You Won’t Believe Which Political Site is Most Viral

Last night’s News at Ten had a report about the “under the radar influence” of the Skwawkbox website which apparently produces viral stories on social media which get shared by millions. Guido can understand why Buzzfeed are interested in this area, their whole business model is based on going viral on social media platforms. Though their politics team don’t seem to have got the knack of it…

So let’s look at how Facebook’s insights measures who among our peers got the most engagement last week. Turns out post the Manchester attack the political website which is most focused on the jihadi threat did particularly well in terms of  engagement – Breitbart.

As you would expect during an election campaign Guido’s doing well, our site traffic is healthy – over quarter of a million hits yesterday. PA does quite well on Facebook, with the Speccie and the Staggers not far behind. You then go a long way down the table to find out how well Skwawkbox does engagement on Facebook. What about Twitter? Skwawkbox has some 11,000 followers to Guido’s 229,000. Seems oddly low if they are really the “under the radar” social media powerhouse that Amol Rajan reported…

UPDATE: We missed off The Canary Says and it is the most super viral by far…

That might be on the back of their now deleted fake news story about The Sun

#TomorrowsPapersToday

This morning’s papers are full of stories that were Guido exclusives yesterday. If you want #TomorrowsPapersToday, get Guido for real news in real time. Today’s gossip is tomorrow’s news…

Welcome “Westmonster”

Arron Banks is backing a new “anti-establishment” news and comment website to be run by Nigel Farage’s former spinner Michael Heaver. Westmonster” will apparently be “modelled on the Drudge Report”, so expect plenty of external links aggregating Brexit/UKIP news stories. This is Heaver’s second attempt at an aggregator website. Certainly interesting to see if it takes off – Heaver can tap into the social media following from Banks’ Leave.EU so he will be starting with a very decent Facebook presence. The site is not to be confused with the Westmonster which launched in 2007 and went bust a year or so later.

Westmonster will enter the crowded ideological media space ocupied by the likes of Breitbart London and Conservative Woman, offering op-eds and hot takes starting with Farage today. There is a niche for alt-right style viral news and opinion, and as Breitbart have found it brings a lot of trash traffic. Tough to maintain credibility while chasing those sorts of clicks though. So what can readers expect? Links in the Westmonster ‘trending’ section this morning include “Brits want burka banned”, its first blog rails against “wall-to-wall bitching and whining from Remoaners”Guido wishes them well…

Guido is Secure

Co-conspirators may have noticed that a little lock now appears in their browser when they come to read Guido. This is because we have switched to HTTPS, the industry standard for providing encryption, authentication, and integrity for content on the web.

We have done this because the news you read can provide intimate details about your interests, your work, and your personal life that you may want to keep private from prying eyes. Without HTTPS, an eavesdropper—whether it’s a snooper on public wifi, or GCHQ collecting information about websites you visit—can trivially see exactly what news articles you read when you go to sites. Eavesdropping on people reading the news is a real threat, as demonstrated by the NSA and GCHQ spying on visitors to WikiLeaks.org.

HTTPS prevents this type of spying, and while an eavesdropper might be able to determine that you visited the website that the Russian Foreign Ministry instructs diplomats to read to find out what is going on in Westmnster, they wouldn’t be able to see which specific stories you read.

According to Der Spiegel GCHQ takes advantage of the lack of encryption to inject malware into a website, which can lead to the complete compromise of a user’s computer and all of their data. A version of this technique, codenamed “Quantum Insert,” was used by GCHQ to attack network sysadmins who read Slashdot, the popular news website in the IT community. (Slashdot has since deployed HTTPS site-wide). Guido wants to protect you from government spies…

Happy New Year!

We want to thank you, the reader, for making our year. For providing the gossip, the tips, the jokes, the leaked documents, the tearfully funny comments and innovative insults that make Guido Fawkes the website it is today. Our free wheeling editorial culture hopefully still does not take itself too seriously, even when breaking serious news.

Every day tens of thousands of you come to catch-up on Westminster gossip. It always amazes us to learn who reads our website – whether it is a reader in Buckingham Palace or, equally unexpectedly, an old school friend met for the first time in decades. Gossip appeals to everyone, even if they don’t admit it!

We have a strong team going into 2017, journalists with scoops under their belts and a hunger for more. We might even find out what Brexit means.

All the best for 2017!

Review of 2016: Another Record-Breaking Year

2016 was a record-smashing traffic year for Guido, with nearly 42 million visits to the site. Our coverage of the referendum and our revelatory agenda-setting stories brought us thousands of new daily readers. Encouragingly they seem to have stuck around. The top ten traffic posts published in the last 12 months were:

  1. Irish Times Breaks Celebrity Threesome Injunction
  2. Lawyers Only People Enjoying Celebrity Threesome
  3. Now David Furnish and Elton John Threaten Google
  4. Elton John Packs David Furnish’s Bags
  5. Injunction to Be Lifted Pending Appeal
  6. Telegraph Pulls Article After May Campaign Pressure
  7. Sarah Olney Walks Out of Interview
  8. Bercow Knew Vaz Was Under Police Investigation
  9. New Cabinet in Full
  10. Labour MP: Israelis Should Face “Transportation”

It is a marker of the public interest in celebrity olive oil trysts that Elton John and David Furnish make up the top five most-viewed posts of the year, as well as the single highest record traffic day in the blog’s 12 year history. Carter Ruck succeeded in gagging the British press, not Guido. Which made being sat next to Elton’s publicist at the GQ Christmas party all the more merry…

In April, Guido broke the anti-Semitism scandal that became one of the year’s main themes. Our revelations saw Labour MP Naz Shah suspended, inspired Ken Livingstone‘s multiple Hitler meltdowns and forced Jeremy Corbyn to launch an inquiry and boot out 50 anti-Semites. If it wasn’t for Guido, Baroness Chakrabarti would still be plain old Shami…

As other gloomy end of year reviews pray for the end of 2016, Guido’s celebrates the year Britons voted to take back control. In the weeks that followed the referendum we were first with the news Nigel Farage was quitting as UKIP’s leader, first with Andrea Leadsom pulling out of the Tory leadership race and first with Angela Eagle’s decision to quit the Labour leadership contest. Alas 2016 wasn’t all about the winning: lunch with Nigel was particularly expensive. Happy New Year from all at Guido, if you thought 2016 was a great year then stay tuned, the fun won’t stop in 2017…

Vacancy for Trainee Scuttlebutt

Closing Date: 17 September 2016

Job Title: Trainee Reporter

Working For: Guido Fawkes

Location: London

Salary: Competitive

Job Details

The Guido Fawkes website is looking for a full-time reporter to work in our Westminster bureau. They will be a political obsessive who either has previous experience of working in parliament, or a spectator with an unhealthy knowledge of the minutiae of politics. They will have a sense of humour and be happy to spend weekday evenings building contacts in SW1. They will have a sense of what makes a story, and an unquenchable thirst… to break news.

Responsibilities:

  • Video editing, recording, photoshopping and sharing content on social media.
  • Writing stories across the various news streams of our website, on politics, the media, energy and green issues, as well tech and Europe.
  • Breaking news.

Requirements:

  • Some basic video editing ability desirable
  • Fast learner
  • Hard-working, able to produce under deadline pressure
  • Drive to bring in stories
  • Sense of humour
  • Share our ethical values and worldview

Guido Fawkes is Westminster’s number one news and gossip website established in 2004.

Closing Date: 17 September 2016

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews ASAP.  The successful candidate will ideally start work at the end of September.

Application Details

Send a covering letter and CV, and examples of your previous work. Please also send an example topical story, written in Guido’s style, including the pithy red pay off line, to team@order-order.com.

Vacancy for Trainee Scuttlebutt

Closing Date: 17 September 2016

Job Title: Trainee Reporter

Working For: Guido Fawkes

Location: London

Salary: Competitive

Job Details

The Guido Fawkes website is looking for a full-time reporter to work in our Westminster bureau. They will be a political obsessive who either has previous experience of working in parliament, or a spectator with an unhealthy knowledge of the minutiae of politics. They will have a sense of humour and be happy to spend weekday evenings building contacts in SW1. They will have a sense of what makes a story, and an unquenchable thirst… to break news.

Responsibilities:

  • Video editing, recording, photoshopping and sharing content on social media.
  • Writing stories across the various news streams of our website, on politics, the media, energy and green issues, as well tech and Europe.
  • Breaking news.

Requirements:

  • Some basic video editing ability desirable
  • Fast learner
  • Hard-working able to produce under deadline pressure, news
  • Drive to bring in stories
  • Sense of humour
  • Share our ethical values and worldview

Guido Fawkes is Westminster’s number one news and gossip website established in 2004.

Closing Date: 17 September 2016

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews ASAP.  The successful candidate will ideally start work at the end of September.

Application Details

Send a covering letter and CV, and examples of your previous work. Please also send an example topical story, written in Guido’s style, including the pithy red pay off line, to team@order-order.com.

Scrapbook Exclusive Stays Exclusive

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The managed decline of part-time Labour attack blog Political Scrapbook continues apace. This morning’s top Scrapbook scoop is headlined: “Liam Fox is Trying to Become UK’s Foreign Secretary, Again!”. A rehash of a story in the Sunday papers which they haven’t even managed to copy correctly – Dr Fox was never Foreign Secretary. It wasn’t just a typo, the error is repeated twice in the copy: “Fox isn’t about to give up on becoming UK Foreign Secretary again”, and “It’s only taken five years for Fox to plot his way back into the Foreign Office”. No one has even pointed out the triple error in Scrapbook’s comments, because no one reads it any more…

UPDATE: Over an hour since the Scrapbook post and tweet went up, it still hasn’t been corrected…

Labour Leave Launch Anti-Cameron Attack Adverts

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Labour Leave has launched a digital advertising campaign telling Labour voters to back Brexit to “wipe the smile off” Cameron and Osborne’s faces. Readers of left-wing websites such as LabourList are now seeing adverts appealing to them to vote Leave. Labour Leave say “a vote to Leave will surely lead to the toppling of Cameron and Osborne” and “could possibly lead to another General Election in the next 12 months”. If Labour voters want to get rid of Dave and George, they know what to do…

Saturday Seven Up

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This week 251,530 visitors visited 611,702 times viewing 1,005,094 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Sunny Days Ahead For Scrapbook

This news will tickle readers as much as it amused Guido. Guess who is going to help run the part-time Labour attack blog Political Scrapbook? Kingston University’s “journalist in residence”, Sunny Hundal, is making a comeback to the blogosphere. A Scrapbook spokesman says:

“Political Scrapbook is expanding and Sunny has joined us as a contributing editor.  We will be bringing on more writers over the coming months as we grow our offer.”

Sunny will offer Scrapbook such stunning insights as Chris Huhne being innocent:

Hopefully this means the lazy socialists will manage more than a couple of posts a week…

On Comments & Readership

TRAFFIC-GROWTH

Back in 2009, when Guido was a one man blog, the site generated just over 9 million page views. With 3 bloggers in the following 2010 election year the site generated just short of 19 million hits. In the 2015 election year the site got just short of 35 million hits from over 7 million unique users. We’re on trend to reach 10 million users and 50 million hits by 2020…

Unlike most of our digital rivals we don’t have any debts or hordes of hungry venture capitalists to placate. Nor are we subsidised by billionaires or union barons. We are growing organically rather than going for a profitless land-grab…

This is a good time to update readers on our periodical jihad against toxic, boring repetitive comments from people to whom you would not want to be sat next to in a pub. We want the comments to be like a fun pub with a good atmosphere and friendly banter. Last year we introduced Disqus comment registration and we were told – by the same boring, repetitive comment makers – that it would be the end of the site. Traffic rose. We blocked 20 toxic trolls last month and it made little difference to even the number of comments received, we still had 81,772 comments. We warned toxic trolls they were in danger of getting blocked and we blocked them for repeat offences. That is our arbitrary policy.

commentsThey can of course come back if they make the effort of using a combination of new email addresses and proxy servers. Guido has only one question: why bother? There is a website that is almost entirely focused on immigration and Islam – the issues that motivate comment bores most. 2014’sIslamophobe of the Year“, Raheem Kassam, confirms that he has no intention of blocking anyone. Breitbart is the place for you to bang on repetitively in a forum that welcomes you. Guido asked Raheem did he welcome our banned comment makers? He replied:

“Bring me your (sick and) tired, your poor (grammar), your angry masses, yearning to be free (to say what they want).”

Go where you are appreciated. Bye, bye! 

Sunday Service

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After some 150 columns and articles co-conspirators will have noticed that there was no Guido Sun on Sunday column this week. After 3 years our tabloid toil has come to to an end…

We enjoyed the challenge of writing a very different product for a mass market tabloid audience, though we won’t miss the deadline stress of sweating over our column all day Friday. The discipline of having to write tight, straight-to-the-point copy is tough. It is a cliche that it would be easy for The Sun’s journalists to produce The Times, whereas the writers of the “Thunderers” would find it much harder to successfully do “Sun Says”. That is Guido’s view having written both…

Order-Order.com is expanding in terms of both output and staff numbers, as ever our efforts are focused on breaking more news on the site first. We also have a few surprises in store for readers. Our winning formula of Westminster tittle-tattle, gossip and hard news still means that: You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Review of 2015: A Long and Winding Roadtrip

2015 has been a record-breaking traffic year for Guido, with over 35 million visits to the site in this election year. The top ten traffic posts published in the last 12 months were:

  1. BBC: Bring Back Clarkson Petition
  2. Stig in a Tank Live on Telly
  3. Read Full James Blunt Takedown of Chris Bryant
  4. #BringBackClarkson Hits Half A Million Signatures
  5. Guardian ‘Posh’ Whinge Backfires
  6. BBC Smear of Deaf Tory MP Goes Viral
  7. Peter Oborne Quits Telegraph
  8. #EverydaySexualSegregation
  9. Anti-Austerity Protesters Turn on Russell Brand
  10. Tax Dodge Shame of Labour Election Star

Here are some of our favourite stories of the the past year:

March saw Guido’s first foray into clicktivism following Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension by the BBC. Our petition to “Bring Back Clarkson” was the fastest-growing ever in the UK, received over 1 million signatures and was delivered to Broadcasting House in a tank by “the Stig”He still owes us lunch.

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The Tory election win and Jeremy Corbyn’s revolution in the Labour Party were the joint surprises of the year. Guido readers learnt all about Jezza’s invitation to terrorists, defence of dictators, views on ISIS, the abusive tweets of his top aide and the most brutal PLP meeting of the year. Not to mention Stop the War’s greatest hits and Guido’s scoop on Caroline Lucas’ dramatic resignation. Will Jez still be in charge this time next year?

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It wasn’t clear sailing for the Tories after winning a majority, with the party rapidly engulfed in a bullying scandal. Guido brought you a string of exclusives about the row, including this unforgettable infographicWhich quickly became the subject of water-cooler gossip among Tory MPs trying to fill in the blanks. 

Happy New Year, and roll on the referendum…

9 Stories Grayling Wants to Keep Secret

The Tory mask has slipped on Freedom of Information reform, as Chris Grayling confirms he wants to ban journalists from using FoI to hold the government to account. Grayling chillingly told the House:

“The Freedom of Information Act is something this government is committed to but we want to make sure it works well and fairly. It cannot be abused. It cannot be misused. It is on occasions misused by those who use it effectively as a research tool to generate stories for the media. That isn’t acceptable.”

Eh? The whole point of FoI is so journalists can use it “as a research tool” to expose government waste and wrongdoing…

Here are just a few recent stories that would not have appeared on Guido if Grayling had his way:

Openly targeting journalists who use FoI “effectively as a research tool” is a concerning attack on press freedom…

Euro-Guido Launched

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Some of the more eagle-eyed co-conspirators will have noticed a blue star haloed Guido has appeared on the menu bar, Euro-Guido will cover all the developments in the referendum campaign as well as Brussels goings on. The Euro-News list will be updated through out the day with links to European stories from around the web that you may have missed. Many co-conspirators will be terrifically disappointed to see the yellow news ticker has also disappeared….

Stephen Tall’s Naked Streak Down Whitehall

Fair play to LibDem blogger Stephen Tall, who lost his bet on how many seats his party would get at the election and has honoured his promise to streak down Whitehall naked:

All for a good cause, readers can donate here.

Now, about that Dan Hodges

Below the Line Comments Update

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Guido went to a system of registration for comment makers last December, above are the numbers for last month (August), comments are still averaging around some 50,000 a month. We’re slowly, when we have time, permanently banning the most boring obsessives. We have neither the time or inclination to pre-moderate comments. If readers see a comment they find particularly disagreeable, flag it.

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Be warned, we plan to ratchet up the number of bores we plan to permanently block…

Silly Season News

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Guido will be halving the blog’s output for silly season, there will still be the daily Guidogram email (order-order.com/subscribe). In the unlikely event anything significant happens subscribers will know by tea-time.  Sign up for free.

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