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  • 3 Twitter apps for Android that use less data

    Now that the glorious days of MTN's Free Twitter are over, and we're done mourning, you're probably intent on saving all the data you possibly can. Even if you're one of the fortunate few on an unlimited plan, saving data is still good practice. But did you know that there are alternative Twitter apps that you can customise to use much less data? Here are three primed for use on cheaper phones and slower networks for data-deprived users. Twidere Twidere is an open-source and extremely lightweight Twitter app, with additional support for Mastodon. Aesthetically, it's quite fetching, as users can customise colours and themes. It...

  • Instagram went down on Mean Girls Day

    Today is not just a Wednesday, it is also October 3rd, more commonly known as Mean Girls Day. Many fans of the pop culture teen movie took to social media to celebrate, but soon the hashtags #MeanGirlsDay and #October3rd were out shadowed by another hashtag -- #instagramdown. At some point in the late morning, Instagram went down and caused a slight panic on Twitter. me coming to twitter to see if anyone else is having instagram struggles #instagramdown pic.twitter.com/y44VInCO8M — nevada ;) (@nevadaross7) October 3, 2018 I’d like to welcome everyone who’s here because Instagrams down. Here have a cup of tea ☕️ you’ll...

  • MTN’s Free Twitter service is coming to an end tonight

    Make sure you have data on your account this evening, because MTN's free Twitter service is coming to an abrupt end at midnight tonight. "It’s been over four years. #FreeTwitter will be laid to rest on Tuesday midnight, 25 September," the company tweeted on Saturday, suggesting that its Free Twitter service was becoming unfeasible. "Its last wishes were for you to make the most of it this weekend. May its soul live forever in your memes and GIFs." It’s been over four years. #FreeTwitter will be laid to rest on Tuesday midnight, 25 September. Its last wishes were for you to make...

  • Private cannabis use is now legal in South Africa (and Twitter is loving it)

    On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court decriminalized the private use of cannabis in South Africa. The ruling comes a year after the Western Cape High Court found that some of our previous laws regarding cannabis were unconstitutional. So yes, as an adult in this country, you can now legally grow and consume cannabis privately. But no, you shouldn’t be buying or selling it just yet, and Parliament must still decide exactly how much you can legally use before a police officer decides to arrest you. All the hazy specifics aside though, if you’re over 18 and know how to grow some green then...

  • These people are getting very wet reporting on Hurricane Florence

    Hurricane Florence is just a few kilometres east of North Carolina at the time of writing, but hurricane-force winds have been lashing the US east coast since late Thursday. As is customary with hurricanes in the modern era, a few fearless meteorologists, reporters and camerapeople are braving the conditions to broadcast live images to stations and social media across the world. Nat Geo photographer Mike Theiss is one such example. Intense band from Hurricane #Florence swirling through Wrightsville Beach right now causing strong winds and torrential downpours !! Currently a barometric pressure of 989mb. pic.twitter.com/mA8X0em9dy — Mike Theiss (@MikeTheiss) September 14, 2018 Mike Seidel,...

  • Apple will livestream its iPhone launch on Twitter

    If you don't have a Mac, watching an Apple event live is always a pain in the ass. You couldn't use any other browsers besides Microsoft Edge and Safari, or you had to own an iPad, iPhone or Apple TV. But that's about to change (unless you don't use social media). The Cupertino firm will for the first time livestream its iPhone launch event on Twitter. Confirmed by TechCrunch, the company has previously asked users to "watch" the event on the social network not simply sign up, leading fans to believe that something was a foot. Yeah, I bet you didn't know Apple...

  • Hurricane Florence from space is beautifully frightening

    The next few days are going to be rough for those on the east coast of the United States. Hurricane Florence, a major cyclonic storm, is brewing in the central Atlantic at present and is set to impact North Carolina on Thursday into Friday. It'll be the region's first major hurricane since Hugo in 1989, but words can only describe half of Florence's expanse. Astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) recently snapped the storm from 300km above planet Earth. And it's a monster. Hurricane #Florence this morning as seen from @Space_Station. A few moments later, #Isaac & the outer bands of #Helene...

  • #JoburgFire: Twitter accounts to follow for breaking news

    A fire currently tearing through a Johannesburg CBD building is one of the biggest news stories on Twitter today. While South Africans have the hashtags #JoburgFire to keep up to speed with developments, often hashtags can lead to unverified news disseminating. Here are a few official, trusted Twitter accounts you can follow for more news on the developing story. (Also, read our updating Johannesburg CBD fire roundup for more a more in depth look at the fire.) City of Joburg The City of Johannesburg's official Twitter account. @CityofJoburgEMS official is creating a buffer by directly splashing water into the building to prevent the fire from...

  • Beware: ‘WhatsApp Africa’ isn’t giving away free data on Twitter

    You may want to think twice about posting your mobile number to Twitter, even if it's to "WhatsApp Africa". A tweet posted on Monday by "@whatsapp_Africa" dupes users into tweeting their mobile numbers in exchange for free data. "We are giving away free what’s app data for the whole of September," reads the tweet verbatim. "Follow and retweet. Comment with your WhatsApp number." Notably, the tweet was also labeled as "promoted" by Twitter. At the time of writing, the post has more than 110 replies with many including mobile numbers. Some users however had questions, and even more doubts that the account was...

  • Twitter Lite launches in 5 more African countries

    It's been more than a year since Twitter Lite launched in a select number of countries, including South Africa. Today, the social network announced that its lightweight Android app is heading to 21 more countries, five of which are in Africa. Said African nations receiving the app includes Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Uganda and Zimbabwe. This brings the total number of countries to 46. Twitter Lite is a web app for those living the data struggle Twitter has announced that its mobile site is now more convenient for the 45% of global mobile users working on 2G or slower networks. Read more... Twitter Lite "is a faster,...

  • Q2 2018: Twitter loses a million users in three months

    Twitter has had a very bad weekend, nay, a bad quarter. The company on Friday released its Q2 2018 earnings report, and the numbers did little to inspire investor confidence. The company's share price plummeted more than 20% after the social network lost a million monthly active users -- all based in the US -- since April. 335-million is the current population of Twitter -- a figure that has ebbed and flowed but by glacial margins over the past few years. That stock droop is one of the largest in Twitter's history, but the firm's big wigs were optimistic and paid particular...

  • Dear South African politicians: Please think before you tweet

    Twitter is well known as an effective tool in political campaigns. Research indicates that “politically interested individuals and groups can no longer ignore the opportunities presented by Twitter to engage in political discourse and to influence the outcome of campaigns and legislation". US politicians Donald Trump and Barack Obama both used Twitter as a marketing tool in the election campaigns that resulted in their presidencies. But using the platform thoughtlessly can also be damaging. South Africa has more than 7.7-million Twitter users. In a country where racial and political sensitivities continue to run high, posting faux pas is bound to land you in...

  • Donald Trump’s latest Iran tweet gains 50k retweets in five hours

    US President Donald Trump needed little over five hours to amass over 137 000 likes and more than 50 000 retweets on his latest Twitter outburst. Addressing Iran President Hassan Rouhani directly on Sunday, Trump urged his counterpart to "be cautious". "To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!" he wrote, including the all-caps section. To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED...

  • These are Twitter’s most tweeted emoji in 2018

    Today is World Emoji Day, and if you're sick of hearing about it from every single brand on the internet, we're sorry. For the most part, social media is a breeding ground for these little icons and Twitter is no exception. According to the most tweeted emoji on the social network, one would suggest the social network's a pretty happy place to be. The laughing/crying emoji is the most used, followed by the hearts as eyes icon. Following that though is the crying waterfalls emoji -- which could symbolise both tears of joy, or a complete emotional breakdown. As for food, Pizza, cake,...

  • ‘Fifty Shades of Blockchain’ is the smut the internet really needs

    You know what adult romantic thriller Fifty Shades of Grey lacked? Blockchain jargon. At least that's what this particular Twitter account is trying to prove (and is pretty successful at that too). Although it's a fairly young account, @blockshade -- better known as Fifty Shades of Blockchain -- already has some 2700 followers, enthralled by 22 tweets of blockchain-fueled smut. According to the bio, it's a Markov chain bot run by Jackson Palmer, the founder of Dogecoin. There's a sentence you may want to read again. Whoever Satoshi is/was - I hope you’re happy with what you spawned. https://t.co/VHF5fIEg5q — Jackson Palmer (@ummjackson)...