Tag Archives: Yahoo!

ZA Tech show: A local podcast worth listening to

Been meaning to write about this for a while now. The ZA Tech show, journalists “indulging in beer and opinion”, is fast turning out to be one of the country’s top podcasts. This week’s podcast, with Simon Dingle, Ben Kelly, Brett Haggard, Jon Tullett and Duncan McLeod, is particularly good. They have the hilarious David […]

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 Search Wars: Can the Wikipedia boss take on Google?

Jimmy Wales, the Wikipedia boss, has now detailed how he plans to take on Google, the search behemoth. Google is so good and so powerful, you get the feeling that competitors are at a bit of a loss on how exactly to take the search giant on. Even Microsoft, which has never run away from […]

Google slammed, Google praised at newspaper conference

Eamonn Byrne from the World Association of newspapers asked the panel at the last session of this congress: Is partnering with a search engine a good idea? The media industry have two main issues with Google. (1) They believe that Google is unfairly using and profiting off publisher’s content. Hence the arrival of the Automated […]

Thabo Mbeki, SA president, refers to bloggers

South African President Thabo Mbeki, in a speech about ten minutes ago this morning, referred to the citizen media revolution acknowledging the role of bloggers in South Africa and the world. He referred to bloggers almost interchangeably with journalists in his speech at the WAN conference in Cape Town. This is a newspaper conference mainly […]

'Newspapers are partners not enemies'

Trevor Ncube, President of the Newspaper Association of South Africa and CEO of Mail & Guardian in South Africa, delivered an impassioned and brilliant speech calling on African leaders to understand the role that the press plays in society, and particularly on the African continent. He was speaking at the opening of the World Association […]

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 […]

One-on-one with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales

UPDATED: Here are some excerpts of an interview I did with Jimmy on Thursday afternoon. I posed questions from myself and relayed some questions asked via this blog. The full interview is now on the M&G Online. Video and audio of the interview are now also available on the M&G Online article. There will also […]

24.com & Yahoo!

I wandered over to Yahoo! for the first time in a long time and was struck by the similarity of the site with our own, home-grown, South African portal 24.com. 24.com is apparently doing very well so far… and hats off to ’em for innovating — they’ve got a good platform to start doing some […]

Is Google a monster?

On Poynter emedia tidbits on which I am a fellow contributor, the big question is asked of the dot.com mega success story, Google: “Can someone please step up and say we’re facing a monster?” It goes on, referring to the Google Youtube acquisition: “As Google continues to grow, it has shown some stripes that clash […]

Roll on broadband

from my column in the media, called net savvy If a survey by search engine Google is to be believed, the British apparently now spend more time on the Internet than watching television. The report, carried by news agency AFP in March this year, showed that British Internet users spend an average of 164 minutes […]

Surviving the great dot.con

As Google embraces the stock exchange, many dot.com kids are rubbing their hands with glee at what could signal a return of the good times. Matthew Buckland has been through dot.boom and dot.bomb and spent lots on expensive therapy to forget it all, but here he reminisces.

The internet goes from free to fee

If only the internet had been invented by a businessman. It’s a common lament of internet publishers who are buckling and wheezing under the financial strain of running unprofitable websites

SA’s web stands up and gets counted

Websites seem to think in millions. Web traffic is always a million this or a million that with unique users in the hundreds of thousands. For the major online publishers in South Africa, the numbers have always been big and impressive.

Dot.boom, dot.bomb, dot.reality

Dot.boom, dot.bomb, dot.reality During dot.boom the geeks were cool. Takkies, jeans and T-shirts were to replace ties and sensible shoes in the corridors of power. Boardrooms were to be replaced by lounges with bean bags and foosball tables. The pimply dot.com kids were ushering in a new economy built around the internet and showing the […]

Online advertising: Cautious Optimism

Net Savvy Cautious Optimism In the softest, most understated tone he can muster, Matthew Buckland explains why the local and international online sectors have good reason to be upbeat. I’ve always wondered where the gazillions in online advertising revenue went. If the pundits and their skyward-pointing graphs were to be believed, I doubt very much […]

Mine’s bigger than yours, I think

COLUMN: Net savvy By Matthew Buckland It’s billed as the most measurable medium in the world, yet ironically, for a long time internet measurement in South Africa has been in somewhat of a flux. While there is no doubting the veracity and integrity of the readership figures being put forward by reputable online publishers, it’s […]