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  • 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...

  • Nah fam: South Africans aren’t too happy with the Samsung Galaxy S8’s price

    South Africans really don't like the price of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The Korean company's latest phone was outed today, sporting an infinity screen, an iris scanner and a new personal assistant dubbed Bixby. But it seems that the price got the most attention. Priced at R15 499 for the standard S8, and R17 499 for the Samsung Galaxy S8+, they are by no means cheap devices. And Twitter was all too ready to point that out. Our sister site Gearburn, while live-tweeting the event, saw a slew of retweets and mentions from users commenting on this particular tweet. Pricing info: R15499 for...

  • #EFFSoldOut: Twitter blames Guptas for hashtag

    There's no denying that in South African politics, Twitter is the EFF's platform. Its leader Julius Malema has 1.3-million followers and engages with them on a regular basis -- compared to President Jacob Zuma of the ANC, who hasn't tweeted since 2013. Exactly, the liberation of the mind is very important pic.twitter.com/9XrxGGeCze — Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) March 21, 2017 And when it comes to popular hashtags, the party's supporters come out in troves to support its politics, often drowning out dissenting voices. This weekend, Black First Land First, the Pan-Africanist party founded by ex-EFF member Andile Mngxitama, started the hashtag #EFFSoldOut. #EFFSoldOut Former...

  • 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...

  • Oh no, baby! What is with this brand new meme?

    If you haven't seen this meme yet: what are you doing, baby? Every now and then a meme is formed out of pure joy and love, and this may just be the first of 2017. College student Nick Joseph and his friend Dan Rue have a knack for getting in trouble and dancing their way through it -- and it's delightful to watch on screen. On 4 March, the duo posted the first vlog of their #ThatsTheOne series on YouTube. The series follows them as they crash weddings, steal primates and 'trespass' on basketball players' mansions. My personal favourite sees the two stealing...

  • RIP Joe Mafela: Chicken Licken ad from 1996 trends on YouTube

    Beloved South African actor Joe Mafela died this weekend aged 75. According to sources, Mafela succumbed to injuries sustained by a car accident in the early hours of Saturday morning in Johannesburg. He was a mainstay in South Africa's film and music scene in the 1990s, with his 1996 track Shebeleza earmarked as the African Cup of Nations theme track -- a tournament Bafana Bafana won. And while Mafela was known most recently for his role in soapy Generations, there's one particular clip you might remember him for. Currently trending on YouTube is a Chicken Licken advertisement from 1996. Yes, back when...

  • Helen Zille infuriates Twitter after defending colonialism

    Helen Zille may have been on Twitter for a while, but she still hasn't acquired the skill of knowing when to put the phone down and go back to bed. On Thursday morning, the Premier of the Western Cape took to Twitter to let everyone know that not everything about colonialism was bad. For those claiming legacy of colonialism was ONLY negative, think of our independent judiciary, transport infrastructure, piped water etc. — Helen Zille (@helenzille) March 16, 2017 Zille has been in politics a long time. She surely understands the dangers of professing that west is best. She could also do a quick...

  • Verified Twitter accounts post swastikas in Turkish hack

    Last week, the Netherlands barred two Turkish ministers from speaking to expatriates ahead of a national memorandum. On 16 April, Turkey will be voting whether or not to allow Turkish President Erdogan to stay in power until 2029. And the president did not take the slight well: according to Fortune.com, Turkey warned that it would retaliate in the "harshest ways." Apparently these ways include Twitter hacks. Last night, Turkish hackers targeted verified accounts to spew Erdogan propaganda across the platform. Rough translation: “#NaziGermany👌#NaziNetherlands, a little👋#OTTOMAN SLAP for you, see you on #April16th. Can’t read it🇹🇷LEARN Turkish #RT” — Alex Hern (@alexhern) March 15, 2017 Hundreds of accounts were...

  • 15% of Twitter users are actually bots, study claims

    It's common knowledge that Twitter is home to more than a few bot accounts, be it for spam, promotions or political purposes. Now, a new study (via CBS) has found that up to 15% of Twitter accounts are actually bots. If one of the more recent Twitter statistics of 319 million active users is taken into account, then that means that over 47-million users are bots. The study, by researchers from Indiana University and the University of Southern California, saw a framework for bot detection being created. The result? "Our models yield high accuracy and agreement with each other and can detect bots of...

  • Hout Bay fires: ravaged Imizamo Yethu photographed on Instagram, Twitter

    It seems that Cape Town has been hot, dry, and on fire for much of the summer. The latest blaze however has inconvenienced more than just fynbos. Hout Bay's Imizamo Yethu was this weekend the scene of a post-apocalyptic movie, as a blaze swept through the township. The fire, which began on Saturday, has affected more than 15 000 people. According to reports, 3500 homes were destroyed. At least two people have died as a result of the fire. Another fire began to burn, also in Hout Bay, on Saturday evening, covering much of the Karbonkelberg in flames. Social media was awash...

  • Cape Town Cycle Tour cancelled as dangerous gales wreak havoc

    The Cape Town Cycle Tour, the world's largest timed event, has been cancelled "due to extreme weather conditions". It's an unprecedented move in a race involving over 35 000 participants, but gale force wind in some areas of the city forced the organisers to draw the curtain. At the time of the announcement, the elite ladies race had begun, but was red flagged before the cyclists could complete the route. Ladies Elites lining up at the start chutes! #CycleTour2017 pic.twitter.com/pnqqDLnHRH — Cape Town Cycle Tour (@CTCycleTour) March 12, 2017 The route was earlier shortened from 109km to 78km due to "protest action unrelated...

  • #HelpFindDurbanBaby: baby Siwaphiwe found as SAPS arrest her mother

    Update #2, 12 March, 12.50pm: Baby Siwaphiwe has been found at Marianhill toll plaza in the early hours of Sunday morning, Police tweeted. The toll plaza is located along the N2 in Pinetown, on the outskirts of Durban's metropolitan area. #sapsKZN Baby #SiwaphiweMbambo found unharmed at roadblock in Marianhill in the early hours of this morning. NP https://t.co/uh5qgieJvQ pic.twitter.com/JXU2Mcuzmy — SA Police Service (@SAPoliceService) March 12, 2017 However, a new twist has emerged in the story. Police have arrested three suspects -- a woman, a man, and Siwaphiwe's mother -- due to "too many inconsistencies" in the latter's story. "Too many inconsistencies emerged during...

  • Cyclone Enawo in pictures: Madagascar laced by strongest storm in a decade [update]

    Update, 9 March, 10.24am SAST: More images are surfacing on social media from Madagascar in the wake of Cyclone Enawo's landfall. According to reports, at least five people have died as a result of the storm. "36 hours of stress, 24 hours of fear and 8 hours of hell", @CAREMadagascar colleagues describes the impact of cyclone #Enawo pic.twitter.com/3obLshOoFh — CARE International (@CAREemergencies) March 9, 2017 Just been out for the first time since #Cyclone #Enawo passed by #Tamatave. Rivers are very high and the road to #Antananarivo is cutoff pic.twitter.com/RL04OyNTAm — Mike deCoster-Milman (@mike_dc_m) March 9, 2017 Strong winds in the town of Sambava yesterday...

  • #HandsOffSocialMedia: South Africa responds to social media regulations

    In a press briefing yesterday, Minister of State Security David Mahlobo hinted at the possibility of social media regulation in an attempt to counter "false narratives". Mahlobo claimed that instead of bringing people together in a positive way, social media has become a cesspool for negativity, lies and fake news. "Even the best democracies that are revered, regulating . Most of our challenges are coming from that space. We will discuss how we will regulate it," he claimed. For many South Africans, Twitter is a way to let their voices be heard. It can be argued that the democratic system...

  • #Xenophobia: what Twitter can tell us

    South Africa has been hit anew with a spate of xenophobic attacks, and it is clear that until something substantial is done, foreigners will continue to be blamed for major systemic issues within our society and government. In the 21st century, social media is able to shed a light on social crises that has never been available to us before. So we thought it might be interesting to break down exactly how South Africans are talking about xenophobia on Twitter. We asked Crimson Hexagon if they could send us an analysis of #xenophobia to see how the hashtag was being used. The analysis...