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.

IGers talk about Instagram’ing and IGersManila

This video, collated and created by IGersManila’s @EdCalaycay, featuring fellow Filipino Instagram’ers expressing their thoughts on the impact of Instagram and IGersManila as an open and globally collaborative community to their daily lives, was partially shown at the Social Media Day 2014 #SMDay #BoomPH celebration held last 28-June-2014 at the Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier.

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Contest Alert: @BarbourInternational’s #InspiringPlaces

Thanks to our fellow Instagram’ers from @IGersLondon, here’s your chance to join an awesome Instagram contest with @BarbourInternational‘s #InspiringPlaces!

Snap-shoot a video (or still) of your most inspiring place/s – be it a beautiful landscape, a fantastic view from where you are, or your own space you call home, then post to Instagram. Deadline for uploading and tagging your work is until Saturday, 08-March-2014. Your #InspiringPlaces video or photo can win you a travel bag full of @BarbourInternational clothes.

Be sure to follow the mechanics:

  1. Instagram your video or photo, taking note that it must be a place that inspires you the most.
  2. Follow @BarbourInternational on Instagram.
  3. Your Instagram video or photo entry must include the hashtag #InspiringPlaces and tagged to @BarbourInternational.

There will be six prize categories for this contest:

  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Stop Motion
  • Best Comic Film
  • Best Still (Photograph)
  • Most Inventive Use of Instagram
  • National Film (UK, US & Canada, Europe and Rest of the World)

While this contest will be judged by key influencers and photographers, there’s also the People’s Choice Award with which entries will be voted by Instagram’ers via @BarbourInternational on Instagram.

Keep the good vibes rolling! #ktgvr

Sights and Sounds

We’re instantly attracted to strikingly beautiful phoneography, as we’re brought to sweet, melodic journeys with storied lullabies of songs we can never forget. This season of love, join IGersManila in celebrating the union of sights and sounds.

Stay tuned this February. Keep the good vibes rolling! #KTGVR

Instagram’ing direct to your friends

In a press event last Thursday, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom announced Instagram Direct (available now for iOS 5.0 and Android 5.0, the Windows Phone beta version will have to wait) leveling up its photo and video sharing service to allow Instagram’ers to send photos and videos privately and exchange chat-like messages.


With the version 5.0 update, your home feed is refreshed with a new inbox icon at the top right corner, tap it to see photos and videos that people have sent to you. When posting, you now have two new options: tap on Followers to share to your followers like we’re all used to, or share to specific Instagram’ers by tapping on Direct, you can then select the names of up to 15 Instagram’ers you want to send your photo or video to, then finish up your post with a caption and send.

Once sent, you can see who checked out and liked your post, as well as watch your recipients exchanging messages in real time. Instagram’ers who follow each other can exchange messages, but for those who don’t, the message will show up as a pending request in the inbox.


Aside from Instagram Direct, the app’s UI has been slightly updated, such as the log-in pages. While we’re used to just double-tapping and commenting on a post that caught our attention, this update should make Instagram’ing a more engaging photo and video sharing experience, as it now allows you to interact directly, privately with the people you care most about.

Keep the good vibes rolling! #KTGVR