The year 2011 was an interesting one for TechLoy and since launching in June, we’ve continued to disrupt the African technology, mobile and startup news space.
Within 6 months, TechLoy became the leading technology news blog in Nigeria, overtaking our major competition TechCrunch and Mashable and easily became the fastest-growing technology news publication in Africa.
Most importantly was our knack for breaking news and exclusive stories as well as our focus on covering the best startups, apps and products from Africa.
We hope that we kept you fed with teckey mince and that we served you some of the best techquila shots in town
Here are the most popular articles – the most viewed, most liked and the most tweeted by our ever-growing readers.
TechLoy exclusively reported about a new home for Nollywood movies called iROKOtv launched in December which allows you to watch all of Nigerian movies for free on its platform.
The new Gmail sign-in page preview surprisingly attracted a lot of traffic from search engines. At the time, Google was previewing what we feel was a very clean and crisp interface which blends with the Google + look and feel as well as its search pages.
Award-winning Nigerian Afro-pop star, D’banj released a mix tape titled ‘Oliver Twist’ in August which disrupted the music industry with its sensational lyrics and ground-breaking sound beat from top producer Don Jazzy. The video dance competition also went viral online attracting hundreds of similar ‘Oliver Twist’ dance videos on Youtube.
The 4th largest telecommunications operator in Nigeria ran a special offer that allowed its subscribers to download and use the Facebook mobile application for up to 90 days without paying for data. With Etisalat’s Facebook Service, users can update their Facebook status, blog and profile wall with ease without having to pay for data, although SMS charges may apply.
This article stirred a lot of controversy around a Google-sponsored initiative to get Nigerian businesses online. Loy was particularly critical of this move and unashamedly maintains his unpopular opinion about the monopoly of Google within the Nigerian Internet space.
TechLoy learned from a reliable source that MIH Internet Africa, the owners of Dealfish and Kalahari in Nigeria made an offer to acquire a stake in Nairalist, but was rejected by founder, Seun Osewa. Although both parties confirmed the acquisition talks, they didn’t disclose any terms of the deal.
During the Islamic month of fasting in August, a new mobile application that suggests daily prayer points was launched. The Ramadan Dua App released by Nigerian mobile apps developer, Zubair Abubakar shows suggested daily dua and night Nafilahs for Tahajjud (prayers) during Ramadan.
The latest BBM version of the Blackberry smartphone v6.1 was released in November with personalized, customized and animated avatars. BBM version 6.1 lets you personalize your messages with funny animated avatars, new emoticons, customized colored chat bubbles, increased character count for personal messages and display picture integration.
Nairalist founder, Oluwaseun Osewa raised a red flag on his competition’s increased popularity within the Nigerian online classifieds marketplace. While Osewa said he wasn’t sure if Dealfish had killed Nairalist, it was pretty clear that Dealfish had overtaken Nairalist to become the most popular classified ads site in Nigeria at the time.
TechLoy extensively covered the launch of an African-designed, Android-powered tablet which was unveiled to the world at the Africa Web Summit 2011 in Brazzaville, Congo where Loy participated as a speaker. Designed by VMK and assembled in China, the tablet is the first to come out from franco-phone Africa.
After Facebook announced that Timeline, its latest feature that entirely changes your profile into a new kind of profile was now available worldwide, we presented a guide on setting up your own Timeline.
What were your favourite reads on TechLoy.com in 2011?