Twitter users may start paying to use app after 11 years as a free service.

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface aimed at professionals, the company said on Thursday, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time.

Like most other social media companies, Twitter since its founding 11 years ago has focused on building a huge user base for a free service supported by advertising. Last month it reported it had 319 million users worldwide.

But unlike the much-larger Facebook Inc (FB.O), Twitter has failed to attract enough in advertising revenue to turn a profit even as its popularity with U.S. President Donald Trump and other celebrities makes the network a constant center of attention.

Subscription fees could come from a version of Tweetdeck, an existing interface that helps users navigate Twitter.

Twitter is conducting a survey “to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck,” spokeswoman Brielle Villablanca said in a statement on Thursday.

She went on: “We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people’s Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we’re exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals.”

There was no indication that Twitter was considering charging fees from all its users.

Word of the survey had earlier leaked on Twitter, where a journalist affiliated with the New York Times posted screenshots of what a premium version of Tweetdeck could look like.

That version could include “more powerful tools to help marketers, journalists, professionals, and others in our community find out what is happening in the world quicker,” according to one of the screenshots posted on the account @andrewtavani.

The experience could be ad-free, the description said.

Other social media firms, such as Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) LinkedIn unit, already have tiered memberships, with subscription versions that offer greater access and data.

In the fourth quarter of 2016, Twitter posted the slowest revenue growth since it went public four years earlier, and revenue from advertising fell year-over-year. The company also said that advertising revenue growth would continue to lag user growth during 2017.

Financial markets speculated about a sale of Twitter last year, but no concrete bids were forthcoming.


Source: Reuters

“I’ve muted President Trump on Twitter, he’s a distraction” – Anderson Cooper [Video]

Think it’s hard to avoid the constant news flash that is the Trump presidency? When you’re the host of a news show, it’s impossible. But on “The Late Show” on Monday, Anderson Cooper admitted that he has taken extreme measures to keep the president out of his Twitter feed. While Mr. Trump on Saturday was tweeting unsupported accusations that President Barack Obama had tapped his phone, Mr. Cooper was happily oblivious.


COOPER: I had flown to Phoenix. I was doing an investigation for ‘60 Minutes’ all weekend. And I’ve actually muted the president on Twitter. Don’t tell him.


COOPER: I’ve muted him.

COLBERT: You can do that?

COOPER: Yeah, you know, when you get annoying people tweeting you, you don’t want to delete them because that tells them you deleted them. So if you just mute them, they think you’re still following them and you don’t actually see their tweets.

COLBERT: But Anderson, then the tweets can get backed up and you get an infection.

Mr. Cooper said he was of two minds about how avidly the news media should cover the president’s Twitter feed.


COOPER: The reporting on the tweets, I do think it’s a large distraction. I mean, I think that’s clearly part of what he was doing.

COLBERT: Is it pure distraction?

COOPER: No, I don’t think it is, because I also think it’s like one of those machines that register earthquakes from a great distance.

COLBERT: Seismograph.

COOPER: A seismograph. This is like a real-time seismograph of the inner workings of the president’s head, and it’s fascinating.

COLBERT: It’s an emotional seismograph.

COOPER: He’s like a live wire of emotion. We had to wait for decades to hear Nixon on tape. We hear Donald Trump in real time. Usually people try to keep the president sort of cloistered and not in front of the public at all times. He’s broken through.

COLBERT: Obviously whoever pries the phone out of his hands takes Saturdays off.

The late-night hosts each had their own explanation for Mr. Trump’s extravagant charges.

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Has Social Media Tampered with our Reasoning Abilities? – By Otolorin Olabode

It seems social media has come to stay in Nigeria especially among our youths and adults. After the successful penetration of Facebook, subsequent entries of Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn have been greeted with lot of views and reviews.

However as it is with everything in Life, an advantage of a thing likewise has a disadvantage. Social Media has benefited various classes of People in Nigeria. From The Bloggers (Omojuwa, Linda Ikeji, OloriSuperGal) to the upcoming artistes, social media has been a huge benefit to a lot of people.

Nevertheless, it seems Social Media has altered our brain’s configuration settings. An average Nigerian wakes up and the first thing he does is to check Whatsapp messages. Thoughts like “Has He replied” “Has She accepted to go out on a date with me”, are always popular on the minds of the Nigerian Youth.

Another may decide to check on Instagram if his recent post has garnered likes or how many followers He has gained overnight.

Whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook all rank high in the list of social Media Apps on an average Nigerian Youth smartphone. Especially on Twitter where all kinds of savages are recorded. An average Nigerian can spend 10hours tweeting, retweeting and replying on mostly trivial and unnecessary issues. Why have we not tried to convert those hours of Joblessness to ones of making money.

Especially our celebrities who most Nigerians troll and condemn on these social medias, these people are making money off those controversies. Remember the time when Linda Ikeji got embroiled in a fight with Wizkid? Truth is she had many visitors, views and comments on her blog due to that controversy.

It’s time for every Nigerian to make judicious use of social Media.

Stop wasting time and energy begging for likes to win a competition on Instagram when you could make far enough money through efficient use of social media.

Many have abused social media to the extent of taking photos in heir friends’ clothes just to post on Instagram or rather taking photos in their lingerie or posing half-naked.

Relationships have been formed on various social media sites but it’s on record that Social media has also destroyed some “once upon a time fruitful relationship”. The thing is news and information spreads much faster on social media.

Accusations of infidelity ranging from the husband seen in company with another woman to the wife captured in an hotel with another man, what about the nude photos and video of ladies released by their ex-boyfriend? Even our parents are on Instagram stalking and monitoring their children!

Definitely, Social media has tampered with our brain’s configuration settings!


Otolorin Olabode is a student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He is a Creative writer and also a seasoned content writer. He handles Latest9ja, a news and entertainment website. He can be reached via Email: otolorinolabode@gmail.comor through +2348064717949. He can also be followed on Instagram: @ viewsfromthebod .

Buckingham Palace offers £30,000-a-year to run the Queen’s personal Twitter feed

BUCKINGHAM Palace is offering a £30,000 salary for a job as the Queen’s personal tweeter.

A job advert has been placed on the Queen’s official website seeking a new ‘digital communications officer’ to join a “fast-paced” and “dynamic” team.

The full-time role will involve managing Queen Elizabeth’s Twitter account and letting the world know about her work and the Royal Family’s public role.

Tasks will include writing posts on Her Majesty’s social media accounts including Facebook and YouTube as well as documenting state visits, award ceremonies and Royal engagements.

The Royal job comes with a “comprehensive benefits package” and the perks include 15 per cent employer contribution pensions scheme as well as training and “personal development”.

The online advert reads: “It’s knowing your content will be viewed by millions.

“It’s finding new ways to maintain The Queen’s presence in the public eye and on the world stage.

“This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional.”

According to the ad, the right candidate must be university educated with an “eye to the future” and experience of managing websites.

They also need to be “innovative and with creative flair” and have good photography and video skills.

The add, which is posting a maternity cover role, reads: “The reaction to our work is always high-profile, and so reputation and impact will be at the forefront of all you do.

“And having your work shared around the world will be the biggest reward.”

The Queen posted her first tweet in 2014 when sent a message about the opening of an exhibition at the London Science Museum.

She wrote: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.”

According to the ad, the right candidate must be university educated with an “eye to the future” and experience of managing websites

The Queen also personally tweeted on her 90th birthday in June last year.

She posted: “I am most grateful for the many digital messages of goodwill I have received and would like to thank you all for your kindness. Elizabeth R.”

The monarch has 2.77 million followers on Twitter, as well her own website and Youtube channel.

Twitter now BLOCKS abusive tweeters from making new accounts

Twitter Inc. says it has come up with new ways to make abusive tweeters less effective: hiding their content and preventing banned users from creating new accounts.

The updates, detailed in a blog post, come after years of criticism that the company hasn’t done enough to combat abuse and harassment. It’s part of a new push under Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey to clean up the social media service. On Twitter, where people don’t have to use their real names, the same environment that encourages open discussion also helps internet trolls thrive.

The changes will make it harder for abusers to be heard as they will be hidden in search results and replies, possibly decreasing their motivation. Twitter will not immediately delete the content that’s deemed harmful, just require more clicks to get to it. By preventing permanently blocked accounts from resurfacing under a different name, Twitter may decrease the amount of users who create multiple log-ins just to attack others.

Twitter’s failure to curb harassment has been a main complaint of users, and was one reason the company failed to get a bid from potential acquirers when it was exploring a sale last year. When Dorsey became CEO in 2015, he named user safety one of his top priorities.

Several prominent people have been banned, including Milo Yiannopoulos, the controversial British writer at the conservative website Breitbart News. Known as @nero on the site, Yiannopoulos was excluded for leading harassment of Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones. Martin Shkreli, the brash former pharmaceutical executive, was suspended earlier this year after he harassed a female reporter online.

With the updates, Twitter is providing some technological solutions to a problem that in the past was mostly addressed by a team around the world reviewing content after it’s reported by users. The company is responding to its own research and feedback from users frustrated at the time between the abuse and when it’s dealt with by the company.

Twitter is trying to make its product more pleasant to use after several quarters of stagnant user growth.

“I am not on Twitter”, Ibori denies owning a Twitter account.

James Ibori, former governor of Delta state, who returned to the country on Saturday, after serving a jail term in the UK, has denied joining Twitter.


Tony Eluemunor, spokesman of the Nigerian politician, disclosed this in a statement.


The denial is coming two days after the account @chiefibori was opened in his name.


The profile on @chiefibori read: “Politician, Former Governor of Delta State (1999-2007), Dad, Philanthropist and Business man.”


At exactly 8:08am, the handle released its first tweet: Good morning Nigerians#myfirstTweet.


The next tweet, at 9:32am, read: “I’m excited to reunite with my people. The strength of any politician lies in hands of his followers.”


A video of the rapturous welcome he received in his home town, Oghara, in Delta state, on Saturday evening, was also embedded.


Shortly after, there was a third tweet: “The energy yesterday was electrifying and intimidating. I’m grateful.”


As of 3:06pm, the account had 216 followers – while following nobody yet.


But many Twitter users trolled him instantly.


One wrote: “Delete your account”.


There are insinuations that the account is being disowned because of the torrent of trolling he has been receiving.

Social media App, Twitter donates $1m to fight Trump order.

Staff at social media company Twitter have donated more than $1m (£790,000) to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU has pledged to fight President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The civil rights group has reportedly raised more than $24m in online donations in the past few days.

Taxi hailing company Lyft previously said that it would donate $1m to the ACLU over the next four years.

Nearly 1,000 Twitter employees donated more than $500,000, which was matched by chief executive Jack Dorsey and executive chairman Omid Kordestani, according to TechCrunch.

In an email sent to Twitter staff and obtained by the tech news website, lawyer Vijaya Gadde said: “Our work is far from done.

“In the coming months we’ll see a flurry of legal challenges, legislative pushes and public pronouncements.

“But as long as civil liberties are threatened, I’m proud to know that as individuals we will stand up to defend freedom and look after people.”

It is also reported by Bloomberg that some of the largest US technology companies are preparing an open letter to President Trump, expressing concern about his order on immigration and offering help to “fix it”.

Meanwhile, messaging platform Viber has offered free international calls to the affected countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.


Source: BBC

HILARIOUS: Nigerian Twitter reacts to the news of MMM Freeze.

It is no longer news that MMM Nigeria has frozen accounts of its participants, blocking them from withdrawing their funds along with accruing 30% interest until January 12, 2017.


While some participants in the alleged Ponzi scheme have said they were not worried about the temporary ban placed on their accounts, a lot of critics are having a good laugh. And Twitter seems to be their ideal place for that.


We did a compilation of tweets from our TL today and too many people had fun. Enjoy:

Pius Adesanmi: The road from fast food to Twitter

When I was leaving Paris for Canada to begin my PhD in 1998, my French friends almost considered it a slap on the face of their culture and civilization that I was crossing over to North America. They considered it a lowering of culture in a way. Their only consolation? Well, at least he is going to Canada, not the USA.

Confused? Be patient. Come with me.

Gallic arrogance is such that the French see themselves – especially their language and culture – as the apex of Western civilization. It is from this national imaginary that they look down with supreme contempt on the language and culture of our own colonizers across the channel. Personally, I consider it ibinu ori and bad belle because English has a global reach they can only dream of and they cannot handle it.

Bad belle or no bad belle, they see themselves as the Oga at the top of Western civilization. If they look down on their neighbours in Britain, they almost consider the Americans across the Atlantic a cultural heresy. Or people of no culture. That is Gallic arrogance.

One measure of the fears of my French friends for my level of culture was constantly expressed in what would happen to my gastronomic culture in North America. We know that the French are the owners of haute cuisine and allied elaborate food culture. Add what I acquired in the aesthetics of food and cuisine in France to my foundation of elaborate Yagba and Yoruba food culture and owambe gourmandizing and you will understand the problem of my French friends – I was too gastronomically sophisticated for North America.

For the French, dinner can be a five-hour cultural ritual of numerous courses and excellent conversation. The journey from “aperitif” to “dessert” is a long and elaborate cultural ritual. For the American, dinner can be and usually is a five-minute drive through at McDonald’s. If he has money, he may later send a bottle of Budweiser to join the double Big Mac in his belly.

This is the cultural “sacrilege” that the French can’t handle. But, you see, the American culture of fast food is coming from somewhere much deeper. It is a much deeper metaphor, honed throughout the more than 200 years of their existence by their poets, artists, and philosophers. It is a science of the self as a swift, straight to the point, efficient persona, shorn of fioritura. The American will conquers swiftly, no stories, no detours. The American dream has no room for distraction. Straight to the point.

This is a marked difference from the cultural elaborateness of our friends in France and the notions of the self which devolve therefrom.

The metaphor of the fast food is the story is of the American approach to the self, to nation, to the world. It is his culture, his aesthetics and it is what shapes his science, his innovation, his industry. That is what all these things respond to.

If fast food is expressive of a national self-fashioning, somebody somewhere saw an opening in terms of how information can also be packaged and consumed swiftly as fast food, shorn of fioritura, expressive of the American way and personhood as defined by generations of that country’s writers, philosophers, and artists.

Twitter is a continuation of America’s fast food aesthetics of the self. How we eat – fast food – defines our approach to the production and consumption of information.

The French deceive themselves that the Americans are culturally inferior but there are millions of them eating the cultural fast food that is Twitter and being defined and shaped by it.

The ignorant Nigerian wants to know who culture and grammar “has epped”. But he is expressing it on Twitter. If we offer him a torchlight, he just might be able to peer into that tunnel and see how America’s poets elaborated the national cultural aesthetics which their science and innovation fed on to give him Twitter. He does not understand the relationship between a people’s food culture and Twitter.

Every time he is on Twitter or Facebook, he is using specific products of specific cultures and aesthetics of the self. He is so used to the ignorant disconnect that people make between “arts and science” in Nigeria that he does not understand that the societies he admires in the West see both as synergy and continuity.

So long as the Nigerian does not understand this, s/he will continue to spit on his own sages of culture while ignorantly worshipping other people’s sages of culture with every update, every Tweet.

Trump Picks Twitter Fight With China

US President-elect Donald Trump fired a Twitter broadside at China on Sunday, accusing the Asian giant of currency manipulation and military expansionism in the South China Sea.

The taunt came two days after Trump risked offending Beijing by accepting a call from the Taiwanese president, and heralded the prospect of a trade battle between the world’s largest economies.

China was a frequent target of Trump’s during his presidential campaign and, as he prepares to take office next month, every sign points to his taking an aggressive line with Beijing.

“Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the US doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?” he demanded, adding: “I don’t think so!”

China is the United States’ largest trading partner, but America ran a $366 billion deficit with Beijing in goods and services in 2015, up 6.6 percent on the year before.

US politicians often accuse China of artificially depressing its currency, the renminbi, in order to boost its exports — its value has fallen by around 15 percent in the past two-and-half years.

Trump has vowed to formally declare China a “currency manipulator” on the first day of his presidency, which would oblige the US Treasury to open negotiations with Beijing on allowing the renminbi to rise.

With China holding about a trillion dollars in US government debt, Washington would have little leverage in such talks, but the declaration would harm ties and boost the prospect of a trade war.

China charges an average 15.6 percent tariff on US agricultural imports and nine percent on other goods, according to the World Trade Organization.

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The Tyranny of the Young on Nigerian Twitter, By Kadaria Ahmed

The censorship and gagging, the attempt at cyber-bullying is unacceptable because it narrows the conversation. The good thing is that many of us simply refuse to be quiet. We won’t be cowed by the tyranny of government and politicians and we certainly won’t be cowered by the tyranny of often nameless, faceless ‘young’ trolls on twitter.

I am in my late forties so I cannot be considered young by any stretch of the imagination. I am satisfied with my journey through life thus far and comfortable in my skin. However, some people believe I should actually be ashamed of my age.

Not once, not twice on Twitter, I have witnessed ‘young’ people employing the word ‘old’ when attempting to insult or shame people who are older than them, when an older person has dared express a view they find disagreeable.

They wear their ‘youth’ like a badge of honour. They strut and preen almost as if being young is an achievement like bagging a degree, setting up a successful business or having a positive impact on the lives of people.

The attacks that I speak of mostly occur when they can not engage with the subject under discussion because it is intellectually challenging. They are victims of our fault lines and are therefore incapable of cold, objective engagement with any issue. Their immediate solution is to obfuscate and muddy the waters but when that doesn’t work, they resort to abuse. It doesn’t matter what the subject is – music, the Arts, culture – but nothing riles them up more than an opposing political view! They pounce and before long, the word ‘old’ makes its debut. It’s the ultimate slap-down!

Given the many challenges we face in Nigeria, from our non-existent healthcare, to bad roads and the stress of earning a living in a difficult economic terrain, all of which have lead to a declining life expectancy; growing old is actually a feat that should be commended. It is a badge of honour that says look at me, I have survived, against all the odds. Instead, age has become a twitter weapon used to terrorise the not so ‘young’.

Maybe it is frustration with a generation that they believe has failed this country and therefore hasn’t earned the right to have an opinion. While this point might be pertinent, it is important to note that although I have witnessed a few men being ‘insulted’ by the tag of ‘old’, the most vitriolic instances are reserved for women.

If one is female, one faces a more virulent attack if one even ventures to express an opinion that may be controversial in any way, shape or form. Age, gender, and marital status ‘shaming’ by an army of young trolls is now the order of the day on Nigerian twitter, actively and tacitly encouraged by a wider Nigeria society which remains mostly patriarchal, parochial and in some cases even misogynistic.

While the focus on marital status is clearly a result of patriarchy, which promotes the idea that women have no worth unless they are tied to a man, why would a woman’s years determine whether or not she should have an opinion? One explanation is that because we are ‘old’ we are seen to be somewhat ‘deficient’. Which leads to the question: What is the main difference between young and ‘old’ women? Well the most obvious and visible differences are tied to reproduction, in short sex.

As women approach fifty, they stop producing certain hormones, as result of this, most of us stop being able to conceive and begin to see changes in our body. The general belief is that we stop becoming desirable. So again, it comes back to our worth to men. While this is actually not true, the fact that female aging is seen as a ‘deficiency’ speaks to a system organised again to measure women through the eyes of patriarchy.

…trolling ‘old’ people on Twitter, and targeting single women will not solve our problems. Despite our shortcomings and failures, and they are significant, most of us believe that we have to contribute to nation-building.

I remember a certain Senator saying if he were to rape a woman it wouldn’t be one who is past her menopause. Where does one begin to even engage with this sort of statement? Is it to talk about the seeming normalisation of a hideous crime or the attempt to imply that women who are past menopause are unworthy of even having something so base and atrocious as rape committed against them?

On Nigerian Twitter today, it is not unusual for an argument on politics with older women to end with suggestions that they need to find a man to have sex with, to rid them of their ‘bitterness’. This is how smart, articulate women are reduced to nothing more than sex objects.

In this society today, there is no attempt at subtlety by men who have no respect for women. They are all too aware that their actions have no consequences and life goes on as normal, regardless of how egregious the remarks.

What is surprising is the number of young women who take part in this taunting. It amuses me no end and then it saddens me because at best they are unwittingly building and nurturing a process that systematically reduces them and which eventually, is likely to be used against them. They are active connivers because they have bought into the cultural ‘values’ that underpin and promote gender discrimination and misogyny. This is tragic.

Trust me, this isn’t an attempt to stifle debate. With any conversation, it is important to have multiple viewpoints. These are particularly critical as we seek to address significant problems ranging from violent religious and ethic clashes that have lead to thousands of deaths in a country which seems to simply refuse to grow and develop.

Inter-generational dialogue is also key as we have a large youth population (18 to 35) more than half of whom are disenfranchised and without hope. They need to take their destiny into their hands and force a change in an establishment that has let them down.

However, trolling ‘old’ people on Twitter, and targeting single women will not solve our problems. Despite our shortcomings and failures, and they are significant, most of us believe that we have to contribute to nation-building.

The censorship and gagging, the attempt at cyber-bullying is unacceptable because it narrows the conversation. The good thing is that many of us simply refuse to be quiet. We won’t be cowed by the tyranny of government and politicians and we certainly won’t be cowered by the tyranny of often nameless, faceless ‘young’ trolls on twitter.

Kadaria Ahmed writes from Abuja.

Twitter suspends major alt-right accounts.

Twitter this week suspended several prominent accounts linked to the alt-right movement, the fringe white nationalist group that helped propel President-elect Donald Trump to the White House. As USA Today reports, the site suspended the accounts on Tuesday, the same day it announced a long-awaited measure to combat abuse on its platform.


Among the users suspended this week is Richard Spencer, head of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank that, according to its website, is “dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United State.” Spencer’s personal verified account was suspended, as were those of the National Policy Institute and his magazine, Radix Journal. Other suspended alt-right Twitter users include Paul Town, Pax Dickinson, Ricky Vaughn and John Rivers.


In an interview with The Daily Caller, Spencer described Twitter’s move as “corporate Stalinism.” “Twitter is trying to airbrush the alt-right out of existence,” he told the website. “They’re clearly afraid. They will fail!”


In a YouTube video posted online Tuesday, he said that online “execution squads” were targeting the alt-right, comparing it, curiously, to Adolf Hitler’s purge of Nazi leaders in 1934.


Twitter declined to comment on the suspensions in a statement to USA Today, citing “privacy and security reasons.”


The site has come under increased pressure in recent years to crack down on abuse and trolling among its users, and its failure to do so reportedly thwarted potential acquisition bids from Disney and Salesforce. On Tuesday, Twitter announced a new feature that allows users to mute keywords, phrases, emoji, user names, and hashtags.


The alt-right movement has flourished on both Facebook and Twitter, despite complaints over the group’s hateful rhetoric and abuse.


A study from George Washington University in September found that although Twitter has effectively cracked down on accounts linked to ISIS, white nationalists and neo-Nazis have continued to thrive on the platform “with relative impunity.”


In July, Twitter banned notorious troll Milo Yiannopoulos after he encouraged his followers to tweet racist messages to Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones, though before Tuesday, the site had never suspended alt-right accounts en masse.


The suspensions also come after Trump’s controversial decision to appoint Steve Bannon as chief strategist in his administration.


Bannon, the executive chairman of the right-wing site Breitbart News, served as Trump’s campaign CEO and has openly espoused racist and anti-Semitic views in the past.


His appointment to a top White House post has raised serious concerns over the influence he may wield over the Trump administration.

Prophet T. B. Joshua Deletes Clinton’s Win Prophecy As Nigerians Slam Him On Twitter

Following the prediction of Prophet  T. B Joshua on Sunday regarding a “narrow” win for Hilary Clinton in the just concluded U.S. presidential election;  Mrs. Clinton lost to Donald Trump of the Republican Party on Tuesday. Mr. Trump won over 270 electoral college votes to secure victory.

Nigerians are already swarming twitter, making fun of  T. B. Joshua for the failure of his prophesy.

A few hours later, Mr. Joshua deleted the prophesy posted on the church’s official Facebook account.

See tweets below:

#MentalHealth: Pastor Sam Adeyemi and The Misconception of Sin – Tosin Adeda

The night before which was a Saturday, for some reason I stayed up so late into the early hours of Sunday, and right there and then I made up my mind I would go to a nearby church, instead of travelling all the way from Yaba to Isolo as usual.


My sleep was so relaxing and long because I didn’t have to wake up early for church, since I was going nearby. Woke up checked my twitter and I saw a particular tweet from a friend directed at Pastor Sam Adeyemi  that goes thus “I respect you a lot Sir, but please stop this is nonsense”.


The confrontation didn’t really shock me, if you are a frequent user of the social media platform called Twitter, you would know it’s a leveller and it gives people this faux belief that they are equal with everyone. The ease of mentioning the handle of a particular person and getting your message across to him/her makes it a whole lot easier. Being Nigerians that we are, we tend to overdo and take things to the extreme, hence the reason why the confrontation didn’t shock me. People are naturally rude on social media.


What worried me however was the thought of what exactly Pastor Sam Adeyemi said to warrant such an affront. For those who don’t know, Pastor Sam Adeyemi is a teacher and pastor of Daystar Christian Centre in Lagos Nigeria. Unlike so many other “Men of God”, he is rather known for teaching the word of God according to the bible, and not the typical flamboyance that is known with many others.


“The root cause of mental illness is Sin. (Rom 6:23) and the foundational solution to mental health is salvation #MentalHealth” – @Sam_adeyemi


That was the tweet that caused a whole lot of rancour and uproar on twitter. There were two different angles to the outrage, and both angles were founded on ignorance and the bandwagon effect.


The first group of angry people based their anger on the fact that Pastor Sam was preaching against seeking medical help for sick people, especially mentally ill people. They went on and on about how he was using religion to misinform and lead people astray by preaching divine healings over medical help.


Firstly that tweet was taken out context of a long sermon on #MentalHealth. They were quick to pick out this one tweet and conveniently formed misinformed opinions about what they felt the pastor was talking about, rather than going through the entire thread of tweets to grasp and have an idea of the pastor’s general stand on the topic. Before this particular tweet, the pastor had already made spoken about #MentalHealth and the medical angle to it.


Below are some of the tweets.


“Mental Health is a state of emotional, psychological and social well being. #MentalHealth” – @Sam_adeyemi


“Mental illness is a real as physical illness. The lack of understanding gives room for a lot of ignorance & stigmatisation. #MentalHealth” – @Sam_adeyemi


There is a controversy amongst Christians on Mental Health issues because we believe it is spiritual issue #MentalHealth” – @Sam_adeyemi


Seeking medical help for physical or mental illness does not contradict God’s word or having faith for your healing. #MentalHealth” – @Sam_adeyemi

If something is wrong and you need medical attention or if you know anyone with mental illness. Please seek medical help. #MentalHealth” – @Sam_adeyemi


From the tweets above, it’s clear what Pastor Sam’s stand on mental illness is. He spoke against the stigmatisation of mentally ill people, spoke about the spiritualising of the ailment by ignorant Christians, advised people with the predicament to seek medical help, went further to explain to Christians that seeking medical help for ailments wasn’t against Christianity and in no way had any negatives on their faith.


He was very clear and straightforward, but only those wise and patient enough to check the whole message would have realized this, others who were quick to judge blindly, others who followed the band wagon, didn’t bother to find out before casting stones at the pastor.


The second set of angry people are of the opinion that Pastor Sam blamed victims for their predicaments by saying the root cause is sin.


In a way I can understand the outrage of these set of people because they really did not understand what he meant by sin and the biblical angle from which he was speaking. In as much as I can pardon these set of people, however there are some who are supposed Christians who are expected to understand the concept of sin he spoke about, but sadly their Sunday school classes as kids didn’t impact them so much.


Before I explain what he meant by sin, I’ll like to state here that anyone who doesn’t believe in the bible and thinks it’s a myth shouldn’t bother with my explanation, because it would mean nothing to you, as everything I’ll be explaining will be from the bible.


When God created man in the book of Genesis, he made man in his own image, man had dominion over the earth and everything on earth, man named every animal, man was in the Garden of Eden, enjoying life according to the plans of God. God would come down to Adam and Eve to fellowship with them in the Garden, there was no hardship, no sicknesses, no death, the mind of man was pure and clean, Adam and Eve didn’t even know they were naked.
Temptation came from the devil in form of the serpent, Eve fell and Adam also fell afterwards. At this point they knew they had done bad and began to hide from God.


Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. – Genesis 3: 8


The conversation between Man and God went thus, for the first time it was different, there was an element of guilt. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” – Genesis 3:9


He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” – Genesis 3: 10


And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” – Genesis 3: 11


At this point God was displeased with man and the whole plan of God for man changed in the following verses.
So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,


“Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head,  and you will strike his heel.” – Genesis 3: 14 – 15


To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labour you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” – Genesis 3: 16


To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’


“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.


By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return. – Genesis 3: 17 – 19


God did not only place curses on man, he also ensured that they left the Garden of Eden lest man ate from the tree of life and live forever.


And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.  – Genesis 3: 22


So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. – Genesis 3: 23


From this moment on, sin came into the world and every form of hardship and sufferings known to mankind today were birthed.


Going further into the New Testament, God decided to reconcile with mankind and had the perfect plan of redemption for mankind, hence he sent his only begotten son Jesus, to come die and pay for the sins of mankind. In Romans 3:23 the bible says that “for all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God”


In Romans 6:23 the bible says that the wages of sin is death and the free gift of God is eternal life, through Christ Jesus.


What Pastor Sam did was introduce salvation into the #MentalHealth teaching by bringing up the genesis of mental illness and every imperfection of man to the sin of Adam, and went ahead to insert (Romans 6:23) which was a reminder to every man the consequences of the sin of the first man and the plan of redemption in Christ for everyone who accepts Christ.


The book of Romans 5: 12 – 21 gives a perfect explanation as regards the fall of man through the sin of Adam and Eve, how it affects everyone and the plan of redemption.


Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned – Romans 5:12


To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. – Romans 5:13


Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come. – Romans 5:14


But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many – Romans 5:15


Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. – Romans 5:16


For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! – Romans 5:17


Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. – Romans 5:18


For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. – Romans 5:19


The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Romans 5: 20 -21


Everything Pastor Sam spoke about on #MentalHealth was correct both medically and biblically, the problem was that people were selective and chose to misinterpret him for whatever reasons, while other were ignorant of the biblical consequences of the fall of man that brought sin into the world.


I hope I’ve been able to shed more light on the Pastor’s message.

Twitter to Sack 9% of its Workers Worldwide

Twitter Inc. is cutting about 9 per cent of its employees worldwide.

The social media site seemingly unable to find a buyer and losing money has struggled amid competition from the likes of Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram, says it expects to book about $10 million to $20 million in workforce restructuring charges.

Twitter shares have tumbled 27 per cent in the past month as possible suitors have wandered away, rose 4 per cent before the opening bell Thursday.

The San Francisco company said it expects to take $10 million to $20 million (U.S.) in charges as it lays off more than 300 of its 3,860 workers.

“We have a clear plan, and we’re making the necessary changes to ensure Twitter is positioned for long-term growth,” CEO Jack Dorsey said in a company release.


#EdoDecides: Ize-Iyamu, Obaseki In Hashtag Battle On Twitter

The major contenders in the ongoing governorship election in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki of All Progressives Congress, APC and Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have taken their campaign battle to the social media.

While Obaseki is selling himself as the best choice for Edo with the campaign hashtag, #Obasekiourchoice, supporters of Ize-Iyamu on the other side are countering the APC led Twitter crusade, with their own campaign, #IzeIyamuwillwin.

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Behold The Jennifer Aniston Memes Flooding Twitter Over Brangelina Break Up

It is the shock split that has sent social media into a meltdown.

And although some seem genuinely upset by the news of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s impending divorce, others have delighted in sharing Jennifer Aniston memes.

The actress, who was dumped by Brad in 2005 in favour of Angelina, can be seen in various states of glee in the clips and memes flooding Twitter.

Hundreds of social media users have shared hilarious Jennifer Aniston memes following Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's shock split

One of the memes uses a classic Friends quotes: 'I mean, isn't that just kick-you-in-the-crotch, split-on-your-neck fantastic'

The actress was pictured punching the air with a look of elation on her face with the caption: 'Such sad news that Brad and Angelina couldn't make it work.'

Anniston seemingly waving goodbye to Angelina, who married Brad after the pair split

Tom Harlock also shared a shot of Jennifer snapping away on an iPhone cameraThe actress, who was dumped by Brad in 2005 in favour of Angelina, can be seen in various states of glee in the clips and memes flooding Twitter

King Natles jokes that today is 'redemption day' for Jennifer Anniston fans everywhere

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Twitter Eases 140 Character Limit On Tweets

Twitter announced Monday it was easing its 140-character limit on tweets, implementing a policy announced in May to no longer factor certain add-ons including pictures into a message’s length.

“Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 characters,” said an official tweet from the social network, which is seeking to broaden its appeal.


Simone Biles Releases Statement On Twitter Following The Russian Drug-Testing Hack

A group of Russian hackers broke into the World Anti-Doping Agency’s database earlier this week and released the private medical records of multiple Olympic athletes, including Simone Biles, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams.

According to E! News, all three of the superstar athletes had been “given medical exemptions to use banned drugs” for various reasons, and Simone had tested positive for one of WADA’s banned substances prior to the 2016 Summer Games. In response, Simone took to Twitter on Tuesday to explain her side of the story, and to further emphasize that she did not misuse any drugs or cheat.

“I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid,” she wrote. “Please know, I believe in clean sport, have always followed the rules, and will continue to do so as fair play is critical to sport and is very important to me.”

“Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of [and] nothing that I’m afraid to let people know,” she continued.

WADA later released a statement on the matter, condemning the cyber-attack and to state that they believe it happened as a result of email phishing. They also believe that the attack happened in response to the Russian doping scandal at this year’s Olympics.

“WADA deeply regrets this situation and is very conscious of the threat that it represents to athletes whose confidential information has been divulged through this criminal act,” Director General Olivier Niggli said. “We are reaching out to stakeholders, such as the IOC, IFs and NADOs, regarding the specific athletes impacted.”

“Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia further to the outcomes of the Agency’s independent McLaren Investigation Report,” he continued.

Meanwhile, the team behind the cyber-attack — which goes by the name Fancy Bears — has released a statement on their website saying that they “stand for fair play and clean sport” and intend to keep releasing information from the WADA database.

“We will start with the U.S. team which has disgraced its name by tainted victories,” they wrote. “We will also disclose exclusive information about other national Olympic teams later. Wait for sensational proof of famous athletes taking doping substances any time soon.”

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Cyber-Hyenas, Cyber-Vandals, Character Assassins Have Seized Nigeria’s Social Media NAN MD Says

The Managing director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Tayo Onanuga, says Cyber-hyenas, Cyber-vandals, Character assassins have seized Nigeria’s social media. He said this following the backlash he received from a post he shared on his Facebook wall few days ago where he insinuated that the hardship most Nigerians are complaining about might just be mere propaganda. He wrote;

Lynch-mob, cyber-hyenas, cyber-vandals, character assassins: this is the motley crowd that has seized Nigeria’s social media space, either on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. It is a mob and functions like any other mob, pouncing on targets, remorselessly, twisting your words to achieve a preconceived end.

The rampaging crowd in cyberspace is the opposite of what Mark Zuckerberg and co have in mind in creating communication networks to link friends or people with common interests.

Judging by my experience in the last 72 hours, I am no longer surprised why many decent people either closed their accounts on the various platforms or have become inactive.

No sane, decent person can truly condone the vicious band of assassins always on the prowl, looking for preys to desecrate and mutilate, all because the victims’ viewpoint does not tally with their jaundiced position. I am sure that Zuckerberg will be mortified about how Nigerians have fouled his platform and Twitter. They are now nests of uncouth, ill-mannered, hate-filled Nigerians. Fellow Nigerians, we cannot all think one-way.

We cannot all think alike. I have the inalienable right to have a different idea from yours. And that in civilised societies does not call for the unbridled umbrage that my posts have attracted and the unwarranted attacks against my child.

Good morning!.

Twitter Suspends Niger Delta Avengers, Boko Haram Accounts Over Terrorism Acts

Twitter has suspended the accounts of Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), Boko Haram, as well hundreds of thousands others for violating policies related to violent threats and promotion of terrorism, the company said on Thursday.

The online social media has suspended additional 235,000 accounts since February.

Total suspensions related to violence and terror is now around 360,000 since the middle of last year.

Meanwhile, up to 80 per cent are being suspended daily since last year, Twitter said, due largely to proprietary “spam-fighting” tools.

The company said it has made progress in shortening the amount of time that violators are on Twitter; reducing their followers and disrupting the ability of offenders to immediately return to Twitter.

It said it has bolstered its team to review complaints of extremism and buoyed collaborations with law enforcement, other social platforms and international nongovernmental agencies.

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Massage chair user in Japan tweets for help and alerts police after falling asleep and getting locked in store

A massage chair user in Japan had to make use of Twitter to plead for help after he slept off in an electrical store while enjoying his massage and woke up to find the store locked and the shutters lowered.

The man, identified only by his Twitter handle @_Asphodelus, tweeted, “Oh man, I’m locked in!”

He included photos, dated 15 August, of the locked doors, which appear to show that he was stuck inside an appliance store known as Ks, operated by Ks Holdings Corporation.

According to the Twitter user, he was freed to go home after an alarm alerted the police and he had to be checked by ten police officers to ensure he didn’t steal any goods.

The store owner then apologized for not checking to be sure that no one was around before he locked the store.

“Seems the store workers [w]ere sleeping on the job,” a commenter with the handle-name Mocheake posted on JapanToday, an English language digest of Japan-related news.

Another user, Peter Qinghai, said: “Staff must’ve thought he was a test dummy, HA HA!”

Rihanna Beats Kanye As Most Talked About Designer On Twitter

Despite selling out Madison Square Garden for his Yeezy Season 3 show, dropping a controversial new album and making headlines for his increasingly frequent Twitter rants of late, Kanye West did not generate the biggest buzz during New York Fashion Week.

According to data collected by Twitter, Rihanna’s debut collection for Puma dominated the #NYFW conversation. Puma and Rihanna both took the number-one spot for most talked about brand and most mentioned celebrity, respectively. Plus, the image Rihanna shared from her inaugural runway show ranked among the week’s most viral photos with over 17,200 retweets and 35,500 favorites.

Kanye may claim to be “50 percent more influential” than some of history’s most famous figures, but it’s RiRi who’s commanding the attention of the style set this season.

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Pizza Hut UK Mocks Kanye West’s Debt Rant, Offer Him A Job

These people have no chill.. lol. After Kanye West announced he was $53million in debt in a string of social media posts, writing: “I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt… Please pray we overcome… This is my true heart…” People had different reactions to his tweet. Pizza Hut UK’s official Twitter page came out with their own reaction by offering Kanye a job, lol. Read the tweets below:

Their Twitter page wrote: “Stop telling everyone you need dough and try kneading some dough. We got your C.V. today. You start at 9am tomorrow.”
After Kanye wrote: “But I need access to more money in order to bring more beautiful ideas to the world,” they responded: “We’re sorry Kanye. We just can’t accept this. Please give us a call.”

Alongside it was a mocked up CV, with his “skills” including “rapping, fashion design, keeping straight face, being the greatest, and album cover design”.

His “experiences” included “rapping, fashion design, making the best shoes ever, Glastonbury 2015, sit ups, and baggy pants.”
Finally, his references included God, Taylor Swift, Kanye, Kim and North West – with a huge cross through Taylor’s name.

No chill, lol.

Ololade Ajekigbe: How To Survive And Enjoy Nigerian Twitter

Mudslinging. Witty comments. Slander. Egotistic Overlords. Muckraking. And downright gutter fighting. Welcome to Nigerian Twitter, the home of drama, melodrama and more drama. This is not to suggest that there are no upsides to this fascinating social media platform. I tell anyone who cares to listen that Twitter is by far my favourite online social networking site. There’s just something about it that never fails to entertain or inform at any given time. For one, it projects far less pretentiousness and fake life compared to its Facebook and Instagram counterparts. Its uniqueness is also seen in the bench mark of 140 character messages that one is limited to in expressing a thought. As a writer, the brevity of words one is confined to on Twitter appeals to my creative side. A characteristic that stands it out from other social media platforms.

As much as Twitter is a fun place to meet interesting people in the virtual world, and enjoy plenty of lighthearted banter, it can also be a slippery slope where a little blunder can quickly escalate into a major scandal. The streets of Nigerian Twitter are brutal and unforgiving. The many twit fights which have been recorded in this relatively new year alone is testament to the volatile nature of Nigerian Twitter. And so today, I’ll be attempting to help you navigate the mine riddled streets of Nigerian Twitter so you can have a good time without getting enmeshed in any controversies or roforofo fights that break out daily. Let’s delve right into what you need to do to not just survive but also enjoy being a part of the interesting phenomenon called (Nigerian) Twitter;

Follow the right people: The first step to ensuring you have a good time on Twitter is by seeking the right set of people to follow. I am not about to advertise anyone’s handle free, but, this largely depends on what qualifies as fun for you. If you’re the happy-go-lucky type, you would definitely want to be in the loop of all the juicy gossip, jokes and entertainment gist, and so it only makes sense to follow interesting celebrities, gossip handles and regular people who have a good sense of humour. If you are a nerd/geek on the other hand you will find several “serious” handles that will suit your needs. However, I  recommend a healthy mix of things. As people retweet other people’s tweets into your timeline you will get a good idea of who and who to follow. A good combination of folks a great sense of humour, cynics, overlords, celebrities, media and political/government handles make for a wholesome experience of Nigerian Twitter.

Don’t believe everything you read: It’s called a virtual community for a reason – It doesn’t exist physically. Never take everything you read hook, line and sinker. Like other virtual communities, there are parody accounts on Twitter. Empty barrels who speak (or technically type) highfalutin jargon in a bid to project pseudo-intelligence on the gullible ones litter the corridors of Nigerian Twitter. Strong opinions which are hardly applicable in the real world are defended vehemently. When popular opinion tells you to ditch your girlfriend because she isn’t “hawt” enough or move out of your parent’s house after graduation, even though you are yet to get a job, then you may need to think twice before acting on their advice.

Just “Lol” Along: The fastest way to get into trouble on the unsparing streets of Nigerian Twitter is by jumping into chats you have little knowledge of with an unwanted opinion. Twitter is the base of subliminal messages, popularly called “subs.” It’s very easy for your tweet to be misconstrued as a sub, in which case you just might find yourself bearing the brunt of the frustrations of a random person before you can catch your breath. Many have been lampooned and derided to no end, and some have even had to delete their accounts after receiving backlash for a tweet they never imagined could draw the ire of the gladiators on Twitter. The way to play it safe while having fun on Nigerian Twitter is by simply “loling” along. Just be the one who has a good time laughing at the different subs, jokes and innuendoes flying around. Stay in your lane; that way you are not likely to be drawn into any unnecessary drama. On the flip side, you may decide to…

Ensure you possess a caustic tongue:  An intrinsic ability to make scathing remarks and “epic come backs” to unsavoury comments is an advantage in the Twit world. If you’re one who can’t find fulfillment observing things from the sidelines, and absolutely have to get into the fray for kicks, then you’ll need to make sure you’re ready for all the drama and meltdown that Nigerian Twitter is never short of. If you’re certain you can withstand the heat, then by all means dive right into anyone’s timeline and air your views regardless of whose Ox is gored. As your ancestors and progeny get insulted as is sure as daylight certain to happen, you also get the chance to spew all the venom you possess in retaliation. It is these kinds of drama and twit fights the rest of us mere spectators live for, even though most of us pretend to be disgusted by the show of shame of feuding parties.

Jump on the Hashtags/Trending Topics: At any point in time there are hashtags on trending topics on Twitter. The best way to be in on the latest news around the world and also have a good laugh courtesy of the homemade hashtags is by getting creative with them yourself. These hashtags encourage people to be creative with words, embrace lighthearted repartee and generally share an air of camaraderie. I’d gladly recommend the #IWasInMyHouseAndTrailerCameToJamMe which is one of the most hilarious hashtags on Nigerian Twitter. There’s also the #BeingFemaleInNigeria and #ItsOnlyInNigeria among many others.

In all, Nigerian Twitter is loads of fun. But beyond being fun, it must be said that it is a platform that has been at the forefront of championing many worthy causes and civil activism. The Bring Back Our Girls campaign created in honour of the missing Chibok girls which started like any other hashtag on Twitter became one of the most talked about topics in the world at the peak of its awareness. Nigerian Twitter has exposed frauds, shed more light on burning issues, provided employment for the previously unemployed and saved lives. Therefore, it’s not just all about the weave pulling and slut shaming that occurs there everyday.

Not to deride Facebook, Instagram or Snap Chat. But, Twitter is the real deal. Get on board (if you aren’t already) bearing the few points I have elucidated in mind and kiss boredom goodbye.

Ololade Ajekigbe

Rex Showunmi: The Big Issue; A Weekend Rave on Rape

Somehow on Saturday 28th November, I “ran” into the latest  Nigerian talk show in town, TVC’s The Big Issue hosted by Oba Adeoye. Coincidentally, or rather deliberately, the debate issue was the same subject-matter that raved the Internet last week. The Rape issue. As with all debates there were two sides: One side led by a female Psychologist  held the agelong behavioural “dog and meat” psychology. The argument seem tilted to the campaign that stopping Indecent dressing may mean stopping rape. After all,  once you throw the meat the dog must chase. To stop the dog from chasing you may have to stop throwing the meat.

And the other side, championed by popular Nollywood actress Foluke Daramola were more logical : Rape is Rape. Indecent dressing is wrong but we cannot finger it for rape cases. They were in line with the popular maxim: “there are no words for rape, only sentences.”

As for the audience, by the questions they asked and their “body language”, they seemed more inclined to the psychological argument over the logical one. However, this psychological principle didn’t start today, it’s root is in the theory of causality. Thus, we cannot  dismiss it as illogical, it has a point. Only that it has failed to solve many issues. If Indecent dressing is the major motivating factor for rape then the Western World should have more rape incidents than anywhere else in the world.

Stats reveals that South Africa records up to 500, 000 “reported” rape cases every year while UK has 85,000 rapes a year. When you connect that to the recent Xenophobia incident, you get a clearer picture.

Presumably, we know what to blame for rape. In one word : Savagery! It’s a pre-logic state of the mind.   Indecent dressing or not, it has more of an internal locus of control than external. You’ll understand the point better when you hear the numbers of rape cases churning out of states like Kano.

Truth be told, if all women agree to help men by wearing blankets, it’d only be a matter of time… Blankets would seem like “see throughs” for “pathological” rapists. Many rapists can undress a woman through with their eyes. Psycho-Cybernetics? The triggers  of vices {after they have matured in the mind of the perpetrator} is more internal than external. They are relatively automated.

Something very similar is the idea of terrorism. Terrorists start with eating offending cows, later their appetite grow bigger. Any unholy cow becomes the preferred beef  for his sumptuous banquet. Until they graduate to start feasting on the sacred cows itself. Cow is cow, brother. Bring them on. As in, they never repent!

I remember when the Charlie Hebdo incident happened in Paris, while many countries condemned the attacks, some others raised the #IamNotCharlieHebdo hashtag. They did so with the behavioural “dog and meat” argument. Their body language or body odour was clear. Those guys deserved what they got for their heresy. I mean how can you speak ill of the holy fellowship? And those boys, no need for remorse, they saw your  hashtag.

Later on, they came back… for more blood…. The #ParisAttack happened. When the news came, I pinged a friend – one of the #IamNotCharlieHebdo guy- to ask him if those who died in the attack were drawing satirical, offensive cartoons at the concert? He went mute. “Ani ki a ba ole wi eyin ni pe enikan careless.”

The truth of the matter is that a vice is a vice and should be vehemently condemned irrespective of what led to it. So my parting for Oba Adeoye and many of us who over exaggerate the “back to your shell” solution is simple. Let’s face it, If all women move about nude it would never “assist” a rapist in proving ANY point. No words, only sentences.

*Rex Showunmi tweets with the handle @remirex.

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of nor its associates

Boko Haram Claims Abuja Bombings On Twitter

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, the group said in a message posted on social media on Sunday evening.

At least 18 people were killed and 41 injured in the bombings on Friday night, in Kuje, to the west of Abuja, and in Nyanya, to the east, the authorities said.

Suspicion immediately fell on the Islamist militants, who last year said they were behind two attacks in Nyanya that left more than 90 dead.

The claim of responsibility on Twitter was signed by Islamic State in West Africa Province, used by Boko Haram since its pledge of allegiance to the militants in Syria and Iraq in March.

It showed photographs of three men in combat fatigues, holding automatic weapons and in front of the group’s insignia, and claimed they had carried out “martyrdom operations”.

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Akpabio Disowns Twitter, Facebook Accounts

Senate Minority Leader, Godwsill Akpabio, yes­terday disowned Twitter and Facebook accounts credited to him, warning members of the public to desist from setting up social media accounts on his behalf.

The former Akwa Ibom State governor insisted that he neither owns the Twitter accounts nor did he send out messages already in the public domain.

Akpabio’s media assistant, Deacon Jackson Udom reiterated in a statement yesterday that, “Senator Akpabio has disowned Twitter and Face­book accounts opened on his behalf and has advis­ing those who are doing so to desist from such, as he has not authorised or cause to be opened, any Facebook or Twitter account on his behalf…”

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Uproar On Twitter As Nigerians React To Buhari’s New Appointments

Seems the latest appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari is causing an uproar on twitter. Nigerians are exercising their civil rights by expressing mixed reactions toward the newly appointees. Most of the issues surrounding these reactions involve federal character and ethnicity. Read tweets below:

Reasons Why You Must Be On Twitter By M. Malumfashi

Twitter, a social media platform developed in 2006 and has now reached over 300m ‘active’ users with may be up to 1 billion accounts. At this digital age, with over 3 billion people said to be users of the Internet (almost half of the entire world). Nigeria represent about 2.5% of that figure making it the most Internet-using nation in Africa. According to NCC Internet users stood at nothing less than 88m, that’s about 40% of our 180m population.

Twitter users are just half of Facebook users in the world (with the latter boasting of over 1 billion account since 2012, and mostly active accounts) but in Nigeria the case is different as the ratio is even lower. I don’t think 1% of our Internet users are on twitter. I don’t know of any official statistics of Nigerians on twitter, but I know for sure Nigeria isn’t among the Top 20 countries on twitter despite being the 8th country with Internet users all over the world. I roughly assumed the figure to be around 500,000. Not more than half a million. Unlike the US with about 25 million users.

So, here are 10 reasons why you can’t continue to miss 350 million tweets every day;

  1. First class source of Information:

Primary sources are the original and unfiltered information. Twitter is a first class information source. If you are on twitter and your friends aren’t, they’ll always be surprised where on earth you get your news from, especially before it breaks all over. There were times that people argue or at least give doubt, over some issues only to realise their ignorance after several hours or even days. Today newspapers get their source from twitter. When @realmadrid official twitter account unfollow @ikercasillas, Marca’s next edition could feature Bye bye Saint Iker. When @sergioramos follow @manutd account, it’s a done deal. That’s how it’s being done today.

  1. Pool of news:

On 25th June 2009 twitter received over 100,000 tweets per hour on the death of Michael Jackson alone. Not only that twitter is a first class source of information it’s also a news pool. You’ll know that when you follow a thousand of tweeps. Tweets from all topics, aspects. Since you are interacting with people all over the globe. Anyway, beware of false information and rumours.

  1. Twitter is a school:

Twitter is like a classroom. Join and enrol in any class of your choice, be it sports, history, politics, international relations, economics, health, relationship, and IT. On twitter people know almost everything. You may come across online quizzes, debates on feminism, marriage, soccer etc On religion; #DeenNight, #SahabahNights. et al. Some people say ‘it’s only twitter’ but I have learnt and still learning a lot from it. Just follow the right people.

  1. Twitter is drama:

Twitter is drama; twitter is fun. If you’re not on twitter, bro, you have missed almost 9 years of drama. The twitter beefs; Drake, Meek Mill, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Amber Rose. The #TwitFight, #WailingWailers. #ArewaTwitter; DM issues, some…drama. The red crayons!

  1. Twitter, an analyser!

You are not on twitter? You never heard of the #RenoPolls with the fear of God. #AITPolls. Twitter is nowadays used for surveys,taking polls on public opinion, supporters approval rating. You also understand people’s take on issues and their reactions. I remember Comr. @Shehusani’s camels, it generated a lot. May be the reason his tweets are protected now.

  1. Reach out to a lot of people.

Reach out to a million of people online with just a single tweet. And it gets Retweeted. Remember @barackobama massive social campaign in 2008? Okay. If you are a celebrity, with twitter you can simply reach your millions of followers out over there and even give out recharge cards or follow back to random followers. Not bad!

  1. Twitter for help!!!

Twitter is for emergency. You must have read how twitter saved @elrufai in 2010 from DSS in his Accidental public servant. Once a lady here raised an alarm; attacked by robbers in her house. In no time some brave men jumped out of twitter to the house. You see? Since you don’t know Nigeria’s emergency number, is it 911 or 112? Whatever just mention one of the overloads on twitter. Boko haram attack, robbery.. God save us.

  1. Twitter # for Movement:

One of the most trending global issues in social media and off it, is the #BringBackOurGirls. One of the orchestrators narrated how #BBOG came up, it was by using a simple # (hashtag) on twitter. So not only emergency, twitter can be used for campaign, and other movements. #NISStampede, #OccupyNaija, #GEJWinsIT, #OpenNASS..

  1. Rumours on twitter?

Because of the heavy flow and traffic of news on twitter there used to be a lot of lies, false information and update. What you need to do is simple. Ask ‘what’s your source?’ I saw one guy when asked about his source during the much heated Nigeria’s presidential campaign mentioned one of the overloads on Twitter Nigeria as his own source. Now that we have a lot of BLOGGERS one should be careful about what he call news, and who he follows and what he retweets on twitter. And because it’s like a school, you can’t tell lies and go free when we have all subject teachers here. One last thing is that you should know that there are fake and parody accounts.

  1. Big Uncles.. And the aunts

Big family men have polluted the Facebook atmosphere, some believe. There is a limit to what they post as even their DP on BBM or whatsApp. There are some things you can’t post on Facebook, why not tweet them? Those big aunts and uncles aren’t here, may be, Yet. Twitter atmosphere haven’t been polluted by those big men and mamas who have eyes on what you do on SM. You can tweet whatever you wish!! You are safe. Just beware of screen grabbers. They are hyper-fast. Those pix. and DMs, means no break up forever, in some cases. Take heed! Toh!!!

Muhammad Malumfashi is on twitter @Ya_waliyyi

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Meet the Blogger Who Earns N3m Per Instagram Picture

A personal style blogger has lifted the lid on the lucrative business of bloggers who are paid big bucks by brands to feature certain products, or even phrases, on their Instagram accounts.

Danielle Bernstein, 22, runs the blog We Wore What, and has 992,000 followers on her Instagram.
Currently, her rate card sets the cost of a single piece of sponsored content from $5,000 to $15,000, but she explained to Harper’s Bazaar that this rate can go up or down depending on the number of posts a brand requires, and length of her relationship with the company in question.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg; according to Miss Bernstein, when she hits one million

followers, she will be able to charge ‘a good amount more’ for sponsored content.

Indeed, Miss Bernstein is edging towards the top of the new Instagram economy, through which savvy social media stars are translating an ever-increasing tally of followers into a lucrative business, which – if their accounts are considered as ‘bankable’ as Miss Bernstein’s – could earn them millions of dollars a year.

Miss Bernstein explains that the range for Instagram accounts with a few hundred thousand followers is from around $500 to $5,000 per post, but accounts with upwards of six million followers can earn anywhere between $20,000 and $100,000 a shot.

Industry estimates say brands spend more than a $1 billion per year on sponsored Instagram posts, and that figure shows no signs of decreasing any time soon.

More photos of the hot blogger:

“It’s Barack. Really!” Obama Finally Joins Twitter At @POTUS

Did it take this long to verify him? Is he posting from his BlackBerry? WE all have SO MANY QUESTIONS.

After six years in office, President Barack Obama finally has a Twitter account, where he posted his first tweet today:

Those who wished to address the president via social media in the past were limited to his personal account @BarackObama that got taken over by his Organizing for America group, or impersonal options like @WhiteHouse. (@Obama isn’t him, and @PresidentObama was snatched up in 2008 but is not active.)

To be fair, @FLOTUS has had her own account since 2013. So is this like, an account that will go from POTUS to POTUS as the years wear on?

But back to my questions. Supposedly Obama can’t use a smartphone due to security concerns, so where is he typing these, on his ancient BlackBerry? On a laptop in the Oval Office? On a new Apple Watch?

And who is the “they” he references? Twitter? His White House press staff?

Perhaps we will learn these answers soon. And if the president wants to be embraced by his new Twitter audience at all, he better damn well be signing his next tweet #THANKSOBAMA

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PDP Shuts Down Social Media Platforms

 The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has shut down its social media platforms, saying some of them have been hijacked. ? The PDP, through its verified Twitter handle @PdpNigeria, had said on Sunday that it was taking responsibility for the country’s low points during the party’s 16-year reign. But Olisa Metuh, PDP spokesman on Monday said the statement did not represent the position of the party, adding that its Twitter account was hacked. “The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) observed that in the course of the 2015 campaigns, personal positions and opinions of our party members were generally reported in many instances by the media as official positions of the PDP,” he said. “We have also noted that some of our new media handles, our Facebook and Twitter accounts, have been hacked, resulting in series of unauthorized releases, with the latest being Sunday’s post quoting our party as accepting responsibility for failure in the last 16 years; a statement which could not have come from the PDP that has a robust record of achievements in all sectors of our national life within the period. “However, now that the campaigns are over, we wish to notify the general public, especially the media, that henceforth only statements, utterances and positions of the national chairman and the national publicity secretary or any other national officer of the party authorized by the national working committee shall be regarded and reported as the official position of our great party in line with the relevant provisions of the PDP constitution. “For purposes of clarity, this directive does not in anyway affect the inalienable constitutionally guaranteed rights of our members as free citizens to hold and air opinions but such personal opinion must not in anyway be rendered or reported as the official position of the PDP. “Consequently, media houses, particularly the electronic media and the civil society, should note that only authorized persons should be invited to speak or stand in for the PDP for interviews, debates, talk shows or any other media appearance whatsoever. “Furthermore, to halt the embarrassing trend in our social media handles, the party has decided to decommission our official Twitter and Facebook accounts for now, to pave way for proper overhauling of the system. “The foregoing is pursuant to our determination to rebuild and re-position our great party, instill discipline in our fold, check unnecessary divergences and put the PDP on a strong footing to regain power in 2019.” PDP added that in the new spirit of rebuilding and re-positioning, the national leadership charges all aggrieved members to channel their grievances through the appropriate organs of the PDP for redress using the internal conflict resolution mechanisms that abound in our party. “Finally, we urge the media to always crosscheck with the relevant officials of our party on official matters before going to press,” it added.

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Wizkid/ Skales: Banky W Say Something, Your Children Are Fighting…

The part 2 of Wizkid’s fight with Skales continues as they engage in harsh curse words against each other. They are even accusing each other of stealing songs and beats.

Skales called Wizkid a pretender, while Wizkid called him fake; wearing fake blings and a beggar. See the tweets for yourselves:

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25 Epic Reactions To ‘Amber Rose v Khloe Kardashian’s Twitter Feud Last Night

Khloe Kardashian and Amber Rose shut down twitter last night.

Did you catch it?
The two stars were in a long twitter feud that lasted a few hours and got their followers, fans and other twitter users riled up.
The major twitter feud, which started as a result of Kylie Jenner and Tyga, escalated very quickly and has been the inspiration for a whole lot of memes.
It all started when Amber slammed her friend Blac Chyna‘s ex Tyga for dating Kylie.
“[Kylie’s] a baby, she needs to go to bed at 7 o’clock and relax,” Amber said. “[Tyga] should be ashamed of himself… He has a beautiful woman and a baby and left that for a 16-year-old who just turned 17.”
Khloe retaliated by tweeting about Amber‘s stripper past and telling her to not talk about her “sister who has a career.”
Soon after Amber Rose retaliated with digs at Kim Kardashian’s past and more.
Things only went out of control from there.
For their tweets visit Khloe Kardashian and Amber Roses’ twitter pages.
Check out some of the best internet reactions from last night below:

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Drake Drops Surprise Album on the Twitter

Drake has been a busy boy. The rapper and ex-Degrassi star, who appeared in 15-minute art film Jungle, released earlier in the day, has just put out an unexpected album via Twitter.

Drake linked to the collection, titled “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” via Twitter just before midnight ET. The project is 17 tracks long, features collaborations with Lil Wayne, Travi$ Scott, and PartyNextDoor.

Zahra Buhari Signs Out Twitter Account Because of “Gbagaun”?

Speculations provide that daughter of APC presidential candidate, Zahra Buhari, who was trending just recently on social media has signed out her account.

This however confirms to be true because her username, @Zahrah3_, no longer exist on twitter. Sources say the non existence of her account was as a result of an argument with other tweeps concerning her father’s over emphasized result issue. Also, it was said that she typed a lot of grammatical errors during the argument and tweeps criticized her for that.  Sources said, she might have signed out because she probably felt embarrassed for her poor grammar.


Busted!!! Osinbajo’s Fake Kano Rally Photo Post? (See Photos)

Pictures have emerged regarding the picture APC VP candidate, Yemi Osinbajo, posted on his twitter account. He posted the photo and claimed it was the massive crowd that stood up for APC in Kano.

Meanwhile, a facebook user posted the original source of the photo, which was a CFAN crusade gathering, comparing it with the real Kano APC rally.

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My Marital Status Is My Business ,Kemi Adetiba To Cyber Bullying Women

The Ace Video producer went all out this morning flaming on women who probably have never met her asking her to go get married because they feel a man in her life makes her a better woman but aunty kemi didnt feel the same way about that and she went on fire and rage mode this morn see tweets after cut ……………..

Source – kOkomansion .com

How Nigerians React To #Post2015Elections Events On Twitter

How Nigerians react to #Post2015Elections events on twitter.
By Anjuwon Oluwole Twitter: @tweetjuwon

On Sunday November 16, 2014 Olatunde Bakare with the twitter handle, ?@Backarray tweeted;
‘Post 2015 …Nigeria’s Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his sadness at the way EFCC is hunting those who served under him’
Little did he know that this tweet of his, would rock Nigeria’s twittersphere, as the tweet got 59 instant retweets and 5 favourites.
Some minutes later, #HipHopApostle? (@yungsammieayeni) replied Olatunde using the hashtag, #Post2015Elections, which later made the trends’ list throughout Sunday afternoon. He tweeted;
‘@Backarray and #Post2015Elections President Muhammadu Buhari vows that all corrupt public officers holder will face the wrath of the law’

The hashtag #Post2015Elections motivated Olatunde as he fired on, predicting how General Mohammedu Buhari would guide the nation after the general elections in becoming a great nation.
He stated that President Muhammadu Buhari would assure all Nigerians that no part of the country would be ceded to any terrorist group. Going further, he said President Buhari, his VP, Ministers and all political appointees would declare their assets. Furthermore, he tweeted that President Buhari would warn the IGP Suleiman Abba, advising him that he is the Inspector General of Nigerians and not APC or PDP, as he also orders NNPC to publish their earnings and financial statement in all National dailies every month and President Buhari will orders the sale of ALL AIRCRAFTS in the Presidential Fleet, saying a President can only use one at a time not ten.

As expected on Nigeria’s twittersphere, one cannot tweet about politics without receiving jabs or seeing others tweeting against or in support.
A possible supporter of President Jonathan, Davidson™ ?@Dahveydson threw the first jab at Olatunde, with the tweet;
‘I think that dude posting his thoughts using #Post2015Elections hashtag is currently on his 6th bottle of Orijin.’

With Mallam Chidi Ajuzie ?@chidiajuzie  tweeting’
‘#Post2015Elections Presidential election loser Muhammad Buhari weeps….AGAIN’

Immediately Instagra chinweigweh ?@juicyfinelady  added to Mallam Chidi Ajuzie tweet with the phrase ‘Jonathan and wife seen with Ghana must go.’

However, I.G #THEANNOYER ?@Rashiid9, acting as a troubleshooter from the #Jonathanians’ end, advice  Mallam Chidi Ajuzie not to join the #Post2015Elections discuss, as this implies that he should not tweet along the twitter supporters of the opposition party.
Other Nigerians, who yearn for Good governance as a result of how the country is presently run by President Jonathan, quickly picked up the hashtag and started tweeting about it.
@Musty_tank tweeted ‘Former minister of petroleum Allison Maduekwe arrested by the interpol at the heathrow airport.’

@yungsammieayeni tweeted  ‘President Muhammadu Buhari reconstruct and commissions 3 world class petroleum refineries!’

@ZayyanZizou  tweeted ‘Can’t wait for these #Post2015Elections tweets by @Backarray to become reality. The Nigeria of my dream.’

?@dafidimimo tweeted ‘Country economy booms as Nigeria celebrates 6 months of uninterrupted electricity. President Buhari says more to come.’
I’m definitely sure that all these wishes and many more are what Nigerians crave for and only time will tell if these wishes would come to pass or they are mere mirage.
In conclusion, analyses of most tweets indicate that, Nigerians would support President Goodluck Jonathan if he could promote good governance, by dealing decisively with corruption which is the bane of Nigeria’s problem.

By Anjuwon Oluwole
Twitter: @tweetjuwon

Articles on are solely authors opinion

If Your Name Is Lai: President Jonathan’s Twitter Representative Fires Puerile Shot On Twitter

Supposed Special Assistant to the President on New Media, assumed Pastor Reno Omokri yesterday went down the path that he has now become known for on social media; the childish and thoughtless path, when he tweeted, “The new spelling of lie is Lai,” in apparent reference to the interim Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives’ Congress, Alh. Lai Mohammed who many regard as a thorn in the side of the Jonathan regime. Pastor Mr. Reno Omokri’s tweet did not go without fire from fellow twitter users. One of the responders @MrEnclave (Olumuyiwa Olumide) tweeted back at Mr. Omokri saying, “And the new spelling of mockery is Omokri.” Others were less subtle as words like “He-goat” were used in describing his name.

Twitter users like Editi Effiong @EditiEffiong expressed regret that national debate had gone down the path of abuses and name-calling. Mr. Effiong, of Anakle tweeted, “So we’re down to insulting people’s ames. What an absolute shame.” He also went ahead to tweet, “How is ‘Omokri means ‘he-goat’ elevating the conversation? Later, we’ll say the conversation should be issues based.”

Mr. Omokri once tweeted that northerners in Nigeria were “parasites” but he later claimed his account was hacked after coming under ferocious attack from Nigeria’s unforgiving Twittersphere. He is yet to make the same claim on this particular gaffe even though some twitter users refused to believe his account wasn’t hacked to release such a tweet. @oged07  tweeted “His account was clearly hacked. Such unprofessionalism. SMH.” (SMH means Shaking My Head).

No apologies or claims of a hacked account have been made but in a country where impunity is the norm, many will not be expecting an apology soon.



Curiousity drove me to Twitter, I just wanted to find out what it was ,about this social network everyone was raving about. I joined in August 2011 (yeah I know I’m a late comer).I didn’t get active until february 2012,and it was all like a puzzle or more like the programming language. I didn’t understand it one bit. With a little patience though, I have learnt more and benefited from Twitter more than I thought I could ever have.

1.Twitter has helped me to better understand myself and find the real me. Before I tweet anything, I have to think through it and clarify my true feelings on that topic, before I can communicate it to others. This has been quite a journey, for it has helped me discover my true self, 140 characters at a time.

2. Twitter makes me see my life differently. What used to ordinary, everyday occurrences are now stories to tell. I now see my life as an emerging brand that I am creating, a beautiful story to tell, 140 characters at a time.

3. Twitter gives me a sense of accomplishment. Things like reaching a milestone of followers are small celebrations to me. A celebrity following me is even a bigger accomplishment. With Twitter, everyday is a goal, to see how many more retweets and mentions I can get or followers I can add. It pushes me to be more creative with my tweets or replies.

4.Twitter has surely made me a better writer. The 140 character limit has made me a creative straight-to-the-point, hit-the-nail-on-the-head writer. This has forced me to think twice before tweeting ,so that I can present my tweets in the best way possible.

5.Twitter has taught me that you can become a celebrity or better still, make money while sitting at your computer. Whether you are a business or individual, the more attractive your brand, the more followers you get, the more influential you become and the more brands want to be associated with you. If you are smart,you’d bill them for this.

6. Twitter has made me meet great people I never would have met otherwise. I have a new circle of like-minded friends who inspire me, help me and encourage me , everyday .
They even help me get more Twitter followers and readership for my blog, all free.

7. Finally Twitter has made me a vast scholar ,who doesn’t have to read the encyclopedia to know it all. I get to learn new information in small bits, without cluttering my mind. The 140 characters concept is genius. What could be better? I just wish school was like that.

So that’s what Twitter has taught me. So why do you tweet, putting your everyday experience and thoughts out there for the world to see? If you don’t tweet, why not?


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