We are currently seeing the biggest increase in new top level domains names since the rise of the web. Domains like .com, .net, and are by now are very familiar, and a few more obscure ones, such as .biz and .info, have been around for a few years. This year, ICANN and the

Unions & cloud-based services

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 by

Cloud-based services have been growing in popularity over the last few years. These services are delivered online and are usually paid for on an ongoing basis, with flexible pricing depending on the needs of the user. This usually results in lower costs and lower risks, combined with reliable and well-built software. While some unions are

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Every year the TUC holds an awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of affiliate unions in their communication efforts. The awards for 2014 have just been held, on Wednesday 9th July. The award categories include traditional media, like best magazine and best illustration, but I always keep an eye on the two technology categories: best

Trade Union

Every June I look at a number of key industry metrics to see how the TUC affiliated unions’ websites rank against each other.  The results are compiled in a trade union website league table, and the 2014 version is now complete. The full league table can be seen below and last years’ results are here: trade


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I’ve recently launched a new website on behalf of Prospect, the professionals’ union.  The website – Careersmart – provides free careers information as well as emphasising the contribution unions can make in the workplace. The site has a range of articles dealing with career issues, from help with job hunting to advice on how to


Have you ever wanted to get a message across loudly on Twitter or Facebook? Thunderclap is an online tool aimed at activists that can help do just that. It pitches itself as a ‘crowdspeaking’ platform, in a similar vein to ‘crowdfunding’ websites like Kickstarter. Successful campaigns result in the same message being broadcast at the

Trade Union

In 2012 I carried out some research to see which TUC affiliated unions are the most influential in social media. I published the results on my website in a league table. It’s been a year since that first survey, so I’ve updated the results to see how things have changed, enabling unions to measure their


  I recently developed a new website for UCATT, the union for construction workers. Most of their members do not work at a desktop PC – so it was vital for the website to display well on smartphones. This is increasingly required for all websites, not just union sites. The biggest single change to website

The Climbing Frame App

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 by

A new addition to the world of trade union Apps has just been released. TUC unionlearn’s popular Climbing Frame website, an online service primarily aimed at Union Learning Reps, has been launched as an App. The App is another way of accessing the same information as on the website, allowing Union Learning Reps and other

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I ran a workshop on digital organising at the recent Prospect Connect Sector Conference and I asked the delegates – union reps in the technology sector – to form into groups and score the online tools we were discussing for effectiveness. I’ve taken the results from the workshop and averaged the scores given by the