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  • Twitter provides unfiltered glimpse of SA cricket team morale

    Twitter appears to have been embraced heavily by the South African national cricket team, the Proteas -- and is providing the public with an unfiltered window into the mood of the squad. The social networking and microblogging service has been embraced by celebrities and sportspeople across the world who crave a direct connection to their fans, and who want to break out from behind the wall of public relations (PR) that is built around the rich and famous. Recently, the Protea's captain, Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49), turned to Twitter to vent after he heard some negative comments from former player and...

  • Searching for wisdom in the Twitter cloud

    Twitter works for journalists as a fantastic alert system, and becomes an interesting news source itself when events develop so fast that the media are not able to cover it. But is there any real wisdom in the Twitter cloud? A few weeks ago, together with a colleague, I was 'ashed in' at Amsterdam airport; he could not fly to Johannesburg and my flight to Cyprus was cancelled, all due to the ash cloud from that infamous Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull. Twitter proved to be a great help though, and following the tweets gave us an idea who was flying...

  • New study reveals all about SA’s Twitter users

    A new report claims there are 1,5-million tweets every month in South Africa and 55 000 active Twitter users in the country, with the majority of users being designers, students, writers and engineers. The report, produced by Cape Town-based social media agency Fuseware, says that that SA tweets more on Tuesday than any other day of the week, while the least popular day to tweet is Sunday. It reveals that the average number of tweets per user is 346 and the average amount of Twitter followers per user is 115. About 23% of tweets are Retweets and about 47%...

  • How to get more followers on Twitter

    When I first joined Twitter I felt really lost. It looked like I’d been invited to a really great party, except that it was great for everyone else but me. Everyone looked cool, they were talking about the same things, laughing at the same jokes, and I was the new fat kid in the school that was chilling, no, not chilling, but nervously hugging the corner and sipping juice. And so I decided to leave the party early and went back to what I was familiar with, Facebook. I often refer to Time magazine’s opening line in their cover story...

  • How to get the most out of Twitter

    In a recent update on Twitter, influential tech blogger Robert Scoble said the following: "The problem with Twitter as news source: repetition. Robert Novak's death has crossed my screen dozens of times already." My response to Mr. Scoble is that I don't think Twitter is the problem. Instead, his network might be the problem. If we get repetitive information from Twitter, we only have ourselves to blame. The problem is that if we don't follow enough people from different types of networks, we're always going to see the same information over and over. Within this fundamental...

  • Reinventing the @NewsCycle #Eugene

    The murder of South African white supremacist Eugene Terre’Blanche early on Saturday evening is arguably one of the biggest news events in South Africa this year, and once again, traditional news outlets were beaten to the punch by Twitter and the blogosphere. Terre’Blanche was allegedly slain by two of his farm employees following a wage dispute the preceding afternoon. His death comes in the wake of litigation against ANCYL President Julius Malema by Afrikaner lobbying groups aiming to ban him from singing an apartheid struggle song with the lyrics “shoot the boer/shoot shoot”. While there were mixed reports as to who...

  • The colour of your shit can matter

    We have been talking about "digital" for a while now. Mostly about the tools. Right now it's Apps and iPad, Twitter and Facebook, measuring tools and publishing tools and reading tools. But tools are just that: tools. We have all managed to learn to use some, even the thickest of us. And then we managed to learn to use some more. Tools however, are pretty useless without context, the why, when and where. Context is difficult. Tools are easy. We are lazy. Digitalisation is a much deeper change than learning to use new tools. Digitalisation is a serious shift in...

  • Google Buzz: Just too much noise?

    So we have another social/microblogging/lifestreaming service, called Google Buzz. It is, without doubt, Google's boldest social play yet. Despite dominating pretty much all the key areas of the internet, it's no secret that social is one area that has eluded the search giant so far. Orkut, its social network, has largely failed to catch the world's imagination (although apparently it's big in Brazil). Google latitude came and went. Many, myself included, have yet...

  • Twitter, journalism and Iran

    Some questions I answered for a newspaper article on journalism and social media, specifically with regard to the Iran uprisings and the use of twitter: 1. Twitter is being used quite extensively at the moment in Iran. Could this be regarded as some kind of turning point for social media? I wouldn't call it a turning point. It's part of an ongoing trend that sees technology and the internet making media and broadcasting more...

  • The trouble with Twitter

    For those of you, like me, who simultaneously loathe and love Twitter, you'll love this clip. It was sent to me by friend of mine and fellow Capetonian Rob Broster who is of the former camp, without much of the latter. Oh and feel free to follow me on www.twitter.com/matthewbuckland ;-) (PS: Apologies for the double post on Twitter, but I've only just resuscitated my blog which flatlined yesterday).var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • TED Talk: How Twitter users shaped Twitter

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  • The rise of micro-blogging

    Much has been written about the power of blogging. We know that the beauty of the blog is that just about anyone can be a publisher. It’s cheap and easy to publish and distribute content on the net. However, the point many commentators often miss: Not everyone is born to write. Writing a piece for a blog or an article takes time. It also takes a reasonable amount of skill. You need to be...