Monthly Archives: September 2006

Court judgement pasted on Google.be homepage

Here’s something I bet you’ve never seen before. See this rather long court judgement from a Belgian court pasted on Google’s normally-minimalist and clean site (Google Belgium). It’s all a bit absurd. A rather grotty-looking Belgian newspaper website Grenz Echo took Google to court for linking to it and the court actually gave Google notice […]

Online media – growing pains

I did a PDF of my powerpoint presentation (3mbs) at the recent Captivate Student Media conference that I popped down to Grahamstown for on Saturday. It looks at the online media industry in South Africa and then the BIG PICTURE, historical view of what online media and online networking means for society as a whole […]

Captivating

So briefly popped into Captivate. Did my presentation, which I could put up here for download, but it would really only make Telkom richer. Admittedly, Vincent 2, Matthew 0 ;-).  Again — blown away by good questions, knowledge and interest in the net by the delegates at the conference after our session. We have some top talents in South Africa, […]

REDRUM BIG MEDIA!

At Captivate in Grahamstown. Deja vu… like i was here last week. Too much Grahamstown can kill a man. Only was here for one presentation, happened to be Vincent Maher’s, director of new media at Rhodes (but soon to be Strategist at Mail & Guardian Online). He talked about the “death of old media” in another unbelievable presentation […]

Captivate audience & Tito

Need sleep. Am soon to be back in the land of the Rat & Parrot and those people who like to drink till they fall over. Am at Rhodes University in Grahamstown again for the Captivate Student Media Conference. Only finished my presentation at 2am tonight because was with the Guv’nor himself, Tito Mboweni, for a big fancy supper […]

Bloggers show online publishers how to use the net

It’s no surprise that the blogosphere has grown so big, so quickly. Not only is it easier and cheaper to publish than ever before via blogs, but people have found it a good outlet for their ideas and writings. The key success area of blogs, I would argue, is a link culture and a culture of link reciprocity (I […]

Bloggers Indaba: when's the next one?

The bloggers indaba in Grahamstown hit the sweetspot for me.  And judging by the strength of the panellists and the quality of questions asked by the delegates this was a strong conference. Nice to meet such awesome people and to be in such esteemed company. I liked the mix that was there, from online media, […]

Bloggers Indaba: business & marketing panel

Now the business part of the conference, literally. I was all ears because obviously my role at Mail & Guardian Online largely involves the business side these days as opposed to editorial (a ‘reformed’ journalist??). Up were Alec Hogg from Moneyweb, a respected financial site in South Africa, Ramon Thomas and Emeka Okafor (A blogger […]

Brilliant Web 2.0 presentation at Bloggers Indaba

I’ve been a lazy blogger. Bad blogger! bad, bad blogger! Yesterday, Vincent Maher raised the bar with an unbelievable presentation (Needs Flash) at the Bloggers indaba in Grahamstown on Web 2.0 on Thursday. We all remember Lawrence Lessig’s brilliant presentation delivered at the launch of Creative Commons in Johannesburg last year, which raised the bar […]

Web 2.0 terms for your next meeting

Here’s a few Web 2.0 terms to make me sound clever from Bullshit 2.0 generator (as mentioned by Ian Gillfillian at the Bloggers Indaba in Grahamstown). Try at least one or two of these phrases per meeting, to make yourself sound like THE MAN: engage rss-capable ecologies; reinvent long-tail weblogs; tag podcasting podcasts; integrate citizen-media weblogs; share authentic […]

SA's Myspace

The South African answer to MySpace.com … Braaispace.com ??? (Courtesy Bryan Porter, 24.com)

50m bloggers, 6bn people — but who gets to speak?

Ethan Zuckerman, the founder of Tripod and activist site Global Voices Online, emphasised just how difficult it is to get news about Africa, especially online. If there is news, its the usual fare of famine and disaster. I blogged about this in a rather depressing post called “Africa: Giraffes, war, famine, blah blah blah”, and […]

@ bloggers conference in Grahamstown

I’m off to the Digital Citizen’s Indaba on Blogging in Grahamstown. I’ll be there the next two days and will blog the conference here, from there. My 3G card does not like my laptop anymore, so it may be difficult doing it via the GPRS setting. Once you have tasted the sweet taste of superfast HSDPA […]

Highway Africa, a crit from afar

It’s the first time in a long time that I haven’t been at the Highway Africa conference but I watched the award ceremonies on SABC Africa lastnight. It’s brilliant that this part of the conference is being aired on TV. The set, camera work and general production was world class and Yvonne Chaka Chaka was excellent — […]

Will publishers (ever) harness the wiki?

For all the hype about wikis and wikipedia, here is yet another experiment by a publisher, Wired.com,  to test the wiki principle. Unlike the LA Times experiment with the now-notorious “wikitorial” which ultimately degenerated into hate speech and porn, you would think the Wired.com example would have more chance of working. The Wired readership is more niche and […]

Online is no ‘threat’

It’s time to leave the dark ages. The traditional advertising and media industry needs to see the potential of online or get left behind. This sentiment comes from a survey conducted independently by respected technology analyst Arthur Goldstuck for the Online Publishers Association.   It finds that there is a general lack of awareness within […]

The people have written

Now South Africa has its own citizen journalism website in Johnnic’s commendable reporter.co.za The relentless pace of technology is turning everyone into citizen reporters. Anyone with a cellphone camera is a potential citizen photographer. Anyone with a blog is a potential citizen reporter or columnist.   Citizen journalists both collaborate and compete with established media. […]

The future of online advertising

Here’s a prediction: Expect online advertising to increasingly resemble television commercials. Soon there won’t be too much difference between an advert you see on your TV and an advert you see on a website you are visiting. They may even be one and the same thing. As technology and bandwidth on the web advances, so […]

Coolest gig of the month

Went to the first ever Creative Commons Salon in Johannesburg, Melville, organised by Heather Ford and co. For the Creative Commons movement, the ‘remix’ has become one of the most powerful tools of the digital age. But they say the legal barriers to taking an established image or concept and mixing it up for a fresh take […]