3 Rockstar Blogs To Read [June]

This is the Rockstar Blogs Africa edition. As I was prepping for my trip last month I decided to do a little research on what were the hot tech blogs in the region. Afrigator is Africa’s oldest and I believe largest blog aggregation site. There are many others now but this provided my starting point for research.

I could have easily made this list twice as long and I tried to choose three blogs that represent a good mix of African tech news and global tech news ranging from a higher volume group blog to an individual blog.

Enjoy and please subscribe to all of them.


web-savvy analysis & startup news for emerging markets

This is an amazing blog that if you are at all interested in emerging markets, not just Africa, you will quickly subscribe to this one. Their own description:

Memeburn is particularly focused on telling the world startup news and tech entrepreneurs’ stories from the emerging market sector. It’s aimed at the tech savvy and those who like to keep abreast of the latest online trends. Although Memeburn has a particular focus on emerging markets, it tracks innovation world-wide. It was founded by South African web entrepreneur, Matthew Buckland.

3 Posts of Interest:

MTN says zero chance of Facebook Zero | memeburn

Facebook Zero is a new incarnation of Facebook that is geared specifically for the mobile market and targeted at consumers in the lower-income brackets. A recognition that affordability and speed are two of the main obstacles that users in emerging markets encounter when accessing Facebook through their phones, led the company to develop the new site.

According to the official Facebook blog, “this is a new mobile site that includes all of the key features of Facebook but is optimised for speed. It initially is available through more than 50 mobile operators in 45 countries and territories with zero data charges.”

Seedcamp to jump-start African entrepreneurs | memeburn

Seedcamp, a European micro-seed fund that invests in early stage startup companies, will be jetting into Johannesburg later this year to identify African startups for potential investment.

Seedcamp will form part of technology conference, Tech4Africa, which will be held in August this year. Startups, selected by the fund, will further have an opportunity to attend the Seedcamp Week programme held in September in London, UK. It marks the first time that a Mini-Seedcamp programme will be hosted in Africa.

Is your internet really going to be faster? | memeburn

Whilst we all heralded the arrival of ‘uncapped’ ADSL broadband in South Africa, and the pending 10Mbps ADSL speeds, that’s only half the story. Many don’t realise that past a certain point, the throughput speed of your internet connection will not actually result in your favourite website speeding up.

Web AddiCT(s)

Web Application Design, Development & Innovation in Cape Town

Rafiq Phillips and Miguel dos Santos run this South African blog which has a really healthy balance of global and South African Web tech, news, tips and tricks.

3 Posts of Interest:

2010 World Cup Live Streaming

Continue reading to find links to 3 unofficial sources for watching the World Cup Soccer live on your PC.

The State of the Internet

There have been recurring themes about there internet this year, and one of them is growth. As previously predicted, it has indeed grown. The world average internet penetration stands at about 26% ( for 2009) and interestingly enough, Africa has surpassed the middle east in the number of internet users by Geographic region. it stands at about 86.2% while the middle east is at about 58.2%.

How to manage your photo privacy online.

A “privacy crisis,” as most people are calling it, or an “absolute disaster” from a website that’s currently under pressure from virtually all over the web , or which ever term you decide to give it, but no matter which one seems more plausible, one thing remains certain — Facebook’s privacy problems have given its users more reasons to be concerned. Some people have even gone as far as threatening to delete their facebook accounts, while others have grown more cautious about the kinds of information they post to the site.

The Manticore blog:

Enterprise software from a South African perspective

The Manticore is run by ERP veteran Simon Griffiths who runs product marketing at the South African based, ERP software company SYSPRO. I actually had the pleasure to meet Simon while in Joburg and Simon is the guy to know if you want to know what’s up in the local tech blogger scene. He seems to know everyone and all the events. He’s promised to show me around next time I’m in Joburg.

3 Posts of Interest:

Africa’s Internet participation to grow?

Mark Shuttleworth’s Foundation has published a chart of the number of undersea cables that are coming to Africa. When you see at how poorly the continent has been served up till 2010, it’s no surprise that Africa’s Internet usage was so low.

Google Wave vs. SharePoint

I have done a comparison of products from Google and Microsoft before, and now it’s time for another one – this time on Google Wave vs. SharePoint. At my office, we have been trying out Google Wave, but we are also a starting to use SharePoint so I have had the opportunity to use both.

Office 2010 and ERP – more thoughts

I’ve now had time to digest more of the information about the Office 2010 and ERP announcement that I discussed previously, specifically the functionality of Business Connectivity Services (BCS).

3 Rockstar Blogs To Read [May]

This now makes my 3rd Rockstar Blog post. Before I tell you why I picked these 3 blogs and what they have in common I want to first tell you what 3 blogs I picked. The connection will be obvious.


Bog description: “Making connections where none previously existed.”

danah boyd is a researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She’s one of the smartest people in this space, I love reading her stuff because it makes me smarter and want to go back to school to get a PhD or something. You can follow danah on Twitter here. Her last 3 posts were:

“Privacy and Publicity in the Context of Big Data”

Big Data presents new opportunities for understanding social practice. Of course the next statement must begin with a “but.” And that “but” is simple: Just because you see traces of data doesn’t mean you always know the intention or cultural logic behind them.

Harassment by Q&A: Initial Thoughts on Formspring.me

Questions-and-answers have played a central role in digital bonding since the early days of Usenet. Teenagers have consistently co-opted quizzes and surveys and personality tests to talk about themselves with those around them.

Big Data: Opportunities for Computational and Social Sciences

I gave today’s opening keynote at the WWW Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. My talk was about methodological and ethical issues involved in the study of Big Data, focusing heavily on privacy issues in light of public data.

Marty Collins — Marketing today

Blog description: “Join the conversation your customers are having without you.”

Marty Collins is Director of Emerging Media for Microsoft. She was previously running the Windows social media team. I’ve worked with Marty recently on an Internal Microsoft team and she’s very smart and grounded about this space. You’ll find some great real life case studies from the work she’s doing on her blog. You can follow Marty on Twitter here. Her last 3 posts:

Chat with Twitter COO Dick Costolo

Yesterday I got the opportunity to sit with Dick Costolo, COO of Twitter, and hear first hand Twitter’s positioning of their Sponsored Tweets program and what they are focusing on next.

Facebook announces Open Graph

Today at F8 Facebook announced radical changes to their API offerings. They introduced a concept they call Open Graph.

140 Proof – Monetize Twitter

In my role I have the opportunity to meet and learn about lots of new media companies, social networks, monitoring tools, etc. I hope to bring some of what I see to this blog for others get a line of sight to as well. The first media company I’m going to review is 140 Proof.

Glass House

Blog description: “The blog of Frank X Shaw”

Frank is a corporate vice president at Microsoft on the corporate communications team. He previously worked at Waggener Edstrom as the President of our Microsoft business. Frank used to blog on a previous iteration of Glass House that lived on WaggenerEdstrom.com for years but this is his newest version of that blog. You’ll find a mix of everything but Frank is a great writer and a sharp guy. You can follow Frank on Twitter here. His last 3 posts were:

Comms Challenge – Goldman Sachs & The Pope « Glass House

In a tweet earlier today, I wondered who had the bigger comms challenge – Goldman Sachs or the Vatican? This was spurred by this Memo From Vatican City in the NYT today, plus other coverage looking at criminal and civil charges for Goldman.

Bloomberg & Gizmodo –See Any Difference? « Glass House

Courtesy of the NYT, a great (inadvertent) comparison between the way Gawker Media operates and the new Bloomberg BusinessWeek operates.

Thinking About Risk « Glass House

it’s a common term these days – Risk. When is it good, when is it bad, when should it be regulated, when should it be rewarded. Mostly this is in context of what happened on Wall Street in the last few years and through the lens of business risk.

Last month I posted 3 blogs of people I work with, today I decided to extend that to three blogs from employees of Microsoft. These are all there personal blogs. I didn’t pick these blogs because they’re clients, I love smart employee blogs of big brands. They have a day to day insight most people don’t get and I think its incredibly valuable that they share their learnings with everyone else. It makes great brand ambassadors.

Check out their blogs and let me know what you think.

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3 Rockstar Blogs to Read [April]

Rockstar BlogsLast month I started a new series called 3 Rockstar Blogs to read.  This month is the all WE Studio D edition. It’s a little self serving but I get to work with some of the most amazing people in the industry and I wanted to share the wealth with all of you. Unfortunately I don’t want to break my own rule on the second post so I’m limited to 3. I’ll be doing a full round up of all the WE Studio D blogger on our great Thinkers & Doers blog next week (okay so I slipped a fourth in).

Jeremy Meyers dot com
Jeremy Meyers joined Studio D shortly after I did. Jeremy’s blog covers lots of social media topics but like me he’s not a PR guy. His blog also covers lots of personal thoughts about life in general. While Jeremy’s in NY and I’m Seattle we “talk” all day long. We usually have an IM window (or two) open most of the day. Probably 1 in 5 posts you read here is inspired by an IM chat Jeremy and I had. In fact you may see Jeremy guest posting here soon.

Last 3 posts:

Jon Silk | PR Geek
Jon Silk
also joined Studio D this year. I hardly get to work with him and we’ve never actually met. But I felt I had to include him as a tribute to the fact that I get to go see Muse tomorrow (he’s British and so is Muse). Plus being British he as all kinds of slang I don’t understand and us stupid Americans instantly think anyone with a British accent is smart.   Bonus points for Louis Gray because Jon’s on Blogger. Jon *mostly* blogs about digital PR but that often includes Jon’s favorite random video or found object from the Web.

Last 3 posts:

Social Media Snippets
Last but not least, Scott Meis. Scott’s so new he hasn’t even started at Studio D yet. As we speak Scott is moving from Chicago to Seattle and will be working on my team. I’m super excited to have Scott on the team because he’s extremely talented and we’re insanely busy.

Last 3 posts

Check them out and let me know what you think.

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3 Rockstar Blogs to Read [March]

I don’t have a blogroll like many blogs because I think they get stale and are usually filled with the usual suspects. But there are still many great blog out there I want to take the time to recommend. With that intent I plan on spotlighting 3 blogs every month that I think you should be reading.

Victus Spiritus by Mark Essel

Victus Spiritus
On Twitter @VictusFate

Last 3 posts:

Positive Karma, little things that change the world for the better

Social Web “Kingdoms” Collapse as Fast as they Expand, a Sign that REST’s Days are Numbered

The Stark Contrast of Enthusiasm versus Apathy

Visceral Business by Anne McCrossan

Visceral Business — Social business design and management
On Twitter @Annemcx

Last 3 posts:

Metadata, messages, stories and conversations

The synaptic fluid of social business

Linchpin and the missing link

The Flickr Blog

Flickr Blog
On Twitter @flickr

Last 3 posts:

Lisbon: Then and Now

Earthquake in Chile


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