139 Facts About Instagram In 2017

Here’s a recent infographic for 2017 with plenty of Instagram statistics.  The two bits that I found interesting were:

  1. Russia is the second largest country by the number of Instagram visitors (after the US).
  2. The difference in the number of followers between entertainment celebrities and politicians.  Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, is at the bottom of the celebrity top 10, with 73 million followers.  Barack Obama is the first in top 10 politicians, with 11.5 million followers.

 

Social Media Research Toolkit

Social Media Research Toolkita list of 50+ social media research tools curated by researchers at the Social Media Lab at Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. The kit features tools that have been used in peer-reviewed academic studies. Many tools are free to use and require little or no programming. Some are simple data collectors such as tweepy, a Python library for collecting Tweets, and others are a bit more robust, such as Netlytic, a multi-platform (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) data collector and analyzer, developed by our lab. All of the tools are confirmed available and operational.

Via Four short links: 14 Feb 2017.

How to change your Twitter username

I’m not considering a change of my Twitter account, as I’m using my surname all over the place and the only person it ever conflicts with is my brother.  But I’ve heard of people trying to rename their accounts or re-brand their activity on Twitter, so I think is article – How to change your Twitter username – is useful.

Here’s a synopsis:

  • create a new Twitter account with a @JunkName handle you don’t care about
  • change your @OldName account to @NewName, keeping your followers and tweet history intact (releasing your @OldName into the wild)
  • use the new Twitter account you made to quickly grab @OldName before anyone else has a chance to take it

One thing to note: Because of the way Twitter handles conversations, changing your username won’t retroactively change @mentions directed toward you from other people. This means that people you’ve conversed with will seemingly be talking to a ghost at @OldName instead of you at @NewName. Considering the “in-the-now” nature of Twitter this isn’t really a showstopper, just a mild inconvenience that’ll lessen over time.

On Google+ success from 5 years ago

One of the benefits of having your own blog is all the archives that are accumulated over time.  Web services, platforms, and social networks come and go, and so does your content when you choose to use them.  But with your own piece of the Internet, you get to keep it all.

It’s always interesting to see what I was into and what I was thinking like years ago.  Especially when it comes to predictions and forecasting.  Especially with the technology, which moves so fast.

Here is, for example, something that I shared 5 years ago (to the day):  On how Google+ will succeed.  Now that never happened.  In fact, almost the opposite is happening:

Horowitz made a point to emphasize, once again, that Google+ isn’t going away. Instead, he reiterated that the company will be offering “a more focused Google+ experience.”

In other words, Google+ has a core set of users that really do enjoy using the service. “Google+ is quickly becoming a place where people engage around their shared interests, with the content and people who inspire them,” Horowitz said.

More specifically, Google plans to continue to offer new features in Google+ and move “features that aren’t essential to an interest-based social experience” into existing products.

This just tells you how “trustworthy” is my opinion on things…

FotoJet – online photo editor

FotoJet

FotoJet is yet another online photo editor.  Like many others it provides a simplified user interface for manipulating images.  Two things in particular that I liked about this service are collages and social media banners.

Collage editing makes it really simple to combine multiple images into one (see the screenshot above).  Social media banners greatly simplifies the creation of images that can be used for Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube channel headers.  No more searching for the appropriate dimensions, image sizes, and the like!

Facebook security policies – WTF?

For a while now, whenever I post a new blog post to this site, and try to propagate it to my social network accounts, I get an error from Facebook – something about security and content policies this or that:

Social Facebook

The automation broke a few month ago, but I never cared enough to do much about it.  From then on, I don’t push all the posts to Facebook automatically, but a select few, with manual posting of the links.

Today, even the manual posting broke.  I got this:

Facebook error

OK, I thought.  Weird, but this happens.  Gladly, the error message contains the link to let Facebook know about the problem.  And so I do.  Just to get to this point:

Facebook other error

Now that’s not good.  But then again what can I do? I guess it’s a good thing I still own all of my content and have my own place to publish it at.

Hopefully, this will get resolved all by itself soon.  Or people will have only kitten pictures to look at…

WordPress Plugin : Ultimate Social Media

If you are one of those dinosaurs, who still prefer to post content to your own web space and then share it on social media (much like yours truly), then here’s the Ultimate Social Media WordPress plugin (you are using WordPress, right?) that helps will those buttons, sharing, animation, and more.  You can even choose how your site’s buttons will look like from 16 different designs.

social buttons

100 Social Media Facts and Statistics for 2015

Social-Media-Facts-Statistics

Back in 2013 I linked to some (not so) surprising facts about social media.  Two years is a lot of time and a lot of things has changed since.  So here comes 100 social media facts and statistics for 2015.  These spread from general statistics to service-specific ones, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and others.  Unlike many other similar collections, this one actually links to sources for every single fact, and provides an easy one-click share to Twitter button.  Here are a few to get you started:

  • 189 million Facebook users are ‘mobile only’.
  • There are 4 billion daily video views on Facebook.
  • 50% of unique LinkedIn visitors access it via mobile.
  • There is a 50% average increase in comments when a LinkedIn page post contains a question.
  • Over 40 billion photos have been shared on Instagram.
  • Google+ has 300 million monthly active users around the world.
  • Google+ grows at a rate of 33% each year.
  • Average time spent on YouTube per mobile session is 40 minutes.
  • There are 300 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.

 

rather – replace anything you want in your social feeds

rather

For all those people who complain about my pictures of food, somebody else’s pictures of babies, Justin Bieber photos, and the like, here’s something to try: get rather.

This sounds like a handy tool for anyone who hasn’t been blessed with patience or can’t figure out the “unsubscribe” button.