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  • Weekend News in Tweets: Ronaldo moth, Serena Williams, South Sudan & 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 (8 July - 10 July 2016) Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon singles crown and 22nd Grand Slam trophy Saturday, putting her level with German great Steffi Graf. Williams beat German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the final in London. Scotland's Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon men's singles crown Sunday too, beating Canadian Milos Raonic in...

  • Facebook Messenger gains WhatsApp-like encrypted chat

    Online privacy and protection of sensitive content is in the fore this week on social media, especially in the wake of the livestreamed shooting of Philando Castile last week. Using Facebook Live video streaming service, Castile's girlfriend broadcast his ordeal after he was shot by police. Facebook has since published a statement, suggesting that if an incident like the above was streamed using its service "to raise awareness or find the shooter," it would "allow it". The video also raised issues about communicating to others over social media with sensitive information. On that note, Facebook just a few hours after its...

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account briefly hijacked by OurMine

    The latest high-profile CEO to wake up to a social media account breach is none other than Twitter head Jack Dorsey. The world's first tweeter and founder of Square rather ironically this weekend found his Twitter account hijacked by Robin Hood security collective OurMine. While the collective didn't post anything incriminating or embarrassing, OurMine was sure to use Dorsey's account to advertise its own security business, a trend that we've seen from the group's previous attacks. This year, the collective has targeted Google's CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Other celebrities including musician Deadmau5 and actor Channing Tatum, have also...

  • Alton Sterling, Philando Castile & Dallas shootings: celebrities weigh-in on America’s violent week

    It has been a destructive, divisive week for America. In less than 72-hours, three incidents of gun violence -- two by police officers and one against -- have erupted across America's Midwest, Deep South and Lone Star state respectively. In the first incident on 5 July, Louisiana resident Alton Sterling succumbed to gunshot wounds after two police officers opened fire on him at point-blank range. Videos soon emerged of the incident on social media, and has since become one of the biggest news stories of the week. Less than 36-hours later, Philando Castile was shot by a police officer in Minnesota,...

  • Oscar Pistorius: social media slams sentence, global search spikes

    After three years of back-and-forth legal battles, Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six-years behind bars for shooting and murdering Reeva Steenkamp. The legal journey's ups and downs, twists and turns is something South Africa, and the world, has been following attentively. The trial will likely be remembered as South Africa's first real public trial fuelled by social media reaction. But what does that mean? We asked the folk over at YouKnow, a South African social media analytics company, to scrub the depths of social media for reactions before during and post-sentencing. And well, the results are pretty interesting. Oscar Pistorius' sentence...

  • Facebook reveals OpenCellular platform: cheaper connectivity soon?

    It's easy to forget that there are loads of people that don't have access to the internet, owing to their remote locations and the price of connectivity and infrastructure. In fact, Facebook claims that over four billion people are unconnected and that 10 percent of the global population lives outside cellular range. It added that the cost of traditional cellular infrastructure was prohibitively expensive in many areas. "In many cellular network deployments, the cost of the civil and supporting infrastructure (land, tower, security, power, and backhaul) is often much greater than the cost of the cellular access point itself," it explained. The social network hopes...

  • 5 debunked myths about selling and marketing on social media

    When marketers think about social media, they mostly regard it as a top-of-the-funnel tool. Specifically, it’s an avenue for communication that’s best used to identify and filter unqualified leads. This is not an unreasonable characterization; social media is a great tool for starting off the conversion funnel. But who’s to say it can’t also be employed as a bottom-of-the-funnel sales tool as well? Social media marketing myths, debunked Many marketing professionals haven’t yet recognized what an effective sales tool social media can be. Part of the reason this is not more generally known is that, everywhere you look, people repeat common myths...

  • Snapchat Memories lets users save, back up and repost previous snaps

    Snapchat's latest update is decidedly, well, unlike Snapchat. The ephemeral messaging app, which has made a name for itself as such, today announced that its users can soon save snaps to their device. Dubbed Memories, Snapchat's calling the system "a personal collection of your favorite moments that lives below the Camera screen." It's effectively a reservoir into which users can save snaps and, more importantly, repost those same snaps to Snapchat. This update marks a huge change for the platform This update marks a huge change for the platform, which previously allowed users to only share live content to their ephemeral snap collection,...

  • WhatsApp ‘back up’ in Zimbabwe, regulator issues state warning [update]

    Update #1, Wed 7 July, 8.20pm: According to a report citing the Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimbabweans who share and spread information about the country's protests will be disconnected from the country's mobile networks. "All SIM cards in Zimbabwe are registered in the name of the user. Perpetrators can easily be identified," the body announced late Wednesday following WhatsApp's four-hour outage. "Any person caught in possession of, generating, sharing or passing on abusive, threatening, subversive or offensive telecommunication messages, including WhatsApp or any other social media messages." Read the full report over on Fin24. Original article: Social networking services WhatsApp...

  • Snapchat, meet Snow: Korea’s rival app makes waves in Asia

    While Snapchat is satisfying the West's need for self-centered video snippets, South Korea's rival app does much of the same. Developed by Line Messenger creator Naver, Snow is practically a clone of Snapchat, and allows users to post snippets of annoying videos and lace them with wacky filters. "Take videos with hilarious face effects and send them to your friends instantly. You can respond to snaps from friends with texts and animated GIFs as well. LIVE makes sharing your moments with friends easy, speedy and fun," explains the app's description on Google Play. Users can also add images and the like to...

  • Discovering YouTube: 6 binge-worthy YouTube channels for cinema lovers

    Education and entertainment are two faculties that aren't usually seen together, except perhaps on YouTube. Using this as a lens for our latest series -- Discovering YouTube -- we take you on a journey through some of the channels you may just want to subscribe to. It wouldn't be farfetched to claim that movies were the purveyors of popular culture well before the internet was born. Even to this day, motion pictures add to our perceptions and constructs about the world, the reaction memes we use online, and perhaps even the way we think about ourselves. Although watching Game Of...

  • Social recruitment: the next big trend in hiring for your business

    Social media, supplemented by news apps is the go-to place to find the latest news happenings, but it is also on these platforms where job seekers are finding out about available positions. Gone are the days of employers and recruiters advertising a position in print and online and being inundated by quality candidates. Recruiters now use social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram in addition to LinkedIn to find and engage with prospects, sometimes starting off with a very small pool of candidates meeting the criteria. What the water cooler of old was for office gossip, social media networking...

  • Viral Facebook video captures elephant wrecking bakkie in Maputo

    Human beings might be most frequently at the top of the food chain, but we're by no means a match for animals in the wild. Take elephants for instance. These gentle giants often grow to be four-metres tall, and weight nearly 6000kg. That's heftier than five family hatchbacks. With that in mind, a new video of an elephant wrecking a tourist's vehicle in Mozambique's Maputo Game Reserve shows just how puny human machinery really is. Related: Family car in Kruger National Park smashed by stampeding buffalo The video surfaced on Facebook on 4 July and captures the bakkie driver's perspective of a...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 8 stunning shots of Mbombela

    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 take a trip back into South Africa's lowveld to Mbombela -- capital of Mpumalanga. Although still referred to by its previous name, Nelspruit, Mbombela is a city in flux. It's fast becoming the cultural hub of South Africa's north-eastern corner,...

  • Twitter pays tribute to Iceland’s football heroics after loss to France

    Calling Iceland's starlit run through this year's Euro 2016 a "miracle" wouldn't be farfetched at all. Ranked 34th in the World FIFA Rankings, the country had no right (at least on paper) to beat the likes of England and Austria, while drawing stubbornly against Portugal. Still, by playing entertaining football, the team clawed its way into the quarter finals, where it finally met its match in hosts France. Beaten 5-2 in an open an fluid game, many were sad that Wales vs. Iceland wasn't the final we were getting. But instead of crying, Iceland's fans took to Twitter to pay homage to...