Daily Maverick reveals evidence of the Marikana Murders

Many of us remember the old days when the police vans were yellow and were manned by white men engaged in a racially-motivated campaign to dominate, control and oppress the majority racial group in this country. It was a dark time in this country’s history and one which we hoped was firmly in the past…… Continue reading Daily Maverick reveals evidence of the Marikana Murders

The #fakefollowers controversy is probably a scam

Um, @mikestopforth just pointed out my Twitter follower numbers. Where did you all come from?? (and thanks for following me!)— Paul Jacobson (@pauljacobson) August 1, 2012 August began with a sudden jump in my Twitter followers from about 3 364 on 29 July to about 30 000 followers. I found out one morning when Mike…… Continue reading The #fakefollowers controversy is probably a scam

After Twitter and Facebook

The latest sign of an increasingly closed and Balkanised Web is Twitter’s controversial updates to its API which further restrict anything that is not actually made by Twitter. Developers’ reactions range from disappointment to outrage Twitter remains dominant in its space because there is nothing else. Facebook also dominates the social sharing space with its…… Continue reading After Twitter and Facebook

A birthday, a radio interview and a magazine profile made for a crazy, awesome day

Wow, today was a crazy and awesome day for me. Today is my firm’s birthday so we celebrated with cupcakes which we delivered to some of our clients to say thanks for their support over the years. I only saw them at the end of this crazy day and ate two of them in quick…… Continue reading A birthday, a radio interview and a magazine profile made for a crazy, awesome day

Twitter comes to the rescue as @PigSpotter helps co-ordinate hijack rescue

I saw this headline this morning in The Star (read the article on IOL): An sms and social network frenzy saved a Joburg man who was trapped in his car boot after being hijacked at the weekend. What a terrific story and a great ending for the poor guy who was hijacked. I disagree that…… Continue reading Twitter comes to the rescue as @PigSpotter helps co-ordinate hijack rescue

Local community services respond rapidly to road accident

Road accidents happen all the time and most of us encounter them when traffic backs up and first responders are on scene. An accident happened outside my offices today at about midday and two local community organisations were on scene within 10 to 15 minutes to provide assistance. A passing motorist (in the BMW, kudos…… Continue reading Local community services respond rapidly to road accident

Dramatic rescue highlights importance of strapping kids in

An amazing rescue took place on a Southern California highway after a truck rear ended a BMW carrying a mother and her two children, one of which is an 11 week old infant. The rescue itself is pretty dramatic and the convergence of events is almost incredible. The one thing that stood out is that…… Continue reading Dramatic rescue highlights importance of strapping kids in