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  • Instagram Stories: Boomerang now included, but is live video next?

    Facebook-owned social network Instagram is reportedly trialing live video on its Instagram Stories feature, similar to Twitter's Periscope and Facebook Live. The company also officially announced that the likes of Boomerang, mentions and links are all coming to Instagram Stories, which aims to "make your story even more fun". What's confirmed Firstly, Boomerang can be used in Instagram Stories much like with traditional posted images. "Swipe right from your feed to open the stories camera. A new format picker under the record button lets you select “Boomerang” mode. Tap record and the camera will stitch together a burst of photos into a mini...

  • You can ‘buy’ stuff on Instagram from next week (but not in SA)

    Facebook and Pinterest have allowed you to buy items/services on the platforms for a while now, but now it's Instagram's turn to join the party. Yep, the photo-based social network has announced that it will (sort of) allow people to buy stuff via the platform from next week. "While browsing and discovery is easy on mobile, finding more information about the specific products you see isn’t always as simple. On a platform known for its power of mobile discovery, today we're excited to announce an easier experience to shop the products you love on Instagram," the company wrote on its business...

  • Rocking The Daisies 2016: an Instagram photo story

    This year's edition of Rocking The Daisies has come and gone. Was it the best ever? That's up for you to decide. But either way, you'll have to wait until October 2017 to get your Darling fix again. But for us who didn't have a chance to hit the festival this weekend, at least Instagram is a great way to see what we've missed. And it seems that we've missed quite a lot. Supported by the photo sharing app's fairly frequent usage at Rocking The Daisies this weekend, we've put together a little photo story, detailing the highlights from Darling. Rocking The Daisies...

  • Instagram fast becoming a powerful marketing tool in SA

    Facebook-owned Instagram has grown exponentially over the last few years and brands are adopting ways to utilise this social media platform to tell a visual brand story and sell products or services through appealing imagery. In fact, Instagram has seen the fastest growth of any social network in South Africa over the past year, according to the South African Social Media Landscape 2016 study. It grew an impressive 133%, from 1.1-million to 2.68-million users. Taking our own experiences with the platform into consideration, and we have some experience as our communities range from motorheads to job-seekers and enthusiasts of just about...

  • Cape Town Marathon’s runners tell their story through Instagram

    42.2km is pretty far to travel in a car, let alone on foot, but that's what these athletes overcame at the Cape Town Marathon this past Sunday. While the South African local record might've been set on the day (and kudos to Asefa Negewo for doing just that), it's the stories of the hundreds of other part-time competitors that makes the event -- and events like it -- extremely special. The first Cape Town Marathon took place in 1994, and was then a relatively unknown event. But it has become one of the premier events on the running calendar, for the...

  • Instagram adds word filter for comments moderation

    Instagram's latest play in the battle against comment spam and abuse is a rather simple one. According to a new blog post published on the company's Blog, the new feature takes the form of a keyword blocklist. "Now, when you tap the gear icon on your profile, you’ll find a new Comments tool. This feature lets you list words you consider offensive or inappropriate. Comments with these words will be hidden from your posts. You can choose your own list of words or use default words we’ve provided," the company's CEO Kevin Systrom explains on the blog. Instagram hopes that the...

  • Instagram lets users pinch to zoom photos on iOS

    If you've been pining to zoom in on your Instagram crush's photographs, now you can. The social network announced on its own Instagram page that users can now "pinch to zoom on photos and videos in feed, on profiles and on Explore". Starting today, you can pinch to zoom on photos and videos in feed, on profiles and on Explore. Dive into an adorable puppy’s smile or into every detail of your friend’s new shirt. Over the past six months, you’ve seen many exciting changes come to Instagram, from a new icon to longer videos and even a new way to...

  • Instagram finally hits 1bn download mark on Android

    It's taken about four years, but Instagram has this week hit the one billion downloads mark on Google's Play Store. Instagram, an app which allows its users to share and interact with user-posted images, is now the fourth Facebook-owned app that has hit that figure (after Facebook, Messenger and WhatsApp). According to Android Police, it's the 19th app on the Play Store to reach this figure. To put those numbers into rough  perspective, around one-in-seven people on the planet have downloaded the app on an Android smartphone. Considering only about a billion-and-a-half devices run a version of Google's operating system, that's massively...

  • Instagram ‘Events Channel’ lets you explore concerts, the Olympics through video

    Instagram's had quite a month. From Justin Bieber leaving the platform thanks to fan abuse, to the company borrowing Snapchat's stories feature without even changing its name. But the newly announced addition to the social network returns some shine to the service. The company announced in a new blog post that users can now "experience events as they happen around the world with a new video channel on Explore". "This channel collects the best videos from concerts, sporting events and more so you can feel like you’re in the front row. Like the rest of Explore, this new channel is personalized...

  • Update: Justin Bieber deletes his Instagram profile after warning us all

    Update, 16 Aug 2016, 10.01am: Well, we didn't think that Bieber's marketing team would allow this, but clearly you've gone too far, internet. The 22-year-old, after threatening to make his Instagram profile private, has deleted his account entirely. That's right: deleted. That likely means all 77.8-million of his followers on the social platform are now sobbing into their sleeves. There's no word on whether Bieber will revive the account if fans do quell the hatred for Sophia Richie, but for now at least, one of Instagram's heavy hitting accounts is no more. Thankfully for fans, Justin Bieber still happens to be...

  • Snow grips South Africa as users build snowmen on Instagram

    Thanks to the latest cold front system that's taking its sweet time passing over South Africa, much of the country's interior is blanketed in a thick layer of snow. It's not unprecedented, it's just unexpected, especially since the country is in the throws of one of its worst droughts in recent memory. So, being the upvote lovers that humans are, many adventure seekers have taken to the Eastern Cape highlands, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the Free State to craft snowmen, throw snowballs at one another and make snow angels. For all those shenanigans and more, have a look at the light...

  • 20+ epic Instagram snaps of people living life at Tomorrowland 2016

    Held in the aptly named town of Boom, Belgium each summer, Tomorrowland is arguably the biggest electronic music festival on the planet. With huge sets, over-the-top production, and over 120 000 visitorsit's a highlight for anyone who loves electronic music. This year, the festival saw a slew of international acts too, including the likes of likes of Fedde Le Grand, Alan Walker, Martin Garrix, and Alesso. But that, it seems, was just an appetizer. Have a look at some of the best Instagram snaps of the festival from the perspective of some of the artists below. Still buzzing from #tomorrowland Hope to...

  • The Pretty Cities of Instagram: 9 scenic snaps of Knysna

    As much as Instagram’s a great platform for cat pictures and brunches, it’s also rather great for couch travellers. Speaking of which, welcome to our new feature entitled Pretty Cities of Instagram where each week we’ll take a look at some of the best snaps of cities as seen from the lenses of Instagram users across the world. While most won't consider Knysna a city, it sure is a beautiful town. Nestled on the southern coast of the Western Cape, more than 50 000 people find their home between the Outeniqua mountains to the north-west and the Indian Ocean to...

  • Selena Gomez now owns Instagram’s most-liked post ever, remains most-followed

    A few weeks ago, we reported that Selena Gomez toppled Taylor Swift's reign as Instagram's most followed. Well, now the 23-year-old recording artist has yet another social media accolade to her name: she now boasts Instagram's most favourited post, ever. The songstress's star selfie, featuring a bottle of Coca-Cola parading lyrics to her 2015 track Me and the Rhythm, garnered a ridiculous 4.2-million likes and just under 100 000 comments. The post has been live on Instagram for around two weeks at the time of writing, so this number will likely grow. "When your lyrics are on the bottle," reads Selena...

  • Buffer now lets users schedule Instagram posts (kind of)

    If you wanted to schedule images on Instagram ahead of time, you'd have to employ a night-watchman and feed him copious amounts of caffeine to look after your profile. Now, Buffer -- a social media scheduling service -- has announced that it now supports Instagram scheduling. This is great news for those who do use Buffer and Instagram, but thanks to the latter's inner workings, users can't automatically upload posts to the service. "With Buffer’s Instagram support, you can create an Instagram reminder in the web or mobile app, and when it’s time to post, Buffer will send a notification to...