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  • Weekend News in Tweets: Ronaldo moth, Serena Williams, South Sudan & more

    News moves at the speed of social media in today's world, and that's especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might've missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (8 July - 10 July 2016) Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon singles crown and 22nd Grand Slam trophy Saturday, putting her level with German great Steffi Graf. Williams beat German Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the final in London. Scotland's Andy Murray won his second Wimbledon men's singles crown Sunday too, beating Canadian Milos Raonic in...

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account briefly hijacked by OurMine

    The latest high-profile CEO to wake up to a social media account breach is none other than Twitter head Jack Dorsey. The world's first tweeter and founder of Square rather ironically this weekend found his Twitter account hijacked by Robin Hood security collective OurMine. While the collective didn't post anything incriminating or embarrassing, OurMine was sure to use Dorsey's account to advertise its own security business, a trend that we've seen from the group's previous attacks. This year, the collective has targeted Google's CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Other celebrities including musician Deadmau5 and actor Channing Tatum, have also...

  • Twitter pays tribute to Iceland’s football heroics after loss to France

    Calling Iceland's starlit run through this year's Euro 2016 a "miracle" wouldn't be farfetched at all. Ranked 34th in the World FIFA Rankings, the country had no right (at least on paper) to beat the likes of England and Austria, while drawing stubbornly against Portugal. Still, by playing entertaining football, the team clawed its way into the quarter finals, where it finally met its match in hosts France. Beaten 5-2 in an open an fluid game, many were sad that Wales vs. Iceland wasn't the final we were getting. But instead of crying, Iceland's fans took to Twitter to pay homage to...

  • Snapchat-inspired Stickers coming to Twitter photos

    Between longer videos, Twitter Engage and targeted advertising for emojis, Twitter has been very busy over the past few weeks. Now, the company has unveiled another new feature in the form of Stickers. Twitter's implementation of Stickers lets you simply place one of hundreds of stickers onto your photo, being a "fun new way to add creativity" to your pictures, the service said. "Soon, you can browse our rotating sets of stickers to join in on real-time conversations, and select from the library of hundreds of accessories, emoji, and props to make your photos more fun. Use them to share what you’re doing or...

  • Smile Vector bot adds creepy grins, frowns to Twitter celebs

    Neural networks to manipulate photos are all the rage these days, such as Google's Deep Dream initiative. While Google's effort creates trippy art out of your images, the latest neural network-enabled project is rather silly. Twitter bot Smile Vector was created to merely add or remove smiles to photos, using a neural network for help. Created by lecturer Tom White, the bot uses a "generative neural net" to smartly edit photos it finds in the wild, posting the end-result in the form of a video. The results have been refined over time as the neural network receives more data, but it's still rather creepy. Some celebs given digital plastic surgery...

  • Acting SABC CEO Jimi Matthews announces resignation on Twitter

    Acting SABC CEO Jimi Matthews has taken to Twitter to publicly announce his resignation, uploading the letter in question as well. Matthews posted the resignation letter to Twitter, along with a brief message saying "I have quit the SABC". In the letter, directed to the chair of the broadcasting corportation's board, Matthews said it was with "great sadness" that he has to tender his resignation. "For many months I have compromised the values that I hold dear under the mistaken belief that I could be more effective inside the SABC than outside, passing comment from the side-lines," he elaborated. "In the process, the prevailing...

  • #Brexit: 29 tweets that tell the story of Britain’s crucial ‘leave’ vote

    Britain has voted to leave the European Union. In the early hours of Friday morning it became increasingly clear those those wishing to leave (in favour of #Brexit) outnumbered those wanting to remain, albeit by a margin which appears to show a nation (or, more correctly, an assemblage of nations) at odds with itself. According to The Guardian, the "Leave" campaign received 17 410 742 (or 52%) of the vote, while the "Remain" camp received 16 141 241 (or 48%) of the vote. The winning camp's victory appears largely to have come on the back of older voters and those...

  • Twitter makes Vine (and video) relevant again with 140-second videos

    With Instagram's latest video improvements -- allowing users to record bursts of 60-second videos -- it's Twitter's turn to play its hand. This week, the social network announced that its users will be able to record videos of up to 140-seconds (for obvious reasons). This improvement is also heading to Vine. "Where previously, uploaded videos were limited to 30 seconds, now anyone can create video Tweets up to – you guessed it – 140 seconds long," it explains on its blog. Select publishers can soon look forward to 10-minute long videos as well. Twitter believes that the new ability turns both Vine...

  • Twitter Engage: its new app for celebs and influencers

    Twitter has launched a new app for famous, influencial people. Dubbed Twitter Engage, the new app is available on iOS, but only available in the US. It gives celebrities and popular figures a better way to connect to their fans and get insights into their interactions. Twitter claims that the app will give famous people insights into their Twitter activities, allowing them to never miss a conversation that matters, get more insights about what’s happening in their network, track their tweets and keep abreast with updates. Read more: Instagram reaches 500m user milestone, posts celebratory video Twitter Engage offers real time data...

  • #TshwaneUnrest: Twitter users react to violent protests

    The unrest in Tshwane has quickly become the number one Twitter topic in South Africa, as citizens and journalists alike report on the ongoing violent protests. The protests took place shortly after Thoko Didiza was announced as the ANC's mayoral candidate for Tshwane. Political leaders/groups lead the charge against the unrest. We condemn in the strongest terms the outbreak of violence and destruction of property which has occurred during #TshwaneUnrest — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) June 21, 2016 Perpetrators of the #TshwaneUnrest will face the full might of the law. — South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) June 21, 2016 #Duarte: ANC has noted & is deeply disturbed by...

  • Twitter pans (then praises) Springboks after comeback against Ireland

    Even if you missed this weekend's second rugby test match between South Africa and Ireland, you probably heard disgruntled Springboks fans shouting at their televisions. Trailing 3-19 at half-time, the Springboks were (for probably the first time in living memory) booed off the hallowed Ellis Park turf in Johannesburg Saturday night. And it wasn't only the Johannesburg faithful who had a few things to say. Twitter came alive with the trending topic #SAvIRE (among others), and users couldn't resist airing their views of the Springboks' indifferent performance at half time: Abysmal first half. Loosies shocking again, front row destroyed. Back 3 pathetic....

  • There’s money in smileys: emoji-based ad-targeting comes to Twitter

    For users, Twitter's just getting stranger and stranger. It's latest move however will probably be loved by advertisers. The company has announced that it will now allow advertisers to target advertising at individuals based on the emoji they've used. It's a move that follows its continued struggle for revenue, and also takes advantage of the sudden surge in emoji popularity on its platform. In its personal blog, Twitter suggests that over 110-billion emojis have been used on its network since 2014. In a recent post, Gartner suggests that marketers need to embrace the rise of emojis as a richer story-telling medium, and...

  • 6 Twitter tools to optimize your social media marketing strategy

    As a social media marketing platform, Twitter has some excellent sells -- it hosts real-time Tweets and lets you make quick connects with the people who matter. Unlike other social media platforms, Twitter also allows you to interact with people who don't follow you and this feature instantly widens your real-time reach. Navigating Twitter is hard though. To leverage its enormous potential you require the right combination of tools and tips. Here's a quick list of some amazing tools along with tips on how best to use them: DrumUp Struggling to keep up with the speed on Twitter? Can't imagine creating volumes of...

  • Twitter’s the top social network for diplomacy, new study finds

    A new study has revealed what some may have already suspected: Twitter is the top choice for diplomats compared to other social media platforms. The 2016 Twiplomacy study by communications firm Burson-Marsteller found that Twitter was used by world leaders or governments in 173 nations - equal to 90% of all UN member states. By comparison, Facebook just missed out on the top spot, being used by 169 governments (87%). Rounding out the top four was Twitter (78%) and Instagram (70%). The study added that governments with large social media teams were also dipping their toes into Snapchat and Vine's waters. "Governments that do not have...

  • Hard earned lessons from Twitter on branded domain extensions

    Even forward-thinking companies like Twitter manage to miss a golden opportunity from time to time. For example, when ICANN (the nonprofit that manages the domain space on the internet) opened up applications for domain extensions for a specific window of time, Twitter failed to apply for the .twitter domain. Barring a few minor restrictions, anyone with US$185 000 could apply for ownership of a new top-level domain extension by the deadline in early 2012. All told, 664 different brands applied for domains. While brands such as Canon (.canon), Barclays (.barclays), BMW (.bmw), and Nike (.nike) were awarded their own names,...