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  • Instagram introduces email digest feature dubbed ‘Highlights’

    Some people think emails are dying or even dead. Google revamped its email and introduced Inbox to give email a new life. Now Instagram appears to be gearing up to get into that space. TechCrunch has reported that Instagram has begun sending emails to users with content from the people they follow. Twitter has long emailed people with all kinds of content, about tweets you missed or about people tweeting about a particular subject. It is the first for Instagram to get into space. Instagram has long, however, been posting on its blogs users whose accounts it finds interesting. Sending...

  • Would you date a social media platform? [video]

    Dating a social media site isn't really a farfetched idea, is it? Considering the amount of time people spend on social media sites, dating one would make sense, at least in terms of commitment. With that said, what would happen if you went on a date with a social media platform? Well, according to YouTuber Emma Blackery, the platforms wouldn't be too different from the descriptions we'd give people who use them. Blackery's sketch imagines dating personifications of social media sites, and their subsequent personalities. The video, edited in a quick montage format, portrays the likes of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and...

  • Instagram launches official community called @Music

    Instagram has launched a new official community called @music. The community is aimed at music lovers, dedicated to exploring music around the globe, from both the musicians and the listeners. The tech company says that the community is a place where people across the musical spectrum come to share stories, reveal their creativity and connect directly with fans. The service appears to be a pseudo-publishing platform more than anything else. Instagram is a publisher of narratives in photos and videos but with the new community layout it wishes to transcend this and embrace text. There has already been such moves...

  • Instagram gets strict on spam, nude photos, posting other users’ content

    Instagram has released new community guidelines. The platform wants its users to follow the law, post only their own photos, videos, respect everyone on Instagram and don’t spam people or post nudity. Arriving at the new community guidelines, the company says it considered its diverse community, all its different cultures, ages, beliefs, and tried to guidelines that suit all parties. The issue with guidelines, across platforms, is not their existence or lack thereof...

  • 2015 African Blogger Awards deadline extended

    The 2015 African Blogger Awards is extending its deadline and will now accept entries until 16 April 2015. The competition is aimed at African YouTubers, Instagrammers, Twitter and Facebook influencers. The awards aim to expose “truly exceptional African content creators and their unique story-telling approaches”. “Our aim is to broaden the industry for bloggers in Africa and allow brands to see the value in blogging as a marketing platform,” the organisers say. The top five categories in these awards are for Africa’s Top Instagrammer, Top Twitter Profile, Top YouTuber, Top Blogger and Best Facebook Page will be awarded to entrants...

  • Instagram launches Layout, its own photo collage app

    Instagram has launched a standalone app that allows users to combine multiple photos into a single image, dubbed Layout. Instagram described the app as fun, simple and it offers a new way for users to flex their creativity, allowing users to remix up to nine photos at a time. “From imagining mirrored landscapes to sharing multiple moments from an entire adventure, we’ve seen these kinds of visual storytelling happening on Instagram and we’re inspired by it. With Layout, it’s easier than ever to unlock your creativity — and we can’t wait to see what you’ll make next,” the company said...

  • Instagram introduces new multi-photo ad format, clickable links

    Instagram is introducing a new way to allow brands to advertise called 'carousel ads'. It notes that this is a feature born from community feedback. The new product is designed to assist those interested in learning more about a brand or product after they have been inspired by a sponsored photo or video. At the moment, brands can advertise with a single at a time but now carousel ads allows for more. Carousel ads allow users to swipe left to see additional images and links to websites of a brand’s choice, allowing it to showcase its products. Users can swipe through...

  • Taylor Swift shakes off hackers on her Twitter and Instagram account

    Taylor Swift’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were broken into yesterday. The songster's Twitter account was the first to go, with the hacker tweeting out a suggestion that her 51 million followers follow someone who claimed to be a leader of Lizard Squad -- the hacking group which recently hacked into the Air Malaysia site and claims to have caused yesterday's Facebook and Instagram outage. Taylor Swift, with all her majestic powers, always finds a way to stay in the news. At times, she has nothing to do with it, at least, this is the plausible conclusion, but really, her...

  • Facebook and Instagram went down, the world spectacularly failed to end

    Facebook experienced an outage that lasted roughly 40 minutes this morning. The social media giant’s Instagram service was also inaccessible. Instagram said on its Twitter account that it was aware of an outage and was working to fix it. It is worth noting that WhatsApp, the chat app that is owned by Facebook, was not affected by the outage. The repercussions were however felt by apps that rely on Facebook for user log-in, such as Tinder. People in Singapore, Australia, Italy and South Africa were unable to log in and their feeds weren’t being updated and their Instagram photos were...

  • Instagram purge deletes millions of fake accounts

    Instagram, the four-year-old photo and video sharing service owned by Facebook, apart from updating its photo editing filters this week, has gone on a massive purge, ridding itself and its users of fake followers and accounts. “We're in the process of fixing an issue that incorrectly includes inactive or fake accounts in follower/following lists. We want to maintain the best possible experience on Instagram, so we do our best to remove spam, fake accounts and other people and posts that don't follow our Community Guidelines. As we remove these accounts, some people may notice a decrease in their follower/following...

  • Instagram has over 300 million users, adds verification badge

    A picture says a lot, certainly more than 140 characters can. Just ask Instagram, which now has 300-million users, snapping over 70-million selfies, sunsets and sandwiches every day. Yup, Instagram is now bigger than the likes of Twitter. In its announcement, the Facebook-owned photo filter app said it's also going to launch a handy verification badge for better authentication (and sorting out the plebs from the celebs of course). This means that you're likely to see a follower drop, for those of you keeping tab. In a blog post the company elaborates: Finally, as more people join, keeping Instagram authentic is critical --...

  • Tumblr beats Instagram as fastest growing social platform, Facebook lags behind

    Research published today by Global Web Index shows that blogging site Tumblr’s active user base grew in the last six months by 120% and discovery platform Pinterest by 111% while Facebook’s only grew by 2%. However Facebook continues to be the world’s largest social network by some margin. When it comes to picking up new users though, it appears that it is slowing down. A latest report by International Telecommunication Union shows that there are 3-billion people online worldwide. Facebook’s has an active user base of 1.36-billion, meaning that it commands an astounding one-third of the world’s population. Nonetheless, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter,...

  • Triple your Instagram following with these simple steps [Infographic]

    Instagram has come a long way from being the glorified breakfast image board it once was. As a result, it's now fairly tricky for croissant-loving novices to cultivate their online presence. Not only is it difficult to garner a reliable following, it's pretty difficult to juggle between pandering to those who follow you and posting what you enjoy. "Will my followers enjoy pictures of my lunch everyday?" is probably something that gets pondered by Instagram users often. While Instagram can be a fruitful way to grow your online brand and social presence, like every network there are a few key points one...

  • Instagram reportedly blocked in China after mass Hong Kong protests

    Instagram has become the latest victim of online censorship having reportedly been blocked in most parts of China. While certainly not the first site to be blocked by China, the move does reflect the amount of pressure the local government is currently experiencing amid the pro-democracy protests. On Sunday, tens of thousands of protesters gathered on the streets of financial hub Hong Kong. The protest has continuously been cited as being peaceful, though the local government has been using tear gas in order to disperse the crowds. Instagram has been one of the few Western social networks not blocked in...

  • 5 examples of Hyperlapse turning everyday moments into smooth exciting time lapses

    Photo-editing company Instagram, has just launched a new app called Hyperlapse. This is the second standalone app released by the Facebook-owned mobile photo company with Snapchat competitor Bolt having launched last month. Unlike Bolt, Hyperlapse has already received great feedback, turning everyday commutes into exciting short films. Essentially, the app enables people to take time lapse videos with their iPhones for as long as 45 seconds. These videos can then be sped up from 1x to 12x to create short, arty films of moments in your life. The real beauty of this product lies within its technology. As Instagram explains,...