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BIO: Matthew Buckland

2010-08-03 13:22

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Matthew somewhat of an online maniac. He has worked in the online medium all his working life literally from its inception in South Africa.

He is the former GM of the Mail & Guardian Online and co-founder of award-winning blog aggregator amatomu.com and editorial blog Thought Leader (a 2008 Webby Honoree). Matthew has spoken around the world on online media issues, including New York, Germany, Kenya and London and is a regular media commentator on radio and TV. He was one of the first new media graduates out of Rhodes University and has previously worked for iafrica.com, Carte Blanche (Interactive), Johncom (e-media) and the BBC Online (beeb.com) in the UK. He is a computer fundi and has had one since the age of 7 (ZX Spectrum 48k), where he spent most of his time creating computer games in BASIC.

Matthew is a prominent blogger at matthewbuckland.com. One of his proudest moments was when some of the world's biggest blogs -- including Techcrunch, Mashable, his favourite site, Wired.com, and technology site Techmeme -- tried to break his servers by linking to his blog. Miraculously, they stayed up. His next proudest moment was when his blog scooped "best business blog" at the 2008 SA blog awards. He was also proud to share the stage with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales in a talk on "Future Web Trends" in 2007.

He is currently the GM of publishing and social media at 24.com.

He's interested in: web trends, the future, online media, media 2.0, web 2.0, blogs, convergence, web strategy.

Matthew can be found at: matthewbuckland.com, and his favourite web apps gmail, twitter and the underrated google bookmarks, and enjoys eating marie biscuits, with butter inbetween. Yum.

He lives between Joburg and Cape Town at the moment, in RS of A.

Find him on Twitter @matthewbuckland 

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