I’m hearing that Instagram is all set to launch their video feature this week. Facebook has been known to copy other popular apps, but have not been successful. Do you think the same will happen when they add video to instagram? My guess is that Facebook may have hit the jackpot with this new video feature. I am speaking from experience as an avid user of Instagram. Many many people have shifted over to instagram and use it faithfully through out the day. “ME” included. However; I am on Vine, but I will be the first to tell you that I would definitely use the new video feature on Instagram. It just makes sense. I will not have to open another app. It’s all in one place and I can really connect with my followers with image posts and video.
In the meantime, if Instagram does launch video, would you say goodbye to Vine and stay with Instagram? Would love to hear your thoughts!
With over 100 million active users per month, Instagram is proving to be a terrific platform for businesses who are trying to connect with an untapped audience. Here are 5 tips to jumpstart your business on Instagram.
One thing I find interesting on any social platform is connecting with the people that follow you. I’ve noticed that most people do not interact. I suggest that you initiate the interaction. Each day if you find an image or post that’s compelling “Like” or “Comment” You’d be surprised by the response you will receive back. Remember every one wants to be “Liked” so show that you do care that they follow you and interact with your followers.
2. Do Not Over share
I see some people post every other 5 minutes. That’s a great way to lose followers. Do not populate the live feed of your followers. Be mindful of others. That can give people a reason to tap that “unfollow” button.
3. Think Creatively
Sure Instagram filters are great, but why not be a little more creative and truly enhance those pics you want to share. You want to show off a little and you can do that with these cool photo editing apps. I like Snapseed which is by Google, Noir Aviary, and Be Funky. Keep your followers captivated.
4. Don’t be afraid to use Hashtags
This is a great way to connect with like-minded people by incorporating hashtags into your posts. This helps with sorting photos. Now that Facebook has allowed hashtags when you share your pics on facebook you may find people with similar interests.
5. Keep your followers engaged
People love to participate in exciting social media activities. You can hold themed photo-sharing events or run a photo trivia or a contest. You can give out a prize or an exclusive offer to the winner. Always find ways, such as asking great questions, to keep your followers engaged with your brand.
Instagram should also be about having fun. People easily notice when you’re having fun and it’s very contagious! So if you’re thinking of branching out your marketing strategies on Instagram or are already doing so, apply these tips and you’re on your way to Instagram success.
Let me know how you’re using instagram for your business.
I recently started using Vine for fun, and if you know me I am in LOVE with instagram so naturally I am excited about this new report about Instagram adding video. This will most definitely add a greater value for all the Die Hard IGers out there.
Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) will add video capture capabilities to Instagram, bringing the photo sharing application in line with rival Twitter’s popular Vine, TechCrunch reports.
A source said Facebook will unveil the expanded Instagram at a media event scheduled for June 20. The report corroborates previous rumors indicating Instagram engineers are testing video services internally, enabling users to film clips spanning from five to 10 seconds in length. Facebook declined to comment.
Facebook purchased Instagram for $715 million last year. First introduced for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS in October 2010, Instagram enables users to snap, filter and manipulate photos, and then upload their work to social media sites. The app expanded to Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system in April 2012. Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Instagram’s userbase has eclipsed 100 million users, up from 22 million at the time of the acquisition: “Instagram is growing even faster than Facebook was when it was this size,” Zuckerberg added.
What do you think? If you’re using Vine will you let it go and solely use Instagram? I know I will! =)
Here are 5 tips to Instagram Fame from TheNikiPod
Let me know what you think!
Followers+ Instagram – Follow Management Tool for iPhone, iPad, iPod’ by Tapple
Most people use social media management tools for Twitter or Facebook Fanpages, if you’re on Instagram and want to monitor or manage your followers here is an app that can help you. The Follower+ Instagram app masters the category in Instagram follower data. Followers+ is a tool for Instagram users who not only want to know who is following them and who has stopped following them, but also want to know how actively engaged their audience is.
When attempting to get more likes and more followers on Instagram it is helpful to know how you and your photos are doing. By not only breaking down who is no longer following you, but how well your photos are being received by your audience and who your most active followers are, you can start to decide which types of photos work the best.
Followers+ not only lets you know who is following and who has stopped following you. The data they are able to put in your hands helps you find how often you post, how many likes you average per photo and even finer details like who likes your photos the most or the least, as well as interesting data like how long people have followed you.
1.Your nearby followers
2.Your secret admirers – people who have liked your photos but are not following you
3.Your seasoned followers – followers ranked by Instagram sign up date
4. Who is not following you back
5.Who you are not following back
6.Your best followers* – followers who comment on or like your photos the most
7.Your worst followers* – opposite of above
With the in-app purchase of the Engagement pack for $0.99 you can unlock this information.
Let me know what you think!
I love pic collages to showcase my great images. Here is one app that will allow you more of selection of collages.
Diptic lets you combine and edit photos to create awesome collages that can be shared via email, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Tumblr. With text captions, 14 filters, rounded borders, fun background textures and 179 customizable layouts, there are unlimited options to create unique photo collages!
1. Diptic has improved integration with Instagram! You can now import photos from Instagram to create your Diptics.
2. You can now select the background color when you have the rounded outside borders turned on.
14 new layouts!
3. You can now export your Diptics to Sincerely from your iPad.
Let me know what you think!
We all want our images to look different and amazing as we share pics with our followers. I’ve found this great app called Color Splash which lets you quickly and easily give photos a dramatic look by converting them to black and white, while keeping your chosen details in color. This effect draws the viewers’ attention to the colored areas, creating striking images. Let me know how you like it!
Do you have a theme on instagram?
As a Social Media Lover I use Instagram by sharing “My Theme” If you follow me on twitter then you know just by my username @inspiredmomma what I’m all about. I love to tweet inspirational messages. My passion is to provide motivational messages daily. It’s mostly for me, but I find that I am not alone most of the time and others can relate to my sayings.
You may be thinking why should I have a “theme”? I definitely have a “theme” so to speak on instagram. I’m known for my quotes & sayings, but anyone that follows me also knows that I have a daughter who is a ballerina. I mainly share pics of my daughter and her journey in ballet, as well as my quotes, and I love to showcase my humor as well. It’s quite amazing to see how many people “like” the same thing. =)
Here are just a few thoughts and tips on creating a theme for instagram:
1. If you have a business or you are a blogger what message are you trying to get across to your followers?
2. Be consistent while posting. Example: I post a quote in the morning and I’ll wait 4-5 hours to post another image. Why should you do this? I tell users allow your message time to be seen. If you are constantly posting an image how can someone have time to see what message your trying to get across. I know sometimes you may be anxious to post, but allow it to “marinate” that’s how I think of it. It allows for more “likes” and more time for people to digest what your putting out there.
3. Do your followers know what you’re known for? If you have a business or a blogger you want to be known for what you do correct? Well, make sure you’re message is loud and clear and people will remember you. Here’s another example; I have a follower that loves all things beauty related, so I know if I want make up tips I will go to her feed to find what tips are useful for selecting the right beauty product or service.
I love instagram and it’s a fun way to connect with like-minded people and to also share what you love. If you feel the same way take the time to think about your theme and what message you want to share with others, basically what do you stand for. I’m not saying you can’t use it for fun, because you can, but allow your followers to know what you’re all about. Let me know what’s your theme on instagram and leave your handle at the bottom. I look forward to following!
Facebook is said to be losing the interest of teens, as the younger generation of netizens shifts to using microblogging sites or photosharing apps such as Instagram and Twitter.
So what is it that’s driving teens (and others) away from Facebook? I know for me there is too much noise on Facebook. I have personally lost interest in it, besides my fanpage. I don’t check it as often unless I have a message or comment.
Almost all forms of social networking sites use hashtags these days. The concept was first introduced by Twitter in 2007, following in the steps of IRC in grouping people or topics, but it wasn’t until 2009 that Twitter hashtags were incorporated with hyperlinks, which meant clicking on them would yield results similar to the hashtag in question, allowing twitterers to search topics via hashtags or use them to see what’s trending on Twitter. Google+, Instagram – which is Facebook-owned – Tumblr and Pinterest all use hashtags, making it easier for people to discover trends and topics.
But as for Facebook, while it is possible to use hashtags, doing so would just make you look dumb as they aren’t actually supported in it. It would just look like a bunch of random words preceded by the pound sign, and clicking on them wouldn’t do a thing. Hashtags (or rather, the lack of them) are said to be one of the things that’s keeping people using other services and Facebook is missing out on this.
Don’t worry your little heads though, Facebook is said to be finally joining the hashtag craze, though they’re really late in the game. Unfortunately, no news yet as to when hashtags will make sense on Facebook and what it would mean for Facebook users. Would it function much like Twitter’s hashtag, or will Facebook give it a unique twist that would have people crawling back? One possibiity is that hashtags could be incorporated into the new Graph Search feature, though nothing has been confirmed.
Ah yes, mom and dad. What’s worse than getting a Facebook friend request from either one or both of your parents? Getting comments on your posts or photos stating how disappointed they are in you, or telling the whole world how ‘cute’ you or, or numerous other comments that make your skin crawl.
Having your parents on Facebook is what some teens like to call “social suicide”, because it just isn’t cool or an accepted norm in their society.
We don’t like to admit it, but sometimes we really get embarrassed by our parents. Now imagine you’re a teenager and have just entered that phase where you’re constantly irritated by everything they say or do. Some teens even avoid inviting friends to their house because they are that embarrassed by their parents. So you can just imagine how horrifying it is for them to have their parents commenting on their posts, trying to act cool, telling them off or something equally embarrassing – teens these days, they just won’t tolerate it any more, hence Facebook gets dumped.
My question is are parents aware of their kids using other social networks such as; twitter or instagram? If so, do you know their usernames? I know some parents personally that don’t even know that their child is on twitter much less their twitter handle. I say if you don’t know find out. There is so much going on nowadays more than we can imagine so if you have the time make sure you’re aware of what your child is posting.
Last night there was an overwhelming panic on instagram about possible deleted accounts. I noticed that people were posting this image in my feed.
So what’s really going on here? Rumors can place panic on everyone. I do know that I’ve seen many accounts with a large large following lose their accounts, but perhaps that was due to a term of service violation.
If you’re not too sure of instagrams terms of service violation you may want to read about it. The wild rumors of accounts being deleted unless certain activities are followed seem entirely untrue. Instagram has made no such announcements. But the rumors can easily be followed by checking any “dontdelete” related hastags, like “dontdeletemyaccount” or “dontdeleteig” or some of the others below, as checked using the Webstagram site:
Here are just a few of the posts that are spreading:
1. Some of the photos spreading the rumor say things like Instagram is deleting some accounts because it needs more room.
2. Or that accounts have to use a particular tag or be deleted by July 8.
3. Or that there are technical difficulties, and accounts will get deleted if pictures aren’t reposted with an account name.
There is a message out to Instagram about the rumor, but the service hasn’t posted anything recently like this to its own account, which last left off with a picture from the Chelsea Flower Show.
There’s been no such announcements on the Instagram Blog, nor through its Twitter account nor any press announcements, either.
But Terms Of Service Deletions?
While Instagram has announced no generic mass deletion campaign, there are reports people have had accounts shut down for terms of service violations.
People are waiting on word from Instagram on this and will update if I hear more. It may be there was a cull of some accounts over Terms Of Service issues, but that’s radically different from the mass deletion rumors that are going around.
Source: Danny Sullivan
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