Snapchat QR codes meet their rival in Instagram Nametags

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Facebook’s image sharing social platform is launching scannable codes made of special images. Instagram Nametags are on their way. The image based social network is providing a rival to Snapchat’s QR codes. The feature will let users create special images that users can scan with the Instagram Stories camera. The idea behind the Instagram Nametags is to make it quick, easy and convenient for users to follow someone. The original announcement of the unique QR codes was made by TechCrunch. It happened last month when TechCrunch found it in Instagram’s…

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Instagram cracks down on drug hashtags, deleting many

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Facebook, the parent company, decided to remove #opioids, #fentanyl, #oxycontin and others. Instagram has decided to crackdown on drug hashtags, taking down some based on medication names. Among those Facebook – the parent company – has decided to delete include #oxycontin, #fentanyl and #opiods. Many others have also been taken down based on upgrades to Instagram’s community guidelines. Searches for #xanax and #fentanyl shortly after the drug hashtags crackdown produced no recent posts but shared a message stating that those posts “are currently hidden because the community has reported some…

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Apple Watch Instagram app no longer available

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Users of the popular image based social media app will need to turn back to their iPhones again. A new iOS update has quietly eliminated the Apple Watch Instagram app from devices. The iPhone maker recently implemented a new mobile app requirement. The social network’s application appears not to have met that requirement. The iOS updating system triggered the removal of the photo sharing social app from the smartwatch. The Apple Watch Instagram app removal is not the only instance of the smartwatch losing options. This most recent loss was…

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Facebook scandal sends users to Instagram; owned by the same company

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Angry Facebook users deleting their accounts in droves are heading to another of the company’s platforms. The latest Facebook scandal involving Cambridge Analytics was the last straw for many users. That said, it’s not as though they’re ready to give up social media altogether. Interestingly, the alternative many are choosing is Instagram. Instagram, the image-based social media platform, is also owned by Facebook and is similarly operated. Many industry experts have found the move to Instagram to be a fascinating one. While some had expected the Facebook scandal to send…

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Instagram is the social media platform hardest on a user’s mental health, study

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That said, YouTube appears to be the social network that is among the easiest on positivity. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) released the results of a study conducted by its Youth Health Movement, showing that Instagram is the social media platform with the most negative impact on mental health. While Instagram may be negative, it was YouTube with the most positive influence on mental health. The research revealed that of the “big five” social media platform leaders in the market, YouTube had the most positive influence on mental…

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Mobile marketing is a big win for Target

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Target focuses on mobile marketing and finds success Mobile marketing and commerce may become a more powerful force in the retail industry in the coming year. Over the holiday season, retailers found that engaging mobile consumer was quite successful. Target announced that its holiday deals, many of which highlighted mobile commerce, were a success among consumers. The retailer broke its previous sales record for the holiday season, suggesting that its mobile initiatives were able to entice consumers to purchase products with their mobile devices and visit physical stores. Mobile sales…

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