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Engage Web May 2016 - Engage Web

What the #@#@ were ‘hash’ and ‘at sign’ up to before the internet came along?

Posted on May 31, 2016

Aside from the letters we use to build words and the numbers that allow us assess quantities, language is full of non-alphanumeric characters that help us communicate.

Some of them (like £, $ and €) denote currency, while others allow us to punctuate and make our writing more meaningful and readable. Others, like the ampersand (&), exist largely for the purposes of (more…)

Posted by John Murray

The dangers of cookie-cutter website providers

Posted on May 27, 2016

Most business owners understand the need for a website. It’s just something you have to have when you set up your business, like business cards, a phone and an email address. Whether you intend for your website to be the sole source of your business leads, or whether you’re just getting one because it’s the ‘done’ thing, a website is usually one of the first things a person gets when they start their new business.

It’s this naivety, or lack of vision, that causes so many awful websites to be set up. It’s also because of this naivety that so many cookie-cutter website providers have flourished.

What do I mean by ‘cookie-cutter’? They’re the companies that offer websites for pennies, or even for free. Companies like (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Google to kill off passwords

Posted on May 26, 2016

Search giant Google is planning to test out an alternative method to passwords in the coming months, in the hope of replacing them on mobile devices by the end of the year.

The company’s new idea was (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Does your website cater for smartphone users?

Posted on May 25, 2016

Last year research by the communications regulator Ofcom revealed that smartphones are more popular than laptops or PCs for accessing the internet. The average smartphone user spends two hours online each day, which is twice as long as those using laptops and PCs.

Mobile first?

The widespread use of mobile devices has implications for web developers, and businesses with websites. Traditionally web developers would create a website for a large screen, and then add on mobile-friendly features like responsive design, or media selectors to switch to a mobile version of the website (basically a second version of the website that is only seen by mobile users).

If more smartphone users are accessing a website than desktop users, then it could be argued that (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

You don’t have free rein to make a fool of yourself on the web

Posted on May 24, 2016

Earlier this year, I wrote an article defending satire on social media, arguing that sites like Facebook are often a little too trigger happy in removing posts and ‘unpublishing’ pages. That’s not to say that there should be no boundaries you’re expected to adhere to when using social media and the wider internet, and today’s blog is aimed at (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Study reveals how long Brits spend on Facebook

Posted on May 23, 2016

According to a recent study, Brits are spending more time browsing the internet than ever, with the average Briton devoting six hours a week solely to social networking site Facebook.

Experts have suggested that one of the (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Waste your afternoon by Googling emojis

Posted on May 20, 2016

Google Image Search is a fantastic tool that brings us thousands of relevant (though not necessarily copyright-free) pictures corresponding to whatever text we feed into it, but why should it stop there?

Why can’t we give Google an image, and ask it to find more images of whatever the image is an image of?

Earlier this week, (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Twitter considers character limit changes

Posted on May 19, 2016

Microblogging site Twitter has recently suggested that it could change the way in which its iconic character limit works.

Reports suggest that the Californian enterprise will no (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler
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