Tag Archives: Social networking

The future of social networking – a concept investigation with Augmented Reality

Here are some concept designs that myself and ace designer Philip Langley put our heads together to create. It’s an investigation into how social networking may work in the future, focusing on mobile and augmented reality (AR). Our investigations were inspired in particular by these brilliant (AR) concept drawings which I often use in presentations […]

The Hub: Social networking on a publishing platform

The Hub, a key 20FourLabs project, changes everything. To some extent, it’s the realisation of of these thoughts I had in 2007 that all websites, all businesses, and in fact all things are social networks. It’s an obvious point in many ways, but then again not so obvious in others. Wrapped up in the Hub […]

Which type of network suits your business?

Prosumer is one of those horrible words. But it does encapsulate an ethos sweeping through online business today (particularly media), where the audience/readers/viewers/consumers are no longer treated in a passive way but actively brought more into the business or publishing processes. It’s also known as crowd sourcing. To understand exactly what this means, here’s a […]

Twitter, journalism and Iran

Some questions I answered for a newspaper article on journalism and social media, specifically with regard to the Iran uprisings and the use of twitter: 1. Twitter is being used quite extensively at the moment in Iran. Could this be regarded as some kind of turning point for social media? I wouldn’t call it a […]

Announcing 20FourLabs

We’ve launched a new division @ 24.com, called 20FourLabs. The word “labs” has become synonymous with innovation ever since Google established its world-famous Google Labs. So this is where we’re drawing inspiration from, because we love Google. So far 20FourLabs consists of about 27 very talented web people with a desire to take over the […]

Have you Obamafied your website today?

Nobody likes an antisocial site. Social sites are winning the traffic stakes, and even elections. A politician from Honolulu showed us how it’s done. I never thought that one of the best examples of a social site would come from a politician, but it did. It’s a lesson for all websites, including media players, on […]

24.com launches impressive crowd-sourcing tool in Answerit

Just got a press release today about 24.com’s new answerit service. It’s based on a similar Yahoo! service, which apparently has done pretty well. 24.com are one of the few players in the country who can launch a service like this, because it requires volume. Last time I checked, they have the volume, or more […]

The mobile web: Why the future really is on the small screen

According to a report on Reuters last year, world wide mobile phone subscriptions reached 3.3-billion users or half the world’s population. Compare this to television usage (about 1,5-billion users) or desktop internet usage (about 1,1-billion users), and it is not hard to see why there is so much excitement about the potential of the mobile […]

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 […]

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. […]

Jimmy Wales responds to Facebook & search speculation…

Wired’s Epicenter blogger Terrence Russell woke up Jimmy Wales at 2am in the morning in Bangkok to ask him a few questions on the latest speculation, based on my blog post, about what the Wikipedia boss has been up to. On Tuesday night, Wales revealed a few more details about his new projects, under the […]

Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales to create Facebook competitor?

At a gathering of about 100 of some of South Africa’s top geeks on Tuesday night, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales revealed what he said were some of the “first screenshots” of his new project on search. But a screenshot that Wales briefly showed us looked very much like a Facebook profile page, than a search […]

Business of online media and blogosphere

At the Digital Citizen’s Indaba, I presented on the business issues of online media and the blogosphere, from my own experiences as a blogger and working as a media professional at the M&G Online. Banner ads in online media are still relatively unsophisticated. The problem is that most online advertising models on media still resemble […]

Facebook, the Web 2.0 killer

Also on Thought Leader The existence of Facebook, the smash-hit social-networking site, may unwittingly kill off a host of other Web 2.0 start-ups. This is mainly because of Facebook’s inclusive and all-encompassing nature. The site appears to be blogging (lite), Twittering (short blogging), multiplayer gaming (simple games), dating, social networking, online photo management and even […]

The 'new' dot.com rush

Am I alone or does it feel like the rush of the dot.com era is back? In terms of innovation on the world wide web with web 2.0 (yuk), social networking, blogging and the rise of user-generated content, google and search — it feels like a different world to the web of about 3-4 years […]

'Beware the power of social media'

This popped into my inbox this afternoon. I know Jovan Regasek well and have big respect for the man, ITWeb and the other publications his company puts out. For those of you wondering, ITWeb survived full on through the dot.bomb crash and was one of the few online publications that actually gave rise to various […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interesting people in NYC

While in New York I briefly met a few people involved in the online industry in my last few days there. I met some interesting people like Michael Sharon, formerly from South Africa and no relation to Ariel, who is creating a mobile-related social networking service. I met him via the Geeklist and went to […]