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The African Innovation Foundation (AIF)  today announced the launch of two additional social media channels to support its growing stable of online community users for its flagship program, the African Law Library (ALL) .  Dubbed “Access to African legal resources for all” the e-library’s brand new Facebook link is https://www.facebook.com/africanlawlibrary.net and Twitter handle is @AfricanLawLib. Check them out now, and be a part of our vibrant online community of practice on legal resources in Africa!

Africa is one of the fastest growing continents globally in terms of internet connectivity and usage, with more than 26.5% of Africans now having internet access (http://internetworldstats.com). Social media hook up is no exception, with 120 million Facebook users (http://ibtimes.com) and 22.752 million Twitter users (http://www.statista.com) in Africa. AIF’s social media activity has seen a rapid growth of more than 100% since its initial online presence in 2014, owing to a more proactive, diversified approach.

The Foundation’s Managing Director, Elodie de Warlincourt affirms the importance of targeted social media engagement to catalyse the innovation spirit in Africa: “We believe that fit-for-purpose communications is a pre-requisite for AIF to meet its goal of sustainable development and view Facebook and Twitter as a key conversation tools for promoting law and governance in Africa. Hot on the heels of the e-library launch, AIF will also engage new social media connections for its Social Impact Program for Angola (SIPA).”

Sophie Bussmann-Kemdjo, ALL Program Director believes that harnessing the power of an online presence is key to enhancing the presence and visibility of ALL across the continent: “We’re excited to hook up with Africans from all walks of life on a wider scale through our brand new Facebook wall and Twitter handle – and look forward to news updates from our community of users, hearing your voices, and sharing your views and perspectives through our live chats and discussions. Our strategy is to move beyond a broadcast model into an active engagement channel.”

With a growing database of over 100 000 legal texts, the ALL online platform http://www.africanlawlibrary.net remains the primary source for African legal information and information about the program. Check out our new Facebook and Twitter pages now, LIKE us, and become an active contributor in sharing and exchanging too! Our new social media pages will be updated with content from the ALL website and database, providing yet another avenue for those who wish to share timely information and experiences or ideas, whilst keeping connected to our events and initiatives.

source: http://www.africanlawlibrary.net

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Instagram is working on a new messaging app

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Rivaling Snapchat, Threads will enable users to automatically share their location, movements, and battery life with their IG ‘close friends’ list

Now Facebook is a wasteland for your racist aunt and high school friends’ wedding photos, the platform is determined to maintain its social media stronghold via Instagram and WhatsApp (sorry, ‘Instagram and WhatsApp from Facebook’). Its latest venture? A new messaging app called Threads.

As reported by The Verge, Threads will be a companion app to Instagram, promoting constant sharing between users and their IG ‘close friends’ list. The app will enable people to automatically share their location, movements, and battery life with each other, as well as send text, photo, and video messages.

The development could be seen as another attempt to rival Snapchat – which already lets users share their location – following Instagram’s introduction of Stories three years ago.

Instagram has been trying to develop the messaging side of its app since late 2017 when the company started working on Direct, a standalone camera-first app exclusively for DMs. The platform ceased work in May this year after research revealed users found it frustrating to switch apps when they wanted to send a message – although this is exactly what happened with Facebook Messenger in 2016.

Screenshots acquired by The Verge show that users have the option to switch on automatic sharing, but are also able to update their statuses manually. Although Threads encourages friends to share their location with one another, it will reportedly show updates like ‘on the move’, rather than a real-time location.

The app’s main feed will show all messages, as well as friends’ updates and active status, and will allow users to watch their close friends’ IG stories as opposed to having to go back to Instagram to view them.

This announcement comes after a number of updates to the platform, including the removal of likesan anti-bullying feature, and a tool to report fake news. Although, there’s currently no launch date for Threads, and given Instagram’s history with fucked-up trials, it may never even materialise.

Source: https://www.dazeddigital.com/science-tech/article/45768/1/instagram-facebook-new-social-media-messaging-app-threads-to-rival-snapchat

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Massive change coming to WhatsApp with introduction of ads

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WhatsApp will see a massive change by 2020 with the introduction of adverts into the instant messaging app.

It’s been rumoured for a while and now WhatsApp looks set to finally bring adverts to its popular messaging app.

The Facebook-owned firm revealed the news during its annual Marking Summit in the Netherlands, with a rollout expected next year.

Photos of the way these new adverts will look have even been posted online with attendee Olivier Ponteville, giving fans a closer look at what’s to come.

The image, which can be seen on Twitter, shows how ads currently appear on Facebook and Instagram with a WhatsApp screenshot then revealed with a full-screen advert.

According to technology website BGR, once the message appears users will be able to “swipe up when an ad appears for more information about the product or service being advertised.”

Adverts in WhatsApp have been spoken about for a while but this is the first evidence that things are changing within the popular service.

How fans react is yet to been seen but it’s unlikely to go down well with its billions of users.

The bad news is that it seems there’s nothing that can be done to stop this new feature from arriving within the app.

It seems almost certain that there will be no way to switch them off or hide these paid-for messages which may prove to be hugely irritating.

Source: https://www.thenewsguru.com/technology/internet/article/massive-change-coming-whatsapp-introduction-ads/

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Facebook Messenger finally adds quoted replies

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Today Facebook Messenger has added a sorely missing feature – quoted replies. This allows you to reply to a specific message in a conversation, and is incredibly helpful when you’re engaged in chats that have a big range of topics. Using the new feature, the people you’re talking to will now know exactly what you were replying to with that “LOL”, for example.

This has been a feature in WhatsApp, which is also owned by Facebook, for a very long time, and it’s always been sort of a baffling omission in Messenger. So it’s good to finally see it there too.

In order to quote a specific message, long tap on it and you’ll see a new Reply button to the right of the reaction emojis. Tap that, write your reply, and, just like in WhatsApp, the message you’re replying to will appear above your reply. Easy. This potentially means you’ll have less misunderstandings with your friends as to which message was referencing what.

The feature is rolling out now on both iOS and Android.

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