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Duncan McLeod
A little bird told us

On Sunday evening, DA political strategist Ryan Coetzee held a “town hall meeting” on Twitter. It went off rather well, and the party plans to host them weekly. It’s clear social media are becoming an important new electioneering

The revolution will be live

In the early 1970s, the radical jazz-poet Gill Scott-Heron wrote: “The revolution will not be televised.” That soon became a slogan among the left-leaning movements of the time. Scott-Heron ended his poem with telling lines

Alistair Fairweather
Is Facebook really worth $50bn?

We’re pretty used to hearing outlandish valuations on Internet companies that, if they were people, would be barely out of nappies. It happened during the first dot-com boom, and it’s happening again now. But news that Facebook is

The anti-Social Network

From the start, The Social Network is a barrage of words as relentless as a Twitter stream. David Fincher’s fictionalised account of the founding of Facebook doesn’t pause for breath as it fires off its sound bites and zingers at a rate of about a zillion a minute to compress Aaron Sorkin’s dense 162-page script into a concise two-hour film.

Alistair Fairweather
Inside Facebook’s virtual economy

“Where’s the business model?” echoes the cry of that most thick-skinned of beasts, the greater suited market analyst (Homo economicus). Part war cry, part mating call, we’ve grown accustomed to hearing this phrase every time a website with no obvious revenue stream starts to attract attention. For years, each mention of Facebook brought out a squawking chorus of them. But Homo economicus is now deathly silent.

Alistair Fairweather
Malcolm Gladwell vs social media

We human beings are an irrational bunch. When anything new comes along we tend to take one of three basic positions: deify, deny or demonise. It takes time for us to recognise the nuances that allow us to integrate this new force into our world view — be it a pop star, a politician, an idea or a

SA youngsters choose MXit over Facebook

Mobile instant messaging provider MXit was voted number one by SA youth, beating a formidable list of global players like Facebook, YouTube and Yahoo, a survey showed on Wednesday. The survey, which was part of the Sunday Times Generation Next Survey, interviewed more than 5 800 youth from six provinces. MXit took first place for best cellphone application and best social networking applica

MTN gets social with Facebook

MTN is getting social. The Johannesburg-headquartered cellular telecommunications group has signed an agreement with US-based social networking service Facebook. The deal will see the two companies…

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