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Twitter News and Updates -In Case You Missed It

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Here are some major announcements from Twitter, the tech giant you might have missed last month. June was a busy month, and a recap of the news and updates on Twitter below:

Product news

June 3: Introducing Twitter Blue – Twitter’s first-ever subscription offering

Twitter Blue launched on Twitter for iOS in Canada and Australia, but additional regions and feature updates are coming later this year. Subscriptions are priced regionally and paid on a monthly basis.

As a Twitter Blue subscriber, you will get these features and perks for the monthly price of $3.49 CAD or $4.49 AUD. We will be listening to feedback and building out even more features and perks for our subscribers over time. As always, we’ll be keeping you updated as we progress right here, so be sure to check back in. You can find the Tweet thread here and blog here.

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June 3: We are testing a new way to find Space by adding a tab.

Starting on June 3, Twitter started testing a new way to find spaces-we’re adding a tab! You can find the Tweet thread here. This will make it as simple as possible to join the best, most relevant audio conversations every time you open Twitter.

June 22: Skip the screenshots –– sharing Tweets to Instagram Stories right from the share menu is now rolling out to everyone on iOS!

Skip the screenshots –– sharing Tweets to Instagram Stories right from the share menu rolled out to everyone on iOS! Tap the share icon on a Tweet and select “Instagram Stories”. Once your Instagram app opens, you can resize/reposition the Tweet sticker before posting.  You can find the Tweet here.

June 22: Ticketed Spaces Application

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Big news. Starting June 22, you can apply to be one of the first to try Ticketed Spaces and Super Follows with your audience. You can find the Tweet thread here.

June 25: Twitter Spaces-Speakers  

When adding speakers to Spaces, hosts can now see how many speakers invite slots are left. You can find the Tweet here.

Health news

June 23: Digital Services Act: Defending the Open Internet

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Twitter shared a joint letter in response to the #DigitalServicesAct to call on the

EU Commission to protect the Digital Single Market, fair competition and the Open Internet.

Twitter is committed to increased transparency on policy enforcement, offering access to data to empower research & tackling coordinated manipulation. You can find the Twitter thread here and blog here.

Product Revenue News

June 24: 15s view: A new way to buy premium video views on Twitter

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To better meet the needs of advertisers who rely heavily on quality video views and video completion rates, Twitter rolled out a ‘15-second (15s) view’ buying model that prioritizes for engaged, longform views on their content.

This new bid unit is built to optimize for delivering 15-second or completed views, whichever comes first, and early testing has shown that it drives Twitter’s highest video completion rates yet. You can find the Tweet here and blog here.

Twitter remains your official source for what’s happening!

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Holy Child alumni illuminate the path forward amidst national school power crisis

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In recent times, the narrative of power challenges in Ghanaian schools has escalated, with numerous public institutions such as Mfantsipim School, Accra Academy, and Mondo Senior High Technical School among others facing abrupt electricity disconnections. 

This persistent issue highlights the dire need for sustainable solutions in powering educational facilities, crucial for maintaining the quality of education.

Stepping into the spotlight with a pioneering initiative, the 1999 alumni of Holy Child School have set a remarkable precedent.

 In a bid to combat these electricity woes, these visionary women have successfully funded the transition of their alma mater to 75% solar energy. This initiative not only addresses the immediate problem of power outages and financial strains on the school’s budget but also serves as a beacon of climate-positive action with the potential for carbon credit benefits.

Founded in 1946 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Holy Child School has long stood as a bastion of educational excellence and societal impact in Ghana. Its alumni include distinguished personalities such as Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Anna Bossman; Goldman Sachs Vice President, Sabina Dankwah; and University of Ghana’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, to name a few.

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The Solar Project

This solar project, a gift from the 1999 alumni commemorating their 25th anniversary and coinciding with the school’s 78th speech and prize-giving day, symbolizes a profound act of giving back and forward.

 In an exclusive interview with the Business and Financial Times, engineer Ing. Mrs. Sheila Enyonam Akyea, president of the year group, shared:  “This project builds on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We’re thrilled to extend their initial contribution, ensuring every corner of our school benefits. It’s our way of ensuring current and future students receive the same level of empowerment and opportunity we had.”

Project’s Committee Chair Ing. Mrs. Teresa Kyei-Mensah, mentioned the substantial investment the solar installation demands, emphasizing ongoing fundraising efforts.

she said: “Once completed, the initiative promises significant savings for the school and, by extension, the Ghana Education Service, redirecting funds towards essential educational resources,” she added.

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Solar power, increasingly recognized for its affordability and environmental benefits, stands as a viable solution for Ghana’s educational sector and its broader climate goals. With abundant sunshine year-round, Ghana is ideally positioned to harness solar energy, reducing the financial burden on public resources while contributing to global carbon reduction efforts.

The project was completed in January 2024 after a 1-month testing phase. The year group eagerly anticipate the handover ceremony at the 78th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Holy Child School in Cape Coast on Saturday, 9th March 2024 marking a significant milestone in their commitment to sustainable development and quality education in Ghana. 

This initiative not only lights the way for other schools grappling with similar challenges but also underscores the powerful impact of alumni engagement in shaping a brighter future for the next generation.pastedGraphic.png