Monday, 20 September 2010


We're hugely honored to have Amit Agarwal sign up on WikiWorldBook.

Amit is one of the world's leading technology journalists and founder of the award winning Digital Inspiration website.

Digital Inspiration is one of the top 100 technology blogs in the world and averages more than 3 million page views each month. It has around 100,000 verified subscribers to its RSS feed according to Feedburner and has been quoted in a huge amount of media publications and outlets around the world including The BBC, The Guardian, The WSJ, CNN and many more.

Amit's biography can be found here on Wikipedia.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Interesting People

Lots of extremely interesting people have been signing up recently on WikiWorldBook. Here's just some of them:-

Stuart Bathgate

Andrew Mark Sanders

Terrence Gaskin

Wilson McOrist

Cordia Harrington

Mark Quested

and, of course, Robin Bain...

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Katherine Kennedy

Katherine Kennedy, Business Consultant and TV Celebrity star of Blonde Charity Mafia has now signed up with WikiWorldBook.

She has graciously also agreed to help us promote our address book web service because she thinks its such a unique and easy way to be found and contacted.

Katherine is no stranger to the web. At University she founded an ingenious e-commerce project that enabled users to right-click on any item on any website and include it in their wish list.

Anyone wishing to contact Katherine Kennedy can now do so instantly via her WikiWorldBook address book page – without seeing her email address!


Monday, 19 July 2010

BBC Click gives Address Book top marks for keeping people in touch via Google.

BBC Click
WikiWorldBook, the online “Global Address Book”, has received an outstanding review from the BBC’s flagship technology TV show, Click, which is broadcast on the BBC News and BBC World television channels.

Click Presenter Kate Russell seemed particularly impressed by the service providing a “simple and effective way for people to get in touch” and a “zero commitment design”. Its maintenance-free design means that its users do not have to invest more than the initial time it takes to set up their free account – which can be as little as one minute, depending on the amount of information they wish to display. The original programme can be watched here on the BBC Click website.

The free online address book uniquely enables people to be easily found via a name search on Google and then be contacted instantly by email – without revealing their email address (and without the person contacting them having to register). The service is similar to a telephone directory, but for email. A built-in “contact form” enables the user to hide their email address and still be contacted by email at that address.

Users can list as much or as little of their personal and work contact details, social links and other information on their own free address book page – with the minimum being name, gender and nationality. All the user’s links (IM, VOIP, email and websites) are hyperlinked to the appropriate service for one click operation and the social links feature means that a user can aggregate all of their online identity into one place.

Verisign Trust Seal

We have now added a VeriSign Trust Seal to WikiWorldBook.

This should help provide first time visitors to our site with the highest levels of trust and security.

VeriSign Inc is the leading provider of Internet infrastructure services, such as Trust and SSL Seals and Certificates.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Latest Press Release - Challenging Telnic's dot tel domains

Our latest Press Release focused on the challenge our free online address book represents to the dot tel domains.

It was picked up by a large variety of media outlets including Yahoo News -;_ylt=A0oGktzw4lZLmYAAgztTDqMX;_ylu=X3oDMTBvdmM3bGlxBHBndANhdl93ZWJfcmVzdWx0BHNlYwNzcg--

In truth, I view the whole campaign as much like the "A lot less bother than a Hoover" advertising campaign (where I believe the two companies had the same parent company) - a symbiotic relationship in which we both benefit from the increased exposure. I'm not sure Telnic view the relationship like that though!

For those people who like the fact that they can be found via the telephone directory / White Pages, both these services offer a great way to be also easily found and contacted by old friends and colleagues on the internet via a name search on a major Search Engine - and the user can specify the means of contact depending on what they choose to show - be it email, IM, VOIP or even home / work terrestrial mail address. All these services are themselves hyperlinked, so that they launch with one click.

Clearly our address book does not have the same technology advantages as the dot tel domains hosted on the DNS, but I think for the majority of people wanting an easy to manage, easy to update, search engine optimized page where they can display their contact details in a structured format which can be found easily on a Google or a Yahoo search, our service offers an excellent free solution.

The two major advantages our address book currently have over the dot tel domains are firstly that our users can be found and contacted within three clicks of a Google search of their name - without revealing their email address (This is not possible on a dot tel domain); and secondly that users' address book listings (their profile page)are usually indexed between 2 and 7 days. Reports suggest that Telnic struggles to get its dot tel domains indexed quickly. Certainly when I experimented with them a year ago they took weeks and sometimes months to get indexed. That suggested to me that either Google perhaps didn't trust them particularly despite them being hosted on the DNS, or perhaps Telnic made it too difficult for a newly registered domain to be found and spidered by the Googlebot.

The third advantage is only a suspicion of mine - that our address book listings (profile pages) rank better in name searches in the SERPs than the dot tels - but as I haven't yet commissioned the detailed testing of this theory, this currently remains unfounded. Certainly our members don't need to do any work to get their profiles ranking high up (on average) in the search engine results whilst I have read that Telnic advise their domain purchasers of ways and means to achieve this - which suggests that they find it necessary to do so.

Perhaps I should commission that testing sooner rather than later!