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Face filters coming to Instagram Live videos

Instagram recently announced that they will be rolling out face filter to the live video section of their mobile apps. You will be able to add different face filters like rainbow light or glasses during a live video for your friends and followers to see. The feature will be rolling out globally over the next […]


Facebook to ‘share’ Instagram Stories… just not the way we’re used to

So, it seems Facebook is ‘borrowing’ the Stories feature from Instagram. Well, this ‘borrowing’ is not the ‘Insta borrows Stories from Snapchat’ type, because they’ve already done that; it’s more like ‘sharing’. But this sharing is not the one are used to, let me explain… Now, what will happen is that once you’ve created your […]


Instagram direct message feature makes replying to photos more personal

Instagram has recently released a new feature on their social media app. The feature will allow people who are talking with each other in Instagram direct message to reply to one another with pictures. It might sound like it was already possible but the way it’s being done is new to Instagram direct message. The […]


Instagram live could soon let you start a live stream broadcast with a friend

Instagram is working on a feature to allow a person to conduct a live stream with another person. The person who starts the live stream will be able to invite someone else to be a guest so that they can both share the live stream. To the viewer of the Instagram live stream, both of […]


Instagram takes a more ‘intelligent’ step in trying to combat the use of offensive language on its platform

Image credit: Pixabay In this internet age, thanks to social media (well, and other platforms), people have somehow gained the confidence to exercise their right to ‘freedom of speech’. I could be wrong though because people might have always exercised that right, only that now the internet has made it easier for us to access […]


WhatsApp launches feature called Status which copies Snapchat Stories but with encryption

WhatsApp, the hugely popular Instant Messaging platform is continuing on its path to release new service and feature updates. The latest release is a “new” feature called Status which was announced by the WhatsApp team earlier this week. It’s essentially a pimped up version of that Status tab that been previously used for text messages […]


Social media wins again – Stunner & Olinda “drama” shows dominance of online content

Stunner and Olinda If you are a Zimbabwean with any sort of interest in social media you obviously came across a flood of content on the public breakup between Zimbabwean rapper Stunner and his wife Olinda. On the 5th of January Olinda recorded an emotional Facebook Live video complaining about Stunner’s infidelity and dumping him. […]


WhatsApp’s latest features let you tag people in group chats and edit your selfies

So what’s the latest feature on WhatsApp? Well, there are actually are a number of new additions for users who have signed up for Beta testing and are on the latest version the app.


Its sir, not dear! social media etiquette for businesses

The concept of businesses interacting with customers via social media is relatively new in Zimbabwe. It’s great that more local businesses and entrepreneurs have decided to increase their social media presence, effectively breaking down previous communication barriers, but there is still much left to be desired. Businesses should understand that having a social media presence […]


Why Zimbabwean brands should explore the Instagram opportunity

Instagram is one platform that exemplifies that. Its use of imagery and video to capture moments has helped it create its own separate avenue for expression. As is the case with other social media platforms advertisers and brand specialist have exploited that.


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 […]


NetOne and its imaginary Instagram Bundles

It’s been a little over a week since NetOne introduced its own WhatsApp and Facebook Bundles. something that everyone expected would happen eventually anyway. Now the pressure to make an impressive late entrance has seen the mobile network adopt strategies to make its own services stand out from the competition. This is what explains the […]


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 […]


Facebook accepts responsibility for outage: It wasn’t a hacker attack

Earlier today the whole world experienced a Facebook and Instagram outage which lasted for an hour. Facebook has taken responsibility for the disruption citing a technical fault encountered when a change introduced affected the system’s configuration. It turned out that other services like Tinder and HipChat were also affected. Although prankster hacking crew Lizard Squad seemed to […]


Join the chorus of complaints, Facebook and Instagram are down right now(Update)

In case you were wondering, you aren’t the only one experiencing this. Facebook and Instagram are down right now and it’s happened globally. The two social platforms haven’t been accessible for more than half an hour now, something that hasn’t been explained as yet. It’s safe to say that the majority of Zimbabweans are feeling […]


A glimpse of Apple’s new iOS 8

Last week Apple released the latest version of its operating system the new iOS 8. Between then and now everyone with a compatible device has been downloading the OS, an awesome perk of being in the ecosystem that has justifiably given Apple users something to smile at every September. There are a lot of changes […]


Photo sharing app Instagram to come to Windows Phone shortly

We have no idea just how many of you out there are Windows Phone owners. Maybe a few stubborn enterprise fellows that swear by their PCs that Microsoft will rule forever despite the market truth. Anyway, Microsoft and Nokia finally succeeded getting an Instagram app for their phones. Instagram is the app that mass-marketed photography. […]


Quib.ly to the parents’ rescue

Let’s be honest, when it comes to technology most parents are, well, “dumb.” At least that is what most teenagers think and it is hard to argue against this. Many a study have shown that younger people have more friends on social sites such as Bebo, Facebook and Twitter, that they make more updates including intimate details and pictures of themselves; play more video games; go to the movies and parties much more often and are early adopters of technologies.


Instagram’s new web profiles

I love taking pictures with Instagram, it’s an amazing photo sharing app available on both iOS and Android. For some time now it only had mobile profiles, but now users have dedicated web profiles to view all your  friends’ pictures for the browser. Instagram recently announced the launch of web profiles, a Facebook like collage […]