Category Archives: Social media

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, […]

Is Facebook overrated?

In amongst the hype and the frenzy, comes this from Time magazine: “You want to buy low expectations,” says David Trainer, president of the business-valuation firm New Constructs. Google went public amid widespread skepticism, but Facebook has been anointed by its boosters as the next Google, despite MySpace’s bigger audience and deeper pockets. As is […]

Jimmy Wales responds to Facebook & search speculation…

Wired’s Epicenter blogger Terrence Russell woke up Jimmy Wales at 2am in the morning in Bangkok to ask him a few questions on the latest speculation, based on my blog post, about what the Wikipedia boss has been up to. On Tuesday night, Wales revealed a few more details about his new projects, under the […]

Mashable weighs in on latest Jimmy Wales comments

Noticed that Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins of Mashable, ranked the 7th biggest blog in the world by Technorati picked up on my Jimmy Wales post, which is cool! Mashable reckons Wales may be gunning for a “Socialpedia” of sorts (Wikipedia + Profiles = Socialpedia). Hope my servers handle 😛 My post speculated on whether the Wikipedia […]

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 […]

M&G Online gets some muti

We’ve been thinking about it for a while now… in fact about a year 😛 … and now have finally done it. We’ve added Muti links below articles in M&G Online to encourage readers to bookmark its stories. Muti was mentioned by CNN.com a while back in an article about the world’s hottest startups outside […]

Media 2.0: Case studies

This is the presentation, below, I did at Ifra’s Beyond the Printed Word in Dublin. It’s some case studies on Media 2.0 at the Mail & Guardian Online. I also have a transcript of it which I’ll publish here at a later stage. | View | Upload your own So far quite a bit of […]

Social Networking is Online Publishing 2.0

I’ve recently changed my mind about some of the smaller niche, trade, business-to-business websites that are on the online scene. These are often trade publications that cater for specific industries. I’ve realised that, if approached correctly, this type of publishing is perfectly poised to be more than just traditional content publishing, but powerful social and […]

Will Facebook eventually replace the Windows & Mac desktop?

Had the privilege to meet up with Saul Klein, E-commerce VP at Skype and founder of the Open Coffee club, who was in the country yesterday. While chatting to him about the local online scene together with my colleague, Vincent Maher, we got talking about Facebook and other niche social networks. We articulated a thought […]

Facebook: A collision of private & professional

I promised myself I wouldn’t write about Facebook. Everyone’s writing and talking about it. And I just hate being part of a mob. However part of a mob I am, as I am a Facebook user. And I need help. I must admit I love it and I love burning my company’s bandwidth while using […]

Wikipedia: It's impossible, but works

Did this interview with Intelligence Magazine on Wikipedia… If you want to see the full interview buy the magazine… Intelligence Mag: How valuable do you consider Wikipedia as a reference source? Me: I think Wikipedia is a valuable reference source, but that readers should be on guard when they use Wikipedia material. I would use […]

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 […]

Facebook.co.za: From Google ads to gushy fan blog

Recently I pointed out that the international hit social networking site Facebook didn’t own its South African domain, facebook.co.za. I thought this was strange considering South Africa is purportedly the sixth biggest country on Facebook by registered user numbers. The owner of the facebook.co.za domain is a South African, from Cape Town. And I also […]

OhMyNews: declining readership, losses

It looks like the the LA Times is reporting on what appears to be tough times at Oh My News, the world famous South Korean Citizen journalism site. Oh My News is considered to be one of the flagship publications, after Wikipedia, of the world citizen media movement. The article says: Korea’s OhMyNews was considered […]

Bad user experience at the LA Times

A friend of mine pointed me to what looked like an interesting article on The LA Times. I tried to go to the article, but instead was greeted with a free registration page. Now I’m no hippie and I have no problem with registration pages as I understand how important a registered user base is […]

Bullard has a challenge on his hands (to stay interesting)

Must not blog about Bullard… must… resist… oh well. So the blog bully has started a blog. He’s funny. I laugh with him, I laugh at him. I think he needs to get some new punch lines though. (“To busy to blog because I’m driving my X5, Can’t blog cos popping off to the Riviera […]

IT Web to pay bloggers for content

Jovan Regaseck the founder of IT Web and a man who I very much admire and respect, is quoted by Tectonic as saying: “In a state of madness (perhaps), I decided that we needed a world first. Something never done before.” It Web says it is going to pay bloggers a generous 10c per page […]

Bullard blogosphere bargraph: Now this is funny

It took me a while. (I’m slow you see). But this is funny from Ray Hartley of the Wildfrontier… and perhaps a reminder to all to keep a sense of humour during the Bullard blogosphere bunfight.

The Bullard blog charade

hmmmm… noticed this comment, supposedly by David Bullard, on Vincent’s blog. Got to admit it, my first reaction was that it seems almost contrived and over the top… doesn’t add up for me. Apology…..no chance. Just answer one question for me. Are you guys naturally stupid or do you have to get up early in […]

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 the blogosphere to blog about this, but I actually have a job! And I have […]