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May 10

When an African leader talks back

Posted by Pumelela Nqelenga in youtube worldview , south africa , social media , rwanda , president kagame , Obama , leaders , khaya dlanga , interview , africa

Pumelela Nqelenga

May 10

Can @presidentzuma please hurry up and fix the pothole in my street? Kthanksbye

Posted by fastforward in Twitter , trends , south africa , social media , Service Delivery , politics , julius malema , Jacob Zuma , helen zille , Democracy , da , ANC


May 04

People turn to social media for news

Posted by Nasreen in YouTube , Twitter , tweets , ten haken , Social networks , social media platform , social media , osama bin laden , Facebook , Barack Obama , al qaeda


The news of Osama Bin Laden's death broke out to millions on Sunday 1st May at 11:45 ET with the help of twitter, facebook  and youtube, where most people found out through the social networking sites than on actual tv and radio.

Apr 27

Find Your Royal Wedding Fix

Posted by iExperience in you tube , Video , Twitter , social media , royal wedding , prince william , mobile apps , live viewing , live streaming , kate middleton , flickr , Facebook


The Royal Wedding between Prince William and Catherine (better known as Kate) Middleton is just around the corner. As the Westminster Abbey ceremony on Friday 29 April looms closer, people all over the world are making sure they get involved as well.

Apr 20

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.
Mar 22

Do you know where to find Facebook?

Posted by ShackledMuse in social media , Google , Facebook


Just a quick question:

Facebook has a lot of users, right? Think I read somewhere that Facebook had 60o million users in January 2011, give or take a million or two. Now would we be wrong to presume that the majority of those users are intelligent people? They have to be. People from all walks of life have FB accounts. From your average Jane and John, right up to doctors and lawyers, and even political leaders. People with degrees. Smart people.

Feb 23

Retweet retreat

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


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!

Dec 15

The Paranoid Web

Posted by Jas in spam , social media , Security , passwords


So after the recent news of Gawker Media having their websites hacked, I've received countless e-mails from many other services, all in a flurry and panic that the password that I've used will have been hacked, and that I should change them all immediately.

Now I'd like to think that, as a non-causal user of the Internet, that I have pretty secure passwords (which if I count on fingers, usually pass over the 15-digit value including the use of alphanumerical and non-standard keys) so I'm fairly confident that it would take more than a few years worth of processing power to brute force one of my passwords.

So why is it now, all of a sudden, YouTube sends me a mail to inform me that my account has been accessed by a third party, and that it's been suspended (its not all that much of a biggie for me – I rarely use the site anyways). I just begin to wonder how it's been accessed by a third party – since I know for a fact that my password is roughly 14 characters in length? Methinks this is just more wide-spread hysterics, or the beginnings of a story of how insecure their own IT Infrastructure might be...

Overall, I'm actually rather tired of all this spam I'm getting from different services I've signed up to (which makes me think its time to go on a mass-exodus from these other ventures). The Web's paranoid, methinks. (and what really gets me is that people know they should be using strong passwords, and yet still fail miserably at generating them. Find a pattern, differentiate that pattern between each site – its really not all that difficult to do).

Oct 14

Twitter to the rescue

Posted by The Organ Harvester in Vodacom , Twitter , social media , FNB , Customer service

The Organ Harvester

Proof that we are now living more of our lives online Vodacom have become the first cellphone network operator to start a dedicated customer service Twitter account. Their current account, @vodacom became the ad hoc customer service agent which in my opinion at least defeated the point of having a social media presence. The result is now you can address all your customer complaints to @vodacom111 and have dedicated customer service through Twitter.

Sep 15

Suits and Social Media

Posted by The Organ Harvester in Twitter , top tv , social media , RBJacobs , Native , good social media campaigns , FNB , Facebook , Bad social media campaigns

The Organ Harvester

There is nothing social going on with the social media accounts of corporate brands. Its all one way traffic from their end and it would seem they view social media as just cheap marketing. @TopTV Twitter profile was last updated 28 days ago. For a brand that was launched very recently you would have expected there be more interaction than an update every 28 days. I didn't bother checking to see if there was a Facebook fanpage.

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