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  • Social media for companies: What's working?

    If you want to know whose using Social Media in the corporate world, here is a list of 35+ Examples of Corporate Social Media in Action from Mashable. If that's not enough for you, here is a further list of 130 Social Media Marketing examples from major companies. Some are surprising, for example even British Airways as is getting in on the act with a Twitter account listing flight specials. It got me thinking about who is doing what locally. Here's my own list that I came up with (please feel free to add or let me know of any...

  • Dan Gillmor in Cape Town: Transparency is key

    Pics by Tino Kreutzer Dan Gillmor, author of We Media and acclaimed citizen media advocate, was in Cape Town to speak at the University of Cape Town's Business School about the publishing revolution of the digital age, also known as Citizen Media. Gillmor is co-founder of Dopplr, a social networking service that allows users to create itineraries of their travel plans and an investor in Jimmy Wales' Wikia. We know that media no longer controls the information highways. People are bypassing big media via their own blogs, broadcasts and networks -- and that is altering the very fabric of society in...

  • Where they're clicking: Heat map of 24.com homepage

    Below is a heatmap of the 24.com homepage, as analysed by Tim Gregory who is production manager at 24.com. He ran the page through Click Density, with some interesting results... 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");

  • 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");

  • Citizen journalism & the gatekeepers

    As the web 2.0 movement rolled on, the excitable hype mongers were already reading media’s last rites. The zealots proclaimed that the publishing model had changed, pointing to examples like Wikipedia, digg.com and the blogging movement. It’s now all about user-generated content and the wisdom of crowds, they say. The centralised gate-keeping media model is losing its relevance in favour of a decentralised model. Big Media, R.I.P. These so-called experts put used-car salespeople to shame. They operate on fear – fear that media owners are not “getting it” or are being left behind. Everyone is looking for an angle in this...

  • Google Chrome first impressions: Fast, clean & not evil

    Downloaded it a few minutes ago and gave it a test run. Noticed a few minor rendering glitches here and there on some sites, probably due to non-standard coding -- but most sites looked perfect. It's a basic browser with only core functionality, which I guess focuses on what needs to be done best: Browsing. Some will find the lack of features an issue. Others will like the clean, minimalist look geared for fast browsing and a quick start-up. What I like about it 1. It's not evil: Upon start up, Google actually asks you if you want Google to be...

  • New local online awards launched

    The Online Publishers Association (OPA) has launched a new online award called The Bookmarks. It's a local online award that recognises the best in creative digital media. These awards have been on the cards for a while now at the OPA (in fact three years!), so well done for getting the initiative launched! The awards also aim to educate and encourage South African agencies, designers and clients around the benefits and possibilities inherent in online advertising. The press release says that Fernando Romano, the internationally renowned Executive Creative Director for JWT London, has been secured as one of the judges...

  • Open it! Yes, everything!

    I'm a bit late on my post about the Open Everything speed-geeking gig and just general geek-out at Cape Town's Birds Boutique Cafe. I can be forgiven however: I've had a birthday, I'm moving house, moving city, dealing with a new born baby, buying a new car, starting a new job, and palming off my Weimaraner on someone else (sucker! :-))... it's all happening. Even though I was a bit of a Zombie, I thoroughly enjoyed Open Everything (Pics here). I did my second ever speed-geek -- this one was a 5-minute chat, nine times over, on Thought Leader. Thought...

  • 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...