SA seniors adopt social media
INTERNET| Sept. 5, 2012, 2:17 p.m.
Study findings released this week by SA research house World Wide Worx finds that over-60s are fast discovering the benefits of social media. Between August 2011 and August 2012, the number of over-60 year-olds using facebook grew 44%, compared to less than 30% in those aged 30 – 60, less than 20% for those aged 19 to 30 and less than 10% for teenagers.
World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck says this is an indication that facebook is going mainstream in SA.
At the end of August, 5.33-million South Africans were using facebook, 2,43-million were on Twitter and 9,35-million on Mxit. Around 6.8-million people access facebook on their phones.
LinkedIn has grown substantially, but at a slightly lower rate, to reach 1,93-million South Africans. Both facebook and Twitter have crossed the urban/rural divide, the report said, with the number of rural users having grown to the level urban users were 18 months ago.
The survey also found that WhatsApp has become the leading instant messaging tool among South Africans aged 16 and over, living in cities and towns, with a user base of 4,6-million.
MORE INTERNET NEWS
Fives alive! ZADotCities achieving key registration numbersSouth Africa's ZAdotCities domains of .capetown, .joburg and .durban have notched up impressive totals of over 4 500, 3 500 and 2 500 domain name registrations, respectively. Read More
Hurricane Electric marks first expansion into Africa with new POPHurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone, has continued its global expansion with the opening of its most recent Point of Presence (PoP) in South Africa. Read More
TEAMS maintenance downtime expectedThe East African Marine Systems (TEAMS) cable operators have issued an alert that users may experience downtime from 20th – 28th July . Read More
BICS reports data traffic tripling year-on-year on its global networkBICS, recognised in the wholesale communications market as a top global voice carrier and the leading provider of mobile data services, has reports that its data roaming traffic is tripling year-on-year across its global network. Read More
Mellanox enhances cloud efficiency with 25Gb/s Ethernet connectivityMellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has announced the availability of Mellanox ConnectX-4 Lx 10/25 Gigabit Ethernet adapters. Read More
Ubiquitous connectivity, the new norm in MauritiusMauritius is the most tech savvy country in Sub-Saharan Africa, says David Bunei, GM: East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands at Cisco. Read More
Vodafone Ghana deepens discussions on IoTVodafone Ghana has taken the discussion of Internet of Things (IoT) further by organising a workshop in Accra to dialogue with Ghanaian content and web developers on how to adopt and make good use of the platform that IoT presents. Read More
Tigo, JI and GES equip teachers on child online protection initiativeTigo, in partnership with J Initiative (JI), a youth focused non-governmental organisation in Ghana, have committed to protecting children online through policy advocacy, awareness creation, public education and community engagement initiatives. Read More
SEACOM adds peering points in Europe and AfricaSEACOM has added the Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) in Marseille and France Internet Exchange (FranceIX) in Paris to the growing list of European Internet exchange points at which it peers. Read More
FEATURED STORYFirst-ever Africa Barclays Accelerator programme concludes
Ten fintech companies have concluded the first-ever Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in Africa.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHEthical Hacking students can’t get a heck of a job
Botswana ethical hacking students report that they are failing to break into the local job market.