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  • What’s big, blue and like a chair? Facebook apparently

    As it celebrates reaching the one-billion user mark, Facebook has released a video detailing why -- um... this is going to sound a bit silly -- it's like a chair. "Anyone can sit on a chair," it says, "and if the chair is large enough they can sit down together, and tell jokes, or make up stories or just listen." "Chairs are for people, and that is why chairs are like Facebook." Got it? Good, because we're not 100% sure we do. When was the last time a chair found out private things about you and sent you targeted...

  • Curiosity Rover checks in on Foursquare, may soon be the mayor of Mars

    The NASA team is taking serious steps to making this the most social space exploration yet. Now you can follow the Curiosity Rover's adventures on Twitter, watch occasional updates on YouTube and track its movements on Foursquare. Curiosity became the first non-human to check in from space (and the first ever Foursquare user to check in from another planet) when it logged its visit to Mars' Gale Crater. It even posted photos and left some tips for future visitors, saying that the crater is the perfect place to lose weight (who needs boring Earth gravity anyway?) and suggesting...

  • 8 African mobile money services that aren’t MPesa

    No, I’m not going to talk about MPesa, you can read all about the Kenyan grandfather of mobile money here, here and here. Rather, let’s look at other key mobile money products across the rest of the continent, as well as some up-and-coming, ones-to-watch that will be demo’ing at DEMO Africa in Nairobi later this month. 1. Zimbabwe’s EcoCash According to Econet, almost two-million Zimbabweans do all their business using EcoCash transfers and the service “moves millions of dollars every day from urban to rural areas” which has helped to “revitalise the rural economy.” The one-year-old mobile money transfer service from...

  • 6 things to consider before buying a projector

    So the boss stopped by your cubicle and told you to stop sharpening pencils and do some research on data projectors.  Like what they are all about and how much they cost.  And you had better have the info on his desk by the close of work today.  Don’t panic Slim. Help is at hand. The boss probably confused you to start off with by calling the projector by its code name: Proxima. Truth is, what he means is a data video projector, but Proxima is to projectors what Hoover is to vacuum cleaners.  Read more on Gearburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var...

  • Which country uses the web best? [Infographic]

    You may have heard that Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web Foundation recently quantified the web by developing an index used to rank 61 countries in categories like web readiness, web use and social, political and economic impact. And, because, well, this is the web after all, there is an infographic to explain it all. The data-heavy project is the first of its kind to attempt to measure the web by integrating information on everything from a country's communication infrastructure and the policies regulating internet access to the skill levels which allow full use of the...

  • US Presidential debate set new tweet record

    The US Presidential debate on Wednesday set a new record for the most tweeted political event in history, according to Twitter’s government and political team. The social network also states that just after the debate began, its service was set abuzz with more than two-million tweets in a very short time, generating twice as many tweets as the 2008 presidential debates combined, and topping off at 10.3-million tweets in 90 minutes. Tonight's debate was the most tweeted about event in US political history, topping the numbers from the RNC and DNC.— Twitter Government (@gov) October 4, 2012 According to stats this...

  • Kai-Fu Lee: Age is the biggest difference between China’s internet and the West

    China’s internet is massive, but who exactly is using it? It’s a question that plagues many Western companies looking to work their way into China. In a recent post on LinkedIn, Innovation Works founder Kai-Fu Lee shared his thoughts on the biggest difference between Chinese internet users and American ones. According to Lee, it’s actually not what you’re probably thinking — the biggest difference is age. Lee’s post included the following infographic that illustrates just how large the gap really is. According to Lee: The average Chinese internet user is almost young enough to be the average American user’s son/daughter! That...

  • US becomes second country to get Facebook’s promoted posts for people

    Looks like Facebook is serious about letting individual people pay to promote their posts. The social networking giant announced late yesterday that people in the US would also be included in the experiment. The service first rolled out in New Zealand in May, with random users in Europe and the US reporting that they had access to the feature in September. According to Facebook: Every day, news feed delivers your posts to your friends. Sometimes a particular friend might not notice your post, especially if a lot of their friends have been posting recently and your story isn't near the...

  • Streetview arrives on Google Maps iOS web app

    Good news iOS map haters. Google has rolled Street View on its web app for iOS. The feature, which rolled out this morning, is available on the iPhone and iPad. It's fairly simple to use too. Just go to maps.google.com on your mobile device, select the location you want to view. You'll notice a set of icons next to the address bar in Safari. As is the case with the desktop version of Google Maps all you have to do is hit the stick man figure and pull it into the street that you want to see. You can...

  • 13 South African startups to look out for in 2013

    It’s been a busy year for South Africa’s startup scene and as we start winding down the last quarter of 2012, we decided to reflect on some of the successes we witnessed. The startups listed here either secured funding this year, or were recognised at a competition. While the list isn’t intended to be exhaustive, these are the stories we reported on this year, so you can read more about the startups and the competitions and venture capital companies that help drive South Africa’s entrepreneurial community forward. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Twitter partners with Nielsen to launch ‘Twitter Surveys’ for brands

    Twitter has just announced that it is partnering with research powerhouse Nielsen to launch a new feature called Twitter Survey. The new feature will allow brands to measure the effectiveness of their ad campaigns. "Building on Twitter’s mobile heritage, we’re giving brands the ability to deliver and measure the impact of mobile and traditional desktop campaigns through these surveys," said Twitter in a blog post. This new feature will work much like the current promoted tweets that users have become accustomed to. Users will soon start seeing surveys from the @TwitterSurveys account with their timeline, asking them to answer some...

  • Send your Facebook profile to Cape Town with this awesome campaign

    This is potentially very cool. It's a new campaign that lets you send your Facebook profile on a dream holiday -- that you could end up taking yourself. The campaign is the latest social effort from Cape Town Tourism, the organisation that looks after positioning the South African city as a top tourism destination. It takes the form of a Facebook-based travel app, that will allow people to experience Cape Town. According to Cape Town Tourism CEO, Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, the Facebook app, which it is calling a "world-first" because the organisation understands how important social media, and Facebook in...

  • Nokia takes swing at ‘dull’ iPhone 5 in new ad

    Charcoal, black, white... people must be getting a little sick of the limited colours they can get their phones in. Well, that's what Nokia thinks at any rate. The Finnish mobile company has aimed a square blow at the austere colour scheme of the iPhone 5 with the new advert for its Lumia range of smartphones. The flat animation style is reminiscent of Soviet propaganda posters, with Apple playing the role of the dour corporate giant, treating its customers like parts on assembly line (there are parallels with Apple's 1984 portrayal of IBM). When one person dares to mention...

  • The real problem with social media strategies? Traditional agencies

    Media strategists are slowly starting to understand digital as both the client and the agency demand a more holistic approach, but what about social media? For many, the environment is daunting as it goes against what most media strategists are trained to investigate (such as reach, frequency and Gross Rating Points). Social media means consumers have the voice to talk back, but for many, it doesn't even feature as a blip on the radar as a channel because it’s foreign to traditional media strategy which is all about broadcast. To me, social media fits in the media mix just...

  • Want to know about the future of social? Look where mobile’s going

    eMarketer recently released a survey in which CEOs from the media and entertainment industries worldwide were asked their opinions on what was going to be the biggest disruptor to their industry in the following 12 months. While their answers provide some interesting reading; I am more interested in the grey area between their words. So, according to the eMarketer report; all the CEOs agreed that social media definitely has its place in the future of the industry; but it is more the technologies which social media platforms are migrating to that is going to be the biggest influencer. Respondents...