Another week has whizzed by and look at that, we’re a quarter of the way done with August. Also, the weather has been, amazing. Winter seems to have turned its back on us and we can finally start wearing shorts again, (maybe).
So, what happened this week?
Tremor Rocks The Reef, and the Boat.
If you aren’t on Twitter, Facebook or interact with humans in anyway then you probably didn’t hear (or feel) the tremor that rocked Gauteng and surrounds this week. Measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale the tremor which originated in Orkney was felt from Botswana to Durban and everywhere in between. 600 homes were damaged, one man was killed due to a falling wall and 21 miners from Anglo Gold Ashanti were injured. A report is currently being compiled to ascertain the cause and the full damage of the quake. Additional warnings have been issued to areas with intensive mining operations for the days to come due to fear of aftershock.
Knock Knock Knock, Penny, Knock Knock Knock Penny, Knock Knock Knock Penny.
If you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory you will probably know that there has been a issue surrounding the actors and their pay cheques for the next seasons of the hit sitcom that left the fate of the show undecided. Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard) and Kayley Cuoco (Penny) were reported to be demanding fees of 1 million dollars an episode, which is what they got after delaying filming of the latest season. To put this into perspective, before this deal was made Sofia Vergara topped the list of highest paid TV actors raking in 125 000 dollars per episode of Modern Family. With an average of 24 episodes a season this means that for the next three seasons (yip, that’s what reports say) these three actors will earn a total of 216 million dollars collectively. BAZINGA!
RockingFuture 2014 is wrapped up
This week we finished the last few shows of RockingFuture 2014. This year we saw over 290 schools and plan on raising that number for 2015. Also, in 2014 we visited more regions than ever before with RockingFuture, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Vaal Triangle, East Rand, Bloemfontein, Durban, Pretoria and Pietermaritzburg, we won’t be seeing as many regions as this for RockingFuture 2015 but don’t worry, we’ll be bring the YoFuture awesomeness to every region listed above. And if you haven’t seen our video about what we do, watch the video below.
You will no longer be able to send Facebook messages through the Facebook App.
This isn’t new news. For a while Facebook has been telling users that they are migrating the message feature from the Facebook mobile app to a standalone Messenger App. This week however somebody went and actually read the Terms and Conditions of the Facebook Messenger app and found this:
At first glance it looks like you’re basically giving Facebook the permission to use your phone whenever it decides. Facebook has released a statement saying that these permissions are no different to other messaging apps and they must request these permissions all at once so that you can do things like send voice notes and sync contacts without having to give the app permission every time you want to use a certain feature. Regardless of Facebook’s statement their behaviour with user information in the past has caused this permission request to bring the social network under even greater scrutiny than ever before. We do urge you to read the terms and conditions of everything you sign up for, never just blindly click, “I accept”, you never know what you’re giving people the right to.
Twitter is the 9th largest social network with just over 240 million monthly users (Facebook takes the number one spot with 1.15 billion monthly users) and we thought it would be a fun exercise to see who had the most followers, followed the most accounts and has the most tweets.
Katy Perry (@katyperry) has the most followers clocking in at just over 55 122 295 followers, 27.6% of the entire Twitter user base. Following closely behind her is Justin Bieber with a total of 53 383 058 followers. Can you guess who takes 3rd place?
The most followers spot is taken by @ArabicBest following an astronomical 2 426 777 users, 1.2% of the entire Twitter user base. This is quite incredible given that once you follow 2000 users Twitter starts restricting how many accounts you can follow, the full terms are given here.
And finally, who can’t shut up on Twitter? User @VENETHIS has tweeted 37 478 501 times since they joined in August 2009. We’ve done the maths and @VENETHIS has tweeted an average of 20 514 times, a day for the last 5 years that points to an average of 14 tweets, a minute. People, if you thought you were addicted to Twitter, think again.
And that’s it for this week. But before you leave, how many tweets have you tweeted? Let us know in the comments below.