I’ve just been reading an article over at the BBC where James Murdoch was complaining about the BBC giving the news away for free!
Why should we have to pay to receive news? What with the use of Twitter for far speedier communication of the latest events around the world, trying to make people that have a wealth of information at their fingertips pay for short news stories on websites, that are already rehashing whatever is said elsewhere! It’s absolutely non-sensical!
I read news on the BBC fairly regularly, but don’t read the sun website. Reason? The sun quality is poor- the only reason I have ever bought the paper is because of their sports coverage, but it’s pretty rubbishon their website.
News corp are gonna start charging you to read their news – so, I won’t read their news!
I wonder how long they will give it after making people pay before they go back to an ad supported model? Will they take off the ads if you are paying to view this content? I suspect not, but I guess we will have to wait and see what develops
Morning guys and gals – been way too long since I last wrote a blog.
Since then I’ve been off on a stag do that I organised for my good friend Ben, been playing lots of resident evil 5 (god I hate those guys with Chainsaws) and have been working hard at the office to keep on top of everything.
This morning I managed to get my “vanity” facebook URL – I’m www.facebook.com/ismepete – a strange name “ismepete” I’ll grant you, but its been a name that I have been using for years, and its not something that anyone else seems to use – I’m ismepete on lots of sites, its my PSN id, my twitter name, used to be my MySpace name (before I got bored of it and joined the legion of people leaving the place), so at least I am consistent. Not quite sure if there is any real point in getting one, but hey ho, why not eh?
So, I’m up early this morning and I am working on my best man speech now that the stag is done and dusted. Or rather, I should be – I’m not as I am writing this blog instead. I thought I had made a really good start on this when I started thinking about it a few months ago, but having just typed up my notes I’m a bit disappointed. 3 paragraphs is all I have written, and I thought I was about 3/4 of the way there – big exageration!
I’ll get there though, and this weekend too – as it needs to be translated for the spanish folks that are attending! Wish me luck
I’ve also decided that I am going to try and get a 32GB iPhone next week – getting to work early and gonna head down to town for 9.30 when they start to go on sale. Hopefully there wont be as much demand for these, as I desperately need a new phone! I’m no iPhone fanboy – I just want a decent media phone, and there is still no release date for the n97, so enough is enough, I’m going to bite the bullet and get a new machine.
Finally, the bane of my life this week is something that I wrote a blog about over at work – Strange US search results mixed in with the normal UK Google searches.
Why Google are doing this, I do not know – for lots of search terms, this is destroying the credibility of the engine, as the results being shared with users just arent as relevant as they have been.
With Bing pushing strong to improve it’s market share (Bing is the new name for MSN’s rebranded search engine), I think that these poor results are really coming at the wrong time for Google – and I really think that they should do better than this, as Google have always said, another search engine is only ever 1 click away. All it takes is a few searches with poor results and people could switch over to another engine in an instant.
I dont really think that Google’s dominant market share is in danger at the moment, but I dont think that these are improvements to their engine – quite the opposite in fact, and something that Google should be fixing as a priority!
Over and out for now – I’ll try not to leave it so long until I blog next – maybe next week when I’ve had a chance to play with my new phone (fingers crossed I can get one).
April 20th, 2007Blogging
This is my first real own blog, so I will begin will begin with an introduction, as all good stories have one of those.
My name is Peter Handley, and I am 24 years old. I work for a company called Vertical Leap, and work as whats called a Campaign Delivery Manager. Vertical Leap are a Search Engine Optimisation company based in Portsmouth, but with customers all over the country and indeed the world. I oversee a number of different websites Internet marketing, which involves me working to get them ranked better in search engines for particular words, driving more traffic to their website, and ultimately increasing the exposure and money making potential of the businesses that use our service.
It can be a challenging job, but its also something where I learn some new trick, or find some new tool with an interesting or fun feature. I don’t think its what I envisaged doing a year ago while I was finishing my dissertation at Portsmouth University, but I wouldn’t change it either.
I studied Entertainment Technology at Portsmouth University, which was a great broad introduction to many different forms of media, where I particularly concentrated on Internet Technologies and Music. I like music, but am not a producer. I did however write my dissertation on whether or not Parental Advisory stickers on CD’s constituted censorship. I went in thinking heavily that they did, but came out with a confused opinion, as certainly some people need protecting who are vulnerable and susceptible, but restricting access only makes this more desirable to certain individuals. Anyway I digress…..
I mainly studied Internet Technologies, and having a firm foundation in HTML and CSS has certainly helped in my new job. I launched http://www.peterhandley.com/ primarily as a platform for the websites that I designed whilst at university, although these have now been hidden from public view