Get a Grip on Google+

I was quite happy to try and ignore Google+ for a few more weeks.  Twitter and Facebook & a few niche sites take up more than enough of my time and, like most people, I wasn’t exactly crying out for another social network to worry about.

Of course, as a marketer, I’d dabbled on Google+.  I’d spent just enough time on it to know that I didn’t need to spend more yet. I knew enough to answer clients questions and understood that my clients customers weren’t yet utilising it heavily.

Enter Search Plus Your World

With SPYW (Which thanks to the suggestion from GetElastic, I will hereby be pronouncing “Spew”), suddenly making Google+ more relevant I am now undergoing a crash course to get up to speed.

Thinking that I probably wouldn’t be the only person going through this at the moment I thought I would share the useful resources that I used to do that crash course. If they do, feel free to add me to your circles. Continue reading

Google CDN gets blocked… and how to fix the problem

OpenDNS Blocks GoogleDNS provider to the masses, OpenDNS have today blocked googleapis.com as phishing site. The result of this is hundreds of thousands of sites throwing up errors to users of OpenDNS (of which there are many).  It looks like this is an issue surrounding the SSL on googleapis, but similar problems have happened with the big Content Delivery Networks in the past.

If, like us, you found yourself scrabbling around switching CDNs today, then you might be thinking about a fallback solution. We’ve opted to move over to Microsofts offering with a fallback to googleapis.com in the unlikely event that it is unavailable.

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