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Before making this blog into it resided on Google’s blogger (or blogspot).

Google’s services work using Geolocation; just go to in your browser and see if it redirects to a domain for your country.

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The Problem:

When you are running your or a clients blog on Blogger you want actionable intelligence from your site analytics.

Having every visitor to your site redirected by Google Geolocation or Geodomaining can turn your analytics into a mess.

The Solution:

If you want to bypass this there is a relatively simple solution as I shared with some friends who were dealing with this and discussing it on Twitter.

If you were sharing your blog URL as: then instead share

Where the /ncr = No Country Redirect

This is a relatively easy fix and should see your analytics back as useful again in no time at all.

I haven’t discovered any downside to this. If you know of any I would love to hear about it.

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Farewell Blogger

Auf weidersehen Blogger & welcome to my all-new and improved site. The move from Blogger to WordPress and my own .COM hasn’t been without some hiccups but that is how the best of us learn, right?

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Warptest as a name came to me during the last testing project I was involved in. An agile project where the testing and Dev cycles were run in sprints.

I started work testing a mobile application and was able to ramp up rapidly; this led to a realization about test planning but that’s another article I’m working on.

The sprint ran at faster than expected speed and when I was discussing it with a fellow tester I joked I was working at warpspeed.

I had been looking for a .COM and couldn’t believe that Warptest was available so I leapt on it and here we are.

The underlying principle of our testing is do it rapidly, do it efficiently and do it right!

The point is for any given test project to arrive at the bugs as fast as possible without compromising the quality of the testing.

In addition Warptest is now my main blog for other subjects I enjoy writing about e.g. tech or espresso.


If your R&D, mobile app or other Dev is reaching critical defect mass and you need someone to step up and either hands on test, guide you with tools selection or anything else test-related then contact me.

Timeslots are filling up for the next month based on sprints in the pipeline so don’t delay folks.

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blogger - warptest_headerlogo … is relevant to us why? In the beginning, this blog was created on Google’s Blogger platform so logically I decided when the link shortener came out to use it when publishing links to my new posts via Twitter / Facebook / Buzz etc.

Besides intuitive logic there are several good reasons for this: –

  1. Blog on blogger – keep it in the family: one assumes Google services play well together.
  2. has analytics built in from .. Google analytics, as do Blogger blogs. - UI

Anatomy of a shortened URL: Anatomy 1 - metrics

  • Each URL shortened has a graph, timeline options and a QR Code (the funny bar code thingy – you Nokia cam-phone users recognize it don’t you?)
  • In addition the analytics are broken down into referrers, location, browsers and platforms.

All in all .. neat.

Google Social Bookmarks stood out in a fast and dirty comparison I did this week whilst testing some of the major Social Bookmarking sites. That’s a post for another time. Again the logic of using Google is similar, one of the more controversial features is the geo-location of websites on a map should the user desire. Right now I seem to have found a bug in this but before I confirm it I am doing some more testing and asked the website in question for some information. - Google Bookmarks

I like the idea of having a map that shows the location of the company address by each URL I bookmark but it does seem a little invasive. Google Places is an opt in service that even requires the site owner to receive a pin number from Google and add it to confirm their Places entry but here geo-location is set by which ever person decides to share that URL with their friends.

If service is the peanuts it occurred to me then their Social Bookmarking service could be the chocolate: if only to daisy chain together the URL shortening option with Analytics together with my Shared Bookmarks. All allowing me to see statistics on who and from where uses the links I share, auto-tagging options based on site meta-tags / content and finally, a scoring system perhaps with dare I say it badges based on a factor of each URL’s pagerank in your Bookmarks.

What would I want as the cherry on top? You can just about make out the icons of the associated services in the top right of the screengrab above (Mail, Twitter, Facebook, Buzz) well how about Locational Services that show real time checkins for each URL’s location or statistics over time utilising services like Foursquare, GoWalla et cetera. Is there added value to this kind of information for a Bookmark? If you figure that each Bookmark represents a website and a physical location then at least in the world of retail having Real World visits to compare to website visits has value.