While most of us wait for the next big social media site, two South Africans have built one. DotAfro is a new social networking site described as pro-black, a safe space and free of censorship. The site is currently in Beta Test phase, but the public can already start testing its features. This new project is a site worth sharing!
Why SA Needs DotAfro
When most of us think social media, we think Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and an assortment of Silicon Valley networks. As South Africans, we use these en masse. The SA Social Media Landscape Report for 2018 states that 16 million South Africans use Facebook and 8 million use Twitter. However, we are all concerned about these sites taking our profile data, censoring our political views or exposing us to cyber-bullying. These concerns have led to creation of niche groups on social media such as ‘Black Twitter’. Now, there is a safe space for these groups – DotAfro.
The site was developed by Mandisa Khanyile and Tumelo Baloyi and promises to be the first of its kind in the country. The creators are both social activists who believe that “social media was not a kind
space to Blackness.”
How It Works
DotAfro will fully launch on 18 November 2017. The platform is currently being tested on web and mobile with an app for Android and iOS on its way. While we wait, users can already create accounts and test the features which include the updating of statuses (with mentions and hashtags), adding friends, creating groups, uploading pictures, creating events, customising our profiles and many more components we are accustomed to. The platform also provides new unique functions. The site is genderless. There are no men and women – just humans. There is also a much-demanded dislike button. The biggest feature is the ability to create voice note status updates or comments.
A social network like this one is community-based. Users decide who gets blocked. The creators state, “We wanted our community to take ownership of their user experience. They will build a platform that works for them and customize it to suit their needs. Our strength is our personal touch, our focus on community, our social activism and our blackness.”
So, Create an account today.
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