Personal blogging by Steph Gray, former digital agency founder and erstwhile bureaucrat


My Name Is URL

August 10, 2011

One little enhancement I’ve made recently to my social media training and crisis communications platform, the Social Simulator, is a domain-specific URL shortener. The idea is, since we’re simulating Twitter and now Facebook in a private environment, we really ought to offer simulation participants the ability to post short, trackable URLs like they would on…

24tips: share code snippets

December 16, 2010

16 Dec: even if you’re not a professional developer, chances are you need to share snippets of code now and again – maybe emailing a colleague that Google Analytics tracking code snippet, or the template for a special CMS page, or maybe a how-to article on your intranet for content managers. But the tools on…

Flexible bookmarklists: your friendly listing of Delicious-tagged items

February 9, 2009

A post over on the CILIP blog got me thinking about a couple of minor tweaks to the software behind digitalgovuk (which, lacking inspiration, I’ve called Bookmarklist. Rather than hard coding the base tag, we could make the URL a bit more hackable, and thus generate the same kind of friendly-looking listing of Delicious bookmarks…

Which constituency is that in?

February 6, 2009

I’m learning that old skool stakeholder engagement involves a lot of spreadsheets. We needed to work out which UK Parliamentary constituencies some organisations were in, to identify who needed to be contacted about an issue.¬† 400 organisations, in fact. [UPDATE 2023 – The issue in question] Could have been a boring day’s work for someone,…