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  • South Africa is the world’s fifth most Instagrammable country

    South Africa is the world's fifth most Instagrammable country according to travel publication Big Seven Travel. Ranking 192 countries based on hashtags, geolocations, reader input, and votes by "a panel of experts", South Africa was bested only by Australia, Hong Kong, Canada and Indonesia. But unlike losing in the quarter final of a sporting competition, South Africa can draw encouragement from the notable travel destinations it has outranked. This includes the Maldives (6th), Thailand (14th), Japan (15th) and Spain (18th). While Big Seven only lists Cape Town's most Instagrammable landmarks (I mean, for good reason), what about South Africa's other large cities and...

  • This record-breaking egg has more than 24m likes on Instagram

    Just when you thought you've heard it all, a picture of an egg now holds the record for the most liked picture on Instagram. In today's "that's enough internet for me" news, a photograph of a plain chicken egg uploaded by @world_record_egg has claimed the coveted trophy previously held by Kylie Jenner. Jenner's post, which chronicles the birth of her baby with Travis Scott, was liked more than 18-million times. The snap of the egg, uploaded 10 days ago, now holds more than 24.7-million likes. https://www.instagram.com/p/BsOGulcndj- "Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world...

  • Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters tops US Google Search after Tebow engagement

    On Thursday former NFL player Tim Tebow announced his engagement to South Africa's former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Tebow broke the news on Instagram in a series of snaps that have since racked up more than 430 000 likes. But it seems that Nel-Peters is stealing the limelight from Tebow on Google Search. According to the search giant's Trends portal, which monitors and charts patterns in global search habits, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has received more than 500 000 search queries on Thursday in the US. The number's also likely to climb as the Western hemisphere wakes from its slumber. Surprisingly, Tim Tebow is among the...

  • Even more features come to Instagram

    There are just a few weeks left in 2018, but Instagram is still not done releasing features on its platform. This week, the company has revealed three new features to help you communicate with your followers. "Starting today, you’ll see new ways to interact with your friends and form a deeper connection with the people you follow on Instagram," the company said on its blog. The first two features involve an earlier 2018 release - the Questions sticker. You can now respond to a Questions sticker using music from Instagram's music library. "Whether you want fresh music to get in the holiday mood, or...

  • Love was in the air all over Instagram this year

    Instagram has released its 2018 trends, and its hearts all around, sticking true the platform's recent efforts to spread "love and kindness".  "We hope this roundup inspires you to use Instagram to spread joy and kindness this holiday season," said Instagram on its blog.  The most used emoji on the platform was the heart emoji, which was used over 14-billion times. Even the most used Giphy sticker was a heart. In particular the Heart Love sticker by Arata, which features a little Instagram heart bouncing around. The Heart Eyes face filter on Stories was also the most used Face Filter on the platform. Other...

  • Instagram’s #InstaGiftGuide lets you shop brands by 2018’s trending hashtags

    Instagram has launched yet another shopping tool in time for the festive season. Called #InstaGiftGuide, the feature gathers and lists products based on 2018's biggest hashtags. "The #InstaGiftGuide matches six popular hashtag trends from 2018 with gift-worthy products from 34 brands on Instagram", the company said on its blog. Though this may sound confusing, what it means is you can now view the guide to see all the popular brands and products on the platform, inspired by the year's trends. According to Instagram, the six most popular hashtags of 2018 were: #catsofinstagram - a trend born of cute and funny cat related...

  • Instagram now lets you send voice messages to friends

    Instagram has announced that users can now send voice messages through the platform’s Direct Messages feature. “Talk the way you want to be heard, whether by whispering what you’re up to or shouting a compliment,” revealed the company in a tweet. The Facebook-owned social network has yet to announce details of the new feature on its blog, so specific details are unclear at present. Starting today, you can send voice messages in Direct. Talk the way you want to be heard, whether by whispering what you’re up to or shouting a compliment. pic.twitter.com/3rkdQneNXO — Instagram (@instagram) December 10, 2018 It's also not clear if...

  • Instagram Stories’ Close Friends lists are now live

    You can now share you Instagram Stories with a specific list of friends and followers. “Starting today, you can make a Close Friends list on Stories and share with just the people you’ve added,” Instagram revealed on its blog. This means that you can now further choose who will see your Story updates, specifically more personal ones. “Sometimes what you want to share isn’t for everyone,” Instagram notes. “With Close Friends, you have the flexibility to share more personal moments with a smaller group that you choose.” You can add contacts to this new list by going to the Close Friends tab in...

  • Instagram adds features for the visually impaired

    Instagram has revealed a new set of features to help make the platform more accessible to visually impaired users. “With more than 285-million people in the world who have visual impairments, we know there are many people who could benefit from a more accessible Instagram,” the company said on its blog. To make Instagram more accessible in this regard, the two new features work through screen readers. These are programmes that read information on screens out loud to users who cannot see well. The 'automatic alternative text' feature "uses object recognition technology to generate a description of photos for screen readers,” Instagram...

  • The internet really doesn’t like Instagram’s profile page redesign

    Last week Instagram announced that it has begun making design changes to users' profiles pages on the platform. “Your profile is where you share who you are on Instagram, so starting today we’re testing ways you can better express yourself,” the company explained in a blog post. The company said that features would be “rearranged” and “icons, buttons and the way you navigate between tabs” will also be updated. The upcoming changes are also meant to help you connect with follows and friends better by displaying information in a more accessible way, according to the social network. The changes will be tested in...

  • Dolce & Gabbana offends China, then claims its Instagram was hacked

    Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana is facing a huge PR dilemma after a tone-deaf advertisement was published to social media, mated to leaked discriminatory messages from co-founder Stefano Gabbana. Let's start with the ad. On Sunday, the brand published the first of a series of #DGLovesChina marketing clips to Instagram. The clip was part of the fashion company's build up to "The Great Show", an extravaganza featuring some of China's top personalities and models. The ad, which took the form of a short Instagram video, aimed to meld Italian and Chinese culture, but largely represented the latter as basic. "Welcome to Episode...

  • Instagram users have nothing but love for pumpkin pie

    Forget turkey, pies are an integral centrepiece to the Thanksgiving meal. It's so important, that even the Pentagon has gone a bit nuts with pie orders, while Khloe Kardashian has even "lied" about making her own little pastries in the past. Scenes. Yeah, it's a serious, serious menu item. So it's massive news when Instagram announces the most popular pies of the feast day. According to hashtag analysis of posts made within the past week, the social media company revealed that over half of its users hold pumpkin pie in the highest regard. 🚨 TREND ALERT 🚨 #Thanksgiving = time for pie. So, here's...

  • Instagram will start removing fake likes and followers

    Instagram has announced that it will begin to remove fake likes and followers on its platform’s accounts. The company believes that the move will allow for a more genuine experience of Instagram, particularly affecting those who have bought followers and likes. “Every day people come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions. It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren’t disrupted by inauthentic activity,” says the social network in a blog post. The company explains that it will use machine learning to pick out which accounts buy likes, followers and comments, and remove the activity. Seemingly, Instagram will not be...

  • Instagram encourages Americans to vote with Stories stickers

    Instagram has revealed two new features for the upcoming elections taking place in the United States next week. The features come in the form of an "I Voted" sticker in Stories and a highlighted story called "We Voted!". This means that if you want to show off your contribution to society, you can use the sticker and then view who else has used it via the We Voted! story. According to Instagram, only people you follow who have used the sticker will appear in this space. “We’ve seen our community use Instagram to share that they voted with friends and family —...

  • Instagram is fighting bullying and spreading happiness with new tools

    Instagram this week introduced new features to help fight online bullying in its community of users. In an announcement yesterday, new man-in-charge Adam Mosseri revealed the anti-bullying tools, saying that “there is no place for bullying on Instagram”. “That’s why today we’re announcing our latest tools to help combat bullying, including a new way to identify and report bullying in photos,” he explained. By using machine learning Instagram will now be able to detect harmful content in pictures and captions so that they can be removed accordingly. “This change will help us identify and remove significantly more bullying — and it’s a crucial next step...