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Spammer scammers can be fun

So there you are, trawling the internet for news of Agostini’s rumoured comeback, or those rare pics of Rossi with some gorgeous wench, when Windows shouts “Bing-bong” to announce the arrival of a new email. You stop what you’re doing, and there it is, simmering in your inbox — a badly written message, usually bearing…

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Is there a doctor in the house?

Who says that modern technology and a customer-focused outlook can’t improve the services such as a doctor provides to his patients? This story about a Doctor 2.0, sent to me via my emailed Springwise trends update, is a refreshing take on the traditional profession of medicine. Here’s a doc moving with the times. Dr Jay…

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2008: The year that changed telecoms in South Africa

Next year will be one of the most significant in the history of the South African telecoms market — possibly on par with 1994 when the two initial mobile operators surfaced. And it can’t get here fast enough. So, what are we in for (I think)? Let’s start with Telkom. It’s fairly widely known that…

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Social media is and should be seen as a communications discipline

Any good public relations professional or agency knows that good PR is not the result of media relations only, but also the result of building relationships with journalists and publishers, who in turn go on to build relationships with their readers. Similarly, any reputable marketer knows that good marketing is a by-product of vertical and…

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Google SA: Set to rule

Unfortunately, I was not lucky enough to receive an invite to the Google South Africa event that happened in Johannesburg yesterday. Stafford Masie, country manager for Google South Africa, gave some insight into Google SA’s plans once it has launched in February next year. I think it’s great to see Stafford wanting to leverage the…

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Are the media colonising the blogosphere?

I have been asked by this newspaper to be a contributor to its blogospherical initiative Thought Leader. This is my maiden input. At first, I was sceptical of the newspaper’s invitation. Well, I still am. I thought to myself: whatever it is we call the “blogosphere” is meant to be deinstitutionalised, far removed from the…

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Interview with danah boyd, social networking expert

danah boyd (she insists on the lower case) is one of the world’s leading experts on social networking sites (SNSs) such as MySpace and Facebook. She is a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Centre for Internet and Society. I interviewed her to try to understand…

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‘To twitter’ gets a new meaning that has nothing to do with birds

There are more than 540 000 words in the English language. This is apparently about five times more than during Shakespeare’s time. Among the many new words or meanings fighting to get accepted on to the hallowed pages of the Oxford English Dictionary would be “twittering”, and that would not involve birds. It was early February…

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The Red Plug-In City

Plug-in City seems the right way to imagine how a large number of optional connections can be organised, randomised, mixed or matched. So says the Communist University (CU) in its launch of its Plug-In City. The CU is a blog, training workshop and more broadly an attempt by the “left” to use the internet to…

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The future of media

If we want to understand how communications could change in the next 15 years, we must look back over the same period — to a time before the cellphone and the internet. Only then can we appreciate and prepare for the potential revolution that still faces us in the future. Here is a tale from…

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