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  • How stupidity can lead to innovation

    It sounds crazy, but it's true. There's a famous philosophical phrase that goes along the lines of "The more I know, the more I realise I don't know". I first came across it in my Philosophy II class as a freshed-faced student at Rhodes University. It speaks to the realisation that the more we discover about a subject, the more we uncover seemingly endless complexity and depth around that subject. So apply this to...

  • Web predictions for the new year

    We may be in the throes of a global financial crisis, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see innovation on the web. In fact, leading trend analysis blog Read Write Web reminds us of the old cliché that “tech innovation thrives in times of recession”. Tight economic conditions incubate intense creative and lateral thought, because a person’s very survival is at stake. And the stakes are high. There just isn’t money to throw...

  • Key blogs about innovation, media & biz online

    When it comes to news about internet startups, web trends and innovations, blogs are a way better source than traditional media. If you want to know what’s happening on the web, there are some key blogs that should form part of your daily reading. Most serious online fundis use at least 2 or 3 of the blogs below on a regular basis. They are a great indication of online trends and...

  • Web technologies: Separating reality from hype

    Got this interesting graph from Gartner, which puts it all in perspective. (Via Techcrunch). var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Now this is cool: visualcomplexity.com

    Came across this site while putting a presentation on networking and social media together. It's great retina candy that will get the neurons in your grey matter firing. Visualisations are something I've always been particularly interested in due to the insights they often give you. We've done a few simple visualisations around M&G Online's swarm, by Jaxon Rice, here and Vincent Maher, here. Visualcomplexity.com is the brainchild of Manuel Lima, an interaction designer,...

  • Wikis working for media

    There have been several attempts by media to harness the beast of the wiki. It appears that so far the wiki has eluded mainstream publishers. It's just proved too unweildy and scary for those that like to call themselves "the gatekeepers". Of course, the most famous of all attempts by a publisher to use a wiki was the LA Times wiki-editorial experiment that eventually degenerated into pornography. Publishers just haven't been able to...

  • Online media strategies & the future of print: Interview with Mags magazine

    Did this interview Gareth Richards from Mags Magazine on online media... 1 Can you give me your views on how important your online presence is to the newspaper? Has it grown more quickly/slowly than the paper version? At the Mail & Guardian we are in the fortunate position where both our newspaper and website are showing record readership. It may have something to do with the fact that the newspaper is a weekend weekly,...

  • The future of the mobile internet: An interview with Arthur Goldstuck

    I had breakfast with internet guru Arthur Goldstuck this morning and, together with Avusa's Colin Daniels, we got into a fascinating debate about the future of the mobile web and internet. Eventually calls will be over the internet as opposed to the traditional cellular networks, and perhaps we may even see the end of the SMS, to be replaced with IM. Coupled with this, you could expect mobile call costs to plummet....

  • 12 predictions for the web

    IBM Chairman Thomas Watson famously predicted in 1943: "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." In the same decade the magazine Popular Mechanics also weighed in, predicting that "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." Even Microsoft founder Bill Gates predicted in 1981 that for computer memory,"640K ought to be enough for anybody." Computers now come standard with more than 3000 times that....

  • Vodacom set to shake up media scene

    Vodacom, best known as a cellphone service provider, is set to become one of the country’s most influential media players, trumping many big, traditional media players. The numbers are certainly impressive. Some would say Vodacom is already an influential media player, with a claimed monthly audience of 1,4-million unique users and 16-million page impressions that consume its content on the small screen. These numbers put the company in the same league as some...

  • After 10 Years of Blogs, the Future's Brighter Than Ever

    From Wired: In the 10 years since the first site known as a "weblog" went online, the blog has matured from a geek niche to the internet's dominant publishing paradigm. Blogs have come a long way since Dec. 17, 1997, when Jorn Barger coined the term "weblog" to describe the list of links on his Robot Wisdom website that "logged" his internet wanderings. In the decade hence, blogs have come to dominate...

  • Future web trends

    Here's the presentation I did at a recent iCommons Innovations Series talk with Mr Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, a while back. Honoured to be in such company. I did an adapted version of it again at the recent "Publish Online" conference in Cape Town. The presentation now has a slightly less pretentious title: changed it from "Future of the web" to "Future web trends". It's got some crazy, out there predictions ("Decline of...

  • Why you may need to change your email password, now

    Now for something completely different: The web 2.0 world requires people to register accounts with logins and passwords these days. I am registered with so many of these services, some I use and some I don't use, that I've lost track. Apparently, the typical internet user these days has upwards of 21 different accounts that require passwords, says a British online-security consultant NTA Monitor in Wikipedia. Now I'm guessing that most people, like...

  • 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...