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The short version:

My name is Mathew Ingram and I am currently a senior writer at GigaOm.com, one of the leading technology blog networks in the United States, based in San Francisco and founded in 2006 by former Forbes and Business 2.0 writer Om Malik. I write about the evolution of media and content and all that involves, including social media, Google, and the web in general — plus anything else that comes along.

Up until January 2010, I worked for The Globe and Mail, a daily national newspaper based in Toronto. I was the Globe’s first “communities editor,” a new position aimed at helping make it easier for readers to interact with the paper and its writers and content. I write on my personal blog about personal things, as well as things that don’t really fit at GigaOm. I sometimes write about media and the evolution of traditional media here, as well as at the Nieman Journalism Lab.

You can find me on Twitter, as well as on Facebook, and on LinkedIn. Feel free to email me at mathew@mathewingram.com — I can’t guarantee that I will reply, but I will do my best. I can also be reached for business purposes at mathew@gigaom.com

The long version:

I was born in a little town called Zweibrucken in Germany in 1962, while my father — a fighter pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force — was stationed there. We came back to Canada when I was little and lived on Air Force bases in a number of different places, including Winnipeg, Manitoba; Cold Lake, Alberta; Downsview, Toronto and Chatham, New Brunswick. I went to the University of Waterloo and got a degree in English, then went to Ryerson University in Toronto and got my journalism degree.

I worked at the Globe and Mail and the London Free Press for a summer each, and then moved to Edmonton to work for a legendary newspaperman and hellraiser named Ted Byfield at a weekly magazine called Alberta Report (which is now defunct). I moved back to Toronto in 1991 and worked at the Financial Times of Canada (now also defunct), then moved to the Globe to write about the stock market.

After several years of doing that, I moved to Calgary and wrote a column about Western Canadian business, then in 2000 I moved back to Toronto to become the online business columnist for the Globe’s relaunched website — possibly the first online-only columnist in Canadian journalism. I wrote about business and technology (and started the Globe’s first blog) and then moved into writing about new media.

In 2008, I became the paper’s first communities editor, a job that was designed to help writers and editors learn about and employ “social media” tools such as Twitter and Facebook to connect with readers. I launched the ground-breaking Policy Wiki, re-launched the Globe’s Facebook page and helped design and/or implement a number of social-media tools. I’m also one of the co-founders of an annual Toronto-based Web conference called mesh.

I live in Toronto with my wife Rebecca and our three beautiful daughters Caitlin, Meaghan and Zoe, and two cats.

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Personal Finance 11.05.08 at 4:40 am

then moved to Edmonton to work at a weekly magazine
called Alberta Report .
I moved back to Toronto and worked
at the Financial Times of Canada

flavored Coffee 11.09.08 at 2:08 am

I moved to Calgary and wrote a column about Western Canadian business

Chris Work Doyle 06.29.09 at 8:31 am

Mathew:

I dig your work.
Love to chat with you when you get a chance, just to pick your brain.

Chris Doyle
Naples News Media Group
chris.doyle@naplesnews.com
239-435-3433

htiduj19 07.23.09 at 8:49 pm

ill cite one of your blog for my related literature in my thesis. our topic is about online newspapers vs.print newspapers. thanks :)

divorce_lawyer_edmonton 09.10.09 at 8:50 am

This is the great blog, I'm reading them for a while, thanks for the new posts!

greenlinux 01.08.10 at 11:15 pm

Hi, it would be good to chat with you. I run http://www.linuxnewsnow.com

timothy 01.31.10 at 2:02 pm

Dear Rev. Chris Work Doyle
Greetings to you in the matchless name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
It’s my privilege to write this letter to you.
The main reason to write this letter is because, recently with the great help of God we could able to build a new Church for his cause. So, we are going to dedicated this Church on February 26th at Gunjavaram village.
On this wonderful blessed occasion here may be 450 to 500 people are going to attend this programme. So, we want to feed all of them with a simple feat for viewing this programme.
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Thanking you,
With best regards,
Yours Brother in His service,
Pastor.Timothy.Nethala

Sexystarimages.com 02.10.10 at 8:51 am

mmhh.. Like to be touch with you.

ResilientMichael 03.12.10 at 2:33 am

I really enjoyed the Financial Times of Canada when I worked in sales and marketing. Kept we two steps ahead.

Kenji 03.22.10 at 3:27 pm

I agree that for local social/geo-community networks it helps that community members are not anonymous.

From my small slice of the world running a neighborhood social network that developed over a passionate school board issue I can attest that the anonymous comments many times derailed otherwise constructive discussions. After implementing a first and last name, 2 strikes / out, and the right of the admin to check ID in person (never had to do it) the discussions were elevated.

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