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  • Multiple users report mass Twitter outage [update]

    Update: Twitter connectivity has been restored for us at least in South Africa, including Twitter.com and Tweetdeck. If you're still experiencing issues, drop us a comment below. One of the world's most popular web services has just gone offline. Based on posts on Facebook, Tumblr and Reddit, the site dropped off the grid just before 12:00 South African time. The last time Twitter's domain faced an outage was in September this year. The outage lasted for about an hour. In the same month, the world also experienced a mass Skype outage as well, which plunged much of the conference call world into...

  • 19 hilarious things people are wearing #forhalloween this year

    Whether you see Halloween as "just a bit of fun", a marketing gimmick indicative of US imperialism, or an ancient tradition, or the beginning of a Christian holy festival, there's no getting around the fact that it's become a global phenomenon. With that popularity however comes the anxiety of figuring out what to wear. Unfortunately, you're not likely to find any real suggestions in the #forhalloween hashtag, sprung into popularity across the South African Twittersphere on Friday. Instead you'll find the best wit and humour Twitter has to offer. Check out some of the highlights: #ForHalloween I'm...

  • Twitter to roll out polls to everyone

    Twitter on Wednesday announced that it would be rolling out the ability to create polls to all its users. The new feature allows people to create simple two-option polls on the fly, adding to Twitter's capabilities as a platform for information-gathering. "Previously," says Twitter product manager Todd Sherman, "we’ve offered a few ways to participate in polls — Tweeting questions and tracking replies, tallying hashtag votes, or asking followers to favorite or Retweet to vote. Now, you’ll be able to create your own two-choice poll right from the compose box and it will remain live for 24 hours. You...

  • Twitter to shed 300+ jobs

    Twitter is set to undergo a major restructure, with more than 300 of the company's employees set to lose their jobs. According to an internal email sent out by founder and CEO Jack Dorsey, the job losses aren't just about Twitter restructuring its workforce, but also part of the company's bid to change how it works, and what it needs to do that work. "Emails like this are usually riddled with corporate speak so I'm going to give it to you straight," Dorsey writes, before commending the work done "to produce streamlined roadmap for Twitter, Vine, and Periscope". All three...

  • Twitter’s new Moments feature lets you catch up on developing stories

    Twitter on Tuesday announced the launch of Moments, a new feature which in its words allows you to see "the best of what’s happening on Twitter in an instant". The new feature appears to be an acknowledgement by the social media network that, try as they might, most of its users can't keep up with the sheer volume of information Twitter throws at them on a daily basis. According to Twitter, Moments helps you find the best of Twitter as easily as tapping an icon -- regardless of who you follow. Read more: Here’s Jack Dorsey’s manifesto for running Twitter...

  • Here’s Jack Dorsey’s manifesto for running Twitter and Square

    Twitter co-founder and newly returned CEO Jack Dorsey on Monday outlined his plan to run both the social media network and Square, the payments-based startup he founded and has been running since 2009. Dorsey outlined his plans in a series of tweets (no surprises there), which also explained his different views on the two companies. Both, he seems to believe, are the most powerful at what they do in the world. It would probably be fair, however, to suggest that neither have really lived up to the expectations placed on them by others. Read more: Life after Dick: Twitter...

  • 16 times the Woolworst Twitter account was totally on point

    If you've spent any time at all on South African Twitter, chances are you've experienced at least one Twitter storm involving Woolworths. It makes sense too, it's incredibly active on Twitter (most likely because a large portion of its customer base is there). It's pretty weird then that it's taken so long for a parody account to gain traction. But gain traction is exactly what the Woolworst account has done, since going live in early September. A large part of the account's charm lies in the fact that it often replies to queries sent to the actual Woolworths...

  • 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...