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A false alarm over Twitter likes and retweets buttons ‘removal’ in new update

A false alarm over Twitter likes and retweets buttons ‘removal’ in new update

Mobile, social media
Twitter users may be about to find out what Twitter is like when virtually everything people use it for has been demolished. Then again, we could also be overreacting to a bit of social media-fueled hysteria. Twitter's announcement that it plans to update how people use the site has prompted fears that it is about to hide the number of likes and retweets a post gets.  The confusion began following a misunderstanding by some users that Twitter is planning to remove the engagements entirely from tweets.  Instead, Twitter is only testing putting engagements counts on replies behind a user tap – or click. Twitter attempted to clear up the confusion in a series of tweets responding to confused users. "Hi! We've been rolling out quite a few things this w
Kerb, the Australian ‘Airbnb for Parking’ launches in Kenya

Kerb, the Australian ‘Airbnb for Parking’ launches in Kenya

Business, Mobile, social media, Startups
Kerb, the Australian ‘Airbnb for Parking’ has launched in Kenya to allow car users find parking easily as well as let homeowners rent out their spare spaces to make extra cash. Launched in Australia in October 2016 by Rob Brown and Matt Salmon , Kerb is live across the world in 19 languages and localized in 300 cities. The Kenya launch will be shortly followed by a regional expansion across East Africa. “We’re really excited about the benefits that Kerb is going to have for users”, says Co-founder Rob Brown. “The app allows you to list an entire car park up in minutes, and each individual bay can be customised by availability, price and vehicle type.” Kerb changes the conventional view about where people can park their cars, motorbikes, boats and even helicopters! Kerb
Majority of Kenyans think influencer marketing doesn’t affect their purchases

Majority of Kenyans think influencer marketing doesn’t affect their purchases

Mobile, social media
According to a consumer survey was carried out among 700 internet users in Kenya in December 2018 to January 2019, conducted by the Odipo Dev team using our influencer intelligence product, KingMaker 82% of Kenyans think influencer marketing doesn’t affect their purchases, but wait, there’s more… 1. Kenyans Do Not Trust Influencers To Recommend Products Partnerships between brands and influencers are now a common practice on social media. Many brands have hoped to tap into the access and relationship influencers have with their audiences to create favorable associations. However, our study shows that very few Kenyan consumers actually trust influencers to recommend brands or products to them. Unfortunately, this distrust has been largely brought about by the influencers
African tech startups secured a record US$334.5 million worth of investment

African tech startups secured a record US$334.5 million worth of investment

Internet, Mobile, Startups, Technology
According to the annual African Tech Startups Funding Report 2018 released by startup news and research portal Disrupt Africa, which is now in its fourth year, African tech startups smashed funding records in 2018 as 210 startups secured US$334.5 million worth of investment. The report, which tracks the total amount of funding raised by African tech startups each year, found 210 startups raised a total of US$334,520,500 in funding in 2018. This represented the best year since records began, and a substantial leap on 2017. The number of startups that raised grew by 32.1 per cent, and total funding jumped by an impressive 71.5 per cent. A key finding of the report was the emergence of Nigeria as Africa’s startup funding hub, after years of playing second fiddle to South Africa. With 5
You now have a 10 minute window to unsend texts on Facebook Messenger

You now have a 10 minute window to unsend texts on Facebook Messenger

Internet, Mobile, social media
Facebook is launching an “unsend” feature in Messenger more than 10 months after it promised to do so after it was discovered surreptitiously removing messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg from their recipients’ inboxes. It works when you tap on the message you want to delete within 10 minutes of sending it. Two options will appear: Remove for Everyone and Remove for You. Selecting Remove for Everyone replaces your message with text that the message has been removed by you. The company stopped using the secret feature, which it said it had built “to protect our executives’ communications”, when it was discovered in April 2018, and promised not to delete messages again until it could make “a broader delete message feature available”. A similar approach is taken in WhatsAp