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Giles Turnbull

Giles is a contributing editor to WriteTheWeb.

Giles is a freelance writer based in Wiltshire, UK. He has a professional web site at, a personal one at, and is one of the team responsible for Make A Shorter Link.

Articles by this author

Micropayments: size matters

by Giles Turnbull -- 2001-01-11

Clay Shirky says that micropayments are doomed because

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Why micropayments won't catch on

by Giles Turnbull -- 2001-01-04

Micropayments have been widely predicted to be the future of making online publishing pay. But according to Clay Shirky, they're doomed to fail.

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Feeling lucky?

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-12-20

The greatest threat to webmasters and internet users in 2001 will be poor security. Are you prepared?

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The myth of the borderless medium

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-11-28

Convention has it that the internet cannot be governed by any nation's existing laws and statutes, because it is a borderless, global medium. Rubbish, says law professor Jack Goldsmith, that's a myth that's just been exploded by the Yahoo-Nazi memorabilia case.

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Making maps of cyberspace

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-11-21

Martin Dodge, the man behind, has co-written (with Rob Kitchin) a book called Mapping Cyberspace. WriteTheWeb has got an exclusive interview with him.

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Ethics of online communities

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-11-17

You run a popular web portal that includes chat facilities. A paedophile is convicted of raping a child he met in one of your chatrooms. The police and child protection groups ask you to take action. It's happened to Yahoo. What would you do?

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More on micropayments

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-11-17

As WriteTheWeb has mentioned before, micropayments were a big idea that never got anywhere. Now Roger Ebert has come up with a persuasive argument for their widespread adoption.

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The content monarchy usurped

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-11-15

"Content is king", the web producer's mantra used to say. But writers are the first against the wall when the dotcom crunch comes, according to The Industry Standard, so does that mean content has lost its crown?

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The changing shape of web advertising

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-11-07

Think of web advertising, and you think of banners. But banners are being pushed out by other ideas - shorter, smaller, weirder ideas for adverts are becoming more popular.

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Speaking in tongues

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-10-24

If your global web site is not available in Spanish already, it will need to be pretty soon. Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, Bengali and Hindi.

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Ebooks for the masses? Not just yet

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-10-23

So, how many ebooks have you read recently? Not that many, right? Right. You and everyone else, all of us love our paper books too much to give up on them yet.

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An internet blocked with bloat

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-10-23

Web pages are getting too fat and bloated to be useful to anyone. And that's despite all the high bandwidth connections everyone's supposed to be using.

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Planning for the next billion newbies

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-10-12

Suddenly, some of the biggest names on the internet are investing in hardware solutions. The fight for eyeballs is spiralling towards corporatism, just like we always thought it would.

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Bad web design for the people

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-10-11

A new UK-based portal,, commits several horrible crimes of bad web design. But the people who built it are aiming at people who are not online yet, and they don't care what you and I think.

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Speak, friend, and navigate

by Giles Turnbull -- 2000-10-10

Perhaps it's taking longer than we all expected, but sooner or later we're going to throw away our keyboards and talk to our computers instead. A team at the University of Maryland has been studying how web sites work with voice-controlled navigation, and the conclusions make for interesting reading.

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