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Instagram’s New Feature Is Out To Bring College Students Together On-Campus & Online

by Elizabeth Mohr | (Durham ‘20)
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Instagram never ceases to amaze when it comes to innovations. Whether it’s the success of the Snapchat-esque insta-stories in 2016 or the YouTube-twin IGTV in 2018, it’s no wonder that the Social Media Giant boasts 800 million (and counting) users, giving platforms like Facebook and Twitter a run for their money. And it seems like Instagram will continue on its innovative roll as it tests its newest feature, College Communities.

As explained in a report by CNBC, the College Communities feature aims at encouraging students to connect to others at their university by inviting them to an Instagram college community, reminiscent of Facebook groups. If you want to join the community, you have to choose your university and graduating year after which you will have access to “class-based lists of other students who have opted into the community”.

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Lara Harb@thesm_artist

Could be an interesting way to find classmates or another invasion of privacy? Instagram is testing college community groups http://bit.ly/2PJBZMM 

By testing this new feature, Instagram seems to be on its way to take yet another leaf from another Social Media Giant’s book, this time Facebook, the mother of Social Media. Although Facebook continues to be the leading Social Media platform with 79% of online adults using it versus merely 32% on Instagram, according to a Pew Research Center study, another study shows that Instagram is the most popular online platform for teens after YouTube. So by introducing this new feature, Instagram may be making the perfect move to further engage its population of young Instagrammers.

However, like most new features, College Communities still has a long way to go. Instagram does say that they are making sure that people can report inappropriate behavior and confirm that the students wishing to join the community are actual students by checking “information people have publicly shared about their university, the accounts they follow and other connections they have” but there are still glitches. As told shared by CNBC, one reporter found himself invited to join the correct college community but was then asked to register as an active student even though he is not.

Amitabh Verma@amitabh26

Instagram is currently seen testing new college community groups. In the news by CNBC, Instagram was seen testing out a feature that groups users into college community lists.https://www.newsapp.io/instagram/Instagram-tests-College-Community-Groups 

We’ll continue to stay tuned to how things go as this new feature is tested and, who knows, we may be saying hello to a new virtual college community in the near future.

Elizabeth is a second year student at Durham University, studying Sociology and Anthropology. She is currently a News x Social Media Intern at HC headquarters in Boston and has been involved in the Durham University chapter of Her Campus since January 2018. Original post here > https://www.hercampus.com/news/instagrams-new-feature-out-bring-college-students-together-campus-online
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NUST student and Alumna co-founded online farm system wins at Seedstars Competition

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NUST student and alumna co-founded technical start-up, Rera Online Farm, has emerged the winner of the Zimbabwean leg of the Seedstars World Competition. They have managed to book a spot for themselves in the regional competitions penned for this December in Ivory Coast, after shrugging off stiff competition from nine other innovators.

The Rera online system is a four-year-old brain child of a NUST final year Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering student, Rick Masuku, former Electronic Engineering student Ratanang Noko and a Harare based technical enthusiast, Gladson Dube.

If Rera wins the regional competition in Ivory Coast, the startup will qualify for the global Seedstars Summit, to be held in Switzerland next year in April where the innovators will battle it out with other technical startups from around the globe.

By participating at the Global Seedstars Summit, the online startup stands a chance to win up to US$1 million in equity investment for their project.

The Zimbabwe competition took place on Friday June 29 at Impact Hub Harare, with nine startups pitching in front of a local jury which comprised of Nhena Nyagura from Dandemutande, Ethel Bangwayo from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Sharon Wekwete from Omidyar Network and Lilian Mbayiwa from Old Mutual.

Rera is an online platform that provides an opportunity for consumers to farm their own poultry produce through “three easy steps” which are by signing up for an account on the Rera website, creating their own fowl run by selecting the type of poultry produce and quantity they want to farm and lastly, once they confirm their poultry produce, the Rera sales agents advise the retail consumers on the payment procedure.

According to one of the founders of the online farm, the system could not have come at the right time than now when most people are digitally literate citing how they can save money by trying it out.

“Rera is an online platform that provides an opportunity for consumers to farm their own chicken in less than 5 minutes,it is a simple to use system like any other social media platform most people are familiar to,” said Masuku.

“With a low production cost of about $3.75 per chicken, this cuts costs for farmers, fast food outlets or even any interested buyer,” he added.

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WhatsApp rolls out ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature; here’s how it works

Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp last week rolled out the most sought after feature – “Delete for Everyone.” As the name suggests, the feature allows users to revoke their messages in case they sent those to a wrong person or a group.

You can only delete messages for everyone for up to seven minutes after sending.

“Once seven minutes have passed, there is no way to delete messages for everyone,” Facebook-owned WhatsApp said in its updated FAQ last week. “In order for messages to be successfully deleted for everyone, both you and your recipient must be using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone,” the micro-blogging platform said.

WhatsApp was working on this feature for almost a year. You can now delete messages for everyone or just for yourself.

“Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat. This is particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake,” WhatsApp noted.

Messages you successfully delete for everyone will be replaced with “This message was deleted” in your recipients’ chats. Similarly, if you see “This message was deleted” in a chat, it means that the sender deleted their message for everyone.

How it works:

Open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete. Tap and hold the message and choose Delete from the menu.

Optionally, select more messages to delete multiple messages at once. Then tap “Delete for Everyone”.

“If you or your recipient are not using the latest version of WhatsApp for Android, iPhone or Windows Phone, this feature will not be supported,” WhatsApp said.

Recipients may see your message before it’s deleted or if deletion was not successful.

According to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp, this feature works for messages in text, videos, GIFs, pictures, voice messages, quoted messages and status replies. The second part is to delete messages only for yourself.

Deleting messages for yourself allows you to delete your copy of messages you’ve sent or received from your phone.

“This has no effect on your recipients’ chats. Your recipients will still see the messages in their chat screen,” WhatsApp said.

For this, open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete. Tap and hold the message and choose Delete from the menu.

Optionally, select more messages to delete multiple messages at once. Then tap “Delete for Me”. “The feature is being slowly rolled out and users can reinstall WhatsApp in order to download from the server the latest configuration,” WABetaInfo said.

Article source: Hindustan Times. 

Another First as MSU Wins in Jordan

MIDLANDS State University through its Generations for Peace (GFP) Club flew the country’s flag high at the Generations for Peace Samsung Advanced Training Awards Certification ceremony held in Amman, Jordan, on the 26th of October 2016.

Competing against teams from over 50 countries, the MSU Generations for Peace Club emerged as winners in the sustainability category. The competition was divided into four categories that is Quality, Impact, Innovation and Sustainability and adjudication is based on short video submissions by various GFP teams from across the globe.

In their submissions, teams highlight activities and projects that their participants are undertaking throughout the year. Under sustainability, teams had to highlight how long the positive impacts of their activities would last, show evidence of community ownership and engagement of key local stakeholders as well as the cost effectiveness.

Through its video submission, the MSU GFP team was able to successfully capture and satisfy all the requirements, while also highlighting the different activities that it is undertaking both at the Zvishavane campus and the Gweru Main campus.

The MSU GFP’s submission was made possible thanks to the hard work of Everson Kudakwashe Chieza and Donald Chidamba, Thamusanqa Gumpo all second year students in the department of Film and Theatre Arts, who edited and produced the video. While Hazel Halima a second year student in the department of English and Communication and Talent Chitepo a fourth year student in the department of Marketing Management ensured that all Club activities were documented and marketed respectively with the help of their patrons Nkala D, a lecturer in the department of Entrepreneurship Studies and Mr Gwarinda, a lecturer in the department of Film and Theatre Arts, Mr J Chivivi, Director sports Speaking while receiving the award on behalf of MSU and Zimbabwe, Mrs M Mugwati, the Acting Deputy Dean in the University’s Faculty of Commerce and one of the

GFP Pioneers, said the award came as a surprise and thanked the University, GFP and the event sponsors, Samsung for their support. Other winners included teams from Macedonia (Quality category), Lebanon (Innovation category) and Tunisia (Impact category).

‘Generations For Peace is a leading global non-profit peace-building organisation founded by HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein and Sarah Kabbani in 2007. It is dedicated to sustainable conflict transformation at the grassroots, Generations For Peace empowers volunteer leaders of youth to promote active tolerance and responsible citizenship in communities experiencing different forms of conflict and violence – www.msu.ac.zw

HOW TO ACTIVATE VOICE CALLING ON WHATSAPP

VOICE calling,the most anticipated feature of WhatsApp has been finally launched on Android. The feature is available in the app’s latest version, but you’ll need another user’s help to activate it. First, you’ll first need the latest version of the Android app, which, at the time of writing is 2.11.561. Then you’ll have to ask a user who has the feature to call you. Once you’ve received the call, answer it for at least 2 seconds and you should be activated. Close the app and reopen it. You should now see a new screen with three columns, including one for calls. WhatsApp-calling-screens1 You can then call any of your WhatsApp contacts over VoIP through the app. You may not be able to reach people running older versions of the app. It’s certainly not the most efficient way of rolling out a feature, but that may be the point. There’s no word yet on whether the company will charge for calls in the future. Note that from that point you have a limit on the number of people you will be able to activate. If you want CampusMoments to call you,inbox us via twitter, facebook or email.We will need your student ID, and email address to verify that you’re NUST student. ARE MOBILE PHONE NETWORKS THREATENED BY WhatsApp CALLING? ECONET SAYS IT IS NOT! TechZim got in touch with Econet to establish their position on the new WhatsApp calls and the company’s response is that they’re not worried at all. That VoIP apps would come and move the cheese is something they saw long back he says and that they are already well on their way to a reengineered core not reliant on voice revenue. “Econet does not see such new technology as a threat” Econet Zimbabwe Corporate Communications Manager, Rangarirai Mberi told us today in an email. He explained: “We in fact see it as an opportunity to offer new possibilities for our customers. As we have said before, there was already a trend away from traditional income streams such as voice, which Econet had long anticipated. We then took a strategic decision to invest in new income streams, such as data services and many other overlay services. This strategy is already bearing fruit.” In the past couple of years Econet Zimbabwe has successfully introduced services like EcoCash (and a slew products atop it) Broadband bundles, Education products and Insurance amoung other products. How much fruit this has bore to date is ofcourse difficult to measure right now, and will only be clear when the company announces its annual results due weeks from now. However, Britain’s mobile operators are preparing a lobbying attack on internet companies such as WhatsApp, owned by Facebook as part of a major review of communications regulations, amid growing international tensions between telecoms companies and high tech start-up businesses . The mobile operators argue that “over-the-top” internet-based calling and messaging apps such as Whatsapp, Viber and Skype should be subject to the same regulations as their own more traditional telecoms services.Furthermore, they allege that they face unfair competition from internet-based communications services that do not face expensive regulatory hurdles yet rely on their network infrastructure to operate.||| Illustrations from http://thenextweb.com/