Monthly Archives: April 2007

Reality check: Web 2.0 & blogging just 'digital narcissism'?

Here is a bit of a reality check on the web 2.0 frenzy. I’ve always thought the hype around web 2.0 reminded me a bit of the hype around the early dot.com days — which I, by the way, was very much a part of. It’s the reason why I am so revenue-driven when it […]

Video of Jimmy Wales interview

We’ve put the full video of my interview with Jimmy Wales up. Yes it’s a bit late, but our aim was for it to coincide with the summarised interview that appeared in the Mail & Guardian paper (which we were still late for because the paper came out on a Thursday this week). 😛 Vincent […]

The bad chicken blog post

The chicken Bridget roasted last night had a funny smell. Even though the sell by date said “25 April”, we were hungry, the cricket was going badly and it was late. So we cooked it. We ate it. It just didn’t taste right, but I plowed on. This could be my last post. There was […]

Rise of the bloggers

Duncan McLeod has written an article, entitled “Rise of the bloggers“, on his new blog FM Tech — where he looks at local blog aggregators Amatomu and Afrigator. He also refers to Ray Hartley’s new insider blog on the new daily newspaper that Johncom is about to launch. I first picked up the article via […]

Audio of Jimmy Wales interview now available

We’ve published the audio of my one-on-one interview with Wikipedia co-founder, Jimmy Wales, which you can get via the M&G Online article on the interview. This is thanks to Jayne Morgan and Tony Lankester, as well as our very able production assistant Sthembile Gasa. I believe that the M&G Online editor Riaan Wolmarans, who is […]

One-on-one with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

UPDATED: Here are some excerpts of an interview I did with Jimmy on Thursday afternoon. I posed questions from myself and relayed some questions asked via this blog. The full interview is now on the M&G Online. Video and audio of the interview are now also available on the M&G Online article. There will also […]

Last questions for Jimmy Wales

I’m in Cape Town until Saturday for some business and to interview Mr Wikipedia who is in South Africa. Going to see the 24.com crowd, some other businesses, a few agencies, and attend some of the creative commons events. I’ve received some questions and emails from people that I’ll put to Jimmy Wales from the […]

SA journalists embrace blogs

I’ve been pretty impressed by the way South African media professionals have embraced blogging in recent times. There is of course all this claptrap of big media vs the blogosphere, which I’ve always thought was nonsense. My two cents? Blogging is many things: in its most simple guise it’s just a publishing format. But it’s […]

The 'new' dot.com rush

Am I alone or does it feel like the rush of the dot.com era is back? In terms of innovation on the world wide web with web 2.0 (yuk), social networking, blogging and the rise of user-generated content, google and search — it feels like a different world to the web of about 3-4 years […]

Amatomu.com reviewed in Finweek

Hmmmm… so it looks like Amatomu.com and local web 2.0 innovation got a great write-up in this week’s (April 19) Finweek in an article entitled, “SA Wakes up to Web 2.0”. Myself and Vincent are interviewed by Ben Kelly looking our cheesy selves in our Amatomu threads. They’ve specifically opened the article up (usually behind […]

The Cricket World Cup Y.A.W.N.

Is it me or is this Cricket World Cup a bit less exciting than doing my toenails. Why don’t they play two matches per day in the Super Eights? Why don’t they make the group stages shorter? Why was there such a long build up? Why don’t the play games more frequently (ie like other […]

The golden rules of blogging, according to…

For some this may be a bit of a DOH!, but I’d thought share with you some little personal lessons learnt in the two years I’ve been blogging. The rules… GOLDEN RULE 1: THE HONESTY POLICY It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised. Be honest, direct, transparent. Do not try and bullshit your audience. Admit […]

BEE – A truly South African advert

If you haven’t seen this clever little Ford Bakkie ad yet, then watch it. Hilarious. Funniest I’ve seen in a long, long time.

'Beware the power of social media'

This popped into my inbox this afternoon. I know Jovan Regasek well and have big respect for the man, ITWeb and the other publications his company puts out. For those of you wondering, ITWeb survived full on through the dot.bomb crash and was one of the few online publications that actually gave rise to various […]

Amatomu sending SA blogosphere linklove

We checked the database today and it shows that Amatomu.com has, at the time of writing this (wed 04/11 2pm), sent 10 235 clickthroughs in the last six days through to the South African blogosphere. This is since April 5 when we started tracking the linklove. By my estimation it means that Amatomu should hopefully […]

Comprehensive review of Amatomu

This is a very comprehensive and very well written review of Amatomu. On the well-read Global Voices site, Ndesanjo Macha tracks the history of the site and includes comments from most of the bloggers who wrote about Amatomu during the early launch phase. The site has got a bit fuller and busier since launch. We’ve […]

Pics of new SA daily, The Times, revealed in blog

Ray Hartley — the editor of the highly-anticipated new Sunday Times daily The Times — has started a new blog that is tracking the newspaper’s progress. On the blog he reveals pictures of the new title including the masthead, basic layout and discussion around some of the newspaper’s plans. There are some design similarities with […]

The future of the newspaper

From: “European papers optimistic on future — with web’s help” (Sent to me by M&G Online editor, Riaan Wolmarans.) …but European editors interviewed by the Associated Press appear strikingly optimistic about the future. They see the online media explosion more as an opportunity than as a threat, and express confidence they can provide the content […]

Blogs mark the first 10 years

Interesting article spotted in the Guardian. “After a quiet start they revolutionised the web; now one is born every second. The first entry on Scripting News effectively ushered in the first blog 10 years ago. In the intervening years these online diaries have been touted as the future of media, labelled “pathetic drivel”, and caused […]

The buzz on the SA blogosphere

We’ve added more graphing on amatomu.com’s search results. It tracks activity of search keywords over a 30-day period and then graphs the buzz. These are new graphs we added together with the others launched on overall blogosphere trends and individual blogger profiles on top posts etc… Here are the results of some tests I did… […]