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  • 10 reasons people unfollow you on Twitter

    When someone unfollows you on Twitter, it either goes unnoticed or leaves you asking, “Why? I really liked him and thought he liked me”. It feels like that time in school when a friend stopped talking to you for no apparent reason. You wonder what you did wrong, and it takes a while to realise that sometimes it’s not you, it’s them. Here are 10 likely reasons you lost that follower, and suggestions on how to not feel so bad about it. You were culled. A friend of mine can’t follow more than 50 people. She finds it overwhelming. So...

  • ANC Youth League wants to… ‘close’ or get ‘closer’ to Twitter. We’re confused.

    It seems the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has finally had enough of all the fake Twitter accounts that have sprung up in the name of Julius Malema, hilariously calling on the authorities to "closer (sic.) Twitter if its administrators are not able to administer reports for violation of basic human rights and integrity". Youth League spokesman Floyd Shivambu frothed that the "impersonators" and "hackers" (Twitter was hacked again? This time by Malema impostors?) would feel the full force of the law, claiming that the "laws of this country will come down very hard on them". In an insignificant twist of irony,...

  • Trending on Twitter: The Hobbit, Taylor Swift and CAPS LOCK

    Twitter continues to provide a world-wide snapshot of the most popular subjects being spoken about around the globe. But keeping a handle on all of it is impossible, which is why people turn to What The Trend, a Twitter aggregator that positions itself as "the front page of the real time web", to follow the global conversation. It's another week where sports is fairly dominant, and it marks a return to...

  • 25 South African politicians to follow on Facebook and Twitter

    We all know about the celebrated political social media campaign that played a part in putting US President Barack Obama in the White House. It was unprecedented, using advanced social networking functionality and integration with social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Politicians today realise that Facebook, in particular, is a platform they cannot ignore. It's where many of society's influencers and do-ers hang out. If you consider that there are now...

  • Facebook blocks your exes from appearing in ‘Photo Memories’

    Since May this year Facebook has been dishing out nostalgia via the aptly-named "Photo Memories". The next time you're randomly stalking surfing around Facebook - and especially when viewing photos - you'll notice in the top right corner of the page that Facebook will be serving, of its own volition, your "Photo Memories" from days past. It uses an algorithm to pull bygone photos from the person whose profile you're viewing, or mutual friends which are loaded to reflect volume of comments and "Likes", and then throws in a dash of randomness for good measure. As always, with both...

  • Launch of API signals new era for MXit

    Ten billion messages sent to mobile phones during July of 2010; 53-million photos sent during the same month, and more than 710-million logins... these are the kind of numbers that developers from emerging markets look at with envy when studying the mature internet markets of the Western World. But these statistics belong to South African mobile phenomenon, MXit, which launched the beta version of its Application Programming Interface (API) on Friday in Stellenbosch, the town where it all began. MXit, predominantly a mobile application, remains the country's largest social network, trumping international social network leader Facebook. MXit has extended...

  • Facebakers: Everything you ever wanted to know about Facebook

    Friends have been found, photos uploaded and tagged, gaming has gone social, status updates are now second nature and a movie, The Social Network, has been made. Keeping up with Facebook, its growth and the ways in which people are using it can be quite daunting task. But help is at hand. A nifty site called Facebakers allows you to explore the various metrics of the social networking giant. The site has been around for about a year now, but this week it launched a new look packed full of new features. You can benchmark metrics from the previous...

  • Facebook launches Friendship Pages after all-night hackathon

    Facebook has launched Friendship Pages at which online pals can stroll virtual memory lanes that chronicle what they have shared at the world's top online social networking service. The pages contain public comments and Wall posts between pairs of Facebook friends; pictures in which both are identified; events they indicated they would attend together, and other joint activities memorialised at the service. "A few months ago, I began a small project to build a page devoted to friendships. A few interns and I started a prototype during an all-night hackathon, and then one of our designers jumped in. For all of...

  • Sharks vs WP: The Twitter race heats up

    South Africa's premier domestic rugby competition, the Currie Cup, comes to a gripping climax this Saturday afternoon with the final between the Sharks and Western Province in Durban. But even though the game is still days away, the battle is already heating up on micro-blogging platform Twitter. Supporters of both teams are being encouraged to follow their teams on Twitter before the big final in a bid to establish cyber-dominance and gain a psychological edge. Sharks supporters are following just_sharks, while Province supporters are signing up at JustWP. By Wednesday morning the Sharks had just over 3 100 followers, while...

  • How the Nigerian President is using Facebook

    Politicians around the world have woken up to the potential of Facebook and Twitter as unfiltered platforms from which they can deliver their message to a receptive audience. But few have taken it up as effectively and with the same gusto as Nigeria's wonderfully-named President, Goodluck Jonathan. During the 1930's, the US President Roosevelt delivered a weekly radio broadcast to the nation, which consisted of reassuring the nation that it was going to recover and sharing his hopes and plans for the country during the Great Depression. These "fireside chats" were enormously popular and had a profound effect on...

  • Like buttons provide valuable new source of web traffic

    Doesn't it seem that the Facebook Like buttons populating the web have been there forever? In fact they were only introduced in June 2010, and are already being used on over 350 000 websites, according to the Wall Street Journal. Essentially, the Like button is a tool that allows users to show appreciation for what they are viewing without having to say a word. All that is required is a simple click that lets your network know that you have given your stamp of approval. And this implementation of Facebook's Social Graph is subtly changing the model of how...

  • How to hijack an iceberg

    I love Cape Town's mythical iceberg. And so it seems, do a lot of other people. After none of the "official, big-name" brands jumped in and claimed ownership of it, Cape Town's creative community began to stir and the first iceberg-hijacking in history took place. Take a look: In case you missed the story, it revolves around a strange and intriguing iceberg which appeared off Cape Town's Clifton beach on Monday morning and caused much excitement. The authorities revealeded that it was a prop for a beer commercial being shot in Cape Town, but details have remained sketchy. The...

  • Trending on Twitter: Sports, tech and the Manchester Police

    With everything that's going on around the world, it is always difficult to predict what people are talking, thinking and tweeting about. But there are some basic truths you can rely on, and one of them is this: Wherever people gather, the talk will eventually turn to sports. What The Trend, a Twitter aggregator that positions itself as "the front page of the real time web", has released its findings for...

  • Love in the time of social media

    In the 2009 Hollywood blockbuster, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, the hero, Sam Witwicky, goes off to college leaving his girlfriend, Mikaela Banes, behind. But before he leaves, Sam sends her a package... Sam: "Guess what? I made you a long-distance relationship kit. Yeah, I got you a webcam, so we can chat 24/7. All Witwicky, all the time." Mikaela: "Sounds cute. I can't wait..." Like many other couples, the fictional couple of Sam and Mikaela are about to embark on a long-distance relationship or LDR. In 2005, according to The Centre for the Study of Long Distance Relationships, there were an...

  • The Memeburn interview: Social media secrets from the Cirque Du Soleil

    Cirque Du Soleil (CDS) is a global entertainment phenomenon, a "dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment" with shows that have been staged on every continent except Africa. The final piece of the puzzle will fall into place when the show Saltimbanco hits South Africa in March 2011. Employing approximately 4 000 people from over 40 countries and generating an estimated annual revenue exceeding US$810-million, the Canadian company is best known for...