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Stuart Thomas: Senior Reporter
Stuart Thomas joined the Burn Media team in 2011 while finishing off an MA in South African Literature. Eager to prove his geek credentials, he allowed himself to be thrown in the deep and did his best stay afloat. When not fused with his keyboard, you can find him running the streets and off road trails in and around Cape Town. He is yet to go viral.
  • People are turning to Gumtree to satisfy their desire for Stikeez

    However you might feel about Stikeez, the collectible toys Pick n Pay currently gives out with purchases over R150, there's no getting around their popularity. It should hardly be surprising then that people are going online to get their hands on the brightly coloured blobs of plastic without having find more groceries to spend their money on. On eBay for instance, you can pick up a collection of Stikeez for anywhere from R59 to R119. And on online classifieds site Gumtree, individual Stikeez are going for as much as R10. Sure your collection isn't likely to bring in a...

  • This JMPD officer is on her way to becoming a viral star

    When Johannesburg motorist Clive Naidoo was pulled over by the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), allegedly for jumping a red robot, and started filming he would probably never have guessed that he'd turn one of the officers into a viral star. Well aware that she's being recorded, the officer provides a number of cheeky quips to Naidoo's assertion that his taxes pay her salary. As well as asking for an "increase next month", she informs him that she also pays taxes. “I pay tax,” the officer quipped back. “Then my tax pays who? Your maid? Don’t do that. I...

  • These are Africa’s 10 most successful brands on social media

    Africa is an increasingly social continent. In 2014, announced that it had more than 100-million African users, accounting for more than half the continent's internet users. More than 80% of those Facebook users also access it via mobile. And while Facebook is undoubtedly the biggest, there are any number of other social platforms available across Africa. As the continent's bandwidth capacity continues to explode, the number of people using those platforms will only keep growing. That in turn means that it's more important than ever for companies not to just be on those platforms, but to use them in...

  • Untangling Inbound: what should you look for an inbound marketing agency?

    Untangling Inbound is a four part series exploring the basics of inbound marketing. In this, the first article in the series, we explore what you need to know when looking for an inbound marketing agency. Most of us have a handle on how advertising in the conventional sense works. After all, we're bombarded by ads across a variety of media on a daily basis. That kind of advertising's great for letting people know you exist, but what happens when they want to find you? And how do you attract the kind of lucrative business that dealing with other businesses...

  • #Strongerthantherand, Mango’s sick burn: 5 Memeburn posts you loved this week

    It's been a tough week for the South African economy, with the Rand tanking against the US Dollar, British Pound, and Euro. So naturally, the country's citizens took refuge in the dark humour of social media. Even as global markets recovered from their hiccoughs, things didn't seem to get much better for the Rand meaning that the hashtag #Strongerthantherand actually stuck around for a few days. Small wonder then, that it was the subject of your favourite Memeburn post for the week. Given the battered state of the economy, it should hardly be surprising that South Africans flocked en-masse...

  • Facebook sees a billion users in one day

    More than one-billion people used Facebook on Monday. Yup, that's right, nearly one-seventh of the world's population logged on to the big blue social network in a single 24 hour period. The landmark was announced by Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post, with a celebratory video following shortly thereafter. "When we talk about our financials, we use average numbers, but this is different," Zuckerberg says in the post. "This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world". Read more: Facebook launches M, its AI powered...

  • Instagram ditches square-only photo format

    Instagram is freeing its users from the constraints of the square. Yup, the photo filtering and sharing social network has officially announced that users can now post portrait and landscape photos. While that's not good news for the host of third-party apps offering those services, it's at least a sign that Instagram has an idea of what its users want. In the official blog post announcing the new feature, Instagram says that while the square photo "has been and always will be part of who we are", it believes that "the visual story you’re trying to tell should always...

  • CliffCentral app lands on app stores

    The CliffCentral smartphone app has launched and is available for download on iOS and Android. The app, which launched ahead of schedule, allows listeners to listen to the online radio station live as well as browse, listen to, and download podcasts. While listening live, you can share the fact that you're doing so on Twitter and Facebook. And if you pause the live-stream you can pick up again where you left off. Read more: Here’s a preview of what the upcoming CliffCentral streaming app will feature There are a couple of features that showed up in the preview video for the...

  • There’s some serious tech behind this African quadriplegic’s Kilimanjaro attempt

    On Saturday, Chaeli Mycroft will begin her attempt to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. What makes Mycroft different to the other 21-year-olds to have climbed Africa's highest peak is that she's a quadriplegic. In fact, if she's successful, Mycroft will be the first female quadriplegic to reach the summit. And thanks to a bevvy of technologies, you'll be able to follow her entire journey online. An ability activist, wheelchair user and co-founder of The Chaeli Campaign Mycroft is attempting the climb in bid to raise funds for her organisation's Inclusive Education Programme and The Chaeli Cottage Inclusive Preschool and...

  • Paper Video: can QR codes, explainer videos put South Africa’s matrics back on track?

    In seven weeks' time, South Africa's 2015 matric class will begin writing their final examinations. The results of those examinations will, most likely, spark a spate of articles decrying the state of South Africa's education system. Unless a Cape Town-based initiative called Paper Video has it's way that is. Describing itself as a social enterprise, Paper Video aims to bring together QR codes and explainer videos to scale up the reach of quality teachers so that every student in South Africa can gain the value of immediately being able to access an experienced teacher during their studies. What Paper...

  • Here’s a preview of what the upcoming CliffCentral streaming app will feature

    South African online radio station CliffCentral is set to launch a smartphone app which will allow people to listen to the station live, send messages to the CliffCentral team, and save podcasts among other things. Memeburn understands that the app will launch within the next week and is designed with the high cost of South African mobile data in mind. Users will, for instance, be able to stream at low, medium, and high resolutions. They'll also be able to download podcasts for offline listening. Read more: The great podcast resurgence and the rebirth of radio Headed by former 5fm DJ Gareth...

  • Facebook Moments lets you give, receive photos privately

    Facebook has officially launched Moments, a standalone app that allows you to give your photos to friends, get their photos, and keep them all in a single private place. Essentially the app is meant to help bring together photos from occasions, trips, and moments of your life that you've spent with the people who are most important to you. "With a phone at everyone’s fingertips, the moments in our lives are captured by a new kind of photographer: our friends," the social network says in a press release. "It’s hard to get the photos your friends have taken of you,...

  • Check out Mango’s brilliant response to FlySafair’s R1 fiasco

    If you're going to put out an offer for R1 flights, you should probably make sure your website can stand up to the slew of people looking to buy said flights. That's the lesson South African low-cost airline FlySafair learned the hard way today. As part of its first birthday celebrations, FlySafair announced the release of 30 000 R1 tickets -- including airport taxes -- along any of its routes. Within hours of the special going live though, tickets were only available on mobile as the main website had crashed. The mobile option soon followed suit, with users trying...

  • Facebook makes ‘Donate Now’ button a permanent feature

    Facebook has officially made the "Donate Now" feature a permanent feature, making it available to any Page worldwide that labels itself a non-profit organisation. According to Facebook, the feature is aimed at "making it easier than ever for non-profit Page owners to connect with people who care about their cause". Read more: Facebook launches campaign against Ebola, including ‘Donate Now’ button “Every day, people use Facebook to raise awareness and support for causes they care about and to motivate others to do the same," a Facebook spokesperson said. "We're inspired by how much good comes from these connections, so we've added 'Donate...

  • Google trying out tool that’ll marry your foodporn with Maps

    Google wants your food photos. According to a report on Android Police, the internet giant is testing out a feature that will allow you to upload your foodporn to Google Maps. The feature will reportedly detect when photos are taken at restaurants and other places where food is served and offer to attach them to the establishment's location. Right now the feature is only available to "Level 3" and above Local Guides -- meaning people who've contributed more than 50 reviews as part of the Local Guides programme. The feature appears to borrow extensively from an experimental food photography...