Social Media

10 Tweets that Prove that PLO Lumumba is the Most Literate Advocate in Kenya

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“I can’t wait for Lumumba to speak”, my mum says as the presidential petition began on Monday. Her and the rest of the Kenyan population that was watching in anticipation. Then he did, and twitter exploded, re-tweeting and tweeting. Mocking, agreeing, praising, and disagreeing with his logic. One thing everyone can agree on however, is that his wits, or whatever immense vocabulary that escapes his mouth is social media worthy. These are a few tweets that can agree;

Fresible Helps You Stand Out in Noisy Competitive Business Environments

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Fresible Company Limited is based in Nigeria, with interests in ICT, events management, publicity/advertisement, marketing and entertainment. The company was formed in 2008 by Fred Oyetayo. Over the course of the years, the company has grown in leap and bounds and is now a recognizable name in the technology industry in Nigeria.

Claiming that they are the best website development agency in Nigeria, they have operational contacts in both major and minor cities in the country, such as, Ibadan, Osogbo, Ilorin, Ado-Ekiti, Akure, Kaduna, Port Harcourt and Abuja and they intend to reach more cities.

Notable Fresible subsidiaries include Law Repository, Cloud Lawyers, Fresible Developers, Fresible Culture, Fresible Events, Fresible Entertainment and Fresible Digital Marketing. Over the next few years the group is looking forward to diversifying into areas including Fashion and Apparel, Music, food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. This is to ensure that they fulfil the sole purpose of the company.

They have successfully organized over 50 shows and developed over 100 websites and computer softwares. They have over 1 million cumulative social media followers on all their accounts and 5 dedicated full time staffs. They had also won a Federal Government of Nigeria grant.

With a wealth of creative experience in building and shaping brands’ online and offline presence, they can create your brand, build you a bespoke, responsive website and then help shape your brand with ongoing digital marketing.

Fresible Company Limited has a powerful social media influence with over 40% of Nigerian internet users subscribed to it various social media network. The company has also accrued for itself an upper class clientele list with the likes of Federal High Court, Aare Afe Babalola, Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti, Rexonna Nigeria and many more as some of its clients. This is evidence that the company is competent enough to meet the needs of all calibers of clients.

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1mambu Wants to be the Angolan Equivalent of Facebook

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1mambu.com, created by Jose Soba, is a virtual community on the internet, created especially for Angolans and is available in both English and Portuguese. 1mambu.com is the virtual bridge connecting Angola to the world and the world to Angola, with innovative applications that guarantee a different and fun social network experience. It allows members to share diverse content such as multi-media content (Videos, Music, Photos), comments, SMS, PDF documents, blogs, and questionnaires, similar to uploads and shares made on Facebook and Twitter.

One very interesting feature is the possibility of sharing content with the world’s 100 best social networks and search engines through the Social Share application, created by the team and that will help in the expansion and dissemination of national content on the internet.

Basically 1mambu is an online community based on communication, fun and e-commerce between Angolans around the Globe.

1mambu believes in a strong need to unite Angolans online and increase the volume of digital content from Angola available on the internet, for example brands, local artists, tourism info, local scientific studies and more.

Besides social networking, it also provides tools for business which include official pages to promote any type of company, and enable exposure of product or service a user might want to showcase. 1mambu also offers the possibility to sell digital goods that can be easily downloaded into any device after purchase for example music, audio lessons, e-books, manuals, video lessons, software and other digital content from Angolan professionals.

It even gives credit points to users from the activities done on imambu such as post comments , take questions , post photos videos and so on. Users can use these to send virtual gifts and buy products in the imambu store.

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National Council on Information Recommends Creation of a Council To Regulate of Social Media In Nigeria

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Nigeria’s National Council on Information (NCI) has recommended the creation of a Council to regulate the use of social media in Nigeria in spite of the global rejection of social media regulation attempts that are viewed at aimed at suppression of freedom of speech.

But according to the communique issued at the end of the council’s extraordinary meeting on Hate Speeches, Fake News and National Unity held in Jos, NCI recommended the use of stringent measures in checking conventional media and their programmes.

The Council which is headed by Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said social media has no address as such vetting and editing posting in social media might be difficult. To combat fake news, the council recommended that information managers at the state level should launch a website to counter report of any misinformation posted on social media as quickly as the hate speeches, misinformation and fake news are posted.

It recommended immediate killing of whatever postings on social media assumed or presumed to be hate speeches or fake news or misinformation by the information managers in various states. According to PremiumTimes report, the Council feared that social media might take over the 2019 elections since Nigerians now rely more and believe the social media over the conventional media.

Ninety Percent of Kenyans Have Seen Fake News Regarding the 2017 General Election

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The first ever study on fake news in Kenya, The Reality of Fake News in Kenya, launched today in Nairobi and reveals shocking results concerning veracity of Kenya’s Media. The new study reveals that 90% of Kenyans have seen or heard false news about the 2017 general election, with 87% reporting instances of deliberately false or fake news.

The nationwide survey was led by strategic communications consultancy Portland in collaboration with GeoPoll, a mobile surveying platform.

Conducted via SMS, the survey asked a nationally representative sample of 2,000 Kenyans a series of questions about their consumption of news during May 2017 in relation to the forthcoming general election.

The survey found:

  • 90% of respondents reported having seen false or inaccurate news in relation to the general election. 87% of respondents regarded this news as being deliberately misleading – or fake news.
  • Traditional media remain the most trusted news sources, with television ranking highest, followed by radio and newspapers.
  • Radio is the most consistently accessed source of news in Kenya, with the smallest variation between different provinces across the country.
  • Social media is widely used by Kenyans of all ages to access and share news, with 49% of Kenyans using social platforms to secure general election news. However, social media consistently ranks lower than traditional media on trust.
  • Facebook and WhatsApp are the most popular social media platforms for news, preferred overall by 46% and 25% respectively.
  • Friends and family, and community leaders, are the least trusted sources of news overall, ranked as the least likely to provide accurate information about the general election.
  • 57% Kenyans feel able to access all the information about the general election that they need.
  • A vast majority of Kenyans (78%) would like more factual and accurate information about the general election instead of opinion and commentary.
  • 67% of Kenyans prefer comprehensive and detailed information about politics. 33% prefer summarised and concise information.

Robert Watkinson, Partner at Portland, said, “With 4 in 10 Kenyans unable to access accurate information about the general election, fake news is clearly a limiting factor on the electorate’s ability to make informed decisions. By revealing the scale and impact of fake news, we hope this study provides a new point of reference, not just for political campaigning in Kenya but also for all communicators seeking to engage Kenyans in the digital age.”

 

Facebook becomes first social network to hit 2 billion users

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Social networking giant Facebook has hit 2 billion users today, becoming the first social network site to reach such a number of users globally beating YouTube’s 1.5 billion users, Instagram’s 700 million and Twitter’s 328 million users.

The firm reached 1 billion in October 2012.

Mark Zuckerberg announced, “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people. We’re making progress connecting the world, and now let’s bring the world closer together. It’s an honor to be on this journey with you.”

We still have a long way to go to connect everyone. But we must do more than just connect — we must bring people closer together.It’s the first social network to connect that many people.” Mark added.

Additionally, more than 175 million people share “love,” and on average, over 800 million people “like” something on Facebook. Every month, more than 1 billion people use Groups.

The Love reaction  has been used by over 150 million people on Facebook each day with over 45M people in EMEA giving love on Facebook each day. More than 180 million new Facebook friendships are formed each day. More than 1 billion people use Facebook Groups every month while in EMEA more than 380 million people use Facebook groups every month.

There are about 3 billion people online with 700m of them in China and according to the United Nations, the world population reached 7 Billion on October 31, 2011. Facebook has more than half the people on the internet and nearly a quarter of the global population.

My president launches portals, funny portals

In April 2013, Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as the country’s 4th president in what he called ‘the most complex general election in our history’ with both praise and criticism in equal measure.

In his speech, the jubilant president said his government would be founded on economic growth, strengthened by a globally competitive education system and access to affordable healthcare and food-security.

He promised to be held accountable by all Kenyans on promises such as zero maternity fees, loans for the youth and women, funds for devolution and dealing with unemployment. Whether these were illusions or have been achieved it’s up to Kenyans to decide and vote them back in or out.

This is the battle the Kenyatta government has. To actually prove to Kenyans that it has worked and that its projects were not projects of the coalition government according to Raila Odinga-led opposition coalition  the National Super Alliance or NASA . To help Kenyans easily see and identify its achievements, the Kenyatta team has over the years launched various portals such as President.go.ke which tracks the president’s itenary with speeches and press releases. Mygov.go.ke- the larger government press machinery run by the ministry of ICT and supporting the executive arm to communicate its achievements as well rally for his election and the grand launch of delivery.go.ke which was personally launched by the president and his deputy to showcase the Jubilee government’s achievements since it came in power in April 2013. The site replaces Nexus.or.ke which never survived a month and complements President.go.ke and Mygov.go.ke.

Delivery.go.ke, run by the President’s Delivery Unit, is divided into three sections namely Flagship Programmes, County Programmes and Ministry Programmes. The Flagship Programmes are under ICT, Lands, Health care, and Infrastructure with many listed as completed, ongoing at different phases, or completed.

Whether the projects began in the Kibaki regime or were funded by international organizations, it’s not a big deal. Some of the projects such as roads, hospitals and bit of rural electrification are genuine while others are exaggerated. The site indicates 2.5M plus title deeds have been processed while processing fees for another 3M titles waived. Delivery.go.ke run by the President’s Delivery Unit, a centre of government function based in the Office The President has done a fair job as the primary unit tasked to improve the coordination of National Government flagship programs. Nzioka Waita, its head has done a commendable job. But it gets worse.

Over the weekend, we noticed several sites online allegedly ordered by propaganda firm Cambridge Analytica feared for its role for Trump election and the Brexit referendum vote. The two sites, one for Raila and one for Uhuru, built in the same format with the same goal- respectively spreading hate and loyalty about the candidates on social media. The firm behind it went ahead to buy Twitter and Google Ads for the sites, a move readers think aim to hijack user democracy and win the swing vote among the youth undecided about both Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

To the NASA camp, the websites and ads are miracle if the comments on some of the aerticles are anything to go by. One such article by a certain Kimani Ichung’wa (hope not the M.P) claims to Raila everything is bad if he doesn’t take credit.

“NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga has tried to make this a campaign agenda, and has called for the project to be scrapped or reversed,” Ichung’wa writes. “His statements betray, once again, that attacking the government is more important than advancing the country’s development agenda, and caring for his own constituents. He will have to explain why a high-speed train that will trigger economic development and create jobs in Western and Nyanza regions — his own backyard — should be cancelled.”

“The answer is simple for all who haved followed Raila’s political career. If he doesn’t take credit for something, he tries to discredit it, even if it is good for Kenya and the people. The opposition’s excuse for opposing the SGR extension is another red herring. They claim the government is making the national debt unsustainable,” says the writer. However, to the surprise of the writer, the negative articles are working wonders for Raila Odinga and his team.

Surprisingly most of the readers are in support of Raila Odinga, the NASA candidate and are not portraying the intended negative image the team had intended.

“Job Orandi Mageto you’re so stupid person when you talk badly to Raila. which kenya a you living madeni yanatumaliza kabisa kwa hii serikali yenye haijali mkenya wa kawaida. serikali yenye anatuambia ati unga ni 90 na hali ilali unga ni 130 kwa sababu ya kufikilia duni kuwa supermaket ziko mpaka vijijini.

Denice Job Ochieng Hmmm you talk as if you are a visitor in Kenya and as if you are soon leaving…. Get this its not about the locomotives and all that you say,, look into the life of a normal mkenya who pays taxes as well as looking for sh.200 to pass a meal.. And look forward to another,, now maintaining the life is the problem…. Tell such a Kenyan about the locomotives!!! And yet no food to put him up!!! That’s why I strongly sa that… #JUBILEE_MUST_GO who to take that place #BABA_JOSHUA_RAILA
Frenky Madividy Stupis analysis we all know how much raila has contributed to the development of this country both freedom wise,economicwise and politically.your stupid analysis can only be compared to that of Mutahi Ngunyi who always dreams about raila
Vickery Omwandho ABDUBA DIDA QUOTES:
” Uhuru Kenyatta spent 3 years at the ICC trying to save himself, when he came back he called parties and started campaigning, when did he sit down to work?
Those working in this Country are the Chinese. They propose an idea, fund, implement and manage the idea! and that’s the tragedy of this Country.
 
 According to the Star, the Jubilee Party hired global data mining company Cambridge Analytica and British communications firm BTP Advisers to help it retain the presidency. For the record, Cambridge Analytica, which allegedly uses fake online opinion pieces as news, hate and ethnic profiling to create divisions between political camps  and win over undecided voters has a string of failures in Nigeria while working for Yar’Adua, and in Lativia and in St Lucia and failure to help Ted Cruz clinch the republican nominations leave alone the US presidency.

Unlike other populations, Kenyans are queer and might not easily be swayed by backward psychological warfare waged by ex-military men through social media ads. Negative labels elevate candidates up above others and easily wins them sympathy votes for not fighting back; a principle used by Sun Tzu, in his Art of War , “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” Apart from public war of words, Raila is not fighting back by showing he cant compete the Uhuru team on resources then using the same tactic to claim the incumbent is using public resources and shortchanging voters against Kenya’s elections Act Section  14.

The act states that a candidate, referendum committee or other person shall not use public resources for the purpose of campaigning during an election or a referendum. No government shall publish any advertisements of achievements of the respective government either in the print media, electronic media, or by way of banners or hoardings in public places during the election period.

Coupled with corruption, ceiling food prices, inflation and unemployment,  the issue of public resources makes Raila an easy sale to his sympathizers by portraying himself as the Joshua to lead his people into a safer Canaan with food and honest leaders. So whether Raila is going to hire a data team to buy ads or not; the damage intended by Jubilee Party strategists is working positively for the opposition.

Though known as a big data firm, Cambridge Analytica doesnt actually use big data, but neuroticism, old-fashioned propaganda and tricks and subterfuge like it did for by creating tensions between Latvians and ethnic Russian residents to influence voting behavior. In Trinidad the firm helped a candidate by importing graffiti artists to do slogans and stickers to appear as if they were by Trinidadians. In Nigeria, in 2016, the firm dissuaded opposition supporters from voting by organizing anti-poll rallies and discrediting opponents. For Leave.eu, the firm targeted anti-BREXIT supporters with Facebook, Twitter, and Google ads using their digital traces.

Cambridge Analytica buys personal data from surveys on social media, land registries, car registration, shopping data, loyalty cards, membership cards, shopping, schools, among others then aggregates this data into real people with their age, address, fears, needs, interests, and where they stay or who they intend to vote for. These findings help Cambridge Analytica to target each person with an appropriate political message to influence their voting. Unless the tactics are stopped, Kenyans should be ready to come across various ads targeting them and their peers with different political messages such as go out and vote against Raila Odinga, not to vote totally or to vote for the Jubilee Party to complete its development projects for the good of all Kenyans.

It gets worse with Google search with various keywords to do with Raila Odinga, Kenya elections, Unga among others lead to paid posts from various sources portraying Uhuru Kenyatta as the savior who pushed down Unga prices.

Read more about Cambridge Analytica here, here, here and here.

 

 

 

 

 

Uber integrates Snapchat filters allowing users to share snaps to leverage social proof

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Uber has partnered Snapchat to launch a new feature that will allow users to share photos with their friends while on transit in a new move viewed to leverage social proof to market the platform in Africa.

These special filters through integration with Snapchat means Uber riders in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria are turned into ambassadors makerting the platform to their fans, friends and family. Uber says the new feature is part of a continued upgrade of the Uber rider application that begun in November last year which introduced new features such as upfront pricing and estimate time of arrival at one’s destination.

Uber  General Manager for East Africa, Loic Amado, said, “In our new rider app, we start with your destination so we can get you there as fast as possible and also tailor the journey to you. But we also realize that you’re doing more than just going somewhere – you’re often going somewhere to meet someone. So, we are rolling out an integration with Snapchat so you can unlock custom Uber filters while you ride, and Snap your friends while en route.”

To access the new feature, riders need to be existing Snapchat users and on an Uber ride. While on the ride, Uber riders will see a Snapchat card in their feed. They then need to select the type of filter they want to unlock, take their selfie, and swipe right. Riders can also use Uber filters with other Snapchat lenses for double the fun. The Snapchat integration will be available to riders on both Android and iOS.

“Gone are the days of toggling between apps – you now have a fun and social way to share you’re in an Uber! This is one of many ways that we are working to ensure that we innovate to give our riders the best experience possible when riding with us,” added Mr. Amado.

Four Kenyan Bloggers You Don’t Know that You Should Check Out

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There are plenty of blogs in Kenya, yet it’s always the same old websites that take all the credit. However, when you look a little closer you realise that there is plenty of talent out there, content creators that will leave you hooked and wanting more. Here are just a few of them;

  1. Zero Chills

Just as the name suggests, this blog consists of opinionated controversial posts that focus on societal issues and the hilarious experiences of a girl called Vanessa Kamau, the founder of the blog. From disputing the misogynistic opinion what is ‘wife material’, to her experience with clingy friends who can’t handle getting ‘blue ticked’ (we all have those), her content comes as a breath of fresh air, that more people need to check out.

More of her fascinating insight can also be found on her column at OMG voice.

  1. The Rackster

Maybe another Biko Zulu in the making, or maybe he just likes telling stories. He considers himself, a social climber still hungovered over his first job; changing lifestyle and failed relationships. However he is also the brains behind The Rackster, an amazing creative writing blog, and you only need to click the link to understand why. He has an interesting way of weaving words into tales and making you get lost in his musings, and could easily become a favorite read.

  1. Whispery Wind

A lifestyle blog by a woman called Wayumu with a focus on food, travel and adventure. She’s lived in 3 countries, and visited a few others and strives to continue exploring. You can catch her experiences, feelings, and thoughts on her beautifully designed blog.

  1. As Told By Bobby

This blog is actually a draft copy of Bobby’s second novel that focuses on the quest for wealth and an endless search for true love.  You instantly get hooked with the story about the main character,  who has two girlfriends, just like many people have at one point in their lives. Does he get caught two timing? That’s a question that will be answered as you read.

 

 

 

 

 

Media influence on teenagers can be measured,Parents should take the Blame.

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Media influence on teenagers can be measured for example, advertising is often directed at children and teenagers. This means that children and teenagers are increasingly conscious of brands and images. You’re not alone if your child has teased you to buy the next ‘in’ thing!

Kids nowadays are interested in sexuality very early in life, they start asking questions like how are babies made as early as 6 years and if they don’t get satisfying answers from adults around them they will try and find answers somewhere else. This “somewhere else” could be either their peers in school, the Internet or pornography. Taking the taboo out and having direct, frank conversations with children on sexuality is possibly the best approach to help them develop a healthy, respectful relationship with their bodies and with others. But our society seem hell bent in disallowing something like this in our schools.

According to some research, Kenyan teenagers want to be taught how to use contraceptives, including condoms and oral pills, as part of sexuality education in school and at home. Because they are already sexually active, they also want to know where to get these products so as to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and prevent unwanted pregnancies.

After social media reaction, I realized that for anyone to have real impact on sexual education issues they need to take a bold and unconventional approach in solving the problem. Pussy footing on the issues won’t cut it. You better teach them what to expect about puberty, sex before they start having it.  By doing this not only are we respecting the intelligence by provide them factual and medically true information but enlightening them to make better decision.

I looked at different approaches other countries have employed on sexuality education. Norway have had great success on this issue and we sort to see how exactly they tackle it. For starters they don’t wait until one is 18yrs to openly talk about sex, matter of fact their target group is 8 to 12 year olds, children who have either entered puberty or are about to. In the topic about puberty they convey openly and frankly what happens to the body in the transition from child to adult. How the skeleton grows, why girls bleed, about spots and blushing and involuntary ejaculations. What happens to breasts and sexual organs, how the voice changes and how emotions are in turmoil. In short, how the human body grows and changes from child to adult in order to make babies. Better and deeper, sex education has resulted to lower teen pregnancies and lower abortions rates.

A Norwegian video explaining puberty

The final stage deals with how conception happens. With the aid of models, they show, as clinically and pragmatically possible, how the sexual act plays out. This is a part of mandate to inform children about this aspect of the human body and biology.

A Norwegian video explaining aspects of human body

I believe this is the approach we should take not the subtle -you are too young to know this things- approach. Be as practical as possible with hard truths without fear or shame: Go close up, use visual in storytelling, and be specific.

Do Parents Invade Children’s Privacy When They Post Photos Online?

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Sharing pictures of our kids with friends and family is one of the most popular uses of social media and has become an everyday way to stay in touch. But it’s worth knowing the facts before posting pictures or letting other people post pictures of your kids.

Most people who have a relationship with a child will have posted, or thought about posting something about them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at some point. But is it safe, or even ethical to publish something about someone who can’t give their approval? And as the business models of social networking sites change and digital technology develops, could these innocent snapshots someday come back and bite our children on the behind?

Adults are not the only ones who are worried about digital privacy. According to a report by the Family Online Safety Institute, 76% of teenagers are very or somewhat concerned about their privacy, or being harmed by their online activity.

Blogger Njeri Wangari raised the issue when she wrote the Afromum blog [dangers of posting photos of your child online], but parent had their rebuttal in the form of ‘He/She is my kid and I shall do whatever I please online with their content.

So before you go open an IG for your 1 day old kid here are some negative effects:

Digital Footprints; It where kidnappers follows your movements using your current location which is mostly shown while you post a photo. Photos will show also cloth you’re in which makes it easy to retrace you.

Losing Control of your images; one share child photo online it had to have central of how image is used. There are several cases have been evident people used image of disabled children which they download direct from social media asking for crowd funding.

You can’t take it back! Once you’ve posted that picture, it becomes public property even if you deleted it. They still remain in space.

Digital kidnapping; in which individuals or companies steal children’s images and use their images in advertisements or more sinister things. Sometimes, these virtual photo thieves will pass the snapshots off as their own.

Rendering to canvasser Child psychologist Dr Richard Woolf son believes social media has detached the barricades between a young person’s public and private self, leaving them susceptible and exposed to danger by gripping allotment online.

“Children are gaining access to social media sites at a fledgling age, which could expose them to content, people or situations that are out of their depth and which they’re coldly prepared for,” he said. “Parents need to maintain an open exchange of ideas and encourage children to share both good and bad online experiences, and make sure they keep up with the latest social media trends and work with their children rather than trying to control them’’.

 

How to advertise apps on Facebook

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When you are making a plan to start advertising campaign on Facebook, it is best to set some basic steps that will make your advertising campaign to meet the preferred goals that standard post boosting will not be capable to get.

The initial step is to accurately define the target group you wish to reach with your advertising campaign and you can get assistance from Facebook tools for making different adverts that provide the option of elaborating target groups by interests, gender, age, behavior and locations. After that it is required to give a sufficient budget so the promotion can reach the decided number of people.

Though, the vital part is to decide the goal of your ad campaigns. Your objectives should be simple and the outcomes of the campaign by which to assess the advertisement’s effectiveness are simply measurable. Doesn’t matter which service, product or application you are advertising on Facebook. You must understand that you are targeting right people that are already interested in your type of service, product or application. There are many people that want to know that How to advertise app on Facebook, if you are one among them then you must follow these steps:

Expend your business of mobile application

Mobile applications are ever more helping businesses develop. If talking about Facebook then it is a best platform that allows businesses to get in touch with the people who are paying attention to install your application, thus you can get more and more people that are using your application. You must understand that Facebook has so many features that can link directly to the Google Play Store, Kindle Fire store and App Store, so that people can without any difficulty download your mobile app immediately. When you advertise your app on Facebook, you have facility to share your ad on Audience network and Instagram across Facebook.

Submit your app with Facebook

If you want to advertise your app on Facebook, you will have to make an application on Facebook. It doesn’t mean you need to integrate your app with Facebook or apply Facebook Login at this time; you want an app on Facebook to get the ID of application. If you previously have app id, you can ignore this step. In case you don’t, you can make easily.

Add important information about your app

You must describe something basic about your app first. You should add information regarding your app. You will have to provide all the information about your app in term of basic use, native use, etc. You can also add its benefits and use for people. Most of the essential information in the basic information section should automatically complete. You don’t need to identify hosting or domain of your app. You must confirm that the information you are providing is accurate and meaningful.

Finalize and start your ad

Once you found your ad is ready to launch, first you should set the target audience and place and then launch your ad on Facebook.

Things you should avoid posting on social media when weeping.

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The only thing we are assured of in this life time is death. So let’s talk about it. Death gotta be easy, cause life hard, was it Tupac or 50 cents who sang that?  There is a lot of truth in it. Over the years social media have changed how news of death is announced, personally I have learnt of all deaths of people I used to know through social media, and boy has there been many, I’m scared how fast young guys are dying, life expectancy must have dropped to 30 years. One of my friend has this theory that once you make it past 30, you are on the homestretch to the 80s.

I remember while in high school the first piece of information you were eager to know when we got back home for holiday was who died. If you are in school no one bothered you with such information, all your neighbours could have died and no one bothered get you from school to pay your last respect. Now technology has changed all that, my little sister received a message reading “My mum is dead” from an unknown number which she later identified the sender. It was from the son to one of our previous neighbour. I thought it was a bit emotionless coming from someone who just lost his mother; but I guess there is no better way of saying it.

social post;

Social media is a good tool to announce the news and receive heartfelt messages from friends but in a few occurrences some people have misused it. There should be a golden rule of the don’ts of social media and death.
For examples you should never post a picture of the dead, we feel your pain but honestly we don’t want to see their dead body and most importantly don’t tag people in those pictures. If there is anything we want to see is their happy moments while still alive, something worth remembering them for.

Resist from posting pictures of bloody accident wrecks we have the news for that. Matter of fact you should be helping the injured not filming them, remember the many incidence you have seen irritating picture or videos? Avoid such behaviours.
If your loved ones had connected those apps that automatically post stuff on their timeline, there are guidelines to follow on how to report their death to the relevant social media and have their profiles memorialized.

There is not much we can do about someone losing their loved ones except show them love.

 

How to stay secure on public Wi-Fi.

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As more and more people are getting online with mobile devices, most of them cannot afford either fixed line connections at home, or they can afford very limited mobile data packages, hence  free Wi-Fi is becoming more and more popular as an alternative.

Availability of free internet has led to a momentous growth of business ranging from SMEs to top notch companies globally.

Globally, according to the iPass Wi-Fi Growth Map, the number of Wi-Fi hotspots is expected to grow to 340m by 2018, up from fewer than 50m today with retailers, hotels, and cafés driving the growth.

In Kenya, Internet access, according to the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) currently stands at 74.2% percent which is an equivalent of approximately over 25 million people who can easily connect to the world! With this numbers in mind, Wi-Fi has become a factor to depend on by entrepreneurs to attract customers and to make their services easily available wherever and whenever!

Nevertheless free Wi-Fi networks are also a major source of security vulnerabilities, and there are many ways malicious actors can exploit them to steal critical information from negligent users or harm them in some other way.

However, this doesn’t mean that you should avoid public Wi-Fi altogether. Here are a few tips to help keep you avoid the security pitfalls of public Wi-Fi while take full advantage of free internet.

Turn Off Sharing

When connecting to the Internet at a public place, you’re unlikely to want to share anything. You can turn off sharing from the system preferences or Control Panel, depending on your OS, or let Windows turn it off for you by choosing the “Public” option the first time you connect to a new, unsecured network.

Use a VPN

A virtual private network (VPN) connection is a must when connecting to your business through an unsecured connection, like a Wi-Fi hotspot. Even if a hacker manages to position himself in the middle of your connection, the data here will be strongly encrypted. Since most hackers are after an easy target, they’ll likely discard stolen information rather than put it through a lengthy decryption process.

Keep Wi-Fi off When You Don’t Need It

Even if you haven’t actively connected to a network, the Wi-Fi hardware in your computer is still transmitting data between any networks within range. There are security measures in place to prevent this minor communication from compromising you, but not all wireless routers are the same, and hackers can be a pretty smart bunch. If you’re just using your computer to work on a Word or Excel document, keep your Wi-Fi off. As a bonus, you’ll also experience a much longer battery life.

Surf with the right settings

Most of today’s computers have a built-in firewall that you can turn on and off. It is one measure that protects your computer from unwanted access. At home, you may be using a private network that is already protected with a firewall, but when you’re in public, that might not be the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Stay Safe and protecting personal information Online.

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The internet has created a whole new world of opportunities and changed how people conduct business, communicate and socialize. However, as the internet permeates into more aspects of our lives, crooks have sharpened their skills and you can easily fall victim to a scam. Scams are not limited to social media networks. Scammers are now big on e-commerce platforms and they are routinely fleecing people of their hard-earned cash.

Online platforms are continually improving online security for their users. However, you also need to look out for scammers and stay safe on the internet. Here is how:

Use strong passwords

Whenever you sign up on any website, you are required to set a password that you can easily remember and one that is as unique as possible. Passwords such as ‘born1982’ are pretty simple to crack for people who are tech-savvy.

You will need to set a password that uses a strong mixture of letters, numbers and characters such as * in order to stay ahead of scammers. Use a password like pI20*&gi16ame. The point is, mix up characters to make it hard for scammers to follow through with characters and crack your password. Make sure you also change your passwords on a regular basis and do not use the same password for multiple accounts and websites.

Read site safe use tips

Most trustworthy websites, particularly those that deal with transactions, have safety tips for their users. These tips are developed using best practices for each site and help users avoid being victims of scammers. Take time to read such statements as they also act as legal bindings for users. Additionally, the tips will help you know what kind of scammers you might encounter and how to identify them.

Do not click on fishy popups and messages

Imagine you are reading something on your favourite website and a popup with the words “Congratulations! You are the tenth user and lucky winner of $50,000. Click here to claim your prize!”, appears on your screen. Tempting, right? Do not click on such messages and popups. They are usually attractive and have strong calls to action, Or you receive an email from a person you do not know and it has several prompts. Delete such emails immediately.

These are usually phishing schemes that link you to questionable websites which collect your personal data and use it you spy on you or get access to sensitive information. They can also download malware on your machine and be used to hack you. Do not fall victim to hackers who can cripple your life using your personal data.

Backup your data

Keep a safe backup of your phone and computer data so that in the event of a theft, you can retrieve this information and safeguard it. Hackers also steal gadgets and retrieve your information and this can be used to steal from you. So stay safe by backing up your data on a regular basis.

Use social media wisely

Social media has definitely made the world more open but with it comes the risk of exposing yourself to dangerous people. Do not post extremely personal information such as contact details and your weekend plans. These can and will expose you to danger as such information can be used to track you down and harm you. So use social media networks sparingly and keep personal information, personal.

While using social media, be careful with those you interact with. Avoid setting up meetings with strangers and sharing personal information. Scrutinize everyone who reaches out to you and ensure that they are legitimate. Do not share your phone number, address, location, and family details with people on social media. Keep your interactions minimal and basic.

While the internet has definitely made communication and business a lot simpler, there are some risks that lurk on this wonderful resource. Some threaten your identity and business transactions while others may pose a danger to your life. While companies have gone to great lengths to keep us safe on the interwebs, we must also do our part to stay safe on the internet.

YouTube takes on DStv with launch of $35 a month Live TV

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YouTube has finally launched its Live TV adding to its YouTube Red service as the firm aims to be the go-to place for entertainment and live video and TV.

According to Christian Oestlien, Product Management Director, YouTube TV will remove limitations in how people watch TV.

“There’s no question that people love TV, from live sports to breaking news to sitcoms and dramas. But the truth is, there are a lot of limitations in how to watch TV today. Unlike online video, people can’t watch TV when they want, on any screen and on their terms, without commitments. Consumers have made it clear that they want live TV without all the hassle. They don’t want to worry about their DVR filling up. They don’t want to miss a great game or their favorite show because they’re on the go. They tell us they want TV to be more like YouTube.”

YouTube is therefore bringing the best of the YouTube experience to live TV and is working with its network and affiliate partners to build up YouTube TV.

YouTube TV allows users to watch what they want, when they want, how they want, without commitments. It offers Live TV streaming from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks and dozens of popular cable networks with shows like “Empire,” “The Voice,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Scandal,” to the live sports you want.

At the moment, YouTube TV includes major sports networks like ESPN and regional sports networks like Fox Sports Networks and Comcast SportsNet, NBA or MLB teams.

The firm is also working with local TV stations for sports and local news based on where a user lives plus various additional cable channels such as MSNBC or Fox News, the Disney Channel or Sprout, E! or Bravo, Showtime, or Fox Soccer Plus among others.

YouTube TV also comes with a cloud DVR, with no storage limits for those who want to record shows or news and works on any screen—mobile, tablet or computer—and you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV.

YouTube TV works on both Android and iOS.Every YouTube TV membership comes with six accounts, each with its own unique recommendations and personal DVR with no storage limits. You can watch up to three concurrent streams at a time. A YouTube TV membership is only $35 a month and there are no commitments—you can cancel anytime.

YouTube TV will be available soon in the largest U.S. markets and will quickly expand to cover more cities across the country.

How growth in e-commerce offers new opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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This may be surprising to hear, and even superior to see that entrepreneurs are maximizing the benefit of Internet presence. It has been pointed out that those taking advantage of it, are really experiencing significant gains. Entrepreneurs can often be emotional with the harsh reality of market struggle, but they just have to keep the lights on.

Online marketing and digital technology are complex and even to some extent unclear to the general public not everybody wants to spend their weekend figuring out how to optimize a market set out, and others, well, they are just not necessarily built for it.

Kenya’s electronic commerce market is geared up for major growth in the next five years as mobile internet performance continues to improve, a proposed national addressing system comes into existence, and people become more comfortable with digital transactions.

Kenyan’s eager adoption of person-to-person mobile payments creates a solid base for the growth of mobile and electronic commerce. “We’re seeing more and more Kenyans go online, thanks to cheaper smartphones and mobile data,” Divisional Director Sage Dr. Rutendo Hwindingwi said. Combine that with Kenyans’ comfort with electronic transactions after years of using mobile data, and we can expect to see digital shopping and commerce really start to take off.

Digital transactions in Kenya take place via smartphones and mobile broadband. This because of low fixed-line and Personal Computer penetration. However, the mobile experience has improved dramatically in recent years and it has become simple and enjoyable to shop from a smartphone.  With mobile money providers like M-PESA now adding APIs for smartphones to their products, they are opening up a range of new e-commerce applications and services.

Small and Medium Businesses are able to take advantage of the digital commerce wave as larger businesses. Platforms such as Facebook make it easy for entrepreneur’s interaction with customers, while affordable, packaged offerings like Sage Online Tools make it easy to construct and launch a marketing and mobile-ready e-commerce site.

For example, visualize being able to immediately check stock levels while standing next to a customer who found the business online, from a mobile device, then placing an order, running an invoice and accepting a payment – with all of these functions happening simultaneously via the cloud to sync with the accounting package.

According to the Communications Authority of Kenya, the e-commerce market in Kenya was worth around Ksh.4.3 billion in 2014. But with internet penetration of 82.6% and 35.5 million users (according to the authority), Kenya is one of the African countries best placed for a digital commerce explosion, ‘’Sh3billion in mobile transactions have already taken place in the country each day, according to statistics from the Communications Authority’’. Dr. Rutendo Hwindingwi.

 

 

How To Self-Check fake news from real news.

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Fake articles exist on the side-line of news, the borders of fact. Driving out shocking, garbage with a goal of going viral and earning some serious ad-money. This is a huge challenge, as there is excess of fake news on the internet. On suggests there are dozens of major fake news sites, whose social media followings rise into the millions. To help you separate fact from fiction, here are few Ways.

Pay attention to the domain and URL; Recognized news organizations usually own their domains and they have a standard look that you are probably familiar with. Fake news may include fake sources, false urls, and/or “alternative facts” that can be disproven through further research. When in doubt, dig deeper. Facts can be verified.

Read the “About Us” section; most sites will have a lot of information about the news outlet, the company that runs it, members of leadership, and the mission and ethics statement behind an organization. The language used here is straightforward. If it’s sensational and seems excessive, you should be hesitant. Also, you should be able to find out more information about the organization’s leaders in places other than that site.

Can you find a similar article on the Internet? Do a simple keyword search on Google for a similar article. If you’re unable to find anything remotely similar, chances are that the author didn’t do their research, made up much of the information in the article, or are fully sharing their opinion on a topic not factual news. Stick to trusting news articles that have similar pieces found on the Internet.

When was it published? Look at the publication date. If it’s breaking news, be extra careful.

A Poll is featured; Polls form the basis of many a news article, and very often they’re totally legitimate. After all, people are constantly trying to assess everything from our preference for political candidates to whether or not we believe in global warming. The problem with polls is that they can be misleading depending upon how the questions are phrased. Or the poll might be fine, but the results are taken out of context.

The Website Carries a Disclaimer; On every page that it contains both “real shocking news” and “parody news,” then adds, “Please note that articles written on this site are for entertainment and satirical purposes only.” So is it all satire or only partial satire? And if partial, which stories are true?

It Predicts a Future Disaster; A fair number of fake news stories hook readers in because they predict a future disaster. Yes, some of them are pretty incredible and seem obviously fake — the date of the world’s ending, for example, or the start of World War III. But some seem rather believable.

Who wrote it?  Real news contains the real by-line of a real journalist dedicated to the truth. Fake news (including “sponsored content” and traditional corporate ads) does not. Once you find the by-line, look at the writer’s bio. This can help you identify whether the item you’re reading is a reported news article.

Fake news is a problem, if you see your friends sharing obviously fake news, be a friend and kindly tell them it’s not real. Don’t shy away from these conversations even if they might be uncomfortable. As said, everyone has to help fix the fake news problem.

The Good And The Wicked of Social Media Crowdfunding.

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This is a question we get a lot on Facebook: how can I tell a fake Crowdfunding campaign from a legitimate one? The unfortunate best answer here is that you can’t, you can, however, look out for some red flags that do seem common in Crowdfunding scams. Crowdfunding’s advice on the matter is to only donate to people you know and trust.

‘’Harambee’’,swahili, literally pulling or working together. This unites Kenyans to a point where we are today. On my understanding, schools, hospitals, water projects, name them all were put in place by just a single word. Kenyans got a strong metallic bonding whenever in need of crowd funding. Crowd funding It much like a bushfire, starting on a small area and with wind blow in the right direction, and nothing hindering in the way of the fire Kenyans shows their patriotism by donating to their level best without looking our differences. There have been few major scenarios where Kenyans have come together for crowd funding that truly shows we still stand our national slogan.

The best know Kenyans for Kenya food security projects was one where all Kenyans came together after the governments declared drought in the Northern Kenya a national disaster. Every Kenyan hold hands and finally its was reported that the incentive raised a total of KSh 1 billion that’s 700 million in cash and 300 million in kinds ,this was the best of all times.

The resent one brought about concentration in me was #1milliforjedudi, On 4th August 2015 the #1MilliForJadudi campaign was launched, with the goal of raising KES1 million (USD9,492) towards this worthy cause. In just two days #1MilliforJadudi had raised KES 7,256,096 (USD 70,376) towards the cause, seven times the initial goal.

In all this cases show that Kenyans have the spirits of helping hand .but the worst of it all there are various cases people have been reported to use crowd funding to enrich themselves .This through fake pay bill numbers now have become common on social medial and people are being fraud out of the Kenyans kindness.

On the flip side such  opportunity are bound to be misused to defraud unsuspecting Kenyans, This occasionally happens on social medial, where these people post images of beneficiaries with pay bill numbers to contribute to the worthy cause only to learn later that the guy was a con trying to make some quick bucks. This ends up creating a negative attitudes toward crowd funding.

Crowd funding is a concept that has been used all over the world for the betterment of society and the biggest successes are the ones that has a sustainability angle to them. If they are not long time projects like hospital bills, we need a new way of looking at them to ensure we are raising money for the said cause not some unscrupulous NGOs behind the faces of the real victims.

Kenyan startups, M-Changa and paykind now offers a solution that can help us avert this concerns by increasing transparency and Integrity of any foresaid funding. With this startups the money is held by a trustee bank and they only makes payment to the Hospital or the accredited service providers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EatOut Kenya’s Nairobi Restaurant Week to celebrate the city’s blossoming restaurant scene

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Tom Cadogan - Head Of Kenya for Farm Africa, Kunali Dodhia - Events Manager - EatOut Kenya Alan Murungi - Director & Executive Head Chef at Sierra, Nairobi Dennis Mwakulua-Group Chef, Restaurant Associate Ashley Palmer Watts - Celebrity International 2 Michelin Star Chef, Michelle Slater -GM - EatOut Kenya Nicolas Mounard - CEO - Farm Africa

Now in its 4th year, EatOut Kenya’s Nairobi Restaurant Week aims to celebrate Nairobi’s blossoming restaurant scene with over 60 of the best restaurants, including the likes of Tribe, Asmara, Brew Bistro, Seven Seafood and Grill, and About Thyme.

According to Michelle Slater, the General Manager at EatOut Kenya, “Nairobi Restaurant Week is the ultimate culinary experience. Our city’s vibrant dining scene takes centre stage for 10 days, with chefs pulling out all the stops to wine and dine customers. It’s truly the perfect way to kick off the new year and celebrate our blossoming restaurant scene.”

Set to take place from Thursday 26thJanuary – Sunday 5thFebruary 2017, Nairobi Restaurant Week will see restaurants serve from distinctive menus and offer pre fix menus for lunch and dinner for at affordable prices. Majority of the restaurants will offer a 2 course lunch at KSH 950 and a 3 course dinner with a complimentary beverage at KSH 1950. Few other restaurants will offer a 5 course dinner with a complimentary beverage at KSH 3950.

Pernod Ricard Kenya’s extensive portfolio of spirits such as Absolut & Chivas will be on offer at participating restaurants.

EatOut has also partnered with a taxi-hailing app, Little Cabs, to offer discounted taxi rides to and from restaurants which can be redeemable using a voucher code. Other sponsors include, Wrigley, Bidco, Toyota, Tribe Hotel, Radio Africa Group, Waba, Brown’s Cheese, Kenya Tourism Board and Yummy Magazine. NRW 2017 patrons will have a chance to win a trip to Bangkok sponsored by Holiday Bazaar. Customers will also stand a chance to win Samsung phones.

EatOut Kenya will host a charity cocktail night and all the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Farm Africa, aan international organization that works to build a prosperous rural Africa. They help farmers to increase their harvests to build their incomes and sustain natural resources, partnering with governments and the private sector finding effective ways to fight poverty.

The Nairobi Restaurant Week menu is offered to all guests, including walk-ins but one can reserve online here.

Here are the participating outlets

Adega

Amber Hotel

Arbor

Argenti

Artcaffe Grand

Artisan at Sankara

Bangkok

Brew Bistro & Lounge Rooftop

Cheka

Concord

Curragh Irish Pub

Golden Spur

Jiko at Tribe

Nyama Mama

Ocean Basket

Royal Kitchen

Secret Garden

Tandoori Patio

Tapas Bar

The Wine Shop