Tag Archives: Vincent Maher

Business of social media

I did a presentation, below, at a Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) forum event on the business of social media. I spoke with Vincent Maher, Andy Hadfield and Ananzi boss Mark Buwalda. These days, social media is a big part of online media strategy — or rather, website strategy in general. Media see the […]

Now this is cool: visualcomplexity.com

Came across this site while putting a presentation on networking and social media together. It’s great retina candy that will get the neurons in your grey matter firing. Visualisations are something I’ve always been particularly interested in due to the insights they often give you. We’ve done a few simple visualisations around M&G Online’s swarm, […]

Leaving on a high note

It’s probably been the worst kept secret in the industry, but now that it is out on Bizcommunity there is no point in not going public. I can confirm that after 8 years I am leaving the Mail & Guardian Online to pursue another opportunity. I feel that I’m leaving on a high note, with […]

M&G ONLINE LAUNCH DIARY: Thou shalt semantically tag with Open Calais

Open Calais is a Thomson Reuters initiative that automatically generates rich semantic metadata from the content you submit to it. For the relaunch of the Mail & Guardian Online, Africa’s oldest news site, my colleague Vincent Maher ran our site’s historic database, dating back to 1994, through the service. What happened next was amazing. We […]

Thoughts about the Leaders: The columnists 2.0 model

We’ve launched our third Leader site in Sports Leader this week. It’s been toil and trouble for Nic Haralambous and our devs who have put together a fine site. This follows Tech Leader and Thought Leader which we launched a while back. On Sports Leader we’ve already seen traffic which could eventually make it bigger […]

Spam king attacks my computer

Below is a screenshot of my Outlook inbox. You will notice a recurring theme. It’s bounce backs from a Thought Leader mailshot that, my colleague and friend, Vincent Maher sent out to around 15 000 people. What did I do to deserve this punishment?? So now I owe him one for this. Any suggestions on […]

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 […]

Nominated for an SA Blog award :-)

I love awards. Man, I love them. I see that this blog, my namesake, was nominated in the Business category for the 2008 SA Blog Awards. It would be the first blogging related award I’ve run. The previous award I won was in Grade 2 at Parkhurst Primary for coming second in a long distance […]

Empirical findings at the Empire launch

Lastnight we hit The Saxon for the Empire magazine launch. It’s already three or four magazine’s old, but tonight was the launch. It’s the first time I have ever had to park outside the Saxon. That’s how full the party was. One doesn’t like to have to walk too much when doing the Saxon. It’s […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Guide, with Yiza power

We’ve launched our latest project, The Guide. It expands on the excellent Mail & Guardian newspaper music, theatre, arts listings, and also includes a searchable, expanded venue guide, by city. A strong component of the guide will be user-submitted venues and events, which will drive the content on the site. We’ve also decided to give […]

Will Facebook eventually replace the Windows & Mac desktop?

Had the privilege to meet up with Saul Klein, E-commerce VP at Skype and founder of the Open Coffee club, who was in the country yesterday. While chatting to him about the local online scene together with my colleague, Vincent Maher, we got talking about Facebook and other niche social networks. We articulated a thought […]

Bolton Deventer riddle: Closer to home than I think?

Had one of the truly more bizarre discussions today with a colleague of mine, Vincent Maher. I blatently accused him of being the person behind Bolton Deventer — the strange-looking “web marketer” who runs a cheesy blog, who also seems to worship the God of Nelspruit internet Guy McClaren. Vincent/Bolton flatly deny this. But I’ve […]

Excuse me, there's a hole in this plane

On the way back from Port Elizabeth to Jo’burg on Wednesday evening, I took this shot with my cellphone of a very disturbing looking wall panel inside the plane, right where I was sitting. A gaping hole in the plane wall is not good, especially at 1 000 feet in the air. My question of […]

Talking about Amatomu.com on SABC

Vincent Maher, our resident M&G Online strategist, will be talking about the country’s first blog aggregator Amatomu.com and the local blogosphere in general on SABC3 at around 3pm this afternoon (Monday). Check it out and blog it!! He denies it, but Vincent got a new haircut today especially for the show. He now looks one […]

Interesting people I've met at WAN (Part 1)

Rob Jonas – Google Media & Publishing head for EMEA. Tracked him down in the tent after I chaired his session at the Digital Round Table on Sunday. Vincent and I had quite a long chat about Google documents, Google ads (his lips were sealed on commissions) and the other stuff. He resolved to look […]

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 the WAN conference in Cape Town. It’s a pretty big, and important conference — and […]

Patricia De Lille wants govt to regulate her very own words

The Independent Democrats’ (ID) Patricia De Lille has called on government to regulate blogs in South Africa. I did a second take at the ID’s statement, it seemed so bizarre and naive. I know Patricia. I met her some years back during an informal discussion just as the ID was being launched, and she came […]