Instagram Launches New Questions Stickers

On Monday, Instagram launched a new questions sticker that allows your friends to ask questions for you to answer. It’s an interactive feature that allows the user to be more open to their followers.

HOW INSTAGRAM QUESTION STICKERS WORK

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A follower can ask a question by tapping the sticker in the story. Meanwhile, the user can check the viewers as well what they asked on the sticker by swiping up.

Instagram question stickers

By tapping a response from a follower, the user can share it and post another story with the question asked on it. This way, the user can respond to the question either with a video or a picture.

The photo and username of the follower who asked won’t be revealed whenever it is shared.

The new feature is available on both iOS and Android.

What do you think about this news feature? Let us know in the comments below!

OMG Weekend Wrap-up: Winners and Losers

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It was quite a busy week, wasn’t it? With the ongoing FIFA World Cup games in Russia and Trump’s Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy gaining global attention, and the oral arguments on Same-Sex Marriage as well as the successful approval of the PH Mental Health Law making waves locally, we round up this week’s winners and losers.

The losers

Die Mannschaft. Germany’s national football team disappointed fans with a crushing defeat from Mexico last Sunday. Clearly, the Germans proved to be too slow for the agile Mexicans. If they want to advance to reach the next round, they need to win their next games with Sweden and South Korea.

US President Donald Trump and Melania Trump. This week’s biggest losers by a mile. The Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy drew so much flak after news of the plight of immigrant children broke the internet . Moreover, Melania’s choice of wear for a visit at a children’s detention center was clearly off the mark. A jacket that says “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?” doesn’t exactly display tact and sensitivity when you’re around children who have been separated from their parents.

In The middle

YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. Cool. So YouTube is now trying to go after Spotify and Netflix. But is ad-free video content worth the $11.99? It may be too early to tell, but we don’t think its competitors will be shaking just yet. And honestly, we’re not exactly crazy about ‘Cobra Kai’ as well.

IGTV. Tough call. Though the new app development looks great and is ad-free, CEO Kevin Systrom is looking at advertising eventually. For a target market with incredibly low attention spans, this doesn’t look too good for IGTV. And with YouTube upping its game as well, we’re not sure which app will come out on top.

The winners

Chris Pratt and Gina Rodriguez. Both stars made headlines this week not for winning acting awards but for just simply doing the right thing. Pratt’s speech at the MTV Movie & TV Awards got raves for his funny but highly motivational message. Rodriguez on the other hand, chose to use her Emmy campaign funds to sponsor the college education of a young woman through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. Perhaps some politicians can learn something from these two.

The Women of Iran. It may have taken nearly 40 years for them to be able to watch football in public, but still, we enjoyed seeing them cheer for their team. And even if Iran lost to Spain that evening, Iran claimed victory by taking a step forward in empowering women and fighting misogyny.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros and the PH Mental Health Law. The biggest victory this week is the approval of the Mental Health Law. At long last, the general welfare of both mental health patients and workers will be given the attention it needs. Principal sponsor Sen. Risa Hontiveros and her co-authors should be given all the credit they deserve. From the words of Sen. Hontiveros, “Finally, help is here.”

Any thought about this week’s news? Let us know in the comments below.

 

 

Instagram Enters Video Streaming With IGTV

Today, Instagram was finally able to reach 1 billion users globally. This was announced by Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom yesterday. In addition, the company is also releasing Instagram TV or IGTV. Looks like YouTube and other streaming applications have serious competition.

From our CEO @kevin: “Today, we have two big announcements to share. First, Instagram is now a global community of one billion! Since our launch in 2010, we’ve watched with amazement as the community has flourished and grown. This is a major accomplishment — so from all of us at Instagram, thank you! Second, we’re announcing our most exciting feature to date: IGTV, a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators, like LaurDIY (@laurdiy) posting her newest project or King Bach (@kingbach) sharing his latest comedy skit. While there’s a stand-alone IGTV app, you’ll also be able to watch from within the Instagram app so the entire community of one billion can use it from the very start. IGTV is different in a few ways. First, it’s built for how you actually use your phone, so videos are full screen and vertical. Also, unlike on Instagram, videos aren’t limited to one minute. Instead, each video can be up to an hour long. We made it simple, too. Just like turning on the TV, IGTV starts playing as soon as you open the app. You don’t have to search to start watching content from people you already follow on Instagram and others you might like based on your interests. You can swipe up to discover more — switch between “For You,” “Following,” “Popular” and “Continue Watching.” You can also like, comment and send videos to friends in Direct. Also like TV, IGTV has channels. But, in IGTV, the creators are the channels. When you follow a creator on Instagram, their IGTV channel will show up for you to watch. Anyone can be a creator — you can upload your own IGTV videos in the app or on the web to start your own channel. Instagram has always been a place to connect with the people who inspire, educate and entertain you every day. With your help, IGTV begins a new chapter of video on Instagram. We hope it brings you closer to the people and things you love. IGTV will be rolling out globally over the next few weeks on iOS and Android.

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IGTV is a video streaming app that can record and post videos of up to 60 minutes long. Users will need to take note though that all videos should be in long-form or vertical – convenient for all mobile users. Like other video streaming apps, IGTV also has channels from which users can navigate freely. You don’t even have to search for channels you might like – the app will generate content based on the user’s interests. You can also like, commend and send videos via it’s Direct option.

SHOULD WE GET INTO INSTAGRAM TV?

So far, Systrom says they’re not looking at putting advertising into the app similar to how they did it with Facebook considering it’s a new product. The company acknowledges how that can turn away people from it. But admittedly, IGTV will launch ads soon – it would be crazy not to do so, considering the amount of money it could generate from ads.

While Facebook was created for people to follow people you know and are acquainted with. IGTV makes it easier for you to follow people you don’t know. Hence, this app will give a chance for people to become social media famous without having a large initial fan base.

The app is directly targeting users of ages 18-24. Acknowleding the fact that younger audiences tend to watch amateur content nowadays compared to more professional counterparts.

We all know how Facebook and Instagram have improved key competitor functions in the past. From its inception to the present, the company has seen other players leave the competition. The failure of Snapchat to adapt has seen their decline in its number of followers. But nothing compares to how other social pioneers were unable to evolve with its customers – both Friendster and MySpace, are things of the past.

Instagram TV was launched in the US yesterday and will soon be available globally.

Are you excited to be Instafamous? Let us know what you think by commenting below.

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Reportedly Engaged

Words by Alliyah Villeza

Rumor has it that pop diva Ariana Grande is now engaged to actor and Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson—much to the surprise of many.

NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY, INDEED

On May 9th, news surfaced about Grande’s split with rapper and longtime boyfriend Mac Miller. Several days later, Davidson announces on the Open Late show his breakup with longtime girlfriend, comedian Cazzie David.

Not long since, talks about Grande and Davidson seeing each other have come up, especially after the pop star’s guest appearance on SNL. The two have constantly been posting photos of them together and exchanging sweet comments on Instagram. Grande has also been seen with a cloud tattoo on her finger that matches Davidson’s. Fans of both parties see the cloud as somehow the icon of the couple.

Definitely a whirlwind of events, but everyone is yet to hear from the lovebirds themselves. Do you think Grande and Davidson are really betrothed to each other now? Let us know in the comments below.