[Chris James] The true meaning of a guru refers to a Hindu or Sikh religious teacher or leader, giving personal spiritual guidance to his disciples.
[Styli Charalambous] Earlier this month, one of South Africa's leading publishing houses announced its online content would be going behind a paywall. But not just any paywall: one priced so high that the walls of Jericho would struggle to compete. Time will tell whether BDFM has overestimated the South African market, and itself.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Jeremy Clarkson done it again, this time on the subject of babies and aircraft, reports IOL, and we have a couple of YouTube videos, one courtesy The Citizen, for you on close encounters of a different kind - including a demonstration that elephants break windows, and booze and these giants are not a good mix (video).
[Sandra Roberts] Ex-spokesperson for the Hawks McIntosh Polela is the latest to be felled in a spate of twitter-induced career suicides (or at least setbacks), demonstrating that the balance between communicating quickly and communicating carefully can be difficult for communicators.
[Samantha Wright] It's been harped on enough and smart SMEs have come to the social media party. It's a fantastic marketing tool to add to your brand building arsenal.
[Carolyn Holgate] The internet is a part of our daily lives; we use it for everything - communication, reading, research, education, current events, exploring the world, entertainment, shopping, networking and business.
[Chemory Gunko] The R40-million Free State CMS website debacle raises an interesting question - what should you expect to pay for a content managed website and where is your money actually going?
[Evert Lombaert] While we have become accustomed to the social media marination in our lives, what happens to our online lives when we are no more?
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: According to Mail & Guardian, the Democratic Alliance has asked public protector Thuli Madonsela to probe alleged ethics violations by Free State Premier Ace Magashule, and the UK's Guardian reports on Facebook users who may be revealing a bit too much.
[Chantel Botha] In mass media the conversation has mostly been one-sided, loud, condescending and sometimes even quite dictatorial... of marketers and brands telling consumers what they need and why and what would be a reasonable price to pay to satisfy the need.
[Carolyn Holgate] In order for social media to work to your advantage, you need to understand the various platforms and know how to use them effectively to see the benefits for your business.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Mail & Guardian reports that Moeletsi Mbeki is demanding R20m from the newspaper and also that Iqbal Survé, South Africa's latest media mogul and the new owner of Independent News & Media South Africa (INM), is either a man with a vision... or political motives. Meanwhile, David Bullard, writing in Politicsweb, reckons Oscar Pistorius is living the Twitter nightmare.
[Stella Robinsons] Everyone's in a rush to get more traffic, better traffic, and any kind of traffic that converts.
[Justin McCarthy] Peter Mann's recent article highlighted an increasingly important topic in today's dynamic media landscape - the juxtaposition of freedom of expression and the infringement of the rights of others.
[Peter Mann] The flood of comments on Twitter and other social media platforms around Oscar Pistorius highlight the extreme dangers of unmediated social media.
[Rod Baker] NEWSWATCH: Social media is blurring the lines between what's private and what's public, reports Times Live, and Chris Moerdyk says the Sexwale divorce story proves the information chain has changed forever. Meanwhile, the ANC in the Eastern Cape has been told to 'stop leaking'... to the media, that is - reports IOL.
| [Online Media] The social media marketing honeymoon is over!|
[Amanda Jacobs] Social media is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. However, it also has the potential to get you fired from your job.
[Sarah-Jane Boden] During rocky times my father's wise words remind me that... he is always right. "Nothing in life is free, my girl" was his disquieting adage in response to an idea at which was launching myself, gung-ho.