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  • Tropical Cyclone Dineo in pictures: devastation captured on Twitter, Instagram

    UPDATE: 17 Feb, 1.17pm: The Middle Letaba Dam in Limpopo is reportedly 102% full. Community members have been alerted. #Dineo Water and sanitation department says the Middle Letaba Dam in Limpopo is 102% full. An alert has been sent for possible flooding. — EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) February 17, 2017 UPDATE: 17 Feb, 9.08am: The Mozambique government have confirmed that seven people have died. The storm is currently moving through Limpopo. #dineo is officially in Polokwane right now pic.twitter.com/wKfH0okaoB — Senku Matsepane (@SenkuMatsepane) February 17, 2017 The clouds this morning in Muyexe, Giyani #Dineopic.twitter.com/ylf6WGEEaT — African Child (@ZikhonaTshona) February 17, 2017 UPDATE: 16 Feb, 1.30pm: At least four people, including a child,...

  • Julius Malema criticises South Africa’s Twitter activists

    At an EFF press conference this afternoon, party leader Julius Malema denounced the actions of South Africans who see Twitter as the highest form of protest. Twitter has been one of the biggest platforms for activism in South Africa recently, mainly because of users' ability to get information out quickly. During last year's #FeesMustFall protests, the platform gave protesters a voice to counter what universities were touting as the truth. In the party's first briefing after the State of the Nation address last week, the EFF outlined their version of the chaotic evening. While accusing President Jacob Zuma of not abiding by...

  • Kale Salad: the Twitter account honouring meme creators

    Tired of seeing the Dory accounts and Common White Girls of the world get thousands of retweets for stolen content? You're not alone! Plenty of Twitter users have had their relatable content taken and posted on accounts with millions of followers without credit. If you've been on Twitter for a while, you'll understand the dilemma. Accounts like @Dory and @CommonWhiteGirl both have over a million followers. @KardashianReact has over 800 000. But the people they take content from have at most tens of thousands -- though it averages at around 5000. While this may seem inconsequential, many of the original creators...

  • China’s Weibo is now worth more than Twitter

    Twitter is just not having a good end to the decade. After disappointing Q4 2016 financial results marred the platform's active role in the US Elections, a new report now suggests that Twitter is valued less than its Chinese rival Weibo. Weibo, now boasting a market capitalisation of US$11.13-billion, shades its American rival by just under a billion dollars. Twitter's cap is around US$10.57-billion at the time of writing. Although this isn't a huge blow to Twitter -- after all, it's blocked in China where Weibo is strongest -- it does put into perspective just how far the company has fallen. Image:...

  • #Tsotsi and #ThePeoplesBae: Twitter’s highlights of #SONA2017

    If there's one thing South Africans can be proud of, it's our resilience. After last night's chaotic #SONA2017, or more formally the State of the Nation Address, it would have been easy to fixate on the dire state of the country. But true to form, South Africans did not let the negativity ruin their night. Armed only with their tweets, they made sure to have a little fun amid the chaos. Naturally, the first to come under direct fire was the country's #1 himself, President Jacob Zuma. EFF MPs did not relent in their criticism of the Commander in Chief, providing plenty...

  • Dear White People: this is what happens when racists tweet their emails

    Timothy Treadstone, known as Baked Alaska on the internet, is such an avid Trump supporter that he had his face and slogan tattooed to his forearm. His views range from general bigotry to white supremacy -- agreeing that "California needs a CLEAN SWEEP". When Treadstone decided it was time to ask people to boycott Netflix for its teaser of Dear White People, he posted a screenshot confirming his cancellation -- along with his full email address. Netflix announced a new anti-white show (Dear White People) that promotes white genocide. I cancelled my account, do the same. #NoNetflixpic.twitter.com/2HIGqviLHj — Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) February 8,...

  • Twitter is cracking down on harassment again with ‘low-quality replies’

    Twitter never seems to get it right when it comes to online safety on its platform. The site has fought many a battle against users worried they aren't doing enough to combat hate speech and harassment. After implementing a few changes in November, the site this week announced that it has rolled out even more in an attempt to create a safer platform for all. The changes implemented include safer search results (which will no longer feature blocked or muted accounts), as well as keeping "low-quality replies" away from the top of threads. The bulk of the criticism lobbied against the...

  • 10 Twitter accounts you should follow before SONA 2017

    With every State of the Nation Address comes the barrage of political topics with which to keep up to date. Will President Zuma be more specific about the "fundamental change" to South Africa's economy, as the recent ANC Lekgotla professed? Will he mention #FeesMustFall or Esidimeni and the Health Department? Has his speech writer removed all numbers from his address? It can be difficult to keep up, so we have compiled a list of Twitter accounts to help you in the lead up to the address. SA Gov News - @SAgovnews President Jacob Zuma will present the SONA to a joint sitting of the two...

  • Joost: Twitter sends well wishes to former Springbok star

    Twitter took a break from complaining about politics, the terribly dry weather and celebrity fallouts this weekend, as former Springbok rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen was rushed to hospital. The 45-year-old former Blue Bulls captain was diagnosed with a form of motor neuron disease (ALS) in 2011, and has since been confined to a wheelchair. But that hasn't stopped him from taking part in ALS research and drives. Joost's J9 Foundation: 'Thank you for the continued support for him and his family' This weekend though, Twitter was noticeably shocked by the news that Joost was in critical condition. Still, users of...

  • Twitter’s @TrumpDraws mocks executive orders with toddler doodles

    We've been writing a lot of content about Donald Trump, and who can blame us? The man has become a living, extremely powerful meme at the head of one of the world's most powerful countries. His presence spans social media -- especially on Twitter -- but even in his new position of power, some just can't help but poke fun at him. A Twitter account, dubbed @TrumpDraws, takes this to an entirely new level. The account uses a clip of Trump flaunting a signed executive order to media, instead replacing the orders' text with drawings seemingly made by a toddler. @TrumpDraws is...

  • 20 SA game development personalities to follow on Twitter [Digital All Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. You wouldn't think this was the case as an outsider, but South Africa has a vibrant game development community. Between high-profile releases, experimental fare and everything in between, South Africa's game developers are a force to be reckoned with. But just who are the standout people you should follow on Twitter? We gathered a few notable personalities/developers you...

  • 10 people more popular on Twitter than Donald Trump

    Yes, US President Donald Trump is a master Twitter user, but believe it or not he's not the social network's most popular person. In fact, Trump is fairly mid-pack in terms of Twitter's most-followed first page. So, with that said, who has more clout on the social network based solely on the number of followers they command? For reference's sake, Donald Trump commands around 23.39-million followers on the social network. Just yesterday, rapper Pitbull had command of more people, but since then, Donald Trump has largely overtaken him. It's likely that we'll see Trump overtake many of these accounts this year, but...

  • #BeyoncePoseChallenge: has Beyonce’s Instagram pose become a thing?

    In the wake of Beyonce's Instagram-shattering announcement earlier this morning, the internet has understandably gone a little bit insane. A byproduct of that however, is about as entertaining as it is scary. The #BeyoncePoseChallenge calls everyone on the net to find their inner Queen B and strike a pose similar to the recording artist's Instagram post this morning. If you missed that post, check out our quick explainer here. Ultimately, it does involve Beyonce's pregnant underwear-clad body, and a sheer piece of fabric draped over her head. Essentially, it's a recipe for a viral meme. 'Beyonce pose' what? The hashtag appeared in select...

  • Tonight’s Premier League Deadline Day will be livestreamed on Twitter

    Transfer deadline day is one that football fans across the world love dearly, and a day Premier League managers hate. But another company eagerly rubbing its hands in anticipation is, perhaps surprisingly, Twitter. The microblogging platform has signed a deal with UK broadcaster Sky Sports that will see it host live broadcasts of Sky's deadline day coverage. It's a great coup for Twitter, and an even bigger one for fans. Effectively, you can catch the last minute signings and deals without the need of a subscription, or a television. "The heart of Deadline Day is the fantastic reporting team and a...

  • Twitter to launch new anti-harassment features

    Twitter has been waging a lengthy war with online bullies and trolls, introducing several key features over the past year or two. Between filing multiple tweets in a single report and the ability share a list of blocked users, it's definitely gone some way to fight harassment. But Ed Ho, vice-president of engineering at Twitter, says the firm still has a long journey ahead. "We'll be rolling out a number of product changes in the days ahead. Some changes will be visible and some will be less so," he tweeted. "This week, we'll tackle long overdue fixes to mute/block and stopping repeat offenders from creating new accounts," the VP...