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  • Instagram Stories will soon get full-screen video ads

    If you're one of the 150-million people who use Instagram's Stories feature, you're in for a new surprise this year. Thanks to the feature's popularity, the company will soon feed advertising shorts into various users' Stories. These won't link to any site or app, but will also be easily skippable thanks to a close button in the clip's top right corner. The ads will span between five and 15 seconds in length. The company explained that now seems to be the perfect time to monetise the feature, as around "70% of Instagrammers" follow a business on the network. Users will soon see...

  • Instagram Stories gets holiday stickers and more

    Instagram just got festive with more features for Instagram Stories. "Since last month's update, we've loved seeing how you've (users) used Boomerang and mentions to make your stories even more fun. Now you have new ways to turn any moment into something you want to share with your friends and followers," said Instagram on their blog. New to their offering will be the option to add stickers. Once you've taken your photo or video, you'll notice a sticker button next to your drawing tools, delivering stickers based on the weather, time and your location. Adding a location sticker works in the same...

  • Here’s what you should know about Instagram’s new user settings

    For those who use Instagram fairly frequently, comment spam tends to be more of an annoyance than a problem. But the commenting system on the social network can also be used in an abusive way. Thankfully, the Facebook-owned company is now ringing in changes which should make it a more comfortable place to be. Kevin Systrom, the company's CEO and co-founder, published an outline on the Instagram blog this week, highlighting how it intends to change the commenting system. You can soon entirely disable, delete comments Although users can filter select words from their comment streams, Instagram will be giving users more power. "We’ll...

  • Instagram gets live videos, disappearing photos

    Facebook-owned Instagram continues its quest to take on Snapchat with two new features this week. The first new feature is live video for Instagram Stories, which is pretty self-explanatory. "Live video on Instagram Stories helps you connect with your friends and followers right now. When you’re done, your live story disappears from the app so you can feel more comfortable sharing anything, anytime," Instagram says on its blog. The two features are a big addition to Instagram, although they're definitely inspired by Snapchat "It's easy to go live — just swipe right from feed to open the camera, tap the 'Start Live Video'...

  • 12+ Instagram snaps of last night’s supermoon from around the world

    In case you missed it, last night's supermoon was a pretty big deal. Although the phenomenon is fairly common, this particular example was a tad more special than most. It appeared around 14% larger and 30% brighter than this year's smallest full moon back in April. That's largely because the moon last night was much, much closer to earth. In fact, NASA suggests that it's the closest full moon to Earth so far this century. According to NASA, the term "supermoon" is a bit more scientific than the common it's just a larger full moon notion suggests. Supermoon is actually "a term...

  • 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...