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Tumblr Is Now The Fastest Growing Social Media Platform, Edging Out Instagram and Pinterest by @mattsouthern

A report released today by Global Web Index (GWI) reveals that Tumblr is now the fastest growing social network, with its active user base having grown 120% in the past six months. At the bottom of the list? Facebook — although it’s still by far the largest. However, with over a billion monthly active users how much more room is there to grow? In overall new member signups, Pinterest led the charge with 57% growth, followed by Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Youtube, and Google+ respectively. Facebook member base only grew by a paltry 6%, but again I direct you to my […]

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Instagram Upgrades Search, Editing, and Explore Features

Instagram listened to its users and determined that it was time to evolve its system to meet the needs of consumers.

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Instagram Adds Ability To Edit Captions, Improves People Search by @mattsouthern

Instagram announced a few new updates and improvements today that will no doubt make a lot of users happy. Have you ever published a picture, and then minutes later think of the perfect caption for it? Or even worse, regret the caption you ended up publishing? Well now you don’t have to delete the picture and erase all the comments and likes it generated, you can just edit the caption and leave everything else unchanged. According to Instagram, that was among the top requested features from the Instagram community. It couldn’t be easier to use either — at the bottom […]

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Instagram Becomes A Serious Business Tool With A Suite Of Useful New Features by @mattsouthern

Instagram says inspiring and empowering brands to create beautiful imagery that engages its 200 million members is something the company is always striving for. It’s no surprise that the one thing Instagram hears over and over again from businesses is that they want more insight into how people engage with and respond to their photos and videos. Instagram has announced that businesses will finally be getting what they asked for. We’re excited to announce that over the coming weeks and months, we’ll begin rolling out a new suite of tools to help brands better understand the performance of their paid […]

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Instagram Launches Advertising Analytics

Instagram is making it possible for businesses to find out just how well their advertising performs.

On Thursday, the company rolled out a suite of business tools to manage ad campaigns. Account insights and ad insights display impressions, reach, and engagement, both for particular ad campaigns and the account itself. An advertising staging feature enables advertisers to edit and preview campaigns before launching.

Instagram worked with a handful of advertisers before giving analytics to all advertisers this week. The company will make the new tools available to all brands later this year.

Instagram launched advertising last fall. 

Images courtesy of Instagram.

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5 Ways Instagram Can Boost Your SEO – Business 2 Community

5 Ways Instagram Can Boost Your SEO
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What appeared to be just a platform to share photos also plays a decent role in ranking sites. You guessed it right. We are talking about Instagram and the way it has come up as the next big thing for SEO. To provide its users with more relevant links

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Instagram Officially Launches Snapchat Competitor Bolt Outside The US by @mattsouthern

Last week, information leaked that Instagram may be working on an app called Bolt that appeared to be a Snapchat competitor. Today, that information was confirmed to be true as Instagram has officially launched Bolt in select markets outside the US. Only Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand will get this initial rollout of the iOS and Android apps. Unfortunately, the download links won’t work if you’re not in one of those three countries. According to TechCrunch, Instagram says those countries were chosen because they meet a unique set of criteria. Each country features: High Instagram usage Deeply interconnected communities High […]

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Instagram May Be Working On A Snapchat Competitor, Called Bolt by @mattsouthern

A select number of Instagram users have received notifications prompting them to download a new ‘one tap photo messaging’ app called Bolt. According to user reports, when tapping on the ‘Free’ button to download the app the link becomes a dead end. These notifications have since been removed, possibly indicating that Instagram accidentally leaked something they didn’t intend to. Facebook has been known to test unreleased features inside its Android and iOS app only to officially release them later. This is how Facebook typically introduces new features, but the company has also inadvertently leaked information before it was officially made […]

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Instagram for Business: Data-based Answers re: Timing, Hashtags, and More via @Buffer by @kevanlee

How do you choose which social media networks to participate in? Certainly, there’re a ton to choose from. Are you on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn? Are you on Pinterest and Tumblr? Instagram and Vine? How many social media networks can you handle? Instagram makes a strong case, if you’re interested in raw numbers and unique appeal. Instagram has 200 million active users and provides a huge asset for visual content, which we all know is driving social like none other. It’s one of the top 10 most popular smartphone apps with growth nearly doubling that of every competitor ahead of it on the list. More […]

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5 Instagram Tips For Shooting Fireworks Photos

It’s that time of year again. Tonight in the U.S., millions of people will flock to a neighborhood street corner, park or Independence Day Festival to stare at the sky. And after a few beautiful moments, many will attempt to snap photos of fireworks with their smartphones. 

Watching fireworks displays can be an exciting, awe-inspiring experience. Flipping through photos of them later on is usually anything but. This time last year, I remember trying to capture the spectacle of light exploding above me and my friends, only to scroll through an Instagram feed of terrible, blurry images the day after. 

Don’t let the same thing happen to you. Before you take off for the evening’s festivities, take a look at these tips for capturing and sharing your photos (and videos!) on Instagram.

Pro tip: No matter which advice you follow, always make sure your flash is turned off. Camera LED flashes yield terrible night-time shots anyway, but if you’re in a crowd, all you’ll see is the back of people’s heads—brightly lit and set against a dark sky with a speckle of light that may or may not be a firework. 

Get As Close As Possible

One of the big reasons fireworks photos tend to be a total failure is because spectators sit far away from the subject. But the closer you can (safely) get, the better the pictures will be. The lights will be closer and brighter, and with a more direct line of sight, you’ll have fewer pesky phones getting in the way. 

Don’t try to take photos during the first few fireworks. Wait a moment to see where in the sky the fireworks explode, then angle your phone at the spot where most of the action appears.

Brace your smartphone with both arms to stabilize the picture.

Put Your Body Into It

Last year, my fireworks photos were awful, partly because I, like everyone else, raised my hands high in the air before taking the pictures.

Instead, try the old trick teachers tell budding photographers and videographers: Use your body to stabilize the shots. 

Essentially, the idea is to use your arms and torso as a tripod. Just hold the device in your right hand and bring your right elbow in against your abdomen (nestling it in there), so that your right hand is in front of your face. Bring your left arm tight against your body, and grasp your right wrist. Southpaws out there can do the same, but with the opposite arms.

Use Focus Tools

Similar to the stock iPhone or Android camera app, Instagram has a tool that lets you change the focus, and lightness or darkness of a photo, with a simple tap. A circle will appear where you touched the screen, and automatically adjust based on the area you chose. Try tapping a few different spots to get the best exposure. 

See Also: Capture A Moment: The Best Photo And Video Apps

You could also use the built-in camera app on your phone, and import the photos from your camera roll or gallery into Instagram. Android users can even lock the exposure by holding down the capture button. 

Before you take any photos, turn on HDR (or high dynamic range) to balance the luminosity and retain the best parts of the picture. For iPhones, you can do this by tapping the top of your display. To take multiple photos at once, hold down the capture button; you’ll see how many photos you’ve taken appear at the bottom of your screen. On Android phones, you can turn on HDR and multi-shot options on under “settings.” 

Use The New Instagram Filters To Amp Up The Light Show

Thanks to the new filter and editing tools Instagram rolled out last month, you can take even more creative control of your photos.

Tap on the wrench icon to adjust the brightness, contrast, warmth, highlights, shadows and more on each photo. And if you don’t want the filter to overtake your image—which happens to me more than I’d like to admit—you can now double-tap on the filter and lower the strength of it.

Don’t Forget The IRL Experience

You might get the urge to scroll through your Instagram feed and see what all your friends are up to tonight in real life, but chances are good they’re posting fireworks photos, just like you are.

After you’ve got a nice shot or two, put the device back in your pocket and enjoy the show. It’s amazing how immersive and stunning fireworks displays are now, and trapping your view in that smartphone screen is no way to celebrate independence.

Because let’s be honest, no matter how good your photos are, they’ll never be as good as seeing the real thing. 

Images by Richard on Flickr.

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