Monthly Archives: July 2008

The semantic web for publishers and bloggers

The semantic web is often referred to as the “next phase” of the world wide web. It’s also sometimes referred to — perhaps pretentiously — as “Web 3.0”. Wrapped up in this semantic web is an appearance of artificial intelligence as it involves computers “understanding” content (eg: teaching a machine that “Africa” is a continent […]

Zebra & Giraffe: Dig it

It’s a locally-produced song and music video by the band “Zebra & Giraffe”. I think the production and execution is world-class — and it’s a catchy song. The sole member of the band is Greg Carlin. I find it particularly amazing that Carlin plays all the instruments. (For the live performances he hires people to […]

What Works (And What Doesn’t) on the Mobile Web, by Webmonkey

Webmonkey by Wired has a special place in my heart. It was my one-stop dev resource when I used to be a coder, working in London at beeb.com in the late 90s. It’s a site that’s been around for ages. In fact, if it was entirely possible for a website to be older than the […]

Facebook useage by country

From the O’Reilly radar.

Int'l A-list blogger roadshow in South Africa on the cards

Have some great breaking news. Simon Barber from the International Marketing Council (IMC) and Brand South Africa is putting together an event, where some big-name international (but mostly US-based) bloggers will be doing a roadshow in the country. Planning is at an advanced stage. Budgets have been approved and the trip is being arranged by […]

Business of social media

I did a presentation, below, at a Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) forum event on the business of social media. I spoke with Vincent Maher, Andy Hadfield and Ananzi boss Mark Buwalda. These days, social media is a big part of online media strategy — or rather, website strategy in general. Media see the […]

Now this is cool: visualcomplexity.com

Came across this site while putting a presentation on networking and social media together. It’s great retina candy that will get the neurons in your grey matter firing. Visualisations are something I’ve always been particularly interested in due to the insights they often give you. We’ve done a few simple visualisations around M&G Online’s swarm, […]

Crazy thought #1028: Links in podcasts and video

What makes blogging so powerful is how it harnesses the “network effect” of the internet. You don’t just publish a piece and leave it at that. Your piece is a collection of links that refer people to other blogs and sites, thereby creating audience for other bloggers and also building audience for yourself. So, to […]