Category Archives: web 2.0

New launch: Book publishing 2.0

Wow, this looks interesting. A new social media platform called Crink or “Creative Ink” has just launched, enabling amateur, budding and experienced authors to publish, sell, buy and market their books online. It allows authors to create social networks, personalised online shops, groups and forums around their interest areas and books. Customers can order books […]

Synthasite gets $20-million smackeroos

Synthasite, the site that creates sites, has just received $20-million more in funding. It’s been the worst kept secret in the industry, but now it’s official. The site is also about to undergo a name change to secure a much shorter, four-letter .com domain — but this is yet to be officially announced. One of […]

How to approach content in the digital age

The phrase “User Generated Content” (UGC) has always been a troubled notion. At its heart it emphasises a divide between the user and the professional, with the implication that users have their place, and the professionals have theirs. Perhaps the aversion to this phrase stems from the fact that it is so simplistic. It doesn’t […]

Sequoia Capital on startups and the economic downturn

This presentation from famous Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm, Sequoia Capital, is a must-see. It explains the effects of the economic downturn on venture capital and internet startups. The news obviously isn’t good, as investors will shun typically risky online startups, unless they are entities that can turn faster, if not immediate, profits. There’s quite […]

Social media for companies: What's working?

If you want to know whose using Social Media in the corporate world, here is a list of 35+ Examples of Corporate Social Media in Action from Mashable. If that’s not enough for you, here is a further list of 130 Social Media Marketing examples from major companies. Some are surprising, for example even British […]

Web technologies: Separating reality from hype

Got this interesting graph from Gartner, which puts it all in perspective. (Via Techcrunch).

The semantic web for publishers and bloggers

The semantic web is often referred to as the “next phase” of the world wide web. It’s also sometimes referred to — perhaps pretentiously — as “Web 3.0”. Wrapped up in this semantic web is an appearance of artificial intelligence as it involves computers “understanding” content (eg: teaching a machine that “Africa” is a continent […]

Now this is cool: visualcomplexity.com

Came across this site while putting a presentation on networking and social media together. It’s great retina candy that will get the neurons in your grey matter firing. Visualisations are something I’ve always been particularly interested in due to the insights they often give you. We’ve done a few simple visualisations around M&G Online’s swarm, […]

M&G ONLINE LAUNCH DIARY: Thou shalt semantically tag with Open Calais

Open Calais is a Thomson Reuters initiative that automatically generates rich semantic metadata from the content you submit to it. For the relaunch of the Mail & Guardian Online, Africa’s oldest news site, my colleague Vincent Maher ran our site’s historic database, dating back to 1994, through the service. What happened next was amazing. We […]

M&G Online launch diary: Registering new features

Late nights at the office. What weekend? What public holiday? Here’s a snippet of some of the new site features. Registered users are getting dashboards, allowing us to profile users and serve more targeted content, advertising and develop a closer, better relationship with readers. —- SNIP —- Register with the Mail & Guardian Online and […]

Thoughts about the Leaders: The columnists 2.0 model

We’ve launched our third Leader site in Sports Leader this week. It’s been toil and trouble for Nic Haralambous and our devs who have put together a fine site. This follows Tech Leader and Thought Leader which we launched a while back. On Sports Leader we’ve already seen traffic which could eventually make it bigger […]

Wikis working for media

There have been several attempts by media to harness the beast of the wiki. It appears that so far the wiki has eluded mainstream publishers. It’s just proved too unweildy and scary for those that like to call themselves “the gatekeepers”. Of course, the most famous of all attempts by a publisher to use a […]

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 […]

SecondLife, another graphic World Wide Web?

At the beginning of this year I blogged about the amazing work that Adam Pasick was doing with Reuters in Second Life, the virtual 3D world. Now, here in Dublin at the IFRA conference, we were presented with another fascinating story of media doing business in SecondLife. Rowan Barnett, Editor-in-Chief of Avastar, a virtual newspaper […]

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 […]

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 more diggs make thicker arcs. They also offer the Arc as a screensaver (clever). These […]

Facebook, the Web 2.0 killer

Also on Thought Leader The existence of Facebook, the smash-hit social-networking site, may unwittingly kill off a host of other Web 2.0 start-ups. This is mainly because of Facebook’s inclusive and all-encompassing nature. The site appears to be blogging (lite), Twittering (short blogging), multiplayer gaming (simple games), dating, social networking, online photo management and even […]