Note: These are opening paragraphs to an article I wrote for Daily Maverick. You can read full article here. Moneyweb is suing Fin24 for plagiarising its work, and Branko Brkic, the founder of Daily Maverick, is rather unhappy with Huffington Post for aggregating content. The former is right, the latter is wrong. Let’s explore.
Effective Measures have released their stats for South African online usage for May 2014, and I want to talk about them here briefly. Let me start by saying that if I see almost any stats regarding online usage in South Africa I take them with a pinch of salt. I have no scientific data to back up my sceptism, but my gut tells me that the data is not accurate, even though I do think that the (inaccurate) data does (mostly) point to the right trends. Effective mesaures released these figures, which I have rounded off: Unique browsers in SA:…
Shocking revelation, I know. I don’t really want to get into the whole online advertising discussion, but I have a peeve that I wish Google would fix. When sites serve ads, they mostly do so using some clever technology that serves ads to YOU, as opposed to serving the same ads to everybody. A good tool for this is Google Adsense: as a site owner, you show Google where you want it to place ads, and Google then uses various bits of info it has collected about the reader to serve ads that the reader will be interested in. The…