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    Pop-ups: from bad to worse

    Posted on November 25, 2010

    What’s worse than a pop-up? A delayed pop-up.

    popupsExperienced web designers and SEO experts both recommend against using pop-ups on your websites. They can be startling to the Internet user and, more importantly, are annoying. Some businesses have absorbed this message and decided that the way to use this attention-grabbing device without startling people is to delay it, allowing users to see the page for a few seconds before the pop-up hits.

    It’s true that pop-ups grab attention, but it’s generally of the wrong kind. If you’re an Internet user, it is very startling indeed to feel that you’ve got comfortable with a website, only to have it throw something horrible at you as soon as you (more…)

    Posted by Cheryl Mathews

    StuckOn attends the Everton v Liverpool reserve game

    Posted on November 24, 2010

    Last night we attended the Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool, but this particular derby game was for the reserve sides of the respective neighbours, and rather than being held at Goodison Park or Anfield, it was played at the Stobart Stadium Halton, in Widnes.

    We were given free tickets when we attended the Halton & Warrington Business Fair at the Stobart Stadium last week, having never travelled to a reserve game before.

    Despite the bitterly cold November evening, two first half goals served to warm up the 1,000 plus fans at the ground nicely. Liverpool opened the scoring through (more…)

    Posted by Darren Jamieson

    Poor grammar causes students in Toronto to fail

    Posted on November 24, 2010

    Professors at the University of Toronto are failing students as a result of poor grammar. There is a common misconception that if the content is amazing the grammar doesn’t matter. That is far from true, which was proved when five writing centres were set up in Toronto. The centres provide help for undergraduates from graduate students trying to get to grips with writing. When writing essays, it is possible for students to (more…)

    Posted by Jenny C

    Google to own Miramax films?

    Posted on November 23, 2010

    Obscenely rich Google looks like it’s about to make another big money purchase, but this time the target in question isn’t yet another online start up company. Instead, Google looks as though it could be buying an early Christmas present for its own YouTube, if a report in the New York Post is to be believed.

    The NYP claims that Google is looking to buy the rights to all of Miramax’s back catalogue of films, which includes Oscar winning ‘No Country for Old Men’ and ‘Trainspotting’. Google wants to own the online rights to movies such as these so that they can be shown on YouTube, giving the channel (more…)

    Posted by Carl Hopkinson

    Carbon emissions to be displayed – by the wine glass

    Posted on November 22, 2010

    A recent innovation in wine marketing has resulted in the declaration of the carbon footprint of each glass of 125ml wine in a 750ml bottle.

    The New Zealand producers of Mobius (more…)

    Posted by Matt Jones

    Sour grapes are never attractive

    Posted on November 22, 2010

    bite a lemonPicture the face of a person who has just unexpectedly bitten into a lemon. Really picture it. The drawing in of the lips, the little frown, the crinkling of the nose; all those unattractive features. Now you know what Internet users are picturing every time they read criticism that isn’t completely objective.

    There are a lot of examples of sour grapes on the net. It’s understandable. If a competitor publishes something you dislike, you want to answer it. The thing is, Internet users have a finely-tuned palate for sour grapes. They detect them instantly.

    Composing a piece of critical content can be a great strategy to (more…)

    Posted by Cheryl Mathews

    Aaargh!… it’s the Header Monster

    Posted on November 21, 2010

    godzillaIt lurks in the shadows, bigger than Godzilla and more terrifying than the Blob. It sucks the life out of your site, ravenously consuming screen space. It’s… the Header Monster.

    I often spot ludicrously large headers when browsing business sites, and it really makes me cringe. When I’m at work, these headers take up between a third and a half of the screen. When I’m out and about with my netbook, they take up the whole screen. I shudder to think what these sites look like on a mobile browser.

    Giant headers have a lot in common with the old B-movie screen monsters like Godzilla and the Blob. For one thing, all of these are (more…)

    Posted by Matt Jones

    Famous public grammatical mistakes

    Posted on November 20, 2010

    Classic grammar and spelling mistakes can ruin your image as well as your company’s image. Take for example the Palinisms (grammatical and factual errors made by Sarah Palin) and Bushisms (the same made by former President Bush) of recent times. Sarah Palin famously (more…)

    Posted by Cheryl Mathews
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