After 3 years of planning, Facebook finally launches Instagram Lite in 170 countries

Facebook finally launches Instagram Lite

Facebook launches Instagram Lite in 170 countries   After nearly three years in the planning, Facebook is taking the plunge today and officially launching Instagram Lite, a less data- and storage-intensive Android-only version of one of its popular photo and video app. The app will take up just 2MB on a phone and is going live in 170 countries, with a focus on emerging markets, today. Instagram Lite is launching with all the basic bells and whistles around editing, sharing and viewing photos and videos, as well as the ability…

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Twitter, Facebook block Trump over Capitol attack posts

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Twitter, Facebook block Trump over Capitol attack posts   Twitter and Facebook suspended Donald Trump on Wednesday over posts accused of inflaming violence in the US Capitol, as social media scrambled to respond to mayhem by supporters buying into his baseless attacks on the integrity of the election. The unprecedented sanctions came after the president took to social media to repeat his numerous false claims about fraud and other impropriety in the election he lost to Joe Biden. “This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures,…

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Telegram’s 7 fantastic features for small business marketing

telegram's 7 fantastice features for small business marketing

By Alonge David _______________ World of instant messaging has evolved over the years with the introduction of fantastic features and functions to aid effective communication processes as well as extending its purposes. From the introduction of web 2.0 which drive the movement of dynamic and interactive web content and application from the initial instant messengers apps such as Yahoo messengers, MSN messenger etc. to the recent messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp Messenger and Telegram, the focus has shifted from just a communication application to social interaction and business…

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Facebook chooses Lagos Nigeria its second African office

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Global tech giant, Facebook has announced plans for a Nigeria office which is to be located in the country’s commercial and tech hub, Lagos. This is coming four years after a historic visit to the country by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and chief executive officer. The office location is expected to be secured and become operational between now and the second half of 2021. During the said period, although not confirmed, the company will probably begin the recruitment of a team of engineers, sales, partnership, policy, and communication. As revealed…

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5 Facebook marketing strategies for Small businesses to up sales

Facebook marketing strategies

By Alonge David As an entrepreneur or business owner in the market, looking for every means to promote your business to ideal customers is one opportunity you always look forward to creating. Understanding how to use Facebook to get your product or service to the mind of your customers, sell your brand or build customers loyalty is a sure way for marketing your small business. Facebook has the highest population in the world now, even more than China’s population, if it were to be a country. With over 2.8 billion…

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Facebook set to mentor African e-commerce startups

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African e-commerce startups have been invited to apply for a new Facebook-run accelerator that will offer them access to mentorship and training as well as the company’s technologies and networks. Facebook Accelerator: Commerce is a 12-week non-equity programme supporting innovative commerce startups that renew shopping experiences for buyers and sellers. It is looking for technology that makes it quick and easy for companies to upload and manage inventory online, with startups required to be headquartered in Europe, the Middle East or Africa, Facebook said on Friday. “Companies need to be B2B…

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COVID-19: Half of small businesses in hospital, tourism shut down

Facebook COVID-19: Half of small businesses in hospital, tourism shut down

In the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, half of Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) in the hospitality and tourism sector have had to close shop across the world. The Global State of Small Business Report just published by Facebook in partnership with the OECD and the World Bank revealed this, among other findings. Generally, SMBs have been counting losses to the pandemic and today, the scale of the challenge they face across the globe is laid bare. Facebook described the small businesses as the heart of every community adding that they…

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Selected 77 leaders in Facebook’s accelerator programme to receive $3m

Facebook’s accelerator programme to receive $3m

As part of its focus in bringing people together and building communities, Facebook has announced a sum of $3 million funding to raise some 77 individuals, including 12 Africans, who have been selected to join Facebook’s Community Accelerator. The Accelerator programme is a six-month programme that aims to equip communities with the training, mentorship, and funding they need to grow. As part of the global Facebook Community Leadership initiative launched in 2018, the programme invests in leaders who are building communities around the world, including bringing people together, offering encouragement,…

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Facebook targets 20,000 Africans for digital literacy

Facebook targets 20,000 Africans for digital literacy

Social media platform, Facebook, has unveiled “My Digital World”, a programme designed to equip the youth and general public across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) with digital skills needed to navigate the digital world. Facebook explained that My Digital World is a consolidation of all the platform’s digital literacy programs including Safe Online with Facebook, Ilizwe Lam, and eZibo, and will be offered virtually this year to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mark Zuckerberg-led company has over the years trained thousands of people on digital literacy skills and is preparing in…

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