Monthly Archives: July 2007

The Search Wars: Can the Wikipedia boss take on Google?

Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia boss, has now detailed how he plans to take on Google, the search behemoth. Google is so good and so powerful, you get the feeling that competitors are at a bit of a loss on how exactly to take the search giant on. Even Microsoft, which has never run away from […]

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 […]

SA aggregator cracks CNN mention

This is killer. CNN.com mentioned Afrigator as a hot web 2.0 startup. Afrigator is the Africa-focused blog aggregator by Justin Hartman and Mike Stopforth. Nice. Very nice guys. Just noticed that my evil twin, who called me about it on the way back from work, also blogged about it here. This is the second time […]

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 […]

New Google head for South Africa

South Africa has a new Google boss. Stafford Masie, the former head of Novell South Africa and a relative unknown outside IT circles, has been appointed the new South Africa Google head, reports ITWeb and Mail & Guardian Online. It’s taken them a while to find the person. The job has been advertised for over […]

News headlines on your Facebook profile

We’ve created this simple news headline application for Facebook. It’s not for everyone, but if you want to catch the news on your profile when you log into Facebook, well then it’s worth checking out. If it proves to be popular we’ll add some more apps such as gig guides and movie reviews etc. If […]

Prediction: Newspapers face pricey future

In a recent Associated Press article European editors were interviewed about where they see the future of the newspaper. In the face of declining circulations and the onslaught of new media, you’d expect that they’d want to slit their wrists. But no – the article reported the editors were “strikingly optimistic” about the future. In […]

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 […]

Despite broadband growth, SA internet grows marginally – Goldstuck

Arthur Goldstuck’s new research at first glance appears to be at odds with the recent statement Nielsen//Netratings issued that internet growth in South Africa is “exploding”, based on the local and international growth of the top 30 OPA sites in the country. The Nielsen figures are independent, audited statistics that show that the major sites […]

Guess who owns facebook.co.za? Not Facebook.

It looks like Facebook doesn’t own facebook.co.za, its South African domain? I’m surmising this from the fact that: 1. it appears from the co.za registration data that the owner of Facebook.co.za lives in Cape Town. 2. it may be that the domain was registered on behalf of Facebook by the local, but I have my […]

South Africa's web traffic not that bad if you consider…

Here is a thought and it starts like this: So what if internet penetration is below or around the 10% mark in this country. Yes it could and should be higher and will soar higher as we see the proliferation of new broadband products take hold and get cheaper (the broadband-induced boom other nations experienced […]

Talking about Amatomu.com on SABC

Vincent Maher, our resident M&G Online strategist, will be talking about the country’s first blog aggregator Amatomu.com and the local blogosphere in general on SABC3 at around 3pm this afternoon (Monday). Check it out and blog it!! He denies it, but Vincent got a new haircut today especially for the show. He now looks one […]