Tag Archives: Cape Town

Enter the Silicon Cape

I’m honoured to have been asked to MC the Silicon Cape launch next week. When Vinny Lingham asked me to do it a few weeks back, I said yebo gogo without hesitation. It’s a brilliant initiative. And it’s possibly going to be one of the most important and powerful gatherings this country has seen of […]

2010 Fifa World Cup: Greenpoint stadium construction progress pics

Here are some photos, hot off the press, of the construction of the new Greenpoint stadium in Cape Town which is being built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. We were at a launch party for 24.com’s sport24.co.za launch party which included SA Cricketer Craig Matthews and Olympic Swimmer Roland Schoeman. The pics were taken […]

SA Blogger tour: Names and dates announced

The names for the US/International blogger tour of South Africa, organised by Simon Barber of the International Marketing Council, have been released. It’s a draft list so some bloggers may still be added or will fall away, but its pretty close to being set in stone. The tour dates will be from the 29 November […]

Cape Talk 567 vs Joburg's 702

It’s a funny thing. I don’t know what it is about Cape Town, but politics seem very far away — even the big politics. In Joburg I’d bang my head on the door at every bad ripple in the political landscape, but somehow, in someway, it doesn’t get to you as much down south in […]

Dan Gillmor in Cape Town: Transparency is key

Pics by Tino Kreutzer Dan Gillmor, author of We Media and acclaimed citizen media advocate, was in Cape Town to speak at the University of Cape Town’s Business School about the publishing revolution of the digital age, also known as Citizen Media. Gillmor is co-founder of Dopplr, a social networking service that allows users to […]

24.com

So, yes, I’m off to 24.com and moving southwards, down to Cape Town. I’ll be officially joining in September as the “GM of Publishing and Social Media” for the operation. It’s something I’m really looking forward to. The numerous 24.com sites rake in a combined local and international readership of around 3,5-million monthly users and […]

SA Blog awards 2008: This blog awarded "Best Business Blog"

Just got a call from Vincent Maher and saw on Twitter that this, here, blog won best Business Blog at the SA Blog Awards 2008 in Cape Town lastnight. I was in some very esteemed company (to name a few) and I really didn’t expect to win. Gottaquirk, in particular, is one of my personal […]

World's publishers face off against Google: It's getting ugly

I had a feeling this would be the end result. At first there was co-operation and pleasantries exchanged between the media publishers and Google, and then it all went sour. Online publishers and newspapers appear to be heading for a face-off with search engine behemoth, Google. On Thursday, online publishers and print media in the […]

Gathering of the Bloggerati

Bigup to the bloggers, geeks and media people that made it to the first ever Bloggerati Cape Town at the Long Street Cafe. The idea was to have a casual meet up over drinks (name tags were banned) and it turned out to be a rather cracking evening. In fact it was testament to blogger […]

Bloggerati Cape Town

If you’re in Cape Town, join Vincent Maher and myself on Thursday, January 31 after 9pm till late at the Long Street Cafe. We’re having a casual drink with some bloggers, friends and other geek types. It will be late. There’s also a vicious rumour doing the rounds that the Stormhoek guys will be there, […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Search Wars: Can the Wikipedia boss take on Google?

Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia boss, has now detailed how he plans to take on Google, the search behemoth. Google is so good and so powerful, you get the feeling that competitors are at a bit of a loss on how exactly to take the search giant on. Even Microsoft, which has never run away from […]

Facebook.co.za: From Google ads to gushy fan blog

Recently I pointed out that the international hit social networking site Facebook didn’t own its South African domain, facebook.co.za. I thought this was strange considering South Africa is purportedly the sixth biggest country on Facebook by registered user numbers. The owner of the facebook.co.za domain is a South African, from Cape Town. And I also […]

Guess who owns facebook.co.za? Not Facebook.

It looks like Facebook doesn’t own facebook.co.za, its South African domain? I’m surmising this from the fact that: 1. it appears from the co.za registration data that the owner of Facebook.co.za lives in Cape Town. 2. it may be that the domain was registered on behalf of Facebook by the local, but I have my […]

Expose the naked editor!!!

Who, exactly, is the Naked editor? We know this much so far. He/she was at the WAN conference in Cape Town. He/She has a crush on Vincent Maher, M&G Online Strategist aka “curly-haired bloke”. The persona is a he, but it’s probably a she. In fact, by the writing I am pretty sure it is […]

New launch: Easy web publishing via Synthasite

Well, well, well. The boys and girls from Incubeta — the PPC marketing company — have been busy. They’ve launched Synthasite. I’m a bit late on this, but hey I was down in Cape Town for the World Association of Papyrus and it kept me busy. Synthasite has already got some good reviews from a […]

Links from WAN conference

WAN: Is web 2.0 putting the ‘new’ in news? Where does Richard Sambrook, head of BBC Global News, get his news about web 2.0 and online developments? Not from his own British Broadcasting Corporation, but from his mates on Facebook. Meetings of World’s Press Ends With Look Toward the Future. The 60th World Newspaper Congress, […]

Lessons from WAN

Online people dress better than print people President Thabo Mbeki is a covert blogger The deputy president makes long speeches and is not afraid to get inbetween 1600 delegates and their food You can brush your hair with a fork Gavin O’Reilly is Irish Swedish people can’t dance, neither can journalists Even though bloggers can’t […]