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  • What has Donald Trump tweeted about most in his first 100 days?

    Even though Donald Trump is now president of a global superpower, he still has plenty of time to throw a tweet or two out there. In light of this, and as his first 100 days in office draw to an end, Twitter Data took a look at the US President's time in office thus far. Here's what the social network's data miners found. #MAGA, #USA and all the patriotism These are the top Tweeted hashtags used by @realdonaldtrump during #Trump100Days: pic.twitter.com/LB9UjRNBsH — Twitter Data (@TwitterData) April 28, 2017 Among Trump's most commonly tweeted hashtags, #MAGA (Make America Great Again), #AmericaFirst and #USA featured prominently since...

  • Twitter now boasts 328m users, bests investor estimates

    Although Twitter is an integral member of social media's biggest hitters culturally, it's lacking an impact financially. Still, the company enjoyed a better than expected Q1 2017 according to its latest investor letter (pdf). While the service continues to be a less than sound investment, there are positives that emerged from the latest results. User growth is slow, but positive For one, Twitter beat investor estimates, claiming an additional nine million new users worldwide. That takes it's total monthly active user figure up to 328-million. That figure however still places it behind the likes of LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook. As for daily active users,...

  • Bonang faults SAA’s food, airline hits back with sassy tweet

    Bonang Matheba is trending on Twitter once again today, and that's largely thanks to SAA. The airline, in a month that has seen viral customer care gaffes from others in the industry, responded to a tweet from the 29-year-old socialite. And it included a fair amount of cheek. Bonang, commenting on the quality of the food offered on SAA flights (while also responding to a tweet from SA DJ Ph Madubela), received this gem of a reply from the airline's customer care account. @bonang_m @flysaa Hi, please note that other passengers enjoyed the meals. #flysaaa_care — FlySAA Care (@flysaa_care) April 18, 2017 The socialite...

  • South Africa wishes Jacob Zuma a happy birthday with #WhyIHateZuma

    Oh South Africa. It's your President's birthday today and this is how you wish him? #WhyIHateZuma has been on our watchlist for much of the day, leading the charge alongside #NationalDayOfAction and #BusStrike as the country's big three trends this Wednesday. But it's notable that the hashtag should feature so prominently on Zuma's birthday. President Jacob Zuma turns 75 today, but some on Twitter weren't exactly wishing him a 'happy birthday' Turning 75 today, Jacob Zuma has had a tough beginning to 2017. After removing some screws on his cabinet for maintenance, the country has been about as wobbly as it's ever...

  • Zapiro’s controversial South Africa ‘rape’ cartoon debated on Twitter

    Cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro, better known professionally as Zapiro, has long been known for his unadulterated take on South African current affairs. But social media users have just about had enough following his latest sketch. Published on The Daily Maverick today, "She's all yours, Boss!" references his controversial 2008 sketch "Rape of Lady Justice". Only this time, Lady South Africa herself is the victim, being held down by minister of social development Bathabile Dlamini, The New Age's editor Moegsien Williams, and minister of state security David Mahlobo. Atul Gupta is also depicted with half-removed slacks, standing in front of South Africa, clad...

  • #ZumaMustGoChallenge: South Africa’s newest dance mocks protesting grannies

    South Africa has a rich history of struggle songs, with the likes of Siyaya, iYoh Solomon and Senzeni Na uniting protesters for decades. So when three white grannies tried to create their own, they should have realised the ridicule they'd be subjecting themselves to. Thus, the #ZumaMustGoChallenge was born. On 7 April, tens of thousands of South Africans took to the streets to protest President Jacob Zuma. But it's well known that South Africans know how to make light of a tense situation, and when journalist Mamaponya Motsai uploaded the video of three white grannies singing their own creation, she gave Twitter just...

  • #SouthAfricaIn3Words: one complex country, one complex hashtag

    South Africa. Another large, populous country in southern Africa that harbours a wealth of promise, but hasn't yet lived up to it this century. With the recent economic upheaval, widespread protests from citizens, and calls for President Jacob Zuma to resign, stability isn't a word that could be used as a descriptor for the state of the nation. Nope. Instead, Twitter users needed at least three others today to describe South Africa as acutely as possible. #SouthAfricaIn3Words is one of those hashtags that don't stem from any particular news story, or furthers one general rhetoric, but rather takes a look at...

  • #HandsOffZuma vs #ZilleMustGo: a hashtag war is brewing on Twitter

    Social media users might seem to travel altogether in fast-flowing streams and strong currents, but that's rarely ever the case. While there are more than a few hashtags supporting the countrywide protest action in South Africa today against President Jacob Zuma, a new hashtag has emerged that is supporting the current president. Memeburn's #AntiZumaMarches coverage: #ZumaMarch: 30+ pictures of today’s anti-Zuma protests across South Africa 15 South African politicians worth following on Twitter Everything you need to know about South Africa’s #AntiZumaMarches Memeburn's images from Cape Town's 7 April 2017 protest #HandsOffZuma is one such trending counter-hashtags to emerge today. It...

  • 15 South African politicians worth following on Twitter [Digital All-Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. Social media has evolved rapidly over the past 15 years, becoming an essential tool for many rather than a mere curio. In fact, Twitter has gained a reputation as the leading news and entertainment source for many around the world. With that (and our current political climate) in mind, we take a look at some of the South...

  • 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. Dubbed Twitter Lite, the mobile app is said to reduce data costs, load quickly on slower networks, as well as take up less space on smartphones. Twitter Lite is a faster, data friendly way for people to use Twitter to see what’s happening in the world. 👉https://t.co/AIUgyCAFj0pic.twitter.com/9EIG7pgK6O — Twitter (@Twitter) April 6, 2017 The web app offers the main features of the main app -- namely the timeline, sending tweets, direct messaging, trends, profiles and notifications. But it also offers a "data saver"...

  • South Africa govt: social media messages ‘sent to disturb the economy’

    Since South Africa's landmark cabinet reshuffle last week Friday, chatter on the country's online social spheres has been laden with disappointment, minimal support and a sense of defiance. Don't believe me? Even last night's Botswana earthquake was blamed on President Jacob Zuma. This defiance is also set to manifest in calls for a country-wide protest and strike on 7 April, seemingly akin to Zimbabwe's mass stay away last year. But the country's government isn't too thrilled about it all -- at least according to messages posted on its official Twitter profile. Taking to Twitter last night, the South African government's official...

  • Twitter eggs are fried, users respond

    If you took a relaxing weekend away from social media, then count yourself lucky: you missed the chaos that is a Twitter design change. On Friday, Twitter rid its network of the iconic egg profile pictures -- and people weren't ecstatic. The change comes largely because "Twitter eggs" have become synonymous with trolls -- users who are so obsessed with harassment that they don't even have time to upload a Pepe icon. This reputation is something Twitter doesn't want -- for itself or its users. It says that some innocents who don't know how to change their profile picture were getting caught...

  • Twitter cleans up conversations, users still complain

    If you've ever tried to have a conversation on Twitter, you will know just how clunky and difficult it can be. If your friend's handle is something like @15charactershah, you've only got 124 characters with which to craft a reply. That's shorter than that sentence. Reading them is even worse -- when there are three handles and fifteen tweets for one sentence, it's often easier to put the phone down and try to understand South African politics the old fashioned way -- reading actual articles. But the service doesn't want you to understand your government, and has now made it far simpler...

  • Periscope live streams will now feature YouTube-like ads

    After news broke this week that Twitter is mulling a possible paid tier of TweetDeck, the company this week announced a new advertising format for Periscope. The social network will begin to show pre-roll advertisements on the live broadcasting service videos similar to YouTube's pre-video ads. This means that users wanting to watch a clip on Twitter's video streaming service will need to sit through an advertisement first. "Today, we’re introducing a new opportunity for publishers and creators to monetize their content, and for brands to advertise against it, with pre-roll ads on Periscope video within Twitter," the company announced. "Pre-roll ads...

  • TweetDeck might not be free for much longer

    Struggling to nail down a reliable revenue stream while controlling its often-irate user base, Twitter may soon charge you to use some elements of its currently-free service TweetDeck. Outed by The Verge, the social networking company is engaging with users through a survey to "assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version" of the web app. "We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people's Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we're exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals," a company spokesperson told the site. This "advanced Tweetdeck experience", as Twitter...