Except today, that’s a lie. Simon is resting his big planner’s noodle somewhere in France – we hear a steep increase in red wine consumption has already been noted – so we expect him back with a bulging head of new ideas next week. And wine-red lips, presumably.
So I’ve stolen his slot so I can ramble on about what I’ve being reading this week – a “diet” Corn Beef Sandwich of a few serious and not-so-serious articles.
The week started with the taste of burnt cookies in many webmaster’s mouths. After all the noise about the cookie law the ICO watered down their requirements on the Thursday before the (dart) Saturday deadline and allowed “implied consent”.
Aside from the standard coverage, Kolvin Stone argued over on The Kernel we’re actually quite lucky in the UK: he reckons the FTC in the US is a lot less business friendly. I’m sure all the webmasters and marketing teams who spent hours discussing how to get explicit consent without devastating conversion rates agreed when they found out it probably wasn’t necesary, after all. Still, all the lawyers are having a lovely-jubbly jubilee weekend spending all the fees they earned advising brands.
Elsewhere on The Kernel, site founder Milos-something-Greek-sounding decided to call Wired UK’s Editor “a bitch” for a snarly bio and a ranking downgrade of his good self in an influencer’s list – and went on to point out that Wired UK’s finances – which apparently Milo has insider information about – are bad. Really, a print title with bad numbers? I’m staggered. He’s right about one thing, though – Wired UK does feel over-stylised sometimes. My re-subscription form is doing a great job as a dust repository on my desk.
“Against the future: inside the Jewish anti-internet rally“. That got your attention, didn’t it? Take 40,000 ultra-orthodox Jews, put them in the home stadium of the Mets and ask them to consider the Internet and what do you get? Some tense moments when the presence of a journalist was noticed:
‘”I was stopped by a man who asked me what I was taking pictures for. I told him I write for a technology publication. “But this is against technology,” he said. “I thought it was about technology,” I replied. He nodded thoughtfully, and gestured to me to continue, saying: “Take beautiful pictures.”
and a really interesting piece looking at how one religious group is reacting to the impact of the Internet of their lives - with food for thought for us all, too. How far do we let technology go – and when does it start changing us for the worst?
In the numbers and dollars driven world of search, Danny Sullivan - previously criticised by some commentators as a Google fan-boy - saw the light and realised Google might not deserve the “Don’t Be Evil” tag as they’re now requesting payment for listings in their price comparison products. The criticism deepened when they announced merchants will have to pay to be in Google Shopping results, too. Expect this controversy to continue, and to be picked up by rivals seeking to further highlight Google’s dominance of the market.
If you’ve got this far, you need more work to do, but I’ll leave you with a little gem to get you chortling over the weekend. A dog that texts, and think’s he is a super-dog. Finally, I know why Tumblr exists. Hat tip to Mark and everybody esle who has shared this over the last few weeks.
Enjoy the weekend. If you are a Brit, enjoy the four day weekend, and if your name is Simon, bring me back some Camembert.