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  • #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter: this is why South Africa logs in every day

    Have you ever logged into any social media app or site and wondered why you had in the first place? For some, that happens way too often. Whether it's stalking friends on Instagram, or laughing at fake news on Facebook, all social sites have their purpose. But what of Twitter? That's the chief question circulating on South African Twitter right now. The hashtag #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter shot to the front page of South Africa's trending hashtags chart early Monday morning, and has remained there for much of the day. Although not as popular as last year's #SaxonwoldShebeen, the hashtag has nonetheless revealed just how...

  • Trump Hotels slammed on Twitter in wake of #MuslimBan

    If you happen to use Twitter on a daily basis, there's one thing you should always remember: the moment you hit send, that tweet is on the internet for all to see. Yes, even aliens. That's what Trump Hotels' Twitter staff found out this weekend. In the wake of the #MuslimBan outlined by President Trump this weekend, Twitter users have found a Trump Hotels tweet from October 2011 that is now a focus of their outcry. And it's eerily relevant. "Tell us your favorite travel memory - was it a picture, a souvenir, a sunset? We'd love to hear it!", the tweet...

  • Twitter desperately needs its own fact-checking system, and fast [Opinion]

    Whether you believe climate change is a human-fuelled condition or simple planet dynamics scantly matters at this point. Speaking as a South African currently experiencing one of the "biggest drought events in living memory", climate change is very much a reality. But some don't seem to think so. South Dakota's Badlands National Park was caught with ink-stained hands this week after the park's Twitter account blurted out a few climate change facts. But it seems the plot is a bit thicker than that. The tweets were not from the park itself. Fact or alternative fact? According to Buzzfeed's Claudia Koerner speaking to a...

  • #firstdaymemories: 11 tweets that’ll make you miss school all over again

    Can you remember your first day of school? For many, it's a momentous day that can't really be forgotten. For others, it's much better left in the ashes of the mind. For Twitter, the former definitely applies though. Whether they hated or loved their first interaction with their teachers and fellow pupils, South African tweeters took to the social network today to remember their experiences as many of their kids head off on their personal journeys (once again leaving the TV remote in their sole possession). According to Twitter trends aggregator Trendsmap, the hashtag #firstdaymemories began trending in South Africa at...

  • Donald Trump tweets get browser add-on for accuracy

    We all know that US president-elect Donald Trump isn't exactly a beacon of truth, having won Politifact's lie of the year in 2015. So it's no surprise to hear there's a browser add-on to warn people about his statements. The Washington Post has issued the RealDonaldContext extension for Chrome, which adds clarity and fact-checking to selected tweets. "The Washington Post's Fix team has decided to help ensure that the public receives the most accurate possible information by creating this extension, which will add more context or corrections to things that Trump tweets," read an excerpt of the extension's description. Once you've installed the...

  • Cape Town resident slammed on Twitter for Facebook post

    Update 1.20pm, 5 December: Cape Town resident Vanessa Hartley has published an apology to her Facebook timeline, before deleting her account: I would like to apologise for comments that were made on Facebook via my phone as my phone was at the bar … and someone thought they were very funny but now they upset me and a lot of people. Original article: Twitter users were on Sunday outraged after a Facebook post published by Cape Town resident Vanessa Hartley went viral. Hartley, a resident of Hout Bay, Cape Town, posted the below status update to her timeline, questioning the number of...

  • Twitter goofs, temporarily suspends CEO Jack Dorsey’s account

    There are a few key things to remember when working at a large company. One, at least at Twitter, is to not suspend your boss's Twitter account. But it seems that yesterday someone forgot that very important rule. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was suspended from the website he founded earlier today, in what has been labeled by him an "internal mistake". Around 6pm SAST on Monday, tweeters discovered that the famous @Jack Twitter account was no longer active. Dorsey's account is also famous for posting the very first tweet on the network back in 2006. At the time of writing, Dorsey's account...

  • Johannesburg floods: here’s what Twitter and Instagram captured

    South Africa plays victim to comparatively few natural disasters, but when they do strike, they make their presence known. This was the case in Eastern Johannesburg this week, as heavy rains resulted in flash floods. The floods, which struck on Wednesday, flooded the basement of OR Tambo International Airport subsequently delaying flights, and left many of the city's motorways also under water. This included the heavily-trafficked N3, N12 and R24 freeways. According to News24, at least seven people are also currently missing. Flash floods hit Johannesburg Wednesday, plunging the city's motorways into chaos On Twitter, the hashtag #Floods is trending in South Africa...

  • Twitter’s chief operating officer resigns

    Twitter just can't seem to catch a break right now. After struggling to find a buyer, sacking 8% of its workforce, and shedding its Vine short video platform, the company's COO has now announced that he will be stepping down. "After 6 years and a once-in-a-lifetime run, I let Jack know that I am ready to change gears and do something new outside the company," Bain announced on the social network. "It’s been a privilege to have played a role in helping build something so special." Adam Bain had been a mainstay at Twitter since 2010 Bain's...

  • #Elections2016: Twitter reacts to Donald Trump win

    The last few states are still trickling in, but Donald Trump has won the 2016 US Elections, as Hillary Clinton called him to concede defeat. There's no doubting that this may have been the most dramatic US election in recent memory, surpassing the infamous 2000 elections between George W Bush and Al Gore. But what did Twitter make of the results? Dear Americans, Canadian immigration web site is not crashing we shut it down. Sysadmin/IT team, Canada. #Elections2016 — nixCraft # (@nixcraft) November 9, 2016 That moment when 9/11 and 11/9 are the greatest disasters for America! #ElectionNight #USElection2016 #Elections2016 #electionday — TWylie (@TWylie_) November 9, 2016 BREAKING:...

  • Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump: who’s the next US president of social media?

    It's the big day tomorrow. The day when millions of the United States' citizens will take to the polls to vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton (oh, and a few others too). And while the people at the polls will decide the country's fate, social media has also played a huge role in this year's US presidential race. That's right. Twitter and Facebook have both been integral to Clinton and Trump's campaigns thus far. With help from social media analytics firm Quintly, we take a look at key takeaways that shed some light on how Donald Trump and Hilary...

  • Saxonwold Shebeen: South Africa’s hilarious new meme

    Forget the med- and edtech industries. You know what's a real disruptive force on the internet at the moment? Shebeens. Specifically, shebeens in Saxonwold. After the State Capture report revealed that Eskom CEO Brian Molefe spent quite a few nights in close proximity to the Gupta's residence in Saxonwold, Johannesburg, Molefe suggested he may or may not have been visiting a nearby shebeen. Eskom, in a tweet to Memeburn, explained that it was in fact one of Molefe's colleagues who mentioned this. Regardless though, Twitter quickly latched onto the notion of a shebeen, and did not let go. Saxonwold Shebeen: South Africa's...

  • State Capture Report: SA politicians, parties react on Twitter

    The rather lengthy and eagerly anticipated State Capture Report has finally been made available for all to view. So what were some of the biggest findings? Well, the Public Protector found that President Jacob Zuma may have broken the Executive Ethics Code multiple times. The report also features Eskom CEO Brian Molefe numerous times, revealing that he had many phone calls with the Gupta family. Note: here's how to get the State Capture report. There are many more findings to be had, but Thuli Madonsela ultimately called on Zuma to initiate a commission of inquiry, with the head chosen by Chief Justice...

  • Shaun Abrahams drops Pravin charges: here’s Twitter’s reaction

    The great South African soap opera continued this week, thanks to the NPA and Pravin Gordhan's ongoing battle. In the latest episode, NPA chief Shaun Abrahams announced Monday that fraud charges against finance minister Pravin Gordhan will be dropped with immediate effect. Abrahams, conducting a media briefing, explained that the decision to prosecute Gordhan was not his decision, however he has overruled them regardless. While feigning responsibility for Gordhan's prosecution, this didn't stop South Africa's Twitter masses from laying into the NPA director. Rand down: 3 apps to keep tabs on SA’s financial news The South African rand isn’t doing well today....

  • Pornhub reportedly buying Vine? Because ‘six seconds is more than enough’

    Adult streaming site  has reportedly offered to buy Vine, after Twitter announced it was scaling down the looping video service. In a letter sent to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and obtained by CNET, Pornhub vice-president Corey Price says that Twitter could benefit from a sale. "We figure since Twitter has dropped (Vine) and is having significant layoffs, that you and your stakeholders could benefit from a cash infusion from the sale of Vine. Not to mention we would be saving Vine gems like 'Damn Daniel,' 'Awkward Puppets' and many more." Price added that Vines "of porn in six seconds is more than enough time...