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  • 5 New Year’s resolutions some of SA’s top tweeters should adopt in 2015

    It’s been an interesting year for South African Twitter. Apart from anything, there are now around 9.4-million users in the country, up from 6.8-million a year ago. That means increased levels of conversation, which in turn means that much more potential for argument. Thing is, the South Africans who’ve drawn most attention to themselves this year aren’t exactly new to the platform. And while some of them have reached new heights this year, others appear to be cracking under the pressure of Twitter’s cooking pot. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a set of New Years’ resolutions for seven...

  • Sony Pictures threatens Twitter with legal action for leaked document tweets

    Sony’s lawyer has threatened Twitter with legal action if the social networking company doesn’t not ban accounts that are sharing documents leaked from the hack. The letter sent from David Boies, a lawyer hired by Sony to advise the company through the troubled times, to Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s general counsel, reads that if “stolen information continues to be disseminated by Twitter in any manner,” Sony will “hold Twitter responsible for any damage or loss arising from such use or dissemination by Twitter.” Apart from the state bureaucracy, Sony has been starting a war of its own, attacking anyone who dares, in...

  • Twitter and Foursquare are partnering to improve location in tweets

    Twitter and Foursquare are planning to partner together in 2015 to power location in tweets. In fact, the geo-location feature could be introduced as soon the first quarter. Over the past weeks Twitter has been trying by all means to gather data on its users and it continues its efforts by partnering with Foursquare. The social media network wants to start serving information to users that is relevant and the company believes that with a location layer to its platform it can do this. This follows an appointment by Twitter of David Blackman, a Geo lead engineer from Foursqaure. This...

  • Marmite and Bovril take their beef to Twitter in #BattleOfTheSpreads [Update]

    People love personifying things, which is probably why we love these Twitter battles between competitive brands, places and things flaring up on social media every once and a while. And why not? Brands get a chance to gain insight into where they stand with popular opinion. Today, popular salty spreads have taken their puns and wits to Twitter in a fight to see who’s the number one spread in South Africa — Marmite or Bovril. It’s an age old question, the salty meat or the veggie extract? Both are delicious on toast, crackers and owned by Bokomo Foods. Read more: Lion’s Head,...

  • 8 Vines showing just how intense the Ferguson protests are

    While a picture’s worth a thousand words, six seconds of footage can say so much more. According to Twitter Reverb over 3.5-million tweets were sent in the two hours after a US grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri back in August. The tweets reflected and documented the pockets of protests that erupted across the US, from New York City to Chicago and Seattle. Unified by the hashtags #FergusonDecision and #Ferguson, familiar faces such as actor and stand-up comedian Chris Brown...

  • Twitter now lets you share tweets via DM

    Ever wanted to show someone on Twitter a tweet without the rest of your followers seeing it? Well, if you have their email address you’ve always been able to, but now you can DM it to them on Twitter too. The feature comes as part of the latest update to the social media network and is available on iOS, Android, Twitter for web and Tweetdeck. Read more: Twitter confirms it’s testing a ‘buy now’ button If you want to share a tweet from either the iOS or Android mobile apps, long-press the Tweet in your timeline and choose “Share via...

  • Shock, embarrassment, wit: SA turns to Twitter after Parliament fiasco

    Chaos broke out in Parliament late last night after riot police were called into the National Assembly to remove MP Ngwanamakwetle Mashabela from the Economic Freedom Fighters. This followed a day of opposition filibustering that had continued late into the evening. Of course Twitter kept pace with all the action, with citizens expressing their opinions on the political antics going down in Cape Town. As reported by Mail & Guardian Online‎, the parliamentary video and audio feed was cut off at some point during the brawl, opening up the discussion of censorship. Media asking why parly feed was cut, who makes the call and whether...

  • Cell C just pissed off the wrong people, massive banner ad sparks big laughs on Twitter [Update]

    One of South Africa’s major telecom firms is starting the weekend on a bad foot. A massive billboard stating that the network operator is “the most useless service provider in SA,” was just put up in Johannesburg. Needless to say, this opened up a whole can of worms on the twittersphere. The banner ad makes things personal, publishing Franchise Manager Riaan van Rooyen’s personal contact details. “Cell C’s Riaan van Rooyen, ‘Franchise Manager’, says his unnamed executive head refuses to assist the customer!!” it reads. It’s often said there’s no such thing as bad publicity. We’re contemplating whether that applies to this...

  • Twitter saves Twitpic’s domain and archive at the last minute

    We reported last week that Twitpic was shutting down. It was going to close shop on 25 October and that all the photos on it would also disappear. But now there are new developments in a story that’s already been a total rollercoaster. Twitpic is still shutting down but has come to an agreement with Twitter that will keep user’s photos for longer. The agreement is the first firm decision we’ve seen in a situation that’s been embroiled in uncertainty. Even Twitpic founder Noah Everett acknowledges that things have been pretty chaotic of late: “First off I want to say...

  • Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and Northcliff Hill spark SA’s latest Twitter war

    Twitter‘s a cavalcade of strange people with even stranger opinions. Take the #ThingsLongerThanOscarsSentence trending hashtag yesterday after the Oscar Pistorious verdict if you need a yardstick. But perhaps even more strange are inanimate yet famous natural monuments that have garnered their own voices on the social network. I’m talking about Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and the Signal Hill noon gun — part of Cape Town’s distinguished silhouette. For those not familiar with the city’s skyline, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head flank the flat facade of Table Mountain, while Signal Hill’s noon gun is famous for firing a shot at noon daily. These...

  • People in France can now transfer money with tweets

    “That would be five tweets for the croissant, thank you.” There seems to be two major trends brewing with Silicon Valley’s top tech giants this year. The one is healthcare. The other is payments. Last week we got news of Facebook flirting with mobile money transfer services via its Messenger app. Apple furthermore unveiled Apple Pay last month, which will allow iPhone 6 and Apple Watch users to pay for goods at checkouts using NFC. Now — due to a partnership with the major French bank, Groupe BPCE — Twitter is beating the big blue network to the chase. Users...

  • Kenyan Twitter from A to Z: everything you need to know about ‘Kitter’

    Last year the newly launched Nendo Ventures release its report on the Kenyan social media landscape. The report highlighted 15 key trends that is shaping and informing the Kenyan social media landscape. It also provided some insights into how Kenyans behave on social and their consumption patterns. The team is now taking a step further with its latest report unpacking Kenyan Twitter (Kitter) by alphabetising it. The report – which has just been released — is part of a series the company is releasing on the African Twitter landscape. Kenyan Twitter A to Z is the first of four,...

  • Twitter reactions mixed as Malema trial postponed

    Julius Malema appeared at the Polokwane High Court in South Africa on charges of fraud, money laundering and racketeering related to a Limpopo roads tender. His upcoming trial has garnered much media attention, but Malema was in court for only short time before the case was postponed to 3 August 2015. Malema then walked out of the court and addressed his supporters, who the night before had gathered at a vigil in Limpopo before making their way outside the court in the morning, chanting and ululating in support of their leader. Everyone else took their thoughts to Twitter. On the social network, reactions were...

  • SA’s so-called ‘blackface’ scandal reignites racism debate on Twitter

    Only a few months ago, two girls from the University of Pretoria dressed up as maids for their friend’s birthday party. They painted their faces black and put pillows in their skirts. Naturally, this erupted a massive racial debate that was just about to quieten down. Until now, that is. While the girls from Pretoria posted their photos on Facebook — a rather limited platform in terms of public reach — two students from Stellenbosch University more recently posted photos of themselves via Twitter, with their faces painted black. Stellenbosch University students with some Blackface. Classy as always pic.twitter.com/9l3YlAp4EB — Siyabonga Nyezi...

  • Five reasons why African developers should go to Twitter Flight

    As you all know by now Twitter has finally launched a mobile developer conference. Think f8 for Twitter. As the platform describes it, Flight is a “gathering built by developers, for developers”. According to Twitter, if you live, breathe and occasionally dream in Java, Objective-C or Swift then you will be right at home at Flight. The conference begins with a keynote Twitter’s head honcho, Dick Costolo, capped off with a mixer for engineers (geeks who mingle). In honour of the upcoming conference, the social media platform has revamped its developer site, dev.twitter.com. “We’ve reorganized all of the content...