Archive for November, 2003

Searching for ‘labour’

Sunday, November 23rd, 2003

What happens when you search for the word ‘labour’ on the world’s leading search engines? The results are as you’d expect from Google and all the rest — with one amazing exception.

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Britain needs a Powells

Friday, November 14th, 2003

Way back in the early days of the Internet (in December 1996, to be exact), I noticed something new on the Amazon.com website. It was called an “affiliate program”. It offered websites something extraordinary: the chance to share in Amazon’s soon-to-be multibillion dollar revenue stream. I jumped at the chance and began selling Amazon’s books through my own website, collecting around ten percent of the cover price of every book I could sell.
But soon it became clear that Amazon was pursuing a ruthlessly anti-union policy as it expanded, and being that my site was a union site, I couldn’t very well continue as a partner with this company

What to do when email campaigns no longer work

Wednesday, November 5th, 2003

For more than a decade now, trade unions and others have used email as a powerful tool for online campaigning. Despite some notable successes, it is now becoming clearer by the day that this tool is becoming less and less effective.
For that reason it is essential that we begin thinking of what to do when email no longer works — in other words, to come up with our own “plan B”.

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