GIF’s gone kaput

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.

GIF Stickers & Type Mode in Instagram Stories

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.

800 Million IGers and a Year in Review

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

No surprise that the top hashtag for 2017 is #love (1.2 billion as of writing). Find out if any of your favorite Instagram stars made it to the list here.

IGersManila continues to #CreateShareInspire at SM City East Ortigas’s KidCon 2017

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.

700 million strong and more features than ever

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.

8 Things You Can Do with Instagram Stories

Instagram welcomed the month of August with the introduction of a new feature it calls Instagram Stories. This answers the need of most Instagram’ers – who through the years have maintained a feed that is thematic or stylized, or curates a selection of creatively filtered photos and videos – for sharing every day snapshots without over-posting or “breaking” their well thought out Instagram profiles.

Introducing Instagram Stories from Instagram on Vimeo.

While others were quick to dismiss this as a copycat move by Instagram to directly compete with Snapchat, presently the darling of social media networks, this new feature has been accepted positively and used widely by fellow IGers, as it allows you to share multiple photos and videos displayed together in a slideshow, but will disappear after 24 hours. And these rather raw, quick snaps won’t be added to your profile grid, disrupting none of your artistic endeavors in photography and videography.

#ChangeIsComing even on Instagram

As #Eleksyon2016 draws to a close, we see that #ChangeIsComing not just in our country, but on our visual storytelling app as well.

The update, both available on iOS App Store and Google Play, has the Instagram app icon changed. From the old-school icon, the new one is now flat with a rainbow gradient as a background.

Along with it, is a redesign of the app. The updated design “gives focus more on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app”. There is also an available update for the family of creative apps from Instagram – Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse.

Check out this video from Instagram:

Your thoughts on this change?

Keep the good vibes rolling! #KTGVR

Life as #TheColl

The Collaborators (#TheColl) is a group of Instagramers (in short, IGers) from @IGersManila that is tasked to work hand-in-hand (or “collaborate”) with The Moderators (#TheMods) on projects and events. It was initially launched in 2013, and was relaunched in October 2014.

I was one of the first batches of IGers who joined this group. @IGersmanila has been a very important part of my Instagram life, so when the registration for #TheColl opened, I grabbed the opportunity to join because for me, this is somehow my way of giving back to the community.

Being #TheColl is just fun and easy.  You just have to “create, share and inspire” and live up to the mantra: “Keep the good vibes rolling!”.

Check out the list below and if you are up for the challenge, register to be #TheColl this 2016.

1. Create an atmosphere of good vibes.

@IGersManila has been known to hold fun-filled instameets and photoshoots. Be open to communicate with your fellow IGers during these events! Be interactive and proactive when it comes helping out on projects and activities.  Be a member of  the committee (a.k.a #TheComm) — a set of #TheColl that organizes a particular #IGMNL event.

2. Share your awesome ideas and thoughts.

From time to time, we attend meetings with #TheMods to plan for @IGersManila’s upcoming activities and projects. These meetings were coined as #MusterDate — a general assembly of #TheColl. From the #MusterDate,  we get first-hand information on exciting things that @IGersManila are cooking up for its followers. #MusterDates also turn into fun activities — like awarding ceremonies, impromptu photoshoot, or live fast talk a la #IGMNLonViber #ViberPublicChats.

We also have instant meetings online which we call #TheShift facilitated by Daddy C (@cclozano). Here, we discuss activites or projects in a breeze.  We get to share our ideas, questions, and comments about the topic/s right away.

On Viber Public Chat, and on LINE, we got to talk about all sorts of stuff other than instagramming, and from there we develop deeper relationships with each other.

3. Inspire fellow IGers. 

Aside from these benefits/opportunities, another great thing about being #TheColl is we get to be recognized and be an inspiration to others.

Just like Cody Organo (@decode_e), who just recently was awarded as Most Active #TheColl of 2015 on @IGersManila’s Viber Public Chat.

“My goal is to influence and inspire people and that won’t be possible without joining #TheColl. The award is basically a voucher that depicts how and where I stand as a collaborator,” shared Cody.

“The #PhotoPicks, sample photos, blog entries, daily conversation in #ViberPublicChat, and the instameets give me enough reasons to do better on my current role as #TheColl. As we always quote, #KTGVR”, he added.

Are you up for the challenge?  Be a part of #TheColl by clicking this link!

Be one of us! 🙂

Keep the good vibes rolling! #KTGVR

Five ways to make #RoseGold your Instagram feed’s theme

If you have been wondering what’s with the #RoseGold color flooding your feed lately, that’s a project that @IGersManila’s #TheColl has accepted — get your feed filled with the pinkish hue of the newest iPhone.
Here are the 5 ways we have creatively executed the project!

1. Make it #Filterrific with #RoseGold.

Make the sky a little pinkish!

Get that #foodamology shot applied with a touch of the pink filter, why not?

Capture that #flowerpop a little less reddish!


2. Use a #RoseGold thing as a subject. 

Feature that watch, brag about that ring or show-off that accessory bearing the rose gold color.

A touch of class and sophistication. #SmartiPhone6s #IGersManila #EverydayWithTheColl #EverydayWithIana

A photo posted by Iana Peralta ☕ 📷📱 (@ianaperalta) on

Try snapshots of those #MiniFriends in pinkish shade!

Tama pa bang mag-antay? #9pmhabit #HeyHugot #igersmanila

A photo posted by lizlrey (@lizlrey) on


Wear that rose gold inspired #OOTD and be snapped wearing that winsome smile.

3. Use #RoseGold to #ColorMyDay creatively.

Isolate that hue of pink, and get creative!

Why not get that mask on and pose for posterity!


#IGMNLOnCampus continues in UE

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The College of Computer Studies and System Student Council from University of the East Manila invited @IGersManila’s  #TheMods Carl Lozano, Ed Calaycay and Petim Maminta to have a talk on Instagramming 101: #CreateShareInspire. Attended by 30 UE students from different courses, the talk was held September 15, 2015  at the Basic Lab B (BLB) of University of the East, Sampaloc, Manila.

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IGMNLonCampus – “Circle” of Energy

The event started with @IGersManila’s signature ‘Pass the Energy’ as an icebreaker to the students.

The talk was subdivided into three topics, the first is ‘Create’ that was supposed to be shared by Daddy C but because he wasn’t able to come, Ed Calaycay and Petim Maminta handled that topic. This topic focused on how to snap and filter a better visual story.– including the tips and apps to use. #TheColl Snapshooter Reinmar Llamado (@breinmars in IG), who is also a UE student, and Ryan Pesimo (@nagaryan in IG)  joined the talk to share and demo apps to use for phone photography or phoneography.

@nagaryan demonstrated how to use the VSCO app wherein he shared different preset filters and the new features of VSCO, while @breinmars shared his knowledge about the Phono app — different features of the app like image overlays and of course the texts. He also shared how to install fonts to phonto online.

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IGMNLonCampus – iPetim discussing “Share”

The next one is the ‘Share’ topic explained by @iPetim. The discussion centered on the do’s and dont’s for Instagram’ing. She also explained how you’ll gain friends or follower in Instagram.

IGMNLOnCampus - Ed Calaycay's "Inspire" talk

IGMNLOnCampus – Ed Calaycay’s “Inspire” talk

The last topic is ‘Inspire’ explained by @EdCalaycay. The talk revolved around the photos you’ve shared and how will it make a difference in your life, and how to inspire others to do ripple to good vibes.

The talk ended with everyone given an IGersManila pin as a souvenir , while some attendees got an #IGMNL mug.

If you are interested to join #IGMNL’s #iCoss, sign up here.

If you wish to join #TheColl, register here.

Interested to have #TheMods for your #IGMNLonCampus talk? Contact us by filling up this form.

Thank you UE Warriors! #KTGVR. Til’ the next #IGMNLOnCampus.

#IGMNLonCampus - UE Attendees

#IGMNLonCampus – UE Attendees