Africa may not have the numbers of Facebook users that more developed continents do, but the continent is rising fast. According to Facebook-analysis site, Socialbakers.com, the number of users on the continent grew by over 27% in the last three months, and by over 50% in the last six months.
By Jeremy Daniel 25 Feb 2011 08:00
As the Egyptian government feverishly tries to cut off all contact with the outside world, Google, working in collaboration with Twitter, has set up an innovative service for Egyptians desperate to communicate and stay in touch. It's a service called voice to tweet, and relies on software from a company called SayNow that Google purchased only last week.
By Jeremy Daniel 1 Feb 2011 12:00
The Mail & Guardian Online, one of South Africa's premier online sources of news and opinion, has been taken offline today, Wednesday, 26 January 2011, after an attack by Russian hackers in a phishing attack that has been building for several weeks.
By Jeremy Daniel 26 Jan 2011 11:27
In a cold and rainy Cape Town on Monday morning (8 November 2010), Google launched gSouth Africa, its sixth African event of the past twelve months, inviting developers and tech entrepreneurs from all over the continent to come and engage to help create a better, more relevant internet for Africa.
By Jeremy Daniel 8 Nov 2010 11:55
It seems the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has finally had enough of all the fake Twitter accounts that have sprung up in the name of Julius Malema, hilariously calling on the authorities to "closer (sic.) Twitter if its administrators are not able to administer reports for violation of basic human rights and integrity".
By Jeremy Daniel 3 Nov 2010 17:23
Ten billion messages sent to mobile phones during July of 2010; 53 million photos sent during the same month, and more than 710 million logins... These are the kind of numbers that developers from emerging markets look at with envy when studying the mature internet markets of the Western World.
By Jeremy Daniel 1 Nov 2010 11:42
Days of speculation are at an end after Liqui-Fruit and its advertising agency, Liquorice stood up and claimed responsibility for the Cape Town iceberg spotted off Clifton Beach at the beginning of the week.
By Jeremy Daniel 28 Oct 2010 12:25
Politicians around the world have woken up to the potential of Facebook and Twitter as unfiltered platforms from which they can deliver their message to a receptive audience. But few have taken it up as effectively and with the same gusto as Nigeria's wonderfully-named President, Goodluck Jonathan.
By Jeremy Daniel 28 Oct 2010 06:45
Nick Heller is responsible for New Business Development across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Google. Based in Zurich, Switzerland, he focuses on new product incubation and exploratory efforts in technology, meta-data licensing, strategic partnerships, special projects, as well as alternative distribution models for existing and new business initiatives.
By Jeremy Daniel 18 Oct 2010 10:34
There is no longer any doubt about the awesome impact that Twitter is having on the media landscape. Every day, the micro-blogging phenomenon cements its place at the centre of news gathering, social networking and information dissemination. But while its basic functionality has been widely accepted, the delivery mechanisms employed are being challenged on various fronts, most notably by the Flipboard app on the iPad, and now by paper.li.
By Jeremy Daniel 15 Oct 2010 06:56
A new online service for the media, marketing and advertising industries that combines news and analysis with social networking is just weeks away from being launched in South Africa.
By Jeremy Daniel 28 Sep 2010 11:08
Nimbuzz, the mobile social messaging service, may not be particularly well-known in Africa at this point. But all that is about to change, according to Tobias Kemper, the general manager of Nimbuzz Inc. USA, who spoke to Memeburn about his vision for the company and the various ways Nimbuzz is used around the world.
By Jeremy Daniel 7 Sep 2010 07:28
The user interface employed by mobile phones has not adapted sufficiently to accommodate the communication needs of the average user in the 21st Century. But help is at hand from social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter that can serve as inspiration for designers of handheld devices looking to improve on the way we communicate.
By Jeremy Daniel 20 Jul 2010 11:07
Despite providing access to Facebook Zero in seven African countries where it operates, international mobile service provider MTN has no plans to make the data-charge free version available to South African mobile users any time soon.
By Jeremy Daniel 4 Jun 2010 09:14