A little while ago…possibly a year or so…a phrase kept popping up in Facebook groups and in blogging circles. The phrase was ‘pods’ or ‘Instagram pods’. Something up until that point I’d never heard about.Read More
The latest updates from Instagram
Today Instagram announced a couple of new updates these include the fact you'll be able to use live video on your Instagram Stories. This is a step in the same direction that Facebook has taken with it's live feed.
Today we’re announcing two updates: live video on Instagram Stories and disappearing photos and videos for groups and friends in Instagram Direct. Live video on Instagram Stories helps you connect with your friends and followers right now. It’s easy to go live — just swipe right from feed to open the camera, tap the “Start Live Video” button and start sharing for up to an hour. Your friends may get a notification when you go live so they can tune in. While you’re live, you can pin a comment for everyone to see or turn comments off altogether. When you’re done, your live story immediately disappears from the app so you can feel more comfortable sharing anything, anytime. When someone you follow starts a live video, you’ll see “Live” under their profile photo in the stories bar. During the broadcast, you can comment and like as much as you want. You can also discover new live videos on Explore. Tap “Top Live” to see exciting live videos happening at that moment. Live video on Instagram Stories and Explore will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks. You can learn more about today’s updates at help.instagram.com.
Also announced lately from Instagram is that you can tag people in your stories...just simply use the text and add @ to the beginning to start tagging someone.
Today, we’re introducing a few new tools to help you make your story even more fun: Boomerang and mentions. We’re also starting to test links inside some stories. Boomerang lets you turn everyday moments into something fun and unexpected. Now you can easily take a Boomerang right inside Instagram. Swipe right from your feed to open the stories camera. A new format picker under the record button lets you select “Boomerang” mode. You can also now share who you’re with or who you’re thinking of by mentioning them in your story. When you add text to your story, type “@” followed by a username and select the person you’d like to mention. Their username will appear underlined in your story. And when someone taps the mention, they'll see a pop-up that takes them to that profile. You may begin to spot “See More” links at the bottom of some stories. This is a test that lets verified accounts add links so it’s easy to learn more. From your favorite chefs’ recipes to articles from top journalists or concert dates from the musicians you love, tap “See More” or swipe up to view the link right inside the app. To learn more about today’s updates, check out help.instagram.com. These updates for Instagram Stories are available as part of Instagram version 9.7 available for iOS in the Apple App Store, for Android in Google Play and for Windows 10 in the Windows Store.
The final update which is only available to a select group of brands is that they can tag products in their photos and link to product pages online.
For more updates on Instagram keep an eye on their blog.
Quick Tips: Never Miss a Social Media Update
This is a quick video to show you ways to turn notifications on for your favourite social media accounts.
I'll show you how to do this on mobile for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube so you don't miss the important things.
It had to happen, after Twitter and more importantly Facebook changes the way you see their feeds it was only a matter of time before Instagram followed suit.
For me the thing I enjoy most about Instagram is the way the feed goes in chronological order. You can see exactly what someone was up to 2 hours ago, you don't miss anything and it just flows nicely. You can go back and pick up where you left off and there is no favouritism in the feed, everyone has their place dependent on time not on importance.
There was no real shock when Instagram announced today that in the coming months, the way your feed is ordered will be "based on the likelihood you'll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting, and the timeliness of the post... all the posts will still be there, just in a different order." The company owned by Facebook says they're "going to get this right and listen to your feedback along the way."
Personally I thought they'd got it right already. I like the way you can search, I like the use of hashtags and if I want to look at a profile I can simply search for it. If I'm looking for new people or different photos then I'll use the Explore part of the app.
I get the feeling this is going down the Facebook route of if you want to get your page seen then you'll have to pay for it. Why ruin the best social media app with this?
What are your thoughts on this ? Let me know in the comments!