Monthly Archives: November 2007

South African newspaper fires sub-editor over blog

So, it looks like history has been made. An outspoken sub-editor at South African newspaper, Sowetan, has apparently been fired for blogging — or at least private information he divulged about the company on his blog. Local technology analyst Arthur Goldstuck has been reporting on the event, and a post mentioned that Sowetan sub-editor Llewellyn […]

Is Facebook overrated?

In amongst the hype and the frenzy, comes this from Time magazine: “You want to buy low expectations,” says David Trainer, president of the business-valuation firm New Constructs. Google went public amid widespread skepticism, but Facebook has been anointed by its boosters as the next Google, despite MySpace’s bigger audience and deeper pockets. As is […]

Future web trends

Here’s the presentation I did at a recent iCommons Innovations Series talk with Mr Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, a while back. Honoured to be in such company. I did an adapted version of it again at the recent “Publish Online” conference in Cape Town. The presentation now has a slightly less pretentious title: changed it from […]

Why you may need to change your email password, now

Now for something completely different: The web 2.0 world requires people to register accounts with logins and passwords these days. I am registered with so many of these services, some I use and some I don’t use, that I’ve lost track. Apparently, the typical internet user these days has upwards of 21 different accounts that […]

Venture Capital: The lies people tell

Got this from a presentation by David Murray of Cape Venture Partners, a Venture Capital fund which has invested in quite a few successful businesses. Was alerted by a comment about 10 seconds after I posted this (literally) that it was originally adapted from Guy Kawasaki, here and here. So duly credited. Top ten lies […]

Vodacom's foray into mobile advertising

Blogging from PublishOnline in Cape Town… Graunt Kruger who works for Vodacom’s mobile advertising department had the audience at the conference gasping at the big numbers and big strategies. Graunt disagrees with me, but Vodacom — who are now Online Publishing Association members — are looking more and more like a media company these days. […]

Publish Online conference: 24.com to launch local Adsense in 2008

At the first inaugural Publish Online conference in Cape Town and there is a good turn out. Hope there will be another one, maybe Jo’burg?. Couple of familiar faces from my iafrica.com days: Alan Hammond (the organiser), Robin Parker (now of biz-comm), Debby Byrne (still iafrica.com). Been some interesting presentations. Noticed only 4 laptops and […]

Mlogging: Definition attempt #1

Mlogging: (p. m’lลgging); n. A Mlog: to write entries in, add material to, or maintain a weblog, that is part of formal media, and edited by a media worker, often by an editor. As much as I hate new definitions (web 3.0, anyone?), we need new words to describe new features of the online and […]

Ten more web trends for the future

The good folks at Read/Write Web (still my most favourite website) had such an outrageous response to their first post on “10 web trends for the future“, that they have come up with ten more — or rather their users have come up with ten more. Some are obvious omissions (hyperlocal) others are a little […]

First Google South Africa networking session kicks off

The new Google country head Stafford Masie held an informal get together and networking session for about 60 or so local internet players on Monday afternoon. He said the briefing was off the record, but later made exceptions for bloggers. It was a good session — the first ever held by the new Google South […]

Jimmy Wales responds to Facebook & search speculation…

Wired’s Epicenter blogger Terrence Russell woke up Jimmy Wales at 2am in the morning in Bangkok to ask him a few questions on the latest speculation, based on my blog post, about what the Wikipedia boss has been up to. On Tuesday night, Wales revealed a few more details about his new projects, under the […]

TechCrunch, Mashable, Techmeme & Wired sends the linklove

I’ve been watching my servers groan and moan as my blog has been featured on the homepages of Techcrunch, Mashable, and Techmeme today — all sites that I am a big fan of and I read regularly. My favourite magazine Wired, then also blogged about it here. They are linking to the post I wrote […]

Mashable weighs in on latest Jimmy Wales comments

Noticed that Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins of Mashable, ranked the 7th biggest blog in the world by Technorati picked up on my Jimmy Wales post, which is cool! Mashable reckons Wales may be gunning for a “Socialpedia” of sorts (Wikipedia + Profiles = Socialpedia). Hope my servers handle ๐Ÿ˜› My post speculated on whether the Wikipedia […]

Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales to create Facebook competitor?

At a gathering of about 100 of some of South Africa’s top geeks on Tuesday night, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales revealed what he said were some of the “first screenshots” of his new project on search. But a screenshot that Wales briefly showed us looked very much like a Facebook profile page, than a search […]

M&G Online gets some muti

We’ve been thinking about it for a while now… in fact about a year ๐Ÿ˜› … and now have finally done it. We’ve added Muti links below articles in M&G Online to encourage readers to bookmark its stories. Muti was mentioned by CNN.com a while back in an article about the world’s hottest startups outside […]

Why I won't be buying an iPhone

I’m a gadget freak. I’ll buy the latest and greatest even if it means I have to live on bread and water for the rest of the month. It’s a disease — gotta have, gotta have. It drives you crazy because just as you get the latest, then the next version comes out a month […]

Mobile publishing: A glimpse of the future with Asahi Shimbun

I always look forward to the presentations by our Japanese media colleagues about their mobile phone strategies. They are the undisputed world leaders in this field. When many places on the planet weren’t even using cellphones for SMSing/texting, these guys had mastered delivering content on mobile phones and were making a solid business from it. […]

SecondLife, another graphic World Wide Web?

At the beginning of this year I blogged about the amazing work that Adam Pasick was doing with Reuters in Second Life, the virtual 3D world. Now, here in Dublin at the IFRA conference, we were presented with another fascinating story of media doing business in SecondLife. Rowan Barnett, Editor-in-Chief of Avastar, a virtual newspaper […]

Media 2.0: Case studies

This is the presentation, below, I did at Ifra’s Beyond the Printed Word in Dublin. It’s some case studies on Media 2.0 at the Mail & Guardian Online. I also have a transcript of it which I’ll publish here at a later stage. | View | Upload your own So far quite a bit of […]

Blogging from Ireland about Beyond the Printed Word

I’ll be in Dublin for this week, where I am presenting at IFRA’s online media conference Beyond the Printed Word on the “Integration of Web 2.0 services into news sites”. You can check out the official conference blog. I’ll also be furiously ๐Ÿ™‚ blogging the conference on this here blog too. I’ll be presenting on […]