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  • Wikipedia boss Jimmy Wales to create Facebook competitor?

    At a gathering of about 100 of some of South Africa's top geeks on Tuesday night, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales revealed what he said were some of the "first screenshots" of his new project on search. But a screenshot that Wales briefly showed us looked very much like a Facebook profile page, than a search page. In fact it looked pretty much identical to a Facebook profile page. Could this mean Wales is developing...

  • Social Networking is Online Publishing 2.0

    I've recently changed my mind about some of the smaller niche, trade, business-to-business websites that are on the online scene. These are often trade publications that cater for specific industries. I've realised that, if approached correctly, this type of publishing is perfectly poised to be more than just traditional content publishing, but powerful social and business networking too. Suddenly, what previously seemed like a boring, bog-standard publishing site, comes alive as a...

  • 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 that I've been mulling over for a while now -- and that is: Facebook is increasingly resembling an...

  • Facebook: A collision of private & professional

    I promised myself I wouldn’t write about Facebook. Everyone’s writing and talking about it. And I just hate being part of a mob. However part of a mob I am, as I am a Facebook user. And I need help. I must admit I love it and I love burning my company’s bandwidth while using it. I am addicted to the thing and I’m going to need to see someone about it. But I...

  • Facebook, the Web 2.0 killer

    Also on Thought Leader The existence of Facebook, the smash-hit social-networking site, may unwittingly kill off a host of other Web 2.0 start-ups. This is mainly because of Facebook's inclusive and all-encompassing nature. The site appears to be blogging (lite), Twittering (short blogging), multiplayer gaming (simple games), dating, social networking, online photo management and even emailing all in one. In fact thanks to its open application system, Facebook can be almost anything...

  • Wikipedia: It's impossible, but works

    Did this interview with Intelligence Magazine on Wikipedia... If you want to see the full interview buy the magazine... Intelligence Mag: How valuable do you consider Wikipedia as a reference source? Me: I think Wikipedia is a valuable reference source, but that readers should be on guard when they use Wikipedia material. I would use Wikipedia as a starting point for gathering information on topics, and then move on to other reference...

  • Amatomu.com: 1,000,000 clickthroughs (and counting)

    South African blog aggregator Amatomu.com as of today clocked over one-million clickthroughs back to the local blogosphere. We started tracking the clickthroughs around about the beginning of April, so the million clickthroughs have been generated in a period of about four months. Amatomu has been running for about five months since March 2007. Amatomu is now tracking around 120 000 daily combined blog page impressions, which is about the equivalent of a...

  • Facebook.co.za: From Google ads to gushy fan blog

    Recently I pointed out that the international hit social networking site Facebook didn't own its South African domain, facebook.co.za. I thought this was strange considering South Africa is purportedly the sixth biggest country on Facebook by registered user numbers. The owner of the facebook.co.za domain is a South African, from Cape Town. And I also noticed that the local site that was facebook.co.za was nothing but a solitary and illegal block of Google...

  • Guess who owns facebook.co.za? Not Facebook.

    It looks like Facebook doesn't own facebook.co.za, its South African domain? I'm surmising this from the fact that: 1. it appears from the co.za registration data that the owner of Facebook.co.za lives in Cape Town. 2. it may be that the domain was registered on behalf of Facebook by the local, but I have my doubts because when you go to Facebook.co.za you are presented with a stark page containing nothing but Google ads,...

  • OhMyNews: declining readership, losses

    It looks like the the LA Times is reporting on what appears to be tough times at Oh My News, the world famous South Korean Citizen journalism site. Oh My News is considered to be one of the flagship publications, after Wikipedia, of the world citizen media movement. The article says: Korea's OhMyNews was considered the world's most advanced example of the virtues of "citizen journalism". Its readership is down (1.5 mil pageviews...

  • MySpace? What about all the money going into newspapers?

    Gavin O'Reilly, the president for the World Association of Newspapers, said on Tuesday morning in Cape Town, that while there was so much hype about the Myspace acquisition by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, it should be noted that he was also pouring money into the newspaper industry at the same time. So even though "everyone got terribly excited" over Murdoch's Myspace purchase, it should be pointed out that he also invested more than...

  • Bullard has a challenge on his hands (to stay interesting)

    Must not blog about Bullard... must... resist... oh well. So the blog bully has started a blog. He's funny. I laugh with him, I laugh at him. I think he needs to get some new punch lines though. ("To busy to blog because I'm driving my X5, Can't blog cos popping off to the Riviera or Tuscany, To busy smoking my cuban cigar blah blah blah"). So far David Bullard is a great addition...

  • IT Web to pay bloggers for content

    Jovan Regaseck the founder of IT Web and a man who I very much admire and respect, is quoted by Tectonic as saying: "In a state of madness (perhaps), I decided that we needed a world first. Something never done before." It Web says it is going to pay bloggers a generous 10c per page impression for their articles, pictures or video clips for a new site they have launched called My Digital...

  • The Bullard cacophony

    It is interesting to note that I first got wind of David Bullard's column via the blogosphere as opposed to the Sunday Times website or the newspaper itself. The irony. Yes I know I am probably the last person in the blogosphere to blog about this, but I actually have a job! And I have to work during the day! But I'd thought I'd join the Bullard cacophony just for good...

  • Reality check: Web 2.0 & blogging just 'digital narcissism'?

    Here is a bit of a reality check on the web 2.0 frenzy. I've always thought the hype around web 2.0 reminded me a bit of the hype around the early dot.com days -- which I, by the way, was very much a part of. It's the reason why I am so revenue-driven when it comes to creating web projects these days. At the back of my mind, it has been worrying me,...