President Barack Obama all the way!

I was biting back the tears during Barack Obama’s victory speech as president-elect of the U.S. There was so much at stake in this election. Without trying to overstate and get carried away, we can still safely say that its…

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…

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…

Why I won't be buying an iPhone

I’m a gadget freak. I’ll buy the latest and greatest even if it means I have to live on bread and water for the rest of the month. It’s a disease — gotta have, gotta have. It drives you crazy…

New Google head for South Africa

South Africa has a new Google boss. Stafford Masie, the former head of Novell South Africa and a relative unknown outside IT circles, has been appointed the new South Africa Google head, reports ITWeb and Mail & Guardian Online. It’s…

Google joins fray to fight global internet censorship

Via an AP story on Wired.com Google, which hasn’t in the past got too involved in government affairs and advocacy issues, is now joining the fight against the rise of web censorship worldwide. This is an interesting departure, because surely…

Bad user experience at the LA Times

A friend of mine pointed me to what looked like an interesting article on The LA Times. I tried to go to the article, but instead was greeted with a free registration page. Now I’m no hippie and I have…

South Africa’s Exploding Internet

Received a press release from Nielsen//Netratings, who run the statistics and compiles readership of the major websites in the local Online Publisher’s Association. Whichever way you look at it, this is good news for the South African online industry as…

Online news will supplant TV as leading source

According to a World Association of Newspapers poll online news will supplant television network news as the leading news source over the next five years. The Harris Poll also says but newspapers will remain a vital source on their own,…

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…

Cape Town beckons for the WAN conference

At the airport with Riaan Wolmarans, Mail & Guardian Online editor and Bryan Khumalo, our online sales manager. Our online strategist Vincent Maher and his entourage are nowhere to be seen yet (better hurry :-)). We’re on our way to…

South African online media 'comes of age'

Here is some exciting new findings from research commissioned by the local Online Publisher’s Association. It was conducted by Arthur Goldstuck, who is an independent ICT analyst in South Africa who found that it took South Africa’s online publishing industry nine years, from 1994 to 2003, to grow to the R60-million revenue mark, yet it is set to treble that amount in the subsequent three years. “It’s looking very positive for online advertising – a medium that has finally come of age,” said Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx. “But this phenomenal growth masks the fact that the numbers would be far higher if the advertising industry woke up to the potential of the medium.”

War of the web

As United States and British forces push through Iraq towards Baghdad, another kind of war is in progress: a battle between TV, radio, newspapers and websites to be the first to bring their audience breaking news on Iraq.