UBank Australia has launched a webisode called "Moneybox" that provides financial information in a way that's easy to undertand and quite funny too:



The first episode has had about 7000 views so far. Not spectacular, but not a bad start either. You can tell by the comments on thier YouTube channel that a  lot of people enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next one.

They also participate on Twitter, and have a decent Facebook page with a few fans. I think that their slow but steady approach to social-media is a natural way to acclimatize to an online social-media environment that can be hostile towards brutish corporate entrances.

Some South Africa banks have also launched social-media intiatives. See for example the FNBTV on YouTube (with a warm video welcome from the premier banking CEO), and Standard Bank's social-media release site.
A couple of weeks ago Nic and Matt posted pics and commentary about the world first public screenshots of the Wikia Search project (also picked up by Mashable and TechCrunch) that were recently shown in Johannesburg. Well, now I see that iCommons has released the video of his whole talk (here). I've edited it down to a short clip just about the Search project:



In the clip, Jimmy explains that Wikia is developing a freely licensed search engine, using open source software, to compete directly with Yahoo, Google and all the big search players. It Aims to match or exceed the quality of the major search engines

He also makes a strong "political statement" that it's not healthy that so much power is in the hands of a few search companies who are secretive about how the information is ranked (other's think so too).

Lastly, he showed screenshots of the Facebook-like contributor interface, dubbed by others as his "Socialpedia".
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