About Mathew Ingram

Mathew Ingram is a technology writer and blogger for the Globe and Mail, a national newspaper based in Toronto, and also writes about the Web and media at www.mathewingram.com/work and www.mathewingram.com/media.
Why Use a TV Network?

Interesting move by a local TV station called KZSW in Temecula, California (yeah, I’ve never heard of it either – look it up on Google Maps if you want).

Wikinomics and Mainstream Web 2.0

Along with Toronto blogosphere luminaries such as David Crow of Ambient Vector and DemoCamp fame, Mark Kuznicki of Remarkk, ex-Flockster Will Pate (soon to be a Torontonian, I hear), Eli Singer of CaseCamp and Tom Purves of firestoker, I attended the launch of Don Tapscott’s new book Wikinomics – subtitled “How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything” – on Thursday at U of T. My first thought? Bob Rae looks a bit like a Muppet character.

Yahoo Buys MyBlogLog (Why?)

Okay, so Yahoo finally fronted the cash (reportedly about $10-million) for MyBlogLog, the viral social network that a couple of guys started awhile back and that has been growing by leaps and bounds according to Alexaholic.

Handling Getting Buried on Digg

From Karoli at Odd Time Signatures comes the story (via The Zero Boss, and prior to that Chris Winfield of the website 10e20) of one Chandler Kent, a 19-year-old college student who wandered into the sights of the Digg bury brigade.

Hitwise Analyzes Online Calendars

LeAnn Prescott from Hitwise has an analysis of online calendars that has been getting a fair bit of traffic and commentary, since it shows that Google’s calendar – which has only been around for about six months – is growing strongly in “market share of Internet visits” (as Hitwise describes their proprietary measurement of traffic).

Ways to Help Digg Get Better

Before too much time goes by, I wanted to take note of something that Muhammad Saleem wrote over on his blog The Mu Life about 7 ways to improve Digg.

The Wrong Question: Is it a “Real Blog”?

Zoli Erdos has touched off the latest round in the omnipresent “what is a blog” wars, with a recent post looking at Google’s official “blog” and noting that it isn’t really a blog because it doesn’t allow readers to comment.

Google’s Options on its Options

Sometimes I think that Google has a bunch of pissed-off ex-securities lawyers on staff whose sole job it is to screw around with things and come up with ideas that make Wall Street mad, or confused, or both.

Is Digg Just Misunderstood?

Maybe it’s just meant to be “Digg-bait” (as Nick Denton at Valleywag likes to call it), but Jason Clarke of Download Squad has a long post up about Digg and how it is destined for failure.

What Is A Portal?

Among other things, a post today by my friend Scott Karp over at Publishing 2.0 has helped crystallized for me just how inadequate a lot of the terminology is that we’re using for Web services and communities – and not just the obvious kind of cringe-inducing terms like “user-generated content.”

MSN Christmas Competition

MSN has ramped up its online ad activity for Windows Live Messenger, ahead of Live.com’s launch in the New Year, with a Christmas campaign site that’s aimed at promoting its video-call service.

Linked In Doesn’t Get It

I’ve talked with several friends about LinkedIn since the Business 2.0 puff piece profile hit the Web – calling the service “MySpace for Grownups” – and the reaction to the company ranges from puzzled indifference to outright revulsion.

When the OS Doesn’t Matter

What happens when the operating system you use doesn’t really matter any more?

Huffington Takes On The Media

Is Arianna going to huff and puff and blow the traditional media down?

Evolution Of Media
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There are a few different threads weaving through the blogosphere related to the evolution of media – not just TV but all different kinds of content.

Is TV Dead?

In what amounts to a “dog bites man” sort of story, the BBC is reporting that online video is eating into TV watching, according to a recent survey. Gee, ya think?

Can Shopping Be Combines With Social Networks?

Looks like the American Marketing Association has its eye on social networks like MySpace as the shopping malls of the Web era.

Social Media Gets Duped

Muhammad Saleem, a very perceptive blogger who is also a top submitter at Digg and Netscape, has written a post that looks at the problems with “socially-driven” news sites, using as an example a fake news story that someone submitted to Digg about Sony recalling 650,000 PlayStations. The story made it to the front page of the site in only a couple of hours, and stayed there until it was apparently removed. Muhammad sees this as another example of how many people don’t read stories.

Aaron Swartz’s Blog Post

If your company just got bought for several million dollars by one of the biggest publishing companies in the U.S., and you moved from your cramped bedroom office or whatever to the luxurious San Francisco offices of the legendary Wired magazine, what would you do?

Jason Calacanis Has Left AOL

Yes, ladies and gentlemen – the Jason Calacanis era at AOL appears to be over.

Douglas’ Termination Memo

For those who like nothing better than a little behind-the-scenes corporate intrigue in the blogosphere, the guys over at 10 Zen Monkeys have some more deets on the sudden departure of Nick Douglas from Valleywag – where he was replaced by another guy whose initials are N.D., and whose name rhymes with Nick Denton (for an earlier installment of the Nick Douglas saga, scroll down a few posts).

Amanda Booms On To HBO and ABC

As many people predicted when Rocketboom host Amanda Congdon split up so acrimoniously with her former partner Andrew Baron (which I wrote about here), it didn’t take long for someone to see the potential benefit of having an attractive video-blogger with a built-in following on their payroll.

Nick Douglas Gone From Valleywag

Et tu, Nick Denton? It appears that young Nick Douglas, the brash young gossip-monger behind Valleywag, has left the building.

Microsoft And Universal: Desperate

Two things strike me about the deal between Microsoft and Universal Music, which will see the record company get a cut of every Zune player the software giant (theoretically) sells. The first is that such an arrangement is an obvious sign that Microsoft is desperate, and the second is that it’s an obvious sign that the major record labels are not just desperate but creatively bankrupt.