Tag Archives: blogs

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 […]

USA-SA Blogger meetup in Cape Town

Party alert! Local bloggers and digital citizens are invited to attend and meet up with a touring US blogger “delegation” on Sunday 8pm, at Asoka Bar in Cape Town. The US bloggers will be out here on a tour, organised by the International Marketing Council (IMC). Dave Duarte and myself are helping the IMC, who […]

When is a blogger not a blogger anymore?

A post on Poynter’s e-media Tidbits by Paul Bradshaw caught my eye. It essentially captures something I’ve been mulling for a while: When is a blogger not a blogger anymore? A typical lifecycle of some successful bloggers is that they start off as small, independent, opinionated writers but then, as they get popular and their […]

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.

After 10 Years of Blogs, the Future's Brighter Than Ever

From Wired: In the 10 years since the first site known as a “weblog” went online, the blog has matured from a geek niche to the internet’s dominant publishing paradigm. Blogs have come a long way since Dec. 17, 1997, when Jorn Barger coined the term “weblog” to describe the list of links on his […]

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 it a bird, is it a plane, is it a blog?

What is this? Can someone tell me.

Amatomu sending blogosphere linklove

So thankfully I was wrong about the amount of linklove Amatomu was sending to the blogosphere. In a previous post I estimated Amatomu would send through around 50 000 clicks to the SA blogosphere in the month. Actually the site sent through double that, and in under a month. At the time of writing (Tuesday […]

The golden rules of blogging, according to…

For some this may be a bit of a DOH!, but I’d thought share with you some little personal lessons learnt in the two years I’ve been blogging. The rules… GOLDEN RULE 1: THE HONESTY POLICY It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised. Be honest, direct, transparent. Do not try and bullshit your audience. Admit […]

Blogs mark the first 10 years

Interesting article spotted in the Guardian. “After a quiet start they revolutionised the web; now one is born every second. The first entry on Scripting News effectively ushered in the first blog 10 years ago. In the intervening years these online diaries have been touted as the future of media, labelled “pathetic drivel”, and caused […]

First Tuesday & the Afrigator! :-)

Went to my first, first First Tuesday, this one on Web 2.0 and Social Media. I have been trying to go for a while, but it’s always clashed with something major or I am out of the country at the time. I am glad to hear that they are up and running again and plan […]

Good vibes @ the 27 Dinner/Geek Dinner

My wife who is my biggest critic says I should take more time over my blog posts. Apparently she’s not happy with my grammar. She says I could do better. Well it’s 12:10am and I’ve had three tequilas (thanks craig and peas) and many many Millers so I cannot vouch for the grammar of this […]

Bloggers launch and develop for Amatomu.com

You gotta love the blogging community. Vincent Maher and I were blown away by a new widget developed by Quirk Marketing that we saw advertised on their blog gottaQuirk this morning in a post written by Craig Raw. It’s a browser search plugin for Amatomu.com‘s search that works on IE7 and Firefox. Apparently The Scott […]

Amatomu.com

Yep, the cat certainly has clawed it’s way out of the proverbial bag. It’s been hell keeping this thing a sort of, kind of semi-secret. Not really possible in the blogosphere. Amatomu.com (Alpha) is in public testing phase. Vincent Maher has the full story here. A huge thanks to all the bloggers who have signed […]

Linklove: what big media can learn from bloggers

The fundamental art of linking is something online media could learn from the blogosphere….

Without linking there wouldn’t be an internet. It’s the web of links that leads a user from website-to-website that essentially creates the thing we know as the world wide web. Many commercial online media publishers hate linking from their websites to the “outside”, especially when there’s a competitor involved. It’s a protective, “walled garden” mentality, prevalent in many traditional media businesses, which doesn’t translate particularly well on the wild world wide web. It’s pretty silly, because linking is the whole point of the web.

This where the blogosphere could teach online publishers a thing or two…. read on

SA blog awards: Please stop masturbating

Can someone tell me why all this ranting about the blog awards is not just masturbation? I try to make sense of it but the overwhelming sense I get is blah, blah, blah, blah… clashing of cymbals, bashing of drums. Very little of the classical stuff that is intelligent and soothing on the ears. The […]

Moneyweb relaunch

One of my favourite websites, Moneyweb, has relaunched, featuring a wide-format design. Their site used to be run by iafrica.com, who lost the contract to do it. I like the wide-format look and the generous use of whitespace… kind of like NY Times and Washingtonpost.com. It’s the direction that most news sites are going. The […]

SA's online newspapers set to grow

Francois Nel from the For the Media blog pointed me towards his blog recently (pretty good, I must say). This post in particular caught my eye. He broadly examines why online newspapers in South Africa are not cracking it, compared to their world counterparts. For Francois — it’s down to leadership: It is, I would […]

Joburg geekerati gathering

Got reports from Vincent Maher at his Emmarentia Lake picnic birthday on Sunday that the new-look geek event in Joburg for “techies, media practitioners, speakers, businesspeople, entrepreneurs” called 27 was a roaring success, so went to check it out on a few local blogs. Vince presented some of the Mail & Guardian Online’s social networking […]

Bloggers can now enter major journalism award

Just noticed that the Telkom ICT Journalist of the year award now has a “Citizen Journalist” category, accepting entries from blogs or personal websites. There are nice prizes (overseas trip) and good dosh (40k) up for grabs. If the gyrating, glitter-laced dancers at the gala event are anything to go by I suppose you’d have […]