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…

Google sends out the cars for Street View SA

At last: Google today announced that it will begin imagery collection in South Africa for the Street View feature in its Google Maps. In the coming weeks Google, using Toyota Prius models, will begin driving around South Africa and taking…

Is SEO evil?

It’s an old debate, but always worth a good discussion: The Digital Edge podcast by Jarred Cinman and Saul Kropman is tackling the topic of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). It’s a contentious topic, around which there is still discussion, and…

"SA companies beat internet giant to the pinch"

Um, received this rather surreal press release yesterday. Not sure I would have sent this out as a piece of public relations, myself. It’s likely that Google will respond, either with a polite phonecall or a legal letter. Or in…

Google's link-tracking looks pretty evil, I'd say

Ok been meaning to blog about this for a while now, but today is the day. It’s been bugging me. Some months ago, I noticed that the links in my Google search results would occasionally change to become long, convoluted…

Google News secrets "exposed"

Many publishers that have signed up to Google News, probably now the world’s largest news aggregator, have instantly (ie results within a day) doubled their traffic. We are not talking about traffic off a low base either. That is how…

Google SA meets the media

Google this morning held their first ever local press briefing, from their new headquarters at Dimension Data’s Campus. They brought out a heavy-hitter from Mountain View, Vice President of Engineering Douglas Merrill, to talk about the Google mission here and…

Google have stars in their eyes

So Google is not satisfied with world domination, but wants to rule the universe too. Hey, even space shuttles need search engines. Ok, at a stretch. So it transpires that the new version of Google Earth now comes with sky…

New Google head for South Africa

South Africa has a new Google boss. Stafford Masie, the former head of Novell South Africa and a relative unknown outside IT circles, has been appointed the new South Africa Google head, reports ITWeb and Mail & Guardian Online. It’s…

Google joins fray to fight global internet censorship

Via an AP story on Wired.com Google, which hasn’t in the past got too involved in government affairs and advocacy issues, is now joining the fight against the rise of web censorship worldwide. This is an interesting departure, because surely…