Time for a pause?

February 1, 2012

One of the highlights of 2011 for me was the APA Content Summit 2011, which took place in London last November. As always it was a fascinating event (disclosure – I work as a consultant with the APA) that presented attendees with many interesting ideas to digest about the future of content and publishing, but […]

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Apple’s Siri and what it means for the user experience

October 19, 2011

Siri, the iPhone’s killer app Like millions of others, I queued for the iPhone 4S last week (I don’t usually queue for new products on the day of release, but this time I was keen as my 2-year-old iPhone 3GS has been regularly crashing on me). There are many improvements (especially if you’re upgrading from […]

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Turntable.fm creates a new user experience for music

June 22, 2011

Like many others around the web I’m captivated by Turntable.fm, the new online music sharing service. I’ve just been exploring for the past 24 hours, but here are some random observations on the user experience: It blends some of the key digital trends of today, social+gamification+music, and it’s a powerful combination. The Facebook integration is […]

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Hult’s Masters of Digital Marketing: Digital Publishing Module

May 10, 2011

I’m just getting started with my students at Hult International Business School, where I’m the course tutor on the elective module on Digital Publishing. We have our first class tomorrow. I’m already excited by the amount of energy, enthusiasm and insight generated by the students, as evinced by their work setting up blogs and writing […]

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Why Instapaper 3.0 and Pinboard are my new favourite things

March 14, 2011

Since I last outlined my information workflow back in January 2010 things hadn’t changed much during the past 12 months. But with the launch of Instapaper 3.0 I’ve finally been moved to ditch Read it Later and adopt Instapaper as my main tool for saving articles to read at a more convenient time. Why? These […]

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One story per day gets 80% of audience engagement

March 11, 2011

Traditional digital publishing wisdom has it that content frequency and volume are the keys to success online. A recently leaked content strategy document from AOL is based on this strategy, which is principally aimed at capitalising on search engine traffic by flooding Google’s index with keyword-rich content. But a study by Yuri Lifshit for Yahoo […]

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Is 2011 the year of the new search paradigm?

March 7, 2011

We’ve seen this coming for some time. The traditional search algorithms, based on keywords and hyperlinks, are finally feeling the strain. Users are complaining of more ‘junk’ content in their search results, and more and more of us are getting the feeling that, whisper it, search sucks. Why? Because the search system pioneered by Google to sort […]

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What’s your personal mission statement?

February 21, 2011

I met up with a friend this week and we got chatting about what motivates us in our work. He’s a journalist, I’m a user experience designer, but that’s just what we do on a day-to-day basis – we decided to dig a bit deeper and try to discover what underpins this. We challenged each […]

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Instagram vs Quora and the Battle for Attention

February 4, 2011

The past couple of months I  (like many others) have found two new social media services to play with: Quora, a social question-and-answer platform, and Instagram, a social photo-sharing application. It’s early days for both, but I’m already seeing some interesting lessons being learned from these two new entrants to the social space. Okay, it’s […]

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Ebooks vs Digital Magazines

January 28, 2011

Yesterday Amazon announced its latest quarterly financial results. One of the highlights was the news that ebooks for the Kindle are now outselling paperback books. Since the beginning of the year Amazon has sold 115 ebooks for every 100 paperbacks sold. This is a remarkable turnaround, and one that has come a lot sooner than […]

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