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  • The Star newspaper falls for a fictional brutal death story told on Twitter

    On 8 January 2016, a Twitter user by the name of January 21st (@JustKhuthi) began tweeting a 70-tweet long story about a gruesome killing of a girl named Kamogelo Peterson (Kamo). The first tweet was on 8 January 2016 and the rest followed on 10 January 2016. Twitter users were aghast and offered their sympathies. The handle @JustKhuthi retweeted some of the reactions using the hashtag #RIPKamo. The Star newspaper picked up on the story and published it as news. It has now emerged that the story is a work of fiction. According to the story, Kamogelo Peterson had...

  • Twitter explores 10k character limit

    Ever wanted to write a novel on Twitter, but hate the thought of breaking it up into 140-character sized chunks? Well then you might be pleased to learn that Twitter is considering a 10 000 character limits on tweets. If true, the new character limit would represent the latest in a series of changes made to the social network as it looks to prop up its struggling share price. If pushed through, it would mean that tweets would have the same character limit as Direct Messages, which underwent their own expansion in August last year. According to US-based tech...

  • Amidst finance minister shuffles, SA Twitter still has a sense of humour

    Life in South Africa may be many things, but boring is not one of them. You only have to look at the fact that the country's had three finance ministers in less than a week. Yup, just four days after President Jacob Zuma's shock axing of Nhlanhla Nene, his replacement David van Rooyen found himself out of a job, with Pravin Gordhan back in charge of the treasury. President Zuma made the announcement on Sunday night, with a statement saying that he had "received many representations to reconsider my decision". "As a democratic government," he added, "we emphasise the...

  • #ZumaMustFall: South Africans voice concern, frustration after Nene axing

    Twitter is filled with tweets voicing people's concern and frustration over South Africa's future. This comes after the surprise announcement by President Jacob Zuma in sacking the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene. As the trend goes these days, many South Africans used the hashtag #ZumaMustFall to direct their anger and shock towards their president. According to Curator, over 18 500 tweets with the hashtag #ZumaMustFall has been sent over the last 24 hours. As the tweet count for #ZumaMustFall spiked, so did the dollar-to-rand exchange rate. The rand's value dropped from its already weak R14.89 to R15.13 against the US dollar. At...

  • #FeesMustFall, emojis, #RWC2015: Twitter SA’s 2015 year in review

    As 2015 draws to a close, you can expect to see a whole load of annual round-ups. One of the earliest off the mark this year is Twitter, which on Monday published its global #YearOnTwitter page. It's also sent through a review of how the year went down on South African Twitter. As increasing numbers of South Africans come online, Twitter increasingly becomes a real-time soundtrack to the biggest moments and events as they unfold. And according to Twitter, the moments South African tweeters are most concerned with are hard news, sport, and big TV events. ...

  • #UFOSA sighting, crash site is an elaborate marketing campaign by FutureLife, Clover

    Twitter was in a state of confusion over the past weekend in South Africa, when people started reporting UFO sightings around the country. Images and videos, along with the hashtag #UFOSA, caught what appeared to be a green light hovering over Sandton, Johannesburg as well as parts of Cape Town and Durban. While theorists suggested it to be part of a marketing campaign for HSBC Cape Town Sevens to take place in December, others naturally pointed to aliens. Now that South Africans have finally discovered the "crash site", it seems we have finally uncovered the truth. Fact or Fiction? Aliens spotted...

  • Is Twitter killing share counts a smart move or completely self-destructive?

    Before you start reading this article, I want you to take a look at the share buttons at the top. You'll notice that the Facebook and LinkedIn icons have numbers next to them, but that the Twitter icon doesn't. It's not just this article though. Go to any other article on Memeburn, or any of your other favourite sites from around the web and you'll notice that their share counts are gone too. That's because, as of 20 November, Twitter killed share counts across the web. The announcement, which dates back 22 September, was made with little fanfare and come...

  • New documentary shows off Twitter co-creator’s anarchist side

    Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, Ev Williams: those are the names we associate with the founding of Twitter. But as a new documentary aims to show, there's a Twitter co-creator you haven't heard of who's looking to bring Silicon Valley ideals to the activist space. Evan Henshaw-Plath, the subject of the latest episode of Al-Jazeera's Rebel Geeks series, left the social media network shortly after it launched, but says he learned incredibly valuable lessons during his time there. The Twitter co-creator now lives mostly off the grid, partly in a house in Portland and partly in a house in the woods made...

  • Multiple users report mass Twitter outage [update]

    Update: Twitter connectivity has been restored for us at least in South Africa, including Twitter.com and Tweetdeck. If you're still experiencing issues, drop us a comment below. One of the world's most popular web services has just gone offline. Based on posts on Facebook, Tumblr and Reddit, the site dropped off the grid just before 12:00 South African time. The last time Twitter's domain faced an outage was in September this year. The outage lasted for about an hour. In the same month, the world also experienced a mass Skype outage as well, which plunged much of the conference call world into...

  • 19 hilarious things people are wearing #forhalloween this year

    Whether you see Halloween as "just a bit of fun", a marketing gimmick indicative of US imperialism, or an ancient tradition, or the beginning of a Christian holy festival, there's no getting around the fact that it's become a global phenomenon. With that popularity however comes the anxiety of figuring out what to wear. Unfortunately, you're not likely to find any real suggestions in the #forhalloween hashtag, sprung into popularity across the South African Twittersphere on Friday. Instead you'll find the best wit and humour Twitter has to offer. Check out some of the highlights: #ForHalloween I'm...

  • Twitter to roll out polls to everyone

    Twitter on Wednesday announced that it would be rolling out the ability to create polls to all its users. The new feature allows people to create simple two-option polls on the fly, adding to Twitter's capabilities as a platform for information-gathering. "Previously," says Twitter product manager Todd Sherman, "we’ve offered a few ways to participate in polls — Tweeting questions and tracking replies, tallying hashtag votes, or asking followers to favorite or Retweet to vote. Now, you’ll be able to create your own two-choice poll right from the compose box and it will remain live for 24 hours. You...

  • Twitter to shed 300+ jobs

    Twitter is set to undergo a major restructure, with more than 300 of the company's employees set to lose their jobs. According to an internal email sent out by founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, the job losses aren't just about Twitter restructuring its workforce, but also part of the company's bid to change how it works, and what it needs to do that work. "Emails like this are usually riddled with corporate speak so I'm going to give it to you straight," Dorsey writes, before commending the work done "to produce streamlined roadmap for Twitter, Vine, and Periscope". All three...

  • Twitter’s new Moments feature lets you catch up on developing stories

    Twitter on Tuesday announced the launch of Moments, a new feature which in its words allows you to see "the best of what’s happening on Twitter in an instant". The new feature appears to be an acknowledgement by the social media network that, try as they might, most of its users can't keep up with the sheer volume of information Twitter throws at them on a daily basis. According to Twitter, Moments helps you find the best of Twitter as easily as tapping an icon -- regardless of who you follow. Read more: Here’s Jack Dorsey’s manifesto for running Twitter...

  • Here’s Jack Dorsey’s manifesto for running Twitter and Square

    Twitter co-founder and newly returned CEO Jack Dorsey on Monday outlined his plan to run both the social media network and Square, the payments-based startup he founded and has been running since 2009. Dorsey outlined his plans in a series of tweets (no surprises there), which also explained his different views on the two companies. Both, he seems to believe, are the most powerful at what they do in the world. It would probably be fair, however, to suggest that neither have really lived up to the expectations placed on them by others. Read more: Life after Dick: Twitter...

  • 16 times the Woolworst Twitter account was totally on point

    If you've spent any time at all on South African Twitter, chances are you've experienced at least one Twitter storm involving Woolworths. It makes sense too, it's incredibly active on Twitter (most likely because a large portion of its customer base is there). It's pretty weird then that it's taken so long for a parody account to gain traction. But gain traction is exactly what the Woolworst account has done, since going live in early September. A large part of the account's charm lies in the fact that it often replies to queries sent to the actual Woolworths...