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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The story behind IGersManila’s #ktgvr song

Last June 2013, when Instagram introduced videos, along came out a slew of apps that made working with videos easy and fun, designed to squeeze enough eye-candy and creativity to fit the 15-second length limitation. As Instagram continues to evolve, so is the way we do our posts for our Instagram’ing community. And so as suggested by fellow moderator Ed Calaycay, we’ve since recreated our #PhotoPick posts, using Frametastic and PicPlayPost apps (both for iOS), to showcase the four (or more in other occasions) standout posts for our daily #9pmhabit visual storytelling habit – in a video collage that highlights both the Instagram’ers and their winning entries, and a matching background music or song. In our continuing efforts to be creative (aside from not being comfortable using mainstream tunes), I thought we needed to have our own jingle or song. And because we know a few IGers who are also into SoundCloud, Ed contacted SoundCloud Philippines for a collaboration, and thankfully one of its admins, Jerome Cleofas was happy to oblige, and the rest as they say is history.

As explained in the video above, IGersManila’s official community song, aptly titled #ktgvr, is catchy, reflects who we are and what we do as a community, and lss-ish, and we owe this to the talented musicians, lyricists, and singers of SoundCloud Philippines, who made this unforgettable sights and sounds collaboration possible.

Listen to the #ktgvr song, and keep the good vibes rolling!

JOBY for inspired phoneography

Based in San Francisco, CA, JOBY has been helping make phoneography not only an artistic possibility but a creative reality, with its well-designed, revolutionary accessories for mobile devices, such as the GorillaPod line of flexible tripods, that redefine how we snap eye-catching photos and blur-free videos today.

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Join us on 28 December 2013 for #KalyePH – the 2nd Philippine Instagram Photo Exhibit and #IGnitePH – the 13th Philippine Instameet and 2013 IGersManila Yearender Special, where you can get a chance to win exciting prizes sponsored by JOBY.

Video and images courtesy of JOBY.

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.

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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.

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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

IGersManila supports #FreedomPledge

In partnership with Google, MTV EXIT recently launched an online campaign called #FreedomPledge, and the video above provides information how we can help raise awareness about this global crime of human trafficking. IGersManila Philippines supports #FreedomPledge, and with our visual storytelling, we can join the fight against modern slavery, using Instagram and our phoneography.

MTV EXIT is a dynamic multimedia awareness campaign that aims to prevent human trafficking and exploitation by inspiring behavior change and social action. Using the power and influence of music, film, and celebrities (like Jason Mraz), the campaign produces award-winning on-air, on-the-ground, and online activities that engage and educate millions of people. As MTV EXIT rolls out the Phase IV of its campaign, it recognizes the youth as an important stakeholder in its goal of reducing human trafficking through positive behavior change that drives social change. https://freedompledge.mtvexit.org/

Join us this Sunday 08-December-2013 from 4:00PM to 8:00PM, at the Public Screening of MTV EXIT films featuring the Philippine premiere of “Jason Mraz Live in Myanmar” and an original MTV EXIT Korean drama called “Butterfly” at U-View Cinema, Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City. Check out the event poster below.

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To confirm your participation to the Public Screening, please email us your (1) Full Name; (2) Instagram Username; (3) Mobile Number/s at ask@igersmanila.com on or before 07-December-2013. We’ll be announcing later a special #9pmhabit to show our support for this advocacy, and an equally special gift is up for grabs for each photo pick.

Didn’t get our email? Register to be in IGersManila’s Circle of Snapshooters #iCoss to get first dibs on our community activities, special campaigns, and collaborative projects. Keep the good vibes rolling!

Instagram introduces Photos of You

Instagram released version 3.50 of its app for iOS and Android, introducing Photos of You, which allows you to tag people, like you do in Facebook (no surprise there) adding a new section to your profile, and you have until May 16 to explore this feature, before it gets visible to other users. What do you think of this Instagram update?