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  • Chaos on Twitter, Cape Town Station as Metrorail trains delayed [update]

    It's not a good day to travel by train if you're in Cape Town, as Metrorail -- the city's commuter rail service -- has announced delays on all lines of up to an hour. Earlier today, the company also tweeted that no trains are leaving Cape Town Station -- effectively the heart of the city's commuter rail service -- ultimately rendering the service suspended. This didn't sit well with Twitter. Metrorail is currently involved in a workers' strike, with additional damages stemming from trains set alight at Cape Town and other stations stations this week. Regardless of the company's woes, its commuters...

  • Zuma faces backlash on Twitter after addressing South Africa

    President Jacob Zuma hastily took to the airwaves on Friday to announce his thoughts on this week's Constitutional Court judgement. The court found that Zuma had indeed violated the Constitution when he ignored Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's Nkandla report. "It puts an end to any other interpretation of this matter," Zuma said, adding that there was "no deliberate intention" to violate the Constitution. Zuma said he would pay back the money -- the amount has yet to be determined. Expected a call for resignation? Politicians and ordinary citizens wasted no time in expressing themselves, hammering their "tweet" buttons in the wake of the...

  • Twitter introduces Fabric mobile app for developers, with real time updates

    Twitter has released its newest app, aimed at developers. The Fabric app allows developers to monitor various analytics and diagnostics about their applications, beyond the usual download number and reported faults, all in real time. The app has been adopted from its web based variant, where up to now, developers could only access on a web. What is vastly different about the app is that developers can get real time updates with push notifications on the go and do not have to wait for when they go to the web. Twitter says that the push notifications will focus on...

  • Twitter introduces GIF search and video support in DMs

    Twitter has today introduced two new features to its platform, GIFs search and video support within DMs. According to a statement, the introduction is reflective of its users' habits. In 2015, the company says, over 100-million GIFs are shared on the platform. Read more: Livening things up — can Twitter stay afloat through new innovations? “So much can be expressed with GIFs, and the key is to find just the right one in the moment that quickly and efficiently expresses your emotions,” says David McIntosh, CEO and co-founder of Riffsy. “We’re excited to explore this partnership with Twitter and watch Twitter users discover...

  • Livening things up — can Twitter stay afloat through new innovations?

    Another day, another round of disappointing results for Twitter. The past six months have been turbulent for the social media platform. In its latest round of quarterly results, it reported a net loss of US$90m for the last three months of 2015. Its share price has dropped to US$14.98 – the lowest level since its IPO almost two years ago. In its latest Q4 earnings conference call, which was broadcast live through Periscope, the firm delivered on revenues (total revenue reached US$2.2 billion for the year, up 58% from 2014). But – and most importantly for investors – Twitter showed...

  • #GoSandile: the South African Twitter campaign that’ll warm your heart

    Here's something to bring a little hope to your Monday morning. It's an inspiring Twitter campaign aimed at giving courage to a double amputee as he learns to walk again. Four years ago, 17-year-old Sandile lost his legs due to a bacterial infection. Since then, the Johaneesburg teen has battled to get around on wheelchair, with taxis frequently refusing to stop for him. As a result, his confidence began to slip, along with his performance at school. In a bid to restore Sandile's confidence and make everyday life easier for him, non-profits One School At A Time and Jumping...

  • Twitter Q4 results: revenue on the up even as user growth stagnates

    There is a joke that goes, a Russian ship is on the ocean, a voice comes over the radio to the controller room "Help, help, I am sinking", the operator mistakes the man for a heavily inebriated Russian man, who is not sinking but thinking but struggling to pronounce it and he too responds in his equally heavily Russian accent, "Hello, hello, what are you sinking about?". This is how things are crumbling around Twitter and will soon crumble underneath it. The experts, users, and journalists keep suggesting what Twitter needs to do and the stagnant user growth proves...

  • Twitter to ditch chronological timeline for algorithms [UPDATE]

    Update: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has taken to the social network to say that it has no intention of ditching the current timelines for ones based on algorithms. Hello Twitter! Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we're always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week.— Jack (@jack) February 6, 2016 Twitter can help make connections in real-time based on dynamic interests and topics, rather than a static social/friend graph. We get it.— Jack (@jack) February 6, 2016 It remains unclear however why the small group of users testing the algorithmic timeline could not change back or...

  • How has Twitter changed as a story-telling medium?

    There was a time when fitting your thoughts into 140 characters seemed virtually impossible, especially if you wanted to squeeze in a hashtag or five. Slowly but surely we weren’t just able to fit fully formed thoughts into a tweet, but we were able to add images and links with ease. Our adaptation to Twitter as a user base has been remarkable, considering that we were once revelling in the freedom of ‘unlimited’ characters on Facebook- but what happens when what you want to share simply cannot fit into one tweet? No social media platform can avoid user-driven change,...

  • Jack Dorsey gives a pep talk to keep the fire burning at Twitter

    Things appear pretty salty over at Twitter right now, no thanks to the recent exodus of high-ranking executives. This was the second round of Twitter employees leaving the company in the space of six months. It comes as no surprise then that Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO, gave a pep talk to fire up the troops at Twitter headquarters. During the biweekly meeting at Twitter's San Francisco headquarters, Jack Dorsey gave a talk that inspired, or terrified, employees to tweet about how much they love -- and are committed to -- the company using the #oneteam hashtag. While the content of his address is...

  • Four top executives leave Twitter, Jack Dorsey announces

    Jack Dorsey might be doing his utmost to rescue Twitter and make it a viable business, but that hasn't stopped people jumping ship. In a post published on Twitter, Dorsey announced the departures of executives who oversaw the product, engineering, media and HR teams. The executives include Vice President of Human Resources, Katie Jacobs Stanton, the company’s VP of global media; Kevin Weil, SVP of product; and SVP of engineering Alex Roetter. Also departing Twitter is Jason Joff, GM of Vine. This is not the first time that Twitter that employees have departed the company since Dorsey's return. A...

  • 4 Scary things #TwitterDown made us realise

    Even though Twitter was struggling to keep it’s head above the water for a couple of hours on Tuesday, the #TwitterDown hashtag still managed to be the number one trending hashtag globally. The disruption in Twitter’s service affected millions of people around the world, but everyone kept trying to post their tweets. It’s almost like we can’t, or won’t, believe that Twitter is down. Twitter has become part of a lot of people’s lives, including my own. So when Twitter was down, four scary realizations dawned on me. Twitter is an amazing source of information When I got home on Tuesday I...

  • 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...