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Goodbye Amatomu?

For several years now Amatomu has been the most useful guide to the South African blogosphere, but for the past couple of years it has been behaving erratically, and now it seems to have disappeared altogether.

It was started by the Mail & Guardian a few years ago, when they tried to entice several bloggers to their web site, but they abandoned that along with Amatomu some time ago. For a while Amatomu limped along on its own, but now it seems to have died altogether. All I get now is

Unable to connect
Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at

That is sad, because now the only real guide to South African blogs that I know of is the blogrolls of other South African bloggers, and those, including my own, are often poorly maintained.

But perhaps blogging is dying anyway, and internet communication is becoming more and more trivial and inconsequential.

We read headlines like Kate Middleton Just Gave Birth to Nearly $400 Million in Economic Stimulus –, only to discover that most of it is “The commemorative schlock. So, so much schlock.”

And most of that schlock finds its way on to social media sites like Facebook nowadays.

And yes, there were (and probably still are) blogs that are just as bad, but they weren’t quite as “in your face” as Facebook.

So, I’m sorry to see the death throes of Amatomu. For all its faults, it did serve a useful purpose.



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2 thoughts on “Goodbye Amatomu?

  1. If Amatomu did serve a purpose and that purpose is alive and kicking then you know what to do Steve!

    But maybe the age of the blog is beginning to see the sun setting.

  2. Editorial note:

    This comment seems to have got attached to the wrong post. It actually belongs to this post Once there was a casssowary

    Mr Browning, what rhymes with Timbuktu?

    It is related that the 19th century poet Robert Browning boasted he could make a poem to rhyme with any word. A man at his London club challenged him: What about Timbuktu?

    Once a Cassowary in Timbuktu Ate a missionary and his hymn book too.

    Kind regards (the blog site lets me log in but refused to forward the above)

    Duncan McGregor CEng CEnv FIMMM. FICE.
    Chartered Engineer – Materials,
    Chartered Environmentalist,
    Chartered Civil Engineer.
    Sunninghill Associates. UK.
    1 Swan Close, South Chailey, East Sussex, BN8 4AQ, UK.
    Tel: 0044(0)1273 401 333. mob: 0044(0)7825 289 317

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