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  • Cool Larry and Sergey Google presentation

    Spotted this interesting Google video on Stafford Masie's blog (the new local Google head). It's a relaxed, informal talk at TED on Google's philosophies around running their business and their various labs projects, with some mention of Orkut, Google News and other projects. (South Africa also gets a mention in it). It's worth a watch... 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");

  • 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 the net, from 100 million personal diaries to the breaking news sections of the august The New York Times.... read onvar 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");

  • Blogger covers another side of ANC Polokwane conference

    Of all the news reports I've read on the African National Congress (ANC) Polokwane conference so far, the live coverage from our blogger Ndumiso Ngcobo, who is at the event, has honestly been the most interesting. The ANC conference is a major event for South Africa, set to determine the next leader of the country's ruling party and perhaps the political future of the country. Ndumiso was a natural choice to be our blogger at the conference. His brilliant writing on our Thought Leader platform has had us in stitches constantly for the past three months. We were keen to...

  • 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 be releasing his Facebook version as open source software, hoping to attract a "large amount of developers" to the project. In the video, Wales also elaborates more...

  • SA sites caught up in Google PageRank 'carnage'

    About a month ago, Google's latest pagerank updates saw a number of major international news sites, A-list bloggers and local sites have their rankings slashed. There was speculation in the international blogosphere that Google's move had to do with the legitimate practice of sites selling paid links, however this is unconfirmed as Google has yet to comment on the move. Pagerank is the formula Google uses to determine the order in which search results appear. The move has created an international outcry amongst many site owners as pagerank is often regarded (incorrectly) as an indication of the quality of the...

  • 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 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");

  • 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 nation states") and some obvious predictions (Fast, ubiquitous, always-on internet) -- some of my own and some I've got from other sites, including Read Write Web and...

  • 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 me, don't come up with a range of different passwords for each and every one of the many accounts they sign up for -- but tend to...

  • Venture Capital: The lies people tell

    Got this from a presentation by David Murray of Cape Venture Partners, a Venture Capital fund which has invested in quite a few successful businesses. Was alerted by a comment about 10 seconds after I posted this (literally) that it was originally adapted from Guy Kawasaki, here and here. So duly credited. Top ten lies entrepreneurs tell 1. “Our market is $X billion” 2. “We won’t need a second round of financing” 3. “A large contract with BigCo is signing next week” 4. “If we sell less than 50% of the company we still have control” 5. “All our estimates are very conservative” 6. “We...

  • Vodacom’s foray into mobile advertising

    Blogging from PublishOnline in Cape Town... Graunt Kruger who works for Vodacom's mobile advertising department had the audience at the conference gasping at the big numbers and big strategies. Graunt disagrees with me, but Vodacom -- who are now Online Publishing Association members -- are looking more and more like a media company these days. Here's the irony, Vodacom is one of the biggest advertisers in the country. But now the tables have turned as they are now accepting advertising on their mobile site, which attracts a big local audience of around 1,4-million monthly users and more than 16-million page impressions...

  • 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 into everyday devices 2. Hyperlocal 3. Data retrievel/manipulation agents 4. Read/Write/Request Web (a.k.a. a "living machine agent") 5. User-controlled, open Internet Identity 6. New forms of Internet Interaction 7. Extended Reality 8. Expert Systems 9....

  • First Google South Africa networking session kicks off

    The new Google country head Stafford Masie held an informal get together and networking session for about 60 or so local internet players on Monday afternoon. He said the briefing was off the record, but later made exceptions for bloggers. It was a good session -- the first ever held by the new Google South Africa. It was a marathon of presentations from Googlers Frederick Leuschner, Carmel Doherty, and Ryan Kitching (a South African living in Eire) -- and then presentations by internet stats guru Arthur Goldstuck, Quirk boss Rob Stokes, entrepreneur & VC-man Vinny Lingham, Acceleration director Richard Mullins,...

  • 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 Johannesburg, South Africa. At the talk, Wales chatted to us about his much-hyped wiki-search project and then revealed a number of screenshots, which he said "were the...

  • 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). The speculation was based on a screenshot Wales briefly showed us at the Johannesburg event on Tuesday. My fingers weren't quick enough, but co-blogger Nic Haralambous, who...

  • 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 a social networking, Facebook competitor too? Could it be some kind of search/social networking hybrid? [UPDATE: Terrence Russell of Wired woke up Jimmy Wales in the early hours...