Tag Archives: PHP

Powering your site: Technology choices

Making the wrong technology choice can cripple your online business. It can mean expensive maintenance and development costs down the line. It could mean downtime for your website and make the simple act of publishing an article a trapeze act. You don’t want this. A site’s Content Management System (CMS) is the engine of your […]

Redesigning & rebuilding the Mail & Guardian Online

Redesigning the M&G Online, the country’s oldest news website. Pics below of the first meeting with myself, Vincent Maher (Strategist), Riaan Wolmarans (Editor) and Matthew Burbidge (news editor). Absent at this particular meeting is Bryan Khumalo (Online Sales Manager). We’re essentially rebuilding the site and bringing the dev inhouse (previously outsourced) and we’re also changing […]

Comprehensive review of Amatomu

This is a very comprehensive and very well written review of Amatomu. On the well-read Global Voices site, Ndesanjo Macha tracks the history of the site and includes comments from most of the bloggers who wrote about Amatomu during the early launch phase. The site has got a bit fuller and busier since launch. We’ve […]

The buzz on the SA blogosphere

We’ve added more graphing on amatomu.com’s search results. It tracks activity of search keywords over a 30-day period and then graphs the buzz. These are new graphs we added together with the others launched on overall blogosphere trends and individual blogger profiles on top posts etc… Here are the results of some tests I did… […]

Major int'l media conference coming to town

The World Association of Newspapers comes to town in June. The town I am referring to is Cape Town. The 2006 conference was in Moscow and included speakers such as Jimmy Wales and top speakers from Google, New York Times… you name it they were there. Despite the event’s name, its not only newspaper-focused. There […]

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 […]

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 […]

Citizen Journalism and the M&G Online

Vinnie beat me to blogging this post (just what does he do all day???). So I’m going to link to his blog about it. We had an excellent citizen journalism submission which we also flagged on the M&G Online homepage on the recent fire in Cape Town’s signal hill. Here are some of the other […]

Editors Weblog on M&G Online

I see the well-read editor’s weblog has published an interview they did with me on the Mail & Guardian Online, here. It’s probably in anticipation for the upcoming World Association of Newspapers conference that will soon be happening in Cape Town. It’s quite a major event — Thabo Mbeki will speak at it I believe. […]

South African Web 2.0 cracks a mention on CNN

Well, this is pretty impressive.  South Africa’s own Muti, a web 2.0 site, cracked a mention on CNN. The site, created by Ian Gillfillan, employs the Digg model but also shows its users where the stories are coming from on a map of the world. (Thanks to Vincent Maher for alerting me to this).

Major bloggers conference in South Africa

Probably Africa’s first ever major blogging conference, The Digital Citizen Indaba (DCI), will take place in South Africa on 14-15 September. The Indaba aims to bring bloggers, citizen journalists, media practitioners, industry experts, and representatives from civil society all under one roof. It will feature a diverse range of speakers and media professionals from across […]