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Millions of parents unable to translate online slang

Posted on February 7, 2017

According to a recent study conducted by BT, the vast majority of parents are unable to identify some of the most common abbreviations, emojis and slang used by their children on a daily basis.

BT’s online poll quizzed 4,500 adults in (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Twitter set to boost user experience by combining features

Posted on January 31, 2017

Microblogging site Twitter has announced its intentions to give users the best experience and the opportunity to find the best content on the site by merging a couple of its well-known features.

In a blog post from last week, the company explained that it was introducing a new way for users to discover what’s happening on the site with the launch of the Explore tab. This will be a new section of the site where trending topics, news and its Moments feature will all move to.

In its post, the social network explains that it has been exploring (pardon the pun) a number of different options to make searching for content and looking at trending topics much simpler for users.

In October 2015, the company initially revealed Moments, a tab dedicated to providing the most recent news stories, categorised into different subjects including politics, sports and entertainment. At the time of release, it was the most high-profile feature introduction the site had ever made and had months of build-up before its initial launch.

Moments appeared along the top menu bar with a thunderbolt icon. This relegated the site’s famous trending topics and search feature to a separate section represented by a magnifying glass in the top corner of the mobile app. As a result of this month’s changes, the magnifying glass icon will be completely removed.

With the site undergoing a large rearranging of its interface, there is potential for the site to accidentally leave something behind along the way, or remove something without informing users. However, the company has assured its 317 million active users that it will not forget anything and no features are actually going to be removed. The introduction of the Explore tab is a way for the site to be streamlined for users to have easier access to the content they wish to see.

Twitter has not really revealed any metrics relating to Moments since its launch and it hasn’t really lived up to the hype the company was creating back in 2015. This could suggest that it hasn’t had the impact Twitter bosses thought it was going to have, and they have now decided to remove its dedicated tab and push it deeper into the site.

Twitter has already begun rolling out the new feature on iOS devices and is expecting to do the same with Android devices in the next couple of weeks.

Posted by Alan Littler

Government considers blocking mobile phones in cars

Posted on December 20, 2016

Mobile phones could soon be rendered useless whilst being used in a moving car in an attempt to reduce the number of road traffic accidents caused by drivers using the devices while in control of a vehicle.

The government and the (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

If you think SEO is dead, you’re an idiot

Posted on December 16, 2016

The phrase ‘SEO is dead’ is something I’ve been hearing a lot over the last year or so. It’s bandied around on forums, blogs and at networking events by people who think that internet marketers have been ‘found out’ by Google. They believe that SEO no longer works, and that you shouldn’t waste your time and money on it.

The real truth is that these people are as clueless as the people who pretended to understand SEO and offer it as a service in the first place. They have no idea what SEO really is, what it does or how it works. So why are they going around professing the death of SEO like some modern-day prophet? Why do they grinningly exclaim the end of something they never really understood?

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Posted by Darren Jamieson

How Microsoft Word’s spellcheck suggestions can botch your writing

Posted on November 16, 2016

In the early days of word processing, typists would’ve needed to either be something of a spelling wizard, or keep a physical dictionary next to their computer or typewriter at all times. No doubt this would have slowed down the speed of their work, as they would be constantly thumbing through the book making sure their (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Why a little SEO knowledge can be dangerous

Posted on October 14, 2016

In every profession, we come across someone who says they know a bit about what you do, whether it’s the clued-up amateur or the enthusiastic client. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that. It’s great when someone takes an interest in what you do and likes to know what you’re doing. At Engage Web, we’re very transparent about how we do SEO and we provide our clients with monthly reports on activity. We give as much detail as each client wishes to know.

However, there are sometimes those people who think they know all about it. They’ve read ‘this’ blog, or spoken with ‘that’ person and now they’re experts who know better than your (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Portmanteau words: Fantabulous or vomitrocious?

Posted on October 10, 2016

As an editor and an all-round word nerd, I find myself constantly tuned in to developments in the English language and the new words people are coining. The digital age moves so quickly that new words are entering our vocabulary like never before.

What’s more, a particular style of word seems to be burgeoning. It’s a style that takes (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Train operator’s Twitter campaign derailed

Posted on October 4, 2016

A regional train operating company’s attempts to get passengers to direct their social media ire at a union appears to have gone off the rails, with many Twitter users taking the (more…)

Posted by John Murray
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