Tech

Show me the money!

I’ve had quite an eventful trip to the United States (still here), attending both the Commission Junction University Conference and TechCrunch40 — two seriously great conferences. I met hundreds of people, saw dozens of companies and handed out and received countless business cards. It was great fun — there is coverage on my personal blog…

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Calamity! SA and Egypt slip in Facebook race

Calamity struck South Africa in the Facebook regional race on Tuesday (September 18): Sweden came from way behind to push the southern-hemisphere upstarts from sixth to seventh place in the rankings of the biggest regional networks on Facebook. On Wednesday, the South African network stood at 286 000 users — a nice leap from the 250 000…

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Online identity honestly portrays real-world personality

Virtual spaces and social platforms have provided users with the ultimate power — the power of self-presentation and the power of self-disclosure. Ultimately, it is the power to redefine who you are as an individual by defining your beliefs, values and lifestyle online. Let’s face it, virtual space is grounded in the social, bodily and…

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Online marketing in the mix

Upon pondering a topic for what would finally be my first and long overdue post on Thought Leader, I began wondering just why all the talk is around Facebook, YouTube, blogging and various other forms of social media. Has this discussion not been the core focus for months now? It is certainly the longest-running topic…

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The paradox of technology

“Advancement” and “technology” are words typically mentioned in the same breath, and in most situations technology has made our everyday lives much easier — no more standing in queues in banks, no more taking cheques to people for payment and no more expensive phone bills to communicate internationally. People tend to forget, though — or…

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The blogging Player of the Week

After four weeks of excuses masquerading as blogs on “related topics”, the first blogging Player of the Week can be announced. The choice will not be a popular one among the blogging elite, but then this exercise is about recognition, not affirmation. First a recap: the original idea behind the Amablogoblogo is to recognise special…

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Steve Fossett, Amazon.com and some extra cash for you

Steve Fossett is a millionaire adventurer who disappeared with his plane, somewhere over the Nevada desert. You want to help find him? Head over to Amazon.com. The online books-and-everything-else seller has a rather nifty, but not well-known, service. It is called Amazon Mechanical Turk and its tagline is “Artificial artificial intelligence”. Basically, it is “a…

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Drink a galon of jin, die, get in a tomb and relaaaaax (sic)

In my life, I have a sense that a lot of pwnage has happened but I never really knew what it meant or even how to say “me & the l337 pwned you n00bz” properly. Today I decided it was time to get my facts straight about the origins of the words “pwn”, “l337″ and…

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The size of the internet

This weekend, one of my friends asked me how big the internet is. So just to make sure that I know these facts, I did some research that I would like to share with you. Everyone is in agreement that the internet is humongous. According to Netcraft, a company based in Bath, England, in September…

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Department of Crony Capitalism

Chris Barron of the Sunday Times went in search of meaningful answers from the director-general in the Deparment of Communications. He found none, but published what he heard anyway.

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