You can now unsend risky Whatsapp messages

WHATSAPP IS TESTING A NEW FEATURE THAT ALLOWS YOU TO UNSEND MESSAGES IN A BID TO SAVE FACE OR JUST PRETEND IT NEVER HAPPENED

*grabs mic* I would like to today thank all those in Whatsapp who are currently working on making this feature a reality. The past is not something that can be changed neither can spilled milk be gotten back, but putting in my hands and in the hands of millions of users the ability to 'unsend' sent messages comes close to that; your loyal user, Edikan Karen Hanson.

WhatsApp is testing a feature that will allow you to revoke a message once it has been sent. A Twitter account, @WABetaInfo, that regularly tracks new WhatsApp features, discovered the addition in recent beta copies of WhatsApp.

The screenshots, shared by WABetaInfo, shows that a user will be able to revoke a message only if the recipient hasn't viewed it: a revoke option appears next to a message with a single tick – an indicator that a message has been sent to the server, but not delivered to or viewed by the recipient – and only within 5 minutes of sending the message.

WABetaInfo without certainty of the availability, suggests it could come after Apple releases its next iOS update later this year. The feature is likely to be optional if it is introduced, with users being able to turn it on and off in Settings in a similar way to the 'read' and 'last online' notifications. It is also not a given whether you can unsend when it is viewed by the reciever. Alongside the unsend button, WhatsApp is also including a new feature of  live messages that let users send information that changes in real-time for a certain period. For example, those trying to find one another on a busy street can send their live location for five minutes until they find one another. 

*rolls eyes* I actually thought it was an immediate update too but let us keep our fingers crossed for the next ios update. Hey apple get to work!

Now You See Me

THERE IS NEW A SOCIAL MEDIA APPLICATION THAT LETS YOU SEE WHO VIEWS YOUR PHOTOS AND A LOT MORE

This is a stalker's worst nightmare and an avid social media user's dream. Ever wondered why an Instagram user would have 100,000 followers and get only about 5,000 like. One of the reasons might be because people buy followers and the likes cannot reflect as the followers are not real. Another reason could be that people just do not want to double tap. Instagram recently added a feature that allows its users get insights on posts. It lets users know how many people viewed the post and this helps the user compare it with the number of likes. What it does not do is show you who exactly viewed the post. This where this new app takes the baton.

Qmiran lets you have total control of your social media platforms, how? By letting you know;

// WHO IS LOOKING AT YOUR PHOTOS- Someone is finding out your profile or your photos? Now you will know.

// WHO HAS CHANGED- If someone blocks you or changes their profile, you will get notified. 

// PUBLICATION RANKINGS- Know your hits! Explore your photos organized by likes or comments.

// WHO IS ONLINE- Find out your friends activity. Discover who is online and secretly avoid your pictures.

Qmiran is not yet available on apple store; however download from google play store and windows store

Finally! An African-Inspired Emoji Keyboard

EXPRESSING YOURSELF IN AFRICA SHOULD NOT BE HINDERED BY A KEYBOARD

Emoji like music is a universal language, and for the longest time it has been a uniform cry of black women of the lack of representation via emojis. Thanks To Chinyere, Chioma and Chizoba Ugowke; we can now boast of something other than Jollof rice. We now have our very own first emoji keyboard, Afreekmoji. The app is available on apple store and google play store, spotting characters rich in African culture; from Afro's to Ankara materials, Africa is being properly represented and once again our culture is being disseminated and preserved. So if you have ever wanted an Afro emoji to go with that perfect picture of your twist out; calm down and go download the app.

AfreekMoji is all about positivity and sharing the African culture with pride, we want to help people identify with their heritage

Ever heard of a clothing line called "Dashiki Pride"? Well it is an international African rooted inspired clothing business; so Yes! they've been carrying Nigeria's Flag proudly through entrepreneurship.  Born and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Aged 22 and 21-year-old (Chinyere and Chioma are twins), these three sisters have been on the journey and have achieved great feats in the world of entrepreneurs. Featuring over 60 emoji's, i see it becoming a black girls number one favourite app as expression via keyboard and texts just got a whole lot easier!

Going for only 425 Naira ($0.99) and accounting for about 50,000 downloads, I am excited to affirm that this app is the next big thing and it also this app has more African ties than the acclaimed black emoji app built by apple a few years ago.

We, as Africans, definitely have a distinctive way of communicating with one another, and Afro Emoji is a fun, graphic depiction of that. We are building a modern African hieroglyph that represents us.

Hey blackfolks! There is an app that celebrates your cultural heritage and makes your texting more fun. Go download.

Battle of The Snaps

SNAPCHAT GETS NEW COMPETITION, GOBI. WELL, THIS DOES NOT LOOK GOOD.

Just when you thought Snapchat had gone through the worst business phase, there comes another 'glorified' Snapchat app called Gobi. Norwegian startup Gobi has raised $500,000 at a $15 Million valuation to take on Snapchat with its once peculiar 'stories' communication tool. This new mobile application offers users a platform where they can create public and private groups to share photos and videos that stay in digital space before disappearing. The stand-out feature of this app is interactivity. You can ask for opinions, like this example, "Oh hey guys, what do you think about my new platform shoes?" or "Are my sunglasses any good? I got them at a thrift store"

We learned that our users often ask for each other’s opinions in the app. Gobi now solves this by letting them do it with one simple step. The interactive stickers can be added on top of the snaps, and then the viewers will be able to tap and interact with them.

The group interactions include to mention a few; links, embedded videos and audio tracks. A “group” can be two people or a thousand members, and are categorized according to interests (indicated when signing up), locations, clubs, groups of friends or events. Since its launch in August 2015, the user base has grown to about 70,000 users; with key angel investors including Olympic gold medalist Petter Northug and billionaire farming heir Gustav Witzøe.

“The investment is a game changer for us,” says Lande. “The product is now ready, and the investment will help us executing on our the launch strategy later this year.”

Connect with them Via:

Instagram: @gobiapp

LinkedIn: Gobitech

With the advent of this app, comes a new assertion that there can never be too many apps. If you thought you just had to worry about sharing time between Instagram and Snapchat maybe add Gobi to the list. I don't think it is too early to state that this app would bite further into Snapchat's already little stake in the social media world. Why? Because Millennials would definitely buy into anything helps put their lives out there and you know it comes with a little more interaction. In the end, it is really what social media is about.

Kristoffer Lande, Gobi's CEO; originally created a Snapchat group for his college, which garnered 4,000 users, but it was not welcomed idea by Snapchat and they shut it down after about 24 hours. It was in this light that he decided to build an app that combined both snapchat's functionality with (group) messaging. 

According to AppPicker, here is what you should know about the app:

Pros

// Has a great blog for providing any news about the app
// Includes a great tutorial
// You can share snaps with as many individuals as you like
// The app allows you to join existing groups or create your own
// You can control how long your snaps last
// Also lets you add text or draw on your photos
// If you want to stay private you can share photos in ghost mode

Cons

// There is no opening walk-through that explains the app

The only problem as indicated by AppPicker is user interface; a poor user interface causes an upward spiral in your bounce rate, which means your platform is either boring or hard to use; so with regular and interesting software and application updates based on consumer insights alongside a more friendly user interface; Gobi is set to stomp on snapchat!

Meet 18 Nigerians working with Mark Zuckrberg

A QUICK REMINDER THAT NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA ARE ACTIVELY HELPING TO FLY THE FLAG HIGH

NB: Feature stories like this are written to remind us that in the very words of Lupita Nyong'o 

No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.

The very society we live in is such that, we are made to believe that by just being born black, you are "wrong" and so little to no expectations are attached to the black man with laws and actions to restrict our successes as much as possible. But it is rather amazing and more inspiring when Nigerians both home and abroad have put aside strong barriers placed, gone and fought and raised the bar high for the young, hustling and hopeful Nigerian. 

EBELE OKOBI

Ebele Okobi who played a key role in Mark's visit to Nigeria; has headed Public Policy for Facebook in Africa for the past 2 years. She was the former Global Head & Senior Legal Director, Human Rights for Yahoo!

CHUKWUEMEKA AFIGBO

Chukwuemeka Afigbo joined Facebook from Google, where he served until 2015 before being replaced by Aniedi Udo-Obong. He currently manages Strategic Product Partnerships for Facebook in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ime Archibong

Ime Archibong is the Director, Strategic Partnerships at Facebook, where he leads a team working to connect Facebook’s products and strategies with various business partners.Archibong and his team have worked on everything related to Facebook including the Messenger app. Prior to joining Facebook, Archibong was an Advanced Technology Business Development Professional at IBM.

Nmachi Jidenma

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Nmachi Jidenma manages Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global, right from the heart of San Francisco Bay Area.

With previous experiences working at PayPal, Google and JP Morgan, she also happens to be the founder of CPAfrica.

Laurence Adeyemi

Laurence Aderemi built Moni, a person-to-person money transfer app, which won the 2013 edition of Start with e-novation.

Apparently, his competence got the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, who hired him to head Payments and Commerce Partnerships for Facebook Global.

Morin Oluwole

Having been raised in Nigeria but lived in 3 different continents, Morin Oluwole is a polyglot — she speaks about 5 languages. This is probably why she sealed a role as the Chief of Staff, VP Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook. She has since taken up a new position as the Luxury Vertical Lead for Facebook/Instagram.

Lauryn Hale Ogebchie

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LAURYN ON THE LEFT

Lauryn Ogbechie leads a Strategic Partnership team within Facebook’s Global Platform Partnerships organisation in Menlo Park, CA. In this role she partners with mobile developers to help them build, grow and monetise their apps through the integration of Facebook platform products.

Prior to Facebook, Ogbechie worked as a digital organiser for President Obama’s re-election campaign.

Francis Ebong

Francis Ebong joined Facebook in November 2015 where he has since acted in the capacity of Director, Online Operations. Francis is a graduate of The George Washington University.

Teniola Adedipe

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TENIOLA ON THE LEFT

Prior to joining Facebook, Teniola Adedipe served in two capacities within Konga (Nigerian eCommerce giant), in the space of 14 months. She started out as the Head, Merchandise Planning in January 2014, she then went on to become Associate Director, Retail Operations.

Teniola Adedipe is now the Program Manager, Deal Desk & Global Agency at Facebook, New York City area. 

Monica Ugwi

Still relatively new at the company, Monica Ugwi works with the Product Operations division of Facebook. Prior to that, she was an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company and an Analyst at Goldman Sachs.

A graduate of Computer Science, Ugwi also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Ibrahim Shekoni

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Ibrahim Sekoni is Facebook’s Product Specialist at San Francisco Bay Area. His previous experience no doubt played a huge role in blending him into Facebook.

Prior to joining Facebook, he was the Mobile Product Manager at optionXpress where he managed the top-rated mobile trading App across multiple Mobile platforms. He also worked as a Business Analyst at Phoenix bits LTD overseeing various operations. He joined Facebook in April 2015.

Olaoluwa Okelola

Olaoluwa Okelola is one of the few Nigerian-born software engineers at Facebook and has been with them since 2007.

Having completed his secondary education at the International School Ibadan, Okelola proceeded to Avi-Cenna International School and Howard University, Washington DC, to complete his secondary and university education respectively. He then joined Microsoft as Explorer Intern in January 2005 and left in August the same year for Google where he worked as an Engineering intern from May 2006 until August 2006.

Barbara Mbanefo

Barbara Mbanefo is another Nigerian-born software Engineer at Facebook, where she develops iOS applications that help businesses connect with their customers.

Mbanefo completed her primary and secondary education in Nigeria before proceeding to France to obtain her Masters degree in Software Engineering. She speaks French fluently. Prior to joining Facebook in May 2016, Mbanefo worked as a Software Engineer and a Mobile App User Experience Designer in France, Canada and Hollywood, California

Kunbi Adeyemo

Kunbi Adeyemo has served in two capacities at Facebook. Between 2013 and 2014, she was on the Facebook North America Small and Medium Business Team as a Customer Insights Analyst.

In December 2014, Adeyemo moved up to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has since served as Facebook’s Diversity Programs Manager – Women in Computer Science.

Isaac Nwokocha

After obtaining a First Class degree in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2010, Isaac Nwokocha tried his hands out on entrepreneurship; he co-founded two startups, including real-time road traffic web app, TrafficDey.

Probably deciding he had had enough of entrepreneurship, Nwokocha proceeded to Stanford for a Master’s Degree in Management Science and Engineering. No sooner had he completed his Masters Degree than he secured a role as a Product Data Integrity, Community Operations/Project Manager at Facebook.

Michael Awotedu

With an MBA in Finance (summa cum laude) from the University of Tampa John H. Sykes College of Business, Michael Awotedu works in Risk Program Management at Facebook where he helps to facilitate strategy, and execution for Risk Management on products like FB games, Oculus VR and Ads.

Prior to Facebook, Awotedu oversaw Risk Management for Walmart’s $30 billion check cashing portfolio.

Jane Okpala

With almost 10 years of strategic, analytical, negotiating, presentation, and management expertise, Jane Okpala is the Product Specialist (Social Good and Goodwill), Community Operations, at Facebook.

A polyglot in her own right — she speaks at least 4 languages — Okpala worked previously as an Associate at McKinsey & Company where she served mainly technology and financial institution clients on a wide variety of analytical and strategic engagements

Dayo Olapade

Dayo Olopade started her career as a journalist in Washington, covering the 2008 campaign and the Obama era for publications including The Atlantic, The Guardian and The Washington Post.

Nowadays, Olopade applies her wealth of journalistic experience on the Facebook Media Partnerships Team, where she helps publishers take advantage of Facebook, from a business and product perspective. She maintains a painstakingly detailed personal website.

What we need you to do? First rid yourself of any unconscious or conscious societal barrier, Secondly take a book and vividly write down your goals with time frame if you like then go out and get them actualized.