Appfrica is an international technology conference and think-thank, taking place in Africa of course. The idea is to bring together researchers, educators, businesses, industry leaders, and organizations, to talk about uses of web technology. The goal being to find new ways to further develop the educational process in the developing world, as well as talking about online innovation from an African point of view overall. The first panel is on July 31st at the Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
Jon Gosier is involved in the Appfrica project, so I shot him some questions to get to know what it really is all about. read more
On April 22, Colleen Coplick took the helm at b5media blog Buzz Networker, replacing former blogger Kevin Palmer. Taking charge of an established blog is always a hard thing, I know that for a fact (actually, it goes for most things), but it is something that happens all the time, with people buying and selling blogs. What makes this switch extra interesting is the fact that Colleen will be blogging about “PR 2.0″, which means social media and more, and she’ll be doing that with her 7 years of traditional PR backing her.
Should prove to be an interesting ride, so I sent her some questions, resulting in a short interview piece about Buzz Networker here, and a longer one coming to BloggerTalks later on.
Today’s interview is with Wendy Piersall, a blogger & CEO based near Chicago, Illinois. Wendy is the founder & CEO of Sparkplugging, formerly known as eMoms at Home.
In this interview, Wendy shares her experiences building a business from a spare room in her home, some tips on building a strong online community, and the tough decision to change the name and direction of her company.
Last week, I blogged a story about how to pitch bloggers in response to a post by Marshall Kirkpatrick over at Read Write Web about the best way for PR firms to pitch that website and its bloggers.
I was able to spend some time last week interviewing Justin Kistner of Voce Communications via email about PR firms, the shift of attention from mainstream or “old school” media to bloggers, and some thoughts on the PR industry as a whole.
Allen: Toluu, FriendFeed, ReadBurner, RSSMeme, AlertThingy, etc. – what’s the deal? Which one(s) will make it and why?
Corvida: They’ll all make it. They all bring something to the table that everyone can benefit from. The big deal for services like Friendfeed and Toluu is the interaction with others. You can start some great connections and find really awesome content, websites, and services with tools like these. With ReadBurner and RSSmeme, they’re quick ways to stay up to date with the news as far as what’s hot and what may be the talk of the town at the moment. Apps like Alert Thingy and Twhirl are great desktop tools for services like Twitter and Friendfeed that bring a lot more flexibility, options, and features that you may not have on the homepage of these services. All in all, they can help with productivity, keep you up-to-date, all while helping you build and maintain the contacts and connections.
This weekend saw a tremendous amount of activity from the Movable Type Open Source (MTOS) community with a new beta release, new plugins and community updates to the documentation. The biggest news of all, however, was the rumours that Six Apart had made a “game-changing” acquisition. Shortly after TechCrunch posted this rumour, I got in touch with Anil Dash, Vice President and Chief Evangelist at Six Apart, to get more details. Keep reading for exclusive information on this deal and what it means for the company, and most importantly, Movable Type.
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