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  • Twitter is big in emerging markets: just ask China, India and Mexico

    Well this is interesting. Twitter's most active country is China, where the Great Firewall is meant to keep it out. According to a new report from eMarketer it seems the firewall isn't doing its job. The Chinese government has done its best to keep out most Western social networks, but tech-savvy citizens have been accessing these networks by using tools such as VPNs to bypass the Great Firewall. According to a September 2012 GlobalWebIndex report cited by eMarketer, there were 35.5-million active Twitter users in China during Q2 of this year making it the most active Twitter nation. The list...

  • Daterly: a new social dating network emerges from the African startup scene

    Online dating sites like Match and eHarmony use matching algorithms to identify romantic partners, but this approach is believed to be flawed. The New York Times cites a study that divulges 80 years of scientific research on what makes couples romantically compatible. It turns out, the core of traditional matching algorithms, similar interests and personality traits, are not key to predicting happy relationships. So what works? Well, good old fashion dating is still the best way to tell if you’re a match, but a new “social dating network" called Daterly, believes that by building “an online social resume," couples could...

  • Hootsuite’s new feature: All about conversation and collaboration

    Popular social media management tool Hootsuite has announced a new feature dubbed HootSuite Conversations. This new addition to the services offerings allows users to chat with anyone inside and outside their organisation, as well as collaborate with different people in real-time. Sounds pretty cool doesn't it? The internal communication tool, says Hootsuite, is helpful in three key areas: simplifying communication, internal conversation and collaboration. Before all you social media managers lose your minds with giddy excitement, here is how it works: Simplify communication: Users are able to talk to anyone you work with, collaborate with, and share messaging with, easily...

  • Google Play Store: 675k apps, 25bn downloads

    Boom. There are now 675 000 apps on the Google Play Store and they've been downloaded 25-billion times. Impressive. To celebrate the milestone, the internet giant announced that it would be offering discounts on a number of paid-for apps from the likes of Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, and Full Fat. It will also be releasing a number of special offer collections "like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and our 25 top-selling magazines". The figures announced today show that Google is rapidly closing the gap on Apple. The Cupertino-based giant recently...

  • Reassessing ROI in social media

    The burning question on everyone's social media-laden lips is, "what's the return on investment (ROI) of social media?" As the social web has matured over the last 8 to 10 years, so has the need, nay, the desire for people to prove its worth as a reputable marketing channel. To be honest, it's been plaguing. And in many respects, has been the cause of much debate and anger between a new breed and those traditionalists already firmed rooted to the marketing plateau of their advertising value equivalency, circulation and reach values. Circulation and reach? Really? Those are the metrics for...

  • Is RIM finding its rhythm again with BlackBerry 10?

    Martin is reporting from the Blackberry Jam Americas event at San Jose, California. Contact him. RIM's stock was up 4.68% after yesterday’s General Session held in San Jose, California. It’s a spark in the dark for the convalescent titan from Waterloo, but the jury is still out whether or not the excitement felt today is a harbinger for a full-scale comeback. Having said that, BlackBerry 10 is shaping up to be an uncharacteristically polished effort for the enterprise-first company that entered the consumer market out of necessity in the wake of the iPhone’s success in 2007. We’ve had glimpses of the BlackBerry...

  • Social Good Summit: Climate and energy — the next digital frontier

    He's the King of Inconvenient Truths and former US vice president Al Gore wants to get social media involved in his latest project to help address the issue of climate change. At the 2012 Social Good Summit, Al Gore presented, via video, his new initiative, called “The Dirty Weather Report”, where he hopes to show the links between climate change and the effects of extreme weather worldwide. Gore’s advocacy group, the Climate Reality Project, announced its second multi-media “24 Hours of Reality” event, which will occur on November 14 and 15. Gore says “dirty weather” is weather that’s enabled...

  • Go under the sea with the first ever underwater shots on Google Street View

    O.M.G. There is a turtle in Street View! In its continuing quest for awesomeness, Google has gone under the sea. You may have already taken a virtual trip down the Amazon river, a walk in a famous park or a stroll through the Cape Winelands with the Google Maps team, but now you can actually go underwater at some of the world's most beautiful aquatic destinations. Plus one, Google. The team announced today that its first ever underwater panoramic images are now available on Google Maps. The 360 degree photos were captured as part of the Catlin Seaview Survey, a...

  • 3 SA ecommerce sites really stepping up to the plate

    Over the last couple of years, South Africa has seen a massive growth in online businesses and ecommerce websites. While the eCommerce Awards are great at recognising the top performers, it is almost impossible for a new website to immediately win an award, due to the first part of the awards requiring a high numbers of votes. Longer established websites such as bidorbuy and Kalahari already have massive databases of customers. With that in mind, I have identified three ecommerce players who are different and have the potential to make a big splash in the space. Read more on Ventureburn....

  • Industry leaders to determine the forces shaping SA’s digital landscape

    Digital is in a constant flux. The breakneck pace of innovation alone is causing such dynamic change in this industry that sifting the core trends from the noise in order to ascertain which forces will shape the digital landscape, is no easy feat. That's why Digital Edge Live 2012's sitting of the National Assembly has called together a working committee to aid in this sifting process. Top digital innovators from a range of South Africa's digital marketing elite will deliberate and state their case with the following discussions: The first panel's question: "Are digital agencies 'blinding clients with science'?" will...

  • Your newest weekly Twitter mail: People you may know

    Twitter seems pretty damned determined to occupy space in your inbox. The latest weekly email from the social network will see it suggesting people you might know. That's it. The email is just a list of people you might like to follow. As The Next Web notes, the new feature appears to use technology from social summary tool Summify, which Twitter bought at the beginning of the year. According to the social network: Suggestions are based on signals like who your friends follow and the contact information imported by people you know. For example, if several people you...

  • Windows 8: Making Microsoft cool or a desperate throw of the dice?

    When Windows 8 goes live in October it'll represent the culmination of Microsoft's bid to completely change the way people perceive it. For years now, Microsoft has been the buggy, beige-ridden OS of the masses. But over the past few months, it's given itself something of a corporate makeover. It announced partnerships with the likes of Nokia and HTC, and launched its own Surface tablet. It also changed its logo for the first time in over two decades and effectively killed hotmail. Without Windows 8 though, none of that matters. If it doesn't work, it'll mean that the Redmond-based giant's...

  • Social Good Summit: Forest Whitaker on embracing technology to foster peace

    Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker wants peace to become a mechanism he builds into people, through his new initiative, PeaceEarth, which he officially launched on International Peace Day (21 September). Taking to the stage at the 2012 Social Good Summit, he elaborated on how he sees technology playing into this initiative, and how it’s going to help him create a model to build peace within individuals that will spread to world. “We're living in a time that’s never been before; where it's actually possible for change to come,” said an impassioned Whitaker. “There wasn't a time like this before where we...

  • Digital leads the way at the 2012 Loeries

    At last year’s Loerie Awards, Hello Computer took home a Grand Prix for its Flow Browser concept for Musica. Strictly speaking, a digital campaign didn’t score as highly at South Africa's premier advertising showcase this year, but in many ways, the impact of digital and social media was even more obvious. From Helen Zille reading out #loeries tweets during her speech, to the fact that some of the winners were viewed more on YouTube than they were on TV (it was hard to miss the irony of Nando’s Diversity ad being award gold in a category sponsored by the...

  • Freedom House: Government threats to web on the up, along with protests

    Internet freedom is under attack. Governments are becoming increasingly repressive, frequently acting against their own citizens. At the same time however, activists are fighting back harder than ever. Over the past couple of years brutal attacks against bloggers, politically motivated surveillance, proactive manipulation of web content, and restrictive laws regulating speech online have all become more common, says a new report from NGO Freedom House. On the opposite end of the scale however increased pushback by civil society, technology companies, and independent courts resulted in several notable victories. “The findings clearly show that threats to internet freedom are becoming more...