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WhatsApp Updates Status

The WhatsApp status update will work similarly to Instagram Stories, which allows users to add text, drawings and emoji to their pictures and videos in slideshow format.

The new ephemeral status feature is similar to a feature integral to Facebook rival social network Snapchat, called Snapchat Stories.

The WhatsApp status update will work similarly to Instagram Stories, which allows users to add text, drawings and emoji to their pictures and videos in slideshow format.

Twitter Hit by Temporary Outages

Twitter says its social network suffered outages in several parts of the world and it was working to resolve the issues, which appear to be concentrated in Europe, according to external monitoring sources.
 
Both Twitter web and mobile services suffered outages for at least an hour, with smartphone users receiving the warning: "Tweets aren't loading right now."
 
The company says that, "Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter," adding that, “We are aware of the issue and are working towards resolution."
 

Facebook Hits One Billion Users

Facebook has announced that it now has more than a billion users, in a new milestone for the world's biggest social network.

Co-founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, who describes the number as humbling, adds that: "To be able to come into work every day and build things that help a billion people stay connected with the people they care about every month, that's just unbelievable."

Zille Taken to HRC Over Refugee Tweet

A youth activist has complained to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) about Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille's ‘refugee’ comment.

Lukhona Mnguni has asked the SAHRC to ‘advise’ Zille to retract and apologise for her comment on the social networking site Twitter.

Zille referred to Eastern Cape pupils who flocked to the Western Cape for a better education as "refugees" on Twitter.

She tweeted on 20 March 2012: "While ECape education collapsed, WC built 30 schools - 22 new, 8 replacement mainly 4 ECape edu refugees. 26 MORE new schools coming."

E-Democracy Campaigner Joins MXit

Social media tool, MXit, has recruited social change and e-democracy campaigner, Marlon Parker.

Parker, founder of global movement and social enterprise Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs), joined the MXit team as head of its social impact arm, MXit Reach.

The company states that, “Although Parker worked closely with MXit to develop some of these programmes, his appointment to head of MXit Reach will allow the platform to substantially improve how it allows NGOs and social entrepreneurs opt in to the system.”

New MXit CEO Lays Out Strategy

Social networking site, Mxit, plans to focus on its core competencies, and open the platform to third parties to develop content for its users.

In his first briefing with the media since buying Mxit, chief executive officer, Alan Knott-Craig jnr, says that the company will focus on communication, payments and content.

According to Knott-Craig, the company, which has over 50 million registered users and about 35 000 new registrations daily, points “We create the platform, and let people make money. We'll just stick to what we're good at."

SA Top Tweeters in Africa – Research

A new study has found that South Africa tweets the most on the African continent with over five million messages sent in the last three months of 2011.

Analysis of over 11.5 million geo-located tweets originating on the continent and a survey of 500 of Africa's most active tweeters, shows that the next most active country is Kenya (2 476 800).

Learners to Learn Maths via Mxit

Cellphone manufacturer, Nokia, and the Department of Science and Technology have announced that more school children will be able to learn maths on social network, Mxit.

Nokia's Jussi Hinkkanen says the Nokia Momaths programme, which allows pupils to get help online, perform more exercises and track their own progress, offer pupils lessons in mathematical theory.

Twitter in SA Much Bigger Than Thought - WWW

Recent research on the cellphone habits of South Africans shows Twitter is being used by a lot more than previously thought, with at least one million people believed to be using the service.

World Wide Worx managing director, Arthur Goldstuck, believes Twitter will be bigger than MXit and Facebook, which has implications for cellphone companies, data providers and businesses trying to understand and better use new media to promote products.

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