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  • Snapchat is coming to Windows 10 phones… soon

    Sure, Windows 10 is a fairly stable desktop OS that just happens to run on everything else -- phones, tablets, even elevators in some cases -- but it has a major lack-of-apps problem. According to a new tweet by the Spanish division of Lumia Support, it's about to get a little better for selfie-enthusiasts; a Snapchat app for Windows 10 is in the works. The Spanish tweet is in reply to a customer query regarding the lack of a Snapchat app on Windows 10, and suggests Microsoft is "already working with our friends to bring Snapchat as soon as possible." The...

  • #Brexit: 29 tweets that tell the story of Britain’s crucial ‘leave’ vote

    Britain has voted to leave the European Union. In the early hours of Friday morning it became increasingly clear those those wishing to leave (in favour of #Brexit) outnumbered those wanting to remain, albeit by a margin which appears to show a nation (or, more correctly, an assemblage of nations) at odds with itself. According to The Guardian, the "Leave" campaign received 17 410 742 (or 52%) of the vote, while the "Remain" camp received 16 141 241 (or 48%) of the vote. The winning camp's victory appears largely to have come on the back of older voters and those...

  • Instagram debuts algorithmic video suggestion feature ‘Picked For You’

    Instagram will soon display video content based on the topics that its users most like. Like its image feeds, the new video channels will be algorithmically generated and curated by Instagram. The news come shortly after Instagram reached 500-million monthly users and its in-app language translation announcement. "As video continues to grow, we’re adding new channels to Explore to make it easier for you to discover videos you’ll enjoy," the company said. The feature dubbed...

  • SA company: social media showed #Brexit was inevitable

    While many people around the world were caught off-guard by Britons voting to leave the European Union, an analysis of social media would've showed them that it was very much on the cards. That's according to media monitoring tool Brandseye, which says human-powered sentiment analysis on a large sample of online referendum commentary showed that most Brits were in favour of leaving the EU. "In the days running up to the vote," says BrandsEye CEO JP Kloppers, "we analysed a sample of 10,000 mentions representing half a million opinions across a range of social media platforms, and found...

  • Twitter makes Vine (and video) relevant again with 140-second videos

    With Instagram's latest video improvements -- allowing users to record bursts of 60-second videos -- it's Twitter's turn to play its hand. This week, the social network announced that its users will be able to record videos of up to 140-seconds (for obvious reasons). This improvement is also heading to Vine. "Where previously, uploaded videos were limited to 30 seconds, now anyone can create video Tweets up to – you guessed it – 140 seconds long," it explains on its blog. Select publishers can soon look forward to 10-minute long videos as well. Twitter believes that the new ability turns both Vine...

  • Twitter Engage: its new app for celebs and influencers

    Twitter has launched a new app for famous, influencial people. Dubbed Twitter Engage, the new app is available on iOS, but only available in the US. It gives celebrities and popular figures a better way to connect to their fans and get insights into their interactions. Twitter claims that the app will give famous people insights into their Twitter activities, allowing them to never miss a conversation that matters, get more insights about what’s happening in their network, track their tweets and keep abreast with updates. Read more: Instagram reaches 500m user milestone, posts celebratory video Twitter Engage offers real time data...

  • Instagram reaches 500m user milestone, posts celebratory video

    Instagram has just crossed the 500-million user mark, with 300-million people using the platform daily, the Facebook-owned service announced. "Our community also continues to become even more global, with more than 80 percent living outside of the United States," Instagram said in a blog post. "Thank you for your creativity, your openness and your passion for sharing your worlds with one another. We can't wait to see what you create next." Instagram hit the 400-million mark in September 2015, crossed 300-million users in December 2014 and hit 200-million users in March 2014. Today, we’re excited to announce our community has grown to more than...

  • #TshwaneUnrest: Twitter users react to violent protests

    The unrest in Tshwane has quickly become the number one Twitter topic in South Africa, as citizens and journalists alike report on the ongoing violent protests. The protests took place shortly after Thoko Didiza was announced as the ANC's mayoral candidate for Tshwane. Political leaders/groups lead the charge against the unrest. We condemn in the strongest terms the outbreak of violence and destruction of property which has occurred during #TshwaneUnrest — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) June 21, 2016 Perpetrators of the #TshwaneUnrest will face the full might of the law. — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) June 21, 2016 #Duarte: ANC has noted & is deeply disturbed by...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 10 picturesque portraits of Port Elizabeth

    As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram, where each week, we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. We're heading back to the coast this week to visit one of South Africa's oldest cities -- Port Elizabeth. Founded in 1820, The Bay, iBhayi or the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is home to over a million of the friendliest people in...

  • 5 social tools to help boost brand awareness and audience engagement

    Every brand wants to easily identify and reach their target audiences as quickly as possible. Audience engagement is detrimental to forming a meaningful connections with consumers and emerge as a successful brand. Here are five new social media tools that will help you, and your business, reach your targeted audience easily and effectively. Socedo Socedo helps users discover the best prospects on social media in real-time. The service uses real-time social behavior based on user personas in order to find out leads who are about to enter your buying cycle. This activity info is combined with profile data from sources like Twitter and...

  • 8 ways you can leverage Snapchat to boost your brand [infographic]

    Snapchat is a formidable and ever-growing social network, but it remains a fairly misunderstood one for brands and companies. Hell, even individuals who are new to the platform are often bewildered by the odd UI and strange layout. But while it might seem daunting, with its over 100-million users, Snapchat is a platform that can be used to great effect for your personal and company's brand. Related: Snapchat’s now more popular than Twitter, according to report While Snapchat Discover plays host to a rather select and elite set of companies willing to pay huge fees for space (and in some cases, receive...

  • Twitter pans (then praises) Springboks after comeback against Ireland

    Even if you missed this weekend's second rugby test match between South Africa and Ireland, you probably heard disgruntled Springboks fans shouting at their televisions. Trailing 3-19 at half-time, the Springboks were (for probably the first time in living memory) booed off the hallowed Ellis Park turf in Johannesburg Saturday night. And it wasn't only the Johannesburg faithful who had a few things to say. Twitter came alive with the trending topic #SAvIRE (among others), and users couldn't resist airing their views of the Springboks' indifferent performance at half time: Abysmal first half. Loosies shocking again, front row destroyed. Back 3 pathetic....

  • There’s money in smileys: emoji-based ad-targeting comes to Twitter

    For users, Twitter's just getting stranger and stranger. It's latest move however will probably be loved by advertisers. The company has announced that it will now allow advertisers to target advertising at individuals based on the emoji they've used. It's a move that follows its continued struggle for revenue, and also takes advantage of the sudden surge in emoji popularity on its platform. In its personal blog, Twitter suggests that over 110-billion emojis have been used on its network since 2014. In a recent post, Gartner suggests that marketers need to embrace the rise of emojis as a richer story-telling medium, and...

  • Facebook introduces SMS within Messenger on Android

    Facebook is again trying its hand at SMS. Its Messenger platform has introduced SMS support on Android devices. The feature is not available for Apple users because iOS doesn't support app permissions for accessing text messages/SMS, according to Facebook. This is not the first time that Messenger has experimented with SMS but the company claims it has become much easier to support text messages within Messenger on Android. Facebook says that the feature is an attempt to integrate friends sending GIFs on Messenger with parents only using SMS. The SMS feature will support standard text, images, videos, and audio. Facebook promises that it will...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 7 great snaps of Bloemfontein

    As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram where each week we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. This week, we venture inland from the warm coastline of Durban, to the frigid golden countryside of the Free State, and its largest city, Bloemfontein. As South Africa's judicial capital city, Bloemfontein is rich in history and architectural heritage, but it's not known...