Seesmic Assigns Male Gender to All?

So I’m busy working & tweeting at the same time (attempts at multitasking, futile me thinks sometimes) and I notice something….

I check on a tweep’s data and Seesmic tells me “Relationship: This user is following you but you are not following him” yet the user in question is a “Caroline”. So I wonder, is this an anomaly? I check another tweep:

Again the same thing!

Question is, how come Seesmic is giving people a ‘him’ for everyone? (This is so even for tweeps with a male name) And two, why is it even necessary to assign a gender to a tweep?

I know one or two people will tell me that its useful for market stuff and bla bla bla, to me, it isn’t. If we are all for equality, then why not use other variables to gauge our likes and dislikes aside from the gender marker we have/choose to use? We can already see that there are so many people who dance around the grey area of the black and white gender spectrum than we think are there. If anything, the so called ‘strict’ gender binaries have fewer populations than is known or claimed!

Thought I should give you a heads up. Think about it. FYI, I have nothing against Seesmic. Maybe they have their reasons. This particular item just made me wonder. I hope it makes you wonder too.

Thoughts and comments are welcome. Comment below!

*Over & Out*

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Twitter: Add ‘Kenya’ as a Trend Location on Twitter

For the longest time I’ve been singing this song: Africa is NOWHERE on the list of trend locations on Twitter Web. Question is, why? Consider this:

Kenya is the second most active country in Africa on the social networking site Twitter, with 2,476,800 tweets posted in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to new research released on Thursday.

South Africa led the pack with 5,030,226 tweets in the same period as revealed by the new study dubbed How Africa Tweets that analysed over 11.5 million geo-located Tweets across the continent.

Other countries evaluated were Nigeria that came in third with 1,646,212 tweets followed closely by Egypt at 1,214,062 and Morocco with 745,620 tweets.

Youth tweeting on mobile phones were also found to be the main drivers of Twitter’s growth in Africa, with 60 percent of the continent’s most active tweeters between the ages of 20 and 29. (Read More on Capital News)

Now. My good friend Evans Gichomo has decided to put up a petition asking Twitter to put, not just Africa, but KENYA as a trend location. This is big! This means that anyone who wants to know what KOT are saying, will just click on the location ‘Kenya’ and voila! They have it. Here is an excerpt:

eGichomo from Nairobi, Kenya. with 2,640 followers started this.
Blogger | Loves Traveling, Sports, Tech, Art & Photography | Social Media Enthusiast. Be assured of interesting tweets. http://egichomo.wordpress.com/

Kenya is the second most active country on Twitter in Africa with 2,476,800 tweets posted in the fourth quarter of 2011. Within the past two years, Kenyans On Twitter ( #KOT ) have managed to start Worldwide trending topics among them:
#KCPE2010
#Uhuru
#RutoPlaylist
#Ocampo6
#NyeriTVShows ..etc

This has been a norm since September 2010 after the promulgation of the new constitution presumably around which time the first worldwide trending topics by Kenyans have been constantly among the Top 10.

We request Twitter to include us in the trend locations [IMAGE: http://twitpic.com/8md5a9] This will enable Kenyans on Twitter to easily track & participate in local trends as well as switching back to other international trends.
Thank you.

Ref: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/lifestyle/2012/01/26/kenya-is-africas-2nd-most-active-on-twitter/

There does exist websites such as Trendsmap.com which will go even further in telling you what is trending in Nairobi. But this dream has never been realised in Kenya by Twitter.

I think that Africa needs its recognition and I wonder what the criteria is for getting Africa on the map.

A teeny bit of me has the audacity to think they are deliberately ignoring us, thinking “aii.. sasa hawa ma-savages ati wanatweet?” But that’s me. Ignore that!

In the end, I believe #KOT, #KenyansOnTwitter need their deserved recognition, if not African tweeps in general.

#Thatisall.

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

New Age Sex Trend? New Age?

Have you all read this article: “New age sex trend“? If not, read it first, then come back.

First of all, I think it is laudable that issues dealing with gays and lesbians is getting light in the dailies, amid other societal issues that is.

But that said, I wonder, did the author (Stevens Muendo) even do a background research on what he was writing on? Seriously?

First thing I see is this phrase: “Sam is gay as he finally concedes to me. He has been in the business of male prostitution since he was in high school.“. Honestly, is he trying to say that being gay = being a male sex worker? I won’t even begin to question what he meant by ‘male prostitution’ since that could be something totally different! (something like a man who has sex with women for money…). This is definitely not true. Not all gay men are sex workers. Not all male sex workers are gay!

The article insinuates that gay people are all about sex and money, that gay men ‘become gay’ to lure men who want sex in return for money.

It also makes it look like bisexuality is a phase and that one can ‘get out of it’.

The writer clearly did not do enough research and relied on archaic information and supposed ‘quotes’ from eons ago and with facts only he would have conjured up!

He then ends the article saying: “All this time, the older generation continues to bury their heads as homosexuality and lesbianism takes root among the youth.

I would like to inform the writer that, ahem, to his disbelief, the gay and lesbian community as they call it, has been in existence since life as we know it began. This has been well documented in research articles and books. (See Google Scholar search, PDF book by Stephen O. Murray, African Sexualities, etc)

Basically what I am saying is that I think people writing about such issues in the media, really, should do better research. However, I do assume that this is deliberately overlooked as sensationalism and readership is of more importance to them than the reality. *shrug*

On a different note though, did y’all see the image he used on the left side of the story? Those words put together to form an image of two men kissing each other? Oh, if you didn’t notice that then, Oops!! I particularly like that image! Please please someone tell me where I can download it!

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I is get back to reading…

Yup….

Barbra’s gonna pick up a book n start reading…… again!

I have to admit. I’m a lousy reader. Terrible even. The last time I reeeealy read a book was when I was reading “As Nature Made Him“. I loved that book. If you haven’t read it yet, soma!

Now, my focus is turned towards Chimamanda Adichie’sPurple Hibiscus

And I will definitely do a review afterwards.

And maybe, just maybe, I will somehow get rid of this TV addiction I’ve got. And telling myself that TV taught me good English LOL! SMH!

 

Wish me luck!!!

The Odd Young Bus Preacher

I use City Hoppas on my route. And one thing that’s not a surprise on our route is bus preachers. For me, they’re annoying. Very very annoying! I mean, if I want to hear the word of God I will go to church, right? Why do these preachers assume that everyone on the bus is a) interested in what he has to say and b) is a christian? Why? SMH!

Worst of all is that at the end of the sermon, they ask for an offering! This is the most annoying part of the whole annoyance! It is veeery easy to claim that this is their ultimate goal anyway.

But this particular bus preacher was different. He was a regular young man, probably in his mid-twenties and didn’t have that look that many bus preachers have. When he stood up, I immediately placed a mental block against him and started sleeping. Unfortunately I was seated in front and he was talking right above me so it was very difficult to ignore him. He was talking about the usual stuff about Jesus and being born again.

The odd things? He was young. The bus preachers I’ve seen aren’t young guys.

The striking thing: he never asked for cash! People did give him something here and there but that was it. He didn’t ask. I waited to hear “haya sasa tutoe sadaka tusaidie mtumishi wa mungu aeneze habari hii yake….” but nothing! That was what striked me the most. He asked listeners to pray a prayer for being born again, gave his number and name (Evans) and left!

I remember telling myself I can’t wait to see one bus preacher who only gives the word for the sake of giving it and doesn’t have a sadaka angle. He came. That was something!

A Little Something About Corruption

Most of the stuff I would like to write about I think about them in the shower. Yes, the shower!

Corruption in Kenya is a topic I and many a Kenyan can go on and on and on about. I just thought I’d throw in a word or two of what I feel about the issue.

To me, corruption is not of the leaders or heads of departments or workers in government only, it is a thing that all of us suffer from.

We usually say “Oh that politician is so corrupt…” bla bla bla, then when we go to City Council we tell the person serving us, “Aki I can’t wait a whole three months for this to go through, si you take this 5k and sort me out eh?” *wink-wink*.

To add insult to injury, the city council guy just takes it and uses it to bribe more guys huko ndani so that it can pass.

I think its a high time we as Kenyans say no to corruption, and mean it! We say it but we never mean it. We always want the easy way out, the lighter load. But we need to make this a country that we are proud of. We need to shun bribery and shame those who condone it. It is us who can make this a better place for ourselves.

It is said that impunity is “Exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action”. It is us who propagate impunity, and worse, we do it on a daily basis! Yea, we don’t realise it, but…

When you throw a banana peel on the streets instead of into a rubbish bin, that’s impunity.

When you run a red light, impunity.

When you sit hapo kwa conductor and you’re four instead of three, impunity.

I could go on, but you get my point. I’m also not saying I don’t do some of these things, but I endeavour daily to eliminate impunity from my life. It is a rot that needs to be dealt with. Some may say that some of these things are nothing and they wouldn’t hurt, but if you look at the bigger picture, there is more to them than meets the eye.

Lets make Kenya a place we truly want to live in. Lets eliminate the number of times we complain daily. Remember what I always say,

Its up to you!

Kenyans for Kenya (photo: linked)*Over & Out*

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