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  • 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...

  • WhatsApp Status, Instagram Stories both top 300m users

    On the back of its quarterly financial statement and clarification of its user numbers, Facebook this week announced the figures behind its two other flagship social products: Instagram and WhatsApp. Both services, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed, will be at the forefront of the company's drive in the video sharing space. And it's clear that users are gravitating towards both. In an earnings call to investors on Wednesday, Zuckerberg revealed that both Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status -- two Snapchat clones in their own right -- topped 300-million users each. Yes. Each. Both Stories and Status boasted 250-million users in Q2 2017. That's...

  • Instagram’s testing a stop-motion camera tool

    Instagram is testing a new camera tool that will allow users to create stop-motion videos akin to Vine loops, according to reports. According to The Verge, the tool -- located within Instagram Stories' camera section -- snaps a number of photographs and stitches them together to create a GIF. Before uploading, users can also add a number of stickers and other gimmicks to the creation. Just checked and I also have the new Instagram Stories Stop-Motion feature pic.twitter.com/KAsEY34auC — Matt Navarra 🎃 (@MattNavarra) October 30, 2017 There's no word on how large the test group is, nor when the feature will be available to...

  • Instagram friends can now broadcast Live videos together

    Making a clown of yourself alone on Instagram Live can get boring or even be "intimidating", but the social network wants to change that. It today announced that users can now go live with a friend on Instagram Stories "whether you’re just doing homework or catching up on your day". Stories has been one of the company's big success, ahem, stories. Launched in November 2016, Insta claims that over 250-million people use the feature daily. Adding live broadcasts with friends seems like a logical addition to the feature's repertoire, at least after allowing users to add face filters to live video just...

  • Yes, Facebook and Instagram are down for some users

    Facebook and Instagram users across the world are today experiencing connectivity issues. Reports from users on Twitter and websites like DownDetector and Outage Report suggest that connection issues began around 5pm SAST. Facebook is having issues since 11:11 AM ESThttps://t.co/YbrNS7dpo9 RT if you're also affected #facebookdown pic.twitter.com/b5q3KqwkKs — Outage Report (@ReportOutage) October 11, 2017 On Facebook, users were unable to post status updates while Instagram users experienced a similar issue. The outage affected users across the world, including Japan, Brazil, India, the majority of Europe and the United States. In our tests, both Facebook and Instagram are seemingly up in South Africa. #FacebookDown began trending on Twitter...

  • Relive OppiKoppi and Rocking The Daisies through these 30 Instagram snaps

    This weekend saw a festival double header at opposite ends of South Africa, with Rocking The Daisies in the Western Cape, and OppiKoppi in Limpopo. The four-day festivals, beginning on Thursday and drawing to a close on Sunday, hosted the likes of The Naked and Famous and Two Door Cinema Club, to name just a few. Naturally, social media users couldn't resist posting an artsy photograph or sneaky selfie to Instagram. Here's a quick sample of what South Africa got up to this weekend. Rocking The Daisies 2017 according to Instagram: Wander through the dead with you caught up in my head. #rtd2017 A post...

  • Instagram now lets you add polls to Stories

    Instagram Stories has quickly gained popularity over pioneer Snapchat, and it seems the platform is getting comfortable in the lead. Yesterday, Instagram announced three new features never seen on the other ephemeral photo app, perhaps proving that while it needed help with the foundation, the finishing touches are more up its alley. The biggest change comes in the form of polls, which can now be added to any user's Story. Introducing an interactive poll sticker in Instagram Stories. What will you ask your friends? https://t.co/XvkDD0l9aH pic.twitter.com/5Tbg5ozKP7 — Instagram (@instagram) October 3, 2017 The poll is essentially a fancy sticker. Just like adding a location or hashtag, a user...

  • Instagram ‘advertises’ itself on Facebook with rape threats

    Instagram has come under fire for advertising itself on parent company Facebook's platform with a screenshot of an email that read "I will rape you before I kill you". Instagram is using one of my most "engaging" posts to advertise its service to others on Facebook 😂pic.twitter.com/lyEBHQXMfa — Olivia Solon (@oliviasolon) September 21, 2017 The Guardian reporter Olivia Solon had posted the image to her feed a year ago. Her caption read: "This is an email I received this afternoon. Sadly this is all too common for women on the internet. I am sure this is just an idiot rather than any kind...