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  • 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...

  • Google Wallet for content: Is it already doomed?

    Google has launched an experimental service that allows people to pay for online content using Google Wallet. According to the internet giant, the service will allow people to pay for individual online articles for anywhere between US$0.25 and US$0.99 each using its virtual money service. Once you buy the page, it's yours forever says Google. "Users love free content, and so we expect that advertising will remain the most effective monetisation model for most content on the Web," the company said in a draft post found by CNET. "However we know that there is more great content that...

  • Samsung cries juror misconduct in Apple patent case

    This is starting to feel like a soap opera. Samsung has asked the judge to throw out the US$1.05-billion ruling in the epic Samsung/Apple patent battle citing jury discrepancies. The smartphone maker claims that Velvin Hogan, the jury foreman, failed to disclose certain relevant information about a prior lawsuit and personal bankruptcy, reports Bloomberg. Samsung claims that during jury selection, Hogan had been asked about his involvement in a lawsuit against Seagate, a "substantial partner" of Samsung, which he chose not to disclose. This, the Korean tech giant claims, could have clouded his judgement. According to the company, the...

  • Linux Ubuntu 12.1 review: finally growing up

    After reviewing the last version of Ubuntu 12 a few months ago I wasn’t too impressed with the OS in general. Ubuntu kept loyal to its obscure following by not dipping its toes into the real reason Windows and OSX are popular. And I’m happy to say that it has finally broken out of that mold with Linux Ubuntu 12.1. I would like to remind you that this is still a beta and I’m reviewing the work that it has done so far. Read more on Gearburn.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");

  • Baidu’s new tool makes designing a Chinese mobile website easy… and free

    With so many websites neglecting to make a mobile website -- despite China now having more mobile web users than there are on PCs -- the local search giant Baidu has launched a free service for creating simple mobile web apps. Called SiteApp, it crafts the content of a site into a basic yet elegant mobile-optimised site. Baidu’s SiteApp also gives websites the option to put categories in a neat sidebar (pictured above) that looks a bit like the one on Path app. Plus, there are easy-to-access tabs for the main sections of a site. Individual article pages can have...