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Get a blog!

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Via this tweet, I stumbled across this article: “A new study from Forrester Research has found a decline in the number of content creators across social networking sites, even while general use and participation on these sites has risen.” High time to start blogging and creating content. I personally feel that we are moving back […]

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Twitter for the masses

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I saw this retweet pointing to Jeremy Toeman’s article Will normal folks ever use Twitter?”. (By default that makes me un-normal….) He makes an excellent point which matches my own experience. Most people don’t see the added benefit of using Twitter. The uses are difficult to grasp. Especially since Twitter turned off the SMS service […]

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How to Backup your Twitter World

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As many of you probably learnt by experience, Twitter Search only shows results for the last couple of days. I guess, one of the preliminary assumptions is that you consider your collection of 140-character-long phrases valuable. And would like to search thru them from time to time. Friendfeed One easy workaround is to add your […]

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Chiperoni goes Mobile (kind of)

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As part of my ongoing research regarding internet access via low bandwidth connections, I saw App+frica displaying a mobile version at http://appfrica.net/blog/. I installed the same MobilePress plugin and activated it a few minutes ago. Based on the plugin description, it should detect if you’re accessing the website with a mobile device and display a […]

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Intro to SEO and SEM

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I am faced with the challenge to explain SEO and SEM in a 1 hour presentation. The audience consists of business folks. Where to start explaining is the hard part. Also there are so many myths in this area – garnered by SEO vendors selling their services as a “Wunderwaffe” for instant web traffic success. […]

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Return of the Blog

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Gigaom recently published an article that highlights an important point. A point that has been resonating through my head since Lift 07: In this incredible sea of data that surround us, what happens to my data when a service like Twitter or Flickr or FriendFeed is sold to another company. Gigaom writes: The cynical me […]

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Malawi Twitterers

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As Malawi celebrates independence day tomorrow, here is a list of Malawi twitterers you might like to follow: Vincent Kumwenda – currently at Muloza border, Mulanje; topics include Malawi news, world news, interesting Malawi web pages, and soccer. He also writes a blog. Fred Bvalani – in Blantyre; tweets about mobile applications and phones, Oracle […]

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Hiding in Full Public View

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In January my stats dropped to an all time low. There are a number of reasons, I guess. One reason is that I haven’t been writing much lately. Just an occasional link. Short cross-references to my Flickr stream. That’s it. Another reason is my retro-style homepage, which points to my other life stream options (Twitter, […]

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How to Resize Photos

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My family’s email account in Blantyre was blocked twice in the past week, due to well-meaning but over-sized Christmas and New Year email greetings. Attachments with over 2 MBs. The family is still on a phone line with a very slow connection rate. And downloading emails with a large attachment takes forever and a day. […]

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Appfrica Interview on MTN Uganda

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Just a quick note to point to an interesting interview with an official of MTN Uganda at: Appfrica: Interview With MTN’s Erik van Veen – Part 1 These points caught my eye: (…) revenues per user, are very low in Africa by international standards, and require a low cost operating model if the Operator is […]

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Zemanta

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I am learning a lot from the African blogs I am reading… App+frica recently wrote about useful web applications for bloggers in developing countries. In his list he mentions Zemanta: Zemanta, which just scored a new round of funding from Union Square Ventures, is a huge time saving tool. It’s a browser-side plug-in that scans […]

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My BlogCamp Switzerland Talk

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As announced on Twitter, I presented a talk on mobile technology in Malawi at today’s BlogCamp in Zurich to share what I’m learning from the African blogs and tweets that I follow on a regular basis. I started my talk with a short intro on Chiperoni (I am a bridge blogger somewhere between Basel and […]

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Meeting Mlle A.

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Last Saturday I met the elusive and mysterious Mlle A. at a coffee place* in Hannover. Once or twice during the conversation there was a cross-reference to something I or Mlle. A. had written or linked to. And for me that’s one of the powerful side-effects of blogging: there’s a regular reader’s familiarity built over […]

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Not new

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At Lift 07 there was a panel on technological overload. The video of the panel is available here. Update: Since Google Video is no more, the video can be viewed on Vimeo Panel Discussion:Dealing with technological overload (Lift07 EN) from Lift Conference on Vimeo. Fellow blogger Mlle. A. pointed out that this kind of discussion […]

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sakku.worker

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Via this Flickr comment I heard that there’s a Sakku competition for bloggers… I already blogged about Sakku bags some time ago. And I would love to win a bag. As a knowledge worker and digital nomad, I believe I’m the right candidate 🙂 I’ll write a review. Take photos. And test the solar cells […]

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Benefits of Blogging

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I like this summary on the Benefits of Blogging Meet and greet Self documenting Self promoting (if you want to, that is) Mentoring Education Giving back (I would say: sharing) There’s also the side-effect that when I write about a topic it helps me to reflect more on a topic and organize my thoughts.

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Blog resource links

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Here are a couple of starting points: Blog hosting Three possibilities: Sign up with a hosted service such as WordPress.com, Typepad or Vox (fastest cos it takes all of 5 mins). Sign up with a webspace provider that already includes blog software in their package. Sign up with a webspace provider that offers PHP 4.x […]

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The slides

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Here are the slides of my talk that I just held at the STC Transalpine Chapter Conf: They’re very minimal and short… but over time I’ve collected a lot of examples at the back of my head so that I easily managed to fill the 1 hour slot. The online demo worked well with the […]

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Blogging for Content Developers

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At an undisclosed location in the very near future, the editor of this beautiful blog will be holding a talk on a high-flying topic yet to be prepared. Blogging for Content Developers I’ve decided to give this whole project a jump-start by writing down the outline in my blog… because getting started is always the […]

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BlogCampSwitzerland

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I attended today’s BlogCamp in Zurich; a so-called unConference because it organizes itself like BarCamp. But heh, we’re in Switzerland so it was fairly well organized. I saw a couple of familiar faces. Maybe I should get a t-shirt saying “Blog conference tourist”… And I invited some of the Basel bloggers to the upcoming Basel […]