Page speed is important to website owners. Not only does a fast website mean better user experience and engagement, it also ranks higher in search. Google takes a look at website speeds around the world.
Google appears to be phasing out the old version of Google Analytics. It recently removed the link to old version reporting that once stood prominently amongst the site's utility links at the top of every page.
Location reports in Google Analytics will soon delineate Irish counties, replacing the current provincial overview that was introduced in June of this year. This news follows enquiries that we made to Google regarding missing location data for Ireland in Google Analytics last month.
While trawling through Google Analytics earlier, as every self-respecting webmaster should, I noticed something slightly odd when viewing location data for Ireland; Connaught is missing. Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo, all gone! This is certainly a mistake on Google's part, although some have quipped that this may be yet another condition of Ireland's EU/IMF deal. Selling off Connaught should just about cover Ireland's debt, right?
Yesterday we reported how one could avoid Twitter's somewhat annoying t.co URL shortener by using lesser known URL services like j.mp, or by keeping the URL length to 20 characters or less. Unfortunately, this hack will not last forever as Twitter does plan to wrap all links, regardless of length, with its own t.co link service. Why? It's all to do with analytics.
Oliver Emberton, owner of SilkTide – a website analysis company, has produced this 2.5 minute video to explain the controversial EU cookie directive, which was supposed to come into force across the 27 member states in May this year.
Microsoft is finishing rolling out its latest update to its Internet Explorer browser to millions of Windows Vista and 7 users this weekend. Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate has been issued in February’s automatic security download for Windows machines running the two latest versions of the company’s operating system, Vista and 7.
Statistics, it is said, are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital. Earlier this month TNW reported, quoting Statcounter Global stats, that StumbleUpon had surpassed Facebook in the US as the site that created the most social media referrers. The article also reported it was the second most popular traffic-generating site globally after Facebook.
Data protection authorities in Germany have ended year-long talks with Google over concerns that they have with the data that Google Analytics gathers on website visitors. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, German companies may face legal action if they are found to be using the free service from Google.