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  • Weekend News in Tweets: burkini ban overturned & PRASA’s R42m toilet seats

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News on Twitter (26 August – 28 August). South African pilot Michel Leusch was killed Saturday when he lost control of a stunt plane at a Chinese airshow. Durban born, Leusch was performing at the 1st Silk Road International General Aviation Convention in the city of Zhangye, in China's Gansu province. He was 33. South Africa pilot dead in plane crash...

  • Apple reportedly working on a Snapchat clone

    We've already seen Instagram copy Snapchat by implementing Instagram Stories (a take on Snapchat Stories), while Line's developer released a Snapchat-like platform of its own. The next company to get on the ephemeral photo/video bandwagon? Well, it could be Apple... According to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, the Cupertino company is working on a video sharing and editing application for its iOS devices. Bloomberg adds that the new app will let users record video clips and add drawings and filters to them -- sound familiar? From here, they can either be sent to contacts or to your timeline on existing social media platforms. Apple's Snapchat clone will...

  • WhatsApp to swap personal info with Facebook, here’s how to disable it

    WhatsApp has announced a change of terms of service that will allow it to share your personal information with Facebook. It's the first change in terms since it was bought by Facebook in 2014, and for one, it's a pretty big one. The app will now share information -- like your phone number -- with Facebook, allowing its parent company to better find your contacts on the social network, and allow brands and companies to contact you through the service's messaging system. WhatsApp gives an example of banks contacting you about "a potentially fraudulent transaction, or airlines sending a notification "about...

  • YouTube Backstage is Google’s incoming Facebook rival

    Does Google have plans to turn YouTube into a Facebook pretender? According to a report by VentureBeat, yes. Dubbed YouTube Backstage, the feature will bring a social media element to the video sharing and hosting site. The report suggests that Backstage will let users share "photos, polls, links, text posts, and videos with their subscribers". Much like Facebook's Timeline, Backstage's content will also be displayed in reverse chronological order, and will become an integral part of the YouTube channel layout. It's set to gain its own top tab too. YouTube Backstage will bring Facebook-like content to Google's video platform This isn't simply a...

  • Twitter adds Direct Message button to embeds bouquet

    Twitter hasn't always made life easy for website users, but it's latest move is looking to smooth user-to-website owner interaction. This take the form of  Twitter button, making it easier for visitors to send websites' accounts a Direct Message. "We are excited to announce a new button that enables people to start a Direct Message right from a website. Direct Messages are the private side of Twitter, and the message button makes it easy to start a private conversation with you," Twitter's senior product marketing manager Jeff Lesser announced. Announcing our new Message button. Now people can easily slide into your...

  • Instagram finally hits 1bn download mark on Android

    It's taken about four years, but Instagram has this week hit the one billion downloads mark on Google's Play Store. Instagram, an app which allows its users to share and interact with user-posted images, is now the fourth Facebook-owned app that has hit that figure (after Facebook, Messenger and WhatsApp). According to Android Police, it's the 19th app on the Play Store to reach this figure. To put those numbers into rough  perspective, around one-in-seven people on the planet have downloaded the app on an Android smartphone. Considering only about a billion-and-a-half devices run a version of Google's operating system, that's massively...

  • Johannesburg speaker Vasco da Gama already has a Twitter parody account

    In the battle for the Johannesburg Metro that took place on Monday, the DA's Vasco da Gama was elected as the City Council speaker. It's a huge change of power for the once-ANC stronghold, and the result itself sent the Johannesburg City Hall into a bit of a frenzy. Elsewhere, the move also sent Twitter into chaos, as people tweeted their views and funny jokes thanks in part to the speaker's rather historical name. But perhaps one Twitter user making particularly good use of the news is the owner of the da Gama parody Twitter account. Yes, I know what you're...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Turkey wedding blast kills 50 & Caster Semenya wins gold

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News on Twitter (19 August – 21 August). Caster Semenya won gold in the women's 800m race in Rio Saturday. Semenya, who has been called out by fellow competitors for boasting an unfair advantage, romped to victory with Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba and Kenya's Margaret Wambui rounding up an all-African podium. Semenya's time of 1.55.29 is her personal best, and a...

  • Lynsey Sharp called out on Twitter after Caster comments

    This edition of the Olympic Games saw its fair share of off- and on-track issues. From swimmers purportedly getting robbed at gun point, to pools turning rainforest green, to a number of athletes suffering horrendous injuries... it's definitely been an interesting ride. But one particular name that stood out for some this weekend was Lynsey Sharp. After South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya stormed away from the field to win her 800m event with a personal best, 6th place finisher Sharp had a few words to say about the race and her competitors. #LynseySharp began trending Sunday after Caster Semenya's 800m...

  • Facebook’s Lifestage is a teen-centric sharing app developed by a teen

    Social networking giant Facebook this past weekend announced an all new social networking app for teenagers. Dubbed Lifestage, the app is made for 21-year-olds and younger, and allows teens to share and view bio videos. "Lifestage makes it easy and fun to share a visual profile of who you are with your school network. Simply capture into a field on your profile, then post it on your profile," reads the app description page. The app also aims to make use of secondary and tertiary education networks, a lot like Facebook in its early years. "Once your school is unlocked, you can access...

  • 5 incredible social stats to celebrate World Photo Day

    World Photo Day is a fun holiday celebrated on 19 August each year. First established in 2010, the day celebrates each and every one of us who've ever clicked a shutter button, and the results thereafter. And you know, most of what we produce are pretty important to those enormous, multi-billion dollar internet companies. Some rely almost squarely on uploaded images in their daily running and prosperity, and the numbers behind those snaps (rather than the snaps itself), are probably worth a thousand words themselves. For a peek at just how important a role images play on the internet, have a...

  • Twitter debuts ‘quality filter’, but what does it do?

    Twitter has been hard at work over the past few months, delivering everything from bigger GIFs and Snapchat-style stickers to 140-second videos and better harrassment reporting tools. Now, the company has zeroed in on notifications, launching two new features in this regard. The first feature allows you to only get notifications for people you follow, while the second option brings a "quality filter" into the fray. "Don't want to see notifications from everyone? Starting today, everyone will have the ability to limit notifications to only people they follow on mobile and on twitter.com. Simply turn it on if you want to give it...

  • Instagram ‘Events Channel’ lets you explore concerts, the Olympics through video

    Instagram's had quite a month. From Justin Bieber leaving the platform thanks to fan abuse, to the company borrowing Snapchat's stories feature without even changing its name. But the newly announced addition to the social network returns some shine to the service. The company announced in a new blog post that users can now "experience events as they happen around the world with a new video channel on Explore". "This channel collects the best videos from concerts, sporting events and more so you can feel like you’re in the front row. Like the rest of Explore, this new channel is personalized...

  • Facebook Messenger’s bots can now send you advertisements

    A lot has been said about Facebook and its advertising mentality this month, but this week the company announced that's change its advertising policies to help Facebook Messenger bots sell you things. While bots are still allowed to give recommendations (not advertisements) based on user input though a subscription system, Facebook has slightly tweaked the rules. If you happen to be subscribed to a Messenger bot and reply to recommendation sent on said channel within 24 hours, the bot can then send users advertisements and promotional material. Replies need to take the form of an "eligible action" as well (Facebook gives...

  • Update: Justin Bieber deletes his Instagram profile after warning us all

    Update, 16 Aug 2016, 10.01am: Well, we didn't think that Bieber's marketing team would allow this, but clearly you've gone too far, internet. The 22-year-old, after threatening to make his Instagram profile private, has deleted his account entirely. That's right: deleted. That likely means all 77.8-million of his followers on the social platform are now sobbing into their sleeves. There's no word on whether Bieber will revive the account if fans do quell the hatred for Sophia Richie, but for now at least, one of Instagram's heavy hitting accounts is no more. Thankfully for fans, Justin Bieber still happens to be...