How to see only the most reliable #CoronaVirusSA tweets

On Thursday 5 March the first case of Coronavirus was confirmed in South Africa. The hashtag #CoronaVirusSA quickly went, uh, viral, shooting up to the #1 trend countrywide. As with all mass hysteria on social media, there’s plenty of misinformation flying around. How can we as social media users ensure that what we read, believe[…]

Six free social media sleuthing tools for journalists and other inquisitive types

Social media sleuthing. Sounds kinda ominous, right? Not really. Nothing about social media sleuthing is illegal. It has nothing to do with hacking. It simply entails using freely available search tools to more usefully sift through publicly-accessible information that’s online. What you actually do with that information is, of course, entirely up to you. Good ol’ Urban Dictionary[…]

How to use Tweetdeck to filter the noise on the #FeesMustFall hashtag

Over the past seven days there have been over 780 000 tweets sent that have included the hashtag #FeesMustFall. Just in the last hour, leading up to President Zuma announcing a 0% increase in university fees, there have been over 35 000 tweets sent with that hashtag. If you wanted to read all of them, you’d have[…]

Weaving social into the news

Social Weaver is flying. The big news is that Social Weaver partner Verashni Pillay has been appointed Editor in Chief of Mail & Guardian. After an exciting national Twitter training tour of Independent Newspapers newsrooms, Michael Salzwedel and Steve Kromberg spent last week training and setting up social media platforms at the SABC News Parliament.[…]

Journos get their Twitter game on at #indytwittertraining

Social Weaver ran Twitter training for over 100 editorial staff from Independent Newspapers countrywide in August and September 2015. The aim was to familiarise staff with the increasing value of Twitter in an increasingly challenging news environment. Journalists, photographers, sub-editors and editors got stuck into learning more about the mechanics of Twitter, how to ‘filter the[…]