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  • 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, LinkedIn strong performers in SA – survey

    Instagram and LinkedIn are showing strong growth in South Africa, despite claims of "social media fatigue" by some, a new survey has revealed. The Social Media Landscape 2017 Survey has revealed some interesting preliminary insights ahead of its full reveal later this month, starting with Instagram. The Facebook-owned platform "Instagram has experienced a massive increase in SA users, although not quite in the triple digits like the year before," said Ornico research consultant Michal Wronski. The survey suggested that the network was growing up as well. "The top 25 most followed people are similar to the year before, indicating a maturing of the network as audiences have consolidated." LinkedIn taking 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...

  • [Update] Pretoria High School for Girls Twitter debate escalates

    Update #4, 30 August, 10.55am: After the trending hashtags, the media coverage and social commentary, the Pretoria High School for Girls petition has garnered over 24 000 signatures. The school's governing body also issued a statement after meeting with Gauteng MEC of education, Panyaza Lesufi. "The School Governing Body has held a successful meeting with the MEC for Education in Gauteng, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, with regard to recent events," the statement reads. "He has called for calm and the resumption of normal teaching and learning at the school." "The School Governing Body will be working closely with the Gauteng Department of Education in...

  • 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...

  • 5 incredible social stats to celebrate World Photo Day

    World Photo Day is a fun holiday celebrated on 19 August each year. First established in 2010, the day celebrates each and every one of us who've ever clicked a shutter button, and the results thereafter. And you know, most of what we produce are pretty important to those enormous, multi-billion dollar internet companies. Some rely almost squarely on uploaded images in their daily running and prosperity, and the numbers behind those snaps (rather than the snaps itself), are probably worth a thousand words themselves. For a peek at just how important a role images play on the internet, have a...

  • 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...

  • Premier League 2016: follow all 20 clubs on social media right here

    With the Premier League season kicking off today, there are a fair few things to note beforehand. With the League's new branding scheme focusing more on the football than ever before, we'll likely see an even bigger push from clubs, promoting themselves on social media. Premier League clubs are social media marketing powerhouses (as well as being fairly good at kicking plastic air-filled bladders around too) with a combined 40-million Twitter followers; and that's not even mentioning reach through hashtags and other platforms. But while watching football sure is fun, we live in the age of social media. Have a look at...

  • We take a quick look at Instagram Stories (video)

    It is no secret that Instagram Stories looks a lot like Snapchat's Stories but what could the new feature do for Instagram? Having reached the 500-million user mark, with 300-million people using the platform daily in June, Instagram already has a user base that can make Instagram Stories a success. "With Instagram Stories, you don't have to worry about overposting. Instead, you can share as much as you want throughout the day — with as much creativity as you want. You can bring your story to life in new ways with text and drawing tools. The photos and videos will disappear...

  • Weekly Round Up #72: Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Suicide Squad review, Instagram Stories & more

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the latest tech trends, innovation, and news from the last few days. This week, Hadlee Simons plays host and talks to Matthew Alexander, Graham van der Made and Andy Walker. The team discusses the newly launched Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launch, the reviews for Suicide Squad, the latest PlayStation Vita hack and Instagram's new Stories feature. What are we watching, reading, playing: Matthew is playing Furi, Graham has trouble remembering what he's watching, Andy recently picked up (and literally threw) Mirror's Edge Catalyst once again, and Hadlee has been entertaining himself watching old Formula 1...

  • 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...