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  • Twitter introduces new data dashboard to help you monitor and manage your account

    Twitter, of late, has been beset with problems. First its CEO left and then the rumours that Twitter might be bought reared their ugly head again, affecting its share price. Something is certainly amiss. In the interim, Twitter is getting on with it, dusting itself off, and introducing new features to the platform. The latest one is the Twitter data dashboard, introduced yesterday. The company says that this is a new tool to help users to monitor and manage their accounts. Much of the latest changes by Twitter have been bland and something huge is needed and this, as...

  • Twitter introduces special Tour de France emoji

    The Tour de France, cycling's most grueling road race, gets underway on Saturday kicking off two weeks of breakaways, crashes, grueling mountain climbs, and achingly beautiful helicopter shots of the French countryside. And, like every large sporting event on the planet, you'll be able to follow it on Twitter. In fact, "le Tour" is the latest sporting event to receive its own custom emoji. The emoji cover the tour itself, the fact that this year's edition kicks off in Utrecht in the Netherlands, and all four of the jerseys the individual riders will be competing for. Read more: SA’s...

  • Twitter launches two new features, more for commerce than user experience

    Twitter has been doing a lot lately and its latest move involves testing two new features. One of the features is product and place pages and the other is product and place collections. Both features, Twitter claims, make it easier for users to discover rich and relevant content about products and places on Twitter but something more sinister is afoot here. Twitter has been trying to find ways to make money and this move is more inclined with that goal than easing user experience. Amongst the initial pool of influencers and brands are musicians like Amanda Palmer, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Cody...

  • Your Twitter feed will start autoplaying videos in the near future

    Your Twitter timeline is about to hog a lot more data. The social network is rolling out video autoplay as a standard feature. First to get the new feature are Twitter for the web and iOS. And the way it works is pretty simple: as soon as you scroll down to a tweet with a native video, Vine and GIF embedded, the content will begin to play back automatically. Fortunately, for your ears at least, there won't be any sound when that content starts playing. Once you tap the video, sound will turn on and the video will continue...

  • Life after Dick: Twitter needs to ignore Wall Street, concentrate on users

    Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has resigned after five years on the job. Twitter's subscriber growth has slowed, the company recorded subscriber growth of 18 percent in the first quarter of the year, on the conference call Costolo indicated that April had been slow. Meaning that subscriber growth had slowed further. I think the problem that new Twitter followers have is that they do not understand what it is useful for. For me Twitter is a customisable news feed. You can follow people who are awesome aggregators, you can follow your favourite sportspeople, actors, politicians and so on. Moving into...

  • Sonic the Hedgehog’s Twitter account is brilliant at converting trolls into followers

    By now we know that a good online presence can do a lot for a brand. It doesn't matter if it's two decades old or not. Just asks Sonic. The nineties Sega classic, Sonic the Hedgehog, is one of the biggest icons in the gaming world. And while the quick, blue little mammal still holds true to a much-loved character, its reputation as a game has been very controversial among fans to say the least. There's recently been an outcry from fans on social media following the announcement of the games, Sonic Dash and Angry Birds mashup alongside Sonic Boom:...

  • 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...