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Instagram is testing another killer feature that could crush Snapchat even more

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Instagram is not slowing down in 2018.

After Instagram crushed Snapchat — seriously, pounded the app into the ground — last year with its own disappearing Stories feature, the Facebook-owned app is now secretly testing a new “Type” feature that’ll let users share text-based clips instead of photos or videos.

The Next Web first spotted the feature back in December when it rolled out to a select group of private users in Japan, and now it appears Instagram is testing it on some users in Europe as well.

Mashable reached out Instagram and received the following statement from a company spokesperson: Read more…

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How Perfect IG Feeds Affect You as a Mother and a Woman

Every week, Preen tackles motherhood sans the rose-tinted glasses. Our columnists L. Juliano, Marla Darwin, Monica Eleazar-Manzano, Rossana Unson, and Ronna Capili-Bonifacio tell their personal experiences like it is—at times frustrating, oftentimes confusing, but always enlightening. I can’t even remember when I got so worked up about algorithmic feeds. It was a non-descript day and I decided to look at […]

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Facebook, not Twitter, will live stream this year’s Golden Globes’ red carpet pre-show

 Facebook has scored the exclusive rights to live stream this year’s Golden Globes’ red carpet pre-show – a deal that last year went to Twitter. On Tuesday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and dick clark productions announced the two-hour event would be exclusively available on the Golden Globes Facebook page from 6 to 8 p.m. ET (3 to 5 p.m. PT) on Sunday… Read More

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What were your best nine Instagram photos from 2017?

 You might have noticed a new end-of-year trend on Instagram the past few days. If so, you can thank 2017bestnine.com, a website that lets you automatically collect and collage your most-liked photos of 2017. Best Nine has been around for a while, so many of you may be familiar with the tool already. But for those of you who are new to that Best Nine game, here’s how it works. First of… Read More

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Iran shuts down Instagram, Telegram apps amid protests

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The Iranian government has blocked access to messaging app Telegram and photo app Instagram amid several days of protests in what authorities say is a move “to maintain tranquillity and security of society,” according to state-run media

Various media reports have stated that the apps were used to coordinate plans and share photos and videos of the demonstrations, which began as protests over economic inequality but have since grown in scope, taking aim at leading political figures like Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  and President Hassan Rouhani. Read more…

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Instagram has a new feature that adds ‘recommended’ posts to your feed

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What are your friends liking on Instagram? Whatever it is, it’s about to land in your feed.

Instagram is quietly rolling out a new feature that will recommend posts for you based on the activity of the accounts you follow. “Recommended for You” posts will sit in their own section, accessible through a thumbnail above your main feed, according to TechCrunch.

So, how does Instagram determine which posts will appear in the Recommended for You section? According to Instagram’s help section, the posts are suggested according to content liked by the accounts you follow. If you see something you don’t like, you can temporarily hide “Recommended for You” posts by tapping the camera icon above the post and selecting “Hide.” Read more…

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Instagram has a cool new feature that only appears after you wait 5 seconds

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Instagram loves to secretly test new features on some of its users and get feedback before deciding on whether it should roll them out for everyone.

But over the last few weeks, the company added a new commenting feature that you won’t see unless you look at a post for more than five seconds.

Before you go ahead and try it, make sure you update the app to the latest version.

Once you’ve done that, go to your Instagram feed and scroll down to a post. Wait five seconds and you’ll should see an “Add a comment…” box appear, like so: Read more…

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What Cardi B’s mega success tells us about the power of social media in 2017

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The way we receive content has obviously changed over the last few years, and Cardi B has benefited from it.

Previously, we’d watch TV and read magazines and newspapers to find out what is going on in the world. Today, we have the world in the palm of our hands. That’s the consumer’s end of the spectrum, but for the producer, it’s a different story.

Cardi B is someone whose career has sky rocketed this year thanks to all of that social media consumption. Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ve either heard of her name, seen her face, or have heard her hit song “Bodak Yellow.” Read more…

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This $12 lens kit will be your smartphone’s newest sidekick

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Sure, your smartphone camera is great. But don’t you wish it could do a little more?

The RAWtronics Universal 3-in-1 Lens Kit will be your smartphone’s new sidekick. As the name suggests, this versatile accessory comes with three different lenses: fisheye, wide-angle, and macro, all of which were designed to elevate your snaps and potentially increase that Instagram follower count. Just as a professional photographer makes use of different lenses for different scenarios, this kit allows you to switch between lenses depending on your subject. Be that a detailed closeup shot, a large group photo, or a perspective-warping snap.  Read more…

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Help your business grow with help from social media tool SMhack

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Social media is a great way to reach potential customers and engage an audience. But it can also be insanely complicated. Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, there are too many platforms and not enough time. But there’s a great social media engagement tool that can help you keep everything under control: SMhack

SMhack brings all your social media interactions to a single place so you can engage audiences, publish content, analyze results, and track your competitors like a pro. It has important functions like reply, retweet, and DM built in to help streamline your workflow and also lets you schedule posts for later so you don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night to post something crucial. SMhack is also great for collaboration because it lets you add and assign user roles to individual team members. Read more…

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Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and more are standing up for bullied kid Keaton Jones

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By now, you’ve probably seen the name Keaton Jones or #StandWithKeaton, regarding the Tennessee boy whose video about his terrible bullying experience went pretty viral this weekend. 

The heartbreaking video, in which Jones describes how he’s bullied in school, created an instant outpouring of support and love from all corners of the internet. Many, many people shared their own stories, words of encouragement, and his video with others. Celebrities were definitely among them.

Celebrities have reached out on Twitter and Instagram showing Jones their own love and support with invitations to hang out, and simply spreading awareness of how serious and hurtful bullying really is. Read more…

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This was the year we turned on social media

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With each passing day comes yet another reason to question the notion that the long arc of the universe bends toward justice. However, this year, in particular, has made it resoundingly clear that — regardless of the direction of that arc — the process by which it bends manifests with stuttering jolts and fits. Things seem one way to many people, until, for whatever reason, all of the sudden everyone realizes they’re not. 

It is a similar reckoning that has befallen the do-no-wrong darling of the tech industry: social media. Long heralded by its profits as a digital panacea for our fractured world, services like Facebook and Twitter have instead come to both represent and fuel our darker natures.  Read more…

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‘Genies’ are like Bitmojis that try to make millennials care about the news

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A startup has launched what may be the most adorable news app ever. 

The company, Genies, Inc., has launched the Genies app, where you can create an adorable clone of yourself that will bring you news throughout the day, and can be shared with friends on iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct Message, Snapchat, and SMS. 

“If you ask Gen Z millennials where they get their news, nine times out of 10 they’ll say they get it on Snapchat or Instagram,” said Genies CEO Akash Nigam. “We’re trying to exemplify that exact same type of use case.” 

Here’s how it works. First, you sign into the Genies app and create a Bitmoji-like animated clone of yourself. There are hundreds of skin tones, noses, eye colors, and articles of clothing to choose from, so your character will be more nuanced, and more trendy, than their Bitmoji competitors.  Read more…

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Download this: The easiest way to find your Instagram ‘top nine’ of 2017

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The end of the year is almost here and that means Instagram is about to, again, be flooded with “top nine” memes. 

Luckily, we now have a handy tool to help create the collages we can’t ever seem to get enough of.

The Top Nine app simplifies the process so you can find your most-liked posts of 2017 with just a few taps. All you have to do is enter your username (you’ll need to log in if your account is private) and the app spits out a collage with all your best shots, along with a few stats from your account.

The app’s creators, which have created similar products in past years, say that the 2017 edition was designed so that the collages are formatted vertically, so users can add them to their Stories, rather than upload them as a standalone post.  Read more…

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