Most countries in Africa share one thing in common: a high penetration of mobile devices. In terms of the evolution of communication technologies, Africa skipped a generation. Instead of e-mail and instant message, the average person here uses SMS, MMS or simply calls. It seemed natural, that a Twitter-like service was a natural fit for Africa. So, instead of knocking on Twitter’s door they aren’t interested, they’ve got their own problems we turned to Laconi.ca. With Laconi.ca, the open source microblogging platform. We were able to do things, begin working on an alternative, and hack the source code to work for our market.