Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Social notworking in different countries

Social notworking
Where do workers get the most days off?
Different countries have very different standards. Which is the most (and least) slothful?

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nigeria: Where they do not read books

Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa with over 150 million people of different ethnic groups of which the majorities are Hausas, Igbos and Yorubas.

Nigeria: Where they do not read books

Do you know that more Nigerians in Nigeria are no longer excited about reading and even writing?

Do you know that majority of the members of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) do not buy or read the books written by fellow members?

Do you know that majority of the Nigerian publishers of magazines do not buy or read the magazines published by other Nigerian publishers?

Do you know that none of the authors who won the much coveted Nigeria LNG Prize or other local prizes has become bestselling authors in Nigeria?

Do you know that Nigerians spend millions of dollars monthly on sms and most of the SMS/TXT messages are unprofitable gossip?

Do you know that poverty is not the cause of poor reading culture in Nigeria but intellectual illiteracy and intellectual hypocrisy?

Do you know that majority of youths in Nigeria do not know who is Ben Okri, the youngest winner of the Booker Prize in in 1991 at 32?

Ben Okri

I have seen the book gathering dust abandoned in-between files and other items on the table. The book has not been read for months. I have read my own copy immediately the author gave it to me and I reviewed it on Bookalleria, a literary blog. Bookalleria is one of the few Nigerian literary websites owned by writers who love books, but most of the Nigerian writers hardly visit them. They would rather visit the social gossip blogs or frequent their Facebook that does not have any feature for their writings. Majority of Nigerian writers should be blogging and not wasting quality time posting tissues of the issues of their minutiae on Facebook.

Nigerians now prefer to browse more on the Internet.

Blogging is another form of writing and sharpening the craft of writing as the blog offers more space to express your feeling, thoughts and share them with the rest of the world. Molara Wood, Myne White and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are Nigerian writers with active blogs and a visit to any of these blogs is worth it, because they are filled with refreshing prose, poetry and drama written and posted by the authors and with interactive conversations with their readers. Unfortunately millions of Nigerians on Facebook and Twitter are ignorant of these blogs and have been missing the most original writings of these writers.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Over 800, 000 copies of the books of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have been sold so far and translated into many languages, but less than 50, 000 copies of the bestselling books have been sold in her native Nigeria the most populous country in Africa with a population of over 150 million and over 20 million are graduates of tertiary institutions. Why have these millions failed to read the books of one of the most bestselling Nigerian writers? Intellectual laziness is common in Nigeria.

Majority of Nigerians do more talking than reading books.

Majority of the literate population only read the compulsory textbooks required to pass their compulsory examinations to acquire the paper qualifications they need to get their dream jobs. After getting these qualifications, they abandon their textbooks and rush into the rat race to catch up with the Joneses of their society.

The next publications they read are the daily newspapers, social gossip magazines and porn magazines. Then they go on Facebook to post the tidbits of their daily routines of their perishable pursuits. They spend hours chatting on the phone, gossiping and spreading rumours on the street, at home and in the workplace.

Many Nigerians love reading newspapers and society magazines and they are often seen crowding news vendors on the street.

Nigerians spend billions of naira on phone calls and text messages, so they cannot claim that they cannot afford to buy the few books written and published by Nigerian authors.

The increasing population of illiterates in Nigeria is caused the intellectual laziness of the majority who do not read books. Because how can people become literate when they hate to read and if they do not read, how can they write? So, the population of those who cannot read and write keeps on increasing daily. And how can they learn when they do not read? How much will they learn from sharing the badly written updates on their walls on Facebook or viewing TV comedies, reality shows or music videos that do not teach them how to read or write, but programmed to entertain more than to educate.

Nigerian pupils and students read for their studies and to pass examinations for the qualifications they need to get their dream jobs and to catch up with the Joneses in their rat race.

We are now embarrassed by appalling reports of mass failures recorded in the secondary school examinations and cases of graduates of tertiary schools who cannot write essays and are not better than graduates of high schools. One scholar said most of the universities are glorified secondary schools.

How can we revive the reading culture in Nigeria?

I remember the late 1970s and 1980s when hundreds of thousands of young and old people discussed and shared thrilling stories from the novels in the popular Macmillan’s Pacesetter series, Longman Drumbeat and Heinemann African Writers series.

“There were no GSM phones then,” said a friend.
“Mobile phones have not stopped American and Europeans from buying and reading over 600, 000 copies of the Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun written by our own Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,” I said.

I also mentioned that millions of copies of the phenomenal Harry Potter novels of J. K. Rowling have been sold in developed countries where mobile phones and social network sites are not excuses for not reading books!

“Millions of Nigerians copy Western haute couture, music and surfing social network sites, but fail to copy their reading culture,” I said.
My friend was speechless.

Using computers should not stop Nigerians from reading books.

The intellectual disorientation of our youths can be corrected by using the same media of mobile phones and social network sites to make them change their negative attitude to reading. We can use hype to motivate and stimulate their intellectual traits and gradually they will appreciate reading as they see the awesome benefits of a vibrant reading culture.

If over 13, 000 copies of the novels of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie can be sold in Nigeria, and then more thousands can be sold when others are motivated and stimulated to join those who are enjoying the passion of reading her books and they will soon be adding more books on their reading list.

Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books.
~ Harper Lee, author of "To Kill A Mockingbird" on May 7, 2006

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

30 Web Trends to Watch in 2010

30 Web Trends to Watch in 2010

Blogs get even more authoritative and accepted, becoming the “old media” of the Web
Quick and clean miniblogging (Tumblr, Posterous etc.) establish a lively sphere between Twitter-like microblogging and blogging. @richardbaxter of SEOGadget agrees about Posterous continuous growth
Video content finally gets the importance we expected for years now with growing band width etc.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

One Year Later, Social Networkers Are Savvier About Keeping Information Private, But Still Take Risks

30 Mar 2010 13:00 Africa/Lagos

Webroot Research: One Year Later, Social Networkers Are Savvier About Keeping Information Private, But Still Take Risks

Second Annual Survey Shows 37 Percent More Users Block Strangers From Viewing Their Profiles Through A Google Search, Yet 81 Percent Allow Anyone on Their Network to See Their Recent Activity

BOULDER, Colo., March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As the amount of activity on social networks continues to grow, more members are taking steps to protect their privacy but opportunities abound for security risks, according to new research commissioned by Webroot, a leading provider of Internet security software for the consumer, enterprise and SMB markets.

Webroot's second annual study surveyed more than 1,100 members of Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter and other popular social networks. The survey showed an increasing awareness among social network users of how to keep personal information private. At the same time, it revealed how social network users still put their identities and sensitive information at risk. Among the findings:

-- More users are practicing certain safe behaviors, including blocking
their profiles from being visible through public search engines - a 37
percent increase over last year.
-- Yet more than a quarter of respondents have never changed their
default privacy settings.
-- And more than three quarters place no restrictions on who can see
their recent activity.

Social networks are a growing Web destination - and a growing target for cybercriminals

Facebook membership grew to more than 400 million active users, a 229 percent jump over the previous year(1). For the week ending March 13, Facebook surpassed Google in the United States to become the most visited Web site for the week(2). And earlier this month, Twitter reported a 1,500 percent growth in the number of new registered users in the course of a year(3).

"A perfect storm is developing between the number of people flocking to social networks and the new, increasingly sophisticated malware attacks cybercriminals are launching to prey on the personal data they're sharing," said Jeff Horne, director of Threat Research at Webroot. "For example, our team has noted over 100 different variations of Koobface, a worm known to trick people into clicking links they shouldn't in order to infect their PC's and often convince them to provide credit card numbers to buy phony antivirus products, among other fraudulent activities."

In addition, Webroot has seen a rise in spam on social networks, which commonly contains links to malicious Web site links: The Webroot survey showed a 23 percent increase in spam received on social networks since last year.

Summary of Key Findings

Social network users are sharing information that could help hackers breach their profiles, their wallets and possibly their homes:

-- Sixty-one percent include their birthday
-- Fifty-two percent include their hometown
-- Seventeen percent make their cell phone available.
-- More than three quarters (77 percent) don't restrict who can access
their photo albums.
-- Eighty-one percent don't place any restrictions on who can see their
recent activity, including updates generated by geo-location-based
tools that report where their users are visiting.

Younger users (ages 18-29) are the least likely to take steps to safeguard their information.

-- Forty-three percent of young users use the same password across
multiple sites compared to 32 percent overall.
-- Forty percent of younger users say they accept friend requests from
strangers while only 29 percent of total users have.
-- And while 69 percent of the general population has clicked on a link
sent or posted by a friend, 77 percent of younger users have done so.

Privacy settings continue to be underutilized.
-- Twenty-eight percent of users report they've never changed their
default privacy settings.
-- Seventy-three percent were aware of Facebook's December 2009 privacy
changes which automatically exposed their full profiles by default.
-- But 42 percent report they haven't made changes to their settings
since the switch.

But modest gains are being made toward safeguarding personal information on social networks.

-- Twenty-seven percent of users now restrict who can find their profile
through a public search engine, up from 20 percent last year.
-- Sixty-seven percent now use different passwords for each of their
social networks, up from 64 percent last year.
-- Forty-seven percent know who can see their profile, up from 41 percent
last year.

What Can Users Do?

"Consumers need to better protect themselves by guarding their profiles and setting stricter privacy policies - especially given the growing popularity in location-based social media tools that broadcast where you are. It's also important to make sure your computer has an added layer of security to stop attacks before they happen," continued Horne.

To help consumers understand and protect themselves from these types of attacks, Webroot has provided the following tips as a guideline for safer social networking:

-- Make personal information private--Protect yourself by updating
privacy settings on your profile to restrict or omit access to any
personal data. Users of popular geo-location services that allow you
to share where you are should be especially careful to not disclose
your location to the wrong people.
-- Read between the lines--Familiarize yourself with the social networks'
privacy options to ensure you're taking advantage of any enhanced
security features.
-- Be exclusive--Only accept friend requests, emails and site links from
people you know and even then, be selective about what you open.
Accepting items from sources you do not know could expose you to
malicious malware.
-- Protect the password--As a critical line of defense, it is more
important than ever for members to choose their passwords wisely, and
make them different from one site to the next. Incorporating numbers,
letters and special characters like !, $, and * into your password
makes it stronger. Webroot also recommends changing your password at
regular intervals, and never use the same password at more than one
-- Suite Security-- Protect your PC with an Internet security suite that
includes antivirus, antispyware, and firewall technologies.
-- Always automate software updates--If you're already using antimalware
software, be sure to install updates which include the latest malware
definitions. Do the same with updates to your operating system,
Internet browser and other key applications. However, watch out for
fake software updates like emails that purport to be from Microsoft
which require you click on a link to update Windows. Toggle the
automatic updates setting within Windows.

Webroot offers several comprehensive Internet security solutions for consumers including Webroot® AntiVirus with Spy Sweeper®, and Webroot Internet Security Essentials. For more information about these and other products, please visit

About the Research

Between February and March 2010, Webroot sponsored an online survey of Internet users in the United States and the United Kingdom. The panel management company e-Rewards invited panel members who own a PC or laptop, have an Internet connection at home, and spend at least one hour per week online at home to participate in the study. With a total of 1,136 respondents, the margin of error is +/- 2.9 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. To view the complete results visit: rkers-are-savvier-about-keeping-information-private-but-still-take-risks.

About Webroot

Webroot, a Boulder, Colorado-based company provides industry-leading security solutions to consumers, enterprises and small to medium-sized businesses worldwide. Webroot delivers a comprehensive range of cloud-based security services to business customers that encompass Web security, email security, email archiving, as well as endpoint protection. For more information visit or call 800.772.9383.

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©2010 Webroot Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Webroot and Spy Sweeper are registered trademarks or trademarks of Webroot Software, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

(1) Source: Facebook Statistics:

(2) Source: Experian Hitwise Analyst Blog, ing_i.html

(3) Source: "Twitter update newsletter by Biz Stone reports 1,500 percent growth," March 2, 2010, San Francisco Chronicle Online,

Source: Webroot

CONTACT: Aimee Eichelberger of Borders+Gratehouse, +1-415-963-4174, ext.
15, Aimee(at), for Webroot

Web Site: Webroot

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

19-Year-Old YouTube Vlogger Receives Over One Million Views and Wins $100,000 in Lashes to Riches Giveaway

5 Jan 2010 13:00 Africa/Lagos

19-Year-Old YouTube Vlogger Receives Over One Million Views and Wins $100,000 in Lashes to Riches Giveaway

DALLAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Tessa Violet, a 19-year-old model, artist, and popular YouTube "vlogger", wins $100,000 in the Lashes to Riches Giveaway. Beauty Biosciences, a Dallas-based beauty company, recently launched Lash Allure MD, a lash and brow enhancing serum, and in celebration of the new launch held the Giveaway. Lash Allure MD kicked off the Giveaway in November using Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube and asked entrants to post a video on YouTube answering the question: WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH $100,000? The winner was chosen by public vote, which ended December 21, 2009.

Tessa began posting videos on YouTube using her vlogger name, Meekakitty, to meet new friends when she moved to New York City a year and a half ago. Sitting in her room in front of a video camera, Meekakitty turned her internet passion into a popular weekly vlogger site with over 7 million video views. "She's a quirky, sassy, intelligent young woman who put her obsession to work," says Leesa Smith, EVP of Beauty Biosciences.

Wearing huge dark rimmed glasses and sporting a simple ponytail for special effects, Meekakitty in her signature style of combining wit, imagination, and self -reflective thought shared with her audience her plans for spending $100,000: take her mother to Prague as a thank you for supporting her YouTube obsession, buy a jetpack and the country Switzerland, build a life-size replica of the fictional Harry Potter castle, and have unlimited burritos for life. She also promised her voters that, if she won, she would do a 24-hour blog TV show.

The Lashes to Riches $100,000 Giveaway officially ended 12/21/09 and the check will be awarded in January.

Tessa's winning video

Source: Beauty Biosciences

CONTACT: Gigi Howard, Public Relations Director of Beauty Biosciences,
+1-214-691-7600, cell, +1-917-297-2132,