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:
Petition @twitter to Add ‘Kenya’ as a Trend Location on Twitter http://act.ly/5kc RT to sign. #AddKenyaToTrends @supporteGichomo 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:
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.
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.
*Over & Out*