Monthly Archives: June 2008

Leaving on a high note

It’s probably been the worst kept secret in the industry, but now that it is out on Bizcommunity there is no point in not going public. I can confirm that after 8 years I am leaving the Mail & Guardian Online to pursue another opportunity. I feel that I’m leaving on a high note, with […]

Related articles from the blogosphere and competitors

We’ve added related articles with a twist at the M&G Online. We’re relating articles from external news sites, including our competitors. We are also including related posts from blogs with our articles. The feeds still need a bit of tweaking, but the idea is there.

Online media, platforms, innovation and advertising

Just did this interview with a publication. Thought I’d publish it here. Does a newspaper’s online platform cannabalise the print advertising at all? And what about print readers- will the online platform steal readers away from the print title? It’s time to move on from using words like “cannabalise” and “steal” with reference to the […]

Help Firefox set a world record

Firefox is a brilliant browser. It’s also fast. I discarded Internet Explorer (IE) about two years ago. It wasn’t an ideological decision, I wasn’t trying to make a point… it’s just that Firefox is a better browser. I still have IE7 on my laptop, but use it only for testing purposes. I find it slow […]

M&G Online relaunch pics…

Lots of pizza and beer. Spot the mascot. Pics here.

M&G ONLINE LAUNCH DIARY: Thou shalt semantically tag with Open Calais

Open Calais is a Thomson Reuters initiative that automatically generates rich semantic metadata from the content you submit to it. For the relaunch of the Mail & Guardian Online, Africa’s oldest news site, my colleague Vincent Maher ran our site’s historic database, dating back to 1994, through the service. What happened next was amazing. We […]

Launch diary of a news site: Why registration and dashboards are essential

Compare a site like Facebook to your average news site. Facebook knows almost everything about its users, because they are registered and profiled. It has a close, sophisticated relationship with its users that many sites can only dream about. Yes, this is the nature of a social networking site, but why should news sites miss […]

M&G Online launch diary: Registering new features

Late nights at the office. What weekend? What public holiday? Here’s a snippet of some of the new site features. Registered users are getting dashboards, allowing us to profile users and serve more targeted content, advertising and develop a closer, better relationship with readers. —- SNIP —- Register with the Mail & Guardian Online and […]

Rumour: 'SA #3 in line for 3G iPhone'

Ok, one thing we should expect for a while are plenty rumours over local release dates for the iPhone. I don’t think Vodacom actually know when they are getting the phone and I am sure they are at the whim of Apple. And Apple would never ever change the goalposts from time to time, would […]

Wheels24 relaunch site

Just got word from Elan Lohman, distant cousin of Lindsay Lohan, that Wheels24 has relaunched. I think their design still needs a bit more work and there are still a few gaps here and there, but its a great effort. I like the overall navigation and the site is well structured. More significantly, however, it […]

The lowdown on the new iPhone 2.0

I was listening to the Apple WWDC event’s iPhone announcements live on ustream, following the excellent live blogging on Engadget, and also keeping up with the lively micro blogging commentary. The announcement everyone was waiting for took ages to come, but eventually it came. There was nothing majorly earth shattering, actually. Most of the new […]

Thoughts about the Leaders: The columnists 2.0 model

We’ve launched our third Leader site in Sports Leader this week. It’s been toil and trouble for Nic Haralambous and our devs who have put together a fine site. This follows Tech Leader and Thought Leader which we launched a while back. On Sports Leader we’ve already seen traffic which could eventually make it bigger […]

New iPhone available in South Africa July 20

According to tech journalist and Stuff Magazine editor Toby Shapshak, Vodacom will be launching the new 3G iphone, also popularly know as the “iPhone 2.0”, on July 20. Vodacom’s launch is part of a 10-country deal that Vodafone announced last month, confirming speculation over the iPhone announcement. The phone is purportedly slimmer and sleaker than […]

Internet Solutions to create new VC fund for web innovation?

It looks like Internet Solutions (IS) may be creating some kind of incubator or venture capital fund to encourage local web innovation and startups. The details are sketchy at this stage, but it in fact looks like the new initiative will launch as soon as this month, possibly middle of the month, with the launch […]

My dad, the blogger, at Cirque du Soleil

My father, Andrew, is blogging about life at the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. Both he and my younger brother, Daniel, joined the outfit about a month ago and are already performing. If you’re interested in an insider perspective of a South African actor at the world-famous Cirque in Las Vegas — you can […]

At the ETV 24-hour news satellite channel launch party

On Sunday night I found myself at the launch party of the new E-news 24-hour satellite channel at the exclusive Melrose arch rooftop venue. The black-tie event was awash with blue, with plasmas, media executives and a few parliamentarians. It was a slick launch and full of the glamour you would expect from a TV […]