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Instagram made some changes to the desktop application today. You can click on the heart button to see who has liked and commented on your posts and you can reply right from there, which is pretty handy. But what they still haven’t done is to add a followers button, like we have on the app. Also, there is no way on either the phone app or the desktop platform for you to see if you are being followed reciprocally. There are a number of ways to find out who unfollowed you on Instagram though.
Who unfollowed me on Instagram
There are a number of ways I can find out who unfollowed me on Instagram if my follower count suddenly drops. Sadly people just follow you to get more followers and then they unfollow you so they have a larger follower to followed ratio, so I like to catch those people out and unfollow them too. I do follow people that don’t follow me, it’s just those annoying users that are just following you to get you to follow back. Its rather sad when you realise that they aren’t following you for your amazing images like this one 🙂
I realised today there are people who have no idea that these tools are available, so I thought I would share them with you. They also have a number of other features too.
The first one is Unfollowgram
As you can see you can also unfollowgram to monitor who follows and unfollows you on Twitter. So, here which ever one you sign in with is the one that you will get your follower details on. However, we are talking about Instagram on this occasion.
The features available on this platform.
- Who has unfollowed you on Instagram
- Who doesn’t follow you back on Instagram
- Who you don’t follow back
- Follow and unfollow users on Instagram
You then just simply go through the results and follow or unfollow people as required.
The second platform I’m going to mention is Crowdfire, you may know this app as Justunfollow – which has been around for Twitter follower management for ages. However since they’ve been Crowdfire they have made a few changes. And one of those changes is adding Instagram. You can also have this as a desktop platform or an app for your phone.
Here you have a few more options
Crowdfire will show you
- Recent Unfollowers
- Recent Followers
- Copy Followers
And again you can just follow or unfollow as required – both of these apps prevent you from unfollowing or following too many users on Instagram (and Twitter) which is actually a good thing I think, as I know Twitter doesn’t like you mass following and unfollowing people and you can get suspended. You can, however, pay to do more on these platforms if you upgrade to paid accounts.
As I say there are many platforms and apps to get this information but these are two that I’ve used to find out who unfollowed me on Instagram.
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 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.
I think most people by now should have upgraded to Windows 10 but many people still don’t realise that Windows 10 comes with its very own screen recording software. This video capture tool was seemingly designed for recording Xbox games streamed on a PC but you can use it to record your own computer screen activity. So, if you want a simple, free image and screen capture tool and you have Windows 10 you have one already.
Windows 10 Desktop Screen Recorder
The screen recording tool in Windows 10 is pretty much hidden if you don’t use the Xbox app because it was meant for recording games and it’s actually part of the Xbox app. So, to use the screen recording tool you will need to open the Xbox App and keep it running in the background.
(First, you’ll need to find the Xbox App if you’ve never used it, you may have it in your start menu or you can just search for it)
Then all you need to do is to press the Windows Key and the G key on your keyboard which the will bring up a message that says “Do you want to open Game Bar”. You then click Yes this is a game.
Then the Game Bar comes up – it’s pretty self-explanatory and easy to use – we’ve mostly seen these icons before.
Push the red circle for recording and the black square (which comes up when you start recording) to stop the recording. Once you start recording the Game Bar minimises (red) in the top right-hand corner. You need to click this to stop recording again, there is one problem sometimes when you click it, it completely disappears. All you need to do if the game bar or the minimised bar disappears, is to hit Win + G again and the Game Bar will pop up again and you can then stop recording.
Screen recorded using the Windows 10 screen recording tool
Another annoying thing for some people might be that – you cannot see the mouse pointer on the recording, although you can see what is being clicked.
You can also take screenshot images by pressing the camera icon.
To find your recordings you can either go to the XBox app again and click Game DVR and there you will see your recordings.
Or you can go directly to This PC\Videos\Captures where you will find the videos and the images.
If you wish to add sound to your video – make sure you have switched it on in settings to enable the microphone.
Or just press – Win + Alt + M
Talking of keyboard shortcuts there are a number of them as follows (which you can also change to your own keys in the Xbox app settings if you wish)
- Record – Win + Alt + G
- Start/Stop Recording – Win + Alt + R
- Take screenshot – Win + Alt + PrtScn
- Show/hide Recording Time – Win + Alt + T
This Windows 10 Desktop Screen Recorder is pretty good if you just want a quick screen capture or video but don’t expect to do anything too fancy.
Is your Facebook Feed full of selfies and baby pictures, when really you’d like to see more of a different subject or topic – maybe you like to see news reports or items about what’s new in the social media world. I often hear people saying I have a load of rubbish in my facebook feed, so I wanted to share with you – How to Sort out your Facebook News Feed
Facebooks algorithms are the most confusing algorithms on social media. We think that we want our Facebook timelines just to be everything that is posted but we probably don’t actually so Facebook sorts it all out for us (thanks) and shows us what they think we want to see the most. And yet because we are kind and maybe liking things that we don’t really like our timelines or news feeds suffer and end up full of selfies and baby pictures or cat videos. (Unless that’s what you want to see, we don’t judge you .. much)
How to Sort out your Facebook News Feed
You are what you share
Robert Scoble has his Facebook feed completely organised and often shares with us how he uses facebook and organises his feed and it basically boils down to, the posts that you like or share or subjects you talk about, you will see more of those types of posts in your feeds. It seems that Facebook are always changing things around but these bits of advice that I took from Roberts suggestions from last year have made a big difference.
- Share, like, and comment on other peoples posts that you are really interested in, this will tell Facebook what you want to see more of.
- Write about subjects you are interested in.
- Turn off as much privacy as you can – and post things to public.
- Robert suggests that you put all of your friends in “close friends” – This I didn’t do but I have those people I REALLY don’t want to miss as “close friends”
- Unfriend people who never post to facebook or engage with anyone else – as this can hurt who sees your posts
- Hide posts that you don’t want to see – this tells Facebook what you don’t want. You see people complaining about all the cat pictures, if they hide those posts, they shouldn’t see them anymore.
- Turn off allowing people post to your Facebook page without your approval – See Timeline settings
- If you aren’t seeing certain friends posts, make sure you visit their profiles often and like and comment on their posts.
- Keep an eye on your facebook settings as they can change, if you add or delete apps change things.
Facebook introduced a section later last year where you can actually change some of these options and see what settings you have in place.
Change your Facebook News Feed Settings
- Click on the arrow on the far right of your profile page
- Scroll down to News Feed Preferences
To see a full explanation to all of these options see the Facebook Blog
Change your Timeline settings
These Facebook timeline settings are more about what you let other people see and permissions for your feed. To adjust your some of your timeline settings – click the 3 dots on your profile page
Here you can change:-
- Who can add things to your timeline
- Who can post on your timeline
- Review posts friends tag you in before they appear
- Who can see things on your timeline
- Review what other people see on your timeline
- Who can see posts you are tagged in on your timeline
- Who can see what others post on your timeline
- Manage tags people add and tagging suggestions
If you click on each topic you will see the options and some give more of a description – it’s good to go through these to decide who can see what.
So, there we have it, try these suggestions and see how much better your facebook timeline or news feed is – its magic. If you don’t like it you can always change it back.
Many people struggle with Facebook engagement, whether it be on their own profile or their Facebook page and we heard big claims that you can get more Facebook engagement with PostPlanner, so we set out to test it.
It takes time to build up a good following on Facebook – and it takes time to find high-quality visual content to share on your Facebook pages, especially non-copyrighted visual content,
This is where PostPlanner steps in, they have reams of content right there on your homepage for you to choose.
More Facebook Engagement with PostPlanner
PostPlanner have been around for around 3 years now, but if you don’t know about it – here is a little taster!
You can sign up to a have a free account but you are extremely limited to what you can share, and its really not worth it. However, the price plans start at just £7 per month so you can start with this to see what you think and then just upgrade if you wish. You can also pay monthly or yearly which is cheaper – this is a fantastic option to have that many others do not. We hate having to pay for a year upfront for something you haven’t even tried, we wish people would pay for a year upfront of our social media management services! 🙂
We signed up to one of the cheapest plans for testing purposes – You can have up to 5 accounts, a mixture of Twitter or Facebook – you can upgrade and have more pages of course. What is fabulous and one of our favourite things is that you are not stuck with the accounts that you choose you can change these around.
There are three sections of content to choose from
- Viral Photos
- Top Content
- Status Ideas
We mostly used the Viral Photos – which is set into folders containing
- Awesome Quotes
- Engaging Photos
- Funny Photos
- Crazy Photos
- Beautiful Photos
So you have chosen your content, you then click on which page or multiple pages you want to share on, and you can either post now, share next or schedule the post.
People love high-quality visual content and if you keep up with a regular posting schedule you will find that you’ll soon be getting the likes and engagement.
There are many other things you can do with PostPlanner, like schedule your own content, add other people (your team) check out insights some of which are on the upgrades.
Starting at just $9 Euros for one month why not see if you get More Facebook Engagement with PostPlanner
We’ve been waiting and waiting and finally, you can add multiple Instagram accounts to your phone – we actually thought it would be just two accounts you could use but you can add 5 Instagram accounts, and you can quickly switch between them without having to log out. We thought you might need to know How to add multiple Instagram accounts
If you didn’t know already – Instagram is a mobile photo sharing application, where you can post videos and photos and share them with your followers, whether they are friends of family or you can share them publically. You also have the option to share these images to your other social networks from the app too.
More than one Instagram Account
For people with more than one Instagram account – for instance, one for business and one for pleasure – or even social media managers with many clients this is going to be a godsend, we know from personal experience, the pain of having to log in and out of accounts.
To be able to add more than one Instagram account firstly you need to make sure you have updated and have version 7.15 for iOS on Android – check the app store and google play if you do not.
How to add multiple Instagram accounts
Go to your profile by tapping the person icon in the bottom right-hand corner.
Tap the cog in the top right
Scroll down – all the way to the bottom
Tap – Add Account
Enter the username and password of the account you would like add
How to switch between Instagram accounts
- Go to your profile by tapping the person icon in the bottom right-hand corner
- Tap your username at the top
- Tap the account that you want to log in to
And it’s as easy as that, we didn’t have our own Fairy Dust Media Instagram account as we already have so many to manage so now we can. we assume this is going to be a good move for Instagram with people creating many new accounts.
There are even accounts now that you can use to schedule your Instagram posts from your desktop – so hopefully now Instagram is going to be much easier and more accessible for everyone
Why not leave a comment with your Instagram accounts so we can check them out! 🙂
Everyone has been talking about the fun new social media chat app Peach this weekend. So of course I had to go and see what all the fuss was about.
I was surprised with what I found: It’s pink, it’s peachy, it’s cute and you guys love it.
What is the Chat App Peach
Peach was created by Dom Hofmann the creator of Vine, and launched on iOS on the 8th of January this year – so we know why the huge buzz now.
Peach is different that your standard chat apps because of its funky fun features. You can just text as you would normally and you can @ people so that they get a notification as you would on Twitter.
I’d like to say what the Peach chat app is the same as or similar too but although it has similarities to many things it’s different – it’s similar to Whatsapp maybe – but has some features of Telegram – or Facebook or maybe Twitter, no I can’t put my finger on it, you’ll just have to try it.
Just download the app on your phone, add your details, profile picture etc, and get going.
How to add people on the chat app Peach
Clearly Peach is better with friends, there isn’t a separate timeline to watch – you have to “Assemble your Squad”. You add people you know by their phone number or username. Most people I know are using their Twitter user names so that they are easy to find, I generally use @michelledh or @techieminx everywhere depending on the network. People have to friend you back to be connected.
Many Brands and Celebrities are on Peach already so it is easy to find people to follow if you don’t just want people you know from your friends list.
You can just text as you would normally and you can @ people so that they get a notification as you would on Twitter. You can share pictures, photos and video links as you would normally but there are some usual features on Peach that make it much more fun that just that.
Looping photos – if you take a photo with the app and click on the loops it takes like a very short gif
Lightbulb ideas – you can click on the lightbulb with ideas on what to post – different things are here every day.
Like today it says
- What bottles are in your shower
- In the year 3000….
- One tradition worth passing on
Actions – You can wave at someone – send them cake – kiss them – hiss at them – just with a click of a button.
Peach Magic Words
Magic words give you fun and funky things to post – just start typing the word and click the eht bubble that appears
List of Magic Words on Peach
- Draw – Click draw and your photo is turned into an art board and you can draw or write messages to send.
- Song – Song shares whatever song you are listening to on Apple Music or Spotify at the time
- Gif – You can search for Gifs using keywords and instantly share them with your friends
- Here – Adds your location
- Shout – You can add colours or images to a background with big font on. Great for Quotes (If you click and hold the background you can add your own image)
- Goodmorning and Goodnight – Say just that
- Rate – Rate something 1-5 Stars
- Battery – Posts the current charge of your battery
- Weather – Adds the Weather to your timeline
- Move – Movement today – like steps or miles
- Events – Events of the day
- Safari – Opens Safari
- Dice – Rolls a dice
- Date – Posts the Date
- Movie TV game and Book – adds these.
When you are typing a message if you click and hold you can also bold – italic or underline the text.
Being as Peach is just a new baby, its seems that updates are coming thick and fast like a Peach Smoothy – so we will update this post as new things arrive.
I must admit I have spend a lot of time playing with this app to today – just to test it out you understand, and I’ve had great fun – I’m not sure its something I would use everyday but already I can see brands having fun with it especially those aimed at teens. Not saying it’s just for teens at the moment but we will see.
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
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.
There are many ways you can set up a blog, but first we are going to talk about how to blog with Medium. Medium was co-founded by Ev Williams of Twitter fame and launched in Beta in August 2012 and has turned out to be very popular with a wide range of different writers.
What is Medium
There has been some contention over the years as what Medium actually is because it’s very different from anything we have used before. It’s not really a magazine, or a discovery site like Scredible its not even a media site or a blog website like WordPress but it is a blogging platform of sorts. In a very far-fetched way, I might liken it to Tumblr, with the same sort of themes but Tumblr as a microblogging platform has mostly gone visual now, whereas Medium is for words, you can add some images but it’s mainly for reading and writing. For bloggers, writers, journalists or anyone that wants to use it to tell their story, or have something useful to share. Medium, however, encourages quality over quantity with their algorithm so the best posts will be seen first as chosen by editors picks. You can upvote posts like you do in Reddit, similar to likes in Facebook I guess and these posts appear amongst the most popular blogs among readers.
Medium is different to a blogging platform such as WordPress because there are no sidebars, plug-ins or widgets, there is no branding so nothing to customise. Medium software is a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get WYSIWYG user interface which has all the formatting you need to make your posts look wonderful but not too much that is distracts you from writing.
You don’t need lots of friends or followers to get started with Medium, everyone is in the same boat, writing with each other. You have no commitment to post every day, every week or every year even, you can write when you feel like it, without fear that your posts will not be seen if you don’t keep posting to keep your website alive. This is why we thought you could be very interested to find out how to blog with Medium.
How to Blog with Medium
Right lets get started – Sign up to Medium using either your Twitter account, Facebook account, Google Account or an email address. Note: if you sign up with Twitter or Facebook your followers and friends will be imported if they are using Medium so already you will have a network or friends. I signed up with Twitter and from my 15k followers 2k are already on Medium. Also your image and bio will be taken from Twitter but you can edit these by clicking your profile picture and clicking edit.
Once you have signed up you will see at the top – HOME TOP STORIES BOOKMARKS where you can read other blogs and on the right hand side is Search and Write a Story. To start a blog posts click on Start a Story, this takes you straight into the editor.
Click Title – to add the title of your article
To start writing your blog click Tell your Story.
Formatting on Medium
When you highlight a word or a selection of words you get a pop-up selection where you can
- Create an H1 headline
- Create an H” headline
or write a private note
Click the at the side of the editing page
Here you will see a pop up which enables you to
- add an image
- add a video
- add an embed
- or add a new part – which means line breaks.
You also have some Keyboard shortcuts.
|Ctrl + Alt + 1||Bigger headline|
|Ctrl + Alt + 2||Smaller headline||Ctrl + B||Bold|
|Ctrl + Alt + 5||QuoteTwo styles of quotes||Ctrl + I||Italic|
|* Space||Bulleted list||Ctrl + K||Turn into a linkWorks for text and images|
|1 . Space||Ordered list|
When you are happy with your content you can click Publish in the top right hand corner. Don’t forget to add your tags as this is how you will be found on Medium
If you realise you’ve made a mistake then you can edit – by clicking the edit button in the top right hand corner of the post.
Blogging on Medium is really as simple as that!
You can also reblog your own posts to Medium as a whole or as a reblog (as per wordress) where only part of your content is shown with a link to the rest on your website – I created this one just to test out how it works for the purposes of this post, it looks pretty nice, although I didn’t add any images. Make money with your influence
There is a lot more to Medium than I have posted so far – this post was really just to show you How to blog on Medium and as you can see its really simple and easy to do.
Please share your Medium links here with me – so that we new users can get to see how the professionals do it.
Thanks for reading.
There has been a lot of predictions recently about how 2016 is going to be huge for AI (Artifical Intelligence) and VR (Virtual Reality) So the announcement that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is going to build his own AI (Similar to Jarvis in Iron Man) as his own personal challenge this year shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.
Mark announced on his Facebook profile page that every year he sets himself a challenge and every challenge has a theme, this year’s challenge is invention. And that is to build himself a simple AI to run his home and help him with his work. Slightly different from a previous year’s challenge which was to read 2 books a month or one that was to meet a new person everyday.
Mark said that his A.I is going to be like Jarvis in Iron Man. Jarvis stands for Just A Rather Very Intelligent System and is a highly advancedcomputerised A.I which was developed by Tony Stark (Marvel) to control everything in Tony’s house, which is basically what Mark said he wants.
I’m going to start by exploring what technology is already out there. Then I’ll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home — music, lights, temperature and so on. I’ll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell. I’ll teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max’s room that I need to check on when I’m not with her. On the work side, it’ll help me visualize data in VR to help me build better services and lead my organizations more effectively.
Artificial Intelligence to take over the world
Having only just watched the movie Ex Machina about a coder testing out an android with artificial intelligence and also the series Humans which explores the themes of artificial intelligence and robots and how A.I will transform the way we live, I found this announcement doubly amusing and fascinating.
Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement did make me think about the ongoing debate about artificial intelligence will eventually take over the world.
Many people, let us call them Tech alarmists have been reported expressing their concern that this technology can threaten mankind. Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking , Steve Wozniak and even Bill Gates have all made statements warning of the dangers posed by developing human-like intelligence in computer systems.
Many others are convinced that these systems will put humans out of work, you can understand their fear, but I believe that the combination of human and computer superintelligence can also give us work and help us to solve the worlds problems.
Whatever happens, this is going to be the biggest game changer ever! I am excited and can’t wait to see what this year brings, and again I hope that I am still around to see the big changes that are going to happen. We’ve been waiting long enough…
AI around for decades
There has been so many films about AI dominance, where robots take over civilization, in fact these scenarios have been played out for decades, in Sci-Fi books, plays and movies. And also films about AI that are not so sinister.
I checked out what the Guardian said were the top 20 Artifical intelligence films.
Amazing that Metropolis – dates from 1927 and was the influence for Superman and others such as Blade Runner.
- Ex Machina
- The Day the Earth Stood Still
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- I, Robot
- The Matrix
- Short Circuit
- The Terminator
- Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery
- Blade Runner
- The Machine
- Star Wars
- Star Trek: Generations
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
I was surprised to find out that not only have I seen most of these films but they are also in my own favorite top 20 films. Which ones have you seen?