What's happening on social media?

According to data from Acumen Media, lots have been on the minds of South African social media users, this week. Let's take a look, shall we? The week's dominant stories on social media were the State Capture Inquiry and the very popular #10YearChallenge. Other stories keeping users talking was...

18 Jan 2019

What's making news on social media?

According to data collected by Acumen Media, the stories dominating social media this week revolved around racism and education. It was back to school for South African children and it reflected in the conversations on social media; at least 50% of social media talk was on children going back to...

11 Jan 2019

Away with press conference coverage of "discredited narcissists", says Redi Tlhabi

The Citizen reports that journalist, radio personality, and author Redi Tlhabi has expressed the belief that media houses should no longer participate in press conferences led by whom she called "discredited narcissists." Tlhabi expressed her opinion on Twitter after Zelda la Grange questioned the...

9 Jan 2019

Twitter reintroduces reverse-chronological feed for users

According to a report by The Verge, Twitter will launch a new toggle in the app to switch from the ranked timeline to the original, reverse-chronological feed. The company says the move comes in recognition of the fact that Twitter is often most useful in real time. The latest incarnation of the...

19 Dec 2018

What's made news on social media?

Acumen Media has released its weekly round-up of the biggest stories making news on social media platforms in South Africa. At the top of everyone's minds was the Global Citizen Festival; while the Motsepe Foundation was praised for its donation, the South African Police Services was criticised for...

7 Dec 2018

What's #trending on social media?

In this week's roundup of the top stories trending on social media, conducted by Acumen Media, the state capture inquiry takes the top spot. It's followed by the #16DaysOfActivism and EFF leader and former finance minister Pravin Gordhan's brush with the law. The tragic death of #LeratoKhanye...

30 Nov 2018

Trump supporters banned on FB, Twitter now share on LinkedIn

Business Insider reports that Trump supporters who have been blocked on Facebook and Twitter have flocked to LinkedIn to share their views. Buzzfeed News interviewed eight LinkedIn users who said they had left Facebook and Twitter and turned to LinkedIn, where they are actively sharing Maga...

19 Nov 2018

What made the news on social media?

Acumen Media has listed this week's top trending news on social media. With Black Friday soon approaching, South Africans have been expressing their interest in the sale-centric day; reaching ninth across the world. In other news, #BarbaraHogan's testimony at the #StateCaptureInquiry was front...

16 Nov 2018

What's big on social media this week?

Acumen Media unveiled its seven-day analysis of the week's top trending stories on social media. Home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba dominated the conversation with a recorded 35.1% after he was embroiled in a sex-tape scandal. #Gigaba takes centre stage with huge coverage, @ThisIsAcumen analysed...

2 Nov 2018

Meltwater Africa tracks, analyses trending hashtag #AfricaEmoji

Global media intelligence company Meltwater Africa has tracked and analysed the trending hashtag #AfricaEmoji on social media. The #AfricaEmoji was mentioned 1,620 times on social media globally between 18-25 October 2018 and peaked on 24 October 2018 with 996 mentions. Furthermore,...

26 Oct 2018

HHP's passing dominates social media this week

According to a seven-day analysis by Acumen Media, the sudden passing of rapper HHP was the nation's biggest story on social media this week. Last week's biggest story the #VBSBankHeist was this week's second biggest story. The third biggest story of the week is the #eTolls story, which comes...

26 Oct 2018

Google shuts down Plus platform

Through a blog post, Google announced that it intends on shutting down its Plus social network. The announcement follows the discovery of a flaw that could have potentially leaked the personal information of up to 500,000 users. The flaw could have allowed up to 438 external apps to scoop up...

16 Oct 2018

Twitter implements new setting for South Africans to save data

Twitter has executed a new setting to save data for South African Twitter users with iOS and Android devices. The new setting loads images in smaller sizes and disables autoplay videos. The data saving setting can be turned on or off in data usage settings on iOS and Android. The feature is also...

4 Oct 2018

#DrosRape story is the third-largest story of the week

According to a seven-day social media analysis by Acumen Media, the #DrosRape scandal is the third- biggest story of the week in the country. Social media was filled with violent images arising from the incident and social media's #MobJustice took hold, images and the graphic scenes from the...

28 Sep 2018

China bans video game streaming platform Twitch

Abacus reports that China has prohibited video game streaming platform Twitch after the country experienced an increase in the service's popularity. The Twitch app also disappeared from the Apple App Store for Chinese users, suggesting a deliberate move to ban the service. Read more on this...

21 Sep 2018

Facebook Lite to offer Community Help in 100 countries

Social media platform Facebook is to launch Community Help on Facebook Lite in more than 100 countries. Community Help is a part of Crisis Response on Facebook where people come to let friends and family know they are safe, learn and share more about what's happening in their communities, and...

11 Sep 2018

The #hashtag turns 11

Twitter is celebrating 11 years since it first introduced the world to the hashtag. On this day in 2007, Twitter user @chrismessina used a hashtag on Twitter for the first time. how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?— Chris Messina™ (@chrismessina)...

23 Aug 2018

MSC partners with YouTuber for social media masterclass

MSC Cruises has partnered with YouTube vlogger and influencer Luciano Spinelli to educate families on how to capture the best holiday snaps and videos through a content masterclass across its fleet. Spinelli will present a series of videos, in which will share tips on creating polished Instagram...

19 Jul 2018

Elon Musk's social media spiral

Tesla product engineer and SpaceX co-founder Elon Musk has been criticised for sharing a distasteful comment on one of the Thailand rescue mission volunteers on social media. Using US President Donald Trump's social media platform of choice, Musk referred to Vern Unsworth, a British diver who worked...

17 Jul 2018

Last chance to enter New Generation Social & Digital Media awards

The 2018 New Generation Social & Digital Media awards' final deadline is 20 July 2018. The awards are open to individuals, corporates, and agencies. Click here to enter and login to view the 2018 categories.

10 Jul 2018

Facebook launches Facebook Local for easier decision-making

Facebook has unveiled Facebook Local; a reboot of the Facebook Events app which is essentially a combination of Yelp, FourSquare, and the previous version of the Events app. Facebook Local brings together 70 million business listings and reviews with your friends' check-ins, to help you discover...

4 Jul 2018

DW to launch social media series

German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) will launch a pilot series of 10 social media videos aimed at placing global challenges in a broader perspective. Presented by DW journalist Christopher Springate, The Bright Side will focus on human progress in recent decades, using data, a...

27 Jun 2018

Facebook's first print magazine - Grow

Facebook has launched its very first magazine, Grow. It is described as 'a quarterly magazine for business leaders' and was first spotted in business class lounges at Heathrow and a few more exclusive spots in and around London in early June 2018. The first issue is labelled 'Issue One' and...

19 Jun 2018

White squatter camps in Google search results raises eyebrows

Huffpost reports that social media users are questioning why Google Images show images of white squatter camps when searching for 'squatter camps in South Africa'. The search results stand in stark contrast to the millions of black South Africans who live in such conditions. Click here to read...

18 Jun 2018

Israeli embassy pulls a Regina George on Iranian leader

The Independent reports that the Israeli embassy in the United States used a gif from the film Mean Girls to respond to Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Twitter. The post was widely shared on social media; it was retweeted more than 9,000 times and liked more than 27,000 times...

6 Jun 2018

MTN adds GIFs to Bright Side campaign

MTN has added a selection of Graphics Interchange Formats (GIFs) to its offering as part of its Bright Summer campaign. The GIFs were created from characters featured in MTN's recent Drop the Mic TV commercial. The Bright Side GIFs can be added to all sorts of conversations on social media...

19 Dec 2017

Uber, BBM launch on-demand service

Creative Media Works and Uber have entered a partnership to launch the Uber ride-on-demand service within BBM Messenger. Global users will have access to this new service, including Indonesia, Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East. BBM Messenger users - on both Android and iOS...

18 Dec 2017

Office of the Deputy President releases statement regarding reports

The office of the Deputy President has released a statement, indicating that it is aware of the recent social media messages regarding claims about Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's personal life. Ramaphosa is expected to release a detailed statement on the allegations contained in the...

4 Sep 2017

Even further deadline extension for 2017 New Generation Social & Digital Media Awards

Deadlines for the New Generation Social & Digital Media Awards have been extended even further. All entries for this year's awards must now be submitted by close of business on Wednesday, 26 July 2017. Check out the New Generation Social & Digital Media Awards website for more information on...

21 Jul 2017

#Move4Goodness with First Choice on Facebook Live from 10am

This Mandela Day, First Choice will be utilising Facebook Live to #Move4Goodness for 67 minutes. From 10:00-11:07 today, the brand will be live streaming a selection of dances, backed by a playlist, crowdsourced by its fans in an effort to raise R120,000 worth of nutritious dairy products to be...

18 Jul 2017

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