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Twitter abuzz with vuvuzelas

2010-06-12 12:24

Johannesburg - The vuvuzela is out of this world according to certain commentary posted on the social networking site Twitter on Saturday.

"The sound of the vuvuzela is the only thing that can be heard from space," says Khaya Dlanga, a political commentator in his tweet.

Another tweeter, Parusha Naidoo, shares some scientific facts about the instrument: "A jet engine reaches 125bd. stadium full of @Vuvuzelas reaches 135db!"

Twitter lists ten topics that are most talked about worldwide on a daily basis. On Saturday's list, one of them is "Vuvuzela", and another "FIFA World Cup".

Capacity problems

Some people on the site have even been complaining that the turnaround time to upload comments is slowing down.

Stafford Masie from Johannesburg says this is due to the high volume of posts about the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

"Just spoke 2 friend working @ Twitter head office in USA. ZA definitely the reason they're having capacity problems :) Wow!!! Viva Vuvuzela!"

South African comedian Trevor Noah personified the vuvuzela, saying "If Julius Malema was an instrument he'd be a Vuvuzela- Loud, obnoxious and on every South Africans lips!"

Another tweeter going by the name 'Mzanzi girl' even raised health concerns around the vuvuzela.

"There's a new condition affecting South Africa, Vuvuzela lip"

Friends and foe

Across the world, the vuvuzela has both friends and foe.

Berkin Secme from Istanbul is not a fan: "Wasting millions of dollars of FIFA. So please for the football's sake, do not play vuvuzela, it's really irritating even on TV."

However, Alistair Mcinsey from New York sings its praises: "I love the vuvuzela...We need some of that in our country".

Perhaps most exciting for some - and alarming for others - is that vuvuzelas are spreading their reach across the world.

Kathrine Stokes tells the Twitter universe: "The scary thing for us Brits is that Argos [a British chain store] r selling vuvuzela. U've got a lot of hiding to do".

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