Tell!: March RoundUp

Tell!: March RoundUp

Hello Tellers

Here is a Summary of Tell!’s activities throughout the Month of March 2019. In truth, this month has been life changing for all of us at Tell! as we recorded Highs and Lows on all fronts and we honestly could not have made it through without your help, love and support.

So here is a summary of our 5 most relevant activities and announcements for March:

  1. The Virus Attack, from Hell!

On Thursday, February 28th 2019, Tell! got attacked by a malicious virus that kept redirecting our users to other websites. This occurrence got us worried and it took our Technology developers’ team 9 Days of debugging to find and remove the malicious Javascript code that caused this mishap. We also discovered that the malicious code was embedded in our SQL Database 1652 times!

We would like to use this medium to inform our users that we have successfully removed these malware codes and our website and database are currently working properly. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our users. We would also like to assure our users that No User data was lost to hackers during this attack and users’ password and information are safe . We have acknowledged this as a job hazard and have so far taken deliberate steps to enhance our website security by over 80%.

‘I’m a victim of a cyber attack!’

2. Google Plus, No More

Last November, Google announced that it would be shutting down its social media arm, GooglePlus, in 2019. On March 14th 2019, all GooglePlus support and activity were removed from Google’s servers. This affected us as our developer’s team used Google Plus APIs (Application Programming Interface) for social sharing, social login and email authentication. Since GooglePlus’ shutdown, our team have removed all integrations with GooglePlus with the purpose of improving user interaction and reduce HTTP Error requests.

3. Social Media Registrations only, Please.

In accordance to our continuous commitment to making Tell! more secure and user-friendly, we have decided it was best we limit registration to our platform only to the use of Social Media APIs. This registration option are a better alternative as they provide a safer registration process, easy login, do not require password and are easy to use and convenient. The Social media registration APIs we currently support include:

  • Google
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Instagram

Previous users who use Default registration still have the option to login with their username and password, but we might be revoking that privilege soon. But these users do not have to worry as they can easily use the Google Login Option to log into their accounts with their emails, without password. Also, they can link their Tell! account to their other social media accounts like LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram and easily log into their Tell! account with the social media login options. Click here to learn how to link your Tell! account to your social media account.

4. Update on Story Links

Starting April 1st 2019, we would be updating our story links from the default :

This is in an effort to help draw more attention to the names of our authors, users and writers who have been responsible for creating amazing stories and content.

5. Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP)

On Friday, March 22nd 2019, the list of successful applicants for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship programme was released and we are pleased to announce that we were part of 3050 applicants selected from over 200,000 applications.

The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship programme comes along with benefits including: $5000 equity-free funding, an Alumni network, Online Learning Library, 2weeks Intensive entrepreneurial training, bootcamps and events. We are really excited to have been selected for this opportunity and we look forward to leveraging on this to make Tell! a global brand.

The road hasn’t been easy and we don’t expect it to get easier either. Nonetheless, we still remain committed to the vision that spurred us to take action in the first place: The Discovery of African Ideas through reading and the Spread of African ideas through writing while creating opportunities for all!

Over the next few months, we would continue to innovate as much as we can towards creating a sustainable platform that provides Africa, and the world, access to stories and ideas that inspire, motivate and incite meaningful conversations.

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