Monthly Archives: October 2007

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 […]

German blogosphere waning, bloggers quitting, says Ifra blog

I’ll be heading off to Dublin, Ireland around the beginning of November to speak at IFRA’s Beyond the Printed Word, the world’s leading association for newspaper and media publishing. I’ll be speaking about “Integration of Web 2.0 services into news sites”, sharing our experiences with Thoughtleader, Newsinphotos and Amatomu.com. I’ve just noticed that IFRA have […]

24.com launches Laaik.it

Breaking news on the local social media scene: 24.com, the internet arm of Media24, has launched its new social news and bookmarking site, Laaik.it. The news appears to be first broken by local blogger Charl Norman on his Bandwidth blog. I was alerted to it by Justin Hartman on Facebook. We’ve known for a while, […]

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 […]

Congratulations to the Bokke!!

The M&G Online got behind the Springboks for the Coupe du Monde against England. We changed our masthead for the weekend (and now we don’t want to take it down). Congratulations for an awesome win. The whole country is behind you!!

The converging media company

Who would have thought newspapers and magazines would start producing their own radio and TV programmes? Who would have thought radio stations would become active online publishers, running popular blogs? Who would have thought the readers, viewers and listeners would rise up and start producing their own media? The world is like this because we […]

Unlocking the Bolton Deventer riddle… close but no cigar

Hmmmm, I thought I had my eureka moment on the Bolton Deventer riddle after a bit of sleuthing work this weekend. I was checking the source code of Deventer’s blog to see if the person behind the persona had slipped up and was using the identical Google analytics code profile (indicated in the source by […]

Bolton Deventer riddle: Closer to home than I think?

Had one of the truly more bizarre discussions today with a colleague of mine, Vincent Maher. I blatently accused him of being the person behind Bolton Deventer — the strange-looking “web marketer” who runs a cheesy blog, who also seems to worship the God of Nelspruit internet Guy McClaren. Vincent/Bolton flatly deny this. But I’ve […]

Recording executives set to be the Dodos of the modern era

Read this scathing piece by Wired’s Tony Long on the recent activities of the now-notorious Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). They recently embarked on a crusade to sue 26,000 people who are downloading MP3s over the internet to “send a message”. It appears to be a desperate attempt to keep the last vestiges of […]

Rugby hell!!!

This is funny. The New Zealand version of the well-known online Rugby Site, “Rugby Heaven” has changed its name to “Rugby Hell”. I guess that is what they are going through at the moment. Like most of the world I couldn’t believe they fluffed it and I was glad it was not us. It must […]