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Embracing the internet’s random factor

Posted on January 11, 2017

Google has become so good at working out what we’re looking for, that you could say that an element of unpredictability has been lost from the whole search engine experience.

In the 1990s, I remember being too cheap to buy a TV guide and trying to search for the TV listings for the week ahead, then (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Should the internet be free?

Posted on January 9, 2017

For most of us, life without the internet is almost impossible to imagine. Already today, you might have used it to check your emails, log in to Facebook or Twitter, look up the time for your train or browse possible holiday destinations to beat the January and Monday blues.

If you’re lucky enough to have (more…)

Posted by John Murray

‘Internet of Things’ – the buzzword of 2017?

Posted on January 3, 2017

With 2016 being a bit of a funny old year that saw political upheaval, increased global paranoia and a popular culture Grim Reaper so cruel he couldn’t even let us enjoy December 25th without taking a Christmas icon from us in George Michael, we now look into 2017 with something of a “things can only get better attitude”. Perhaps now (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Can the internet decide Christmas No. 1?

Posted on December 23, 2016

The music charts may have plummeted in significance somewhat since the demise of Top of the Pops and the physical ‘single’, but even total music snobs like myself often can’t resist a peek at the charts just before Christmas as we see who claims the prize of having the best-selling single on December 25th.

From reading up on it, it seems like it’s (more…)

Posted by John Murray

SAScon Beta – where things move quicker than the M56

Posted on December 12, 2016

Last Thursday, the entire Engage Web team took a trip to Manchester to attend the annual sister event of SAScon – SAScon Beta. Well, that is if we were to successfully traverse the Bermuda Triangle of roads that is the M56. On a (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

SAScon – five reasons why Beta is better!

Posted on December 9, 2016

Thursday, December 8 saw the Engage Web team make a short trip to Manchester to attend the annual SAScon Beta. This is the scaled-down, single-day version of the main SAScon event that takes place every summer and sees experts from the world of search and social analytics gather to share their pearls of wisdom in a high-tech but relaxed environment.

While many might see Beta as (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Three utterly ridiculous examples of online ‘vandalism’

Posted on November 30, 2016

With the internet being largely unregulated and anybody able to add to it, it means that a lot of what appears on it should not necessarily be taken as the truth.

We see this regularly on social media sites like Facebook, where a lot of the memes and ‘news’ items that crop up should leave us (more…)

Posted by John Murray

A Brit’s guide to ‘Cyber Monday’

Posted on November 28, 2016

If you haven’t been reminded already, today is ‘Cyber Monday’ – a day online retailers use to promote their best deals and attract the swathes of people who are happy to shop through their computers, tablets and phones rather than head out to the busy shops in the run-up to Christmas. But why is it on this particular day, how long has it (more…)

Posted by John Murray
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