Tag: Instagram

Facebook, WhatsApp And Instagram Went Down, Users Around The World Left Frustrated

Facebook and its other social media platforms, Instagram and WhatsApp, temporarily went down late on Monday in the US, Canada and various other parts of the world. During the service outage, some users were unable to log in while others only failed to post anything or communicate with friends. Although the issue has since been […]

Facebook Launches Their Video Platform Globally, Can They Take Down YouTube? Probably Not…

So Facebook continues to ape other platforms they’ve turned their attention to YouTube. Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) recently released IGTV which is YouTube for portrait videos (or maybe not much of a YouTube at all). They are also now making Facebook Watch globally available, as it was only available in the USA. There […]

Instagram Just Added New Security And Account Verification Features To Help Keep The Platform Safe

Instagram has just started rolling out a number of security measures, making the platform safer for its billions of users. It is giving users access to more info on an account, the ability to apply for verification, and use third-party apps for two-factor authentication. Let’s take a closer look at each of these features: About this Account […]

Snapchat Loses 3 Million Users In One Quarter; Can They Ever Really Compete With Bigger Rivals?

If you use any one of Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram you’ve probably bumped into a ‘Stories’ feature. On Whatsapp this feature is what we’ve come to know as the new Status but on Facebook and Instagram it’s called stories and though this feature has become a part of our everyday lives, the originator of the […]

Social Media Influencers Can Get As Much As $30 000 For A Single Post! Even Pets Are Getting In On The Action

The culture of ‘social media influencers’ has not really extended to Zimbabwe yet. Of course people go on social media and they have people who influence their taste or actions and what not but I don’t think there are many Zimbos (within Zimbabwe) who are leveraging social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube to […]

WhatsApp Will Soon Allow Users To View YouTube and Instagram Videos In The WhatsApp App Itself With ‘Picture-To-Picture Mode’ Feature

WhatsApp had recently launched the much-awaited feature group calls for voice and video. Now, the messaging platform is working on a feature called Picture-In-Picture  (PIP) mode for Android. The PIP  feature will allow its users to continue their video calls or watching videos on a small window while chatting and browsing in WhatsApp (without the […]

You Are Now Able To See If Your Followers Are Online On Instagram By Turning On ‘Activity Status’

Days of ignoring someone’s messages and continuing to scroll through to other messages on Instagram might have come to an end. As announced in an official blog post, Instagram had added a green dot feature, next to the profile icon of your friends (or followers), showing you when they’re available to chat. The green dot is called, ‘Activity Status’. […]

Instagram Now Allowing Users To Apply For A ‘Verified Account’

Instagram has just started to allow the general public to apply for a blue tick verification badge. Alas, the feature is currently only available to Australian users on the iOS operating system. But it the feature will start to roll out to more countries in the coming weeks for both IOS and Android users. That blue […]

Instagram Silently Launches ‘Instagram Lite’ For Countries With Poor Connectivity And Phones With Low Memory

With Instagram’s skyrocketing popularity in the western world, the company is now looking to court new users in developing countries. And to do so, it’s following Facebook’s lead and has now quietly launched ‘Instagram Lite’ app for Android. Instagram hasn’t officially announced the Lite app for Android but its now available on Google Play Store. […]

Uganda’s Telecomms Operator Will Block Virtual Private Networks (VPN) To Stop Social Media Tax Evasion

Ugandans are turning to use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to bypass a new social media tax that came into force on Sunday. This has attracted the attention of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) (telecommunications watchdog) which said that telecommunication companies will block VPN applications that are aiding Ugandans to evade social media tax. UCC said; We have technology that […]

Social Media Helping Human Traffickers To Lure Victims: UN Report

Posting, liking, commenting and sharing social media posts have become part of daily life for many people, but those posts can turn into targets for human traffickers and smugglers. Social media is designed to connect people, but it also makes it easier for predators to connect with their next victim. The latest United Nations (UN) […]

Instagram Launches IGTV: Hour-Long Videos Coming To Instagram

Last week, we talked about Instagram introducing a new format of videos that would have a maximum length of one-hour. We also had questions in relation to how exactly Instagram would advertise on this platform and some of the questions are now answered. Unexpected twist The reports concerning this new video format were along the […]

Instagram To Bring Hour Long Videos: Can They Dethrone YouTube?

In a quite surprising move, Instagram is going to introduce hour-long videos. The videos will only be accessible in portrait mode (vertically) and thus this is not an outright copy of YouTube but it does seem Instagram is spreading its wings once again. The picture/video sharing social media platform has been consistently changing since it’s […]

You Will Soon Be Doing Video Chat And Group Video Chat On Instagram, Bullies Will Be Kept Out By Anti-Bullying Filters

Facebook’s highly anticipated F8 developer conference happened on Monday, with founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg taking the stage to announce the latest updates to come from the social network’s universe. Not only was Zuckerberg sharing new features from the Facebook platform, but he also gave us glimpses into what we can expect from companies that […]

Instagram Adds New Features To Bolster Security & Send Pics That Disappear After One View

Instagram’s latest update focuses on security with a Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) system now available. Instagram also added a ‘One View’ feature to the Instagram Direct messaging service. In a bid to better protect user’s data Instagram now offers a 2FA option to log into one’s account. As we reported when Whatsapp started offering 2FA, the […]

Instagram Introduces The ‘Hashtag’ Feature

What about our lives has social media changed? Well, honestly that’s a big question because social media has done tonnes; talk about how it has eased the flow of information, how it has defied the geographical limitations to communication, how it has enabled the otherwise ignored voices to be heard and the list goes on […]

Instagram adds a new sticker for you to create polls in your Stories

Instagram recently announced a new feature that they’ve added to the Stories feature of the social media app. The new feature allows you to create a poll that your Instagram followers can take part in so you can get some insights. To start using the new poll features, first update to the latest version of […]

DStv slashes prices and adds a $7 bouquet, TelOne launches 2 new products

DStv has reduced the price of its bouquets and added a new $7 budget bouquet. TelOne announced 2 products that included Wifi Home And Away for making use of your home wifi at any TelOne public wifi hotspot. Twitter is experimenting on a 280 character limit for tweets and Instagram gets some impressive numbers on […]

You Can Now Control Who Comments On Your Instagram Posts

Instagram recently announced that they now have 500 million daily active users and 800 million monthly users. In that announcement, they also revealed some upcoming features to the social media app that will increase safety when using it and promote kindness. You can now choose who can comment on your posts Various tools to help […]

Instagram Is Doing Way Better Than Snapchat, 500 Million People Now Use It Daily

Instagram recently announced that they now have 800 million monthly active users. What was more interesting was that they also said that they have 500 million daily active users. Just last year, it had around 500 million monthly active users and 300 million daily active users. So they’ve managed to almost double those numbers within […]

Face filters coming to Instagram Live videos

Instagram recently announced that they will be rolling out face filter to the live video section of their mobile apps. You will be able to add different face filters like rainbow light or glasses during a live video for your friends and followers to see. The feature will be rolling out globally over the next […]

Facebook to ‘share’ Instagram Stories… just not the way we’re used to

So, it seems Facebook is ‘borrowing’ the Stories feature from Instagram. Well, this ‘borrowing’ is not the ‘Insta borrows Stories from Snapchat’ type, because they’ve already done that; it’s more like ‘sharing’. But this sharing is not the one are used to, let me explain… Now, what will happen is that once you’ve created your […]

Instagram direct message feature makes replying to photos more personal

Instagram has recently released a new feature on their social media app. The feature will allow people who are talking with each other in Instagram direct message to reply to one another with pictures. It might sound like it was already possible but the way it’s being done is new to Instagram direct message. The […]

Instagram live could soon let you start a live stream broadcast with a friend

Instagram is working on a feature to allow a person to conduct a live stream with another person. The person who starts the live stream will be able to invite someone else to be a guest so that they can both share the live stream. To the viewer of the Instagram live stream, both of […]

Instagram takes a more ‘intelligent’ step in trying to combat the use of offensive language on its platform

Image credit: Pixabay In this internet age, thanks to social media (well, and other platforms), people have somehow gained the confidence to exercise their right to ‘freedom of speech’. I could be wrong though because people might have always exercised that right, only that now the internet has made it easier for us to access […]

WhatsApp launches feature called Status which copies Snapchat Stories but with encryption

WhatsApp, the hugely popular Instant Messaging platform is continuing on its path to release new service and feature updates. The latest release is a “new” feature called Status which was announced by the WhatsApp team earlier this week. It’s essentially a pimped up version of that Status tab that been previously used for text messages […]

Social media wins again – Stunner & Olinda “drama” shows dominance of online content

Stunner and Olinda If you are a Zimbabwean with any sort of interest in social media you obviously came across a flood of content on the public breakup between Zimbabwean rapper Stunner and his wife Olinda. On the 5th of January Olinda recorded an emotional Facebook Live video complaining about Stunner’s infidelity and dumping him. […]

WhatsApp’s latest features let you tag people in group chats and edit your selfies

So what’s the latest feature on WhatsApp? Well, there are actually are a number of new additions for users who have signed up for Beta testing and are on the latest version the app.

Its sir, not dear! social media etiquette for businesses

The concept of businesses interacting with customers via social media is relatively new in Zimbabwe. It’s great that more local businesses and entrepreneurs have decided to increase their social media presence, effectively breaking down previous communication barriers, but there is still much left to be desired. Businesses should understand that having a social media presence […]

Why Zimbabwean brands should explore the Instagram opportunity

Instagram is one platform that exemplifies that. Its use of imagery and video to capture moments has helped it create its own separate avenue for expression. As is the case with other social media platforms advertisers and brand specialist have exploited that.