The Unspoken Rules of Social Media

Our generation is very social media-driven. Some of us have picked up on the unspoken social media rules and some of us have not. For some people they use their social media as a shrine to how good they are and some of us do not post very often at all. Here are the unspoken rules of social media (The dos, don'ts, and REALLY don'ts):

1. Do not post a 500 second long story, of all the same thing -We all have that one friend who will post every 5 minutes of the different songs the DJ plays at a party.
2. You only need to post a picture to Instagram once maybe twice a day - If you want to post 2+ photos on Instagram then just make a Facebook album.
3. If you make a collage for a birthday don’t use a billion tiny photos use a few big ones.
4. You do not need 5+ hashtags in one post, one or two will do just fine - no caption needed.
5. Do not post and then delete and then post something else to Instagram. We will notice.
We notice, especially if we have already liked it!!
6. Even if your best friends post is terrible you still have to like it - You know the post I’m talking about the one where the lighting is bad, her hair looks pretty bad, and her makeup is all over the place.
7. Having other people take snap chat videos of your outfit
8. Do not post 5 billion quotes on facebook, Instagram, twitter, or snapchat singling one person out - We all have that one friend that breaks up with someone and then makes everyone else pay for it. We eventually will unfollow or block you.
9. DO NOT like your own post. That is a sure way to look desperate - Please just don’t.
10. Do not over edit your photos!

We all have that one or two friends that like to over edit to where it does not even look like themselves. lol

Africa’s Internet Traffic Forecast to Explode

In 2020, four years from now, Internet traffic in Africa and the Middle East will be equivalent to 527 times the volume of the entire Internet in the region in 2005.

This is one of the startling findings in the latest edition of the Cisco Visual Networking Index, for the period 2015 to 2020.

The report has found that African Internet protocol (IP) traffic will grow six-fold between now and 2020. The continent will undergo the most rapid Internet traffic growth worldwide in that period.

In the same period, fixed broadband speeds in Africa will increase 2.4-fold, with an average mobile speed connection of 5Mbit/s. “Increased connectivity and Internet usage will positively impact South Africa’s digital migration journey,” Cisco said.
The company expects that the worldwide adoption of personal devices and deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections will have an enormous impact on traffic growth in the next few years.

Over the next five years, global IP networks will support up to 10bn new devices and connections, increasing from 16,3bn in 2015 to 26,3bn by 2020. In Africa, there will be approximately 1.5 networked devices per capita in 2020, 77% of which will be mobile-connected.
“Applications such as video surveillance, smart meters, digital health monitors and a host of other M2M services are creating new network requirements and incremental traffic increases,” the report said.

“Globally, M2M connections are calculated to grow nearly three-fold from 4,9bn in 2015 to 12,2bn by 2020, representing 46% of total connected devices. In Africa, M2M modules will account for 22% of all networked devices by 2020.”

Video services and content continue to be the dominant leader compared with all other applications. Internet video will account for 79% of global Internet traffic by 2020, up from 63% in 2015.

The world will reach three trillion Internet video minutes per month by 2020, which is five million years of video per month, or about one million video minutes every second. High-definition and ultra-high-definition Internet video will make up 82% of Internet video traffic by 2020, up from 53% in 2015.

Other key findings of the report include:
1)    Worldwide mobile data traffic will grow 15-fold from 2015 to 2020, a compound annual growth rate of 71%, meaning two times faster growth than fixed IP traffic.
2)    Mobile was 15% of total IP traffic in 2015, and will be 40% of total IP traffic in 2020.
3)    IP video traffic will grow eight-fold from 2015 to 2020, a compound annual growth rate of 50%.
4)    Internet gaming traffic will grow eight-fold and will be 2% of consumer Internet traffic in 2020.
5)    M2M modules will account for 22% of all networked devices by 2020.
6)    By 2020, it is expected that 21% of IP traffic will be generated by PCs (67% in 2015), 4% by TVs, 60% by smartphones (up from 20% in 2015), 12% by tablets and 2,4% by M2M modules.
7)    Average fixed broadband speed will grow 2,4 -fold from 2015 to 2020, from 7Mbit/s to 16,5Mbit/s. Average mobile connection speed will grow six-fold and will reach 5Mbit/s by 2020.
Source: Techcentral

Uber Signs MoU With Ghana’s Transport Ministry

Uber, a technology company that connects riders and drivers at the touch of a button, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ghana’s Ministry of Transport at a brief ceremony help at the plush Tang Hotel in Accra.

Available in 467 cities across 72 countries, Uber’s mission is to change the way citizens of the world move, work and live. It aspires to transform the way people connect with their communities and to bring reliability, convenience and opportunity to transport systems.

The Minister of Transport, Hon. Fiifi Kwetey, tasked Uber to as matter of urgency conduct a comprehensive and feasibility study on Accra’s urban transport system and the role of taxi operations in urban transportation in the country.

Hon. Kwetey commended Uber for adding Accra to their list of cities around the globe for their services and hoped that their business in Accra will soon grow to cover other cities including Kumasi and Takoradi.

The US Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert Porter Jackson, who was present to witness the occasion, acknowledged the impact of Uber services in countries that it currently operates in and trust that Uber will continues to place premium on its services so as to meet the demands of the urban customer.

Accra has been named as the next city to join Uber’s booming network in Africa. The economically vibrant hub is the first city in Ghana to receive the service. With a thriving urban population, Accra’s 2.27 million people will have access to efficient transport through the ride-sharing platform. Uber is excited to explore the potential of this dynamic city.

Uber has proven popular across the world’s cities for its provision of affordable, safe and reliable transport. Through an easy-to-use platform, it connects drivers with riders in real time, at the touch of a button. With over 4 million people using the streets in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA), there is a clear demand for Uber’s services. The World Bank reports that since 2014, mobile phone penetration exceeded 100% in Ghana, compared to 1% in 2000. The people of Ghana also benefit from increasing availability of high-speed Internet, creating the perfect environment for information technology-enabled services such as Uber.

The General Manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits, expressed Uber’s gratitude to the Ghanaian government and its people for welcoming Uber services into the country and promised to offer premium services to customers.

He said Uber is in Ghana to stay and that its platform offers great opportunities to all Ghanaians who want to start their own business.
Source: Biztechafrica

William Tevie Confirmed as Director General of NCA

President John Dramani Mahama has confirmed William Tevie as the Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA). William Tevie’s confirmation comes almost a year after his appointment as the Acting Director General of NCA on June 22 last year after the previous Director General of the NCA, Paarock VanPercy ended his term of office.

As the Director General, under the guidance of the governing board, Mr. Tevie is charged with the responsibility of regulating the growing and developing communications industry in Ghana.

Prior to heading the NCA, William Tevie was the Director General of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) and a member of the NCA Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013. As a board member he also chaired the NCA’s Board’s subcommittee on research in addition to being a member of the Board’s Sub Committee on Operations, Finance & Audit and Project Management.

The National Communications Authority, (NCA), was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 524 in December 1996, which has been repealed and replaced by the National Communications Authority Act, 2008 (Act 769). The Authority is the statutory body mandated to license and to regulate electronic communication activities and services in the country.
Source: Citifmonline