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  • Which CMS? WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal

    It's the big question. I've had the opportunity to work with all three of these Content Management Systems (CMS) in various guises, and in my view -- from a online publishing perspective -- there is a clear winner. Everyone has their favourite and there will no doubt people that vehemently disagree, but hear me out. First on to Joomla and Drupal: Both Joomla and Drupal are complex CMSes, and I've felt that these are CMSes designed by techies for techies. When using these CMSes, you get the feeling that the publishing part of the CMS was priority 2 as opposed...

  • ANC hits the campaign trail on Facebook

    Looks like the country's biggest party is eyeing the social media scene as a campaign ground. The ANC has a Facebook profile called "Anc Campaign" that is rapidly attracting friends. From a cursory glance it appears to be legit, but there have been so many spoof Facebook profiles, I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't. If I'm not mistaken this is the first major move by the ANC into this sphere. I guess we'll see more of this, from other parties too, now that elections are around the corner. Interesting. Politicians and social media do go together. US Presidential hopeful...

  • When is a blogger not a blogger anymore?

    A post on Poynter's e-media Tidbits by Paul Bradshaw caught my eye. It essentially captures something I've been mulling for a while: When is a blogger not a blogger anymore? A typical lifecycle of some successful bloggers is that they start off as small, independent, opinionated writers but then, as they get popular and their blogging activity goes from hobby to business, they tone it down somewhat. (And yes, I'm generalising). The big bloggers then start to resemble corporates or traditional media companies rather than the gutsy, independent, grassroots startups they once were. (In fact some bloggers get bought...

  • The rise of micro-blogging

    Much has been written about the power of blogging. We know that the beauty of the blog is that just about anyone can be a publisher. It’s cheap and easy to publish and distribute content on the net. However, the point many commentators often miss: Not everyone is born to write. Writing a piece for a blog or an article takes time. It also takes a reasonable amount of skill. You need to be able to construct a fairly decent piece of writing if you’re going to engage your readers. Not everyone has something interesting to say or the ability to...

  • The semantic web for publishers and bloggers

    The semantic web is often referred to as the "next phase" of the world wide web. It's also sometimes referred to -- perhaps pretentiously -- as "Web 3.0". Wrapped up in this semantic web is an appearance of artificial intelligence as it involves computers "understanding" content (eg: teaching a machine that "Africa" is a continent and that "Barack Obama" is person and politician). Semantic tagging for dummies Adding semantic power to your website content essentially involves adding machine-readable metadata to your articles or posts that denote relationships and meaning. This could involve tagging your content according to various categories, such as...

  • Facebook useage by country

    From the O'Reilly radar. 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");

  • 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 media and web 2.0 opportunities with varying success. For example, there are a few Fortune 500 Companies that have embraced blogging as a marketing and CRM tool. If...

  • 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, information architect and design researcher. The site says that it "intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks"....

  • Online media, platforms, innovation and advertising

    Just did this interview with a publication. Thought I'd publish it here. Does a newspaper’s online platform cannabalise the print advertising at all? And what about print readers- will the online platform steal readers away from the print title? It's time to move on from using words like "cannabalise" and "steal" with reference to the print-online relationship. We should stop using these words. A media company's objective is to secure readership and advertising revenue from across a variety of platforms, whether print, online or mobile. It's really about what the readers want and the format they want it in....

  • Help Firefox set a world record

    Firefox is a brilliant browser. It's also fast. I discarded Internet Explorer (IE) about two years ago. It wasn't an ideological decision, I wasn't trying to make a point... it's just that Firefox is a better browser. I still have IE7 on my laptop, but use it only for testing purposes. I find it slow when it browses and hangs longer when you load it. Compared to Firefox, Internet Explorer is just, well kuk. I couldn't wait for the new Firefox, so have been downloading the beta versions. I'm currently on FireFox 3 beta 5, which I've found to be...

  • Rumour: 'SA #3 in line for 3G iPhone'

    Ok, one thing we should expect for a while are plenty rumours over local release dates for the iPhone. I don't think Vodacom actually know when they are getting the phone and I am sure they are at the whim of Apple. And Apple would never ever change the goalposts from time to time, would they? I've been privy to information from a senior birdy at Vodacom that we are apparently in number 3 spot in the queue of countries, presumably in the Vodafone group. I doubt it's #3 in the grouping of the original 22 countries where it will...

  • Wheels24 relaunch site

    Just got word from Elan Lohman, distant cousin of Lindsay Lohan, that Wheels24 has relaunched. I think their design still needs a bit more work and there are still a few gaps here and there, but its a great effort. I like the overall navigation and the site is well structured. More significantly, however, it is the first 24.com site to be launched on the company's new global content management system (CMS) that they built in-house... no small task for a web publishing company that attracts near 3-million UUs monthly. Congrats guys.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");

  • The lowdown on the new iPhone 2.0

    I was listening to the Apple WWDC event's iPhone announcements live on ustream, following the excellent live blogging on Engadget, and also keeping up with the lively micro blogging commentary. The announcement everyone was waiting for took ages to come, but eventually it came. There was nothing majorly earth shattering, actually. Most of the new iPhone 2.0 features had been speculated by blogs and media ad nauseam months before, including GPS and the cheaper price. Here is a summary of the main iPhone 2.0 features: The new iPhone is eventually being rolled out to more than 70 countries this...

  • New iPhone available in South Africa July 20

    According to tech journalist and Stuff Magazine editor Toby Shapshak, Vodacom will be launching the new 3G iphone, also popularly know as the "iPhone 2.0", on July 20. Vodacom’s launch is part of a 10-country deal that Vodafone announced last month, confirming speculation over the iPhone announcement. The phone is purportedly slimmer and sleaker than the first generation iPhone. It also now apparently comes in three new colours. But, most importantly, it is a 3G phone. The first iPhone was hailed for breaking new paradigms with its sexy user interface, but -- confusingly -- was a mere tractor with...

  • Internet Solutions to create new VC fund for web innovation?

    It looks like Internet Solutions (IS) may be creating some kind of incubator or venture capital fund to encourage local web innovation and startups. The details are sketchy at this stage, but it in fact looks like the new initiative will launch as soon as this month, possibly middle of the month, with the launch of their website. I've been promised further clarity on the new venture in the coming weeks. I am guessing there is some Ronnie Apteker influence in this, as Ronnie has been travelling the world lately looking at new online ventures to invest in. Apteker was...