Profile

Scrapbook photo 1
Scrapbook photo 2
Scrapbook photo 3
Scrapbook photo 4
Scrapbook photo 5
Thomas Furlong
Works at SEO Freelancer
Attended University of Cologne
Lives in Berlin
64 followers|164,034 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTubeReviews

Stream

Thomas Furlong

Shared publicly  - 
 
Cauliflower soup with stilton and farmhouse style bread. Looks a bit odd, but it's luurvely!
1
Thomas Furlong's profile photoChristian Hoff's profile photoToni Damota's profile photo
4 comments
 
There 's nothing better than home made food.cheers
Add a comment...

Thomas Furlong

Shared publicly  - 
 
This isn't just me, is it? Since Search+ has started to roll out big time, I'm seeing a lot of previously dormant Google+ pages, esp. in the search marketing niche, magically filling up with content fast. Not that I'm going to name names ;-p - but that's hardly a coincidence, n'est-ce pas?
1
Add a comment...

Thomas Furlong

Shared publicly  - 
 
+Matt Cutts live on Google Hangout - tune in now!
Matt Cutts originally shared:
 
Matt Cutts is hanging out with 7 people right now in a live Hangout On Air!Nathan Johns, Sai vadlamani, Paul Ravindranath, Brian White, Vivaik Bharadwaaj, Malik Mairaj, and Prachi Padmi
Matt Cutts's profile photoNathan Johns's profile photoSai vadlamani's profile photoPaul Ravindranath's profile photoBrian White's profile photoVivaik Bharadwaaj's profile photoMalik Mairaj's profile photoPrachi Padmi's profile photo
Matt Cutts was in a video call with 7 others
1
Add a comment...

Thomas Furlong

Shared publicly  - 
 
This probably has a lot to do with the people I follow, but Google+ is the most meta network I know. As in, a huge portion of the posts on here seem to be about the Google+ itself (...including this one!).

I know everyone always latches on to more obvious metrics, such as active usage and engagement rates to determine a network's viability, but I'd argue that the topics people talk about are at least as important. And not just in an easily measurable keyword-y sense, but also, more amorphously, regarding the general topics people post about.

And self-referentiality can't be a good thing, it just feels like a dog chasing its tail. I know a lot of it here can be attributed to G+'s relative novelty and constant feature updates, which is mostly a good thing. But it could also be symptomatic of a number of negative things, e.g. a clunky UX, a UI that draws too much attention to itself, non-seemless integration into other Google products or a very narrow user demographic.

A huge part of Facebook's or Twitter's success is that people go there to talk about other things. Google+ - at least for now - seems a lot more focused on itself. And they're aggravating the problem by creating this self-enclosed world of Search+ making Google in general a much more insular experience. +Danny Sullivan wrote a great piece about this a few weeks back: http://searchengineland.com/search-engines-should-be-like-santa-107400. That leads me to wonder if Google's aggressive G+ growth strategy is really as clever as everyone seems to think, because it doesn't really do much to improve the nature of its service.
1
Add a comment...

Thomas Furlong

Shared publicly  - 
 
This is a couple of days old now - but to continue my new food photo tradition: this is my version of a traditional Czech roast pork dinner. Mmmmh...
1
Add a comment...

Thomas Furlong

Shared publicly  - 
 
I've already posted this over on Facebook, but whatevs, it's blackout day, and everyone who cares about the Internet should be doing their level best to raise awareness about this brazen attempt by the copyright industries to limit fundamental Internet freedoms:
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
64 people
Alastair Reece's profile photo
Jamie Svenson's profile photo
Jaclyn Barbarino's profile photo
Susan J. Brady's profile photo
santhosh kumar's profile photo
Christian Niedermair's profile photo
Jeffrey Scott Wise's profile photo
Franziska Kaulfuss's profile photo
Arne Broich's profile photo

Thomas Furlong

Shared publicly  - 
 
Homemade Cornish pasties - Mm...
1
Add a comment...

Thomas Furlong

Shared publicly  - 
 
It's funny because it's true ;-)
Michael King originally shared:
 
Google is SkyNet. I told y'all!
1
Toni Damota's profile photo
 
O_o! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Add a comment...

Thomas Furlong

Shared publicly  - 
 
Facebook has a new "See translation" option for foreign language posts. This should be a good thing, but it actually showcases just how abysmal Bing Translator really is.
1
Thomas Furlong's profile photo
 
Not that Google Translate is that much better. If this is the cutting edge of machine translation, I don't think I have to worry too much about computers stealing my translation jobs for the next couple of decades.
Add a comment...

Thomas Furlong

Shared publicly  - 
 
Never thought it could be this difficult and frustrating to upgrade my laptop's RAM. Urgh... I think I'm going to pull a Murtaugh for today - I'm just too old for this shit. Next time around I want a nice, simple pre-fab system that does what it's told, no questions asked.
1
Add a comment...

Thomas Furlong

Shared publicly  - 
 
Since I'm going to start blogging again myself soon (hint! hint!) - a great collection of tips on how to actually get people to read your output from SEO-Sensei Rand Fishkin himself. Very interesting and actionable if you're tired of your great-aunt and her dachshund being your only readers...
Rand Fishkin originally shared:
 
In 2007, I wrote one of my most popular and visited blog posts covering 21 tactics to increase blog traffic. I've finally updated it for 2012. Hopefully you'll enjoy the results and can share with aspiring bloggers seeking to do more with their sites.
It's easy to build a blog, but hard to build a successful blog with significant traffic. Over the years, we've grown this blog to hundreds of thousands of visitors each month and helped lots of other ...
1
Thomas Furlong's profile photo
 
Although it's clearly missing the cardinal, nay, papal rule: #23: Write something interesting!
Add a comment...

Thomas Furlong

Shared publicly  - 
 
Right, I'm going to start doing the food photo thing. Especially when it looks as yummy as this (it's butternut squash & apple soup if you were wondering).
1
Thomas Furlong's profile photoChristian Hoff's profile photo
3 comments
 
ja ist ganz nett. wobei ich dir als Berliner aus dem Bereich Photo auch eyeem empfehlen kann, sind ja nachbarn
 ·  Translate
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
64 people
Alastair Reece's profile photo
Jamie Svenson's profile photo
Jaclyn Barbarino's profile photo
Susan J. Brady's profile photo
santhosh kumar's profile photo
Christian Niedermair's profile photo
Jeffrey Scott Wise's profile photo
Franziska Kaulfuss's profile photo
Arne Broich's profile photo
Education
  • University of Cologne
    American Studies, 2014
  • University of Rochester
    Comparative Literature
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Other names
Wieczorek (my 'maiden' name)
Work
Occupation
I work freelance as an online marketing consultant and as a translator (en<>de). Always looking for new challenges.
Employment
  • SEO Freelancer
    Translator / Online Marketing Consultant, 2009 - present
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Berlin
Previously
Köln - Rochester, NY - Brighton
An unpleasant, run-down neighbourhood supermarket. The aisles are so narrow they're basically one-way streets, and don't even try to find a basket because they're always hidden away somewhere! The food selection is paltry, the non-food section is a glorified bargain bin, the bottle deposit machines reek of booze (and are out of order most of the time) and there's always a huge wait at the tills because they're chronically understaffed, which must be the reason the staff is often unduly crabby.
• • •
Public - in the last week
reviewed in the last week
It's a fairly small chemist's, so if you need anything not so commonplace, chances are they'll have to order it. But the service more than makes up for that: this is one of the most genuinely friendly stores I know in all of Berlin. They always take the time to assist you and are happy to help if there are any problems with your prescription.
Public - in the last week
reviewed in the last week
This is pretty much the median kebab place for this area: the food's decent enough, but the meat's always a bit greasy, the sauces are rather bland and I usually come out feeling a tad unsatisfied. The place itself is a little dingy (avoid the toilets if you can help it!), but it's also really conveniently located at a major intersection and stays open until late at night.
Public - in the last week
reviewed in the last week
5 reviews
Map
Map
Map
My local bakery: very friendly staff, great coffee, tasty home-baked börek. Unfortunately, all the rolls, bread, croissants etc. are pre-baked, so they're consistently bland. Indoor seating is actually cosier than it looks at first glance and breakfast is pretty decent, but the AstroTurf-covered outside seating area is a massive eyesore.
Public - in the last week
reviewed in the last week
It's a decent enough place and the pricing is pretty much unbeatable, but the selection is absolutely atrocious unless you're really into horror, martial arts and B-grade action movies. OK for renting the latest blockbusters, but film buffs will have to travel further afield.
Public - in the last week
reviewed in the last week