The #hashtag became one of the most popular used words in 2013 alongside ‘selfie’ and ‘twerking’. However, the hashtag is actually an extremely efficient way of connecting users via social media around the world. Continue reading
This past Thursday, December 12th, smartphone users around the world we’re notified about an update on their Instagram app. What could it be? A new filter, new tagging techniques or maybe a new format. But what they found was surprising to some; that the newest Instagram update was the ability to Direct Message users through the application.
Instagram Direct is the newest way to share photos and videos with your friends. A criticism of the public forum, is that not every moment is right to be shared with every follower you have. Some things are special, intimate and unique to a single users or group of friends or family. With Instagram Direct, users can now take that special moment and share it with a select group of people or one special individual.
Users have the option to choose only one friend to share the post with or a group of people, starting an exclusive chat in the direct message folder. The Instagram community has skyrocketed since its initial launch three years ago with over 150 million users sharing photos and videos to hundreds and thousands of followers.
Rumor has it, that the idea of an Instagram Direct came from creators seeing the enormous power of Snapchat as its users have beaten out Facebook and Instagram for the amount of photos it sees daily. Either way we are glad they enabled it and can’t wait to see what it does for the world of photography in the future. For more, check out the Instagram release post made last week. http://bit.ly/Jt2W3W
Cyber Monday, online shopping the Monday following Thanksgiving and Black Friday has been noted as the biggest shopping day of the entire year for 2013. Many stores reported numbers doubling from 2012 as users headed to their computers Monday morning to score the best deal from clothing to tech toys and everywhere in between. Don’t be bummed if you missed your favorite shopping specials yesterday, as many major retailers have extended their sales to cyber Tuesday and even cyber week. These stores are offering discounts on big ticket items and small purchase throughout the store. Check out the link below and learn where you can get the best holiday deals online and in-store throughout this week. Happy Shopping!