Beware the Google Web Accelerator

If you or your company have a Web site, you need to read this thread on the Google Web Accelerator and the havoc it can cause to you and anyone using your site, particularly if your site incorporates any Web applications. Here’s the heart of the matter:

The accelerator scours a page and prefetches the content behind each link. This gives the illusion of pages loading faster (since they???ve already been pre-loaded behind the scenes). Here???s the problem: Google is essentially clicking every link on the page ??? including links like ???delete this??? or ???cancel that.??? And to make matters worse, Google ignores the Javascript…

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A new approach to cell phone text

Being a proud and dedicated early adopter, I read a couple books on my Palm when Palm-enabled books first became available. I didn’t like it. The constant scrolling was particularly troublesome; it was sometimes downright nauseating. (I guess that could have been the book making me queasy, but I don’t think so.) The text was tiny; if I enlarged it, I had to scroll even more. I finally dismissed the idea of reading lengthy text on the Palm, and now that my Palm is integrated with my cell phone, the screen is even smaller and the notion of reading long articles or books even less appealing.

But I just finished reading about BuddyBuzz,… Read More »

A character blog comes a little closer

The fact that I don’t object to the concept of a character blog doesn’t mean I’ve seen one yet that doesn’t suck. Frank Willis’s blog comes a bit closer than the rest.

There is no Frank Willis, of course. He was invented for an advertising campaign for Ipswitch, maker of a collaboration suite for small and mid-sized businesses. You won’t see the ads in mainstream publications, but rather in the likes of Network World and other IT trade rags. Willis is a clueless IT manager who, in the space of a few months, gets hired by a fictional meat company, plays it safe instead of implementing the Ipswitch Collaboration Suite, and gets fired.

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Newspapers launch podcasts

I’ve said for years—and I’ve said it here—that new media do not kill old media. Instead, it forces the old media to adapt. Television didn’t kill radio, but radio stopped broadcasting the kind of content that was better suited to television and began presenting material that was better served by an audio-only format.

So I don’t believe for a minute that newspapers are on their way out. Yes, readership is down, particularly among younger audiences. Yes, revenues are down as customers find better results for their classifieds at Craig’s List than they ever did in the pages of their hometown daily. Newspaper publishers are being… Read More »

Are vloggers journalists?

Amidst all the hot air being expended on both sides of the “are-bloggers-journalists” debate, vlogs—video blogs—could sneak in under the radar offering a new kind of journalism that manages to elude the controversy.

Rocketboom is my new favorite daily pleasure. A daily three-minute video, Rocketboom includes all the elements of a blog, including comments (which pop up so you can review them while watching the video), archives, and hyperlinks. “Anchor” Amanda Congdon—a New York-based performer—handles most of the reporting, although a team of correspondents from across the US pitch in to report on local happenings, such as the Cinco de… Read More »

I’m back

It’s been over a week since I posted anything here other than “For Immediate Release” production show notes. The road can be a killer when it comes to the time needed to research and post. Still, not blogging for a week is like going without coffee for a few days. My hands are trembling. But I’m back in the office with only a single overnighter planned next week, so things should get back to some semblance of normal.

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