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Google+The three-legged horse of the social media world is finally shutting down - but not because it's a continually awful experience. Following a massive data breach first reported on by The Wall Street Journal, Google announced today that it is shutting down its social network Google+ for consumers. The company finally admitted that Google+ never received the broad adoption or engagement with users that it had hoped for -- according to a blog post, 90 percent of Google+ user sessions last for less than five seconds.

The company discovered a bug in one of Google+'s People APIs that allowed apps access to data from Google+ profiles that weren't marked as public. It included static data fields such as name, email, occupation, gender and age. 

In a rare moment of candidness a Google spokesdragon stated "...user engagement on the service was low".

Google+ will remain though as an Enterprise product where users don't get a choice of which platform to use.

Read the full story at engadget

GutenbergIf you run a WordPress site you may have noticed a new notice appearing when you login to the admin dashboard. This announces the release of Gutenberg, a new type of editor which works a little like those large, clunky page builders we've been using for years.

It replaces many, if not all, shortcode plugins with its own blocks and actually works quite well. Because it's integrated in to WordPress it's likely to be quicker for pages to load and easier for even basic users to create complex pages with CSS style functionality.

It is being offered to a subset of WordPress users right now but will become standard in WordPress 5 - expected maybe Q1 2019.

It's not going to change the world for many people, but it might make adding and editing posts easier and quicker for less capable users. We have clients with several WordPress sites and staff training is always ongoing so Gutenberg might reduce that requirement and let them get on with their business.  Our own tests on our own sites suggests that we can do away with widgets, plugins and shortcodes and start with a blank page laid out how we want and simply have to add the textual and media content.

If you want to try Gutenberg, just ask your account manager and we'll create a clone of your site that you can test it on without affecting your live site.



Back in 1999, Eric Raymond coined the term "Linus' Law," which stipulates that given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.  Linus' Law, named in honor of Linux creator Linus Torvalds, has for nearly two decades been used by some as a doctrine to explain why open source software should have better security.

In recent years, open source projects and code have experienced multiple security issues, but does that mean Linus' Law isn't valid?  The key question isn't about software development models, but rather about having an architectural design that makes software more resilient. A good article on a subject we often get asked about.

New report finds that 74% of start-ups use the same 10 adjectives repeatedly in their website copy and many don't even include a description.
This lack of a distinct identity could impact business growth and the wider business community.  A company’s website is often the first point of interaction between brand and consumer, yet it is often where most brands let themselves down with inadequate descriptions. Some don’t even include a description at all and those that do often use generic buzzwords that don’t express their individuality.
The top 10 adjectives used were: family run, independent, specialists, friendly, experienced, leading, experts, best, quality, largest. 74% of businesses use these repeatedly within their website copy.

New research among more than 2,000 UK adults commissioned by Studio Graphene has revealed just how important good online and mobile technologies are to business success. It found:

  • 59% of UK adults – 30.54 million people – said they will leave a business’ website within just 30 seconds if it is ugly or hard to navigate
  • 24% of consumers also said that in the past five years they have switched loyalty from one company to a competitor whose technology delivers a better customer experience
  • The figure jumps to 41% among those aged between 18 and 34
  • 52% of people say they always research a business online before deciding to spend money with them
  • Furthermore, 47% stated that a good website or app is key for them to trust a particular brand

Technology has never been more critical to a business’ success, with the majority of UK consumers saying they will leave a poor quality website in less than 30 seconds, new research by Studio Graphene has revealed.  Studio Graphene commissioned an independent, nationally-representative survey among more than 2,000 UK adults to examine how discerning the public is when deciding which companies to spend money with. It found that 59% of respondents will leave a business’ website within just 30 seconds if it is ugly or hard to navigate.

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