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Apr 26
2011

Disrupting the Academic year

Posted by GeraldineKent in world cup , wix , Twitter , teacher strike , sustainability , south africa , Soccer World Cup , private corporations , parastatal , ngo , Microsoft Office , johannesburg , internet , ICT , government school , fifa world cup 2010 , FIFA , Facebook , email , Education , Easter , development

GeraldineKent

I was lucky enough to come home to Johannesburg for the Easter weekend. It has been a very busy, very short break. But a much deserved one nevertheless! Whilst spending some time with my extended family, my youngest cousin, Sabrina, was talking about all the plans she has for her school holidays. And my younger brother, Bradley, became very upset when he realised that Sabrina was going to be on holiday until next week Tuesday, 3 May 2011. The reason this upset my brother, is because Sabrina goes to a government school (unlike my brother who is a private, Catholic school), which means she has already had her first term break. Being allowed to miss seven days of school, in the middle of term time, is usually a very difficult thing to get away with.

Apr 20
2011

Businesses Facebook Too!

Posted by iExperience in woolworths , woolies , Twitter , space age technologies , Social Networking , slideshare , Pick n Pay , Linkedin , giantnerd.com , Facebook , e-commerce , daniel levy , chris welham , charmaine huet , business , bronwen rohland

iExperience


Keyboard by Xelcise, courtesy of Flickr

I admit… I am a
Facebook addict! I eat, breath, sleep
AND Facebook and so do millions of other users. Twitter is also in the picture now, competing for my time and status updates. These networking sites and media tools are changing social behaviours and experiences so it’s not surprising that businesses are also getting hooked on to this culture as well.


Apr 20
2011

Because my Granny said NO

Posted by Pumelela Nqelenga in Twitter , thabo mbeki , tenderpreneurship , south africa , social network , social media , mxit , Jacob Zuma , helen zille , Facebook , Election , corruption , blog , 2011

Pumelela Nqelenga

So my granma decided to give me a ring the other day, only to tell me to vote on the upcoming elections. I told her that I was planning to vote and that as a sign of my commitment to the elections, I am writing a blog about the importance of political parties to start using digital...

“My baby, please stop there. I have no clue of what you are talking about and I’m missing my favourite soapie now. Just vote and make sure you don’t vote for corruption”, she interrupted.
 
She put the phone down only to leave me in shock of the realisation that my own granma is starting to be critical about her vote.
 
It was only a few years ago that my granma refused to believe there was no corruption in this country and even when I was winning the argument on corruption she would end off saying, “the apartheid government did it, why can’t we?”.
I hope you can see the impact of that phone call for me. Something shifted. I did not understand it at that time but something was not the same.
 
This then lead me to think more about the next coming elections.
 
In my reflection I saw that these elections are not about big names or big parties; instead they are about me and my community.
 
We are voting for our neighbours and our local personalities, people whom we see in the shops, at church or at the local hospital.
 
When I started to look at it this way, I was shocked at how corruption was so close to me. It was not in some conference room in Luthuli house but just across the street. Just  five minutes away I could confront it and say no to it.
 
So why has it taken me so long to realise the close proximity of corruption?
 
Well it is simple. I have debated with the likes of Helen Zille, Thabo Mbeki, Julius Malema even said a rude word or two to Jacob Zuma in the comfort of my living room staring at the television screen. Mind you, I won every debate.
 
Seriously though, television, radio and newspapers were the only way I could gain information about what was going on in my country. I could not really discuss my issues with the Vavi’s and the Nzimande’s. I was given information and I could do nothing more but vote and hope something would change.
 
Now it is easier. I have social media that can help me get personal access to the big names and start debating with officials.
 
In fact, I propose that all public officials display their Twitter, Facebook, Mxit and Blog accounts on every poster so that we can start chatting. Start a community conversation.
 
It may have been eighteen years too late but my granma has finally started to fight corruption.
 
Why can we not allow social media to makes us more socially active as citizens and help fight corruption?
 
Instead of sending pictures via Mxit about your new manicure or your new ride, why not send pictures of leaking taps or broken windows in public schools to local municipality officials?
 
It takes less than 140 characters on Twitter to answer my question on corruption and tenderpreneurship. Surely someone can answer me.
 
I say no corruption and social media has the potential to empower me to say “NO” loud and proud.
Apr 19
2011

Hi Jacob

Posted by Khatija in za news , Twitter , the office of the president , state of the nation address , south africa , sona , section 14 , sarkozy , right to privacy , respect , president , memes , media , journalists , Jacob Zuma , France , Facebook , election manifesto , celebrity , caricatures , broadcasting complaints commission , bill of rights , bccsa , ANCYL , african national congress youth league

Khatija

Apr 13
2011

Get social networking right

Posted by Nasreen in Twitter , Social networks , Facebook , engage , digg , consistent

Nasreen

As the numerous social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg continue to grow, it has become increasingly evident that investing in your social networks and sending out the right message can be one of the best ways to promote yourself,your brand or your company.

Apr 13
2011

“My ex still views my profile, who views yours?”

Posted by Khatija in Twitter , surveillance , stalking , Social networks , profile viewer , privacy , new media law , new media ethics , linked.in , Government , Facebook , Control , blog , applications

Khatija

Apr 03
2011

Customer Service tips for eCommerce stores

Posted by GrahamPeter in Twitter , tips , livezilla , Facebook , eCommerce

GrahamPeter

I’ve been shopping and working online for a few years now; this has amounted to a number of manga, graphic novels, DVDs, CDs and more. My first online shopping experience started with the purchase of my first VHS, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). The tape was purchased from Kalahari.net and this was still when their support staff didn’t take 5 days to answer an e-mail. I digress...

Mar 01
2011

How to help Democracy, and avoid bloodshed

Posted by Dissol in Web 2.0 , Twitter , Libya , Egypt , Democracy , Avaaz

Dissol

 

Feb 23
2011

Retweet retreat

Posted by Aratus in Yemen , Worldview , Twitter , social media , Oil , middle east , Libya , Iraq , iran , Facebook , Egypt , economics , crisis

Aratus

It seems that the most common practiced maneuver of Middle Eastern armies is the Retweet Retreat; except Libya of course, because the Libyan army is not very well practiced.

Populations have a new voice and it is loud! So what now? Now everything changes!

Feb 20
2011

Civil Unrest...and how Web 2.0 can help Democracy

Posted by Dissol in Yemen , Web 2.0 , Twitter , Tunisia , pakistan , Libya , Egypt , Civil Unrest , Bahrain

Dissol

 

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