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Twitter is Test Doubling Tweet Length to 280 Characters, Users Kick

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A tweet limit may increase from 140  to 280 characters.

Micro-blogging social network, Twitter on Tuesday announced it’s planning to double tweet length to increase a user’s expressive power.

Part of the statement on Twitter’s official blog read, “We want every person around the world to easily express themselves on Twitter, so we’re doing something new: we’re going to try out a longer limit, 280 characters, in languages impacted by cramming (which is all except Japanese, Chinese, and Korean). ”

Tech analysts may attribute this to a marketing strategy to attract and engage more users and subsequently drive up revenue, which lately is on  a decline.

The experimental doubling will only be available to a small group of select users, and only Twitter can tell the criteria on which such accounts are being chosen.

Users React

Most people seem comfortable with the default 140 characters. Many had argued the beauty of Twitter lies in there – brevity and creativity. And if these reactions are anything to go by, the “nay” has it.

Take a look at the original tweet and some accompanying responses.

Solomon Ekrebe is the Lead Web & Content Developer at Krebits Concept. He plays with numbers to disrupt tech and creates art with letters, just so to light up the streets of the web.

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Google Celebrates Late Nigerian Doctor Stella Adadevoh

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The popular technology company Google today celebrates the late Nigerian doctor, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh who ensured that the deadly Ebola virus did not gain wind in the country.

On Google Doodle today is a cartoon drawing to represent and celebrate Dr. Stella Adadevoh who would have turned 62 today. Doctor Stella was responsible for keeping the late Patrick Sawyer (the man who came to Nigeria with the virus) in quarantine despite pressures from both the Liberian government and the patient himself to let him go.

Doctor Stella Adadevoh later tested positive to the virus and passed on the 19th of August 2014.

GoogleAfrica takes to its Twitter page writing:

“Today our #Googledoodle celebrates the life of Stella Adadevoh, the Nigerian doctor, who helped stop the spread of Ebola in the country during the 2014 outbreak.”

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Anambra Teen-Girls Win Gold In World Technovation Challenge

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5 female students from the Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha, Anambra win gold at the ‘World Technovation Challenge 2018’.

The 5 teenage girls from Anambra state representing Nigeria and Africa at the World Technovation Challenge which held in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, USA, earn the Gold Medal in the contest.

The girls who defeated other huge competitors from the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and China to clinch the gold medal are Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye.

The girls currently in Junior Secondary School developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ – to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.

The Technovation challenge involves inviting girls annually to identify a problem in their communities, challenging them to solve these problems by developing Andriod applications that will address such problems.

115 countries participated in the qualifiers but only 12 teams from all over the world were selected as finalists for the pitch in Silicon Valley.

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WhatsApp Takes Upgrade A Level Higher

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The social media platform WhatsApp announces the launch of a new feature globally that will highlight when a message has been forwarded and not composed by the sender.

WhatsApp is allegedly taking this move to curb the spread of fake news. The messaging application on Tuesday through its official blog released a statement addressing the upgrade.

In the statement, the platform, owned by Facebook, said:

“Starting today, WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive, have been forwarded to you. This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow, it also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.

“To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone. WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety.

“We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded. As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help.”

The social media platform in recent times, replied a notice by the Indian government to take immediate measures to prevent misuse of its platform. It said that the platform was testing a new label that highlights when a message has been forwarded.

Saying, “this could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages. Because it lets a user know if content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumor from someone else.”

The company also announced in June an “unrestricted monetary awards” for research on the spread of misinformation on its platform to address the problem.

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