Social Media

Centre of Memory Enters the Social Media Sphere

The Centre of Memory at the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) has announced its online debut on social media platforms Twitter and Facebook.

In a statement on its website, the NMF says the Centre of Memory is now live and tweeting and has a dedicated Facebook page.

It says a YouTube Channel and Flickr account will be up and running by the first week of April.

To join the Centre of Memory’s online following, follow the Centre on Twitter and join the Centre of Memory Facebook page.

Facebook & Skype Explore Partnership

Social networking website, Facebook, and Internet telephone company, Skype, are in talks to establish a partnership that is aimed at integrating their communication services, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal says that under the proposed partnership, Facebook users will be able to sign into Skype through their Facebook Connect accounts.

Once signed in, the users will be able to send text messages, voice chat and video chat with their Facebook friends from within Skype.

Politicians Use Social Media to Get Voters

Social media has become a strong instrument for desperate Nigerian politicians eager to replicate the success of United States President, Barak Obama, in wooing support from voters.

In their desperate bid to win the ruling People's Democratic Party primaries set for next month, President Goodluck Jonathan, former vice-president Atiku Abubakar and former military dictator General Ibrahim Babangida and Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State, have all taken to social media as part of their campaign strategies.

Site Launched as Facebook Rival

Four United States students who launched a new social networking site called ‘Diaspora’ are stressing its ease of use and stricter privacy policy, in a bid to make waves in a field dominated by Facebook.

The version, which is available to software developers since last week, is giving outsiders an opportunity to work on applications within its framework, ahead of a public launch due at a yet undisclosed later date.

Twitter Tweaks Website for Pictures

Twitter is turning its text-messaging website into a multimedia showcase by adding a new pane that will make it easier for its 160 million users to check out photos and video.

The redesign may compel people to linger on Twitter's website for longer periods and come back more frequently, making it a more attractive advertising vehicle.

The facelift splits the website into two panes - one ne is devoted to the 90 million messages, or ‘tweets’, posted on Twitter each day, and the other features the images contained within the text.

Twitter Tops 145 Million Users

Twitter has over 145 million registered users and more people are using mobile devices to access the microblogging service. This is according to Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams.

Williams also says that nearly 300 000 third-party applications have been developed around the service, which allows users to pepper one another with messages of 140 characters or less.

NGOs Urged to ‘Inspire Action’

Ted Hart, chief executive officer of Hart Philanthropic Group (tedhart.com) and P2PFundraising, and Founder and CEO at GreenNonprofits.org, is urging delegates attending day-two of the Johannesburg leg of the 2010 SANGONeT ‘ICTs for Civil Society’ Conference, to ‘stop fundraising and inspire action’.

Hart calls on NGOs to design interactive websites that allow users to upload and exchange content.

Cell C Apologies for Poor Service

Mobile operator, Cell C, has taken the unusual step of publicly responding to criticism by comedian, Trevor Noah, in a recorded comedy clip recently posted on Facebook and YouTube.

In a full-page advertisement published in the Business Day newspaper, Cell CEO, Lars Reichelt, apologised to Noah and other Cell C customers who experience problems of coverage and lack of delivery.

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