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  • 21 ridiculous social media job titles

    Social media is massive now, we get it. You don’t need me to tell you that Facebook’s 1 billion monthly active users and Pinterest’s meteoric rise mean big business (and big bucks) to savvy companies. But with this rise comes a boom in business for self-proclaimed social media gurus, and I should know. That said, there’s no excuse for the boom in bloated job titles, from ‘Digital PR Commando’ to ‘New Media Ninja’, that is sweeping through LinkedIn like a trending topic. In fact, someone’s even created a social media job title generator, which does exactly what it says on...

  • 7 of the most ill-advised celebrity tweets of all time

    Sometimes all it takes is a few wrong words to cause an unrivalled uproar -- a fact which celebrities are very well acquainted with. Social media sites are a magnet for collecting those wrong words. Here are seven impressive examples showing how a little tweet can make a big noise. 50 Cent wants to make a positive impact He tweeted: "Speaking of MILF. I wanna do something that impacts kids in a positive way, that's why I'm opening an abortion clinic. Ima call it 50/50 chance." The backward and nonsensical nature of this comment is obvious, stirring the reaction on Mtv.com,...

  • SNL shows how ‘discreet’ Google Glass can be

    You are nobody until Saturday Night Live makes fun of you. So it is safe to say that Google Glass has arrived. During this weekend's SNL's Weekend Update skit, Fred Armisen graced the SNL newsdesk as tech blogger Randall Meeks to demonstrate the ease and discreetness of Google Glass. "I used to spend so much time of my life looking down at my phone, and now, thanks to Google Glass, the phone is up here and I can use it without being rude or distracting," Meeks said. Though what ends up happening is Meeks displaying a series of seizures...

  • ‘iSteve’ is the 80-minute Steve Jobs comedy we’ve waited for

    Funny or Die, comedian and actor Will Ferral’s comedy website, today launched iSteve, the free 80-minute long “autobiographical” spoof of the late Steve Jobs. We’ve linked to the full, free film (Funny or Die has disabled embedding of iSteve for “reasons”). For those who don’t have around 80-minutes to burn, view the trailer instead: iSteve, which was delayed due to the Boston Marathon bombings, stars the fair-faced Justin Long as Jobs, Jorge Garcia who everyone knows as Hurley from Lost as Steve Wozniak and James Urbaniak (American Splendor) as Bill Gates. At close to 90-minutes long, iSteve treads the line...

  • Crazy HTML5 game makes fun of North Korea’s nuclear aspirations

    North Korea’s missile belligerence has been the target of an awful lot of humour, but the folks at Taiwan’s Next Media Animation have taken things a step farther and gone interactive with Best Korea Smackdown, a flash game that tasks players with shooting down North Korean nukes as supreme leader Kim Jong-un attempts to ride them into their targets. The game is extremely simple, and it’s really more of a gimmick than it is a game. Gameplay involves pointing the mouse at incoming missiles, clicking, and then releasing when your anti-nuke missiles are at maximum power to try and shoot...

  • 6 kinds of techie you’ll find in every fashionable coffee shop

    Jeez. Self-employed techies. A big part of our working life is the coffee-shop-hop. We find our favourite places and we build relationships. We choose preferred tables, menu items and waiters and over time, people begin to know us by name. But then… There are six types of people who make coffee-shop-hopping unpleasant. You know who they are; you’ve engaged with them before. So we’ve gone one step further, by naming (and hopefully shaming) each member of the Coffee Shop Mafia. Vinnie: the public Skyper Coffee shops are a haven for tech types and creatives, but forget the age of information –...

  • AU tells ‘hackers’ to stop impersonating chairperson Dlamini-Zuma on Twitter

    You don't often hear the words "social media" and "African Union" mentioned in the same breath. And if its latest press release is anything to go by, you can see why. The African Union Commission (AUC), which acts as the executive and administrative branch or secretariat of the African Union (and is somewhat analogous to the European Commission), has requested that "hackers" in the social media space stop impersonating its chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. "It has come to the attention of the African Union Commission that there are hackers in the social media space, masquerading as the AUC Chairperson, Dr....

  • 5 things you should bear in mind before hiring someone for your social team

    I recently received an awkward notification. A woman I had blocked on Facebook wanted to connect with me on LinkedIn. I had blocked her because, after a second meeting, I had realised that she was loopier than a theme park ride, and I felt a little suffocated at the 23rd missed call in the hour-long status meeting I had. This was nearly two and a half years prior to the notification that exploded in my inbox with the tactless indecency of an attention-seeking comedian hanging on the strings of a lost career. So then I obviously looked at...

  • 7 social media tips for the new Pontiff, Pope Francis

    The Vatican has a new boss. The papal conclave has chosen a new Pope and the Catholic church can breathe a sigh of relief because it is no longer leaderless. Benedict was just getting into Twitter when he stepped down as the Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. Being the Pope is hard work and being the Pope on social media is doubly hard. Pope Francis has already proven that he will not just be another Pope, as evidenced by the fact that he chose an unprecedented name that has never been used before. From St. Francis of Assisi,...

  • Want to quote R140m for a website? Here’s the right way to do it

    This is clever. Anyone reading about the R140-million a South African provincial government spent on its website was probably left wondering how it could possibly justify doling out so much for something whose only real cost appeared to a be US$40 WordPress theme. Well a digital studio has come up with a nifty quote suggesting exactly what would be required were the site to be worth its R140-million label. The South African-based company, called Quick. The company says it "uses the digital environment to help businesses grow". We've pasted the brief below as well as the quote. We like the...

  • ‘Bang With Nobody’ rips off Bang With Friends, gets international attention

    This is hilarious. If you spend as much time hanging out online as we do, you've probably heard of Bang With Friends, the Facebook app that allows you to nominate people in your network that you want to hook up with and alerts you if they feel the same way. The internet being the internet, the app quickly became a meme and spawned a series of imitators. Bang With Professionals, which does the same thing, except for LinkedIn, made us smile. But since we heard about Bang With Nobody, we've been chuckling quietly to ourselves every few minutes. The...

  • From Towning to Izikhothane: 7 SA Twitter terms that need to go global

    I love Twitter for many reasons -- in many ways, I’m in a relationship with it. But one of the things I value the most is the insight it has given me into the lives of my fellow human beings. I get to eavesdrop on conversations I’d never normally have the opportunity to hear, and because they’re between people who know each other, they’re more natural -- even if they are visible to others, who watch with their express permission (which, when you think of it, is just a little bit weird). In my line of work, I’d typically...

  • Nando’s also has a confession for Oprah: it can enhance your performance too

    It seems Lance Armstrong isn't the only one confessing things to television's queen of talk. Popular fast food franchise Nando's has launched a campaign in the wake of the former Tour de France winner's intimate conversation with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong has been rocked with a high profile doping scandal since last year, which he denied intensely. But yesterday for the first time on live television, the cyclist admitted to using banned substances to enhance his performance during his Tour de France victories. He told the talk queen he was a bully and couldn't have won the popular cycling race...

  • The funniest, interesting, weird and thought provoking Tumblrs of 2012

    Since Tumblr's launch in 2007 it has grown immensely, gathering over 77-million mini-blogs as of October 2012. Since 2010, the site has grown more than 25 000 users a day and now more than 71-million posts are created daily on the site. Boasting celebs like Lady Gaga, Zooey Deschanel and John Mayer, it was also the first blogging platform to host President Barack Obama's blog. By being open to a multitude of different...

  • 9 of the most bizarre Christmas presents you can buy online

    Tired of the same old soap on a rope, bottle of wine or pair of socks Christmas present clichés? Want to liven up the present selection under the tree this year? Here are some of the most bizarre presents and festive season items to be found on Etsy and Pinterest. It might be a hangover from Movember, but there seems to be a much wider than expected range of moustache-related, festive-season themed paraphernalia to be had. So to keep the moustachioed hipster in your life happy, choose from the following: Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Moustache According to the Etsy write up, this product...