Trade union

Every year I carry out an analysis of the websites of all the TUC affiliated unions to compare their perceived ‘authority’. I compile the results into the trade union website league table (see previous results: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012). I use metrics that indicate how influential or authoritative the website is.

Careersmart

Unionlearn, the learning and skills organisation of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), has recently launched a new careers area on their website called ‘Careerszone’. The aim is to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ with information and resources on careers. I’ve led on the development of this new facility, which uses official ‘big data’ sources to generate careers

EU Flag

If there is a ‘no deal’ Brexit, what are the implications when working with IT and Digital? One of the first issues could be the effect on the workforce. If you or any of your team are EU nationals, the UK Government has committed to protecting rights, but EU nationals will need to register to

The rise of chatbots

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 by
Chatbot

One of the growing trends in technology is the growing use of chatbots.  The chances are you have already been in communication with one, even though you may not have realised it. But what are they and why is their use growing so quickly? A chatbot is a piece of software that imitates human conversation.

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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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