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All posts by Andy Walker: Editor

  • Make your video campaigns pop with these Twitter-endorsed tricks

    As Twitter evolves from a social network reliant on short sentences to one that privileges video, content has never been more important for individuals and companies. Because the company's as curious as we are, senior director of Twitter's EMEA division Barry Collins took a closer look into the shift, and in particular, what type of video content works on the network. "New research has revealed what works best in newsfeeds and how effective brand video can be on Twitter, both for organic content and promoted," he writes, in a piece sent to Memeburn. While he naturally punted Twitter's video ads' effectiveness for...

  • #AnotherKZNSchool: video of KZN teacher brutally beating students goes viral

    Another school violence video is tonight trending across South Africa's social media timelines, but this time its origin isn't Gauteng. Instead a KwaZulu-Natal school -- believed to be Mdlamfe High in Richards Bay -- is in hot water after a video of an educator violently beating two girls went viral on Twitter. In the video, the educator is seen repetitively lashing the girls with what appears to be a cane, as other students laugh in the background. The second student, who receives markedly more lashings, can also be heard crying in the 88 second long clip. It's unclear what prompted the educator...

  • Twitter wants you to rant and rave with this hidden ‘tweetstorm’ feature

    If you've ever used "THREAD" to headline a tweet and number the subsequent posts in your rant, congratulations, you've created a tweetstorm. Regrettably, constructing one is a pain in the ass, and it seems that Twitter agrees. That's why this particular discovery by an eagle-eyed Twitter user has caught many an eye. WOAH! Twitter has a hidden tweet storm feature! h/t Devesh Logendran pic.twitter.com/QpDLhKnAZZ — Matt Navarra ⭐️ (@MattNavarra) September 10, 2017 Two screenshots sent to The Next Web's Matt Navarra depict a graphical feature within the Twitter Android app that allows users to compose tweetstorms in their entirety and then smash the send...

  • PewDiePie flamed on Twitter for using n-word in livestream

    Don't look now, but the Swedish YouTube star known as PewDiePie has done something stupid on camera yet again. 27-year-old Felix Kjellberg was this weekend livestreaming a playthrough of sandbox-shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, when he blurted a racial slur at another player in his line of fire. "What a f**king n****r," he scoffed. "Sorry but what the f**k? What a f**king a*****e," he continued. @pewdiepie RACIST?? @KEEMSTAR @JohnScarce pic.twitter.com/ulAz45ZN28 — Felipe Diaz (@ThatFelipeDiaz) September 10, 2017 A snippet of the stream was republished on Saturday to Twitter, where users flamed the Swedish YouTuber for his choice words. He didn't mean to tho so it's ok 👌🏾💀 pic.twitter.com/dShFZ9QBbO —...

  • 143m Americans’ credit, personal data compromised due to Equifax breach

    Equifax, one of the US's largest consumer credit reporting agencies, today announced a breach of its digital security measures that could affect as many as 143-million Americans. That's close to half the country's population. The hack was first discovered by the company on 29 July, but took place between mid-May and July. "Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files," the company explains in a notice. "Based on the company’s investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017. The company has found no evidence of unauthorized activity on Equifax’s core consumer or commercial credit reporting databases." The...

  • Don’t serve Fikile Mbalula a cauliflower burger, he’ll arrest you

    South Africa's police minister Fikile Mbalula is never shy of a chuckle or two on Twitter. What he is afraid of though are cauliflower burgers. Taking to Twitter, Mbalula retweeted a Men's Health citing KFC's purported cauliflower-and-kale burger. Unveiled in February 2017 by the company's UK and Ireland division, the campaign didn't receive a positive reception, and the minister was also having none of it. "Will arrest whoever made this !!" he writes. Will arrest whoever made this !! https://t.co/0YOQye8urn — RSA Police Minister (@MbalulaFikile) September 7, 2017 "Crime against foodminity," he added. The initial tweet coughed up over 800 retweets and 700 likes, as people...

  • Google Maps sees Florida’s road traffic spike as Irma draws closer

    Google Maps' traffic overlay is reporting abnormally high traffic movements in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for a Thursday as residents prepare for Hurricane Irma's imminent landfall. Current forecasts suggest that the storm will strike Miami, and skirt along Florida's spine into Georgia. This has also prompted Florida authorities to issue evacuation orders for certain areas. Georgian authorities have today announced mandatory evacuation in effect from Saturday morning. MUST READ: Memeburn's extensive coverage of Hurricane Irma Traffic movements are heaviest on the interstates' right-hand side suggesting an exodus. Movements around Atlanta, Charleston and Jacksonville are markedly heavier than normal. ows Interstate-75 (upper left),...

  • NASA’s SDO captures huge solar flares in gorgeous GIF

    Human beings might be under siege thanks to the current tropical weather on Earth, but in space, the Sun's atmosphere is seemingly more active than normal too. NASA's SDO (Solar Dynamics Obervatory) recorded two massive solar flares that erupted from the star's surface Wednesday, both the most intense the organisation has seen since 2008. GIF: NASA/Goddard/SDO "Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation," NASA explains. "Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel." And that...

  • Hurricane Irma, Jose and Katia now have personal Twitter accounts

    Twitter has become an important tool in disseminating news of the Atlantic's current bout of extreme weather, but some aren't using the social network for as serious purposes. All three hurricanes --Irma, Jose and now Katia -- now have personal "official" Twitter accounts, tweeting the daily thoughts of a storm hurtling towards land. Katia and Jose were upgraded in the early hours of Thursday morning, while Irma has been a category 5 storm for over 24 hours now -- a record in itself. Irma's first tweet appropriately used the #NewProfilePic trope, but it became a novel way to showcase the power of...

  • Twitter’s night mode now available on desktop

    Twitter's night mode is heading to a desktop near you. Available on Android and iOS since July and August respectively, night mode is now coming to the company's website. Notably, this feature has been available on a number of other services for a while. TweetDeck is probably the best example. But if you prefer the simplicity of the website, you now needn't burn a hole through your eyes with its piercing white background. It's simple to switch on too. The company explains: To enable night mode via twitter.com, click on your profile photo, then select Night mode from the drop-down menu. To disable...

  • Irma, Harvey and Google: analysing the hurricanes’ search impact

    Tropical weather is seemingly all social media users in the western hemisphere can talk about this week. With three named storms currently swirling in various regions of the Atlantic Ocean, it's unsurprising really. But how are the various regions and countries reacting to these storms in terms of search and online activity? To satisfy our curiosity, we hit up Google Trends, the company's extensive digest of how its users search for information online. We compared search requests between "Harvey", "Irma", "Tropical Storm Jose" and "Tropical Storm Katia" in a number of countries over a period of 30 days, a week and...

  • LIVE: webcams document Hurricane Irma’s driving rain, intense wind

    When Katrina struck southern United States back in 2005, the social media age only just started gaining momentum. Facebook was two years old, Twitter was a budding concept in the mind of Jack Dorsey, and tiny YouTube was about to be bought by Google. Now that Irma is barrelling through the Caribbean, these social networks are playing a major part in telling the developing story. Don't believe me? I bring proof: webcams. Location of above webcam Usually capturing idyllic scenes of blue water and sunshine, a number of webcams are stationed across the Caribbean are livestreaming the conditions beneath Irma's anger. These webcams...

  • Video: Hurricane Hunters fly through Irma as storm tops 290km/h

    Hurricane Irma remains a Category 5 storm swirling away in the Atlantic Ocean, but that hasn't stopped the Hurricane Hunters from flying through it. A division of the US Air Force Reserves, the Hunters have a difficult job flying into storms to access their characteristics, and relay data back to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). But Irma is particularly notable for her sheer size and veracity. MUST READ: In tweets: Hurricane Irma becomes Atlantic’s fiercest hurricane ever We just saw the last of Hurricane Harvey, a storm that broke US mainland rainfall records, finally dissipate over the northeastern portion of...

  • [Updating] In tweets: Irma, Jose and Katia now all Atlantic hurricanes

    We just saw the last of Hurricane Harvey, a storm that broke US mainland rainfall records, finally dissipate over the northeastern portion of the US. But hot on its heels is its big, fierce sister, Hurricane Irma. As of late Tuesday, Irma was a category 5 storm, packing sustained winds in excess of 280km/h. It became the strongest recorded storm to form in the Atlantic Basin, discounting the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. It's currently the fifth strongest in recorded history in the entire Atlantic. #Irma is only the 5th Atlantic basin hurricane with a peak wind speed of...

  • Elon Musk: WW3 will be caused by AI, not North Korea’s nukes

    Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk isn't shy when suggesting that robots and artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to humanity's demise. But according to a new tweet, he doesn't believe that North Korea will be much of a threat, if at all. Citing Russia President Vladimir Putin's stance on artificial intelligence -- and the benefits for nations mastering the new technology -- Musk simply retweeted: "It begins". China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2017 "China, Russia, soon all countries w strong...