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  • 800m tweets sent in Cricket World Cup group stages, India tops rankings

    The ICC Cricket World Cup is heading into its knockout phases and, in countries where the game is popular, people are feeling a mix of nerves and anticipation. And if the group stages were anything to go by, there should be plenty of action on Twitter too. According to the social media network, some 800-million tweets were sent during the tournament’s opening matches. The match which saw the most action was India’s victory over Pakistan, with tweets during the match window viewed more than 118-million times. In fact, India featured in three of the most tweeted matches. Given its...

  • Fans pay tribute to Terry Pratchett with these magical quotes

    After 66 inspiring years and a career spanning 70 magical books, fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett passed away yesterday. According to an official letter released by Penguin Random House, the novelist has been struggling with Alzheimer’s disease since he was diagnosed in 2007. This didn’t stop Pratchett from colouring in the wittiest and most thoughtful corners of our imaginations as he continued writing and managed to complete his last Discworld novel in 2014. A full statement from Larry Finlay, managing director at Transworld Publishers said the following: I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has...

  • #CricketFire vs #CapeFire: the story of a fire and a One Day International

    After a fire broke out in the Cape’s Southern Peninsula on Sunday, hundreds of Capetonians took to Twitter to share incredible photos from the fire and call for assistance. Some of the tweets started being grouped around the hashtag #CapeFire. Read more: 61 astonishing photos of the #MuizenbergFire shared on Twitter But on Tuesday South Africa’s national cricket team beat expectations after cricketers Hashim Amla scored 159 and Faf du Plessis grabbed a century. The Proteas (nickname for the cricket team) beat Ireland because of this and naturally had cricket fans around the world share their joy on Twitter with the hashtag...

  • Tweets from space for Star Trek’s Spock following actor’s death

    Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for his groundbreaking role as Spock in the original Star Trek, passed away last week at the age of 83. Tributes poured in from across the world reminding everyone how the Starship Enterprise inspired everyone from NASA, JJ Abrahams and even Barack Obama. Unable to attend his funeral on Sunday, co-star William Shatner held a Twitter funeral for the man who kept Captain Kirk in check. In a fitting tribute from space, International Space Station astronaut Terry Virts gave the Vulcan salute, a symbol of Spock and the TV show and movie franchise’s lasting influence...

  • ISIS targets Jack Dorsey and Twitter employees over its terms of service

    That escalated quickly. Last night ISIS supporters rallied behind an anonymous post online calling for jihadists to attack Twitter over removing the Islamic State’s messages on the social network. The post is addressed to Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey saying any attempts at protecting Twitter employees is “helpless”. Dorsey’s face appears at the top of the post photoshopped into the cross sights of a gun. According to Twitter’s terms of service any tweet that contain “specific threats of violence against others” will be removed. But aside from using these guidelines as the sole reason for suspending ISIS accounts, Twitter’s decision to remove the recent videos of hostage executions...

  • Twitter to crack down on serial trolls by tracking their phone numbers

    Twitter has announced that it is now going to decisively deal with trolls as part of its long term plan. In the past Twitter was ambiguous about its stance regarding trolls, as evidenced by its inaction around Gamergate. Although there were constant threats of assault, death and rape, Twitter frequently failed to act. And when it did, it was often weeks later with no concrete action. But the general public clearly views trolling as a serious matter which needs to be dealt with. In Sweden, there is even a television show called Trolljägarna (Troll Hunter) which, as the name...

  • These were the biggest Oscar moments on Twitter

    The 2015 Academy Awards were, as we’ve already written, probably the geekiest in history. It should hardly be surprising then that they also attracted some serious attention on Twitter. While Twitter hasn’t provided exact details of how many tweets per minute the top events from the night got but, as this heatmap shows, there was a flurry of global activity during the awards ceremony, although the majority of activity came from North America. The events causing all that activity included: Lady Gaga performing and being joined onstage by Julie Andrews Alejandro Iñárritu winning Best Picture for Birdman ...

  • Twitter revenue beats estimates but user growth stalls

    Today Twitter has released its financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ending on 31 December 2014. The results are mixed, featuring a growth in profit but a tiny growth in user count, which compared to Facebook’s and Instagram’s should be of some concern. The growth in users increased by a mere 1.4% in the fourth quarter, down from 4.8%, compared to the third quarter in 2014. For the drop in user growth, Anthony Noto, Twitter CFO, hazards possible causes for it. He suggests that the roll out of iOS 8 cost Twitter 4-million monthly active users. Image: Gigaom There are...

  • A step-by-step guide to creating your own #MugabeFalls meme

    By now you’ve probably seen the meme of the week #MugabeFalls. If you haven’t: where have you been? Read the next paragraph to catch up; if you know what we’re on about, skip it. Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe tripped after addressing supporters in Harare, an incident that on its own wouldn’t have drawn much attention. But the 90-year-old was so embarrassed that his security personnel ordered photographers to wipe all images of the fall. An Associated Press photographer disregarded the orders, however, and the image was spread via its wire service and consequently the web. Some basic Photoshop skills turned Twitter users into...

  • Think the news should always have more swearing? Follow these 4 Twitter accounts

    If you were vigilantly watching Twitter this morning you may have seen a minor furor around a swear-word fueled tweet sent out by News24. The tweet, which concerned footage of a crashing Taiwanese airliner, was likely the result of the person handling the media house’s social account at the time not realising that they weren’t tweeting from their own account. While some followers of the account were scandalised, others were broadly sympathetic: Person who sent out crude News24 tweet shoulda stuck with same tone in their apology tweet 'Sorry my bad…f**ked up previous tweet' — Daddy (@LifeisSavage) February 4, 2015 Dear...

  • News24 gets sweary, apologises for ‘erroneous’ tweet about plane crash

    So this just happened. The Twitter account of South Africa’s largest online news provider News24 just tweeted “Jesus Christ Holy Fuck,” in reference to a video of a plane crashing in Taiwan. These social mishaps obviously don’t go unnoticed considering the News24 Twitter account has over 1 million followers. Here it is: As you can imagine, the tweet was quickly deleted. The original tweet, which is in reference to a plane crash in Taipei, Taiwan, is as follows — a bit more politically correct, won’t you say: WATCH: Dramatic footage of plane crash in Taiwan http://t.co/h25bJlkObB pic.twitter.com/mHZP91pCDL — News24 (@News24) February 4, 2015 Read...

  • Twitter rolls out new features, including group direct messages and mobile video experience

    Twitter today announced that it would be rolling out a couple of interesting new features . The new features rolled out by Twitter are group messaging and a new mobile video experience. The thinking behind the group messaging, Twitter says, is for people who want to continue a public conversation which would begin and die on the timeline, but now with group messaging, it can be continued with a select few in a group. “Many of you use Direct Messages to reach the people and brands you’re only connected to on Twitter,” Twitter said, “Whatever the case may...

  • Twitter enables multiple language tweet translation

    Twitter has introduced tweet translation with Bing Translator. The feature enables users to read tweets that is in another language. Twitter joins Google Translate, Skype, Facebook Translate in the quest to allow for communication across different languages. Writing on its Help Center post, Twitter wrote, “With Tweet translation, you won’t miss any of the action unfolding on Twitter. You can choose when you want to see a translation for a Tweet, and you can also adjust your settings so the option to view Tweet translations is disabled”. The translation is possible in more than 40 language pairs. Read more: Microsoft reveals Skype...

  • What Twitter’s ZipDial buy tells us about mobile in emerging markets

    The chirpy blue bird has just acquired India’s ZipDial, which is a popular mobile marketing and analytics platform for emerging markets. TechCrunch estimates the deal to be worth somewhere in between the US$30-million and US$40-million mark. The deal also marks Twitter’s foot in the door of India’s booming (though unique) mobile market with the establishment of its new engineering offices in Bangalore. It’s interesting witnessing the rising interest from major tech companies in high-growth markets such as India. At the forefront of ZipDial’s mobile marketing technology lies its unique relationship with missed calls. ZipDial enables people to give brands and businesses...

  • The twar that wasn’t: how Zelda and Redi showed that Twitter can be sane

    On Saturday, the South African Twittersphere was set into a fresh rage spiral following comments from Nelson Mandela’s former PA and confidant Zelda la Grange that president Jacob Zuma made white people feel unwelcome in the country. I'm sure comments like :unafrican to have dogs,stress is western creation,Van Riebeeck etc all good for investment in SA — Zelda (@ZeldalaGrangeSA) January 17, 2015 Makes white people really feel welcome in SA. I think I'm calling Jan today to ask him what de hell he was thinking sailing to Africa. — Zelda (@ZeldalaGrangeSA) January 17, 2015 The tirade, which went on for a number of...