The model social media consultant

Just when the web was starting to get boring: Along came Nadia van der Merwe. Nadia’s video proclaiming herself to be a lingerie model-come-social media rockstar instantly went viral. It was a funny video, but also well put together. The…

How tagging enhances SEO: An example

Here is a perfect example of how a comprehensive semantic tagging strategy can add to a site’s SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). Just did a search on Wikipedia and Mail & Guardian — the site I used to run back in…

DA's online presence disappoints

I had high hopes for SA’s political parties and their use of the web. In an interview with Sapa on IOL my colleagues didn’t share my optimism. In an Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) presentation in Pretoria this year, I urged…

ANC hits the campaign trail on Facebook

Looks like the country’s biggest party is eyeing the social media scene as a campaign ground. The ANC has a Facebook profile called “Anc Campaign” that is rapidly attracting friends. From a cursory glance it appears to be legit, but…

Media2.egO *

Did this basic presentation at the “Advancing Web 2.0 for traditional media” conference at the Wanderers in Johannesburg (Seff Efrika), organised by Classic Events. They pulled in quite a crowd — in fact by far one of the largest I’ve…

Leaving on a high note

It’s probably been the worst kept secret in the industry, but now that it is out on Bizcommunity there is no point in not going public. I can confirm that after 8 years I am leaving the Mail & Guardian…

Digg's new Arc is serious eye candy

Just noticed this latest widget from Digg, called the Arc. It’s a graphic representation, like their swarm, stack and BigSpy, of who is selecting what stories on Digg. Stories arrange themselves around a circle as users digg them. Stories with…

Snow in Joburg, as told by M&G Online readers

With very little soliciting (well, at the beginning) M&G Online readers began submitting their photos in droves to our news photo site, www.newsinphotos.co.za. This morning we received more than 50 snow and sleet pictures documenting the extreme cold weather conditions…

Amagama.com sneaks into the blogosphere

Ok there is no keeping any secrets on the blogosphere. Vincent and I are famous for being terrible at keeping things quiet. We threaten each other with violence, but it still doesn’t seem to work. We didn’t want to launch…

Cape Town beckons for the WAN conference

At the airport with Riaan Wolmarans, Mail & Guardian Online editor and Bryan Khumalo, our online sales manager. Our online strategist Vincent Maher and his entourage are nowhere to be seen yet (better hurry :-)). We’re on our way to…

The Quirky Bunch & the Master Baiter

Thought this witticism by Darren Ravens on the Quirk Marketing blog was clever: David Bullard: Master Baiter or just a Wanker?. Like Darren I also had that dirty, hollow feeling after each Bullard blog… and I strongly questioned at the…

The Bullard cacophony

It is interesting to note that I first got wind of David Bullard’s column via the blogosphere as opposed to the Sunday Times website or the newspaper itself. The irony. Yes I know I am probably the last person in…