agency which … [Read more...] about It’s an opportunity not a threat
A just-published survey, The iProspect Search Engine User Behavior Study, on people's expectations when searching for information on the web illustrates an evident fact about behaviour - a majority of people (62%) will use the results they find in the first page of information that their search produces. The survey also shows that even more people (90%) click on a result within the first three pages of search results. I wonder what they mean by 'page.' Do they really mean screen, ie, what you … [Read more...] about In search, is page equal to screen?
"Make communications more exciting" is how I would summarize the sentiment of all who participated in the two Melcrum workshops on intranets and social media that I co-presented in London last week and in Manchester the week before. Indeed, that was the first answer to the question "Why are you here?" that my co-presenter Dave Wallace and I asked our group in London last week. Although many different answers emerged from all the participants, that first answer really does capture the … [Read more...] about A promising future for intranets and social media
Europeans have rushed to grab a virtual home in cyberspace, says the BBC. Hundreds of thousands of people have signed up for new .eu domain name since it became available to the public on Friday, according to the BBC News report. It says that the new .eu domain name will become second only to .com in terms of importance and the volume of traffic that the best .eu domains are likely to attract. Applications have already been coming in at high volumes: [...] According to the .eu administrator … [Read more...] about EU domain takes off