Meet Toeter, the Afrikaans Twitter

2014-07-17 00:00

HERE is a new social network on the Internet and “Toeter” is its name. It is designed for the Afrikaans-speaking community, but is nothing spectacular compared to the big boys like Facebook and Twitter.

Seeing that I speak the language (praat die taal), I decided to play around with it a bit:

Toeter Timeline

The timeline works just like any other social media platform: it’s your homepage and where you get all your news. The Toeter platform is pretty straight forward. You will find the basic follower count, along with brands or people that Toeter recommends you follow. The first person who I followed was @Kaapstadkind — clearly the most famous account on Toeter. However, if you join I recommend you follow the guru @toeterbek — they’re like the info hub of Toeter. You will also find a series of popular hashtags to use like #snaaks #MusiekFabriek and #kyknet.

Send that Toet

As on Twitter. Toeter allows you to “sê iets” (say something) in 140 characters. To post your status update/message, you click on “deel” to discard the status, you click on “nee wat”.

The platform is very easy to grasp, I think even my mom would manage to send a toet.

My Profile

You can create a profile and add your avatar, but Toeter doesn’t scale or crop your profile photo to fit perfectly like Facebook.

The photo needs to fit in the exact dimensions, or you run the risk of having your profile picture looking like mine, lame. The side bar shows your follower count and the amount of toette you have sent.

Below the cover image you will find three different tabs: “Ek hoor my naam”, “My toete”, “Kennisgewings”. These are different, and smaller, timelines on each individual’s profile that illuminate when someone has mentioned you in a toet, allows you to look at your own toette, and check out notifications. You will be notified when someone mentions you or if you have new followers.

No adverts

Toeter focuses on being a user-friendly, clean and clear outline of the timeline and your profile. It feels really refreshing to look at your profile and not see a weird Facebook ad on the right-hand side. However, I would have liked a colour background option instead of just plain white.

Toeter summed up

I have signed up for another social media network, check! I speak Afrikaans, check! I need to gain more followers, err?!

I am sure it is not an easy task to launch another social media platform in today’s overcrowded digital world.

Overall, I feel that a lot of the functionality is too similar to Twitter. If creating an Afrikaans version of Twitter is what they had in mind, then Mission accomplished.

I would have liked to see something new or different. However, I’m sure there will be more development taking place to improve Toeter. — Memeburn.

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