After more than a decade as a Lotus Domino admin, Alan set up Alan's IT Solutions. A local business servicing the IT needs of SMEs and domestic clients in the south of England.
The creative freedom of running a business led to the creation of Local Hive. A web based project aimed at raising the visibility of small businesses in their local communities, by creating a virtual high street.
Alan also writes a column for the West Sussex County Times, giving people practical advice on computing.
You may have heard that Google+ is a Ghost Town. Well listen up, because this is the first ever Google+ Most Haunted, where we will reveal the spooky fiends that are perpetuating that myth! Continue reading “Google+ Most Haunted”
Spammers have got a lot to answer for haven’t they? They are like the noisy children in the theatre, spoiling it for the rest of us and that’s part of the reason for this provocatively titled blog post.
So let’s start by asking, what exactly is wrong with email?
It’s no secret that Microsoft have been seeing their grip on the software market start to slide. It wasn’t that long ago that Microsoft Office was synonymous with business productivity software. It still is to a large extent, but there are a growing number of individuals and businesses looking elsewhere for their applications.
People knowledgeable in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) techniques will tell you that you should be creating new content for your website all the time.
This is true! Purely from a search engine perspective, it means the search engines have something new and juicy to crawl through and consume, ready to be regurgitated in search results. Search engines love new content!
Secondly, each time you create a new post, that post is a web page in it’s own right and stands a chance of appearing in search results. Therefore, you will be increasing your chances of appearing in search results. Search engines love new content!
However, people love reading new things too and they are the most important reason for putting anything online. You won’t get repeat visitors to your website if all you have are the same three or four pages that you had two years ago. People love new content!
Similarly, if you write something useful that people may want to actively go and read, you will be doing yourself a big favour. The more useful something is the more chance you have of creating something with evergreen potential that visitors will share and share again. People love new content!
Now, you may be reading this and thinking, “Phshyeah right.” Maybe you don’t know what to blog about, or you feel uncomfortable sharing your thoughts in public.
How we communicate with the outside world is constantly changing and we have come a long way in a short space of time.
If you or I wanted to ‘talk’ with one another in years gone by, we would have written a letter, which would have taken time to reach the recipient. The simple act of writing a letter takes careful thought and consideration. Usually the recipient is someone we know, or have been invited to write to. Continue reading “Is technology changing our behaviour?”
Social networks have come a long way since the old days of bulletin boards and discussion forums. Yes, they are technically social networks too and they do still exist!
Technologically speaking, the social networks all vie with each other, trying to get the upper hand. A lot of copying goes on, which means as soon as one social network does something new, interesting and useful, the other major networks will soon catch up and implement their own version. Take a look at hash tags, photo editing and trending topics as an example.
So what sets a social network apart from it’s fellow rivals?