When users started complaining about their content being shadowbanned, Instagram denied that the concept even existed. However, the app now admits that some accounts may be shadowbanned. In fact, it even tells you when it happens and what you can do to have your content visible again.
You’re doing it wrong! what if photographers did social media right?
Here’s a letter from me, a reformed influencer. We’ve covered the many changes to social media for photographers in 2022, including the VERO vs Instagram debate, the time we should spend on social media, and how Instagram is switching to a more video-centric feed. I’ve been thinking long and hard about social media for photographers, and I think I’ve cracked a piece of the puzzle. What I’ve found is particularly useful when it comes to mindfulness and mental health and here it is:
Instagram now lets you evoke emotion by adding music to your posts
We all know the power music can have from watching movies. A simple switching up of a soundtrack can completely sway a viewer to experience different emotions even when watching identical footage. In fact, research shows us that music has as powerful an effect on our brains as cocaine.
So it’s no accident then, that Instagram is harnessing this power by allowing users to add a music track to their ordinary posts in the feed. Skeptics could say that it’s just yet another way that Instagram is trying to keep up with rival social media app TikTok which has used music right from the start.
You can now finally schedule Instagram posts in the app
If you see your Instagram account as a necessary evil to promote your work, you’ll be happy with its latest feature. From now on, owners of Professional accounts will finally be able to schedule posts. In other words, you’ll no longer need to use Meta’s Creator Studio or third-party services, but the scheduling feature will be built in right there in the app.
It’s official: Instagram is becoming a place to mint and sell NFT. Sigh
Earlier this year, it was announced that Instagram would become an NFT market in addition to being… Well, everything else. It looks like NFTs are here to stay and what’s more, the options to mint and buy them are here to extend, at least on Instagram.
At its Creator Week event this week, Meta confirmed what we’ve heard before: Instagram will soon let users mint and sell their own NFTs directly in the app. The new tool is meant for creators, and Instagram presents it as another way for followers to support creators.
Bizarre Instagram outage leaves millions of users with suspended accounts
The Instagram outage hasn’t exactly been an unusual thing lately. However, we’re in the middle of an utterly strange one. If your account has been suspended and you haven’t done anything wrong, it’s not you, it’s Instagram. In fact, the app’s PR team has admitted that something’s gone wrong as the users get madder and madder.
Instagram surpasses 2 billion active monthly users… Or does it?
Meta has announced that Instagram now has over two billion monthly active users worldwide. Four years after hitting the 1 billion mark, the number has doubled, closing in on Facebook and its 2.96 billion users.
However, does this show the real situation? Are the active monthly users real 2 billion people spending their time on Instagram? That’s definitely something to discuss.
Instagram’s new DM tool kindly asks you not to be a hateful troll
There are several ways Instagram fights online bullying: it either uses AI to recognize it, mercilessly bans bullies forever, or lets you be in control. You can block people (and all their accounts) on your own, choose “trigger words” that just can’t land in your comment section, delete nasty comments in bulk, or shadowban bullies.
But the latest Instagram feature is quite an unordinary way of treating jerks who are about to hurl insults at you. The new “kindness reminders” will not (shadow)ban anyone, but rather just kindly ask them to please, please be nice before sending that hurtful message.
Report: Instagram’s latest “inspiration” for a new feature is… Myspace
It’s nothing new for Meta to enrich Instagram with features picked up from other popular apps. But here’s an unusual claim: Instagram’s next new feature could come from, believe it or not, MySpace.
Mobile developer and reverse engineer Alessandro Paluzzi recently discovered a cool new feature that might be coming to Instagram. Well, it’s new for Instagram, but it’s been out there a while – the app will soon let you add a song to your profile.
UK orders Meta to sell Giphy, and it’s final
Back in 2020, Facebook (now Meta) bought Giphy, by which it became one of several mainstream platforms under its wing. But UK’s watchdog says enough. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ordered Meta to sell the animated GIF platform – and the order is final.
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