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  • Obama thanks Twitter for victory, sets retweet record

    Four more years. That's how long US president Barack Obama has been given to implement his policies on America. While Republican contender Mitt Romney took some time to concede defeat, Obama's official Twitter account thanked people for giving him victory while some states were still being counted. This happened because of you. Thank you.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012 We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that's who we are. Thank you. -bo— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012 Four more years. twitter.com/BarackObama/st…— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012 In the process, Obama set a new retweet record....

  • US election: Check out Donald Trump’s Lolworthy Twitter rant

    Known more for his big hair and his role in US reality TV show The Apprentice, businessman Donald Trump has come out against the re-election of President Barack Obama. In a series of vitriolic tweets, Trump calls the election "a sham and a travesty", and "a disgusting injustice". The capitalist, who made an early run at the Republican candidacy, clearly isn't an Obama fan: We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012 Lets fight like hell and stop this great and...

  • Read Barack Obama’s victory email to his supporters

    Okay okay, it's not quite as cool as his victory tweet, but US president Barack Obama's email to his supporters prior to his victory speech is pretty powerful. The incumbent appears to have won by a much larger margin than many would have predicted, with analysts currently giving him 303 electoral college votes to Mitt Romney's 206. As was the case with the tweets he sent out upon victory, Obama thanks his supporters for getting him back into the White House. "You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time", he says. He also suggest that...

  • #Flaghead: woman in Obama victory speech crowd becomes viral sensation

    A woman in the audience during US president Barack Obama's victory speech has become an unwitting viral phenomenon. Update: Flaghead now also has a parody Twitter account. The bio reads: MY WEAVE HOLDS MY FLAG IN PLACE, BET YOURS CANT DO DAT SHIT Behind Obama The woman, who stuck a flag in her hair, more or less immediately picking up the sobriquet "Flaghead" featured prominently during the footage of Obama's victory. The airtime, plus her choice of headgear meant that "flaghead" and "hairflag" were both among the leading worldwide trends on Twitter. In the minutes after the...

  • Watching with a second screen: the rise of social TV [Infographic]

    When was the last time you curled up on the couch in front of your TV and just... watched the TV? If you're anything like the multi-tasking always-connected masses which start mildly hyperventilating whenever their smartphones are out of reach, then you're probably settling down on the couch with a phone (or maybe a tablet) to keep you company. As a recent Nielsen study points out, citizens in countries like the UK, the US, Germany and Italy are more likely than not to watch TV and use a tablet or smartphone at the same time. What are they doing?...

  • The PC is dead, long live the PC: 1.2bn smart devices to sell by 2013

    We seriously love our smartphones and tablets. So much so that we’ll see a larger install base of smartphones and tablets than PCs by around halfway through next year. For now tablets and smartphones aren't likely to replace desktop computers entirely, but the fact that 821-million of them will have been sold by the end of this year is as strong an indication as any that we're moving toward the post PC era. Or at the very least, a definition of PC not restricted to the desktop. According to tech research company Gartner, those 821-million smart devices...

  • Spread the ripple and win one of 20 shower aerators with Memeburn, Radox

    Water is an increasingly scare resource. Some estimate that we'll be out of drinking water by 2040 if we carry on at our current rate of consumption. Add in growing middle classes and an increase in water-hungry industrialisation in emerging market countries and it could happen even quicker. That's why bath and shower product company Radox is trying to unleash a "Ripple Effect" of water saving across South Africa. The campaign has seen it use a Facebook app to spread water-saving memes. The app also allows you to track how far your ripple travels through the memes and calculate...

  • Tough luck, Google: Maps and Search are losing market share in China

    It seems clear which direction Google Maps and Search is heading in China: down. In the search game, Chinese traffic stats company CNZZ has calculated the impact of software company Qihoo’s controversial new search engine in the China market, and reckons that it has grabbed the second spot with nearly 10 percent market share. This puts Qihoo’s So.com search engine way behind market leader Baidu, but ahead of Sogou (7.83 percent), and fourth-placed Google (4.72%). Qihoo’s gains came from both Baidu and Google, which both dropped slightly since Qihoo’s 360 Search hit the scene in August. It’s no surprise...

  • Social media: the new gold star for the report card of our lives

    Remember those pads of gold star stickers in primary school? Every time you did something good, your teacher would come and slap one onto your forehead, and for the rest of the day, you were king. With that gold star on your head, you were showing everyone in the world that you had done something truly exceptional. Playground gatherings would part before you. You, the champion. It was a pretty awesome feeling. Social media has become the new gold star. Recent studies have shown that talking about yourself on social media platforms activates the brain’s rewards centres, in much...

  • Why your sales team really needs to get social media savvy

    We are nearing 2013 and every day you will find people in sales that are examining how the social web has changed everything. The ways we can engage with customers are forever evolving and salespeople are still learning how to use online strategies to get new customers, leads, and ultimately sales. With all the excitement going on about social media and what you can do to interact with your target audience, are we forgetting all the benefits of in person communication? Are we forgetting that in person communication can play a big role with social media marketing? Think differently I can have...

  • Corporate media: the saviour of serious journalism?

    As the business models for serious journalism continue to erode, where will we get the quality media we need as a society to make important decisions about our future? I've been warning people: "Special interest groups will gladly pay for the media they want you to read, but you won't pay for the media you need to read." Software engineers have a saying: GIGO, garbage in, garbage out. If you start with garbage data you will get a garbage result. That's the future we are heading towards, a future where our media is corrupted with information that serves the goals of special...

  • Instagram gets web profiles: 4 leading tech voices who think it’s a good idea

    Instagram now has web profiles: they're simplified versions of what you have on your mobile phone but they're there. And the consensus seems to be "about bloody time". At present the profiles are only available to a select whitelist, but they're expected to roll out to the photo-sharing service's 100-million plus members by the end of the week. The reason your Instagram web profile will be so stripped down is fairly simple: the company still considers itself a mobile-first player. As is the case with mobile, you can like and comment on people's photos, browse your own and other...

  • Too late, Twitter: Facebook adds photo filters to its new iOS app

    Facebook just rolled out an update to its iOS app, and quite a few things have changed in version 5.1. You can now send your friends Facebook Gifts from your iDevice (if you're in the US), chat to your friends just by swiping left... and overlay some artistic filters over your photos. Yep, it seems Facebook has integrated some of the features of its Instagram-style Camera app into its native iOS app, including a number of filters with names like "Copper", "Cream" and classic "B+W". Interestingly, the update comes just days after the New York Times reported that Twitter...

  • Meeker files: Android is killing it, Zuckerberg is arrogant

    Android is killing it. Google's mobile OS is seeing adoption rates up to six times higher than those of iOS and it's overtaken Windows as the number one OS on internet-enabled devices. That's according to the latest figures from "Queen of the Net" Mary Meeker. When the Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB) partner speaks, anyone with even the vaguest interest in anything to with the internet listens. Usually her highly anticipated internet trends reports only come out annually, but at an event in San Francisco a last night Meeker gave a glimpse into some of the things that have...

  • Foursquare intensifies recommendation with ratings

    Foursquare really is growing up. The location-based social platform has launched a new rating system to help users gauge how much people love a specific place. Interestingly this new addition to the platform is what its arch competitor in the recommendation space, Yelp, is modelled on. In a blog post announcing the update, the company said that its scoring system is "a lot different from the other types of ratings you see today." It says that it has taken more than just giving a star rating into consideration. "Instead of other sites where every place gets 3.5 stars, we come up...