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@ElyotWren Search for "BARB" and look at the Wikipedia article. It is basically an estimate from a small sample of people. The key part is this: "Currently, BARB have approximately 5,100 homes (equating to approximately 11,500 individuals) participating in the panel". It's not an exact measure.
4 months ago on Doctor Who Series 8 (2014) UK Ratings Accumulator
@Deus_Ex_Machina I'm going to have that song in my head all day... arrrgh! But it'd be cool if they play it during the episode... I miss having a sort-of theme song. Song for Twelve, anyone?
4 months, 1 week ago on 2014 Christmas Special Titled
"When asked to describe the new series in 3 words, Peter Capaldi said “Trust no one”. Make of that what you will." ... maybe Mulder and Scully will pop up in the finale!!
5 months ago on Questions, Questions: The Unsolved Clara Mystery (Part 2)
This is great when you think back to episodes that felt rushed (e.g. The Wedding of River Song, The Power of Three). Much better than trying to squeeze it into 45 minutes.
5 months ago on BBC Confirms Hour Long Series 8 Finale
Really enjoyable! 9/10
6 months ago on Rate & Discuss The Caretaker
I'm still holding out hope for a series of two-parters. If you look at the production blocks on Wikipedia you can clearly see each director has 2 episodes each. But maybe the directors have been given two episodes each so everyone gets the same amount of airtime.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Two-Part Finale for Series 8
Great post Dino :) And if you DID put "via @triberr" on every share, I bet your phone would drive you crazy with notifications all day long ;)
1 year, 6 months ago on My 3 Core Beliefs
I've built a project called "freemyfeeds" (just add dot com and you'll get there). I started it a few months ago. It's pretty basic but does the job reasonably well. If you export your subscriptions from Google Reader, you can import them to freemyfeeds.
The homepage gives you a list of recent post titles across all of your subscriptions. You can click a preview button to read the post within the freemyfeeds website. You can quickly Tweet, +1 and Like the posts.
There are a few things I'd like to do to improve the site, but if you're looking for a simple option that makes sharing easy, give it a try.
2 years ago on RIP Google Reader: There are Other Options for You
Some of the links don't work - such as Medium, and NSFW, both of which try to load a page on pandodaily.
Also, it would've saved a little time if you linked to the articles in the screenshots - I wanted to read the article on medium.com and ended up having to search for it. Not a massive annoyance, but it took a little longer as I couldn't copy the text from the screenshot...
2 years, 3 months ago on Why are so many news sites still so unreadable? A few of the best and worst
I don't own a smartphone so I have never used Foursquare. I've never seen the benefit though, especially when people automatically post every checkin to Twitter and don't post any real tweets. To be frank, as so few of the people I follow are local to me, I don't care where they are - I care what they have to say :)
2 years, 12 months ago on Why I'm Over @Foursquare Check-ins
Ironically, I dislike the lack of a dislike button. :)
The concept of "either like it or don't" is OK in theory, but if you can only record positive feedback, how do you know if people didn't like something vs. they simply didn't check it out?
If we want to measure popularity to find out if someone likes a video, a blog post, a movie review or a new song, it can be very useful for content creators and artists to compare the results of one submission with others.
Although trolls may attempt to inflate the negative votes, not being able to leave any negative votes seems crazy. I can understand a poll where you can vote for one of a few things, but only being able to vote or not vote seems far too simplistic to me.
If anyone leaves a positive vote, the end result is always going to be "well, people obviously liked it!" - which may not be true for the majority of people.
Not everyone will like everything - having both positive and negative voting options allows a much clearer picture of what the majority thinks (out of those who vote).
3 years ago on Google Testing +1 on YouTube to Replace Like/Dislike Button
However, out of interest, do you know what happens to your existing blog comments if you switch to Livefyre or Disqus when your blog already has hundreds of comments in WordPress? And could you ever switch back?
As a tip: your post did not include an image, so when I went to pin it on Pinterest, a few of your sidebar images showed up - but there was nothing that would have made an appropriate image for sharing on Pinterest. As Pinterest is heavily image-based, it meant I didn't pin the post. A shame as I would have liked to. I did tweet it though :)
3 years ago on Blog Commenting Platforms: The Bad and The Good
Hey Alison, thanks so much for the link to Quick Blog Tips - much appreciated :)
3 years, 1 month ago on 15 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Managing Forums
Great post Harrison - love it ;)
3 years, 1 month ago on Six Ways to Make People Like You
You raise good points, but I found this post a bit difficult to follow. You start by listing 3 things that bloggers should do, then you list 9 things they shouldn't do. Considering the title of the post, it's the first 3 points that don't quite gel for me. Just some feedback :)
3 years, 5 months ago on 12 Common Mistakes New Bloggers Make
Good list. A couple of points I'd query though:
5 - one-click installs can be very handy especially if you're not tech-savvy, but it's important to check that the one-click install is up to date. Updating is a constant requirement especially for any one-click install systems that offer dozens of different packages.
9 - I agree it's good to have recent versions - however there is an added challenge here. Having the absolute latest version isn't always a good thing - it depends on how recently it was released. For instance, if you go to php.net there's an upgrade warning for PHP 5.3.7, four days after that version was released. One day later, 5.3.8 came out. I doubt many hosts would update that quickly, but it's generally a good idea to go for the latest stable version (not beta, for instance) and do thorough testing before upgrading to a newer version of PHP.
3 years, 6 months ago on 11 Questions that Will KeepYour WordPress Site out of Hosting Hell
@thedomesticexec it's at spamcomment dot com :)
3 years, 6 months ago on 12 Most Silliest Spam Blog Comments That Made Me LOL!
Blog comment spam is fun - I have a blog dedicated to it :)
@TheJackB Hi Jack, I'm doing fine thank you. :) How are you?
I'm often looking for new angles, new ideas, new posts to write. I've found that it's great to write on a Sunday and use the week for social media and for thinking up new posts.
The comment spam blog is at spamcomment.com :)
3 years, 7 months ago on Just Shut Up Already
Hopefully my blog tips blog doesn't fall into the category of a crap blog! One of the reasons why I have a blogging blog is because I try to share tips that actually work, tips I've tried, and things that other bloggers seem to miss that I think are fairly important.
As for comments, I don't get a lot, but the thing I'm strict about is spam. Other than blatant spam that hits the spam queue anyway, sometimes I do get some "borderline" comments where the person doesn't really say a lot, but seems to want a backlink. I have a whole blog dedicated to the really weird comment spam that I get from time to time. It's light relief for what has become an endless battle.
I just noticed I don't have your blog in Google Reader... I'll rectify that now. Hello again :)
Good tip! I'd like to suggest a few more tips for finding and fixing issues on your blog: http://www.quickblogtips.com/262/design-and-layout/tips-for-finding-and-fixing-issues-with-your-blog/
3 years, 9 months ago on Blog Tip- Check Your Blog in Different Browsers