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  • Royal Wedding: The digital dream wedding [Infographic]

    Whether you are a fan or not, after months of media coverage ranging from the derisive to the slavishly complimentary, you cannot have missed what April 29th means. It is finally here, the big day has dawned, it's Royal Wedding day. The nuptials of course will be most celebrated in the United Kingdom and her colonies. However, in the months leading up to the day, from running a more than commendable social media campaign, to viral videos, one would have been forgiven in thinking the internet in its entirety had become a realm of the Empire. Anyone who has spent...

  • Social media really is a big factor in search

    Gigya published an excellent white paper a year ago on the intersection of Social and Search. It is still worth reading, which is unusual in this fast-changing tech space. Some of the most interesting insights: A majority of the referral traffic for some sites like USA Today and ESPN come from social networks. The method for content discovery is a function of search intent and the influence of your social graph (the item is viewed as worthwhile by a person or entity to whom you are connected). Traditional search is intentional. Whereas in feeds the person viewing the items...

  • Investigation forced TechCrunch founder to disclose investment

    Kara Swisher, editor of "All Things Digital," reported that TechCrunch Editor Mike Arrington disclosed his investments in startups following her questions about the matter, put to AOL senior management. Swisher writes: On Tuesday night around 10 pm (just when I start getting revved up), I wrote a testy email to Arrington's bosses at AOL-Huffington and CEO Tim Armstrong-as well as the Internet portal's sharp PR head, asking for a response about what seemed to me to be a glaring conflict of interest at TechCrunch related to new investment activity by Arrington and the site's coverage of those particular companies he had...

  • Why is email so very complicated?

    People have always asked me questions about the work I’ve done on email technology, but the most commonly asked questions have changed radically over the last thirty years. ”What’s email?” used to be the most common by far, but I haven’t heard it in a remarkably long time. For a few painful months in 1985, the most common question I heard was “why is email so unreliable?” Later there was an idyllic period when what I heard most was, “how can I get all my friends and family to use email?” — for a brief period, it felt...

  • 5 tips from Google for the Royal Wedding

    Millions of people around the world are waiting in anticipation for the big royal event in London on Friday 29 April, 2011. For those who can not be present live at the ceremony, Google provides five interesting tools that will allow fans to watch the wedding and get more information about the big day. Royal wedding live on YouTube: The entire ceremony on Friday will be live streamed in real time on http://www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel. The live stream starts at 11 clock SA time. Internet users can watch the wedding procession, the ceremony in Westminster Abbey and the newlyweds sharing a kiss on...

  • TechCrunch founder admits conflict of interest with investments

    Mike Arrington, editor and founder of TechCrunch, an AOL company, today disclosed his investments in some high profile startups. He said he had refrained from making investments in startups since 2009 because of distracting accusations of conflicts of interest but that he had recently changed that policy (following the sale of Techcrunch to AOL). Over the last several months I have begun investing actively again. We've noted these investments in Shawn Fanning's new startup and in Kevin Rose's new startup. I have also become a limited partner in two venture funds, Benchmark Capital and SoftTech VC. I am considering investments in a...

  • Facebook carefully: Protecting your personal brand online

    I have little doubt that when Christine Rubino, a seasoned junior-school teacher in Brooklyn, New York City, made public her acute frustrations with her fifth-grade class, she had no conception just how far reaching a single Facebook update could be. The Brooklyn community had only recently faced the death of a 12-year-old Harlem schoolgirl who, caught in an ocean rip current, had drowned on a class outing to the beach. A day later, Rubino, clearly referencing the event, posted, "After today, I’m thinking the beach is a good trip for my class. I hate their guts". A colleague and...

  • Q&A: Jon Gosier on crowdsourcing and the ‘Silicon Valley of Africa’

    Jon Gosier is one of the most impressive figures from the African technology scene to make it internationally. He is a TedX senior fellow, and works as the Director of Product for SwiftRiver at Ushahidi, which is a "platform for making sense of streams of realtime data." Gosier is also the founder of Appfrica, a business incubator for East African technologists. Gosier spoke to Memeburn about the future of crowdsourcing and why East Africa is such a thriving technology hub. Memeburn: What is it that has turned Kenya into the "Silicon valley of africa"? Jon Gosier: Hunger. It's natural progression....

  • Apple responds: ‘We are not tracking your location’

    There has been plenty of buzz about the iPhone and its operating system, iOS 4, and how it has been secretly tracking the locations of its users. After more than a week of silence, Apple finally responded. The first response was allegedly from CEO Steve Jobs—who is still on medical leave from Apple—when he replied to an email received from a customer. The customer was unnerved at the realisation that their “location is being recorded at all times” and they asked Jobs why they should remain with Apple over, say, Android, as “they don’t track me”. Jobs shot back...

  • Social Media justification by numbers

    With so much unicorns and rainbow nonsense floating around the web, it’s easy for your boss to think of social media as little more than wasting time on Facebook. When the thought leaders are saying it’s impossible to measure the ROI of social media, it’s no surprise executives are wary of investing in it. If your boss asks you to justify the time you’re spending on Twitter, asking him what the ROI of putting your pants on in the morning isn’t going to get you far. Is it? The antidote to the puffery rampant in social media circles is science. Hard...

  • Yahoo breathes sigh of relief: Delicious bought

    After trying to unload the ailing social bookmarking service, Del.icio.us, Yahoo must have breathed a sigh of relief when on Wednesday it was able to announce its successful sale to web entrepreneurs and YouTube co-founders, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. In describing itself on its site, Delicious states: Delicious is the leading social bookmarking service for saving, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. Started in 2003 and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005, Delicious has built a passionate, worldwide community of millions of users None of this is false, but it certainly downplays Delicious's recent tumultuous past. After having acquired Delicious in 2005 for an...

  • Become a BlackBerry App Master and win a trip to San Francisco!

    Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry® solution and the highly anticipated BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet is offering an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco to BlackBerry® DEVCON 2011 as well as a 16GB BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet to the software developer who is chosen as South Africa’s first BlackBerry® PlayBook™ App Master. To be in with a shot to take your awesome app development skills to the global stage, simply develop a compelling wireframe for the BlackBerry PlayBook and submit your wireframe before May 31. It will be important to use BlackBerry PlayBook compatible tools such as Web, Flash, Adobe...

  • Google builds its energy business with $100M wind farm investment

    For a long time now, the company that built its business on search and advertising has been rooting around in the electricity and energy arena. In February 2010, Google was granted an order by the US government allowing it to buy and sell energy at market rates. At the time, the line from Google was that it was not interested in becoming an energy supplier, but rather in buying clean, green energy and using the green credits it would get to help offset other carbon emissions. Now the story is becoming more interesting. Google will invest US$100-million in what will be...

  • The Stream: Al-Jazeera’s brave new multi-media experiment

    On the 2nd of May, television broadcaster Al-Jazeera will make history with the broadcast of "The Stream", a 30-minute talk show like no other. With "no script, no tape and no satellite hookups", the Doha-based news broadcaster is "bringing the social media experience inside your TV". Most television shows follow the same model: They create their broadcast product and then build a website to complement the show as a secondary resource. But as the number of cord-cutters begins to reach a tipping point, the news network is trying something new: Business blog Fast Company defines The Stream as "a social...

  • Is Facebook still for small businesses?

    Once upon a time Facebook was the most effective, inexpensive marketing platform for small businesses. Due to its viral newsfeeds, share buttons and tagging features Facebook allowed for pretty much "free" marketing to niche consumers with the only foreseeable challenge being, finding the time to do it. As most entrepreneurs will tell you, with small businesses comes a mountain of work that brings to mind the saying “the son of a cobbler has no shoes” -- sadly most small businesses hardly have time to market themselves, let alone communicate with their fans every day. So if your small business...