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How the internet eviscerated Walter Palmer

A lot of people seem to all of a sudden know who Walter Palmer is thanks to the internet. People the world over from Zimbabwe to Hollywood celebrities and now even real life knights have been hurling the choicest abuse that people can muster at Palmer for the past day and a half ever since the Telegraph outed him as the man who killed Cecil the Lion.


Facebook is now in Africa, is Zimbabwe part of its plans?

Facebook announced that it will be setting up an office in Africa, something that has displayed its keen interest in the opportunity that Africa presents for the company in the future. What sort of opportunity does this create for Zimbabwe, seeing that it wasn’t listed as one of the countries that are being supported immediately.


Facebook set to open offices in Africa

The world’s largest social network, Facebook, is set to open offices in South Africa. The office will be focused on the network’s advertising business. This is another deliberate focus on Africa following its investment through initiatives like internet.org and the launch of the Facebook Lite App.


The Top 10 Facebook Personalities In Zimbabwe

Here’s a list of the top 10 Zimbabwean personalities on Facebook. The list considers the numbers of followers for each personality and also looks at how some of these personalities are developing a following on this platform and using this digital presence for brand management.


Zimbabwe’s Zombie Generation Raised On FaceBook, WhatsApp

The impact of social media seems to be extending to the next generation as children develop stronger relationships digitally and abandon traditional human interaction. Aren’t we creating a generation of Facebook and WhatsApp zombies?


So the ZRP Twitter account is fake.Can’t the cops handle their own social media?

The ZRP Twitter account you have been seeing for the past couple of days is fake.


WhatsApp hoax messages give organisations reason to invest in digital

WhatsApp is being used for recruitment scams that falsely call for applications for jobs at organisations. The Air Force of Zimbabwe is the most recent organisation sucked into this. All this shows the areas that need improvement for these organisations, with social media communication being one of them.


Telecel says it’s met its end of the licence payment deal, starts social media campaign

There’s more than one side to any story, and the Telecel story hasn’t been any different. Everyone is trying to set the record straight and Telecel Zimbabwe has released a statement today explaining how it kept its end of the licence payment arrangement. The details are consistent with what the government, through the Minister of […]


Understanding brand building through digital and social media in Africa

Can any brand and any type of product grow with a digital-first approach? It’s a fair question now that more and more people are trying to work with lean budgets and relying on social media and digital promotion to do so. The answer to that is situational at best. No single brand building strategy has […]


How Doctors are using WhatsApp for Telemedicine in Zimbabwe

If something is all the rage, you’re likely to see everyone falling over themselves to get their hands on it. Just look at the Scramble for Africa as an example. Fast forward to 2015 and it’s now the Scramble for Telemedicine. In Zimbabwe, several imperial corporate entities are competing against each other for a piece […]


Comexposed 2015, Zimbabwe’s first comic book expo is happening right now

Ever heard of Sergeant Porice, Ganyamuto, Arcadia Knight or Black Zeus? Don’t worry you aren’t the only one drawing a blank stare. These are names of Zimbabwean animation and comic book characters. I hadn’t heard of them either until this morning when I got to Comexposed. This is Zimbabwe’s first Comic Expo, sort of our own […]


IAD Summit, Fibre in Vic Falls, NetOne, the latest POTRAZ Report: Weekly Podcast

What’s the latest on porn in Zimbabwe? Do we have the right legislation for social media? What is being done regarding a tech startup culture and are the right efforts being made by the right people, after all has been said? That’s just some of the content we went through in this week’s edition of […]


DogTV, a channel for dogs, proves that there’s no limit to content creativity

Just when I thought I’d heard every sort of idea for content creation and what is worth the effort, I just found out about a channel for dogs called, aptly, DogTV. Yes, a channel that shows content for dogs. Someone came up with the idea of a channel that flights content that dogs watch, sometimes with […]


The realities of porn in a digital world: What should be done in Zim?

Yesterday,the news coming out of the United Kingdom  was that revenge porn had been officially classified as a crime with legislation passed that can see offenders who break this new law face up to 2 years in prison. Revenge porn is when an ex lover shares any sexually explicit content with your image (pictures, videos) […]


Sharing YouTube & Facebook videos in Zim? You could be breaking the law

Just so we are clear, that headline isn’t meant to scare anyone who’s busy sharing the latest P.O BOX, ZviriKufaya or Zimdancehall video. It’s a legally sound fact that fortunately for all of us isn’t taken seriously. We can call the law a lot of things; blind, fair, cold or just but when it comes to […]


As Facebook starts integrating with WhatsApp, what can we look forward to?

Facebook and WhatsApp. That doesn’t sum up Zimbabwean smartphone access patterns, but it sure as hell comes close to telling a big part of it. It’s not the mobile operators’ faults either, the three of them only introduced the Over The Top Services of WhatsApp and Facebook bundles to cash in on the popularity of […]


Challenges of print media highlighted as Gemazo, Southern Eye & Zim Mail close

Death is in the air. That’s what I think of every time I look at a news stand, or at an extensive ad campaign in print publications that can’t possibly bring its value’s worth for the company sinking money into this medium. Anyone in media will tell you how challenging it is to run a […]


F8 2015 – The Facebook Developer Conference: What can we expect?

Another tech giant has a huge event lined up, this time its Facebook Developer Conference. The livestream is moments away (you can catch it here) and be sucked into the excitement. But why the excitement though? Isn’t Facebook turning into an afterthought in social media? The reality is that The Social Network has turned into something more […]


WhatsApp, Facebook & the streets: the new markets for Zim content creators

Paraffin, Mukadota, Gringo, Mutirowafanza, Neria, More Time, Jit, Yellow Card, Flame. Seemingly random names, but all these titles register some significance with Zimbos that lived in a bygone era. It’s just a handful of productions that represent the great local content that we used to consume from the good old TV. Then technology started changing things like it […]


The power of social media in enforcing our rights

To those of us who, as a result of the sacrifices made by others, are blissfully unaware, Saturday 21 March 2015, yes this past Saturday, was the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a puzzling paradox that today’s generation, especially blacks, despite having all the information a mere Google search away […]


WhatsApp Groups are a mess

EVERYONE on the internet is excited about how WhatsApp is finally emerging from its chrysalis and becoming the awesome Monarch butterfly it was meant to be. This was achieved by simply adding Voice calling to its list of features which will help it “disrupt the voice calling industry in much the same way it revolutionized the […]


Zimbabwe ICT Policy, cyber-crime bill are nowhere in sight

It’s been 9 years since the Zimbabwean government made a pledge to come up with legislation to curb cyber crime. Of course, there’s no point in holding on to political pledges really. It’s just that it helps give a clear indication of how long we’ve been kicking an issue around. Now that we are in 2015, what […]


Understanding the Facebook Aunt phenomenon

Back in the days when our grandmothers were little girls and our grandfathers were chasing birds in the bushes, and their fathers abandoned their mothers and answered the siren call of Egoli the city of gold, people used to have family meetings where they would gather and discuss the problems facing the clan and conducted […]


Econet ends Free Twitter promo, bundles it instead with Opera Mini Bundles

We were all expecting some change to the free Twitter from Econet this month, so an announcement regarding the service isn’t surprising. A short while ago, Econet announced (via Twitter, of course) that the Free Twitter promo has come to an end. The freebie has now been incorporated into the Opera Mini Bundles. Free Twitter […]


What’s up with Twitter and its fascination with the Cricket World Cup?

  A shout out to the Zimbabwe Cricket team for their victory over the UAE at the Cricket World Cup. National pride is sweeter these days where one story is retold a million times on the internet. Like a lot of other unlucky cricket fans, I didn’t get a chance to watch the match and […]


ZimboLove Foundation and its social media strategy for a red cause

Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa You still might not know Lou Gehrig’s Disease, but you’ll definitely remember the Ice Bucket Challenge from last year. It was probably the largest internet-driven campaign from 2014 that helped raise funds and a lot of awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease. For a while, the #IceBucketChallenge became a leading […]


Techzim and TBWA Zimbabwe to explore the future of digital media in Zimbabwe

Techzim and TBWA Zimbabwe, will host what’s been billed as “Zimbabwe’s Largest Gathering of Digital Minds”, at a conference and training event called Digital Future. The event will feature thought leading insights from leading digital media professionals from across the world on the 17th and 18th of March 2015 and will be sponsored by NetOne, […]


Podcast: Facts from POTRAZ, the rise of Android, Hypercube’s model & Wangu

In this episode of the Techzim Podcast, we discussed the latest figures on mobile OS share, POTRAZ facts on local telecoms, the rise of Android, the new membership model for Hypercube Hub and the local social network called Wangu. What are your thoughts on these topics? Have you used Wangu? What are your thoughts on […]


Will Wangu takeoff as Zimbabwe’s Facebook or its own social network?

I’ve honestly lost track of the number of social networks that pop up every year. In between all  the suggestions that I get on Facebook (oh the irony..) to sign up for other sites and join other networks, it all just seems like a movement that one-in-a-dozen techies is still building Zuckerburg dreams on. There will […]


Podcast: WhatsApp calls, Twitter via USSD, Muzinda Hub training & EcoCash tariffs

In this edition of the podcast, we discuss trending topics such as the activation of the WhatsApp calls feature, the prospect of Netflix in Zimbabwe, Econet Wireless’ Twitter via USSD service, the Muzinda Hub digital skills programme and the reduction of EoCash tariffs. Hoe disruptive do you think the WhatsApp calls feature will be for mobile network […]