Monthly Archives: June 2007

HTC Touch "IPhone killer": Nice, but no big deal

I say this, because this new phone isn’t a particularly dramatic departure in mobile phone development. The HTC Touch phone is still built on Windows Mobile 6, so it’s not a new operating system, but rather a kind of souped-up windows skin. In fact you can very clearly still see the Windows Mobile 6 header […]

Snow in Joburg, as told by M&G Online readers

With very little soliciting (well, at the beginning) M&G Online readers began submitting their photos in droves to our news photo site, www.newsinphotos.co.za. This morning we received more than 50 snow and sleet pictures documenting the extreme cold weather conditions in Johannesburg submitted by our readers. Since this morning, the gallery has had more than […]

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 this will inevitably put Google on a collision course with the Chinese government? In the […]

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 […]

South Africa’s Exploding Internet

Received a press release from Nielsen//Netratings, who run the statistics and compiles readership of the major websites in the local Online Publisher’s Association. Whichever way you look at it, this is good news for the South African online industry as a whole, and is no doubt spurred on by the arrival of so many broadband […]

Expose the naked editor!!!

Who, exactly, is the Naked editor? We know this much so far. He/she was at the WAN conference in Cape Town. He/She has a crush on Vincent Maher, M&G Online Strategist aka “curly-haired bloke”. The persona is a he, but it’s probably a she. In fact, by the writing I am pretty sure it is […]

Bloggers on the payroll of big media

Interesting to see that big media companies are recruiting some of the top bloggers to write for them. This is a clever move for two reasons: (1) Some bloggers write really well and can bring a more conversational style of writing to the sometimes-turgid world of newsprint, and (2) Bloggers are excellent at promoting their […]

New launch: Easy web publishing via Synthasite

Well, well, well. The boys and girls from Incubeta — the PPC marketing company — have been busy. They’ve launched Synthasite. I’m a bit late on this, but hey I was down in Cape Town for the World Association of Papyrus and it kept me busy. Synthasite has already got some good reviews from a […]

Links from WAN conference

WAN: Is web 2.0 putting the ‘new’ in news? Where does Richard Sambrook, head of BBC Global News, get his news about web 2.0 and online developments? Not from his own British Broadcasting Corporation, but from his mates on Facebook. Meetings of World’s Press Ends With Look Toward the Future. The 60th World Newspaper Congress, […]

Interesting people at WAN, part 2

Following on from Part One… Fabricio Altamirano & Eduardo Torres – the charming guys from El Diario de Hoy, the El Salvador online publication with 85-million page impressions. I know now that el Salvador has about eight million people, is about the size of Massachusetts, and the Republicans are in power with the Marxists in […]

Lessons from WAN

Online people dress better than print people President Thabo Mbeki is a covert blogger The deputy president makes long speeches and is not afraid to get inbetween 1600 delegates and their food You can brush your hair with a fork Gavin O’Reilly is Irish Swedish people can’t dance, neither can journalists Even though bloggers can’t […]

Google slammed, Google praised at newspaper conference

Eamonn Byrne from the World Association of newspapers asked the panel at the last session of this congress: Is partnering with a search engine a good idea? The media industry have two main issues with Google. (1) They believe that Google is unfairly using and profiting off publisher’s content. Hence the arrival of the Automated […]

Online news will supplant TV as leading source

According to a World Association of Newspapers poll online news will supplant television network news as the leading news source over the next five years. The Harris Poll also says but newspapers will remain a vital source on their own, and can become dominant if they successfully integrate online delivery as a part of what […]

20 ways to improve your news site

At WAN, the speaker put up a slide of “20 ways to improve your newspaper’s website”. Some of them are pretty obvious, but here they are none-the-less (fill in the gaps). Focus on local content and news Stress immediacy User generated content User comments User rankings and networking on your site Embrace RSS (um, show […]

WAN Links: User generated content, future of the newspaper & Zapiro on Zuma

New Strategic Reports From Shaping the Future of the Newspaper. Five new strategy reports on some of the most important recent developments in the newspaper industry globally — increasing digital revenue development, advertising best practices, innovative management systems, newspaper company reorganisation and the power of local focus — have just been published by the World […]

News24 launches MyNews24

Our local News24.com has launched a new citizen journalism portal called MyNews24. Elan Lohmann who is sitting next to me at this conference tells me that it’s doing exceedingly well attracting “100 000 unique users”. He isn’t happy with the design which is limited by the constraints of their site template and CMS, so they’ll […]

The Dave Duarte Cape Town blogger flash mob

Lastnight Vincent and I took a break from the conference, and hit the Long Street Cafe and met up with a few friends, Cape Town bloggers, and the MyVideo crew. Dave Duarte spontaneously organised a whole crew/flashmob which descended on the Long Street Cafe to to join us, including Uno de Waal who plays some […]

Interesting people I've met at WAN (Part 1)

Rob Jonas – Google Media & Publishing head for EMEA. Tracked him down in the tent after I chaired his session at the Digital Round Table on Sunday. Vincent and I had quite a long chat about Google documents, Google ads (his lips were sealed on commissions) and the other stuff. He resolved to look […]

BBC's Sambrook on Citizen media

Richard Sambrook who is a new media head honcho at the BBC has long been somewhat of an expert in user generated content and citizien journalism in the media context. I often hear intelligent and succint quotes from him in the international media world. So I was happy to see him speak at the WAN […]