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These growth marketing courses can boost your Instagram brand to over 10K followers

This is the training to boost your brand to over 10,000 Instagram followers fast. TLDR: The 2021 Instagram Growth Marketing Bundle can help novice Instagram brands become online marketing powerhouses, growing followers and profits from the social platform. If you thought teenage girls, celebrity influencers, and overly enthusiastic grandparents were the only ones on Instagram, you haven’t been paying attention. Sure, pictures of celebrities doing their thing and every meal ever served fill typic...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Offers


Facebook Oversight Board upholds ban on Donald Trump’s accounts, for now

Facebook’s Oversight Board has upheld the platform’s decision to ban Donald Trump‘s accounts, but says the company broke its own rules by imposing an indefinite suspension. Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were suspended indefinitely in the wake of the US Capitol riots over fears that he would use the platforms to encourage further violence. The social network had already blocked Trump from posting for 24 hours, but then extended the ban until at least Joe Biden replaced him as president ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Insider, Trump, US Capitol, Facebook 's Oversight Board, Facebook Oversight Board, Trump 's Facebook


Signal’s smartass ad exposes Facebook’s creepy data collection

Facebook is notorious for generating creepily personal ads from reams of user data, but most people don’t understand how the system works. Now, an attack ad campaign by Signal has shone some light on the opaque surveillance dragnet. The privacy-focused messaging app tried to buy “multi-variant targeted” ads on Instagram to show what parent company Facebook knows about its users. The campaign aimed to expose how Facebook’s array of services harvest user information to personalize ads. Advertisers...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Signal, Insider, Neural


Facebook Oversight Board to announce if it’ll reverse Trump ban on May 5

Facebook’s Oversight Board — something akin to a supreme court for the company — will decide whether to reverse the controversial Trump ban on Wednesday at 9:00 AM ET. The Trump ban went into effect on January 7, a day after the Capitol riot. Zuckerberg said Trump was banned “indefinitely” from Facebook and Instagram, but the matter was then submitted to the company’s Oversight Board on January 21. The Oversight Board was originally slated to make a decision within 90 days, but the ruling was de...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Politics, Instagram, Zuckerberg, Insider, Trump, Oversight Board, Facebook 's Oversight Board, Facebook Oversight Board


Instagram now has audio-only livestreams, because Clubhouse (probably)

Oh hey, Facebook is taking a page out of Clubhouse’s book. Again. Times two. Instagram has added the ability to run audio-only broadcasts on Instagram Live. It doesn’t quite turn Instagram into Clubhouse, but it’s hard not to look at the update through the lens of the meteoric rise of audio-centric platforms like Clubhouse and Twitter’s Spaces. Who’d have thought that glorified conference calls would be the next big thing? Granted, maybe this update has nothing to do with Clubhouse. At its core,...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Clubhouse, Insider, Plugged


Dating app S’More bets on celebrity content with S’More TV

Dating startup S’More has launched a new feature called S’More TV, which CEO Adam Cohen-Aslatei said could give users new ways to talk to each other. It also bringing the startup closer to his goal of becoming not just a dating app, but “a lifestyle brand.” The videos on S’More TV may be familiar to people who follow the company on Instagram, where Cohen-Aslatei has hosted dating-related interviews with celebrities like WWE stars Chelsea Green and Leah Van Dale, models Nichole Holmes and Sarah M...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Instagram, Tech, Dating, Sarah Miller, Mary Fitzgerald, Chelsea Green, Adam Cohen Aslatei, Cohen Aslatei, Smore, Nichole Holmes, Leah Van Dale


Leo AR, user-facing marketplace for 3D objects, raises $3 million seed round

Apple’s introduction of ARKit changed the game for entrepreneurs, not unlike the App Store did on a much, much larger scale back in 2008. One entrepreneur, Dana Loberg, has capitalized on the launch of ARKit with her startup Leo AR. Leo is the result of a few pivots. The company first started out as MojiLala, which launched out of betaworks. It was a hassle-free sticker marketplace that allowed artists to upload their stickers and sell them through the platform for end-users to use in a number o...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Instagram, Entertainment, Tech, Augmented Reality, Leo, App Store, BetaWorks, IVP, Dennis Phelps, Loberg, Dana Loberg, Recent Funding, Leo AR Leo, Great Oaks Ventures


Popl tops $2.7M in sales for its technology that replaces business cards

If you’re spent any time on TikTok lately, then you’ve probably seen a number of Popl’s ads. The startup has been successfully leveraging social media to get its modern-day business card alternative in front a wider audience. Packaged as either a phone sticker, keychain or wristband, Popl uses NFC technology to make sharing contact information as easy as using Apple Pay. To date, Popl has sold somewhere over 700,000 units and has generated $2.7 million in sales for its digital business card tech...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Apps, Y Combinator, Instagram, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Software, Nfc, Salesforce, Social Network, HubSpot, Ucla


Instagram apologizes after algorithm promotes harmful diet content to people with eating disorders

Instagram has apologized for a “mistake” that led its algorithm to promote harmful diet content to people with eating disorders. The social network had been automatically recommending terms including “appetite suppressant,” which campaigners feared could lead vulnerable people to relapse. Facebook, which owns Instagram, told the BBC that the suggestions were triggered by a new search functionality: As part of this new feature, when you tap on the search bar, we’ll suggest topics you may want to ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Bbc, Insider, Neural


Report: Sonos and Ikea’s next Symfonisk speaker may double as wall art

Sonos and Ikea’s Symfonisk line has been pretty popular due to their quirky looks and surprisingly good sound — showing that even lamps can make for good speakers. Now it appears the companies are following up their partnership with an updated table lamp and a new product altogether. According to The Verge, Ikea and Sonos are preparing to launch a speaker that doubles as wall art. Ikea teased the updated Symfonisk speakers on its Instagram account, although it didn’t say what specifically was co...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Fcc, Ikea, Insider, Plugged


Clubhouse shows us how businesses can save millions on marketing

After launching in April 2020, Clubhouse has already been downloaded 10 million times and has around two million weekly active users. In the grand scheme of things, this might sound like a small amount — especially if you consider that Facebook has 2.7 billion active users on its platform, Instagram 1 billion, Twitter 330 million, and Snapchat 301 million. But the amount of hype that Clubhouse has generated in its relatively short lifetime is oddly disproportionate to the number of users it had ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Podium, Growth Quarters


“Link-in-bio” company Linktree raises $45M Series B for its social commerce features

If you browse Instagram, you are probably familiar with the term “link in bio.” Links aren’t allowed in post captions, and users are only allowed one URL in their bios, so many create a simple website with multiple links for their followers. Linktree, one of the most popular “link in bio” services with more than 12 million users, announced today it has raised $45 million in Series B funding. The round was co-led by Index Ventures and Coatue, with participation from returning investors AirTree Ve...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Instagram, Australia, Social Media, Tech, Major League Baseball, Social Commerce, Index Ventures, Sydney Australia, Dan Rose, Coatue, Zaccaria, Linktree, Alex Zaccaria


Instagram will soon let you save Stories as drafts to edit later

Instagram Stories are a great way to share candid moments. I often use that format to show off what songs I’m listening to, or share a picture that might not be “feed worthy”. Currently, if you use Instagram’s Story camera tool, you have to take a photo, apply effects, and post it immediately. The app will soon get a ‘drafts’ feature that’ll let you save your Stories within Instagram, so as you can edit them later. The social network’s head, Adam Mosseri, tweeted yesterday that Story drafts are ...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Adam Mosseri, Instagram Stories, Plugged


Clubhouse UX teardown: A closer look at homepage curation, follow hooks and other features

Clubhouse, the social audio app that first took Silicon Valley by storm and is now gaining much wider appeal, is an interesting user experience case study. Hockey-stick growth — 8 million global downloads as of last month, despite still being in a prelaunch, invite-only mode, — is something most startups would kill for. However, it also means that UX problems can only be addressed while in “full flight” — and that changes to the user experience will be felt at scale rather under the cover of a...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Instagram, Developer, Tech, Silicon Valley, Ux, Mars, Usability, Steve, Clubhouse, Peter, Peter Ramsey, Steve O Hear, EC How To


Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger are down (Update: they’re back)

Update (7:30 PM CET): The services seem to be returning to normal now. Hope you enjoyed the break. Our original report follows. WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger have gone down for users around the world. Thousands of users have reported problems accessing the Facebook-owned apps to outage tracking website DownDetector. Facebook is yet to provide any official response to the outages, but users are flocking to Twitter to complain about the issue. Facebook, Instagram & WhatsApp collectiv...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Insider, Facebook Instagram, DownDetector Facebook


Facebook is budding to build a kid-friendly Instagram

Facebook has had many problems in dealing with content moderation when it comes to children on Instagram. The EU even started a probe last year into the social network’s data storage practices for kids. To tackle all these problems, the company is now looking to build a special version for users under the age of 13. BuzzFeed News reported last night that in an internal note, Instagram’s VP for product, Vishal Shah said that as a priority, the company wants to make the platform safer for teens an...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Eu, BuzzFeed News, Vishal Shah, Plugged


Instagram’s new AI feature stops adults from messaging kids who don’t follow them

Instagram today unveiled two new AI tools designed to protect young users on the platform. The first feature prevents adults from messaging people under 18 who don’t follow them. It then sends the adult user a notification saying they can’t DM the account. Instagram has provided little detail on how the system works, but parent company Facebook said in a blogpost that it uses AI to infer the users’ ages: This feature relies on our work to predict peoples’ ages using machine learning technology, ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Insider, Neural


Instagram Lite is rolling out in 170 countries — no Reels support for now

Starting today, Instagram is launching its 2MB lite app in 170 countries across the world. The app, built by Facebook’s Tel Aviv-based team, is another addition to the company’s “Lite” apps, which cater to phones with limited specs and regions with low connectivity. The company launched Instagram Lite initially in India last December. Last month, it introduced support for Reels to the app. However, sadly, this support is just limited to users in India, and the global version won’t have that feat...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, India, Tel Aviv, Instagram Lite, Plugged


Instagram’s algorithm pushes users towards COVID-19 misinformation, study finds

Instagram‘s algorithm is recommending COVID-19 and anti-vaccination misinformation to potentially millions of users, according to new research. The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) used test accounts to investigate the recommendations on Instagram’s Explore page and new Suggested Post feature. They found that the tools encourage users to view misinformation and then push those who engage with the posts towards other extremist content: If a user follows anti-vaxxers, they are fed QAnon c...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Insider, Neural, Center for Countering Digital Hate CCDH, Suggested Post


Facebook is now testing Reels…because how else will it beat TikTok?

When TikTok was banned in India last June, Instagram jumped on the short video bandwagon very quickly and launched Reels. The company rolled out the feature globally in August 2020. Now, its parent company Facebook is integrating Reels in the blue app. The firm is testing the feature in India by giving access to select creators to share Reels they created on Instagram to the Facebook app. If they share the short video, it’ll have their Instagram handle attached to it. Plus, these users will also...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, India, Tiktok, Plugged


8 Ways To Build Your Audience With Instagram Stories

Your goal when using Instagram Stories as a marketing tool is to gain authentic followers from your targeted audience. Chris Makara shares some tips on how to leverage it to grow your business. The post 8 Ways To Build Your Audience With Instagram Stories appeared first on Young Upstarts.
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Online Marketing, Digital Marketing, Professionalisms, Instagram Stories, Chris Makara


Instagram’s new Live Rooms lets you go live with three other people — too bad you don’t have any followers

Instagram today launched Live Rooms, a new feature that lets you go live with up to three other people. Instagram users could previously only go live with one other person, but can now “double-up” on their broadcasts. That should make the feature handy for hanging out with friends, interacting with audiences, participating in classes, and collaborating on creative projects. Live Rooms also gives creators more ways to monetize their work. Viewers can show appreciation for their hosts by buying ba...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Instagram, Insider


New Facebook ad campaign extols the benefits of personalized ads

Online advertising can be a “pretty dry topic,” as Facebook’s head of brand marketing Andrew Stirk acknowledged, but with a new campaign of its own, the social networking giant is looking to “bring to life how personalized ads level the playing field” for small businesses. The will include TV, radio and digital advertising. Individual businesses will also be able to promote it using a new Instagram sticker and the #DeserveToBeFound hashtag on Facebook. The campaign will highlight specific smal...
Tags: Apple, Social, Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Policy, Tim Cook, New Facebook, TV Radio, Annette Njau, House of Takura, Andrew Stirk, Njau, Apple Stirk, Facebook Business Products


Apple TV+ finally arrives on (some) Android TV devices

It’s hard to keep up with all the streaming services available these days, but for Android TV users, one of the big ones the’ve long been missing out on is Apple TV+. That’s finally starting to change today. Google announced that the Apple TV app is now available on the Chromecast with Google TV, as well as Sony and TCL devices running Google TV. The Apple TV app of course allows you to watch Apple TV+, but also includes your previous Apple TV purchases. Google TV is a customized version of Andr...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Photography, Sony, Insider, Tcl, Plugged


YC-backed Taste brings multicourse fine dining into your home

Jeff Chen has a pithy pitch for his new startup Taste: “We made the Instagram of nice food.” In other words, just as Instagram made it easy for regular smartphone users to look like talented photographers, Taste makes it easy for customers to prepare impressive meals at home. That’s because the real preparation is being done by fine-dining restaurants — Chen told me there are 16 Michelin-starred and Michelin-rated restaurants currently on the platform — whose food doesn’t translate easily to a d...
Tags: Google, Food, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Y Combinator, Instagram, New York City, Tech, Netflix, Lexus, Michelin, Yc, Chen, Jeff Chen, Peloton


Instagram won’t recommend Reels with a TikTok logo — and it’s unfair

In order to promote short videos created on its own platform, Instagram will stop recommending videos with logos of other apps, including TikTok. As noted by The Verge first, the company published a bunch of new guidelines for creators to get the best results possible on the platform. These tips, posted on Instagram’s creators account, suggested video-makers to use the vertical format, the app’s own sound library, and start a replicable trend. The post also noted that users shouldn’t upload clip...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Plugged


Daily Crunch: Reddit raises $250M

Reddit raises more funding, Shopify expands payments to Facebook and a study suggests that the Apple Watch might be able to predict COVID diagnoses. This is your Daily Crunch for February 9, 2021. The big story: Reddit raises $250M This latest funding announcement comes after Reddit has returned to the headlines, with the WallStreetBets subreddit playing a crucial role in the spectacular rise and fall of GameStop shares (along with other stocks). The company also ran a five-second Super Bowl ad ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Facebook, Spotify, Florida, Media, Instagram, Funding, US, Tech, Earth, Reddit, Shopify, Gamestop, Eniac Ventures, Mount Sinai


Beverly Hills cops try to weaponize Instagram’s algorithms in failed attempt to thwart live streamers

We don’t know if Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) Sergeant Billy Fair practices Santeria (or owns a crystal ball), but we know he listens to the Sublime song of the same name. We know this because he’s become a viral sensation on Instagram after blasting the 1990’s hit at a citizen in a misguided attempt to get Instagram’s algorithm to take down a live stream due to copyright infringement. Ironically, the officer of the law isn’t very clear on the social media site’s rules. But we’ll get t...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Social Media, Artificial Intelligence, Beverly Hills, Neural


Shopify expands its payment option, Shop Pay, to its merchants on Facebook and Instagram

Shopify announced this morning it’s partnered with Facebook to expand its payment option, Shop Pay, to all Shopify merchants selling across both Facebook and Instagram. This is the first time Shop Pay will be made available outside of Shopify’s own platform, and represents a significant expansion for the e-commerce platform’s payments technology. The company tells TechCrunch Shop Pay will first become available to all Shopify merchants using checkout on Instagram in the U.S., and will then be ro...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Paypal, Shopify, Facebook People, Carl Rivera, Facebook Shopify, TechCrunch Shop Pay, Today Shop Pay, Allbirds Kith Beyond Yoga Kylie Cosmetics, Jonathan Adler Loeffler Randall Blueland


Metalenz reimagines the camera in 2D and raises $10M to ship it

As impressive as the cameras in our smartphones are, they’re fundamentally limited by the physical necessities of lenses and sensors. Metalenz skips over that part with a camera made of a single “metasurface” that could save precious space and battery life in phones and other devices… and they’re about to ship it. The concept is similar to, but not descended from, the “metamaterials” that gave rise to flat beam-forming radar and lidar of Lumotive and Echodyne. The idea is to take a complex 3D st...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Photography, Hardware, Raspberry Pi, Funding, Tech, Intel, Nasa, Sensors, Harvard, Harvard University, Rube Goldberg



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