Okonjo-Iweala Gets Twitter Appointment

Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has been appointed as a member of the Twitter new Independent Board of Directors.

Okonjo-Iweala was appointed alongside Robert Zoellick into the social media giant board.

Executive Chairman of Twitter, Omid Kordestani said: “Ngozi and Bob are distinguished leaders with unparalleled global perspective and policy expertise”.

He added that “We are confident they will be incredible assets to Twitter as we continue to focus on driving transparency and making Twitter a safer, healthier place for everyone who uses our service.”

Acknowledging the appointment, Okonjo-Iweala, who said she’s thrilled by the appointment, assured Twitter of leveraging on its power for good.

“Twitter is a powerful platform that continues to be used as a strong connector for the global community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the team,” Okonjo-Iweala said.

“As we strive to build a better world for tomorrow, Twitter can amplify messages and drive critical conversations around today’s most important issues. I look forward to partnering with Twitter’s talented directors and leadership team as we work to leverage the power of Twitter for good.”

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Twitter Suspends Nearly 300,000 Accounts Linked To Terrorism

Twitter has announced the suspension of nearly 300,000 accounts globally linked to terrorism. The social networ service also disclosed that it is improving automation tools to block accounts that promote terrorism and violence.

In its latest transparency report published Tuesday, the social media company said that 95 percent of the suspended accounts were identified by internal, spam-fighting tools. One-quarter of those infringing accounts were suspended before the accounts posted their first tweet.

“Our anti-spam tools are getting faster, more efficient and smarter in how we take down accounts that violate our policy,” Twitter said in a statement.

The company further stated that accounts blocked “actively incite or promote violence associated with internationally recognized terrorist organizations, promote internationally recognized terrorist organizations, and accounts attempting to evade prior enforcement.”


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Twitter Extends Tweets Beyond 140 Characters

Twitter announced Monday it was easing its 140-character limit on tweets, in the latest effort to broaden the appeal and boost the user base of the social network.

The new policy announced in May and now in effect no longer factors in certain add-ons, including pictures, into a message’s length.

“Say more about what’s happening! Rolling out now,” said an official tweet from San Francisco-based Twitter.

Media attachments such as photos, videos and polls are exempted from the character limit, as well as tweets that are quoted in a retweet.

The move comes as Twitter’s efforts to increase its user base and engagement have been sputtering, raising questions about its growth trend as it seeks to keep pace in the fast-moving world of social media.

The latest move eases but does not eliminate the 140-character limit, which was put in place due to mobile phone text messaging constraints when Twitter launched in 2006.

Analysts have said Twitter needs to find new ways to boost its appeal beyond a core of celebrities, politicians and journalists, with its user base stagnant for the past year.

In its last quarterly update, Twitter said the number of monthly active users edged up to 313 million, up three percent from a year ago and only slightly more than the 310 million in the prior quarter.

Twitter has yet to post a profit, even as it has ramped up its efforts in advertising.

Amid reports that Twitter may be seeking ways to cut costs or even sell itself, the San Francisco-based service has been adding new features including live video.

Twitter drew more than two million people to its first broadcast of an NFL football game last week, part of a range of new sports content available through the network.

It also is offering users live-streamed video programs on technology, media and business in partnership with the streaming platform Cheddar.

– ‘Too little, too late’ –

Analysts remain cautious about Twitter’s ability to break out of its rut and accelerate growth. It is far behind Facebook, which has an audience of over 1.7 billion, and Facebook-owned Instagram, with some 500 million.

“Anything that can make Twitter easier to use will be a benefit to both Twitter and its users,” said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst who follows social media at the research firm eMarketer.

“It might bring some people back who got frustrated with (tweet limitations). That said, I’m not sure how many people will use this as an opportunity to try Twitter if they haven’t already started using it. Things like NFL streaming will be a much better draw for new users.”

Last month, eMarketer said Twitter’s share of US social network users will decline to 28.1 percent this year and will continue to drop through 2020, as it loses users to Snapchat, Instagram, and messaging apps.

The relaxing of the tweet limit “may be too little, too late,” said Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies Associates.

“All this would have been good five years ago. It’s a good tactical adjustment but it doesn’t change the dynamics of the industry or where Twitter is.”

Analyst Youssef Squali at Cantor Fitzgerald said Twitter needs to prove itself soon or face pressure from shareholders.

In a research note last week, Squali said the NFL broadcast was positive but that “this may be management’s last opportunity to reignite growth in users, engagement and monetization.”

He added that “failure to do so is likely to embolden shareholders to pressure the board to evaluate alternatives” which mean selling or finding a merger partner.


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Omojuwa Sues Twitter User for N450m, To Press Criminal Charges Over Death Threat

Celebrated Nigerian Blogger, newspaper columnist and well travelled speaker Japheth Omojuwa appears set to take the first legal step against the revelations over a group of people who allegedly gathered to discuss his person, with death threats allegedly issued against him by the parties involved.

In a document made available to us, which is pictured here, Mr. Omojuwa represented by Abuja based “Kech Ford Lawyers” is suing one Osita Duru behind the @RadicalYouthMan Twitter account for N450million for impugning on his character and defamation.

The libel case appears to be a smaller issue compared against the criminal prosecution promised in the document.

According to the document, the Twitter user has been given 5 days to retract and apologise to avoid a criminal prosecution amongst other issues.

The Nigerian authorities have since been alerted as indicated by the statement and the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase and the Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami were both copied in the document.

It remains to be seen the steps to be taken by the accused but from all indication, Mr. Omojuwa will not be taking the death threats with kid gloves.

Omojuwa has been under constant attack from supporters of former President Goodluck Jonathan over what they deemed as his influential role in the defeat of the president by President Buhari at the March 2015 polls.

His name was discussed alongside the Nigerian government and president Buhari in a WhatsApp group “PDP SM THINK TANK” allegedly led by one Adeyanju Deji who himself was allegedly prosecuted for murder in Kano between 2005 and 2009.

We will keep you posted as things unfold.

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10 Reasons Why You Must Be On Twitter, By Muhammad 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 3billion 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 boosting 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 25million users.

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

  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 Micheal 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 # (hash tag) 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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Presidency Disown Zahra Buhari’s Alleged Twitter omments

The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to unauthorized and unexpected Tweets by an account falsely linked to Zahra Buhari, one of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Following enquiries by a few foreign missions on the raging online controversy about unsavory comments against some foreign leaders purportedly made by her, we wish to state categorically that Zahra is indeed on Twitter but the offending handle @Zahra_Buhari has stopped being her own for a long time since it was compromised by hackers.

Tweets by this handle are therefore not her own and should be disregarded and considered as the work of hackers seeking to cause mischief between this country and other friendly states.

Zahra’s authentic handle is @ZmBuhari and any handle other than this on Twitter should be considered as fake and therefore fraudulent.

It also pertinent to state at this point that neither the wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari nor the other children are presently on Twitter, Facebook or the various other platforms.

As they the explore the possibilities on this new territory, we request the general public to ignore the many accounts on various platforms in their names that currently exist. Such accounts, beside the authentic one cited above in the name of Zahra are unauthorized and therefore fake.

Garba Shehu

SSA (Media and Publicity)

State House


5th July 2015

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“I Have Concluded Plans To Join My Folks In APC” , Godsday Orubebe Says On Twitter

Since the defeat of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), in the 2015 presidential election, many folks have jumped ship from the All Progressives Congress (APC), to the PDP.

But one decampment that will come to many as a surprise is that of Elder Godsday Orubebe, the man who almost disrupted the 2015 presidential election.

Elder Godsday Orubebe screamed himself into infamy and held INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega and the entire world hostage, don’t you?

See his tweets saying he’ll be pitching tent with the APC below:

II have concluded plans to join my folks in the APC to champion and sustain the movement for a better Niger Delta in the new administration.

Details will be released soon. Thank you all.

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