Vincent Maher is co-founder and technical ninja of Motribe (motribe.com), a social mobile platform that puts brands and communities on the mobile web. Read more on his blog at vincentmaher.com, follow him on Twitter at @vincent_maher or connect on LinkedIn.
Vincent Maher is the co-founder of Motribe (motribe.com), a mobile community platform. He has worked in the online media industry since 1996, has presented papers at many international conferences and specialises in profitable innovation in emerging markets.
Previously Vincent was the portfolio manager for social media at Vodacom, the strategist at the Mail & Guardian Online and co-founder of Amatomu.com, the South African blog aggregator and analytics system.
[Vincent Maher] Let's debate the value of anchors to the "real world" for digital businesses and why hyper-reality leads to verbal incontinence, as there's a kind of certainty and humility that you find in people who do business online but are still firmly grounded in the world of bricks and mortar.
[Vincent Maher] It was just a matter of time before Google started to leverage the massive base of Google accounts to connect everyone together. As usual, this new Google project is ambitious - instead of creating a new social network as a destination site, the new Friend Connect service takes the network to where the people already are - on blogs and websites.
[Vincent Maher] With MTN bringing up its location lookup service, and Vodacom's already in place, it now means that media companies can deliver news targeted at a Personal Content Area based on the user's actual location. Whereas personalisation has mostly gone unused on the desktop web, I think people will be more likely to use a service that filters news based on their location.
[Vincent Maher] There is nothing more frustrating than a gaggle of geeks sitting in your boardroom talking about simple concepts in an unnecessarily obfuscatory manner because their revenues are tied to your inability to understand what they're saying or the bills you're paying.
[Vincent Maher] Time and time again I hear it said that the quality of journalism is deteriorating in South Africa. Frankly this is rubbish - what is declining is the quality of the audience. The source of this criticism is a society that has become a carcass of fat and bone with very little meat.
[Vincent Maher] Since early 2005 when I started working with Colin Daniels at the Rhodes New Media Lab, my thinking about the web has been saturated by the language, principles and ideals of Web 2.0 and specifically the sub-set of uses we call "social media". So I had to laugh at the provocative piece written by Paul Jacobson for The Times the other week, called Social Media is Dead.
[Vincent Maher] I have been thinking about this issue since I was at the New Media Lab at Rhodes and sometimes have been critical of the aggressive stance the citizen journalism pundits have taken towards the traditional media. I still hold the same position, that citizen journalism is over-hyped.