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All posts by Jacobus van Eeden

Jacobus van Eeden lives in Cape Town and is a self-proclaimed geek in both his professional and personal life. He has studied BA Humanities, Hons in History and MA International Studies at Stellenbosch University where he used to work as the library info guy. He previously worked as a Marketing Manager for both Dax Data (Adobe Distributor) and Panda Security (AV Vendor) for Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • 25 South African politicians to follow on Facebook and Twitter

    We all know about the celebrated political social media campaign that played a part in putting US President Barack Obama in the White House. It was unprecedented, using advanced social networking functionality and integration with social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Politicians today realise that Facebook, in particular, is a platform they cannot ignore. It's where many of society's influencers and do-ers hang out. If you consider that there are now...

  • Digital Cowboys: A whole new way of crowdsourcing

    Ever had a great idea for a website that you really wanted to share with the world? How about using the power of the social web to attract popular artists to perform at local venues? This idea from Will Gubb, called Rock Me, was adopted at October's Digital Cowboys gathering, a crowdsourcing initiative started by the digital marketing specialists at AD:DYNAMO. This monthly creative initiative is changing the way people think about collaboration and web development. The concept behind Digital Cowboys is pretty simple. A group of like-minded individuals meet at a restaurant and everyone gets sixty seconds in...

  • YouTube and Guggenheim team up to showcase extraordinary video work

    In 2008 the Guggenheim Museum teamed up with YouTube in an attempt to better connect with the public and "reach the widest possible audience". The result was YouTube Play - a showcase of exceptional talent working in the ever-expanding realm of online video. Anyone could submit creative video for the contest and would stand a chance of having their work displayed in the hallowed halls of New York's Guggenheim museum. The creative video biennial finally came to an end on the 21st of October 2010 after accepting 23 358 video submissions.  Originally it was decided that the submissions would...

  • The birth of a meme

    It is common knowledge that Twitter has become a vital source of breaking news and a generator of memes that spread throughout the internet. Yet how does an image posted to Twitter or a 140-character post circle the globe, picking up speed before it ends up on the evening news or in the morning paper? Online magazine Next Generation Online, went to the trouble of plotting a variety of paths that a tweet can take to become a meme and generated an interesting info-graphic to back it up. Wikipedia defines an internet meme as "a concept that spreads swiftly...

  • Who is the most powerful editor in the world?

    Mediaite.com is an online and print analysis site which is exhaustively documenting the relative influence and power of the top-ranking editors in the world. The ranks are calculated based on the print circulation of their associated publications, unique online visitors to the site of their associated publication, online buzz, blogs buzz, and Twitter followers (if applicable -- not all editors have a twitter account). An individual might be collectively ranked higher than any of their individual metric rankings, due to Mediaite's algorithm weighting some metrics more than others. Arguably the whole process is stacked in favour of online versus print. Take a...

  • Twitter shortens the six degrees of separation to five

    The theory of “six degrees of separation” as envisioned by Hungarian author Frigyes Karinthy in 1929, has now been narrowed to five degrees on Twitter, according to social media research company Sysomos. The original premise of Karinthy's theory is that technological advances in communications and travel would allow friendship networks to grow larger and span greater distances. This would in turn mean that every person on earth is connected to everyone else via six steps, or in other words six people. Sysomos provides some context: "During the early 1960s, Stanley Milgram, a psychologist, set out to do a series of experiments...

  • International rugby stars who tweet

    With more and more professional sports stars turning to Twitter to interact with their fans, we've decided to create a comprehensive list of international rugby players for you to follow. There are literally hundreds of players out there with accounts so we've narrowed the list down by selecting those with the largest number of followers and most active accounts. Twitter has become such an important part of public life that players' often find their tweets quoted in the press. Confidential information like team lineups and strategies are often revealed on Twitter. English club rugby side Leicester players have, for example,...

  • Windows Live Spaces concedes defeat to WordPress

    Microsoft recently announced it will be shutting down its Windows Live Spaces blogging platform and partnering with dominant blogging platform, Wordpress. Essentially, this means that all new Windows Live account users will no longer get a Windows Live Space blog, but will instead receive a WordPress blog. In the long run it also means that the 30-million active Live Spaces users that Microsoft claims to have will be moved onto WordPress by March 2011, although new data claims that only 1% of Windows Live Spaces blogs are actually active. Still, the move seems an astonishing admission from Microsoft, which always...

  • Text mining reveals best and worst words to use in social media

    A recent study conducted by SmartData Collective pinpoints the most frequently used and popular words in social media -- and those that are most likely to get you retweeted. The company used a system of predictive analytics that employed text mining to analyse more than 3 000 posts and identify the most important subjects. Text mining refers to the process of gathering high-quality information from written text. SmartData Collective's first task was to identify the most frequently occurring words in popular posts. The first round of research lead the company to identify words like "social", "media", "Twitter" and "Facebook" as...

  • Android expected to dominate mobile app market by 2013

    According to a recent survey by mobile research firm, research2guidance, the smartphone app market is enjoying explosive growth and is currently worth $2.2-billion dollars, with 42.7-million smartphones operational in the United States alone. Apple started the trend towards mobile apps with their "great leap forward" -- the iPhone app store. But momentum has shifted and most app developers believe that by 2013 "Android will have become the mobile platform which offers the highest business potential for mobile app developers". When Apple opened the iPhone app store it started a snowball-effect that has completely changed the mobile market. Initially, the company...

  • Crouch, pause, tweet, engage: SA rugby players on Twitter

    Sports stars around the world have embraced Twitter as a way of keeping their fans informed of what they are up to, and as a way to stay in touch with friends and families when they are on the road. Memeburn has put together a Twitter list of some of the most active tweeters in local rugby. Take a look, start following, and send us suggestions of players that we might have missed. @osdurandt Name Os du Randt Location Theunissen, South Africa Web Facebook Page Twitter Bio: Ex old Springbok Prop Forward who is now learning to farm was fortunate enough to win the RWC...

  • 80+ SA bands, singers to follow: Memeburn’s ultimate Twitter guide

    The South African music industry has grown exponentially during the last few years. Bands, DJ's, soloists, record labels have all taken to the web to promote themselves, and what better way to spread your message than Twitter? Using the micro-blogging platform, artists share their vision, announce gigs and interact with their fans. We've set ourselves the ambitious task of hosting the definitive guide to SA music on Twitter. Please comment and let's grow it into a powerful resource. Freshlyground, the seven-piece band consisting of members from South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, is arguably the biggest Afro-pop act South Africa has...

  • How to boost your productivity with the iPhone

    The iTunes store is bursting with apps designed to improve your productivity. But there are hundreds of options that all do the same thing, so you need to be selective when deciding which ones to use. Memeburn offers you some recommendations which provide extra functionality as well as multi-platform support that is a cut above the rest. Evernote Evernote is a tool you can use to take notes, create to-do lists, search through images, capture business cards and more. Wikipedia calls it "a suite of software and services designed for note taking and archiving". All of the information that you...

  • 12+1 fake Twitter accounts you should be following

    These days Twitter is littered with fake accounts. Many of these accounts are simply mundane but some are really witty, with thousands of devoted followers. Here's a selection of 12 of our favourites: @Jesus_M_Christ Bio: You know who I am. If not, google me bitches. @FakeSarahPalin Bio: Snowmobilin' right to the Naval Observatory @DarthVader Bio: Evil Orphan Annie™ @BPGlobalPr Bio: This page exists to get BP's message and mission statement out into the twitterers! @DrunkHulk Bio: DRUNK HULK DRINK SO YOU NO HAS TO! WRITE DRUNK HULK! DRUNKHULKISTHEDRUNKEST@GMAIL.COM @DrSamuelJohnson Bio: Lexicographer of Dr Johnson's Dictionary of Modern Life, publish'd by Square Peg on 2nd September....

  • 10 geek heroes worth following on Twitter

    Geeks have truly inherited the internet. Okay, let's face it, they invented the internet -- which means they're worth following on Twitter. While many of the people on this list weren't born into geekdom, others have been geek legend for generations. This isn't a Top 10, it's more like a Random 10, suggesting some cool people to follow that might not be on your twitter radar. Neil Patrick Harris @actuallynph He plays Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, successfully hosted the Oscars, and is currently directing his own production of Rent. A legend in the making. William Shatner @williamshatner This...