It’s official, Instagram is the picturesque window to our lives! Whether you’re stalking your favorite celebrities, scoping out fashion trends or getting your daily giggles from Instafunny pet videos, Instagram is the social app of choice! After years of input, the platform has undergone several changes – most recently allowing users access to multiple accounts and giving us a full minute of video. But the newest feature unveiled today, could be the biggest Instagram makeover yet.
It’s true! Rumors have been swirling for a while about a black and white interface, and there was even a potential leak, but when we logged into our accounts today, we saw the new look in action. In a blog post, the company shared a new logo, and icons apparently inspired by users. The new simple simplified look, which Instagram says will help allow our photos and videos to be the star of the app, was also user inspired. In their blog, the social media co says, “Our updated look reflects how vibrant and diverse your storytelling has become.” They also released an adorable announcement video that shows the new icons and logo, and how they represent the rainbow of users and images shared within the app.
What do you think about the new Instagram interface? Does the new look inspire you to share more of your fabulous photos online? Sound off in the comments below!
You know we at DivasAndDorks.com LOVE a good gadget giveaway! This time, we teamed up with a few other chic geeks for an AMAZING Apple iPhone 6s AND Apple Watch Giveaway! Want to learn more? Well keep reading for details…
Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re hosting a super duper giveaway! Fight Like a Girl and celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness with our Rose Gold Apple Giveaway. You read right, you can enter to win the new smart and stylish Rose Gold Apple Watch sport and iPhone 6s this weekend!
PRIZE DETAILS: (1) 38mm Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport w/ stone band + (1) Rose Gold Apple iPhone 6s (Value: $1,048.00 +tax)
You know there’s a catch, right? You have to be apart of our Instagram community to be eligible to win!
HOW TO ENTER:
FIRST, you must follow @DivasandDorks on Instagram
SECOND, tag two friends in the comments who would love to win the iPhone 6s + Apple watch sport in Rose Gold.
LASTLY, click the photo to find the next person in the loop for even more chances to win!!
Check out Instagram to enter today – the contest ends Sunday, October 4th at 7pm (EST).
Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Rose Gold Apple Watch Sport
[UPDATED] Contest closed 10/4/15
[UPDATED] 10/5/15: Congratulations @JustBeHappy86 you’ve won our Rose Gold iPhone 6s + Rose Gold Apple Watch sport giveaway.
While the STEM community continues to grow and slowly become inclusive, there’s still a stigma in the appearance of women in tech. Of course there are coding courses for girls and great programs for women active in the industry of STEM, but there’s still a long way to go! Discover how one woman ignited a movement behind a hashtag that is changing the face of women in tech below.
Isis Anchalee, an engineer in Northern California wrote an essay recently about how she sometimes felt like her work environment was toxic. “Most people are well intentioned but genuinely blind to a lot of the crap that those who do not identify as male have to deal with,” she says in her essay on Medium. Isis says she’s faced weird sexist interactions at work including a male coworker throwing dollar bills at her and sexist backlash from a recruitment campaign with her face on it. The consensus seems to be that most of the men she works with are “nice” and “well intended” but that “this industry’s culture fosters an unconscious lack of sensitivity towards those who do not fit a certain mold.”
Isis wanted to challenge this mold so she put out a simple call to action to women in her field to post pictures of themselves on Twitter (and Instagram). The pics came in under the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer and show just a small sampling of the huge amount of diverse, beautiful and talented engineers that’s taking the world of STEM by storm! Way to go ladies!!!
Hootsuite is rolling out an Instagram integration that gives users of the popular social management tool several handy time-saving features. Social teams using Hootsuite will be able to share access to Instagram accounts across teams, monitor Instagram activity and create approval workflows, and respond to comments and engage with users. Because the Instagram monitoring exists side-by-side with other social streams, marketers will have an easier time, cross-promoting their Instagram activity on Facebook and Twitter, Hootsuite said in a release.
More from Hootsuite’s release: “This integration will also make you a more efficient social media manager. You will no longer have to switch between your phone and your computer to track all aspects of a social media campaign. If you launch a new product, you can respond to comments and engage users on Instagram from the same window you’re using to engage followers on Twitter and Facebook. Everything is in one place.”
Because Instagram’s terms and conditions still prohibit third-party posting, Hootsuite has created a scheduling workaround, similar to the one used by services such as Latergram. Essentially, Hootsuite has created a system to remind social marketers that they have an Instagram post ready to go.
Here’s how it works: A user can schedule posts to be published immediately or at a later time, uploading a photo and caption. When the scheduled time arrives, the Hootsuite Instagram app will send a push notification to the user’s mobile device. Clicking on the notification pulls up the Instagram app with the photo and caption loaded, and the user can publish at will.
Not exactly a seamless solution, but for marketers looking for more efficiency with their Instagram efforts, it’s a start. The Instagram app will be available from Hootsuite’s app directory beginning today.
Are you looking forward to using the new automated Instagram feature via Hootsuite? Share your thoughts below!
Instagram’s Latest Update Is Pretty Mind Blowing! (This Is What A Photo Social App Should Look Like!)June 25th, 2015 by Christen
Unless you’ve been under a rock – (which I kinda, sorta have for the last few days…) you may have noticed that Instagram released a new update that looks and feels pretty amazing! On Tuesday, Instagram debuted its latest version (7.0, for those keeping track) with a fully redesigned search + explore experience.
Instagram introduced its redesigned “Explore” tab, which features plenty of trending content + sort of looks like the iTunes Store, and the improved “Search” toolbar today. Before clicking on the new instagram update on US iOS + Android devices immediately, check out all the deets on the new features below.
1. See What’s Trending: Instead of just having an “Explore” tab to discover popular images related to things you are already liking, the photo sharing outlet went all FB/Twitter and added tabs for real-time trending tags + trending places. Now it’s easier than ever before to get in on the visual conversation to achieve more likes on that #TBT vacation shot. Or, you know, just look at pretty pictures on your commute 😉
2. Discover Hand-Picked Collections: This is Instagram’s take on a playlist. Once you update your app, the top of your “Explore” tab will feature rotating curated categories — from Glimmering Islands, Ancient Ruins — that feature people and places to discover, aka a tool created solely for increasing your following number. It’s totally useful as it will without a doubt be the place where you wind up finding your new fave accounts and your next vacation destination.
3. Use the Ultimate Search: Searching solely by people or tags (emoji tags, that is) is over as now you can search places as well as quickly tap on your top searched users/hashtags for quick + efficient creepin’ 😉 The time has finally come to see what your double tapping competition looks like by location by viewing the top posts + most recent uploads to a certain geotag before you get your filtering on.
Say goodbye to #NoFilter – Instagrammers: You’re getting new filters for the first time in two years.
The company rolled out a massive update to its iOS and Android app Tuesday that adds five new filters and the ability to rearrange how filters appear within the app. Check out what the new Instagram update will bring to a smartphone near you below…
Instagram’s new filters, Crema, Slumber, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua, will now appear first in the filter tray of the updated app. It also made the filter tray itself smarter as the filter choices now display mini previews of what that filter would like if applied to your photo.
Users also now have the ability to reorder the app’s filters or hide the ones they don’t use. Scroll to the end of the filter tray to find the new “Manage” setting, which allows you to quickly personalize how and where your favorite filters appear in the Instagram app.
This is the first time the company has updated its filter set since adding the Mayfair and Willow filter in December 2012 (the app now has 24 total filter options.) Instagram says the new filters were inspired by camera improvements on smartphones and the creativity of its users.
“Photography trends have evolved, and the capabilities of the camera on your phone have vastly improved” the company wrote in a blog post. “We’ve seen tremendous creativity within the community, not only in the moments they share, but in the time spent carefully composing and editing photos and videos to bring out emotions and make them beautiful.”
What do you think about the new Instagram update? Share your thoughts below.