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  • Weekend News in Tweets: Wayde van Niekerk wins gold, Milwaukee violence & 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 (12 August – 14 August). Struggling Hull City beat reigning Premier League champions Leicester City 2-1 in the opening match of the season. It's the first time a reigning Premier League champion was beaten on the opening day of the season. 9️⃣0️⃣ | @HullCity 2 (Abel Hernández, Robert Snodgrass) @LCFC 1 (Riyad Mahrez) #HULLEI pic.twitter.com/zasabjHshJ — Hull City (@HullCity)...

  • 10 things #HighSchoolTaughtMe according to Twitter

    Do you remember wearing tartan ties, knee-high socks, your locker combination, the faint whiff of baked pies at lunch time, the screams of kids playing football on the field, or the clip-clops of teachers' heels as they enter class? If you do, then you'll likely remember your days as a high school student. You do remember it, right? If not, Twitter's latest trend will surely help you out. For some, it would've been a good while since you last set foot in a classroom as a student, but that doesn't stop Twitter from remembering the good ol' days. The hashtag #HighSchoolTaughtMe began...

  • Elon Musk’s latest tweet will hurt your brain, make you a No Man’s Sky believer

    Space exploration pioneer and tech wizard Elon Musk has dropped some serious philosophical knowledge on the world and its inner workings after Hello Games' No Man's Sky launched this week. The latest PlayStation 4 and PC game -- which lets players explore over 18-quintillion planets -- was the subject of Musk's latest tweet, taking inspiration from the game's procedurally-generated universe. "Will try out @NoMansSky this weekend," he tweets. "Maybe reality is just a series of nested simulations all the way down." Will try out @NoMansSky this weekend. Maybe reality is just a series of nested simulations all the way down ... https://t.co/DCMr1TVOdL—...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Mere mortals can now apply for a verified Twitter account

    Twitter has announced that anyone can now apply to have their Twitter account verified. Prior to this, users had to be famous and wield influence in specific fields to have this honour bestowed on them. There was also no way to apply for verification. While users can now apply, Twitter does not guarantee approval. The account, according to the company, will only be verified if it is determined to be of public interest. To request an account to be verified, users need to fill out a form and provide a verified phone number, confirmed email address, bio, profile photo, header photo,...

  • #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes takes Twitter by hilarious, misquoted storm

    The unfortunate truth for celebrities or the US presidency's presumptive nominees' wives is that practically any instance of folly will be outlined, dissected and laughed at excessively on the internet. The latest case of this -- after the Kanye vs. Taylor fight earlier this week -- is none other than Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump. At Monday's Republican National Convention, Melania Trump made a speech that, rather ironically, used an almost identical portion of Michelle Obama's Democratic National Convention address from 2008. Whoops. Trump released a statement on Twitter suggesting that her "team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations". Statement...

  • Twitter remembers Gugu Zulu as an inspiration, South African role model

    South African racing driver, Gugu Zulu, died early Monday while attempting to climb Mount Kilimajaro, the continent's tallest peak. Zulu, who was taking part in the Trek4Mandela charity challenge (which aimed to raise money for girls in Africa) with his wife and around 40 others, reportedly "experienced problems breathing" while on the mountain. More details: SA race driver Gugu Zulu dies on Kilimanjaro trip News of his death broke on major South African news channels around 10am SAST. Twitter has since been inundated with words of comfort for Zulu's family and messages of disbelief. His last tweet is also rather chilling. Acclimatization day3 -...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Turkey coup, Taylor Swift vs Kanye West & 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 (15 July – 17 July 2016). After a failed military takeoever in Turkey that began late Friday led to an estimated 265 deaths, 1440 injured, around 2800 arrested military members and 2745 detained judges and prosecutors, the country swiftly moved to throttle internet traffic to social media networks. We have no reason to think we’ve been fully blocked...

  • Nice Attack: world politicians use Twitter to condemn Bastille Day attack

    In the late hours of 14 July 2016, during France's Bastille Day celebrations, a gunman drove a truck through a crowd of people in Nice, southern France, killing at least 84 people. It's France's second major terror attack in less than a year, after last November's attacks in Paris. According to reports, the driver of the truck ploughed through the crowd for at least two kilometres before police shot the attacker dead. After the incident, #PrayForNice and #NiceAttack became Twitter's top trends worldwide, with #NousSommesUnis ("we are united") taking off in France in the past hour. But while Twitter users across the...

  • 10 examples of Pokemon Go going way too far on Twitter

    We're starting to get a little Drowzee tired of Pokemon Go news in the office this week, as people go to ridiculous lengths to play the game and make non-stop posts. Just how ridiculous can it get though? Well, Twitter users have done a good job capturing the world's obsession with the mobile title. So this Just happened... #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/PWZRxXHtcv — Ismail Amen (@bigish41) July 14, 2016 The world in 2016 #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/vEYMx0gpTA — Geoff D. ⭐ (@Geoffdx) July 13, 2016 Pokémon Go user playing while driving successfully catches a tree https://t.co/iFnyuzeGhN pic.twitter.com/TbjhubdCWy — Jalopnik (@Jalopnik) July 13, 2016 Ha! Just saw this over I-43 in Milwaukee. #PokemonGO...

  • Twitter expands GIF size limit to 15MB for web users

    Today Twitter has announced that it's increasing the size of GIFs users can embed in tweets. Previously the size was 5MB, but Twitter's expanding it to three times that. The 15MB-sized GIFs are not available on the Twitter app for now and Twitter has not mentioned when this addition will happen. This should at least alleviate some concern for users with limited mobile data plans. In 2015, the company claimed that over 100-million GIFs are shared on the platform. The new change appears to be in line with those numbers. Read more: Twitter introduces GIF search and video support in DMs Earlier this...