Posted in Mobile App, Music, Social Media, Tutorials

How To Add Music To Instagram Stories

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There are several ways to add music to Instagram stories. You may even have seen one of them involves playing a song of your choice on the Apple Music or Spotify app, pausing it to go to Instagram story and resume playing it via the Control Center. There are also mobile apps out there that will allow you to add music to your Instagram stories by picking from a song list within the app itself.

Once when I had too much time on my hands, I used to populate my 15-second Instagram stories with snippets of songs to emphasize the specific lyrics that came to me subconsciously. Of course the feature to add music to Instagram stories is already available but only for select countries for the meantime.

I would usually add music to Instagram stories in the following manner:

1 – Play the song on my Apple Music app and screen record the part of the song where the specific lyrics are. iOS 11.4, however, has blocked screen recording of songs being played on Apple Music and if you attempt to screen record it, you’ll get a screen recording with the sound turned off.

The reason why I do not play it on the Apple Music or Spotify app, pause it to go to Instagram story and resume playing it via the Control Center is the quality of the audio/sound. If you’ve tried this you can hear the big difference. So I go for the other option, which is playing the video of the song on YouTube and screen recording it from there.

2 – I go to the screen recorded video on my Camera Roll and, click on Edit and at the bottom of the screen would tap on the circle with 3 dots inside, which would lead me to CropVS and iMovie options for editing. I would select iMovie for trimming the recorded part to 15 seconds only.

3 – I would then open CropVS and import the trimmed screen recording. CropVS would compress it and the compressed version always makes for a quick Instagram story upload.

4 – Upon opening my Instagram story, I would select the screen recorded video. I would then tap on the pencil icon and colour selection that comes up. If my mood tells me to pick blue, I would tap on blue and press on the screen for a while until the colour blue fills the screen to cover the video. Sometimes I would add emojis or GIFs or edit it with  another mobile app called Vimo for more animated emojis.

Here are a few samples:

In A Big Country by Big Country, © Mercury 

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Intro to I Don’t Want To Live Without You by Foreigner, ©Atlantic (I edited this with Vimo mobile app)

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Intro to Lucky Star by Madonna, ©Sire Warner Bros. (Edited with Vimo)

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Posted in Mobile App, Social Media, Technology

Changes To The YouTube Partner Program

Yesterday I have been obsessed with de-cluttering my email accounts and my main GMail account was a tricky one to clean up because it’s the oldest email account I have. The Google Drive bit was easier and the GMail account import was also a breeze in just a few clicks of a mouse but I was in a bit of a quandary with the YouTube account where I still have some videos which still show up under search engine results. It has been a slow crawl, though, as is expected of an account that you simply want to experiment with. But, getting that email from YouTube today about the Changes To The YouTube Partner Program was somehow uplifting for me. Couldn’t help but think the Universe is conspiring with my de-clutter goals.

The email regarding the changes to the YouTube Partner program basically says my YouTube channel did not meet the new threshold of 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. A huge part of me was relieved because I could delete my channel there anytime. I was, of course, a bit disappointed at my channel’s stats but it wasn’t like I was doing YouTube videos full-time. On the part of the advertisers, I do understand they want the most out of their revenue and I would be supportive of this new change regarding the threshold if I were in an advertiser’s shoes.

I would still download the videos before deleting my YouTube channel for good as I have linked some of those videos on some helpful articles here.

Some may not be welcoming of these new YouTube Partner Program threshold but some may just be relieved. I’d like to think sometime soon a similar YouTube platform would appear as it has always been with technology developments.

Posted in Mobile App, Social Media, Tutorials

How To Upload Full-Size Videos On Instagram Stories

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When you record a full-size video as an Instagram story by holding and pressing on Normal, the video would only record up to 14-15 seconds. I use an iPhone 6 Plus and I would notice even at the maximum of 15 seconds the full-size video would freeze and disappear and I could not add any text or emoji to it.

Sometimes I find it makes sense to record a single longer video using the iPhone’s camera options rather than recording it via Instagram’s Add Story options. However, even if you record a shorter video on the iPhone camera and subsequently add it as an Instagram story, you would find that Instagram story feature does not support full-size videos and you end up with cropped ones instead. (Users with Business accounts on Instagram can upload videos longer than 15 seconds on their Instagram stories.)  Some users are faced with a technical issue when uploading videos as an Instagram story and the solution to a successful video upload largely has to do with compressing the video first. Here is my solution to uploading full-size videos as Instagram stories.

In the following video, I would be splitting a 50-second video into 4 parts so it would still meet the time limit for the IG story. In order to do this, I would need to duplicate a 1 50-second video into three more. I do this by selecting the full-size video and choosing Duplicate.

Now that I have all four videos, the next step would be to go to CropVS to re-orient the video to make it fit for Instagram story sharing. I recommend going to CropVS first rather than trimming the video on iMovie because iMovie automatically crops the video once you trim it and it doesn’t look good. CropVS, on the other hand, has “fit width” and “fit height” options and it results in a full-size video once shared as Instagram story. In the video below, I selected the first 50-second video from Camera Roll and CropVS compresses it. After CropVS compresses the video, all I do is tap on Share and wait for the app to render the video and the full-size reoriented video is instantly saved to my Camera Roll.

Now that I have the full-size reoriented video from CropVS, I would click on Edit and choose iMovie. From there I would trim the video to the first 11-15 seconds.

Having gone through the full-size reorientation in CropVS and trimmed process in iMovie, it’s time to share it on Instagram as a story.

I repeated the process for the other 3 duplicate videos. Here is how it showed up on my Instagram story:

You can actually select CropVS from the Edit part on your Camera Roll. However, I would not suggest doing that because it crops the full-size video to a miniature version. Here’s an example:

I recommend opening the CropVS mobile app first and selecting the video from there.

Video of my mother and my niece is taken by my youngest sister whose voice is also heard on the video.

CropVS has in-app purchases so you may get watermark on your videos if not upgraded. iMovie is a free mobile app pre-installed with your iPhone, of course. Instagram is a free mobile app.

Update: July 6, 2018

There is a mobile app that makes splicing videos for Instagram stories and it’s called Cutstory. Go ahead and download it now.

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If you still want to crop videos first before uploading them to Cutstory for cutting and saving, I do recommend CropVS still for cropping purposes. Sometimes there are parts of a video we want to omit and CropVS would work well for that.

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Another question you might have is about how to upload full size photo to an Instagram story. There are mobile apps out there that can accomplish that task for you but if you want the basic method without a mobile app’s help, you can do so by first selecting the photo and tapping once on the center until the top and bottom parts of the screen appear black. Tap on Screenshot.

You can compare how the original photo and the screenshot image appear here:

If you want to know how to add music on Instagram stories, check out this related post as well.

Posted in Lifestyle, Mobile App, Psychology, Social Media

Alex Wallet Purchased From Instagram Seller

We all know not only is Instagram a great place for sharing photos but it has also been a burgeoning marketplace mainly because of its straightforward marketing capabilities, rivaling Facebook at that. I have purchased from Instagram resellers for a few years already and with some of the sellers I’ve done repeat purchases. The purchases I made from Instagram sellers were mainly beauty/hair products, smartphone accessories, food products and wallets. It is for the wallet department that I want to raise awareness about so other Instagram users can be made aware.

Sometime in April this year I made a purchase of the popular Alex wallet. It supposedly holds more cards than the regular wallet I had. I had seen the Alex wallet before from Instagram sellers I have followed and after a year it was still being advertised. Determined to purchase the Alex wallet at the time, I painstakingly looked through my backup OneDrive gallery to look for the screenshot I took of a few Philippine resellers who were advertising it. Browsing through hashtags for Alex wallet PH was easier though because the results gave me the updated resellers.

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Transaction was swift and soon I received the Alex wallet I purchased at PhP400. However, I did not even use it for more than a month when I opened the portions with zippers and found that from the inside the thin brown cloth lining it had been torn.

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I finally decided to purchase the card wallet at Daiso Japan two days ago and it holds the same number of cards as the Alex wallet one. For PhP88 it does seem to hold the promise of being more reliable than the Alex wallet which I purchased for almost 4x its price.

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Posted in Mobile App, Photography, Social Media, Tutorials

How To Send Uncropped Images Via Instagram Direct Message

When I first started sending out group direct messages to my friends on Instagram, I didn’t mind that the images sent via direct messages are partially cut off. That is, until I started to send more images or photos with text on them and the obsessive-compulsive personality in me inwardly protested. I found a workaround for it and it does solve the partially cut off dilemma in most images.

 

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Right within the DM feature when you select a photo, an arrow up button sends the photo. From here it’s obvious you don’t get the whole of the photo uploaded. 

 

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From here it’s obvious you don’t get the whole of the photo uploaded. 
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Instead of uploading the image directly within the DM platform, an alternative would be to go to the photo feed or the home menu of Instagram and click on the Plus button which serves the same function of uploading photos. 
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After clicking on upload photo, this is what you would then see on the screen. On the left side is the adjust image button. Just click on it to retain the original size of the photo. 
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A look at the adjusted photo just before clicking on Next
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After clicking Next, you’ll see Filter options
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Don’t forget to click on Direct. 
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Compare the uploaded photos. 

 

Posted in Mobile App, Photography, Social Media

Download Photo Albums vs FB Album Downloader & MyAlbum for Facebook

I’ve been testing two Android mobile apps since yesterday – one is the FB Album Downloader and the other is called MyAlbum for Facebook. What I was basically aiming at is to be able to completely download ALL photos of a particular album in my old Facebook account to my Android smartphone. FB Album Downloader and MyAlbum for Facebook showed up in the top search results so I was inclined to trust one or the other could do the job.

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I learned those 4 star ratings do sway a lot of users. I became disappointed with FB Album Downloader when it would only transfer 99 photos out of the 184 from the album I selected. MyAlbum for Facebook, on the other hand, had more positive reviews which didn’t sound relatable to me, at least during the first attempt. I only saw 60 transferred photos even after the download confirmation. My phone has a 32G external memory so I wonder what’s the excuse.

In all fairness to FB Album Downloader, the program performed well with Facebook album download containing less than 50 pictures. It brought me back to 2008 when Facebook users could only upload a maximum of 60 photos and you would eventually end up with a string of albums in a Roman Numeral progression. In 2009 this upload restriction was lifted, which explains why I had 184 photos in an old Facebook photo album.

Neither app worked so I took to the web and discovered a Facebook page called Download Photo Albums. There’s a desktop application to be installed and after which you will be prompted to log in to your Facebook account. I honestly would have preferred if the zip download was cloud-based but that didn’t matter anymore because the download and installation was a breeze. Way cooler was the fact that it downloaded all my 36 Facebook albums in less than 5 minutes. All I had to do then was connect my phone to my laptop and copy and paste the photo album in the Photos folder of my phone’s external memory.

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Where To Buy Twitter Followers

A few months back I was researching for online sites that offer Twitter followers for a fee. I had to do some assignments which required the number of my Twitter Followers to be at least twice the number of those I follow on Twitter.

The lowest price I found for buying 500 Twitter followers was $5. I was following around 150 people then and could even sacrifice unfollowing some Twitter users if only there were reliable sites that allow a purchase of 250 followers. Of course I had to extensively read reviews on sites regarding buying Twitter followers because, let’s face it, a huge percentage of the followers you get are bots. At last I went for the service which had a 5 star rating from its members and clicked on Purchase 1,000 followers for $10 on the Buy Real Marketing site.

What really impressed me was the fact that Buy Real Marketing has a chat feature on their website so potential buyers can probe more about what they are buying. The customer service agent was helpful in answering my queries and he did not give me the disillusion that I was going to get 100% legit Twitter followers.

The purchase was easy – I did it using my PayPal account and within 3 days I saw they had gradually started delivering my additional Twitter followers. Delivery of 1,000 followers was completed in 4 days as promised. I received a confirmation e-mail, too.

A day after my order was completed I was disappointed to see the number of my Twitter followers dropping about 4 times in a day. I noticed the same thing on the second and third day and the week ended by leaving me only 700+ followers. I was beginning to doubt the best service I found could not give me my money’s worth. Meanwhile I could still do my Twitter assignments, the real reason why I bought 1,000 followers.

Buy Real Marketing has a 60-day refund policy. Within 60 days they will review your Twitter account and if the followers drop, they can always re-deliver. They did re-deliver the Twitter followers I missed because of Twitter’s API change and I even got 700 followers more.  My Twitter followers came up to 2,200 two months ago. I still notice a drop, but it’s only a slight drop – within two months I still have 2,100.

**This article was originally published in RedGage, TheEmpress. 

Posted in Mobile App, Photography, Social Media

PhotoLoader For Facebook

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I use PhotoLoader for Facebook when I need to upload batches of pictures right from the iPhone or iPad. If you have segregated some photos into an album on the Photos, PhotoLoader makes it very convenient to upload the whole album to your Facebook account. No need to upload snapshots one by one – PhotoLoader for Facebook will then start the seamless upload with a few clicks.

Steps in Using PhotoLoader for Facebook:

1. Log in to your Facebook account within PhotoLoader. It will automatically load all the albums which are already in your Facebook account.

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2. Tap Upload on the lower bar. From the Upload window, there’s an Organize button. Tapping on Organize will bring up two upload options: Add individual Photos or Add a Photo Album.

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3. For this tutorial I will pick Add individual Photos. I selected 3 photos of my niece wearing a blonde wig.

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4. Click on Upload. You have the options to upload them in order or randomly.

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5. If you don’t have the preferred album set up previously on Facebook, you can create a new album within the app itself by clicking on New.

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6. Enter Photo Album information. Tap on Upload and your upload begins. You will be notified after all pictures have been successfully uploaded.

Posted in Mobile App, Social Media, Social Network

Google+ Mobile App

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I rarely use Google+. In fact these days I only get to use it when I share my Bubblews post from the Social Media Share button on the left side of the Bubblews article page. After submitting an article this afternoon and pressing the share to Google+ button, I discovered I had the wrong GMail address logged in on Safari. While alternating between two GMail accounts, I was redirected to my GMail inbox but was surprised to see GMail having a more novel look.

That red button with the pencil used to be in blue. I also observed that the font and layout looked markedly different from the previous interface.

When I went back to my article to click on Share, my attempt finally went through but I was taken to a new page prompting me to either get the Google+ mobile app available on the App Store or continue to the mobile site. Well that was a nice surprise. I am pretty sure I did not notice before that Google+ had a mobile app. I click on the Share to Google+ button from Bubblews everytime I finish submitting an article but this was the first time I got the prompt.

Until this time I am undecided whether or not to download it. I don’t use it that much that’s why. But maybe I might be overcome by my curiosity to explore it next time.