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Local social networks

29th March 2008

Social networking is finding new applications in localised recommendations, reports the BBC, at the same time slightly surpised that social networking is still going on.

Social networking, like the internet itself, is here to stay, and I reckon people are going to be finding new applications for it for at least the next 5 years.... not that local recommendations are new of course... multimap did this many years ago, although it seems to have dropped that particular feature now.

Payment Providers

27th March 2008

If you're selling things online - from toys to ties, courses to memberships, it's likely that you'll want to take payment for some or all of those purchases.  For that, you'll usually need a 'payment provider' - such as your bank, or a 3rd party system like Worldpay or Paypal.

We've worked with a few commercial payment systems, and there are a few factors you need to take into consideration when choosing a provider.

If your volume is low to start with, it's worth choosing a system that offers a very low annual fee - but may add a bit more onto each payment.  Worldpay offers such a system , and we've found them very reliable.

If your volume is high, you may be better off using your bank's proprietary system or another provider geared to high volume.  HSBC offers a great system and we've integrated with them successfully in the past.

Paypal is a 'love it or loathe it' system which some of our customers have implemented.  It stores your card details for future use, which can be a benefit, but it does mean remembering a paypal password when you want to use the same card again.

It's certainly worth researching the choices and asking your web developer if they're able to develop your website with a particular payment provider in mind.

Arthur C Clarke

19th March 2008

Arthur C Clarke has died, at 90.   He was one of my childhood heroes, writing great science fiction and seeing what was possible many years before it could be made real, including forseeing communications satellites and many aspects of the internet.  BBC article here.  

Virtual Worlds

18th March 2008

If you've browsed the BBC Technology column any time in the last few months, you could be forgiven for thinking that the virtual world 'Second Life' was the future of online interaction.

'Second Life' has certainly made an impact in the real world, with people earning real money, and not just through buiding Second Life 'stuff' for other people - for example there is a lawyer whose main office is located in the virtual world - and he finds clients this way.  But I don't see living in 3d as the ultimate evolution of the web.  Rather, I think a fusion of worlds will happen - where more websites make use of 3d, audio, and video, and indeed our concept of browsers and websites may shift  - but we won't have to immerse ourselves in a pretend world in order to interact with people and businesses online.

Yahoo and the semantic web

17th March 2008

Yahoo have made some statements about support of the 'semantic web': 

The semantic web is about web pages that are structured to give search engines more specific information about what is being said.  Instead of just matching words to your search terms, search engines will start to understand which web pages directly address your search, and how.

This is good news for everyone, as websites will be able to include features that bring them to the attention of users who are doing revelant searches, and users are more likely to find what they are looking for.

We look forward to hearing more in the coming months.

What's in a logo?

12th March 2008

As we put our new website live, after months of hard work on our company branding and on the website itself, it's time to stand back and look at why we thought we needed a re-brand.

Our logo blends together symbols of water and the ox: representing the dynamic,  forward-thinking and strong trustworthy nature of the company, while at the same time linking us to our home city of Oxford, UK.

Although we're all about making websites work, we're also proud to be in this beautiful city and to contribute to the booming business economy here.

We hope that you enjoy the new branding and website.

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