Save the Africa Emoji

IN MY OPINION, THIS IS THE FIRST INDIGENOUS EMOJI TO HIT THE PHONE SCREENS AND KEYBOARDS. IT CONNECTS LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

In July 2018, Absa launched the campaign #AfricaEmoji on twitter. This brought certainly brought some life, colour and character to our timelines and everyone jumped on the bandwagon to identify with origin.

The emoji, after a few minutes of its launch went viral as many African all over the world started including it in nearly every tweet. It answered the cry for an indigenous emoji, something Afro-centric. You get what I mean? I’m sure you do.

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Absa believes that Africa is so much more than a beautifully shaped continent, a trendy tattoo or a travel dream. Africa still has an untold story – the story of our inimitable spirit, our true sense of belonging and born-with-it tenacity. It claims #AfricaEmoji is the start of a new narrative - the one told by us as Africans, Bizcommunity.

However, this beautiful tale was just give a lifespan of 3months and it is set to be taken offline on the 28th of October and as a result Absa is inviting everyone everywhere to join in on the virtual march on Unicode to keep this emoji as permanent inclusion to our social media space.

To join the Virtual March, all you have to do is tweet #AfricaEmoji @Unicode.

Let’s all join in and make history, let’s save the AfricaEmoji .

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

Go Lite or Go Home

SOCIAL MEDIA IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING AND FINDING NEW WAYS TO ACCOMMODATE EVERYONE.

A wise man once said “if you want to survive in business and stay afloat for a very long time, you must adopt a pragmatic approach to clients” –meaning, one size doesn’t always fit all. At the time, I didn’t understand it because I was barely fifteen and didn’t know why the heck he was telling me this, but over the years I have learnt to adopt a pragmatic approach when I make new leads and it’s been working good so far. By the way, if you are wondering who the wise man in my story is, worry no more because I don’t know him. I met him while we were both waiting at a bus station and for some reason he felt the need to tell me that, not bothering if I understood the meaning of the word “pragmatic”.

In this article I shall describe to you the meaning of that word using a trend that’s “lite-ing” up the social media space.

In 2017, a Statista report states that there are over 2.46 billion unique social media users, and it is estimated to reach 2.77 billion by 2019. How mind blowing is that? A little over quarter the world’s population. Interestingly, the World Wide Web went 2.0 not very long ago with social media and this shift has disrupted every facet of the world. I am certain that you reading this article right now are also on social media but here is the thing…

Social media is experiencing a new trend and it is designed to fix the problem of highly expensive or slow mobile data and less powerful android devices. In many countries, largely in Africa, leading social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Google, Skype and so on have launched their lite versions. Everyone is going lite, I call it the version for Africa as it consumes less data and it is phone internal memory friendly, especially if you are using the lower end android devices as is the case for many in Nigeria.

So what next are we to see with this trend?

We are set to see every other social media and other heavy web 1.0 sites launch lite versions. There was a time when websites didn’t think they needed mobile applications until the trend hit the space, now virtually every site has an app. That is likely to be the case with the lite trend, websites upon being designed will start to factor in the curation of both mobile apps and lite versions simultaneously.

Twiplomancy: Nigeria Wants to Communicate with the World Now Via Twitter

Twiplomancy: Nigeria Wants to Communicate with the World Now Via Twitter

Last weekend, Nigeria as an entity like many other countries around the world adopted Twiplomancy; the use of social network and microblogging website Twitter, by heads of state, leaders of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), and their diplomats to conduct diplomatic outreach and public diplomacy. Prior to these times, government interacted with citizens solely via radio, television and print media. Internet and technologies around it is reshaping government-citizen relationships around the world.

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Slide into my DM on Twitter

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO SEND A DIRECT MESSAGE TO SOMEONE ONE WHO YOU DON'T FOLLOW TWITTER BUT IS UNABLE TO? WELL, YOU DO NOT NEED TO ANNOYINGLY FOLLOW THAT PERSON ANYMORE BECAUSE TWITTER HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ITS USERS TO SLIDE INTO DMS WITHOUT FOLLOWING FIRST.

Twitter has released a formal announcement via their handle that users can now send direct messages to other users without having to follow them first. All that is needed is an accepted request.

In their support article, they explained the whole concept behind the direct messaging on twitter's platform.

To review Direct Message requests
If you have the Receive messages from anyone setting enabled, incoming messages from people you don’t follow will appear as Requests in the Messages tab. New group conversations that you’re added to by people you don’t follow will also appear in Requests. Entering the conversation, you will be asked to either Delete or Accept the message. Accepting the message will allow you to engage with the person, and will move the message to your inbox. Please note that they will not know you have seen the message until you have accepted their request.

Deleting the message will remove it from your inbox. Note: Deleting a message will not prevent that account from sending you messages in the future. You will always have the option to block the account or report the conversation. Blocked accounts cannot send you messages unless you unblock them.

Accepting the message will allow you to engage with the person. All media will be hidden prior to accepting the message.

To disable Direct Message read receipt
Direct Messages feature read receipts so you know when people have seen your messages. When someone sends you a Direct Message and your Show read receipts setting is enabled, everyone in the conversation will know when you’ve seen it. This setting is enabled by default but you can turn it off (or back on) through your settings at any time. If you turn off the Show read receipts setting, you will not be able to see read receipts from other people.

Read receipts are only viewable on the Twitter for iOS and Android apps, and twitter.com. Please note, however, that read receipts will also be sent when you view Direct Messages on mobile web.
— https://twitter.com/Twitter/status/869608493548011520

This is a good step in the right direction because people can now reach organisations and persons of interest with Direct Messaging without having to follow them first. Smart business can also use this as a rare privilege of reaching a target audience with messages about their product or services. The downside, however, is that with the free-of-cost nature of social media, many businesses will begin to send unsolicited cum incessant direct messages to users in an uncontrollable manner. There can only be hope that a control measure will be put in place.

So, go ahead and slide into that DM.

Today We are Excited About Twitter Lite!

HELLO TWITTER NIGERIA, TWITTER HAS LAUNCHED A NEW MOBILE WEB APP THAT SAVES YOUR DATA!

Photo via mobilemarketingwatch

Photo via mobilemarketingwatch

Twitter today has launched a new mobile app and it might interest Nigerians. The Twitter Mobile app, Twitter Lite aims to save users of their data and grant them easier access in slow-connection areas globally.

Everyone knows the cost of internet in Nigeria is on the high side and this affects internet users heavily. Twitter broke this exciting news today and we cannot even hold back our joy. Facebook in the past launched a similar service, allowing users access to low data media (mostly text and less photos/video).

According to Twitter, the new web app is resilient on unreliable mobile networks, and takes up less than 1MB on devices. Is this not every Nigerian internet user’s dream?

Here is what Twitter wrote:

Today, we are rolling out Twitter Lite, a new mobile web experience, which minimizes data usage, loads quickly on slower connections, is resilient on unreliable mobile networks, and takes up less than MB on your device. We also optimized it for speed, with up to 30% faster launch times as well as quicker navigation throughout Twitter. Twitter Lite provides the key features of Twitter—your timeline, tweets, direct messages, trends, profiles, media uploads, notifications, and more. With Twitter Lite, we are making Twitter more accessible to millions of people—all you need is a smartphone or tablet with a browser.

Twitter Nigeria is an active community, buzzing with new slangs, topics and issues covering diverse fields, from governance to religion to culture down to jokes, Twitter Nigeria as it is popularly called has been known to influence pop culture, politics, humanities and general social interaction around the country. Twitter remains one important social tool in the modern Nigerian internet space which has planned a huge role in politics and many forms of social awareness in the country.

Photo via digitaltrends

Photo via digitaltrends

 Nigeria once ranked second as the country with the most Twitter users in 2012. A study titled ‘How Africa Tweets’ was conducted by Portland communications in 2015 and it revealed Nigeria as the country with the second largest geolocated tweets in Africa, clocking (360) million. Egypt had the most geolocated tweets in Africa (500) million. Third is South Africa (325) million.

Twitter Lite is a new type of Progressive Web App (PWA) developed in partnership with Google. See full details HERE.