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Twitter have reduced The Number of People You can Follow

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In an attempt to curb the rate of spam activities on its platform, Twitter has come up with a new tactic to achieve this.

The number of new accounts you can follow per day has been furtherly trimmed down to 400, from the former 1000 per day limit.

“So, why 400 per day, and not 100? Or 58? Or 17? In short, we found that 400 is a reasonable limit that allows people to follow the accounts they’re interested in each day while stopping the most spam.”

Yoel Roth (Head of Site Integrity at Twitter) said, explaining the twitter’s 400 limit choice.

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He also said, “Improving the health of Twitter is our top priority, and teams across the company are always working to refine these limits based on what we learn about spammer behavior and as malicious tactics evolve”.

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Ayoba Messaging: Everything you need to know about MTN Instant Messaging platform in 2020

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MTN Group in 2019 announced its instant messaging platform – Ayoba. The move has since seen exponential rise in active users with MTN reporting an active 1 million monthly users.

Ridiculous numbers for a new platform in a quite saturated market

Now, if you have literally been self- isolating under a rock due to the Covid-19 pandemic and know nothing about Ayoba. We are all guilty!

You’ll definitely be asking

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A new Facebook or WhatsApp copy or what? Allow me explain in critically plain terms.

If you’re a subscriber, you’ve probably come accross broadcast messages promising 600MB monthly free charge and thinking?

What is Ayoba Instant Messaging?

Ayoba Instant Messaging app

Ayoba is an advanced communications application localised for African and Middle East consumer needs, under an independent Over the Top (OTT) brand with unique features for MTN customers.

“We believe that our customers in Africa and the Middle East deserve a communication platform that expresses our unique voice, honours our rich identity through local languages, and addresses our customers’ specific needs and challenges by offering a data-included offering for MTN users, Mobile Money transfers (coming soon) and locally relevant content via channels,” says MTN Group President and CEO, Rob Shuter.

Basically, Ayoba hopes to connect users together like every other instant messaging platform for Android and iOS however, there’s a catch.

What to do on Ayoba Messaging

It’s different from other messaging apps: you can chat to anyone regardless of whether they have the Ayoba app or not. With Ayoba , you always have total control of who you chat with, by letting you easily block and unblock contacts.

Some of the five(5) key features and offerings from MTN messaging platform, Ayoba include the following:

Chat now: This of course represents the base idea behind its introduction. Ayoba users can instantly send and receive text and voice messages with any of their contacts regardless of device type or network.

Chat with everyone: Unlike Facebook and WatsApp, users on Ayoba can also send SMS text messages with anyone in their contact list, regardless of whether they’ve installed Ayoba or not.

Security: As has become the major concern for internet users, data theft is at its peak. Ayoba however, promises end-to-end encryption which means that messages in a conversation cannot be read by anyone else.

Money transfers: Users on Ayoba will be able to make and receive payments via Mobile Money though this is a feature MTN promises will be coming soon in the near future.

Channel subscriptions: Users can subscribe to Channels, digital programs for locally relevant content across various categeries.

Ayoba has also proved beneficial in providing connections and vital Covid-19 safety information in this part of the world

Just another messaging platform or finally the ‘African future’?

MTN no doubt have seen lots of digital projects fall prey to the new product factor, though with Ayoba still in its infancy, we only have to fold arms akimbo and hope it stands the test of time.

Recall the 2go social networking app which as an African startup made all the headlines and had all the features and support and all kept us on our toes? Hopes were buzzing. Well, not until WatsApp came along to play.

Little can be pointed as possible reasons for its decline however, two things are definite, they either failed to evolve or just got swamped in the ocean of competition.

MTN though has revealed it has quite futuristic plans for its Ayoba Messaging platform.

“Ayoba is also working on building an open digital platform that will enable third-party innovation. This will ensure that we offer a rich diversified experience on the platform, enabling us to deliver more value to our users, empower local developers and create local experiences that are optimised for local communities,” explains David Gilarranz, CEO MTN Digital.

Ayoba Messaging Availability and Language support in Nigeria

The platform which was launched earlier last year is now operational in more than 8 MTN markets, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo Brazzaville, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Afghanistan and South Africa with Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Benin and Rwanda the major additions this year.

The app supports many local languages spoken across the MTN markets including isiZulu, isiXhosa, Pidgin, Yoruba, Swahili, Hausa, French and English.

How to download Ayoba Messaging App

Ayoba is available across multiple markets on the Google Play Store and via the Ayoba website www.ayoba.me as an OTT offering.

MTN adds that in addition to the number of exciting innovations on the cards, Ayoba plans to expand to the rest of MTN’s markets and other territories across the globe.

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This ‘official’ Facebook tool will help you bulk delete old posts: Here is how

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Facebook, has been on a spree of updates to many of its products’ with the recent being the introduction of a new feature that would allow it’s use to bulk delete their old posts without doing so manually.

This seems to come in handy for just about all the precautionary reasons in the world right now as the many happenings on the internet for the past couple weeks don’t seem to have any ending soon.

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Rape accusations are flying all over, racists internet users are been taken to the cleaners with any slightest hint saturated on our feed now making for the next credible evidence.

Even though we were clear tenegers when we made those posts, the internet world doesn’t care an inch with it’s pushing out memories which these “internet dragging professionals” use on us all…Hehehe

Other times, if you dig deep into your Facebook accounts, you would find tons of posts or pictures that are completely irrelevant now and holds no value to you.

It could about an old friendship or a relationship that no longer exists. While you might have happily moved on in life, Facebook will remind you every year of the past that you don’t want to revisit.

However, Facebook is introducing a whole new “Manage Activity” tool that will give you two options to deal with your old posts and the best thing is you can delete posts and pictures in bulk, without really going to every single post and hitting the delete button.

“Whether you’re entering the job market after college or moving on from an old relationship, we know things change in people’s lives, and we want to make it easy for you to curate your presence on Facebook to more accurately reflect who you are today,” Facebook said in a blog post.

The Manage Activity tool will give you two options to deal with your old posts. You either archive them or get rid of them completely. The archive feature would mean that posts will not be visible to other visitors or to your friends. You can retain the content just for yourself without letting others to view it.

This could be a nice way of holding on to the memories of the past but without including everyone else into it.

And just about holding onto that little internet security you crave…if there were any ofc

Facebook activity manager to delete old posts

The other option will be to move your posts to Trash. The trash folder will keep your posts for 30 days before deleting them completely from the app.

But bear in mind that, if you want to manually delete the posts like old times or wish to restore them you can do that before the app gets rid of your posts.

No doubt, this is a great time to be alive with the social media giant also announcing the development of filters to help you sort and find what you’re looking for, like posts with specific people or from a specific date range

As per the company, the Manage Activity tool will arrive first on the Mobile app and Facebook Lite and then to the Facebook web. The company has rolled out the feature for some users already and it is gradually releasing it for everyone.

Over to you now, how could this feature be beneficial to you now and in the long run? Let’s talk them in the comments section.

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