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  • Tehran Post: ‘Cautiously speaking from inside Iran’

    Being the third largest blogging nation in the world after US and China, bloggers in Iran have in so many ways aroused curiosity. They have also commanded admiration for their drive for freedom of expression in an environment that is regarded as hostile to bloggers. Iranian bloggers have been thrown in jail for years and some unfortunately never return. Iranian bloggers still persist - in spite of the threats and hostility - in airing their views, passion and love for their country, culture and language. According to Wikipedia "with more than 700 000 Persian blogs, mostly based in Iran,...

  • The case for Facebook Zero and similar applications

    Early last year Facebook launched Facebook Zero, a stripped down version of its mobile website at no data cost primarily to attract new users in the Global South. Facebook Zero, unlike the standard version of Facebook mobile, does not serve multi-media content like images and videos (which can clog data pipes) -- making it possible for carriers to make it available for free. Multi-media is stored at the back end, and if a user decides to access images then standard charges apply. Facebook Zero was launched in about 45 countries in the Global South with the help of strategic...

  • 12 ways to get the most from your business Twitter account

    Twitter's potential as a business tool is finally being realised on a massive scale. Some companies are increasing brand loyalty, launching new products and growing fast – all thanks to clever tweeting. Others are confused about how to use the medium or downright dismissive. Of course, not all businesses need to be on Twitter, but if you offer any product or service that the average person might use, then you probably should be. Here’s how can you take advantage: Listen, listen, listen Of course you can’t wait to tell everyone about your service or product, but first use Twitter Search to...

  • The quest for ‘Vicus’: Finding a YouTube sensation

    Recently a video of a young South African boy playing guitar and singing "These Arms" by All 4 One went viral on YouTube. Not much later, Sony International sends down a team to South Africa to find the kid and make all his dreams come true. But no one can find him... It's early 2010 and sitting in a little room in Eldorado Park Johannesburg is a little boy with his guitar, playing while a family member pushes record on their cellphone. He doesn't play because he knows about Justin Bieber or Greyson Chance, he simply plays because he loves music. The...

  • U2 brings the concert online via Facebook and Twitter

    A U2 concert is said to be one the most spectacular and memorable entertainment events on the planet. For fans who want to relive the memories over and over, there is a whole new way to keep the memories alive, via Facebook. The Irish supergroup that has consistently thrust itself to the edge of technological innovation with every new album, recently launched an innovative new social media project. This cutting edge project allows concert goers to tag themselves at the U2360 degrees concert via email, Twitter or Facebook. The band has taken one of the essential component of social media,...

  • Chinese social media’s US$500-million Renren offer to investors

    China's Renren, which launched as a Facebook clone, is eyeing a US listing that could make it the first social networking site to go public, a report on Monday revealed. Renren, which currently has 150 million registered users, is the biggest social network service in China. Renren is owned by Oak Pacific Interactive who plan to raise about $500 million in an initial public offering managed by Deutsche Bank, among others, the Financial Times reported, citing two unnamed people close to the situation. Officials from the company were not immediately available for comment. The Chinese site, whose name means "everyone" and...

  • Twitter officials agree to new UberSocial

    Twitter late Sunday night announced it has reactivated UberMedia's access to its API. This reactivation follows the block of Friday night when Twitter revoked the Pasadena-based company's access citing violations of its terms and conditions. Specifically relating to privacy, monetization and trademark violations. The popular Blackberry app, UberTwitter, is now officially known as UberSocial while the Android app twidroyd will make no name changes. Both apps have complied with Twitter’s requests to correct the violations. The mircoblogging site's support team posted a message to users informing them of the developments: "We've given the developers of twidroyd and UberSocial for Blackberry (formerly...

  • South Africa’s top magazines according to Facebook

    Last week, I was interested to read a post by MediaSlut that listed the top South African magazine brands in terms of Twitter followers. I decided to do a corresponding survey of SA magazine brands on Facebook. I used the Audit Bureau of Circulation(ABC) list of South African consumer magazines and searched for more than 100 of the titles on Facebook. Unfortunately, Facebook’s search is not great and there are many unofficial pages and groups. I also looked on magazine websites for links to their fan pages. Where publications have international versions, the numbers given are for the South African titles’...

  • Facebook Deals and Places could help your brand

    Facebook is constantly innovating and introducing new services that have an impact on the social media environment at large. Most notably marketers and brand managers can look forward to Facebook Places and Facebook Deals – innovations that make an even stronger case for social media in the mobile arena. Already launched in the UK and US, local companies can look forward to having access to these services in the next couple of months. Used independently or together these services are powerful tools. Facebook Places, a location based service, gives brands the capability to set-up their "place" on Facebook....

  • No more UberTwitter say Twitter officials

    Millions of Twitter users, including top celebrities and sports stars, are without access to the microblogging site. The application which allows BlackBerry to tweet from their phones, UberTwitter, was suspended late Friday evening. Twitter officials blocked the popular UberTwitter app from being able to use its services due to violations to Twitter’s terms and conditions. According to the Washington Post , UberTwitter holds a 20 percent share of all Tweets globally - with some of the most followed users on the Twitter-sphere, including celebrities and professional sports stars. It is suspected violations include UberTwitter’s ability to lengthen the maximum...

  • 13 tools to help you track and manage your ‘tweetlife’

    Twitter dominates our lives both online and offline. Figuring out who to follow, if your tweets matter at all - and truly seeing the point of what you do everyday on Twitter - could easily become a tiresome question. You want to find out how many people are actually reading your tweets or if your links are really being shared. You want to know why your following keeps fluctuating and who is unfollowing you. You have a wealth of questions. Below are some Twitter resources to help you answer most if not all your Twitter related questions. Klout A social...

  • Social media: Africa’s new musical frontier

    "When people hear about Africans and the internet, they immediately think of 419 scams," says Ngozi Odita, who runs societyhae.com, a collective of voices that is creating a global network of creativity. The Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based designer is out to prove there's so much more to the way the continent uses the internet - by highlighting how artists from Africa are using social media to get their music across the world. "There are 400-million cellphone subscribers in Africa. They're logging onto Facebook and Twitter through their phones, says Odita. "Musicians from Africa are engaging with their fans through this. You have...

  • Facebook drives social media advertising globally

    Social networks are steadily increasing the amount of share in online spending on advertising in the United States. The latest report from eMarketer, shows that of the US$69-billion marketers will spend on online advertising worldwide this year, 8.7% will be committed to online advertising. The figure is set 10.2% of US$79-billion to spent in 2012. The rise has been attributed to Facebook. By next year, half of spending will take place outside the United States, which until now has been where social media marketing has been concentrated. Facebook is expected to have US$4-billion in ad revenues worldwide, with Twitter...

  • Lil Wayne snatches world Facebook record from Oreo

    On Tuesday, the world-famous cookieOreo attempted to set a record with a post on its Facebook Wall. The post read, "'Like' this post to join Oreo fans around the world in setting a Guinness World Record for most 'Likes' to a post in 24 hours. Oreo is the world’s favorite cookie, and with your help, it will be the most 'Liked.'" Five hours after the record was awarded to Oreo, notorious rapper Lil' Wayne snatched it. Shortly after Oreo's post surfaced, Lil Wayne announced to his Facebook fan-base that he was also going after the Guinness World Record for most Facebook...

  • Fears of match fixing prompt Twitter ban during World Cup games

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced a ban on all players and officials from tweeting during games at the World Cup, in an attempt to ensure that the notorious sports betting industry on the sub-continent doesn't try and use Twitter to get inside information that may affect the outcome of games. The ban on Twitter is not comprehensive, but will be enforced during games. It was prompted after Cricket Australia encouraged team manager Steven Bernard and coach Tim Nielsen to tweet during games as a way of keeping the fans informed during the Ashes. The experiment was a big...