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  • Ten more web trends for the future

    The good folks at Read/Write Web (still my most favourite website) had such an outrageous response to their first post on "10 web trends for the future", that they have come up with ten more -- or rather their users have come up with ten more. Some are obvious omissions (hyperlocal) others are a little on the obscure side ("Blog reading automatically input into our brain"), but never the less interesting. 1. Integration...

  • 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...

  • Digg's new Arc is serious eye candy

    Just noticed this latest widget from Digg, called the Arc. It's a graphic representation, like their swarm, stack and BigSpy, of who is selecting what stories on Digg. Stories arrange themselves around a circle as users digg them. Stories with more diggs make thicker arcs. They also offer the Arc as a screensaver (clever). These kind of graphic representations can be put to good use by sites that have big volumes...

  • The converging media company

    Who would have thought newspapers and magazines would start producing their own radio and TV programmes? Who would have thought radio stations would become active online publishers, running popular blogs? Who would have thought the readers, viewers and listeners would rise up and start producing their own media? The world is like this because we are in an era of convergence, which is been driven by the digital age. Convergence isn’t a “tech...

  • Recording executives set to be the Dodos of the modern era

    Read this scathing piece by Wired's Tony Long on the recent activities of the now-notorious Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). They recently embarked on a crusade to sue 26,000 people who are downloading MP3s over the internet to "send a message". It appears to be a desperate attempt to keep the last vestiges of their big cash cow going. Eventually, they will lose. The internet has changed the model of...

  • 10 Future Web Trends to watch

    It's a web 2.0 world these days. I never thought I'd use the term so frequently and freely, but it does encapsulate a new culture and way of doing things on the web. Read/Write Web -- now my favourite website -- has an excellent analysis of what it considers to be the Top 10 Web Trends of the future. Here is the list: 1. Semantic Web 2. Artificial Intelligence 3. Virtual Worlds 4. Mobile 5. Attention Economy 6....

  • 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...

  • Prediction: Newspapers face pricey future

    In a recent Associated Press article European editors were interviewed about where they see the future of the newspaper. In the face of declining circulations and the onslaught of new media, you’d expect that they’d want to slit their wrists. But no – the article reported the editors were “strikingly optimistic” about the future. In fact, it was reported that they saw the new media explosion more as an opportunity than a threat....

  • Digital age challenging the establishment

    Read Duncan McLeod's piece on his FM blog, "What the heck is going on?". He sums up something I have been mulling for sometime but have been unable to articulate satisfactorily. The rise of digital communications and the information age (computers, cellphones, internet) is revolutionising society and putting more power into the hands of the individual. Says Duncan: How do information-based companies (media companies; music companies; Hollywood) compete in a world where millions of...

  • Newspapers RIP? Not really.

    Duncan Mcleod from the Financial Mail wrote this doom 'n gloom piece on the end of newspapers. It's actually one of the better pieces I've read on this rather emotive and fashionable subject. He says: "Newspapers are facing the greatest threat in their 400-year history. The rise of the Internet as a publishing medium is undermining, and could ultimately destroy, print as a news medium. Is that such a bad thing?" I don't think...

  • SA's online newspapers set to grow

    Francois Nel from the For the Media blog pointed me towards his blog recently (pretty good, I must say). This post in particular caught my eye. He broadly examines why online newspapers in South Africa are not cracking it, compared to their world counterparts. For Francois -- it's down to leadership: It is, I would argue, down to leadership. In that, South African newspaper editors have much in common with their colleagues in the...

  • Decline of the homepage

    Website consumption patterns are changing. Remember when the main way to surf a website was via its homepage? Well, that was the old days. The rise of super-fast, super-efficient search engines mean that users are increasingly accessing websites via deep links that bypass their homepages directly to a website’s articles. It’s essentially a backdoor into your website. Search engines aren’t the only ones to blame. Bloggers generally link directly to the articles they are...

  • Scoop: New "Web 2.0" recruitment site launches in South Africa

    Here's a scoop for ya. I've just been alerted to what looks like a new and pretty serious "Web 2.0" entrant in the South African web market. www.employmint.co.za, the site owner claims, is a web 2.0 recruitment site "packed full of all the Web 2.0 goodness you can think of including mashups with Microsoft Virtual Earth, user generated content, AJAX / Atlas interface and more...". The way it works is quite novel....

  • Technology shifting power away from the editors, the publishers, the establishment, the media elite?

    Saw Mike Stoporth's article on Bizcom in which he had this quote from Rupert Murdoch, talking about the internet: "To find something comparable, you have to go back 500 years to the printing press, the birth of mass media – which, incidentally, is what really destroyed the old world of kings and aristocracies. Technology is shifting power away from the editors, the publishers, the establishment, the media elite. Now it’s the people who...

  • 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. (more…)