Web predictions for the new year

We may be in the throes of a global financial crisis, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see innovation on the web. In fact, leading trend analysis blog Read Write Web reminds us of the old cliché that “tech innovation…

Google have stars in their eyes

So Google is not satisfied with world domination, but wants to rule the universe too. Hey, even space shuttles need search engines. Ok, at a stretch. So it transpires that the new version of Google Earth now comes with sky…

Bloggers on the payroll of big media

Interesting to see that big media companies are recruiting some of the top bloggers to write for them. This is a clever move for two reasons: (1) Some bloggers write really well and can bring a more conversational style of…

Integrating the online & print news operations

I’ve never liked the word convergence. Integration is much better. Some great speakers spoke on this topic from the New York Times, Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax) and The Telegraph (UK). This is about the PRODUCTION of news. And why are…

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…

The thing about New York

Sign from a building, overlooking the Ground Zero site site. Democracy and free speech at work. What can I say: this place is amazing. This is Rome, Centre of the modern world. Wireless internet is plentiful, laptops are cheap. I’m…

the online advertising edge

Net Savvy The Ad Edge Matthew Buckland looks at what the net does in the advertising arena that traditional media can’t. A great philosopher once said: I think, therefore I click. I think his name was Desmond or something, but…