Over the weekend, if you’ve been trying to add GIF stickers to your Instagram Stories and couldn’t find it or thought something’s wrong with the app, well you’re not missing out as we thought the same. But no, Instagram’s working fine as there are no reports of downtime and you can actually find the GIF feature hidden, just swipe to the recent tab, though no stickers will ever load, trending or with any search.
Instagram ended 2017 by releasing features to make photo sharing more organized, memorable, and live/interactive: stories highlights and stories archive, the ability to follow hashtags the way you do with fellow IGers, and sending a live video via direct.
Instagram welcomed 2018 with the introduction of GIF stickers to Instagram Stories, now the photos and videos you add in your story will be even more expressive and fun or animated to look at, of course nothing too fancy but a welcome feature.
Aside from the now 800 million strong global community, for 2017 Instagram announced the community’s top 2017 moments.
People from all around the world came to Instagram to collectively experience this year’s most important events, milestones and trends – from pop culture to cultural movements.
Instagram shares its 2017 year in review data such as:
- 2017’s top Instagram hashtags
- 2017’s most-liked posts and videos
- 2017’s most-Instagrammed cities and locations (based on geotags)
- The most-followed celebrities
- Celebrities who gained the most followers on Instagram in 2017
- Hashtags that increased most in popularity throughout 2017
- Accounts with the Most-viewed Instagram Stories of 2017
- The most-used Instagram Filters in feed and Instagram Stories
- The most-followed pets on Instagram
Announced early August, we’re heeding the call for Instagram’s Worldwide Instameet 16, in its continuing theme of spreading kindness, supported by communities across cities around the world, to make this a global movement to create, share, inspire using Instagram to exchange visual stories of positivity and heartfelt messages not only in Instagram but in real life.
For IGersManila, we decided to bring back the early days of instameets, usually done in a cafe where the relaxing ambience and instagrammable interiors/exteriors make for a perfect meeting place for both friends and strangers, to talk and make quick snapshots over a cup of hot or cold coffee. And where else can you find a meetup venue that not only offers the best in coffee but has been a popular go-to place for community-driven events, COMMUNE CAFE + BAR in Makati, thanks to our good friend Rosario Juan.
Last May 2017, we were invited by SM City East Ortigas to take part in its Kid Con 2017 Summer Camp, along with other organizations, to offer a variety of creative and artistic endeavors and fun activities ideally for kids who are on school break or summer vacation.
Apple’s iPhone, with its many iterations especially camera enhancements, and through the help of creativity apps, has changed the way we snap and share our photos and videos, proving true what Chase Jarvis proclaimed as “the best camera is that one that’s with you.” And you didn’t have to be a pro to be able to capture the beauty of subjects and scenes around you, and in most situations, your iPhone will do the trick, even quick.
The photo-sharing app and the community it built that’s relatively unknown some 6 years ago is now 700 million strong. That’s no longer news, as that milestone was reached last April, what’s more notable though, are the new (and some copycat) features being rolled out faster by Instagram.
This 18th of April 2017 or #418, is IGersManila’s 6th founding anniversary. And in partnership with @ManilaBulletin’s Earth Day celebration, we’re asking you our fellow IGers to keep the good vibes rolling by sharing visual stories of your best nature experiences in and around the Philippines for a special #9pmhabit. Get the chance to have your photos published in the Earth Day edition of the Manila Bulletin newspaper.
Last year saw a lot of changes to our favorite Instagram app. Of the many iterations it went through, the switch to an algorithm-based feed over the chronological timeline that we’re all used to, got the ire of many Instagram’ers, worried that followers will no longer see any and all their posts, thus affecting engagement. Obviously, this didn’t stop Facebook-owned Instagram from rolling out the algorithm, following a move almost similar to how Facebook arranges its newsfeed, which takes into great consideration your viewing and liking behavior and preferences. This prompted devoted IGers to post about this change, urging followers to subscribe to their posts by way of turning on post notifications, which will help ensure users don’t miss out on their posts. Aside from allowing users to subscribe to posts they want to follow, Instagram’s post notifications, also introduced last year, just like Facebook’s, alerts you each time your favorite Instagram’er posts a photo or video.
As we have relaunched the #IGersManila #9pmhabit with new mechanics this March, we’re urging our community to turn on post notifications for @igersmanila, to get notified about our daily visual storytelling habit, as well as get updates on our special projects and social campaigns.
Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder and CEO of Instagram, recently announced Worldwide Instameet 15 to be held on the weekend of March 25 to 26, 2017 this time centered on the theme of kindness. And at IGersManila, we’re happy to oblige as we join communities across the globe in spreading kindness for #WWIM15❤️PH #WWIM15❤️. This will be the 24th Philippine Instameet / Manila Instameet.
Open to all Instagram’ers, registration is required. Limited slots available, go to bit.ly/wwim15ph for more details.