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Twitter Rolls Out Tweets That Disappear After 24 Hours

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Twitter says it is rolling out tweets which disappear after 24 hours, joining rival social platforms in offering ephemeral messages.
The new “fleets” which had been tested in several countries in recent months are “for sharing momentary thoughts” and aim to bring in users who want to avoid having their comments become permanent fixtures, according to a Twitter blog post, yesterday.
“Those new to Twitter found fleets to be an easier way to share what’s on their mind,” said Product Manager Sam Haveson and Design Director, Joshua Harris, in the blog post.
“Because they disappear from view after a day, fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings,” the blog post added.
The move gives Twitter a new tool in competing with the likes of Snapchat, which made disappearing messages popular, and Facebook, which has also adopted the idea.
Twitter has become an important platform for politicians, celebrities and journalists, but it has lagged other social networks in users.
In the past quarter, it reported 187 million “monetizable” daily active users, trailing Snapchat and Facebook.
Twitter said the new format would allow users to create the same kinds of messages as in ordinary tweets, including images, videos and emojis, with the option to have the message disappear.
“Your followers can see your fleets at the top of their home timeline,” Haveson and Harris said.
“Anyone who can see your full profile can see your fleets there too,” they twitted.
Twitter has been testing the new format in Brazil, Italy, India and South Korea and learn that “we saw people with fleets talk more on Twitter.”
Twitter’s Research Director, Nikkia Reveillac, said the new format was aimed at helping people move from a passive to an active role in the Twitter conversation.
“People must feel comfortable and in control” to participate in the conversation, Reveillac told journalists.
“What we learned when we talk to people is that… engaging in conversation can honestly be incredibly terrifying… And we know that this is true in real life. And we know that it is true online,” Reveillac said.
Harris told journalists that the move was expected to boost engagement at Twitter.
“Lurking and drafting are cool, but for Twitter to really serve the public conversation, people need to feel comfortable having conversation with less pressure.
“And it might seem like we’re a little late to the game on this but we’ve been thoughtful and exploring the format and how it works for people on Twitter. And we realized through market test research that it makes sense for our platform,” he said.
Twitter said that another new feature rolling out next year is the “voice tweet,” or audio recording which takes the place of text and has been tested in the past few months.
“Sometimes, 280 characters just does not cut it,” Product Designer, Maya Gold Patterson said.
“And sometimes tweeting isn’t the right way of communicating at the moment. And so we were interested in exploring how audio could help add an additional layer to the public conversation,” he said.
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Telecom Firm Trains Journalists On Artificial Intelligence

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Telecommunication company, 9mobile  Plc, has said that the company had trained some journalists across media houses in Nigeria on Artificial Intelligence-powered journalism.
The training, which was the third edition of the telco’s  capacity building initiative, designed to acquaint journalists with emerging trends in journalism, was  by multimedia producer and social media strategist, Usifo Omozokpea, who is currently the Audience Development Manager (West Africa) at The Conversation Africa.
According to Omozokpea, Artificial Intelligence (AI) was the simulation of human intelligence process or human activities through machines, especially computer systems.
He noted that there are specific applications of AI which includes expert systems, natural language processing, speech recognition and machine vision.
These tools, he said, enhance the job of media practitioners and can help them collaborate better.
According to him, there are various tools that have been designed to address specific media needs.
He urged participants to take advantage of the various AI tools at their disposal to improve their professional practice.
Speaking on the session, the Executive Director, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs, 9mobile, Abdulrahman Ado, represented by 9mobile’s Public Relations  Lead, Chineze Amanfo, said that the knowledge shared during the training session had proven to be useful to all participants.
Ado noted that the knowledge gained by participants during the training will obviously aid them to work smarter and even create room for intelligent collaboration with their colleagues in a seamless and professional manner.

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INEC Admits Improvement On Voter Registration Exercise

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that over one million Nigerians have been added to the nation’s voter register.
The number of fresh online pre-registrants  was 3,165,189 while 1,457,766 have applied for voter transfer, replacement of Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) and update of information records.
National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, disclosed this in a statement announcing the end of the first quarter of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR).
He said youths between the ages of 18 and 34 constituted the majority, with 771,770 (71.33 per cent) having completed registration.
In terms of occupation, students formed the largest category with 439,608 (40.63 per cent). In gender distribution, 555,872 (51.38 per cent) were male and 526,075 (48.62 per cent) female.
He said the second quarter of the exercise would begin October 4, 2021, and end December 20, 2021.
 “As provided by Section 19 (1) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), the Commission is mandated to publish the register of voters for a period of not less than five days and not more than 14 days for public scrutiny during which citizens may make claims and objections,
“In compliance with the law, the register of new voters will be displayed in the local government offices of the Commission nationwide from September 24 to 30, 2021.
“The aim is to enable citizens to assist the Commission by identifying ineligible registrants on the list ahead of the cleaning up of the register before adding the fresh registrants to the current register and printing their PVCs for future elections”, he said.
Okoye observed that ineligible registrants included foreigners and Nigerians below the age of 18. He also urged people to help the Commission identify multiple registrants and deceased persons so that they can be removed from the register.
Also, INEC placed a suspension on online pre-registration and in-person voter registrations across Lagos State.
It said the suspension was to give room for all registrants to check the appropriateness of information supplied. It said the stoppage would afford its officials the opportunity to embark on necessary housekeeping activities in preparation for the next quarter.
In a statement, yesterday, by its Head of Department, Voter Education/Publicity for Lagos, Femi Akinbiyi, INEC said online pre-registration and in-person registration exercise started on June 28, 2021, and July 26, 2021.

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LG Boss Constitutes Voters Mobilisation, Registration Committee

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Ahead the 2023 general elections, the Executive Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area, Hon Vincent Nemieboka, has constituted voters mobilisation/ registration committee across wards and communities in the area.
Hon Nemieboka urged the constituted committee members to liaise with councillors to achieve the  desired objective. 
He  made the declaration during a stakeholders meeting on voters registration at Ogu,the council headquarters, recently.
The council boss reiterated that  eligible voters utilise  the opportunity as provided by the Independent Electoral Commission ( INEC ) to register for the 2023 elections.
He said that Ogu/ Bolo under his leadership would not hesitate to  provide the logistics and enabling environment  for the exercise.
“The essence of the exercise can never be over emphasised. The electorate can decide the future of Rivers cum Nigeria with their vote,” he said.
He  further  urged the Councillors,traditional rulers, Community Development Committees and youth bodies to assist in carrying out the  awareness and stressed  the need for eligible voters to participate in the on going exercise.
The council boss urged the electoral umpire to improve on its services to avoid disefranchising eligible voters in the area. 
Describing Governor Wike’s performance in infrastructural and human capital development as unprecedented, he called for improved network in order to enhance the process. 
He was of the view  that the only way to reciprocate the Governor’ s kind gesture was to  show more support and ensure that  eligible voters do the needful.
In his remarks, the  Assistant Electoral Officer in charge of voters enlightenment , Mr Austin Jonas thanked the Chairman for organising  such event and said that it was a welcome development.
Austin said the electoral body would work in synergy with council authorities to ensure the exercise was  hitch free.
In their Separate speeches,the leader  of Ogu/Bolo Legislative Assembly, Rt Hon Thompson Ogwunna, said that  the councillors would give the Chairman necessary support to succeed in his determination to deliver democratic dividends to the people. 
Thompson, who represent, Ward 11, described the chairman as God-sent , as he urged  eligible voters on the  need to  avail themselves of the opportunity. 
The Deputy Leader, Hon Tamuno Dikibala Ofori, in his contribution, said that the councillors were working  in synergy with the executive to achieve  the aim of the exercise. 
Hon Tamuno, who represents Ward Five in the Ogu/Bolo Legislative  Assembly, also urged  his people to register for the elections.

By: King Onunwor

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