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  • News24 gets sweary, apologises for ‘erroneous’ tweet about plane crash

    So this just happened. The Twitter account of South Africa's largest online news provider News24 just tweeted "Jesus Christ Holy Fuck," in reference to a video of a plane crashing in Taiwan. These social mishaps obviously don't go unnoticed considering the News24 Twitter account has over 1 million followers. Here it is: As you can imagine, the tweet was quickly deleted. The original tweet, which is in reference to a plane crash in Taipei, Taiwan, is as follows -- a bit more politically correct, won't you say: WATCH: Dramatic footage of plane crash in Taiwan http://t.co/h25bJlkObB pic.twitter.com/mHZP91pCDL — News24 (@News24) February 4, 2015 Read...

  • Facebook, Twitter report record figures for Super Bowl 49 posts

    Data from Facebook and Twitter has revealed record amounts of activity across both social networks during the Super Bowl. While the event is about as American as you can hope to get, but global interest in the event is growing rapidly. Small wonder then that Super Bowl 49, which the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots contested, was the biggest and most talked about Super Bowl in Facebook history. Facebook has revealed that more than 65-million people (15-million more than last year) took to the social network to discuss the Super Bowl, conjuring up 265 million posts, comments, and likes....

  • Taylor Swift shakes off hackers on her Twitter and Instagram account

    Taylor Swift’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were broken into yesterday. The songster's Twitter account was the first to go, with the hacker tweeting out a suggestion that her 51 million followers follow someone who claimed to be a leader of Lizard Squad -- the hacking group which recently hacked into the Air Malaysia site and claims to have caused yesterday's Facebook and Instagram outage. Taylor Swift, with all her majestic powers, always finds a way to stay in the news. At times, she has nothing to do with it, at least, this is the plausible conclusion, but really, her...

  • Twitter rolls out new features, including group direct messages and mobile video experience

    Twitter today announced that it would be rolling out a couple of interesting new features . The new features rolled out by Twitter are group messaging and a new mobile video experience. The thinking behind the group messaging, Twitter says, is for people who want to continue a public conversation which would begin and die on the timeline, but now with group messaging, it can be continued with a select few in a group. “Many of you use Direct Messages to reach the people and brands you’re only connected to on Twitter,” Twitter said, “Whatever the case may...

  • Facebook and Instagram went down, the world spectacularly failed to end

    Facebook experienced an outage that lasted roughly 40 minutes this morning. The social media giant’s Instagram service was also inaccessible. Instagram said on its Twitter account that it was aware of an outage and was working to fix it. It is worth noting that WhatsApp, the chat app that is owned by Facebook, was not affected by the outage. The repercussions were however felt by apps that rely on Facebook for user log-in, such as Tinder. People in Singapore, Australia, Italy and South Africa were unable to log in and their feeds weren’t being updated and their Instagram photos were...

  • Twitter enables multiple language tweet translation

    Twitter has introduced tweet translation with Bing Translator. The feature enables users to read tweets that is in another language. Twitter joins Google Translate, Skype, Facebook Translate in the quest to allow for communication across different languages. Writing on its Help Center post, Twitter wrote, “With Tweet translation, you won’t miss any of the action unfolding on Twitter. You can choose when you want to see a translation for a Tweet, and you can also adjust your settings so the option to view Tweet translations is disabled”. The translation is possible in more than 40 language pairs. Read more: Microsoft reveals Skype...

  • What Twitter’s ZipDial buy tells us about mobile in emerging markets

    The chirpy blue bird has just acquired India's ZipDial, which is a popular mobile marketing and analytics platform for emerging markets. TechCrunch estimates the deal to be worth somewhere in between the US$30-million and US$40-million mark. The deal also marks Twitter's foot in the door of India's booming (though unique) mobile market with the establishment of its new engineering offices in Bangalore. It's interesting witnessing the rising interest from major tech companies in high-growth markets such as India. At the forefront of ZipDial's mobile marketing technology lies its unique relationship with missed calls. ZipDial enables people to give brands and businesses...

  • The twar that wasn’t: how Zelda and Redi showed that Twitter can be sane

    On Saturday, the South African Twittersphere was set into a fresh rage spiral following comments from Nelson Mandela's former PA and confidant Zelda la Grange that president Jacob Zuma made white people feel unwelcome in the country. I'm sure comments like :unafrican to have dogs,stress is western creation,Van Riebeeck etc all good for investment in SA— Zelda (@ZeldalaGrangeSA) January 17, 2015 Makes white people really feel welcome in SA. I think I'm calling Jan today to ask him what de hell he was thinking sailing to Africa.— Zelda (@ZeldalaGrangeSA) January 17, 2015 The tirade, which went on for a number of...

  • 10 huge 2014 social media fails that we can all learn from

    There's a learning curve that comes with new technologies. This is especially commercial ones like Facebook or Twitter, which give voice to those who otherwise would have themselves thrown out of the local pub their for irrational ranting, just being ignorant, or freakishly ill-informed. As such, these social media platforms have their unique ways of sorting the bad apples from the rest: mass protest (aka virality). As soon as a public figure or brand (it's scary how frequently this is the case) slurs some nonsense or missteps his/her cultural boundaries, people in their thousands of thousands of opinions fire...

  • Sony Pictures threatens Twitter with legal action for leaked document tweets

    Sony’s lawyer has threatened Twitter with legal action if the social networking company doesn’t not ban accounts that are sharing documents leaked from the hack. The letter sent from David Boies, a lawyer hired by Sony to advise the company through the troubled times, to Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s general counsel, reads that if "stolen information continues to be disseminated by Twitter in any manner," Sony will "hold Twitter responsible for any damage or loss arising from such use or dissemination by Twitter." Apart from the state bureaucracy, Sony has been starting a war of its own, attacking anyone who dares, in...

  • Twitter and Foursquare are partnering to improve location in tweets

    Twitter and Foursquare are planning to partner together in 2015 to power location in tweets. In fact, the geo-location feature could be introduced as soon the first quarter. Over the past weeks Twitter has been trying by all means to gather data on its users and it continues its efforts by partnering with Foursquare. The social media network wants to start serving information to users that is relevant and the company believes that with a location layer to its platform it can do this. This follows an appointment by Twitter of David Blackman, a Geo lead engineer from Foursqaure. This...

  • Instagram has over 300 million users, adds verification badge

    A picture says a lot, certainly more than 140 characters can. Just ask Instagram, which now has 300-million users, snapping over 70-million selfies, sunsets and sandwiches every day. Yup, Instagram is now bigger than the likes of Twitter. In its announcement, the Facebook-owned photo filter app said it's also going to launch a handy verification badge for better authentication (and sorting out the plebs from the celebs of course). This means that you're likely to see a follower drop, for those of you keeping tab. In a blog post the company elaborates: Finally, as more people join, keeping Instagram authentic is critical --...

  • Marmite and Bovril take their beef to Twitter in #BattleOfTheSpreads [Update]

    People love personifying things, which is probably why we love these Twitter battles between competitive brands, places and things flaring up on social media every once and a while. And why not? Brands get a chance to gain insight into where they stand with popular opinion. Today, popular salty spreads have taken their puns and wits to Twitter in a fight to see who's the number one spread in South Africa -- Marmite or Bovril. It's an age old question, the salty meat or the veggie extract? Both are delicious on toast, crackers and owned by Bokomo Foods. Read more: Lion’s Head,...

  • Twitter can now identify apps users have downloaded for targeted advertising

    In an effort to gather as much information about its users' habits for more relevant advertising, Twitter will soon identify the other apps on your phone. The company released an announcement on its website and this is said to begin with the new version of its iPhone app which rolled out yesterday. A new Android version will roll out sometime next week. Twitter says it will alert users of its new data policy via an in -pp notification before it starts collecting any personal information. It also stresses that it is only collecting the list of applications users have installed...

  • Tumblr beats Instagram as fastest growing social platform, Facebook lags behind

    Research published today by Global Web Index shows that blogging site Tumblr’s active user base grew in the last six months by 120% and discovery platform Pinterest by 111% while Facebook’s only grew by 2%. However Facebook continues to be the world’s largest social network by some margin. When it comes to picking up new users though, it appears that it is slowing down. A latest report by International Telecommunication Union shows that there are 3-billion people online worldwide. Facebook’s has an active user base of 1.36-billion, meaning that it commands an astounding one-third of the world’s population. Nonetheless, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter,...