Slippery Email scales up – over 1,000,000 messages handled

<![CDATA[In the summer of 2014 I started a side-project, Slippery Email. The aim was of the site was simple — to make the world’s fastest and easiest way to create a burner email box that could be used to avoid spam and keep your primary inbox clean. Over the course of winter 2014 I honedContinue reading “Slippery Email scales up – over 1,000,000 messages handled”

Paywall success: HeraldScotland breaks through 10,000 subscribers

<![CDATA[In Jan 2013 I took over responsibility for design, technology and subscriptions on Herald Scotland and our other news and magazine sites. In that first year we did a lot to improve the subscription experience, technology and security – a focus that continues today. Yesterday we announced a milestone event, with HeraldScotland passing 10,000 payingContinue reading “Paywall success: HeraldScotland breaks through 10,000 subscribers”

My Indyref Personality Test for HeraldScotland

<![CDATA[Once a fortnight my dev team at Herald & Times do an Editorial Wednesday – a day devoted to bespoke development on our news sites. The hands-on design/dev work usually sits with members of my team, but due to staff holidays I was working solo this week. We didn’t have anything urgent on the editorialContinue reading “My Indyref Personality Test for HeraldScotland”

New Scotland's Homes site officially launches on Monday!

<![CDATA[ Last September we decided at the Herald & Times that we need a site to accompany some of our print supplements. In the past s1 filled that role with the sites s1jobs and s1homes that I helped built back in the early 2000’s. But with s1 no longer part of the Herald & TimesContinue reading “New Scotland's Homes site officially launches on Monday!”

We're shortlisted (twice) for Scottish Press Innovation of the Year

<![CDATA[The finalists for the Scottish Press Awards were announced earlier today… and two of the projects I worked on have been shortlisted for Innovation of the Year. First up is Paywall 2.0, the new metered paywall system my team developed for HeraldScotland which saw subscription rates increase massively in 2013. Our work on this systemContinue reading “We're shortlisted (twice) for Scottish Press Innovation of the Year”

Twitterendum: HeraldScotland and Equator partner on #indyref swingometer

<![CDATA[Today we’re excited to bring a new innovation to HeraldScotland; the Twitterendum monitors real-time public sentiment towards the Scottish independence referendum by looking for keywords within public tweets. The tool also shows changes in opinion over time – visitors can click back through history and see the twitter opinion for any day, along with theContinue reading “Twitterendum: HeraldScotland and Equator partner on #indyref swingometer”

New ABCs: The Evening Times is the fastest-growing regional news site in the UK

<![CDATA[ Today the latest ABC circulation update for newspapers was released, covering both print and digital. While the print figures are broadly in line with the industry average – and long-term gentle decline – the stand-out story is digital performance. As I’ve blogged about before, I took over technical and subscription responsibility for the HeraldContinue reading “New ABCs: The Evening Times is the fastest-growing regional news site in the UK”

HeraldScotland: Paywall trends and figures released

<![CDATA[As I’ve blogged about previously, I took over responsibility for the technical, design and subscription aspects of the Herald and Times Group news sites in January 2013. At that time my first priority was to improve the speed, reliability and search engine optimisation of the platform where I could see some big improvements were possible.Continue reading “HeraldScotland: Paywall trends and figures released”

HeraldScotland: the fastest growing regional news site in the UK

<![CDATA[In January this year I took over management of the Herald & Times Group news sites, taking resposibility for the design, technical, marketing and subscription aspects of our online platforms. From a technical perspective the sites needed work: the core framework was relatively sound, but a number of bespoke additions had left the sites aContinue reading “HeraldScotland: the fastest growing regional news site in the UK”

Blueprint debate: My vision for the future of our state broadcaster

<![CDATA[I was asked to take part in a Guardian debate last week as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The venue was the Guardian Spiegeltent on Charlotte Square, and the topic was the future of our state broadcaster, the BBC. I joined Daily Telegraph Media Commentator Neil Midgley on stage in the debate chairedContinue reading “Blueprint debate: My vision for the future of our state broadcaster”