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Instagram’s New Update Includes Good and Bad Changes for Locations

One of my most popular articles on this blog is how to add geotags to your photos so you can tag them in the correct location. Well, Instagram’s August 17th update (version 7.4) has made some of that post irrelevant. With the new update, you no longer have to turn off Location settings!

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Get free Instagram analytics [UPDATED]

Ink361 stats

Update 11/24/15: After their failed attempt to require a subscription for analytics earlier this year, Iconosquare learned a lot. And they’re trying again: starting December 1, 2015, analytics will no longer be offered to free users.  They look to be serious about it this time, so here’s a list of places you can still find Instagram stats for free.

Where can I find free Instagram analytics?

AgoraPulse CEO Emeric Ernault wrote a blog post with five handy alternatives. The problem is that these alternatives also seem better suited to marketers or marketing teams, not casual power users like me. So I did a little work and found three viable Iconosquare alternatives for power users (with no marketing budgets).

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What’s a haft seen?

Persian new year haft seen

Happy 1394! Nowruz (نوروذ), also known as Persian New Year, is the beginning of the Iranian calendar year. It’s also a religious holiday for the Baha’i and Zoroastrian faiths, both of which originated in Iran. Nowruz is the same day as the Spring Equinox and marks the beginning of 1394.

This year, I’m documenting my haft seen table to give you all a little history behind the celebration, which is a huge deal to Iranians, Kurds, Afghans, Tajiks, Uzbeks, and those in the Zoroastrian and Baha’i faiths. (more…)

The ultimate guide to custom Instagram locations [UPDATE]

UPDATE 8/17/15: Instagram’s newest update has removed this capability entirely, only allowing recognized locations (from Facebook). That means this post is essentially useless.

But helpful reader Zack mentions that you may still be able to add custom locations, but you’ll need to enter them in Facebook first. He pointed me to these links from Instagram: How do I create a new location? and Why can’t I add a custom location I’ve used in the past in a new post? Some good stuff that adds a little context. Thanks, Zack! 

I’m sure you’ve seen grayed out location links before. A lot of fashion bloggers and brands use these to promote their websites or to instruct readers on how to enter contests and such. They’re pretty handy.

I’m going to show you how to do one so that you can promote your website, give instructions, or just let everyone know your frame of mind.

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You can now change your Instagram captions!

Instagram update 6.2.0 has brought us a cleaner look and an exciting capability: the power to change captions on your photos!

To change a caption on an old Instagram photo, go to that photo in your personal feed. Tap on the button with the ellipsis (the one with three periods), and select “Edit.”

How to edit IG captions, location, and tagged people

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Stop doing these 5 things on Instagram

Instagram tips

I’ve been on Instagram an entire year now, and it’s been a really fun ride. But I’ve built up a few pet peeves that I’d like to caution you against, both for my sanity and for the sake of your account’s level of awesome. Since Instagram is the fastest growing social media network, I’m trying to do my part to make sure the newbies are as dedicated as those of us already loving the platform.

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