London WSG ‚ÄėFindability‚Äô meeting

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While I gath­er my thoughts on @media, a quick men­tion of the Lon­don WSG meet­ing on Wednes­day night, which was on the top­ic of Find­abil­i­ty.

There were three pre¬≠sen¬≠ta¬≠tions; the first, by Cyril Doussin, intro¬≠duced the sub¬≠ject and explained the core con¬≠cepts behind it; the ways in which users find your con¬≠tent (or prod¬≠uct) and how you can make it eas¬≠i¬≠er for them.

Next, Stu­art Colville showed prac­ti­cal ways to make the con­tent on your site more find­able, from design through to mark-up, style and behav­iour. He raised the inter­est­ing point that tag­ging is bet­ter than cat­e­goris­ing, as cat­e­gories tend to be fixed where­as con­tent changes over time as infor­ma­tion evolves; time for me to start using Word­Press’ tag­ging function.

Final¬≠ly, Steve Mar¬≠shall showed off Yahoo!‚Äės lat¬≠est project, Fire Eagle (cur¬≠rent¬≠ly invi¬≠ta¬≠tion only; I was hand¬≠ed one at @media today), which is a ser¬≠vice that lets you update your phys¬≠i¬≠cal loca¬≠tion across mul¬≠ti¬≠ple sites and ser¬≠vices. It‚Äôs pret¬≠ty impres¬≠sive in the¬≠o¬≠ry, but the fact that I can only cur¬≠rent¬≠ly update from the desk¬≠top means I am lim¬≠it¬≠ed to home or work, mostly.

The whole evening was nice¬≠ly bal¬≠anced to appeal to a broad range of skills and knowl¬≠edge, and had the right mix of the¬≠o¬≠ry, prac¬≠tice, and show¬≠ing off. I‚Äôm aim¬≠ing to get more involved in organ¬≠is¬≠ing future events, and I hope to be part of more qual¬≠i¬≠ty events like this one.

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