5 Things We Learnt About #MothersDay 2018 on Instagram

#MothersDay & Instagram snaps go hand-in-hand.

The platform was full of users sharing photos and memories of their mums this #MothersDay weekend.

Here are 5 things which we learned…

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Introducing Brand New Machine Learning & Image Recognition

We are pleased to announce some brand new updates to our Instagram Hashtag Analytics.

The Postchup hashtag tool has welcomes a totally new feature and our reports now include image recognition.

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How To Run Successful Instagram Sweepstakes

Instagram sweepstakes are one of the best ways to create hype about your account.

Along with the social buzz, Instagram sweepstakes can boost your engagement, attract new followers and customers, as well as generate new leads for businesses.

Follow our step-by-step guide and you’ll be on your way to hosting successful Instagram competitions and giveaways in no time.

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Share ANY Photos & Videos To Instagram Stories

You can now share any photo or video on your Instagram Story.

No longer will Stories only let you upload live content or imagery recorded in the last 24 hours.

It is just as simple as before to share Stories. Just swipe up to access your photos, including those on your Camera Roll. Select any video or picture, edit, and then add to your story.

Update your app to access Instagram’s newest Stories feature.

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280 Character Tweets Roll Out Globally

280 character tweets have started to roll out to all users across the world.

The new tweet limit has been the subject of Twitter tests and the social network has decided to roll out 280 character tweets globally.

Announced via a blog post, Twitter stated: “Our goal was to make this possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter. Looking at all the data, we’re excited to share we’ve achieved this goal and are rolling the change out to all languages where cramming was an issue.”

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How to Retrieve Followers, Following, & Posts from your Hacked Instagram Account

Has your Instagram account been hacked?

The commonality of hacked Instagram accounts is a growing concern. Whether it be for malicious purposes or a password hack, a security breach will probably prompt the creation of a new profile. But you will be able to retrieve your followers, following, and posts with BirdSong Analytics.

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Polls is the Latest Instagram Stories Feature

Instagram has added a brand new feature to its Stories, introducing Polls.

The new interactive sticker polls to Stories so you ask questions and receive feedback from your friends and followers.

Once you’ve shared your poll, people can immediately start voting and see real-time results. When a user votes, they will be able to see overall results to see which option is winning.

To see the poll results, swipe up to open the view list on your story. You can see how many votes each option received, as well as who voted for what.

Instagram has also introduced new tools for Stories such as a colour picker and an alignment tool.

To access the newest features, you will have to update the Instagram app to the latest version.

Read the full story on Instagram’s blog.

Instagram Introduces New Comment Controls

New comment controls from Instagram means you can now pick and choose who can comment on your posts.

For those with public profiles, the new comment controls will let you limit commentators to specific users, groups of people, or can include your followers and following. For both public and private accounts, you’ll be able to block accounts from commenting on your posts altogether.

Earlier in 2017, Instagram launched a feature to block offensive comments. This was only available in English, but now this has been expanded to include French, German, Portuguese, and Arabic languages.  One of the latest comment features to arrive on Instagram is comment threads.

Read the full story on the Instagram blog.