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  • Rain in Johannesburg, drought in Cape Town: SA’s weather according to social media

    As boring as it might seem, the weather has been a massive talking point for South Africans in 2017. And no, it's not because 55-million of us are awkwardly engaging in small talk. With Cyclone Dineo passing over the country's extreme north this week (social media had plenty to say about her), we also have Johannesburg and Cape Town on two extreme ends of the rainfall spectrum. Although Johannesburg is a summer rainfall region, the city is experiencing quite a bit this week with the SA Weather Service issuing warnings of possible floods in Gauteng. Cape Town, on the other hand,...

  • Snapchat IPO: 6 more things you should know

    Snap Inc's IPO filing was made public overnight, revealing a variety of details surrounding Snapchat's operations. For one, we know that the firm hasn't made a profit in 2015 and 2016 (although it's quickly catching up), then there's the claim of 158 million daily active users. But what else do the documents tell us? Yes, Snapchat's prioritising iOS Many Android users have long held that Snapchat didn't pay enough attention to the Google platform -- something the company admitted in the filing. "The majority of our user engagement is on smartphones with iOS operating systems. As a result, although our products work with...

  • Snapchat IPO: the key figures revealed

    Snap Inc. filed a confidential initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission last year, leaving many to wonder about the details. But now, the house of Snapchat has raised the curtain on aspects of the deal. The IPO could value the company at up to US$25-billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. "Snap Inc. is a camera company. We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate," read an excerpt of founder Evan Spiegel's letter in the filing. "Our products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about...

  • #BeyoncePoseChallenge: has Beyonce’s Instagram pose become a thing?

    In the wake of Beyonce's Instagram-shattering announcement earlier this morning, the internet has understandably gone a little bit insane. A byproduct of that however, is about as entertaining as it is scary. The #BeyoncePoseChallenge calls everyone on the net to find their inner Queen B and strike a pose similar to the recording artist's Instagram post this morning. If you missed that post, check out our quick explainer here. Ultimately, it does involve Beyonce's pregnant underwear-clad body, and a sheer piece of fabric draped over her head. Essentially, it's a recipe for a viral meme. 'Beyonce pose' what? The hashtag appeared in select...

  • Beyonce’s preggy picture is now Instagram’s most-liked snap ever

    We've only recently said goodbye to the first month of 2017, and already Instagram has a new record-breaking image. The post in question comes from none other than Queen B herself, Beyonce. The performing artist took to Instagram late last night South African time to announce that she's expecting twins. Yes, TWINS! "We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over," she posted on Instagram, signed The Carters. "We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes." Beyonce trails Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Ariana...

  • Personal information in the age of social media

    The global reaction to WhatsApp’s August 2016 announcement, in which the “updating” of its terms and privacy policy was revealed, has been interesting. This update, essentially, allows for the sharing of user information between WhatsApp and its owner of roughly two years, Facebook. The reaction has been largely alarmist. The Guardian, Independent, and The Telegraph warn users to opt out of the sharing of information between the two platforms. TechCrunch takes a more balanced approach, outlining the European legislative response to the announcement, and quoting the UK’s information commissioner Elizabeth Denham. According to Denham: “There’s a lot of anger out there....

  • #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter: this is why South Africa logs in every day

    Have you ever logged into any social media app or site and wondered why you had in the first place? For some, that happens way too often. Whether it's stalking friends on Instagram, or laughing at fake news on Facebook, all social sites have their purpose. But what of Twitter? That's the chief question circulating on South African Twitter right now. The hashtag #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter shot to the front page of South Africa's trending hashtags chart early Monday morning, and has remained there for much of the day. Although not as popular as last year's #SaxonwoldShebeen, the hashtag has nonetheless revealed just how...

  • Facebook Stories will soon let you ‘Snapchat’ from your Facebook app

    Facebook has already implemented a rehashed version of Snapchat Stories on Instagram. But it hasn't yet bolted on the feature to its flaship app. Until now, that is. The social network has announced that Facebook Stories is now a thing on its Android and iOS app, and yes, it works almost exactly like Snapchat and Instagram Stories (pictured). Users can scroll through a horizontal list of Stories located at the top of the app's screen (just below the notifications and search bar). It's almost visually identical to Instagram Stories too, and will let users share ephemeral videos and snaps that will...

  • Facebook Trending updates, now adds context to network’s hot topics

    In its new-found bid to highlight genuine news on its network, Facebook has announced updates to its Trending feature. Trending, a feature added to the social network in 2014, shows users "popular topics being discussed on Facebook that they might not see in their News Feed" based on algorithms and reviewed by a company team. It's a lot like Twitter's trending hashtag system, and allows users to gauge what's currently hot on the social network. But this doesn't always mean that what's hot is actually relevant, or even factual. According to Facebook's product management VP, Will Cathcart, the company will be making...

  • Twitter desperately needs its own fact-checking system, and fast [Opinion]

    Whether you believe climate change is a human-fuelled condition or simple planet dynamics scantly matters at this point. Speaking as a South African currently experiencing one of the "biggest drought events in living memory", climate change is very much a reality. But some don't seem to think so. South Dakota's Badlands National Park was caught with ink-stained hands this week after the park's Twitter account blurted out a few climate change facts. But it seems the plot is a bit thicker than that. The tweets were not from the park itself. Fact or alternative fact? According to Buzzfeed's Claudia Koerner speaking to a...

  • Snapchat joins Facebook, Google in purging fake news from its network

    Snapchat is the latest social network to take a stand against fake news, clickbait and "sensitive content", according to a new report by the New York Times. The social network, which updated its guidelines Monday, now forbids companies enrolled to its Discover programme to post questionable content to their channels. This includes clickbait, "overtly sexualised" content, and profanity. The network's Discover programme currently houses channels from the likes of National Geographic, People, Yahoo! and MTV. Snapchat's new guidelines also guard against Discover channels from "including reports or links to outside websites that could be considered fake news". Ultimately, the changes are in a...

  • Social media use can make you ‘envious’ of loved ones, study finds

    Social media isn't always as constructive or beneficial as we might believe. While keeping in touch with loved ones and meeting new people is now made much easier, entire Mondays are often wasted browsing Facebook and Twitter (uh... don't look at me). But social media can also have a negative effect on mood and one's emotional stability, according to a new study published by security and research firm Kaspersky Labs. The company, surveying over 16 000 people worldwide, discovered that sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can often leave people feeling upset or "bitter" rather than happy and content. While around 60%...

  • Cape Town’s latest veld fire blankets social media in smoke

    Just when Cape Town thought it saw the last of the fire season last week, Mother Nature has returned with more red hot anger. Veld fires have flared up across the Peninsula this week, including Paarl, the Helderberg and even Rondebosch Common late last night. But a fire which flared up on Simon's Town's Red Hill early Wednesday, has become the latest flare up at the centre of Cape Town's social media attention. Instagram and Twitter have been inundated by users snapping stills and videos of the blaze, which Volunteer Wildfire Services notes has spanned "across the South Peninsula". Simon's Town disappearing behind...

  • Did Snapchat inflate its user numbers for IPO?

    A former Snapchat employee has claimed that the company lied about its user growth figures in a bid to boost its valuation. Anthony Pompliano filed a lawsuit (h/t: Yahoo) against Snapchat parent company Snap for wrongful termination, having lasted just three weeks at the company. Pompliano's legal representatives claim that the company was "falsely representing" user growth statistics to investors and trading partners, going so far as to call it an "institutional pandemic". The ex-employee says that he informed several key figures, including Drew Boller (Snapchat's vice-president of finance), Jill Hazelbaker (vice-president of communications) and Brian Theisen (director of business operations). "These efforts, which should...

  • Instagram Stories gets holiday stickers and more

    Instagram just got festive with more features for Instagram Stories. "Since last month's update, we've loved seeing how you've (users) used Boomerang and mentions to make your stories even more fun. Now you have new ways to turn any moment into something you want to share with your friends and followers," said Instagram on their blog. New to their offering will be the option to add stickers. Once you've taken your photo or video, you'll notice a sticker button next to your drawing tools, delivering stickers based on the weather, time and your location. Adding a location sticker works in the same...