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Local Businesses Should Harness Locality Services

There is an emerging trend that local business won’t be able to ignore for too long. At the moment, all the rage with mobile devices seems to be location based services and games with Gowalla, FourSquare and Yelp being the primary platforms although Facebook is to launch its own version shortly which may comprise of an amalgamation of all three.…

Moving Forward for Tweekly.fm

In January this year when I first undertook the Tweekly.fm project in ran in a very different way than what it does now. I’ve completely rewrote the code base that the system works from. It now runs a lot faster and we can support more users than previous. I now run both statistics for Twitter (tweekly.fm) and for Facebook (laststat.us).…

Steve & Friends

Hi Scott, Really glad you emailed, as I didn’t have any details to send a thank you, we love Steve and his mates, and such a lovely surprise to receive on a dreary Tuesday morning! If we feel a bit stressed we give Steve a squeeze and then all’s well with the world, it’s better than cake. Thank you, again.…

Unified Reward Point System

The system of rewarding customers with points, cards or discounts is a fairly standard practice amongst today’s modern business. This reward model is based around rewarding for purchases of goods and services and then allow these customers to choose a gift in return to reward their loyalty. The existing implementation are this reward network is singular in nature except for…

Platform vs Web Site

Over the past six years we’ve seen major developments around the world in online services and computing. Traditional web sites such as Google, Amazon and eBay have now transformed into multinational platforms offering more than just a site to use. All of the services I’ve just named still provide their main web site, but isn’t it about time we started…

Featured in The Sentinel

My quote from a few days ago has been featured in the local newspaper "The Sentinel". You can read the full article about Google Streetview coming to our counties on their website.

Really, robots.txt is There for a Reason

Quite a while back now in Internet history a system called ‘robots.txt’ was introduced to control the content that web crawlers and services are permissible to crawl. This file details a map which denotes what crawler/bot is allowed to crawl a site. At tweekly.fm I deal with a lot of user traffic and the complicated nature of our queries means…

Tweekly.fm Featured in a Book

Sometime last week I was talking to Simon about Tweekly.fm and he informed me that Tweekly.fm was going to be feature in a book that’s being written by Garin Kilpatrick. Garin’s book will document tools to be used with Twitter and we’re happy that we’re going to be featured. Its nice to see that the service being provided to end…

Caching & ADOdb for Tweekly.fm

The best thing about building a project that gets popular is the same as the worst things about a project that grows rapidly. Tweekly.fm is currently gaining 1,500 users per month most of which decide to publish on a Sunday. This increases the load and run time of the delivery engine that pushes tweets outbound. The other side of an…