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  • Think the news should always have more swearing? Follow these 4 Twitter accounts

    If you were vigilantly watching Twitter this morning you may have seen a minor furor around a swear-word fueled tweet sent out by News24. The tweet, which concerned footage of a crashing Taiwanese airliner, was likely the result of the person handling the media house's social account at the time not realising that they weren't tweeting from their own account. While some followers of the account were scandalised, others were broadly sympathetic: Person who sent out crude News24 tweet shoulda stuck with same tone in their apology tweet 'Sorry my bad...f**ked up previous tweet'— Daddy (@LifeisSavage) February 4, 2015 Dear...

  • News24 gets sweary, apologises for ‘erroneous’ tweet about plane crash

    So this just happened. The Twitter account of South Africa's largest online news provider News24 just tweeted "Jesus Christ Holy Fuck," in reference to a video of a plane crashing in Taiwan. These social mishaps obviously don't go unnoticed considering the News24 Twitter account has over 1 million followers. Here it is: As you can imagine, the tweet was quickly deleted. The original tweet, which is in reference to a plane crash in Taipei, Taiwan, is as follows -- a bit more politically correct, won't you say: WATCH: Dramatic footage of plane crash in Taiwan http://t.co/h25bJlkObB pic.twitter.com/mHZP91pCDL — News24 (@News24) February 4, 2015 Read...

  • Twitter rolls out new features, including group direct messages and mobile video experience

    Twitter today announced that it would be rolling out a couple of interesting new features . The new features rolled out by Twitter are group messaging and a new mobile video experience. The thinking behind the group messaging, Twitter says, is for people who want to continue a public conversation which would begin and die on the timeline, but now with group messaging, it can be continued with a select few in a group. “Many of you use Direct Messages to reach the people and brands you’re only connected to on Twitter,” Twitter said, “Whatever the case may...

  • Twitter enables multiple language tweet translation

    Twitter has introduced tweet translation with Bing Translator. The feature enables users to read tweets that is in another language. Twitter joins Google Translate, Skype, Facebook Translate in the quest to allow for communication across different languages. Writing on its Help Center post, Twitter wrote, “With Tweet translation, you won’t miss any of the action unfolding on Twitter. You can choose when you want to see a translation for a Tweet, and you can also adjust your settings so the option to view Tweet translations is disabled”. The translation is possible in more than 40 language pairs. Read more: Microsoft reveals Skype...

  • What Twitter’s ZipDial buy tells us about mobile in emerging markets

    The chirpy blue bird has just acquired India's ZipDial, which is a popular mobile marketing and analytics platform for emerging markets. TechCrunch estimates the deal to be worth somewhere in between the US$30-million and US$40-million mark. The deal also marks Twitter's foot in the door of India's booming (though unique) mobile market with the establishment of its new engineering offices in Bangalore. It's interesting witnessing the rising interest from major tech companies in high-growth markets such as India. At the forefront of ZipDial's mobile marketing technology lies its unique relationship with missed calls. ZipDial enables people to give brands and businesses...

  • The twar that wasn’t: how Zelda and Redi showed that Twitter can be sane

    On Saturday, the South African Twittersphere was set into a fresh rage spiral following comments from Nelson Mandela's former PA and confidant Zelda la Grange that president Jacob Zuma made white people feel unwelcome in the country. I'm sure comments like :unafrican to have dogs,stress is western creation,Van Riebeeck etc all good for investment in SA— Zelda (@ZeldalaGrangeSA) January 17, 2015 Makes white people really feel welcome in SA. I think I'm calling Jan today to ask him what de hell he was thinking sailing to Africa.— Zelda (@ZeldalaGrangeSA) January 17, 2015 The tirade, which went on for a number of...

  • 5 New Year’s resolutions some of SA’s top tweeters should adopt in 2015

    It's been an interesting year for South African Twitter. Apart from anything, there are now around 9.4-million users in the country, up from 6.8-million a year ago. That means increased levels of conversation, which in turn means that much more potential for argument. Thing is, the South Africans who've drawn most attention to themselves this year aren't exactly new to the platform. And while some of them have reached new heights this year, others appear to be cracking under the pressure of Twitter's cooking pot. With that in mind, we've compiled a set of New Years' resolutions for seven...

  • Sony Pictures threatens Twitter with legal action for leaked document tweets

    Sony’s lawyer has threatened Twitter with legal action if the social networking company doesn’t not ban accounts that are sharing documents leaked from the hack. The letter sent from David Boies, a lawyer hired by Sony to advise the company through the troubled times, to Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s general counsel, reads that if "stolen information continues to be disseminated by Twitter in any manner," Sony will "hold Twitter responsible for any damage or loss arising from such use or dissemination by Twitter." Apart from the state bureaucracy, Sony has been starting a war of its own, attacking anyone who dares, in...

  • Twitter and Foursquare are partnering to improve location in tweets

    Twitter and Foursquare are planning to partner together in 2015 to power location in tweets. In fact, the geo-location feature could be introduced as soon the first quarter. Over the past weeks Twitter has been trying by all means to gather data on its users and it continues its efforts by partnering with Foursquare. The social media network wants to start serving information to users that is relevant and the company believes that with a location layer to its platform it can do this. This follows an appointment by Twitter of David Blackman, a Geo lead engineer from Foursqaure. This...

  • Marmite and Bovril take their beef to Twitter in #BattleOfTheSpreads [Update]

    People love personifying things, which is probably why we love these Twitter battles between competitive brands, places and things flaring up on social media every once and a while. And why not? Brands get a chance to gain insight into where they stand with popular opinion. Today, popular salty spreads have taken their puns and wits to Twitter in a fight to see who's the number one spread in South Africa -- Marmite or Bovril. It's an age old question, the salty meat or the veggie extract? Both are delicious on toast, crackers and owned by Bokomo Foods. Read more: Lion’s Head,...

  • 8 Vines showing just how intense the Ferguson protests are

    While a picture's worth a thousand words, six seconds of footage can say so much more. According to Twitter Reverb over 3.5-million tweets were sent in the two hours after a US grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri back in August. The tweets reflected and documented the pockets of protests that erupted across the US, from New York City to Chicago and Seattle. Unified by the hashtags #FergusonDecision and #Ferguson, familiar faces such as actor and stand-up comedian Chris Brown...

  • Twitter now lets you share tweets via DM

    Ever wanted to show someone on Twitter a tweet without the rest of your followers seeing it? Well, if you have their email address you've always been able to, but now you can DM it to them on Twitter too. The feature comes as part of the latest update to the social media network and is available on iOS, Android, Twitter for web and Tweetdeck. Read more: Twitter confirms it’s testing a ‘buy now’ button If you want to share a tweet from either the iOS or Android mobile apps, long-press the Tweet in your timeline and choose “Share via...

  • Shock, embarrassment, wit: SA turns to Twitter after Parliament fiasco

    Chaos broke out in Parliament late last night after riot police were called into the National Assembly to remove MP Ngwanamakwetle Mashabela from the Economic Freedom Fighters. This followed a day of opposition filibustering that had continued late into the evening. Of course Twitter kept pace with all the action, with citizens expressing their opinions on the political antics going down in Cape Town. As reported by Mail & Guardian Online‎, the parliamentary video and audio feed was cut off at some point during the brawl, opening up the discussion of censorship. Media asking why parly feed was cut, who makes the call and whether...

  • Cell C just pissed off the wrong people, massive banner ad sparks big laughs on Twitter [Update]

    One of South Africa's major telecom firms is starting the weekend on a bad foot. A massive billboard stating that the network operator is "the most useless service provider in SA," was just put up in Johannesburg. Needless to say, this opened up a whole can of worms on the twittersphere. The banner ad makes things personal, publishing Franchise Manager Riaan van Rooyen's personal contact details. "Cell C's Riaan van Rooyen, 'Franchise Manager', says his unnamed executive head refuses to assist the customer!!" it reads. It's often said there's no such thing as bad publicity. We're contemplating whether that applies to this...

  • Twitter saves Twitpic’s domain and archive at the last minute

    We reported last week that Twitpic was shutting down. It was going to close shop on 25 October and that all the photos on it would also disappear. But now there are new developments in a story that's already been a total rollercoaster. Twitpic is still shutting down but has come to an agreement with Twitter that will keep user's photos for longer. The agreement is the first firm decision we've seen in a situation that's been embroiled in uncertainty. Even Twitpic founder Noah Everett acknowledges that things have been pretty chaotic of late: “First off I want to say...