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  • YouTube Live: 4 ways businesses can use Google’s streaming app

    Faced with stiff competition from Facebook, Twitter, and a handful of upstarts, Google-owned YouTube has announced it will be adding a live mobile streaming option to its own native app. This is according to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and other company officials. Introducing YouTube Live: Google's mobile streaming app Over the past 15-odd months, such platforms as Periscope, Facebook Live, and Meerkat have risen from obscurity and quickly become some of the hottest social networking platforms on the internet. And though YouTube has had live streaming features on its desktop platform for years, the company has been noticeably absent in terms...

  • Facebook to circumvent ad-blocking software on desktop, because ‘choice’

    Whether it's due to aesthetics, data usage or horrible ads in general, ad-blocking software is only gaining steam these days. The trend has however seen loads of websites ask their users to disable ad-blockers. Now, Facebook is taking a somewhat drastic approach to the software. In a blog post, the social media juggernaut said that ads can be useful if they're relevant and well-made. "But because ads don't always work this way, many people have started avoiding certain websites or apps, or using ad blocking software, to stop seeing bad ads. These have been the best options to date," the blog post read. "We've...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: #RememberKhwezi, Oscar in hospital, Rio Olympics & more

    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 in Tweets (5 August - 7 August). President Jacob Zuma was given a stark reminder of his past at the IEC National Elections centre this weekend. While revealing the final results of the local general elections, four women stood up in front of the stage and held up placards urging viewers to "#RememberKhwezi". Khwezi is the name given to...

  • SA Twitter suggests the perfect ANC, DA & EFF #CoalitionLoveSongs

    Another day, another snarky hashtag on South Africa's Twittersphere. This edition of the Local General Elections has been quite a rollercoaster ride on the social network, with #VotingPickupLines trending earlier this week, highlighting the cute and often creepy things fellow voters say to one another, and the more serious #RememberKhwezi, reminding the nation that rape culture should be discussed and never ignored. But while our thumbs are stained, and our votes now fully counted, it's the political parties' turn to look one another in the eye. Thanks to the few parties who managed to secure majorities in major metros (the DA...

  • #VotingPickupLines bring awkward chuckles to Twitter, SA voting stations

    Among the slew of different hashtags appearing on South Africa's Twitter today -- including the likes of #GetInked, #LocalElections, #ivoted, and #LGE2016 -- there's one that stands out. #VotingPickUpLines is currently trending in South Africa presumably by people passing time standing in queues, or simply throwing some hilarious shade post-ballot. It's a pretty interesting hashtag too. It made an appearance when Britain voted in the EU referendum back in June 2016, and prior to that, US citizens voting in the country's 2012 national election. But back to South Africa. For those who have tried, are trying, or are yet to try, here...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Rio is ready, Fikile Mbalula on the decks & more

    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 in Tweets (29 July – 31 July 2016). Host city of the 2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro is putting the finishing touches on some of its infrastructure upgrades, starting with the dedicated Metro line 4. The line, which cost the city US$3.1-billion, is the final piece of the transport puzzle upgrades, linking Ipanema to Barra (the Olympic village...

  • Don’t lose yourself: avoid identity theft on social media

    More than three-quarters of American adults are active on social media, and the numbers total approximately 2.3-billion people worldwide. By living with and through our technology, it is easier than ever before to reconnect with friends, stay in touch with family and meet new people across previously unassailable physical distances. But this also means that the likes of identity theft is becoming a bigger problem. Unfortunately, in stark contrast to real-world interactions, there are few reliable ways to be sure a person is who they purport to be on the internet. The proliferation of social media tools has created new space...

  • 3 quick tips for brands to get the most out of Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger allows consumers to easily open a dialogue with the companies. Both Messenger and Facebook -- as the social network -- are becoming more integrally linked, and it is great news for brands.  The social networking platform recently announced a new set of tools that allow a more personalised experience between consumers and businesses. With around one billion users chatting on Facebook Messenger each month, Facebook is taking the reach of its social platform and integrating customer service and engagement opportunities inherent to Messenger. Related: Facebook Messenger now boasts 11 000 bots, announces incoming updates There are three important aspects to...

  • Snow grips South Africa as users build snowmen on Instagram

    Thanks to the latest cold front system that's taking its sweet time passing over South Africa, much of the country's interior is blanketed in a thick layer of snow. It's not unprecedented, it's just unexpected, especially since the country is in the throws of one of its worst droughts in recent memory. So, being the upvote lovers that humans are, many adventure seekers have taken to the Eastern Cape highlands, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the Free State to craft snowmen, throw snowballs at one another and make snow angels. For all those shenanigans and more, have a look at the light...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: terror in Germany, Froome wins Tour de France & more

    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 in Tweets (21 July – 23 July 2016) More than 80 people were killed and hundreds injured Saturday in a suicide bombing during a protest in Afghanistan capital Kabul. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack which seemed to target Harazas -- the third largest population group in the country, the BBC suggests. .@StateDeptSpox on #KabulAttack: The killers responsible for this...

  • 20+ epic Instagram snaps of people living life at Tomorrowland 2016

    Held in the aptly named town of Boom, Belgium each summer, Tomorrowland is arguably the biggest electronic music festival on the planet. With huge sets, over-the-top production, and over 120 000 visitorsit's a highlight for anyone who loves electronic music. This year, the festival saw a slew of international acts too, including the likes of likes of Fedde Le Grand, Alan Walker, Martin Garrix, and Alesso. But that, it seems, was just an appetizer. Have a look at some of the best Instagram snaps of the festival from the perspective of some of the artists below. Still buzzing from #tomorrowland Hope to...

  • Tinder Social wants to make group dating cool again

    Tinder's new feature is just perfect for those (understandably) too chicken to playing the dating game alone. Dubbed Tinder Social, the company has now added the ability for groups to accept dates, creating the perfect night out to a concert or movie. Tinder now allows users to swipe right on groups, allowing entire bunches of people to hit the town together. Tinder claims this to be a much better experience for some, who often find comfort being about people they're familiar with. "Often your best nights are when you’re hanging with friends, someone makes an unexpected connection with someone in another...

  • Facebook Messenger now has one billion monthly users worldwide

    Facebook Messenger has hit the one-billion monthly active user milestone, just two months after reaching 900-million monthly active users. The announcement sees two Facebook-owned apps (the other being WhatsApp) achieve this user milestone. Facebook has revealed that more than 17-billion photos are shared every month via Messenger, more than 22-million animated GIFs are sent a day, and during Mother's Day, users sent about 300-million flower stickers. Facebook has been investing heavily on Messenger not only as a messaging platform between friends, but between users and businesses. The company claims that over one-billion messages are now shared between users and companies every...

  • Liverpool to livestream friendly football match on YouTube in 360 degrees

    Liverpool might not've had a stellar campaign in the last Premier League football season, but the club is at least spending time on new technologies to entertain its fans. In its latest exploits, the club will broadcast its friendly match tonight against Huddersfield Town in full 360 degrees on YouTube. Accoring to a press release, the camera "will allow users to control the view of the camera from the halfway line and look around the field of view or behind at the fans." It'll also be accompanied by commentary from LFCTV. Related: 7 gorgeous 360 degree videos that will ignite your wanderlust "We...

  • Neymar vs Mark Zuckerberg: it’s the Facebook Messenger keepy-uppy challenge

    Don't look now folks, but celebrities are now challenging one other to something that doesn't involve ice water -- the Keepy Uppy Challenge. Based on a game on Facebook Messenger (inspired by the recent Euro 2016 Championships), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently challenged actual Brazilian and Barcelona footballer Neymar to a game of digital keepy-uppy. Neymar, this week, accepted. In real life, the winner would be a foregone conclusion, but on Facebook Messenger, Mark Zuckerberg is a bit of a Keepy Uppy master. Neymar posted his attempt to Instagram this week, and the video has since garnered over 1.2-million views. Aceitei o desafio...