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  • What does success mean for women in Africa?

    Over the last few weeks, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to discuss what it meant to be a woman in Nigeria. The conversation highlighted the various issues women in Nigeria face on a daily basis, including prejudice, stereotypes and having to prove themselves. The tweets ranged from the morbidly horrifying to the questionably unfair. Nigerian women it seems have it hard, but the truth be told women all over the world have it hard. Often we talk about the way African women are treated in life and in business, we discuss how African women are not moving forward at...

  • #AskTrump: how The Donald’s Twitter session went catastrophically wrong

    The Internet rubbed its collective hands in glee and disbelief last night as Republican joker and serial offender Donald Trump embarked on an ill-considered visit to Twitter HQ in New York and took part in an #AskTrump session live on Twitter. Not since Daniel took an afternoon stroll into the Lions Den has one man been so mercilessly ravaged in front of a large audience. It was karmic retribution of the most gratifying kind. Ironically, politicians never seem to learn from history. These kind of attempts at being cool and switched on and accessible have a nasty habit of...

  • Periscope now has 10 million registered accounts

    Just four months after its launch, Periscope claims that it has 10 million registered accounts. The Twitter-owned service says that as of last week, it saw over 40 years of video watched per day. Periscope was launched in March by Twitter as a direct competitor to Meerkat, even cutting Meerkat off from using Twitter data on its path to dominate the live video streaming market. Over the four months the app has been updated with some good features. Launched on Android and allowed users to sign with their mobile numbers and not their Twitter account. Periscope says that it...

  • Twitter officially removes 140 character limit from DMs

    Twitter has officially culled the 140 character limit in its Direct Messaging service. The move, announced in an official blog post, means that DMs take on far more of an instant messaging role than they did previously. According to Twitter product manager Sachin Agarwal, the update was made because "each of the hundreds of millions of Tweets sent across Twitter every day is an opportunity for you to spark a conversation about what’s happening in your world". Read more: Twitter now allows users to send direct messages to anyone "Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side...

  • Governments want your data badly, Twitter says requests have increased 52%

    That government wants your data is by no means a secret. But it's a little disturbing that its use of public social networks to get this data is on the rise . In its latest transparency report, Twitter says that the number of request from government for user data has increased to 52% during the first half of 2015. Jeremy Kessel, Twitter’s Senior Manager of Global Legal Policy, notes that this is the biggest increase between reporting periods Twitter has ever seen. Twitter says that from January to June this year, 56% of all worldwide requests for account information...

  • Twitter is testing a dedicated News tab for mobile

    Twitter has released a new feature aimed at showing off the top News of the day, something that could be part of its efforts to up revenue in the face of falling stock prices. Though the feature is only in testing phase, it gives an indication of where Twitter intends to go, in a space where users can use it not only for Tweets but for general news too. According to BuzzFeed, Twitter is yet to confirm all the details but it has admitted that it is testing such a feature. The News tab will offer trending news at the...

  • Periscope for iOS gets Handoff support, ability to mute notifications and more

    Twitter has released a new update to its live-streaming app Periscope, which sees it get a bunch of fresh and reworked features. The most important of these new features is the ability to mute notifications. There is no doubt that notifications can get too much, making one, every now look at their phones, and find a meaningless notification. Periscope says that this update is important to its user functionality. “We think it’s important to respect this power, and give users granular control over the notifications they receive while still providing the flexibility of seeing more content on Periscope.” the...

  • 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...