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  • 6 golden rules for ensuring your social campaign has a great digital footprint

    Believe it or not, if you want your social media campaign to be successful, it is crucial that you understand that everything you do online is public. Every blog post, every tweet, and every update adds to the total sum of your "digital footprint" and your reputation online. If you are new to the open and connected world of social media, always try to put your best foot forward when posting or sharing something online. Your digital footprint is what you leave behind online and what others will see about you. This plays a massive role to increase your online...

  • All hail King Chrome: Google’s browser celebrates first month on top

    We saw it coming. Chrome's been destined to take the lead in the browser wars for some time now. A couple of weeks ago, it finally did -- ousting Microsoft's Internet Explorer along the way. It wasn't a mere blip on the radar either. According to StatCounter the good people at Googleplex can now celebrate being top of pops for a full month. For the full month of May according to data the company pulled from over 15-billion page views, Chrome took 32.43% of the worldwide market compared to 32.12% for IE and 25.55% for Firefox. According to StatCounter CEO Aodhan...

  • Alan Knott-Craig Jr: How I nearly missed out on buying Mxit

    In the first of a series of extracts from the opening chapter of his new book "Mobinomics", South African-based entrepreneur Alan Knott Craig Jr speaks about what it was about Mxit -- the massively popular youth-based social network he now owns -- that turned him into "an evangelist, an unpaid, unofficial ambassador for the network". He also offers a glimpse of the respect he has for the company's former owner Herman Heunis and how difficult it was to turn down opportunities for a stake in Mxit. Twice. Run a small business. Find a job. Educate a child....

  • Google wants the .lol domain name. Yes, really

    Haha. Sorry, but it seems that Google thinks that .lol has "interesting and creative potential" -- which is why the search giant has applied to have the domain registered with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). In a blog post, Vincent Cerf ('father of the internet' and Google's chief internet evangelist) said that the company had applied for a number of new domains -- including .google, .youtube and .docs -- as part of ICANN's open call for suggestions for new generic top-level domains (GTLDs). Previously, if you wanted to buy a domain name, you could only choose...

  • Foursquare teases new maps, major redesign

    Foursquare is changing. Okay, that might be a little dramatic, but it is promising a major redesign. The first of those changes is set to come in the form of a new maps feature. The company sent out a tweet, previewing the feature. Maps. There are many others like it, but this one is yours. The #allnew4sq is coming soon! bit.ly/L0fbOy— foursquare (@foursquare) May 31, 2012 The tweet came just a day after another one showing off the new splash screen: Put on your fanciest fancy pants. The all new foursquare is coming soon! Get excited! #allnew4sq...

  • Nando’s #Diversity campaign reminds South Africans they’re all foreigners

    Popular fast food franchise, Nando's has launched a new campaign that plays on the issue of Xenophobia in South Africa. The campaign has Nando's teaming up with non-profit volunteer group, Cheesekids, to "create pop up soup kitchens" in parts of South Africa that have been affected by Xenophobia. The franchise says it aims to walk the talk in galvanising the message of creating "dialogue between the diverse". You too can volunteer to join our soup kitchens by visiting the Souperstars site. The partnership wants all South Africans and those living in South Africa to embrace the spirit of diversity...

  • Major African VC network launches private investing tools

    Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa), an online community of venture capitalists, angels and entrepreneurs, today announced the launch of new tools aimed at helping people raise funds for their startups. The network, which is dedicated to building business on the African continent, claims that the new tools make private investment easy, secure and social. It also says that they allow entrepreneurs to register their funding needs. These are then shared for investors, registered as part of the VC4Africa investor network, to review. Any investor interested in the venture can reportedly engage the entrepreneur for more details. and if...

  • Bing rolls out social search redesign, US gets it first

    Someone's been a busy boy haven't they Microsoft? Just a day after launching the latest preview of Windows 8, the Redmond-based software giant rolled out its new social search function in the US. The new three column design sees social media feeds from sites like Facebook and Twitter incorporated into a new social side bar on search results pages. The bar includes relevant posts from people you’re following using your social accounts (assuming you’re signed in at the time), as well as suggestions from experts that Bing thinks could answer your question. The redesigned pages will also...

  • Reviewed: Epson MegaPlex Projector — 60″ HD glory

    First thoughts: this thing's a goddamn monster. It's the size of two Xboxes squashed together, makes a hell of a noise when it's on and blinds you with its 3LCD display. But then I plug in my laptop via the HDMI port, run a copy 1080p copy of Tron: Legacy and everything's as right as rain. It's big, it's black, it's Epson's MegaPlex projector. To quote its full name, it's the Epson MegaPlex MG850HD Home Projector. I like to call it "my little cinema". If you're a smart shopper, you can grab it for roughly US$650 online and my fellow...

  • SA youth caught between digital ambition, cultural traditions [Study]

    South Africa’s youth are living in the progressive digital age but still strongly influenced by cultural traditions. That's according to the results of a brand new study by the Praekelt Foundation -- an organisation which aims to use mobile phones to improve the lives of people living in poverty. YoungAfricaLive (YAL), its award-winning mobile platform, aims to educate the country’s youth about HIV and AIDS start open discussions about love and relationships. The portal, which has almost a million users in the country and recently launched in Tanzania and Kenya, surveyed more than 170 000 of its users to gather the results of this year’s...

  • The age of the Zettabyte is upon us. Almost

    The age of the Zettabyte is upon us. Well, it will be in four years’ time at any rate. By 2016, global IP traffic will reach 1.3 zettabytes per year or 109.5 exabytes (10^18 bytes) per month. That’s according to the latest Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast from US-based networking giant Cisco Systems. To put that into some kind of perspective, one zettabyte is equal to equal to one sextillion bytes, or one-billion terabytes. To get there, IP traffic will have to grow fourfold from where it was in 2011. That’s not all that unlikely though. Back in...

  • Facebook powers up Pages with admin roles and scheduled posts

    Facebook has just beefed up it Pages offering. The latest attempt to do so has seen it offering admin roles and scheduled posts, features that were previously only available third-party apps. The admin roles give page managers the ability to control how much any one administrator can do on a page. The privileges range from Managers, who can do anything they want on the page, to Insight Analysts, who can only view a page's insights. The new admin roles are potentially great for large community-driven pages, where content might need to be strictly controlled. It's also a boon...

  • 24.com claims social sharing app a success

    Africa's largest online publisher 24.com claims that its recently released Facebook app has resulted in a massive spike in referrals from the social network and more eyes on its stories. The app is designed to allow users on the social network to read, share and comment on articles. The publisher says that it "opens up increased engagement around the news" as users can see what their friends are reading in real-time and comment on their articles. The app automatically shares all the articles users are reading on their Timeline and News Feed but they have the option...

  • Facebook fundamentals: Why its share collapse simply does not matter

    Facebook's share collapse has the social network's strongest critics buzzing, some even going as far as questioning the future of the platform. Are we really betting that this is going to be one of the most valuable companies in the world or is this just business as usual in the technology sector: dot.com crash all over again? By far the most vehement of criticisms comes from Vanity Fair contributing editor and Newser founder Michael Wolff. In an article on MIT site Technology Review, Wolff melodramatically predicts that the social network "...is not only on course to go bust, but will...

  • Emerging markets are driving the web, no bubble in sight: The Meeker files

    Emerging market countries are driving internet growth. Thing is, it’s not the only the usual BRIC suspects that are steering the ship. In fact the countries that are really surging ahead include likes of The Philippines, India, and Indonesia. That’s according to the 2012 Internet Trends report from renowned web analyst Mary Meeker, sometimes referred to as the "Queen of the Net". Meeker, a partner at VC company Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB), unveiled her annual trends report at All Things Digital’s D10 conference. According to Meeker, there are now 2.3-billion web users around the world. Despite continued...