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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 the social network is viewed in South Africa.
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So why do South Africans use Twitter?
So, uh, there’s this.
— Arthur Musinguzi (@arthurtotally) January 30, 2017
Some users really have no idea why they logged on in the first place.
— Khadish nigga (@Thato_Makhadi) January 30, 2017
Some rely on it for hard-hitting news and information about South African life…
— Jimmy Kamukwamba (@phyngaz69) January 30, 2017
…and the world.
— Michelle Cruz (@joyin_elviaje) January 30, 2017
For some users, Facebook is no longer the social network of choice.
— Maso Adam (@MasoAdam) January 30, 2017
#ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter so much more honesty here than on Fb & IG
— Tesi Diana K.👣 (@tesiiDina) January 30, 2017
Facebook = Fake Friends
Twitter = Real Friends
— Lloyd Itu (@McLloyd_Clinton) January 30, 2017
Tweeters also feel they can make a difference by airing their views publicly, while receiving input from others.
Revolution is in 140 characters #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter
— Nathan Maragelo (@npmaragelo) January 30, 2017
Twitter promotes the appreciation of thoughts even if we’re not “friends” & it teaches acceptance of bullshit #ReasonsWhyImEverOnTwitter
— Moshabi K. Rafapa (@Kat_Kafka) January 30, 2017
And, well, South Africans just can’t get enough of those memes.
— Abuti Katli (@katlisoji) January 30, 2017
— TriggerChain (@ChainSaw_30) January 30, 2017
But we want to know from you… why do you use Twitter? Do you also believe that the social network’s growth is outpacing Facebook in South Africa? Drop a line in the comments section below, or tweet us @Memeburn.