Just when we were being klapped with a VAT increase‚ ongoing land debates‚ crime stats that are too high and an increase in petrol price – MTN has decided to pull the plug on Free Twitter.
We are ready to leave Mzansi now.
The service provider waited until we were sufficiently babalas over the weekend to drop the bombshell confirming our worst fears.
It’s been over four years. #FreeTwitter will be laid to rest on Tuesday midnight, 25 September. Its last wishes were for you to make the most of it this weekend. May its soul live forever in your memes and GIFs. #RIPFreeTwitter
— MTN South Africa (@MTNza) September 22, 2018
On Tuesday midnight 25 September, Free Twitter will be no https://t.co/QGvLyx0fwB continue we have internet bundles and Social Bundles available to prepaid customers. Please dial *136*2#ok and follow the prompts or use the MyMTN App to purchase the bundles./MS
— MTN South Africa (@MTNza) September 24, 2018
No‚ you were not dreaming. The service provider’s free Twitter service will be coming to an end at midnight on Tuesday.
The streets were collectively shocked and angry over the decision‚ with many taking to the social media service to air their frustration.
There were five kinds of people
Those in mourning
It’s been a good ride.
— Reggy (@Reggy_) September 22, 2018
— Cliff 29 August👑 (@ciff_Makhari) September 22, 2018
When Vat and Petrol increased i knew something was fishy about this year kanti they'll be taking "enjoy free twitter with MTN" pic.twitter.com/PZP0ouLyXi
— MinisterOfHappy® (@Madcool_U) September 24, 2018
Those really angry
Like really angry‚ fam!
MTN take back those words ngoku 😡😭💔 pic.twitter.com/q7aOKFvu5k
— Khoniwe Simina (@Cornie_Wenu) September 23, 2018
You make us angry @MTNza you are not loyal to your customers at you.#BringBackR10GBFor30DaysBack and our free twitter. We are not debating. Otherwise we gonna leave ur crappy services
No MTN nxaa https://t.co/ruKLJj5hPL
— PKini Wear x Peshino (@Pkiniwear) September 24, 2018
Those who were looking for a new home
Pity Vodacom confirmed they aren’t going to take up the service but still tried to punt their social media ticket.
you lay free twitter to rest, we also lay our mtn SIM cards to rest. pic.twitter.com/MO6VkvjQ97
— Tshepo (@Mohlomeledi_) September 22, 2018
— Tumyza (@Tumyza9) September 22, 2018
Those curious to see what will happen to Twitter now
Will anyone be tweeting even?
Tomorrow MTN's free Twitter ends. Will be fascinating to see the impact on the platform.
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) September 24, 2018
Those already making plans to do other things
Now can we have proper face-to-face conversations?
But Mzansi are a creative bunch and they immediately came with the solutions.
Cava these ideas
Start your own Twitter
Your social media‚ your rules.
Just buy data
It’s payday mos.
Go to Facebook
Late news is better than no news.
— Njombokie_S (@Wantoto_Njombo) September 24, 2018
Or toi toi
Let your feet do the talking.
By: Kyle Zeeman
Source: TMG Digital.