Author Archives: matt

I’ve stopped publishing on this blog

…but I am keeping it like it is, like a kind of internet museum of the early 2000s. You can find occasional articles I write (mostly on tech, startups & entrepreneurship): BusinessDay (Paywalled) Ventureburn Medium Contact or follow me on: @matthewbuckland

The future of social networking – a concept investigation with Augmented Reality

Here are some concept designs that myself and ace designer Philip Langley put our heads together to create. It’s an investigation into how social networking may work in the future, focusing on mobile and augmented reality (AR). Our investigations were inspired in particular by these brilliant (AR) concept drawings which I often use in presentations […]

New Jack Parow video

Afrikaner-Gangsta** rapper Jack Parow makes me laugh out loud… ie “Ek is America, jy’s Iraq”… I mean, where does he come up with this crap? I wish I had a better handle of Afrikaans, but I manage to pick up most of it –the videos are hilarious. He should consider singing a few more in […]

Save Cape Town City Ballet!

I’m from an artistic family — and I love the arts. My father is an actor, my mother runs a drama company in the Eastern Cape, my younger brother Daniel is a Joburg-based actor and my other younger brother a philosophy doctorate genius in the States. So this cause in particular appeals to me. It’s […]

Introducing memeburn.com (Really this time)

It’s been an interesting couple of months. I started memeburn in December last year. Funnily enough I did the first install and the first lines of custom code while I was in the inspirational setting of Paris, at Le Web. In fact quite a bit of the critical work was also done at Charles De […]

#SpeakZA: In protest against the ANC Youth League

Last week, shocking revelations concerning the activities of the ANC Youth League spokesperson Nyiko Floyd Shivambu came to the fore. According to a letter published in various news outlets, a complaint was laid by 19 political journalists with the Secretary General of the ANC, against Shivambu. This complaint letter detailed attempts by Shivambu to leak […]

New pastures, new startup

I’ve resigned as Head of 20FourLabs to focus on building a new Cape Town and Joburg-based startup. I joined 24.com in 2008 from the Mail & Guardian Online, initially as the GM of Publishing and then went on to set up Labs. I’m going to miss 24.com and the Labrats. My resignation is as a […]

The Fowl Language ad, by Nandos

With reference to the “Fuck you” by Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard in Parliament last week, the sharp advertising minds at Nandos released this advertisement, which I thought was very clever:

Why Google Buzz will work, sort of

So we have another social/microblogging/lifestreaming service, called Google Buzz. It is, without doubt, Google’s boldest social play yet. Despite dominating pretty much all the key areas of the internet, it’s no secret that social is one area that has eluded the search giant so far. Orkut, its social network, has largely failed to catch the […]

How to add a Google Buzz share button to your wordpress blog

No doubt we’ll be graced with a plethora of plugins soon, but if you’re keen to add a Google Buzz button to your WordPress blog manually to share content (via Google Reader), here’s how I did it: To get the buzz button image on your homepage posts you need to edit your theme’s Main Index Template […]

Stopshop: A tale of exceptionally good service

It’s an unfortunate fact that bloggers/consumers/people rarely write about their good experiences when it comes to service. Maybe it’s because we expect it should be the norm. Maybe it’s because we don’t get good service that often. Maybe it’s just that bad service motivates us to write in that single moment of frustration in the […]

Information hierarchy: The news pyramid in the social media age

Credibility and trust are the key issues in today’s information(overload) age where news emanates from multiple sources, including sources other than journalists. More so than ever, news is also real-time and unrelenting: there’s lots of it. Here, below, I created this pyramid which helps demonstrate news hierarchy and flow in the social media age. It […]

Le Web 2009, Day 2: The good, the bad and the vacuous

For day two of Le Web, this Travelling Geek went to one of the side rooms for the “deep discussion” session. There was the word “future” in quite a few of the session titles, which caught my attention. Analyst Jeremiah Owyang gave an interesting talk, making provocative, juicy statements like the real-time seems “so yesterday” […]

Startups of Le Web 2009, Paris

The winner of the Le Web Startup competition was announced as Stribe — it’s a plug & play application that turns your site into a social network (not too dissimilar from the Hub actually). The runners up were CloudSplit and Mendeley. The other startups that entered the competition included: • CloudSplit • FitnessKeeper • FriendBinder […]

Le Web: Chris Pirillo's pillars of community

Chris Pirillo, founder of Lockergnome, is a philosophical and passionate person. He’s a humble guy and a funny, engaging speaker. He’s someone who loves technology, community and gadgets — and is a great speaker. At Le Web he gave us some original thoughts about “community”. It’s a bit fluffy (and if you’re a cynic, you […]

Day one @ LeWeb Paris09

Le Web. Day one. It started off slowly, but then got better. There was nothing terribly controversial or any ground-breaking announcements. The Twitter and Facebook talks were fairly staid, marked with meaningless platitudes like “our success depends on your success” or there’s a “shift is happening from the static web to the social web”: too […]

Travelling Geeks in Paris: The pictures

The Travelling Geeks are: Eliane Fiolet, Tom Foremski, Robin Wauters, Kim-Mai Cutler, Frederic Lardinois, Matt Buckland, Sky Schuyler, Jerome Tranie, Ewan Spence, Olivier Ezratty, Cyrille de Lasteyrie, Renee Blodgett, Amanda Coolong, Beth Blecherman, Robert Scoble, and Phil Jeudy.

Traveling Geeks meet 11 Paris startups

On day 2, we arrived at the Paris Developpement Incubateurs an incubator of French tech start-ups. The Travelling Geeks, now with one added Robert Scoble, saw a rapid-fire set of 11 presentations from some very interesting companies and people: Int13: is a French developer of next-generation games for Smartphones (iPhone, Windows Mobile, Symbian S60, Linux…). […]

Traveling geeks intro video (LOL)

Visual social bookmarking: Innovative, but will it fly?

Fresh off the plane, I’m on the road with the Travelling Geeks, and the first startup on our schedule is an innovative Paris-based social bookmarking operation, Pearl Trees. Their founder and CEO, Patrice Lamothe, says the site offers users a new way to “curate” or organise their lives on the web. They’ve secured about US$3,5m […]