WebDrain

Saturday, December 17, 2005

The end

This is the last post, it's too busy. I've got a few Dutch blogs that need my attention. So no more posts on my english-blog, sorry...

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Disabled web users rank their usability priorities

ComputerEffective in-site search, good navigation, and clear, well-constructed content are the most important usability issues for disabled internet users.

User Vision surveyed 208 internet users throughout the UK with impairments which affect the way they use the internet, comprising the visually impaired/blind, hearing impaired/deaf, physically disabled, and those with dyslexia/learning difficulties.

Clarity of content (straightforward language and a clear, simple layout) was regarded by 88% as "very important". Good navigation (65%)and the use of meaningful and clear hyperlinks (63%) was also regarded as very important.

ALT tags was only regarded as ‘very important’ by a third of respondents and surprisingly, among the visually impaired users, 25% found ALT tags not important at all.

» Disabled web users rank their usability priorities

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Technorati Mini

Technorati MiniTechnorati introduced "the next small thing in search": The Technorati Mini. It's a fun little popup window that refreshes your favorite search every minute, so you can stay up to date while going about your web surfing as usual.

» Technorati Mini

Survey results on Blog Monitoring and Marketing Released

Tim Manners at Reveries has released survey results on how marketers monitor and use blogs.

Some results:


  • 61.8% of respondents say they do not monitor blogs
  • Those who do, monitor on an ad hoc basis
  • 45% have yet to suffer a blog attack
  • Nearly 40% say blog marketing has strong potential
  • Most respondents are behaving and are not trying to subvert bloggers
  • » Blog Attack

    Seven Deadly Sins of Blogging

    This is nice list - the seven deadly blogging sins:
    1. Using Free Blog Hosting Services
    2. Ignoring the Basic Principles of Good Web Site Design and Usability
    3. Being the Jack Of All Trades
    4. Not Posting Regularly
    5. Publishing Badly Written Posts
    6. Spamming and Stealing
    7. Failing to Establish a Personality

    » The Seven Deadly Sins of Blogging

    Monday, November 14, 2005

    Google launches Google Analytics

    Google AnalyticsGoogle just launched Google Analytics.
    Google Analytics is the new version of its Urchin analytics service and will be free to advertisers in its AdWords program.
    » Google Analytics

    Friday, November 11, 2005

    Bloglines Blogsearch?

    BloglinesIn May 2005 Mark Fletcher (Bloglines) said his company would launch a new blog search engine this summer.

    Nothing happened during the summer, but I think Bloglines is ready to launch their new blog search engine. I saw a Bloglines crawler/bot visiting my Feedburner-feed and it isn't a normal Bloglines-subscriber. The crawler/bot is shown next to the other bots (Yahoo, Google Blogsearch, Technorati etc.).

    Bloglines Blogsearch?

    It's a guess, but you'll never know....

    Tuesday, November 08, 2005

    Earn money with Google AdSense

    Google AdSense is now offering $100 bonus for referrals who reach $100 in earnings.
    With our new referrals feature, you can increase your revenue while increasing your users’ awareness of useful products and services. By adding a referral button to your site, you can direct users to sign up for AdSense and monetize their web content, or to download Firefox with Google Toolbar and improve their web browsing experience.

    While your users learn more, you can earn more — US $100 for every new AdSense publisher who earns $100 and up to $1 for every new Firefox user.

    CEO's find blogs useful as communication tool

    A growing number of American CEO's rate blogs high as employee communication tools, according to a study conducted by PRWeek and Burson-Marsteller.

    59 percent of CEOs surveyed said they find 'blogs useful for internal communications and 47 percent see them as tools for communication with external audiences.

    Other key findings:
  • Of the 131 CEOs surveyed, 7 percent are actually blogging
  • About 18 percent of these CEOs say they plan to host a company blog over the next two years
    "Most CEOs are still in a wait-and-see mode when it comes to blogs, mainly due to time limitations and concerns about what they can say publicly," Leslie Gaines-Ross, a research officer at Burson-Marsteller, said in a statement. "Even though there is greater awareness of the power of blogs today, CEOs may feel that employees expect them to be spending their time running the business."
    » Study: CEOs find blogs useful
  • Sunday, November 06, 2005

    Firefox has a global marketshare of 11,5%

    FirefoxOneStat.com reported that Mozilla's browsers have a total global usage share of 11,51 percent. The total usage share of Mozilla increased 2.82 percent since April 2005. Microsoft's Internet Explorer still dominates the global browser market with a global usage share of 85,45 percent which is 1.18 percent less as at the end of April.

    » Mozilla's browsers global usage share is still growing according to OneStat.com