Haroun Kola Tweetup Speaker”As Twitter drives social change and social networks become mainstream, the youth have a critical role to play driving the communication channels of tomorrow. The 160 character limitation of Twitter is an ideal medium for kids brought up on a diet of SMS-lingo,” says Haroun Kola, one of the speakers at the #YouthDayTweetup.
Joburg Tweetups have grown to over 400 members since launching in 2009. Many of the members are among the most influential or Twitterati like Melanie Minnaar, the founder of Twitter Blanket Drive and Bruce Mubayiwa, the LinkedIn Coach, both speaking at the #YouthDayTweetup.
“Tweetups are social meet-ups where we get together and chat about Twitter and how we use in our daily lives,” asserts Ramon Thomas, the new organiser of Joburg Tweetups. “The key to networking is meeting people and establishing trust, honesty and respect. Tweetups are the perfect platform for formal networking and informal networking.”
To grow Tweetups we add value to Twitter users by providing a safe and fun environment for them to meet, chat, laugh and network. As we launch the #YouthDayTweetup in Soweto, we acknowledge the revolution that broke the camel’s back, took place exactly 30 years before Twitter launched in 1976. Twitter made headlines over the last two years as the main ingredient in the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East.
After lunch starting 2pm three speakers will address the #YouthDayTweetup discussing how they use Twitter in their personal and professional lives.
* Bruce Mubayiwa: a top LinkedIn Coach is proud to be African. He loves LinkedIn & Social Media, Technology & Innovation. He uses Twitter to motivating & uplifting others with solid advice on careers and business networking.
* Haroun Kola: Eco geek, blogger and social entrepreneur has a diverse experience using Twitter ranging from topics on the the spiritual life to subtleties of software. He will talk on how he makes money from blogging.
* Melanie Minnaar: is managing director of Halo, a marketing agency. She’s a mom to archangels, wife to an IT geek and proudly part of the Chinese Diaspora. Her passion on Twitter is annual Twitter Blanket Drive #TBDZA which had collected over 1,000 blankets for homeless children.
* Venue: Wandies Place, 618 Makhalemele Street, Soweto
* Date/Time: Saturday, June 16 @ 1pm
* Fee: R100 per person includes buffet lunch
* RSVP: www.jhbtweetup.com
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To interview any of our speakers before or during the #YouthDayTweetup contact them directly
* Ramon Thomas: 081 4399 555 firstname.lastname@example.org
* Bruce Mubayiwa: 072 385 8520 Bruce@LinkedInCoach.co.za
* Haroun Kola: 084 511 7613 email@example.com
* Melanie Minnaar: 082 880 4855 firstname.lastname@example.org
Memeburn.com reported finding in South African research on Twitter usage in January 2012:
South Africa is the continent’s most active country by volume of geo-located Tweets, with over twice as many Tweets (5 030 226 during Q4 2011) as the next most active Kenya (2 476 800). Nigeria (1 646 212), Egypt (1 214 062) and Morocco (745 620) make up the remainder of the top five most active countries.
* 57% of Tweets from Africa are sent from mobile devices.
* 60% of Africa’s most active Tweeters are aged 20-29.
* Twitter in Africa is widely used for social conversation, with 81% of those polled saying that they mainly used it for communicating with friends.
* Twitter is becoming an important source of information in Africa. 68% of those polled said that they use Twitter to monitor news. 22% use it to search for employment opportunities.
* African Twitter users are active across a range of social media, including Facebook, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Source: Stuart Thomas, Memeburn (26 January 2012)
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