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  • #FeesMustFall: University students react to Nzimande’s statement

    Update #4, 18 September, 3.27pm: In the wake of the student protests on South Africa's various university campuses, UCT's Faculty of Health Science has announced that it plans to march to Parliament on Thursday, 22 September, to hand over its memorandum to Blade Nzimande. The Faculty has also called on "colleagues, students and concerned citizens" to join. It has also asked academics to dress in "full academic dress". CALL FOR NATIONAL PROTEST ACTION FROM FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES AT UCT pic.twitter.com/I5940etSCg — UCT Law Student(s) (@UCTLawStudents) September 19, 2016 Update #3, 18 September, 2.47pm: The University of Pretoria has now also joined the...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: blast rocks New York, South Africa remembers Mandoza

    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 (16 September – 18 September). South African middle-distance runner Charl du Toit won his second gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this weekend, taking gold in the T37 400m event. This makes him South Africa's first double-medal winner of the games thus far. All the Glory 2 God!!! #TeamSArise! #Rio2016 #Paralympics Photo credit: Zimbio...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Twitter remembers September 11, SA racks up the medals

    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 (9 September – 11 September). Twitter was a flood Saturday with messages, memories and images remembering the World Trade Centre attacks on 11 September 2011. Celebrities, New Yorkers and Americans elsewhere who were affected, came together to share thoughts on the social network. My skyline out of my window at 12:01am Sept 11th, 2016 #MyNYC #September11 pic.twitter.com/LlxXOCqpAi — Iman...

  • Twitter: DMs now feature ‘read receipts, typing indicators’

    Twitter is slowly morphing into an instant messaging platform, thanks to a gaggle of new features in its Direct Messages feature added this week. Taking, rather obviously, to Twitter, the company announced that users' sent Direct Messages now boast read receipts, web link previews and typing indicators. These are feature that are part and parcel of instant messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. New! Direct Messages are more dynamic than ever with read receipts, typing indicators, and web link previews. pic.twitter.com/VEU92V5Gqj — Twitter (@twitter) September 8, 2016 It's an odd addition to a feature that always remained backstage of Twitter's often ever-changing...

  • Here’s what Twitter thought of the Apple iPhone event

    Catch all of our iPhone 7 launch coverage as well as additional Apple news on Gearburn here and here. From James Corden and Tim Cook opening the show with a terrible rendition of Carpool Karaoke, to the slew of usual Apple bingo shots consumed around the world, there was a lot to talk about at the Apple iPhone 7 launch event in San Francisco. And of course, Twitter both laid into and praised the tech giant's products and performance on the night. How often do you think you'll lose your Apple AirPods? Twitter thinks daily #AppleEvent and "iPhone 7" began trending worldwide around...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: South Africa murders rise & Mother Teresa canonized

    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 (2 September – 4 September). Pope Francis Sunday declared Mother Teresa a saint, at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. Mother Teresa, also known as Saint of the Gutters, served as a nun in Kolkata, India. She was declared a saint just 19 years after her death. After the service, a number of Mother Teresa's followers declared...

  • PewDiePie tweets about ISIS, gets account suspended

    There's never a dull moment in the life of Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie, and that usually extends to his YouTube videos. But the infamous streamer has landed himself in hot water with Twitter and "America" for removing his verification tick on Twitter. The YouTube star's Twitter account endured a few ups and downs yesterday. Sequence of events PewDiePie, according to a vlog, had his Twitter verification tick removed from his account, instead replacing it with a globe. After this, a news source masquerading as Sky News tweeted a fake article suggesting that the star's verification was removed "due to suspected relations with...

  • Twitter now shares ad revenue with content creators

    In hopes to compete with YouTube and Instagram, Twitter will now share advertising revenue with those who upload videos to the service. This is part of the company's Amplify advertising programme. Before you get excited, this isn't to say that the company's now dishing out its earnings to its users, but rather advertising revenue garnered from videos that make an impact. For instance, if you were to upload a video to the company's platform, 70% of the advertising revenue accrued from said video will be returned to you. This model is only valid for US citizens for now, but it clearly...

  • Gene Wilder dies: praise swells on social media for ‘giant of comedy’

    Gene Wilder, perhaps most famous to Millennials as the face of the Condescending Wonka meme, has died age 83. Wilder, who succumbed to complications surrounding his struggle with Alzheimer's, starred in a slew of movies from 1967 through to 1991, which his most famous roles include Frankenstein in the 70s, and Willy Wonka in 1971's Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. His most recent appearance on screen was in season five of Will & Grace back in 2002. 'The suspense is terrible... I hope it'll last' - Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka Soon after news of Gene Wilder's passing broke last night South...

  • [Update] Pretoria High School for Girls Twitter debate escalates

    Update #4, 30 August, 10.55am: After the trending hashtags, the media coverage and social commentary, the Pretoria High School for Girls petition has garnered over 24 000 signatures. The school's governing body also issued a statement after meeting with Gauteng MEC of education, Panyaza Lesufi. "The School Governing Body has held a successful meeting with the MEC for Education in Gauteng, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, with regard to recent events," the statement reads. "He has called for calm and the resumption of normal teaching and learning at the school." "The School Governing Body will be working closely with the Gauteng Department of Education in...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: burkini ban overturned & PRASA’s R42m toilet seats

    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 on Twitter (26 August – 28 August). South African pilot Michel Leusch was killed Saturday when he lost control of a stunt plane at a Chinese airshow. Durban born, Leusch was performing at the 1st Silk Road International General Aviation Convention in the city of Zhangye, in China's Gansu province. He was 33. South Africa pilot dead in plane crash...

  • Twitter adds Direct Message button to embeds bouquet

    Twitter hasn't always made life easy for website users, but it's latest move is looking to smooth user-to-website owner interaction. This take the form of  Twitter button, making it easier for visitors to send websites' accounts a Direct Message. "We are excited to announce a new button that enables people to start a Direct Message right from a website. Direct Messages are the private side of Twitter, and the message button makes it easy to start a private conversation with you," Twitter's senior product marketing manager Jeff Lesser announced. Announcing our new Message button. Now people can easily slide into your...

  • Johannesburg speaker Vasco da Gama already has a Twitter parody account

    In the battle for the Johannesburg Metro that took place on Monday, the DA's Vasco da Gama was elected as the City Council speaker. It's a huge change of power for the once-ANC stronghold, and the result itself sent the Johannesburg City Hall into a bit of a frenzy. Elsewhere, the move also sent Twitter into chaos, as people tweeted their views and funny jokes thanks in part to the speaker's rather historical name. But perhaps one Twitter user making particularly good use of the news is the owner of the da Gama parody Twitter account. Yes, I know what you're...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Turkey wedding blast kills 50 & Caster Semenya wins gold

    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 on Twitter (19 August – 21 August). Caster Semenya won gold in the women's 800m race in Rio Saturday. Semenya, who has been called out by fellow competitors for boasting an unfair advantage, romped to victory with Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba and Kenya's Margaret Wambui rounding up an all-African podium. Semenya's time of 1.55.29 is her personal best, and a...

  • Lynsey Sharp called out on Twitter after Caster comments

    This edition of the Olympic Games saw its fair share of off- and on-track issues. From swimmers purportedly getting robbed at gun point, to pools turning rainforest green, to a number of athletes suffering horrendous injuries... it's definitely been an interesting ride. But one particular name that stood out for some this weekend was Lynsey Sharp. After South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya stormed away from the field to win her 800m event with a personal best, 6th place finisher Sharp had a few words to say about the race and her competitors. #LynseySharp began trending Sunday after Caster Semenya's 800m...