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  • Twitter kills three apps, adorns others with new features

    A slew of Twitter's swanky primary app features are finally hitting Twitter Lite, Twitter for Windows, and the mobile website. This week, the company's set to bring night mode, real time updates on parameters, and an updated tweet composition box to the above platforms. Each will bolster the user experience across the company's less important platforms. We are rolling out the following features to https://t.co/AIUgyCj4rs, Twitter Lite, and Twitter for Windows to provide more consistency across platforms. See what’s new. 👇 ✔️ night mode ✔️ real time updates on reply, Retweet, and like counts ✔️ updated Tweet compose box — Twitter (@Twitter) May 22, 2018 "Night owl?...

  • Twitter goof potentially exposes all 336m user passwords

    As if Twitter users didn't have enough to think about this week (thanks Kanye), it sprung an even bigger surprise on its users late Thursday night. The social network prompted all of its 336-million users to change their passwords, after it discovered that its employees could potentially see them. Twitter's calling it a "bug", but it was seemingly a flaw in the way the firm logged passwords. We recently found a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. As a precaution, consider changing your...

  • Twitter now highlights and groups trending links in your timeline

    Twitter's has a subtle feature that now makes big news stories more prominent on the social network's timeline. Uncovered by Buzzfeed, prominent tweets that contain the same link are now grouped. It's better integrated into users' main timelines than its "explore" section that highlights trending topics or conversations. It's a subtle change, but will likely see extremely popular websites gain more prominence on the social network. The tweak comes at a remarkably stable financial moment for Twitter. The past six months have been its most profitable ever, and has seen its user numbers increase slightly too within this period. Now 336-million people log...

  • Q1 2018: Twitter now has 336m monthly active users

    No this isn't a dream. Twitter gained a significant wad of monthly active users for the first time in a year. Publishing its earnings report on Wednesday, the social network announced that 6-million more users joined the platform in Q1 2018. As of the beginning of 2018, its total monthly active user pool now stands at 336-million -- 267-million internationally, and 69-million within the US's borders. Daily active users also grew by 10% year-over-year, but marked the slowest growth rate since Q3 2016. Talking money, the firm predicts that 2018 will be a profitable year. And it started off on the right foot. It...

  • Twitter kills a slew of popular accounts in ‘tweetdecking’ purge

    Twitter, after updating its automated tweeting rules in February, has taken a stance on forced memes, automated mass tweeting and accounts that "inflate the prominence of certain tweets." On Friday, the company suspended a number of popular accounts implicit in the above, including the likes of @dory, @girlposts and @ginah. The former had over two-million followers. According to Buzzfeed, a number of these accounts were implicit with a practice known as "tweetdecking". Named after the Twitter dashboard app, it's a method to artificially bloat the popularity of a particular tweet by posting them over a number of accounts. This is seemingly no...

  • How Cyril Ramaphosa’s Twitter account rose with his political status

    On 15 December 2017, then-Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had 19 600 Twitter followers. Two months later, and bearing the shiny new title of ANC President and South African President, that number increased to 106 000. It's a remarkable rise for Ramaphosa as a politician and as a social media personality. And for South Africans, it's a breath of fresh air to have a President with a social media presence. While Jacob Zuma did have a personal Twitter account (@SAPresident has since been deleted from the social network) he last posted an update in 2013. Ramaphosa's account came into being on January 2015....

  • ANC recalls Zuma: here’s how global news outlets reported it

    The ANC has finally taken the decision to recall President Jacob Zuma, following weeks of talks between the National Executive Committee, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma. Of course, it remains to be seen whether the president will resign, as he is not constitutionally required to accede to the party's demands. It suggests that a motion of no-confidence will be tabled if Zuma refuses to go. The press conference was also noteworthy as it was chaired by secretary general Ace Magashule and deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, being two of Zuma's more notable supporters within the party. Here's how international publications reported on the news...

  • Twitter celebrates #YearOfTheDog with a shiba inu emoji

    As one of the integral parts of some of our favourite internet GIFs and a member of the Chinese Zodiac, its only fitting that the dog gets its own Twitter emoji to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and the Year of the Dog. If you're just waking up, don't worry, you hadn't just missed 1 January. And although the Chinese New Year doesn't coincide with the Gregorian calendar's idea of New Year, it is nonetheless special to the most populous nation on Earth, and a slew of others across the world. As a result, Twitter has seen it fit to craft...

  • Twitter posts a profit for the first time, users remain at 330m

    Don't look now, but Twitter just made money. In its 12 year existence the microblogging social network had yet to record a green revenue figure, but this all changed drastically in the company's latest financial report. Its Q4 2017 highlights suggests that it made a profit of US$91-million, this coming after a loss of US$167-million in the same quarter last year. The gains stem from "strong engagement growth, improved revenue features, improved ROI, and better sales execution," it told investors in a report. But that's fluff really. Cost-cutting was the main driver of profit here. Expenses for "General and administrative, research and development,...

  • This is what happens when you call the Gwara Gwara the stanky leg

    Rihanna lit up the Grammy stage last night with her performance of "Wild Thoughts" with DJ Khaled, but it was her final dance move, the local Gwara Gwara, that really tickled South African senses. So when US-based publication Vulture.com called the move the stanky leg, it was met with an appropriate level of ire. Do the stanky leg. pic.twitter.com/nDPJFmY1zb — Vulture (@vulture) January 29, 2018 While the stanky leg adopts a similar stance, it is not the Gwara Gwara. The former sees the dancer move their leg in a circular motion and then alternate to the opposite leg. The local Gwara Gwara is a more...

  • Zille responds to DA criticism, states colonialism isn’t all bad

    I regret to inform you that Helen Zille is back on her bullshit. Last year, the Western Cape Premier ignited outrage when she defended colonialism on Twitter. And now, a year and one empty apology later, she's rehashed the argument in defense against DA criticism. Does Helen Zille care more about defending herself than her frustrated constituents? In March 2017, after attending an event in Singapore, Zille commented on what she believed were positive effects of colonialism. "For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc. (sic)," she wrote on Twitter. For those claiming...

  • Fenty Beauty will give this guy free makeup for 1 million RTs

    We've seen how a stupid tweet about chicken nuggets can break the arbitrary most retweeted tweet ever record, but what about something more wholesome? About a guy who really just wants to (seemingly) make his girlfriend happy? Enter @Zackitoooo. While Carter Wilkerson was challenged by Wendy's to receive some 18-million likes for free chicken nuggets for a year, @Zackitoooo challenged cosmetics brand Fenty Beauty with something a bit similar. Fenty Beauty is the brainchild of Barbadian singer-songwriter Rihanna, who founded it in late 2017. "How many retweets would I need to get to get free makeup for my girlfriend," he asked. "1 million (and...

  • What are world leaders liking on Twitter?

    Twitter likes can be dangerous for prominent figures -- just ask Texas Senator Ted Cruz, whose account found notoriety after liking a porn video last year. But they can also offer some interesting insights into what leaders (or rather their social media managers) find important to acknowledge and endorse. Not only do likes hint at what content world leaders are consuming on social media, but they give direct access to the content they deem noteworthy, and that's a pretty neat feature for civilians. World leaders' Twitter likes give a rare glimpse into the content they consume and deem noteworthy Perhaps Twitter's most notorious user,...

  • Twitter: Posting private info is what will get Trump, world leaders in trouble

    Earlier this week, Twitter published a brief statement detailing why world leaders are held in special regard on the social network. "Twitter is here to serve and help advance the global, public conversation," it wrote. "Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society. "Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions." The tweet in question? North Korean Leader Kim Jong...

  • #ANC54 is a reminder that Twitter is still crawling with Guptabots

    When Twitter was outed for housing hundreds of thousands of propagandist Russian bots during the 2016 US election, it vowed to do better. The company became committed to "transparency", donated the ad revenue the propaganda pulled in, and made a bunch of promises as to how they would avoid this manipulation in the future. As Twitter was making promises, though, South Africa was discovering the extent of its own misinformation campaigns. Twitter has promised the US more "transparency", but has kept mum on SA's Guptabots In November 2016, The Daily Maverick first identified 100 Twitter accounts that all touted similar messages with "white monopoly capital" as...