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Mathew Ingram, a veteran technology journalist, well-known blogger, co-founder of the mesh conference and social news enthusiast is joining GigaOM team. He is going to writing on a diverse set of topics, including the evolution of media.

There are some stories that write themselves. This is one of them. About four years ago, I traveled to Toronto to attend the inaugural mesh web conference. There I learned two things: Paul Kedrosky is as funny in person as he on his blog. And Mathew Ingram is one sharp cookie.

I was introduced to Mathew by his mesh co-founder and fellow tech scribe, Mark Evans. We immediately hit it off for like me, Mathew is an old media guy who believes that the future of the news business is a digital one. A writer/editor for The Globe and Mail in Canada, Mathew at that point had already been writing for more than 15 years.

He and I are old enough to have both covered the Netscape IPO and to know firsthand what a pain it is to design for IE 4.0 — Mathew through his work on the launch of globeandmail.com and me through helping to kick-start the online version of Forbes. Most importantly, like me, though cautiously optimistic, he’s betting that technology is going to take us to a better place.

When I was leaving Toronto, he observed that it was time for me to branch out on my own, career-wise. As it turned out, three months later I did just that, launching the GigaOM Network in July 2006. Today I am thrilled to announce that Mathew will join us on GigaOM, writing alongside Stacey, Liz and I. As far as what he’s going to write about, I’ll let him tell you that in his own words.

Though if you’re at all interested in the evolution of the media, the web, social networks and other such topics then you’ve almost surely read Mathew’s writings already. They are powerful, concise, incisive and crucially, they follow the ethos that we at GigaOM believe in: community first. I have been trying to convince Mathew to come and help us realize our dreams for some time. But his dream was to be the G&M’s online communities editor, to help that publication embrace social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook. So we waited.

In the past year, not only did he launch the G&M’s groundbreaking Public Policy Wiki, but Mathew wrote for the Nieman Journalism Lab, where he offered up among the most thought-provoking observations on the media industry of anyone in this business. But now our stars have aligned and here he is. You can also follow him on Twitter @mathewi. Please join me in welcoming him to our little world.

By Om Malik

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  1. Great move Om and congrats Mathew! Mathew is one of the most likable and inspiring people in the MSM world and it’s awesome that we’ve won him over to the blogosphere! Just wish it was a certain other blog he was joining, but hey – I’m happy for you guys!

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    1. Thanks, Marshall — now I am blushing :-)

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    2. Thanks Marshall, we are glad to have him board and great that you made him blush.

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  2. Hey Om,

    Suggestions: how about making his twitter handle a live link so we can follow him with a single click.

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    1. in the time it took you to write that, you could have opened up your tweetdeck/twitter search and typed it.

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    2. it is done :-)

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  3. Congratulations to Mathew and to GigaOM! A very smart hire and a great opportunity. Can’t wait til he gets writing. :)

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    1. +1 to that

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    2. thanks, Mel!

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  4. Congratulations Mathew! Given your omnipresent insights, GigaOM is in for a real treat, and so are we, the readers- formerly known as the audience :).
    Om- does this mean that we can expect more Canadian coverage from GigaOM?

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    1. William, great point. Mat is an example of the great but ignored Web talent we have here in Canada. I hope Om will provide Mat with some space to spotlight Canadians.

      Regards,
      George

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  5. Om congrats for landing Mathew. He is absolutely wonderful and will be an awesome addition to your team. He is a gem.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Leila

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  6. Congrats Matthew and GigaOm!

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    1. Thanks, Jim

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  7. I met Mathew long before Blogging was cool. In fact, he was on a panel at an event called, Blogging For Corporate Communications (I think this goes back to 2005). He was one of the journalists on a panel conversation, and at that moment I knew the needle was going to move. He’s smart, engaging and a killer writer. This is a huge coup for you Om – congrats!

    Way to go Mathew!!

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    1. Mitch

      I totally agree with you on this. Thanks for the comments and appreciate you sharing the story.

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    2. Thanks a lot for that, Mitch — you are very kind :-)

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  8. Thanks everyone for your comments and wishes. We are glad to have him on the team.

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  9. The Toronto scene will greatly miss you!

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    1. Thanks, Karim

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  10. Congrats Om on a terrific addition to your team.

    Mathew – congrats to you, it sounds like an incredible opportunity. While this post doesn’t say whether you will be moving to sunny California or staying here in Toronto, I hope that wherever you will be, that you continue to be a part of the MESH Conference (an event which inspired me to engage in social media).

    @JodiEchakowitz

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    1. Thanks, Jodi — I will be working from Toronto, and will definitely still be involved in mesh.

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