Summit meeting

Pope-with-CloudSmall2Instagram’s CEO Kevin Systrom and Pope Francis have met to discuss the power of images. The two met last Friday in the official residence – Apostolic Palace in Vatican, ABC news channel reports. As Systrom stated in his personal Instagram, they “spoke about the power of images to unite people across different cultures and languages”.

Systrom has supported his opinion with a hand-crafted book with 10 pictures from Instagram, depicting earthquake in Nepal, European migrant crisis, global warming and others photos from all around the world.

It stands to mention that although Pope is an active social media user, he does not own and Instagram account while his twitter account has almost 9 million followers.

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Friday!

Hodsock-Priory-close-up-of-snowdrops-e1441110857686Hello this is your Friday gentle reminder. The winter is finally coming to its end, are you all as happy as we are? If you don’t live in Australia, you probably are quite excited with this fact. What will the coming spring bring us? Who knows, but it’s definitely something fun, bright and warm.

Just as always by the end of a season, it’s time to ask yourself a question: of all that I have gathered, what should I keep, and what should I get rid of? Of course, a Christmass sweater from granny and a hand-made greeting card from your valentine are to be kept, but what about those countless people you followed during these slow snowy days?

You know the answer – #fastunfollow them! If you’re not familiar with our service and this answer confuses you – just look it up! Be sure to get registered ASAP so we can notify you when in a few days we’ll roll out a new awesome special offer that you definitely don’t want to miss.

Shield 5

Christian-Cooke-6Our lovely Instagram has made one more step towards popularization of video content. You may not expect something revolutionary today, no new functions or crucial policy changes. Only a series of short clips, gathering into the first Instagram’s very own thriller.

A 28-part thriller series called “Shield 5” has been released on the February 1st, adding a new episode every day. As you can guess, the finale will be out by the end of the month.

The plot develops around a security driver, performed by Christian Cooke, who is arrested for his involvement in a diamond heist and forced to go on the run to clear his name.

Released in the form of 15-second clips, the series have already attracted a lot of attention. The first 7 episodes are aired, and we can’t wait to see the remaining: a captivating thriller from Instagram won’t leave you uninterested.

Friday gentle reminder

IMG_71961-1000x570Hello this is your Friday gentle reminder. Is your business presented on Instagram? If it is then you better have fast-unfollow in your toolbox. Why? Because of the ration issue.

Many deny it, but a number of accounts you follow, and the ones that follow you cast the shadow on your entire profile. It’s simple psychology: you have to (at least) seem wanted, to have people to want you.

If you follow much more than you are being followed on your personal account – it’s absolutely OK, and not at all a big deal. But for business, this is a factor too important to be neglected. So be conscious about your marketing and keep your Instagram spick and span.
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Gun sales banned

31185eba8421f3c85bc323c263c50c1dInstagram, as well as Facebook, is a hugely popular platform, so people interested in one niche may be absolutely unfamiliar with some other fields, or even oblivious of their existence. This kind of confusion has risen during the breast-feeding related scandal. That time some users went totally shocked: ones surprised with such grave restrictions towards something so natural, others with the fact someone is willing to share this type of pictures. 

Last week Instagram (and Facebook, as they share quite a common policy) have announced the ending of private gun sales. People from most countries were more than surprised to hear that because they wouldn’t even think this is possible. Meanwhile, in the USA, about 40% of guns are sold through unlicensed dealers, which means no background check, no firearm registration, no possiblity to track new owner. Facebook now puts it to the end.

Just as it happened before to medical equipment and drugs, now only licensed sellers will be able to market their products on the media. “Over the last two years, more and more people have been using Facebook to discover products and to buy and sell things to one another. We are continuing to develop, test, and launch new products to make this experience even better for people and are updating our regulated goods policies to reflect this evolution.” – said, Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of product policy. We wish them luck and express our hope to see the decrease of gun violence in the States.