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  • 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 obvious advantages -- but it's not so widespread in a corporate business context. Some businesses are embracing social...

  • Vinny Lingham: The man to watch in 2008

    Web entrepreneur Vinny Lingham will be my local web 2.0 story to watch for 2008. Despite his early critics, Vinny has put his money where his mouth is and secured some useful venture capital for his new baby, Synthasite. Earlier this year, Synthasite raised US$5-million in investment from a Richemont subsidiary, Swiss-based Columbus Venture Capital. It's not a huge amount by world standards, but certainly useful and easily enough to take the...

  • Jimmy Wales 'Facebook plans': Now watch the video

    Local blogger Dave Duarte has edited the original iCommons video of Jimmy Wales' presentation where the Wikipedia boss discusses and shows slides that have led to speculation he is planning a Facebook competitor. The initial story first broken on this blog about Wales' revelations and Nic Haralambolous's subsequent screenshots caused a major international blogging fest, with Techcrunch, Mashable, Wired and Techmeme all picking up on the story. In the video, Wales says he will...

  • Is Facebook overrated?

    In amongst the hype and the frenzy, comes this from Time magazine: "You want to buy low expectations," says David Trainer, president of the business-valuation firm New Constructs. Google went public amid widespread skepticism, but Facebook has been anointed by its boosters as the next Google, despite MySpace's bigger audience and deeper pockets. As is always the case with the Web, some investors are going to make epic amounts of money. Others won't.var...

  • Jimmy Wales responds to Facebook & search speculation…

    Wired's Epicenter blogger Terrence Russell woke up Jimmy Wales at 2am in the morning in Bangkok to ask him a few questions on the latest speculation, based on my blog post, about what the Wikipedia boss has been up to. On Tuesday night, Wales revealed a few more details about his new projects, under the banner of his new for-profit company Wikia, to a gathering of Geeks at a iCommons event in...

  • Mashable weighs in on latest Jimmy Wales comments

    Noticed that Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins of Mashable, ranked the 7th biggest blog in the world by Technorati picked up on my Jimmy Wales post, which is cool! Mashable reckons Wales may be gunning for a "Socialpedia" of sorts (Wikipedia + Profiles = Socialpedia). Hope my servers handle :-P My post speculated on whether the Wikipedia boss was looking at creating a Facebook competitor or some hybrid search/social networking product (whatever that may be)....

  • 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,...