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  • 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...

  • Stranger Things, Finn Wolfhard and the web’s insistence on sexualising kids

    If you were on the internet during Harry Potter's prime, you may know that, among the children developing crushes on Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, were adults eagerly and openly counting down to when the young stars would reach the legal age of consent. The same can be said for Hillary Duff, the Olsen twins, Lindsay Lohan. And today, over a decade after those stars aged into consenting human beings, the Stranger Things kids are enduring more of the same. On 30 October, 27-year-old model Ali Michael posted to her Instagram story that 14-year-old actor Finn Wolfhard should contact her in...

  • 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...

  • Instagram gives you a new way to embarrass yourself in live video

    Instagram will soon allow users to apply awkward Face Filters to their live video broadcasts. "Starting today, you can play with face filters while sharing live video," the social network notes in a blog post. "Whether you’re channelling a kitten or want to add some stars or rainbow light to your face, you can easily try on face filters while connecting with friends and followers in the moment." Yes, this is indeed the first time we've seen "channelling a kitten" in a press release. 6 Instagram users who have risked their lives for likes Now that Vine is dead, people are back to “doing...

  • The internet welcomes third #royalbaby by ribbing Prince William

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate, are expecting their third child, and Twitter has welcomed the new addition to the British royal family with open arms and similar jokes. Back in 2013, the arrival of Prince George set the world's heart aflutter, but two kids later (Princess Charlotte was born in 2015), the novelty and subsequent enthusiasm has worn off. Read the press release in full ↓ pic.twitter.com/vDTgGD2aGF — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 4, 2017 The Duchess is currently less than twelve weeks pregnant, but made the announcement early when cancelling a planned engagement due to morning sickness. The hashtag #royalbaby...

  • #HappyBirthdayBeyonce trends worldwide as internet celebrates Queen B

    Beyonce Knowles today celebrates her 36th birthday and the internet just can't help but celebrate one of its most famous members. The singer-songwriter is one of the more remarkable Twitter users. She's only ever tweeted 10 times, but has over 15.1-million users. Today, across the world, her name was among the most mentioned terms on the social network. #HappyBirthdayBeyonce began trending across the world on Monday, with fans and admirers of Beyonce finding their voices. "Happy birthday to my biggest inspiration in the world. Thank you for everything, love you so much," one user wrote. Happy bday angel thank u for making such...

  • Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather: who wins the social media bout?

    There's a big fight happening this weekend between two men who really, really want to punch each other. MMA poster boy Conor McGregor will face up to decorated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather. Perhaps even more so than 2015's heavily-billed Manny Pacquiao bout with the latter, people are chatting up a storm on social media. This weekend's fight isn't just about fists though. It's an excellent case study in marketing and branding, with both fighters hitting their social media channels with propaganda and snarky remarks aimed at their competitor's already bloodied nose. But in terms of sheer numbers alone, who wins the social...