best hashtags for instagram

Best hashtags for Instagram and other tips – #infographic

There are 139 Facts about Instagram in this infographic by Website builder. I loved the best hashtags for Instagram here and thought they might help you, these are actually the top hashtags for Instagram so do bare in mind that there will be many many people using them but it doesn’t hurt to put a few into your Instagram posts to get more views and likes.

You can add hashtags in the caption or comments of your post. If you add hashtags to a post that’s set to public, the post will be visible on the corresponding hashtag page.

Best Hashtags for Instagram

The infographic lists

  • The best hashtags for marketing
  • The best hashtags for restaurants
  • The best hashtags in general

I also like the history part, which tells us that Instagram was launched in October 2010 by Systrom and Krieger – I bet that they could not believe it when they reached 1 million users in just 3 months, not many apps can say that.  Instagram just grew and grew from then on and was acquired by Facebook in 2012 for around 1 billion dollars.  The app now has 600 million Users, 300 million of those users are daily active users.

Helpful tips and Facts

Scroll down and you will see lots of helpful tips and facts about Instagram

Such as:-

  • Demographics
  • Salaries of users
  • Activity in numbers
  • Instagram Revenue
  • Users with the most followers
  • Top filters used by which countries
  • Top Hashtags
  • Instagram visitors by country
  • Instagram marketing
  • Top brands on Instagram
  • Top Political Leaders
  • Best time to post on Instagram
  • Top Emojis on Instagram
  • Top sports
  • Cyber bullying facts

As you can see there are a tonne of facts on here, apart from the Best hashtags for Instagram – the Cyber bullying on Instagram is surprising too, more than on Twitter, but less than on Facebook – and we thought it was Twitter that had a problem.


[Via: Geeky Stuffs]

Thanks to websitebuilder and Shaan Haider for letting us share this infographic with you as I knew you would like the Best hashtags for Instagram information, and the of the facts too.

How to Streamline your Twitter Notifications

I’m sure everyone by now should have the new controls which can streamline your Twitter notifications. These settings on mobile and web ( enable us to have better control of our what we see on Twitter in our notifications.

Do you click notifications when you go to Twitter and wonder why the heck you need to see all of those messages in your feed when they mean nothing to you?  Sometimes I do – you get tagged in things what you really don’t want to see. This can stop you from having to see them in your feed.

The settings that you now have available to you mean that you can mute any notifications in your Twitter feed from people you really do not want to hear about, like people who haven’t bothered to put up a profile picture or people who haven’t confirmed their email.  This makes Twitter much more streamline and prevents us from having to see spammy tweets.  It also stops us from seeing the bullying type tweets from accounts just set up for that purpose.  Remember though also you can set up lists in Twitter.  You can add people to Twitter lists if you follow them or not.

How to Streamline your Twitter Notifications

It’s very simple to find these settings

1 – Click your profile picture

2 – Click Settings and Privacy

On the left-hand side where you see “Account” at the top – go down to Notifications

How to Streamline your Twitter Notifications

3 – Click Notifications

Here you will see all of the options

  • To Mute notification from people who
  • You don’t follow
  • Users who have a default profile photo – the egg
  • Those who haven’t confirmed their email
  • Who haven’t confirmed their phone

How to Streamline your Twitter Notifications

For iOS -Click the Gear Icon – to find the Notifications timeline settings.

Quality Filter

You also have the quality filter to help streamline your Twitter notifications which when turned on, filters lower quality content from your notifications – like tweets that appear to be automated or duplicate tweets.

Mute Specific Words

Here you can see that you can also mute specific words or phrases from your tweets, which is great if you are fed up with seeing tweets about a particular television show or event on which you might be mentioned in.

It can be quite tricky to get the correct words or phrases to be muted so here is the guide from Twitter support.

Muting words, phrases, usernames, emojis, and hashtags overview:

  1. Muting is case-insensitive. For example:
    If you add “CATS” to your mute list, any mention of “cats” will be muted from your notifications.
  2. You can include punctuation within a word or phrase when muting. Punctuation at the end of a word or phrase is not necessary.
  3. Muting a word will mute both the word itself and its hashtag. For example:
    If you mute “unicorn”, both “unicorn” and “#unicorn” will be muted from your notifications.
  4. To mute Tweet notifications that mention a particular account, you must include the @ sign before the name. Doing this will mute Tweet notifications that mention that account, but won’t mute notifications from the account itself.
  5. Words, phrases, usernames, emojis, and hashtags up to 140 characters can be muted.
  6. Muting is possible across all Twitter-supported languages.
  7. Muting cannot be set for a particular time period. Words and phrases will remain muted until manually deleted from your settings.
  8. You can view a list of your muted words (and unmute them) in your settings.
  9. Recommendations delivered to you via email or through Twitter will not suggest content that includes your muted words and hashtags.

Now you know how to streamline your twitter notifications. You can try one or all of these things just to see how it works, and don’t worry you can always change it back again.

how to get facebook group analytics

How to get Facebook Group Analytics

You have been able to get analytics for pages for ages because facebook have their very own analytics built in and it’s quite useful. If you want to find out how to get Facebook Group Analytics its a bit more difficult.

Facebook Groups vs Pages

Many business owners choose a Facebook Group over a page now. Why? Because not only are Facebook groups are a proven way to form connections and discussions because they feel more like a community than a page.

Pages are still valuable even though some businesses seem to think a page is a way to shout about their products and services, without using them to provide value for their community. Which unless you are Pepsi, is a big mistake. Although even Pepsi don’t just post boring “buy my stuff now” posts, they have great content which includes video and interactive posts, it is still all about them but still.

With Facebook Pages you can use ads,  you can add a variety of apps so that people can easily find you elsewhere, or you can collect email addresses and run competitions. The good thing about Facebook Groups’ however, is that there is a bigger sense of community, you can store files, and search posts and members feel more able to share. Posts are also much more visible in the news feed if the group is not a closed group.

Facebook pages have great insight and analytics so you can measure what works, but Facebook groups don’t, which if you want to see what is working can be a pain.  One of the things that Facebook group owners are concerned about is How to get Facebook Group Analytics, what is the ROI of a Facebook Group.

How to get Facebook Group Analytics

Those of us that run Facebook pages and Groups as community managers love analytics and we love to show the businesses we work for how well their pages or communities are doing, so Analytics are an important part of our job.

Luckily there are now a few platforms or tools to help you get Facebook Group Analytics and I’ve been looking at these two.

With Sociograph you can get analytics on Facebook Groups and Pages, and you are not restricted to how many Groups or pages. You are also not restricted to the time, you can go back to last month, last year or all time.

Although it does seem to have a few bugs and might not completely accurate on busy groups and pages.  Sociograph gives you are very good idea, about what’s going on for free.


All you have to do is connect your personal profile and it lists all of your groups and pages. click on the one that you want to analyze.

You can find the overall number of

  • Likes
  • Shares
  • Comments
  • Post Types

Then you will have a list of posts – with a rating – Likes Comments and Share.

Visitors – with a rating – Karma, likes, shares, comments

Group Growth – this will start recording after your first visit.

The data can be exported to CSV for offline analysis.
The tool is completely free.

Has the same as the above, but much more and still for free however you are restricted to 4 groups for free, so if you have more groups you can pay and they also offer much more information, which you can pay for.

How to get Facebook Group Analytics

This one is much nicer to look at than Sociograph but you don’t get as much for free, so that’s understandable.  There are more graphs, photos are used and so much information you can download.

You can also view information per day on this platform.

You are restricted to only 7 days data history for free.

Some of the paid for extras are..

  • Data archived
  • Publish in Groups
  • PDF & PPT reports
  • Publishing tool
  • Time intervals selection
  • Custom time zone
  • Data exports
  • Time intervals comparison

You can also get a lot  more information about group members, which is great.

Groups members

We do not provide any personal information about members except his/her name and Facebook app scoped id.
You might have differences between the number of members on Grytics and the one you have on Facebook.

Facebook Privacy allows members not to show up in the API and Facebook displays deactivated profiles on groups members list.


Group Engagement
Group Activity
Active Members
Posts Engagement Score
Posts Reacted
Posts Commented
Non Publishers
Non Commenters
Non reacters
Not engaged
Top publishers
Top commenters
Top reacters
Top engaged
Engaged Members score
Top influencers
The date of the last activity

So I think both platforms have their good points. If you don’t want to pay using both of these together, you can get great insights to your Facebook Group. If you do want to pay, I feel that Grytics is very good value for money.

I hope you enjoyed How to get Facebook Group Analytics – tell me if you found other ways.

Singer and Producer Peter Hollens Hacked by *security* OurMine

Last night Peter Hollens the singer and producer most known for his awesome Capella covers over on YouTube was distraught last night, when hacking group who say they are not hackers but just testing his security attacked many of his social media accounts. Many fans were tweeting – Peter Hollens Hacked.

Peter Hollens Hacked

We love Peter Hollens and we were upset to read a tweet from Peter that all he wanted to do was come home after a hard day and spend sometime with his daughter but no, there he was running around tracking the accounts that had been hacked so that he could change passwords and remove any thing the hackers had posted.



Singer and Producer Peter Hollens Hacked by *security* OurMine

Peter Hollens is in a long list of people that have been hacked by the group OurMine, who say that they are just trying to inform people that nobody is safe.  OurMine are mostly targeting CEOs, and YouTube stars, Celebrities and I did see one article that said they were targeting MineCraft users.

Techcrunch were hacked in July of 2016 and received the same message as everyone seems to get and the same as Peter Hollens received.

Don’t worry we are just testing security, we didn’t change any passwords, please contact us

I hope that all the messages of support helped Peter get through this annoying time, I’m not sure what they did on his accounts, I do know that it was reported that they sent emails to Variety subscribers informing them that the website had been hacked.

So, I’m assuming this is their way of getting work to secure peoples accounts?  I wonder if anyone has actually contacted them as they ask.   If you know please let me know.

In the meantime, we should all be getting Two Factor Authentication on all of our accounts  – this makes it harder for hackers to get in with an extra layer of security – where you have to have a password and something else. I don’t think this is going to help with the various exploits or phishing attacks but it has to help a little.

In the meantime check out this new video from Peter Hollens   –  Hamilton – An Acappella Medley – Peter Hollens & Co.

Update – It seems Peter was hacked again as on 1st of November this information came from Peters Facebook

UPDATE: It’s 100% VIDiq, they confirmed. DELETE IMMEDIATELY…. ATTN Youtubers: (Already 15+ users affected) Anyone who uses VIDiq needs to disable it immediately. There’s a huge meta data breach… go into youtube and disable access. I’m 100% positive this is how my channel was hacked yesterday.

Here’s how to do it: Click here to delete access:…







So, what is app

what is Musical.lyThis word is popping up all over the place lately – you might be thinking, what is  If you have teenagers you probably already know what is. has had exponential growth in the past 12 months, probably mostly amongst teenagers  and is one of the top 20 apps in the free iPhone app chart with already more than 60 million users. is a mobile social network that centers around music and videos – it’s basically a lipsync video creator with a social network.  From what we can find out – Musically was founded around 2 years ago by Alex Zhu and Luyau Yang as an engagement and promotion platform for entertainers.

Even though does have the added social network the closest app we could liken to would be the hit app Dubsmash which has been used by many performers and artists, which looks on last count to have 75 million users – so is catching up fast!

We know the power of video and imagery on social media,  especially with the younger generation, who love a selfie 😉 – with Vine having over 200 million users and Instagram having over 400 million, you wouldn’t really think there was room for more but Luyau and Alex seem to have found a gap, they have made making videos more fun, with more options, with an easy way to share, promote and engage.


What is app describe themselves as a space to show off your creativity and express yourself through videos.  Users are called Musers who use the app for creative expression.

  • Post musicals you love- Express yourself and show off your personality by creating great musicals, you may even get featured.
  • Like, follow and comment- Show support to other musers and tell them that you like their musicals.
  • Flag inappropriate content- To flag a musical press on the button with three dots and then click “report abuse

Some musers that have been featured have risen to stardom on – and are now celebs in their own right – such as Muser Ariel Martin @babyariel – who at 15 years old has gained 7 million followers on in under a year and has now made a career out of it, being interviewed on TV shows, magazines, websites, and by Social Media stars such as Gary Vaynerchuk who also had Ariana Renee @theylovearri on the show. The best part of this show for me is that the girls say that Twitter is the most popular social network among their friends, come on Twitter! 🙂

Watch the show here, its a great insight to what is

It’s pretty cool that is available for free still – you can get it in the iOS App Store, Google Play Store, and the Amazon App Store. isn’t available on all Android phones as yet, but they are working on it.


Twitter for Windows 10

Twitter has been making some more updates for Twitter for Windows 10 recently

Twitter for Windows 10 on Desktop

Last year Twitter created Twitter for windows for people using Windows 10 on PCs and Tablets.  The Twitter app was redesigned especially for Windows 10, which if you haven’t tried, it is really cool.

If you don’t use something like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to manage multiple accounts this is actually the next best thing because if you do have more than one twitter account you can instantly switch between accounts like you do on a mobile, without having to log in and out again.  As it happens Tweetdeck for Windows is being shut down anyway in April but you can still use the web version via the Chrome extension.

With Windows 10 for desktop you can also see latest tweets by just looking at your start menu tiles depending on what account you were most recently logged into.  And recently Twitter have added the dark theme so now it looks really cool too.  If you have Twitter for Windows 10 just go to Settings and then Personalization to change to the dark theme.

Twitter fairydust

Twitter for Windows 10 Mobile

Talking of mobiles – Twitter has now launched Twitter for Windows 10 on Mobile.   Which also have the dark theme available – and they have really concentrated on how user interaction translates from desktops and tablets – they have greatly improved the UI and with things as Moments being changed to a full screen immersive experience.

Quote from Windows Blog.

With Twitter for Windows 10 on mobile, you can experience Moments and group Direct Messages; shoot, edit, and Tweet video using your camera; share a Tweet and add your own commentary with quote Tweet; it’s easier to follow conversations; and you can check out top Tweets without logging in.

Let us know if you have the new Twitter app for Windows 10 and what you think of it, as the reviews are vastly differently some people love it, some people hate it.


Enhance Your Twitter Presence With Twitter Conversational Ads

This week Twitter introduced conversational ads so that advertisers can drive more earned media and create more brand influence.  It takes the standard promoted tweets that little bit further.

It seems there could be many changes at Twitter over the following months, which much controversy about the new Twitter10k where Twitter are talking about changing the 140 character limit to 10,000 – it sounds totally crazy that we would see all of those words in our feeds, so we believe that this will just be like Twitlonger, where you have to click a link to see the rest of the tweet, we’ve always found these pretty annoying but at least it won’t change what we see in our timeline, anyway – that’s another story.


What are Twitter Conversational Ads

The new ads from Twitter contain a call to action button with customisable hashtags to encourage conversation and engagement on the ads.   The call to action button opens a brand message when clicked and the user can then add their own message to the tweet and share it with their followers

twitter conversational ads


The user then gets a tweet from the brand from having engaged with the tweet.  This is turn creates a new tweet which then appears in the users followers timelines with the original photo or video.  So the brand gets extra earned media at no extra cost, as long as people do engage with the original tweet.

Twitter say that conversational ads are exclusive to Twitter and hopefully Twitter have made a big move here by increasing our engagement with our followers, friends or consumers, which we all know by now is great for RIO and brand awareness.

So it seems  you really can enhance your Twitter presence with Twitter conversational ads.

Fans love to interact with brands on social media and sadly some of the time, they do not get a response. In fact according to a report by Sprout Social – 7 in 8 messages to Brands are Ignored on Social Media.  With the correct team, the correct tools and the right Social Media Manager this should not be happening.      With Twitter conversational ads users that interact will get a response – even though this response initial response will be automatic,  We do hope Brands follow it  up with some human interaction.  However, it will be interesting to see how fans respond to these ads as we haven’t seen much excitement from Twitter Polls and they are free, yet although they give the consumer a way to be heard, there is no interaction.

It’ll be exciting to see how it works.

Conversational ads are currently in beta and available for select marketers and advertisers.


New Twitter Rules

The new Twitter rules to fight abusive behaviour

New Twitter Rules Twitter haven’t done very well of late – protecting users from abuse, harassment – trolls, bullies cyber stalkers and cyber bullies hiding behind so called freedom of speech.  The use of Freedom of speech or expression can go both ways, trolls think that they have the right to say what they like with freedom of expression but no, they cannot.  Twitter say they want to protect our freedom of expression, which means that we can say what we like as long as it’s not abusive or intimidating to others, without fear.

How are they doing that? – well, this week Twitter have updated their rules to fight abusive behaviour and hateful conduct.

At last.

The new Twitter rules to fight abusive behaviour

In a recent blog post – Twitter announced that the Twitter rules will now include that Twitter will not tolerate behaviour that is intended to harass other users, which include intimidation and using fear so people feel they cannot speak up.   I don’t know if you have ever felt that – that you cannot say something innocent for fear of your troll twisting your words into nonsense or saying something hateful which can intimidate you so much you don’t speak out any more, or they threaten you not to say anything about their hateful behaviour, its not good.

So far Twitter  have tried but have not tried hard enough – with tools for blocking, muting and reporting, but all of these are not very satisfatory – you can block and mute someone but if they don’t log in or log in and someone else they can still see what you are saying, the only way to hide is to put your account on private which actually is not the point of Twitter.  And it seems that nothing much happens when you report someone either.

Hopefully these new rules will make Twitter more able to react when a user is reported, and might make trolls or nasty people think twice about being hateful.  Its a real shame that it has come to this, but some people are just horrid.

New Twitter Rules

What are the new Twitter rules ?

The new Anti Abuse rules now include a new Abusive behavior section

We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up. In order to ensure that people feel safe expressing diverse opinions and beliefs, we do not tolerate behavior that crosses the line into abuse, including behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another user’s voice.

Any accounts and related accounts engaging in the activities specified below may be temporarily locked and/or subject to permanent suspension.

  • Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism. 
  • Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Some of the factors that we may consider when evaluating abusive behavior include:
    • if a primary purpose of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others;
    • if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats;
    • if the reported account is inciting others to harass another account; and
    • if the reported account is sending harassing messages to an account from multiple accounts.
  • Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories. 
  • Multiple account abuse: Creating multiple accounts with overlapping uses or in order to evade the temporary or permanent suspension of a separate account is not allowed.
  • Private information: You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address, or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission. In addition, you may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent. Read more about our private information policy here.
  • Impersonation: You may not impersonate others through the Twitter service in a manner that is intended to or does mislead, confuse, or deceive others. Read more about our impersonation policyhere.
  • Self-harm: You may encounter someone considering suicide or self harm on Twitter. When we receive reports that a person is threatening suicide or self harm, we may take a number of steps to assist them, such as reaching out to that person expressing our concern and the concern of other users on Twitter or providing resources such as contact information for our mental health partners.

From – Twitter Rules   See the link for full set of rules.


We hope that these new Twitter rules will make Twitter a better place for all of us.



Its not just you – Twitter removed background images

Twitter removed background imagesPeople are asking, where is my twitter background – Its not just you – Twitter removed backgrounds – so its goodbye Twitter Background images and people are not happy.

All you see now on your profile page is a blank background.  You still of course do have your twitter cover picture.

Twitter removed background images


Its not just you – Twitter removed backgrounds

It might have been nice for Twitter to make an announcement but so far all we see is a quote on Mashable and maybe another site.

A spokesperson for Twitter told Mashable

“We’re removing background images from the home and notifications timelines on web for all users,”

“Now, background images are only available where logged-in users will see them publicly (Tweet pages, list pages and collections pages).

Here is mine on a list page

Twitter removed background images

So Twitter background images are in fact still there but you just can’t see them from  your profile page – you can still custom your design however. Which it looks like I should do.

Log in to Twitter

  • Click your profile picture
  • Click Settings
  • Click Design
  • Scroll to customise your own
  • Click Change Background

You can also add a colour here

  • Click Save

I am surprised at how bothered people are really – as don’t most people use apps such as Hootsuite or Tweetdeck or mobile apps those people would never see your backgrounds anyway.  I do use to log in mostly as I liked how twitter was just plain previously and I don’t even recall looking at most peoples backgrounds, which is basically why twitter have said they removed this feature but people are speculating this is actually to make room for ads on Twitter.

What Twitter users are saying about missing Background Images