1 June 2007

Facebook for the masses

In the battle of the social networks, Facebook has taken off its gloves, preparing for some bare knuckled boxing, with a bold new move that will stir up the industry. Facebook has a whopping 24 million users from a demographic with a lot of clout, a significant percentage of users on the network age between 25 and 34. This market …

Continue Reading
1 June 2007

We’re on strike – 9 days to go

There is a national public service strike effecting 750,000 people in South Africa today. This includes schools, hospitals and airports. They are demanding a 12% pay increase and it happens to include our favourite school Vuyani Primary School. This creates an interesting moral dilemma for teachers and headmasters in particular. The pupils need to go to school but the teachers …

Continue Reading
31 May 2007

The countdown has begun!

Anyone who has ever done any building construction will tell you that there are always unforeseen complications and things always take longer than you expect. Well not for us!! …okay that’s not exactly true, we’ve had a few hiccups but we’re still on track. Excitement is mounting – 10 days to go!

Continue Reading
30 May 2007

Roll Up! Roll Up!

Everybody is getting really excited about the eBay auction that goes live on Friday 1st June. Many clients and individuals have been really generous and given us some great items below: – One week in a chalet in Chamonix – B&Q Garden dining set – B&Q Swing set – Exclusive tickets to the Bennetts Motorbike Championships – Signed Editors CD, …

Continue Reading
29 May 2007

Yahoo applies science to social media

Though there is a huge amount of buzz on Social media it is still somewhat of an unknown entity. Yahoo has hired an economist and a sociologist to get to grips with the phenomena. Preston McAfee, will be heading up the Yahoo microeconomics research group and Duncan Watts will direct Yahoo’s research in human social dynamics. They’ll start by looking …

Continue Reading
29 May 2007

Tamar goes racing to town

Des Erasmus was the grand winner of the fundraising raffle and spent the day driving a single seater racing car with Fantastic Racing in Cape Town. Here are some pictures of Des with his car sporting both the Tamar logo and the project logo.

Continue Reading
29 May 2007

We’re getting there

A few of the Cape Town team ventured out to Guguletu this morning to visit the school and check on the progress of ‘our’ classroom. The news is good. The floor has been laid and the walls are taking shape. Mr Maduba (the building contractor) says we’re looking good for the June 8th deadline. The 5-day weather forecast says partly …

Continue Reading
26 May 2007

China SES – Day Two! Saturday 26 May

After a good nights kip in the worlds largest bed I got ready for day 2 of the SES Conference. Today the focus was more on ‘regular’ SEO rather than China, but there was still some room for further information to be had. For today I decided to use the headphones for translation, just to see how it worked and …

Continue Reading
26 May 2007

China SES – Day Two! Saturday 26 May Part 2

Someone who I have seen speak before and really enjoyed listening to, and learning from, is Bill Hunt from Connecticut in the US, he works with companies such as Intel. The session he was taking part in was ‘SEM Strategies for Enterprise Lifecycle’ which translates as SEM/SEO for big sites. Marshall Simmonds, who is Chief Search Strategist at the New …

Continue Reading