Trade union

Every November, I compile metrics to see which union are the most influential on Twitter. This is the seventh year I’ve been doing this analysis, and previous results can be found on this blog (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017), For the last few years, I’ve been using a tool called Klout to collect the metrics, but Klout has been

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The rise of Low Coding

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 by
Low Coding

The term ‘Low Coding’ has been around for a few years now. It was first coined in 2014, and describes the growing trend for development platforms that allows users to build applications with very little coding. The term often covers systems that require no coding as well. These low coding platforms are usually cloud based,

Every year, the TUC hosts an Annual Communication Awards ceremony to celebrate some of the great work being done by unions. I always take particular interest in the awards focused on using technology and digital communication. The awards were revamped a couple of years ago, with the new format having a ‘Best membership communication –

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Trade union

Every June, I update the league table of trade union websites. The 2018 edition can be seen below (Previous results can be seen for 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012). It’s important to note that the league table doesn’t attempt to review and score the quality of each site directly. Rather, I use industry leading metrics to measure the influence of

Padlock

Data Protection laws are undergoing a major upgrade when the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) supersedes the Data Protection Act on the 25th May 2018. These wide-ranging changes are impacting on a number of areas, and one of these is the website privacy statement. Websites have been displaying privacy statements for years, especially since infamous

How do visitors access your website?

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 by
Mobile and laptop being used

In a relatively short period of time, smartphones and tablets have completely changed the way we access the web. Long gone is the assumption that each user has a desktop PC. It’s hard to imagine a world now where people don’t spend time glued to the smaller screens of their phones or tablets. While responsive

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Website redirects code

When websites are redesigned or restructured, one mistake I come across a surprising amount of the time is a failure to use redirects properly. I’ve recently seen this happen on a large, authoritative website for a public sector body. Why are redirects important? Well, when a website changes the address of content or a resource,

Trade union

Towards the end of every year I take a look at which of the TUC-affiliated unions are the most influential on Twitter. I’ve been doing this for six years, with all previous results available on my blog (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016). To measure the influence, I use a tool called Klout, and independent analytics

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Trade union

A couple of years ago, I looked at the sizes of the websites of all the TUC affiliated unions, to see how they compared. I’ve found myself coming back to this analysis quite often. Various unions have wanted an idea of how large their website is compared to others, or have wanted to judge how

OK Google, let’s talk unions

Tuesday, 05 September 2017 by

One of the latest frontiers in technology is voice controlled smart assistants. Systems like Apple’s Siri, Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana have been bringing voice controlled commands to mobiles, tablets and desktops over the last few years. However, Amazon raised the stakes by launching the Amazon Echo, a standalone hub designed to allow you to

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