Inside the Information Society: Of Politics and Social Media

There’s been a lot of talk lately about politics and social media. Some have seen Facebook, Twitter and the like as champions of empowerment; others, more recently, as vehicles for hate. I’d suggest they’re both and more; that their impact’s messy; and that it’s changing and will continue to do so. Some thoughts, then, about what’s happening and what we need to know.

Phase one: Insurgency (or not)

Twitter Praises for Anti-Corruption Drive

Twitter users have welcomed the Gauteng Political Report delivered by Premier David Makhura in the Legislature in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Makhura announced that disciplinary proceedings have been instituted against 125 government officials allegedly involved in financial misconduct.

Former Congress of South Africa Trade Union Secretary –General, Zwelinzima Vavi ‏says, “Listening to #GPPoliticalReport, good progress being registered. How I wish similar advances were made in all provinces.”

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."

MXit, Leading Social Media in SA

A study released by technology research organisation World Wide Worx  and online reputation management group Fuseware, has found that nearly a quarter of South Africa’s population actively uses social network, MXit.

The study also found that Facebook appears to be losing some of its early appeal as the youth turn to BlackBerry’s instant messaging service instead.

They say currently, MXit remains the most popular site by far, with 10-million active users.

10 Tips to Give Your Charity A Digital Spring Clean this Spring Day

Happy Spring Day!

As we celebrate the packing away of winter clothes, heaters and blankets and look forward to the advent of Spring and warmer weather, isn't it time you gave your charity a much needed digital spring clean? Dust away the cobwebs with these 10 tips we've devised to revitalise your fundraising, both online and offline.

1. Review your website

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.

Chavez Twitter Account Hacked

Venezuela’s Interior Minister, Tareck El Aissami, says that hackers appear to have broken into the Twitter account of Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez.

El Aissami states that the account had shown ‘irregularities’ since 22 September and at least three messages in @chavezcandanga were not written by the populist Venezuelan leader.

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.


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