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  • Latest Twitter update makes it easier to follow conversations

    Twitter is huge. There is no two ways about it and now in 2015, it has been said that a fifth of internet users will have Twitter. Trending topics have more debate than the UN on World Hunger Day and so now Twitter has improved the way that conversations appear on social network. "Conversations surrounding a Tweet, particularly if they've sparked lots of replies and disparate conversations, can be hard to follow," said product manager Akarshan Kumar. So how would Twitter sort out the mix of tweeting that resembles a pair of tangled earphones? Grouping conversations together and highlighting interesting and related conversations...

  • Twitter bot corrects users referring to Caitlyn Jenner as ‘He’

    It's been a little over a week since Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, introduced herself to the world, but people don't seem to be able to get to grips with using the correct pronoun. An automated Twitter feed stared correcting users who mis-identified Caitlyn Jenner as 'he'. So when a twitter user refers to Jenner using the wrong pronoun, the bot automatically corrects the tweet with the reminder of using Jenner's preferred female pronoun. The account was dubbed @she_not_he. The athlete and TV star 'Bruce Jenner' began transitioning to Caitlyn earlier in the year. She's went through breast augmentation...

  • 5 things you need to know about how South Africans use Twitter

    Over the years, our understanding of the South African social media landscape as a whole has grown in leaps and bounds. Thing is, the focus can sometimes fall away from individual social platforms. That's why it's interesting to note the results of a recent study commissioned by Twitter and conducted by Nielsen, looking at the Twitter habits of South African users. Here are five of the most interesting findings from the study. 1. Twitter isn't just for young people The study showed that 53% of users in South Africa fall in the age range of 25-44; nearly one third (29%)...

  • Caitlyn Jenner breaks internet, is fastest to 1m Twitter followers

    Caitlyn Jenner has broken the record for the fastest person to reach one-million Twitter followers, cementing her status as a trans-gender icon in the process. It took Jenner, already renowned for her sporting feats and involvement in reality TV's most famous family, just four hours to reach the one-million follower mark. In the process, she beat out US president Barack Obama, who took five hours to reach the mark when he joined Twitter just a couple of weeks ago. Jenner made her public debut yesterday both on social media and on the cover of Vanity Fair, photographed by the...

  • #Fuelpocalypse: 10 tweets that sum up Nigeria’s crazy fuel crisis

    Nigerians are not having fun right now. The current fuel crisis has left many in the country stranded as most domestic flights have been cancelled. The situation is rather ironic, when you consider that Nigeria is one of the largest oil producers in Africa. The heightened fuel scarcity comes days before the current government exits office, which has caused some speculation as to its response to the issue. Nigeria is a country riddled with major power issues leaving the bulk of the population to rely on generators to not only power their businesses, but their lives as well. Now, the...

  • Tweets will now start showing up in your Google search results

    From today, Tweets will start showing up on Google Search on mobile devices. When users are searching on the Google app or any browser on their phone or tablet, they will find real-time content from Twitter right in the search results. Only a few weeks ago, Google announced that mobile search had overtaken desktop in more than 10 countries. The company also announced that it was bringing changes to its search, making it richer and engaging. Google introduced a way for users that allows them not to the website but can order right from the search. Google explains that...

  • #AskMmusi: was Mmusi Maimane’s Twitter town hall actually a triumph?

    Depending on who you ask, the decision by newly elected Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane to host a Twitter town hall on Wednesday afternoon was either a stroke of genius or a complete farce. Many, including myself, were quick to lean toward the latter. The more than 100 000 tweets attached to the #AskMmusi hashtag did, after all, completely overshadow the 40 or so questions he managed to answer during the event. Very few of those questions had anything to do with serious civic engagement either. Even bearing those factors in mind though there's a strong case to...

  • Tweeting emoji will help save endangered animals

    We all love emojis. They're as simple as they are efficient. But we all too often take the tiny digital critters for granted. That's until now as the World Wide Fund for Nature just launching an online campaign to help raise awareness and donations for 17 emoji animals that are endangered. Running with the hashtag #EndangeredEmoji, every cute, cuddly emoji animal you tweet will donate €00.10 / £00.10. If you're using a Mac, simply click the Twitter tweet box then press ALT-CMD-T for a list of emojis. Windows users need to right-click on the taskbar and choose “Touch Keyboard” inside the Toolbars section. A new...

  • You can now use Periscope without a Twitter account

    Periscope is a mover and shaker. In only six months the live video streaming app has been rolling in features and updates one after another, which to an extend is fair as it tries to squash bugs and figure itself out. The one big update though started rolling out yesterday. Periscope announced that users can now sign up with their mobile phone numbers only. Until now users could only sign up via their Twitter accounts. This meant people who had their accounts deactivated or have let their accounts lie dormant because Twitter has lost its early charm had to be...

  • Twitter goes into hashtag, promoted Tweet overdrive to aid Nepal earthquake relief

    Individuals and organisations alike have rushed to the aid of Nepal, where an earthquake over the weekend has killed more than 4 000 people and affected more than eight-million. Following in the wake of tech companies such as Google and Facebook, Twitter has launched its own effort aimed at helping relief efforts in the South Asian country. Its efforts are however, a little less direct that those being used by the Silicon Valley giants. Recognising its importance as a tool for coordinating relief efforts, and as a backup for official channels of communication, Twitter says it will be concentrating...

  • Twitter makes policy changes addressing prohibited content, site violations

    Policing social media users is never going to be a closed chapter. There is always going to be a new challenge or behaviour that threatens this. Twitter rightfully acknowledges that it is not enough to simply put resources into place but it is critical and even necessary to have a better way of responding to abuse reports. To do this, Twitter is making two police changes, one related to prohibited content, and one about how it is enforces certain policy violations. The update to prohibited content will mean that the prohibition will now not be limited to direct, specific threats...

  • Twitter now allows users to send direct messages to anyone

    Twitter has announced new changes to its direct message features. Users can now, unlike before, send direct messages to other users even when they are not following them. Users can also opt to accept direct messages from any other Twitter user. The feature is not completely new, and it is interesting that Twitter rolled it out to some users in 2013 and is only rolling it out now to the general public. The feature has a new Direct Message button on profile pages on Android and iPhone and is visible on the profiles of people users can send Direct...

  • Twitter stock rises amid Google takeover rumours

    Where there is smoke, there is fire, the saying goes. And it holds any truth, fresh rumours of a Twitter acquisition may have more truth to them than you think. According to Mashable, Twitter’s shares rose ‘amid gossip in the investment community that the company had hired advisors to deal with takeover bids.’ At this rumour, Twitter’s shares rose up to 4.8% as rumours of Google and Yahoo planning a possible buyout surfaced. On Tuesday, rumours were doing the rounds that Twitter had hired advisers including Goldman Sachs to fend off companies that are interested in buying the social media...

  • Twitter is listening: data mining, Gnip and the fabled ‘firehose’

    Twitter is currently making a ton of money by selling access to your tweets. Now you might be wondering “Why would someone pay to read my tweets?” I mean Twitter is free, right? You just need an account and presto! There you have your access. The answer is a broad one that I will try to explain in the duration of this article. Let me start off by summing up this article in three words… Information is power The most valuable thing that the micro-blogging platform offers is information and insight into a group’s social psyche. Each month there are over 230-million...

  • Live video streaming feud: Twitter launches Periscope, Meerkat completes a funding round

    Like two bulls readying themselves for a fight, bellowing, mooing, looking menacing, intimidating the other, Twitter and Meerkat are ramping up their respective livestreaming plays. Today Twitter launched Periscope on iOS, a live video streaming startup it acquired back in January for a reported US$100-million. As news of the purchase became public, Twitter also cut off Meerkat’s ability to access its social graph. The news left Meerkat in the cold, considering that up until then, it had been the sole and popular live video streaming app for Twitter. Two weeks after its launch it amassed 120 000 users. Twitter’s...