Monthly Archives: February 2009

Rhodes University: My alma mater

I must say, I’m particularly proud that I went to Rhodes University. I have such amazing memories of studying and partying there. It’s an unusual campus, away from the big cities, situated in a small, relatively isolated town called Grahamstown. What this means is that most students live in residences and there is a tremendous […]

Everything is amazing, nobody is happy

Hilarious… and too true. See myself in this video. (Received via Facebook from a friend.)

Musings: The 24.com blogs revamp

Here are some designs and thoughts around the new look 24.com blog platform. The designs are by Philip Langley, with Alistair Fairweather in the driving seat. Our musings: 1. Less 24.com, more individual blogger. More blog-like 🙂 2. More viral, using contact and social network mining. Help bloggers build audience. 3. Rigid templates for best […]

SA political party launches impressive, Obama-esque campaign site

The Democratic Alliance (DA), a local opposition party, has impressed with their new online strategy. Clearly inspired by Barack Obama’s web innovation, the political party has launched two websites, although only just squeaking in two months before national elections kick off. The sites are: a social media-type campaigning site, “Contribute to change“, (built on BuddyPress […]

The social network approach to viralising your articles

One of the key viral elements of content websites, such as news sites, are the “email to a friend” links you see on many articles. Personally, I don’t use these, but I know they’re valuable: there’s a type of user that religiously use these links as a way of sharing. Obviously they introduce new traffic […]

Synthasite gets $20-million smackeroos

Synthasite, the site that creates sites, has just received $20-million more in funding. It’s been the worst kept secret in the industry, but now it’s official. The site is also about to undergo a name change to secure a much shorter, four-letter .com domain — but this is yet to be officially announced. One of […]

Times election site

The local Times launched their elections play today. It’s pretty basic (although I’m lead to believe this is just phase I), but here’s what I think is really clever and innovative about it: 1. They’ve launched it on a completely new domain called “SA elections“. That says, “we own election coverage”, not to mention the […]

How stupidity can lead to innovation

It sounds crazy, but it’s true. There’s a famous philosophical phrase that goes along the lines of “The more I know, the more I realise I don’t know”. I first came across it in my Philosophy II class as a freshed-faced student at Rhodes University. It speaks to the realisation that the more we discover […]

Amazing keyboardless laptop introduced by Apple

YFM create iPhone app

Just got a release from YFM, a Joburg radio station, that says its “the first radio station in Africa and among the first in the world” to release a custom application for the iPhone. (By “among first in the world” I presume they mean amongst radio stations.) This is due to the influence of its […]

The Top 100: Traditional media losing out to people power

Here is a list of the top 100 sites from Alexa. Today, I count three traditional media sites (BBC, CNN and NY Times — just squeaking in at number 100). The web of five years ago would have shown a different picture all together. It begs the question: Will there be any traditional media sites […]

"SA companies beat internet giant to the pinch"

Um, received this rather surreal press release yesterday. Not sure I would have sent this out as a piece of public relations, myself. It’s likely that Google will respond, either with a polite phonecall or a legal letter. Or in all likelihood, they just won’t care. Be interesting to see how it plays out. After […]

Blogging about tweeting about podcasting about blogging

This made me chuckle. And by blogging it I’m acutely aware of the infinite irony loop I’ve created. It follows a similar meme theme raised recently, criticising the incessant over-analysis and navel-gazing in the “social media marketing” “sector”. (Intended separation of double quotes). From Costpernews, via Vinny Lingham.

Why Microsoft will eventually win on the web

I’m no Microsoft fan boy. In fact I don’t think there is anything like a “fan boy” when it comes to Microsoft products. I’m a recent iPhone convert and I curse the years I’ve had to put up with the clunky and often-buggy Windows for Mobile and PC. It’s no secret that Microsoft is a […]

'Imagine being able to read a newspaper on your computer'

A report from the 80s. Really funny.