Like every year the world’s biggest exhibition for the digital economy (“digiconomy”) took place in Cologne. More exhibitors (110), more speakers and above all, more visitors (50.700) than ever flocked into the crowded exhibition halls of the dmexco Cologne 2016 on these two sunny September days to have a glimpse at the future of the online economy and digital marketing.
Automatic,, the company behind WordPress, has acquired the rights to sell and register the .blog domains for 19 million dollars. What is odd is that WordPress is not even a hosting company (if we discount WordPress.com). What is going on and how does the acquisition fit into the company’s business model? And more importantly: What percussions can we expect for the internet community?
It is often said that refugees have expensive mobiles. Many see this as a contradiction to their image of the “poor and needy” refugee. But having access to the platforms of social media is not a luxury, it is vital for these very people. [Read more…]
Fact: The two most annoying people today are both called Kim. Both are rich, crave attention, have sizeable backsides and live in their own fantasy world. One lives in North Korea, the other in America. Both control the media.
What is new on the startup scene in New York City? Is it still disruptive or already consolidating? I went to a NY Tech Meetup at New Work City which live-streamed the event that was being held at the Skirball Theatre in New York last week to find out. Here are 6 new startups that pitched for attention. [Read more…]
The San Francisco Wordcamp 2013 last week was the first wordcamp I went to. Ever since I became interested and then involved in WordPress I was told that this one would be the ultimate pilgrimage for each and every WP acolyte. However, I did not really have any expectations apart from gaining the latest news and announcements of the industry in a geeky kind of setting. [Read more…]
Two recent developments seem to have conspired to spawn a new social network to take on Facebook: Latin America’s increasing digital growth and the recent revelation/scandal that our Facebook data et al is being spied on by the American government. Meet Facepopular, the brand new Latin American “Facebook”. [Read more…]
Yesterday the WordPress community had a reason to celebrate … 10 years of its very existence. Apparently, 4999 people in 646 cities around the globe went to parties to celebrate. (How did they get the exact number and where was the missing one to make up for a full number?) Still, that is not a lot. Just 8 persons per city … how did that work? These statistics sound pretty fishy.
The turnout at the New York party at Tonic East, 3rd avenue, was also moderate. But it was fun and the location was great. Tonic East has an awesome rooftop with views of the Empire State building and even the Chrysler building in some distance. Since the occasion coincided with Memorial Day the Empire State building was suitable illuminated in the national colors. A spectacular sight.
Cheers to the next 10 years then, WordPress!
The German Chamber of Commerce Rhineland organized an “e-Marketing Day” last week at the venerable Borussia Mönchengladbach football stadium. It was the third event of this kind and aims to foster the understanding and importance of digital marketing for local small-and medium sized business. Located in the Borussia business lounge it featured guest speakers and local service providers specializing in social media and digital marketing. In a relaxed atmosphere visitors could attend several forums during the day and to get to know the companies presenting themselves (such as us).