Category Archives: Blogosphere

Jimmy Wales 'Facebook plans': Now watch the video

Local blogger Dave Duarte has edited the original iCommons video of Jimmy Wales’ presentation where the Wikipedia boss discusses and shows slides that have led to speculation he is planning a Facebook competitor. The initial story first broken on this blog about Wales’ revelations and Nic Haralambolous‘s subsequent screenshots caused a major international blogging fest, […]

The blogger who got fired

Here is a SAFM radio interview Jeremy Maggs did with me on the Llewellyn Kriel-Avusa issue together with Rhodes Journalism lecturer Anthea Garman. I think it encapsulates our views on this saga. For those who haven’t been following: Llewellyn Kriel was fired by his newspaper, Sowetan, ostensibly for blogging confidential information about the company (Arthur […]

South African newspaper fires sub-editor over blog

So, it looks like history has been made. An outspoken sub-editor at South African newspaper, Sowetan, has apparently been fired for blogging — or at least private information he divulged about the company on his blog. Local technology analyst Arthur Goldstuck has been reporting on the event, and a post mentioned that Sowetan sub-editor Llewellyn […]

Mlogging: Definition attempt #1

Mlogging: (p. m’lŏgging); n. A Mlog: to write entries in, add material to, or maintain a weblog, that is part of formal media, and edited by a media worker, often by an editor. As much as I hate new definitions (web 3.0, anyone?), we need new words to describe new features of the online and […]

TechCrunch, Mashable, Techmeme & Wired sends the linklove

I’ve been watching my servers groan and moan as my blog has been featured on the homepages of Techcrunch, Mashable, and Techmeme today — all sites that I am a big fan of and I read regularly. My favourite magazine Wired, then also blogged about it here. They are linking to the post I wrote […]

Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales to create Facebook competitor?

At a gathering of about 100 of some of South Africa’s top geeks on Tuesday night, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales revealed what he said were some of the “first screenshots” of his new project on search. But a screenshot that Wales briefly showed us looked very much like a Facebook profile page, than a search […]

German blogosphere waning, bloggers quitting, says Ifra blog

I’ll be heading off to Dublin, Ireland around the beginning of November to speak at IFRA’s Beyond the Printed Word, the world’s leading association for newspaper and media publishing. I’ll be speaking about “Integration of Web 2.0 services into news sites”, sharing our experiences with Thoughtleader, Newsinphotos and Amatomu.com. I’ve just noticed that IFRA have […]

Business of online media and blogosphere

At the Digital Citizen’s Indaba, I presented on the business issues of online media and the blogosphere, from my own experiences as a blogger and working as a media professional at the M&G Online. Banner ads in online media are still relatively unsophisticated. The problem is that most online advertising models on media still resemble […]

First picture of local blogosphere emerges

The country’s leading internet analyst, Arthur Goldstuck of World Wide Worx, has published some interesting statistics on the local blogosphere. If you haven’t seen it already, he published this on his Thought Leader blog. He collated the data from a variety of blog aggregators and blog hosting platforms, including 24.com, Mweb, Amagama, and iblog. Arthur […]

Thought Leader

We’ve launched what I call an “editorial blog” platform, called Thought Leader — the third part of our blog strategy, after the amas — amatomu.com and amagama.com. We’ve been trialling the site for about three weeks, ironing out bugs and getting new writers onboard. It’s a hybrid blog-media product which I think combines the best […]

South African journalists take to blogs

Chaos broke out on the South African blogosphere recently, and it was all caused by a journalist. Columnist David Bullard devoted not one, but two Sunday Times columns to hurling insults at bloggers, calling them “scrofulous nerds”, “narcissists”, and “wackos” whose blog sites are the “air guitars” of journalism. The affair was rather melodramatically dubbed […]

SA aggregator cracks CNN mention

This is killer. CNN.com mentioned Afrigator as a hot web 2.0 startup. Afrigator is the Africa-focused blog aggregator by Justin Hartman and Mike Stopforth. Nice. Very nice guys. Just noticed that my evil twin, who called me about it on the way back from work, also blogged about it here. This is the second time […]

Amatomu.com: 1,000,000 clickthroughs (and counting)

South African blog aggregator Amatomu.com as of today clocked over one-million clickthroughs back to the local blogosphere. We started tracking the clickthroughs around about the beginning of April, so the million clickthroughs have been generated in a period of about four months. Amatomu has been running for about five months since March 2007. Amatomu is […]

The Dave Duarte Cape Town blogger flash mob

Lastnight Vincent and I took a break from the conference, and hit the Long Street Cafe and met up with a few friends, Cape Town bloggers, and the MyVideo crew. Dave Duarte spontaneously organised a whole crew/flashmob which descended on the Long Street Cafe to to join us, including Uno de Waal who plays some […]

The media should take note of bloggers

It’s been easy for some to dismiss the blogosphere as a fringe publishing phenomenon. Publishers, who have had a monopoly on mainstream publishing since the invention of the printing press, don’t react terribly well to competition – especially competition they can’t really get a handle on. In the wood-panelled offices on the 78th floor, you […]

De Lille answers bloggers, clarifies position

Good on Patricia De Lille and the ID. This is democracy in action. De Lille most likely noticed comments on the blogosphere and reports in the media about the ID leader’s initial call for government to regulate blogs. The result is that De Lille has swiftly issued another statement clarifying her position. BUT I do […]

Patricia De Lille wants govt to regulate her very own words

The Independent Democrats’ (ID) Patricia De Lille has called on government to regulate blogs in South Africa. I did a second take at the ID’s statement, it seemed so bizarre and naive. I know Patricia. I met her some years back during an informal discussion just as the ID was being launched, and she came […]

Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a blog?

What is this? Can someone tell me.