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  • 2015 African Blogger Awards deadline extended

    The 2015 African Blogger Awards is extending its deadline and will now accept entries until 16 April 2015. The competition is aimed at African YouTubers, Instagrammers, Twitter and Facebook influencers. The awards aim to expose “truly exceptional African content creators and their unique story-telling approaches”. “Our aim is to broaden the industry for bloggers in Africa and allow brands to see the value in blogging as a marketing platform,” the organisers say. The top five categories in these awards are for Africa’s Top Instagrammer, Top Twitter Profile, Top YouTuber, Top Blogger and Best Facebook Page will be awarded to entrants...

  • Cape Town social tourism campaign hits 13 million impressions on Twitter

    This is very cool. The city of Cape Town is currently hosting four international travel bloggers and their itineraries are being guided by Twitter. The initiative, which is the brainchild of Cape Town tourism, invited people to participate in the campaign by sharing tips for the bloggers' itineraries using the hashtag #LoveCapeTown on Twitter. The campaign, which kicked off with a "tweet-up" on Sunday 29 July, has seen suggestions flooding in to a series of questions posted by the bloggers. Over a 24 hour period, Cape Town Tourism claims, the #LoveCapeTown hashtag generated 1 500 tweets, 13 521 392...

  • Ten foolproof ways to be an online tosser

    One of the defining features of online writing, apart from the ability to include links, is the comments facility. Publishing an entry is only half of any blog; the rest evolves as comments are added and commenters argue amongst themselves. Reader response can be a source of invigorating debate, or it can drive one to despair at the state of human civilisation. Not caring about the comments you get on your blog requires the epidermal resilience of a Sumatran rhinoceros, and many of us would stop writing altogether if we took them to heart. Having picked up my share of stalkers...

  • Social media amplifies mass media

    Social media is touted by many as a way to get around the gatekeepers of media, the traditional old order of mass media setting the agenda for society has been tipped onto its head. Not really. A study from Yahoo! Research "Who Says What to Whom on Twitter | Yahoo! Research" found the following: "We find a striking concentration of attention on Twitter—roughly 50% of tweets consumed are generated by just 20K elite users—where the media produces the most information, but celebrities are the most followed." And as for diversity of opinion? "We also find significant homophily within categories: celebrities listen to celebrities, while...

  • Zimbabwe’s first Facebook arrest

    Zimbabwe is a new addition to the list of countries where governments are arresting users of popular social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Bloggers and social media users in Egypt, Syria, China and Libya have faced arrest for statements seen as a threat to the ruling governments. Beware of what you post if you are in or travelling through Zimbabwe. A Bulawayo-based user of the giant social network site has been arrested after posting an innocent message on a Facebook page allegedly belonging to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. Vikas Mavhudzi posted the following rather jumbled message on February...

  • Vietnam govt turns on bloggers

    A Vietnamese blogger has been detained for "infringing on the interests of the state" after she criticised a security official and his family, reports said Tuesday. News of the arrest of Le Nguyen Huong Tra, 35, who blogged as Co Gai Do Long, came days after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed concern about Vietnam's rights record. The blogger "had written several entries criticising a state official and his family for their patronage...

  • ‘Simple blogging’ with Posterous takes off globally

    In June, blogging platform Posterous launched an all-out assault on other services, hoping to convince bloggers from WordPress, Blogger, and Tumblr to switch over. At the time, the move was considered by some to be overly aggressive, even “preposterous,” but the move appears to be paying off. Rich Pearson, VP of Marketing at Posterous, said the service has seen a 50 percent jump in new signups since launching the campaign. Although defecting bloggers account for a large piece of the growth, emerging markets like Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia and India are helping the company take off on a global...

  • The golden rules of blogging, according to…

    For some this may be a bit of a DOH!, but I'd thought share with you some little personal lessons learnt in the two years I've been blogging. The rules... GOLDEN RULE 1: THE HONESTY POLICY It sounds obvious, but you'd be surprised. Be honest, direct, transparent. Do not try and bullshit your audience. Admit if you've made a mistake. If they see a pretender, bloggers will turn their back on you faster than...

  • 'Beware the power of social media'

    This popped into my inbox this afternoon. I know Jovan Regasek well and have big respect for the man, ITWeb and the other publications his company puts out. For those of you wondering, ITWeb survived full on through the dot.bomb crash and was one of the few online publications that actually gave rise to various print titles (instead of the other way round). These were all set up from scratch and, today,...

  • Blogs mark the first 10 years

    Interesting article spotted in the Guardian. "After a quiet start they revolutionised the web; now one is born every second. The first entry on Scripting News effectively ushered in the first blog 10 years ago. In the intervening years these online diaries have been touted as the future of media, labelled "pathetic drivel", and caused court cases, prison sentences and international incidents. But love them or loathe them, bloggers around the world have...

  • A cellphone & the power of the blogosphere

    I'm a gadget freak. Need the latest with most buttons. Gotta have Gotta have... you know how it is. It's an expensive little vice I have, so it means I got a great phone in my pocket, but my T-shirt and shoes have holes in them. I was doing a search for my latest obsession -- the latest 3G/HSDPA Jasjam cellphone (yep, it's got it all)... and I, like most, turned to...

  • Linklove: what big media can learn from bloggers

    The fundamental art of linking is something online media could learn from the blogosphere.... Without linking there wouldn’t be an internet. It’s the web of links that leads a user from website-to-website that essentially creates the thing we know as the world wide web. Many commercial online media publishers hate linking from their websites to the “outside”, especially when there’s a competitor involved. It’s a protective, “walled garden” mentality, prevalent in many traditional media...

  • 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...

  • Bloggers can now enter major journalism award

    Just noticed that the Telkom ICT Journalist of the year award now has a "Citizen Journalist" category, accepting entries from blogs or personal websites. There are nice prizes (overseas trip) and good dosh (40k) up for grabs. If the gyrating, glitter-laced dancers at the gala event are anything to go by I suppose you'd have to say it's a pretty prestigious event. Strangely, they've lumped the blogger/cit J category together with "community...

  • Why can’t we all just get along?

    The media world is undergoing profound change. We know the great catalyst for these changes has been the onward march of the digital age and the arrival of the internet. This changing mediascape is often incorrectly portrayed as a battlefield, with two main skirmishes on the go. In the first “battle”, the soldiers have grown weary or just rather bored. This battle involves traditional media (newspapers, radio, TV) versus online media. The reason why...