Top 18 African Heads of States on Twitter: it’s a mixed bag

Top 18 African Heads of States on Twitter: it’s a mixed bag

Wondering which African Heads of States are big on Twitter in 2017? We have the answer for you in this blog post, where we picked the top 18 based on Twitter followers as at 7 July. We are using old-fashioned spreadsheets to present the results for numbers of  Twitter followers as a constant, compared to…

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Twitter Analytics: Top 11 South African Politicians

We are publishing this post one day after the annual commemoration of the 22nd year of democracy in South Africa, aptly called the Freedom Day.   2016 is the year of local elections South Africa's local government elections are taking place on the 3rd of August 2016. Jostling for votes is about to hit fever pitch as…

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Social Analytics: #SONA2016 vs #ZumaMustFall

We have been conducting online analytics on the current South African President's Annual State of the Nation Address (#SONA2016) for many years now. Today was no different. Except, there was a rather juicy twist, as shown in the Storified tweets here below. <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1"><span></span>&lt;span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1"&gt;&lt;span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;[&amp;lt;a href="//storify.com/The_eNitiaters/&lt;span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1"&gt;&lt;span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1"&gt;social-analytics-sona2016-vs-zumamustfall&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;" target="_blank"&amp;gt;View the…

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4 things SONA2015 laid bare about the Internet and digital technology

Incidents that kicked off President Jacob Zuma's 2015 State of the Nation Address (SONA2015) on February 12th added to a growing list of democratic South Africa's firsts, including the initial jamming of the signal that made it impossible to publish goings-on in parliament via the Internet. Each South African has a different take on the latest firsts, as…

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Here is a list of #Twitter newsmakers from #Zuma’s 2013 cabinet reshuffle

Chops, additions and musical chairs There were newsmakers on Twitter, following the cabinet reshuffle announcement by South Africa's first citizen, President Jacob Zuma, on 9 July 2013. For more on the cabinet reshuffle news, click here. The initial newsmaker list was compiled based on the names of outgoing (Tokyo Sexwale, Dina Pule and Richard Baloyi),…

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Comparing Valentine’s Day Twitter mentions with SONA2013 and Oscar Pistorius

In part 1 of this SONA2013 series, I indicated that President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address this year got less than a third of Twitter mentions compared to last year. One reason that stood out for me was competition for share of voice on this day that doubled up as Valentine’s Day, about which there were over 3 million global mentions on Twitter alone. But closer home something else grabbed the nation’s, and the world’s attention.

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