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  • Instagram kills its auto refreshing timeline, tweaks algorithm

    So it seems that you can indeed teach old advertising-laden dogs new tricks. Instagram, after years of users complaining about its algorithmic feed, is finally tweaking it. But it's not doing away with it entirely, because old dogs are still the same old dogs at their core. "Today we’re introducing changes to give you more control over your feed and ensure the posts you see are timely," it writes in an update. In another "how have they not done this yet moment", Instagram has now slapped a "New Posts" button on its app interface, doing away with automatically updating timelines, and...

  • You can ‘live link’ profiles and hashtags in your Instagram bio

    Meanwhile on the less acerbic side of the Facebook spectrum, Instagram this week introduces a new feature to users' bios. "Today, we’re introducing hashtag and profile links in bio, a new way to express yourself and the things you care about," the company writes in an update. Said new way to express yourself comes courtesy of "live links" in your biography, whenever you use an @ or # ahead of a word that leads to a another profile or a hashtag. And if you can't quite think of a popular hashtag, the company will recommend a few to you once you've...

  • Cyril Ramaphosa jogging in Sea Point was a selfie moment not to be missed

    Cape Town's quite used to running into celebrities along its more popular attractions, but a South African president? Yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa was spotted with former finance minister Trevor Manuel and a crew of bodyguards taking a leisurely jog along the city's Sea Point promenade. Naturally, other joggers stopped mid-4km, got out their phones, and asked the new leader of the nation for a selfie. He obliged. The early bird catches the President🐦🏃🏻‍♀️🇿🇦 . #cyrilramaphosa #presidentramaphosa #morningrun #seapoint #sona2018 #southafrica #nike A post shared by Carla Bester (@carla_bester) on Feb 15, 2018 at 10:49pm PST Friday morning celeb spotting on the prom - what...

  • Elon Musk bids Starman farewell in a final Instagram snap

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has shared the "last pic" of his cherry-red Tesla roadster hurting towards the Asteroid Belt, after it was launched into space on Tuesday. The launch itself was historic, giving SpaceX claim to the most powerful operational rocket, the Falcon Heavy. "Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt," he wrote on Instagram. Last pic of Starman in Roadster enroute to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Feb 7, 2018 at 2:00pm PST And with the caption, he included an image taken looking down...

  • You can now schedule Instagram posts (but not from the app)

    You can now schedule posts to automatically publish on Instagram, even when you're asleep or far, far away from your device. But there's a tiny catch. Instead of switching on the feature for its more than 700-million users, the Facebook-owned social network will only make the feature available through its "Partner" services, like Hootsuite. These services are paid-for platforms used by social media managers and serious social engineers, that support Instagram's Graph API. Basically, businesses. Along with scheduled posts, businesses using Insta can now also "view posts they've been tagged in and view other business profiles," the company explained in a blog post. So, no....

  • Here’s how to upload photos to Instagram from your PC

    From multiple account support to Stories, Instagram's team has been hard at work over the years. In saying so, there is one big feature they haven't implemented yet -- and I'm not talking about the return of a chronological timeline. The platform still makes it nigh-on impossible to upload photos from your computer. The Windows 10 app supports uploads, but only if your machine has a touchscreen and a rear-facing camera. How bizarre. In any event, there is a way to upload photos to Instagram from a traditional PC and it simply requires some user-agent trickery in your web browser. You...

  • Instagram, celebrities flaunt Cape Town’s curves during summer holidays

    Cape Town may feel a little devoid of Johannesburgers this holiday season, but we can assure you there's no shortage of celebrities running around its streets. This is at least according to Instagram. Recently, the city has been featured on a number of celebrities timelines as they enjoy the sun, surf and vistas, and, you know, the drought. But more importantly, these snaps have accrued a slew of likes and views, putting Cape Town on the timelines of millions of people. Prior to the numerous New Year's Eve parties taking place across the city, EDM artists EDX and Sophie Francis posted...

  • Meet Instagram’s most-followed pets

    Beyoncé may have stolen the show this year with her pregnancy announcement on Instagram, but did she dress up as Eleven and take an awkward prom photo with the Stranger Things cast? Of course she didn't -- but Doug the Pug did, and that's why he's one of Instagram's most-followed pets. And you best believe he's in good (boy) company. So without further ado, here are the most-followed pets on Instagram. Brace yourselves. 10. Loki (1.6 million+ followers) Momma nature rolled out the green carpet for me. A post shared by Loki (@loki_the_wolfdog) on Dec 10, 2017 at 11:56am PST Loki's is "husky/arctic wolf/malamute mix", and he loves the outdoors. Hailing from Denver, Colorado,...

  • Instagram now lets you set a semi-permanent ‘Story Highlight’ on your profile

    If you updated Instagram on iOS and Android today, you may have noticed a few tweaks to Instagram Stories and your profile page. The company, although not completely abandoning the ephemeral content idea, is now adopting a Stories Archive -- a section of the Instagram app that files away previous stories for your reminiscing. "Moving forward, your stories will automatically save to your archive when they expire. This makes it easy for you to revisit your favorite moments later on or bring them back to life in a highlight," the company explained on its blog. The archive itself will resemble something akin...

  • Instagram to warn against hashtags promoting animal cruelty

    Starting today, Instagram will notify users when they search for hashtags that could promote animal cruelty or environmental harm. Instagram already removes posts that depict animal abuse or the sale of endangered animals, but there are some tags -- like #ElephantRides -- that have the potential to normalise cruel behaviour without expressly violating its terms of service. Now, when a user searches a tag like that, the app will pop open a content advisory screen that alerts them of the potential harm imposed by the content. The screen reads: Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts is not allowed on Instagram....

  • Here are the most-liked Instagram posts of 2017

    Instagram has released its 2017 year in review, and so without further ado, here are the ten most-liked images, as well as the ten most-liked videos of 2017. Top 10 most-liked images 10. Selena Gomez Thank you for all of my bday love. I couldn't be more blessed. A lot of you don't realize how much you mean to me. I. Love. You. --think 25 is going to be epic. xo A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Jul 22, 2017 at 10:46pm PDT 9. Selena Gomez A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Mar 17, 2017 at 10:21am PDT 8. Cristiano Ronaldo Family mood...

  • Bali volcano: Instagram documents Agung’s ferocious eruption

    In September 2017 we wrote about three volcanoes in various corners of the globe on the verge of eruption. Two months later, one of them has gone pop. Mount Agung, a 3142m peak on the Indonesian island of Bali, last erupted in earnest in 1963. Over 1500 people died. This weekend during Agung's latest episode, saw ash and debris thrown 4km into the atmosphere, forced local authorities on Sunday to raise the alert level, signalling the "possibility and imminent risk of disaster". While Agung and Bali are not trending worldwide on Twitter, Instagram is awash with pictures of Agung from a number...

  • 5 lesser-known spots in Cape Town to Instagram this December

    Now that Wally's Cave has been ripped from Cape Town's Instagram roster, the social network has been largely devoid of artsy cliff-side yoga. This December, though, we predict that hunting for the new, hip Instagram rock or beachfront will be an adventure many a Cape Town clique will be enjoying. But no fear. If you have no clue where to begin, we take a look at five spots that could take Wally's Cave's place atop the hashtag charts in South Africa's trendiest city. Muizenberg Window With only nine images hashtagged on Instagram -- and a view to kill your hamstrings for -- Muizenberg Window...

  • Instagram’s ‘new’ feature lets users follow hashtags like people

    In some cases -- consider breaking news as an example -- it makes more sense to follow a hashtag with its wide stream of information rather than a number of individuals, right? Instagram apparently agrees. According to a tweet noticed by TNW, Instagram is currently trialing a feature that will let users "follow a hashtag to see top posts and recent stories" much like you would with individual accounts. Ok this is new. What does this do @SimonSocialMM @BizPaul @NatalieTFG any ideas? I've followed 2 but can't find what that means!! pic.twitter.com/LlCBk4Wmfv — Pippa Akram (@Social_Pip) November 9, 2017 Akram's tweet also suggests...

  • Instagram now lets you upload throwback photos, videos to your Story

    Do you have gigs and gigs of previously captured photos and video you just wish you could publish to your Instagram Story? Well, now you can. If you're running version 22 on iOS or version 18 on Android, you can now publish video clips and photographs that are more than 24 hours old to your Instagram Story roll. This is a stark departure to Instagram Stories' initial focus on ephemeral and live content. "Just like you normally would, swipe up from the camera to open your camera roll or tap the gallery icon. Scroll to choose your photo or video, and tap...