Why I’ve found that online communities on media sites always seem doomed to fail

I’ve spent a long time over the years working at media companies and specifically around the software and design that supports commenting and forums. Having watched the Guardian close the “You Tell Us” thread last week, I thought I might…

Remembering how search engines reacted to the Columbia Shuttle disaster

Yesterday was 12 years since the Columbia Shuttle disaster, something that reminded me that 12 years is a very long time in internet and search engine history. At the time I did two things. One, I edited the BBC’s search…

We did this, they did that #1

I really liked Little Atoms round-up of weekly stories, and it reminded me that I used to do a blog round-up called Friday Reading. I thought I might try and resurrect it as an experiment. I used to round-up links…

I’ve been doing a lot of recruiting for Trinity Mirror recently. Which means I’ve looked through literally hundreds of CVs and applications. So I have opinions. And I thought I’d pass a few tips on. Of course, I’m a misanthrope…

The tl;dr version of critiquing articles about #GamerGate

Over the weekend Newsweek published some interesting stats about the tweets using the #GamerGate hashtag, and who they were aimed at. I covered it for Ampp3d. You can imagine what happened next on Twitter. But what I was especially interested…

When the words on a chart about rape become more important than rape

Over the weekend Ampp3d published a chart about YouGov’s recent survey on attitudes to rape in the UK. It was this chart. I made it. Several people have complained about the wording of the chart. The wording was quite deliberate….

The Press Complaints Commission is dead! Long live the 404 page. Er wut?

For years and years I blogged on here and on currybet.net that the PCC was totally unsuited to regulating the press in the era of the internet. And what a fitting epitaph. Go to their website, and you’ll see that…

Mary Hamilton wrote this week “No, good content is not enough for Facebook success”, responding to what Liz Heron had said at a recent conference. Mary’s argument is that Facebook are being misleading when they tell news organisations that making…

Well, if you read my Twitter timeline it has apparently. Journalist after journalist going “this piece in the Guardian says that the Telegraph has said that the only four key skills they want from journalists are ‘social, video, analytics and…

Well, I’ve had better reviews to be honest…