Google puts the ‘product guy’ in charge

January 21, 2011

The news that Larry Page has taken over from Eric Schmidt as CEO at Google was unexpected but in retrospect not surprising. The Guardian’s Technology Editor Charles Arthur points out that Google has a problem with execution and strategy, and that it now needs someone to speak singularly for the company, while Jeff Jarvis reminds us that […]

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Back to work, back to distraction

January 12, 2011

So I thought I was going to ease slowly back into gear in 2011. But now here we are, two weeks in, and I’m close to full throttle. Is it me or has the new year kicked in quicker and bigger this time round? I put it down to the digital lifestyle. I love my […]

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What I learned during the holidays (about user experience, digital publishing and all that)

January 5, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I find the Christmas break offers a great time to reflect. As I spend most of this holiday time at home and with friends and family, it offers a unique break in my daily routine and valuable time spent at home. I try to get work off my mind […]

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Great content is about story telling and authenticity

September 21, 2010

Tomorrow I’m delivering a keynote speech to Origin Publishing and BBC Magazines Bristol. I’ll be talking about crafting content in a multi-media world, and two of my key themes will be ‘story telling’ and ‘authenticity’. Two examples of how great communicators use these techniques struck me as I browsed an online bookstore today. Tony Blair’s […]

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Flipboard: social media where content comes first

July 29, 2010

Everyone’s talking about Flipboard, the magazine/social media hybrid for the iPad. It looks like this really could point the way forward for consumption of social media, and also be the iPad’s first real killer application. For me the real story is that it flips (sorry) the social media thing on its head, from a view […]

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Is it time for the consumer to compromise a little bit?

July 17, 2010

Okay, so we’ve known for some time that in online media the consumer is king. But is it just me or are consumers starting to demand a little bit too much? Is it starting to get a bit out of hand? I love the clip below of Louis CK on how ‘Everything’s amazing and nobody […]

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Content, the second coming

June 3, 2010

I nearly called this post Content 2.0, but decided we’re all a little bit jaded with the 2.0 label these days. Nevertheless the concept stands: content is making a comeback. ‘But I thought it never went away’ you might say, and in many ways you’d be right. But in the past few years the spotlight […]

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Publishers should look to the future not the past

March 29, 2010

We know things are looking tough for pre-digital ‘legacy’ publishers, and have been for some time. But during the past few weeks there have been signs that publishers are moving backwards not forwards, attempting to rely on the ‘old’ way of doing things to point the way forward in a digital world. This attitude of […]

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3 good reasons to buy an iPad on April 3rd

March 5, 2010

I admit I’m a bit of an Apple fanboy – I’ve used Mac computers for years, I have a MacBook, a classic iPod and an iPhone. Frankly, I don’t see myself using any other MP3 players, smartphones or computers any time soon. I also love what Apple has done for user interaction on all their […]

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My information work flow, January 2010

January 26, 2010

I’ve been meaning to write a blog post on how I manage my information workflow for some time. Now that we find ourselves on the eve of an announcement from Apple that could change the goal posts once again (the much rumoured Apple Tablet computer), I thought now would be a good time to get […]

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