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How to get more Instagram followers...quickly and easily

With over 100 million monthly active users40 million photos shared per day, 8500 likes pressed per second and 1000 comments shared per second, there is no doubt that Instagram has a huge community for your business to tap into. But in order for your business to extract the most value from Instagram, you need to first get more followers on Instagram.
After studying people’s behavior and reading up a lot of blog posts about effective techniques to get more followers on Instagram, I wanted to share with you 8 simple and practical tips you can implement today. Here they are:

1. Share relatable, humanized photos.

One of the most important things I notice from popular Instagram accounts is that all their photos are personal, humanized, and relatable. What this means is to they take photos that their audience can emotionally connect with, including behind-the-scene shots, current activities they are doing, inspirational scenery, etc. The photos do NOT have to be perfect; the more important thing is to let the audience feel it was taken by another human being, not a “brand.” Social media is about connecting with your audiences, so if you give them great images they draw some sort of emotion to, they will like it, comment on it, and follow you for more great photos.
In other words, do not use Instagram as a platform for you to boast about things if you are looking to build a community of followers.
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A beautiful image that captures people’s attention.

2. Connecting your Facebook account.

One of the simplest things often overlooked is to connect your Facebook account. Why does that matter? Well, since Instagram is part of Facebook, more and more Instagram activity gets streamed onto the Facebook wall with priority. That means everytime you take or like a photo, that story can be shared on your friend’s Facebook feed. That gets your brand account more exposure, and ultimately more followers.
Not to mention, Instagram helps you now auto-follow or find all your Facebook friends in seconds. By connecting your Facebook account, you make it easy for all your friends/network find you easily.
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3. Use relevant, popular hashtags.

Every time you take a photo, you should hashtag it with a relevant or popular tag to get more exposure. Believe it or not, people search for hashtags on Instagram on particular topics. That being said, you should consider adding 1-3 hashtags per photo (more than that just looks like spam—and people don’t like that). When you do, you give the photo more opportunities to be found and interacted. The more people find and interact with your photo, the more likely they will check out your Instagram profile and follow you for more great photos.
#love
#instagood
#me
#cute
#tbt (throwback Thursday)
#photooftheday
#follow
#eyes
#beautiful
#happy
#girl
#l4l
#instacollage
#picoftheday
#throwbackthursday
#christmas
#instadaily
#nice
#like
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Use relevant hashtags, but don’t over do it.

4. Types of filter matter.

The filters… the feature that made Instagram take off. Filters give beauty and uniqueness to each photo. By making your photo breathless, inspirational, or memorable, people will be more likely to engage with your photo, and want to follow you because they want more beautiful photos.
Did you know that the filter you choose says a lot about who you are? Check out the fun infographic below:
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Fun infographic to see what filters say about you!

5. Timing is key.

Even if you snap the most beautiful photo in the world, it won’t matter or get any engagement if you share it in the middle of the night. After watching many people use Instagram for months, I’ve noticed that the two key times that people will check Instagram is either in the morning after they wake up or in the evening going home after work. (Why? My hypothesis is that at both these times, your brain is tired and all you want to do is see what your friends are up to and be inspired via photos—without needing to read or think.) According to the chart below, the best to share is on Wednesdays at 5-6PM.
You may want to consider sharing photos during these two times of the day because it will yield maximum engagement results. Other than that, you may also want to know that a typical photo on Instagram has a life of 3-4 hours before it gets pushed so far down the feed no one sees it anymore.
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Wed. 5-6pm is most optimal time to share.

6. Have a call to action.

There are some very clever, yet subtle accounts that always have a clear call to action on all their photos. What I mean is that they post a photo and the commentary is something like “Double tap if you smiled…” or “comment with your favorite caption.”  When you lay out clear instructions for fans to follow, they are 2x more likely to engage with the photo/post.
Again, more engagement = more exposure = more potential to get followers.
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Unique way to encourage engagement.

7. Engage by following others and liking their photos.

If you expect people to engage with your posts, they expect the same as well. That means engage, engage, and engage with other’s photos. The more active you are, the more exposed your username/account is to the owner and the owner’s followers. I’ve found myself go to people’s Instagram account and follow them because they liked a photo of mine.
The main rationale behind that is if someone liked my photo, I feel my work is appreciated and want to show my gratitude back by following them.
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Like & comment on other people’s photos.

8. Combine multiple images.

You know how they say a picture is a thousand words? What happens when you combine multiple images together? It becomes that much more powerful. I would consider using tools like PicStitch to combine multiple photos into a collage and then sharing it on Instagram. The beauty of this is you are automatically telling a “story” with multiple images at once. It’s no longer one image at one point of time, rather multiple images at multiple points of time. It encourages more interaction, commentary, and ultimately following.
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Great collage/storyline.


What effective ways do you use to gain more followers on Instagram? Are there methods you use that aren’t listed above? Or are there ones listed above that work particularly successful for you? Let us know in the comments below!

How to book railway tickets via mobile SMS - irctc - Step by step guide


Step 1: You have to register the mobile number with IRCTC as well as your bank. IRCTC has tied up with over 20 odd banks for this service.

Step 2: The bank will provide MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) and OTP (one time password) for authorization of payment.


Step 3: You have to type the train number, destination, journey date, class and passenger details such as name, age and gender on the SMS box.


Step 4: The sender will receive transaction ID and then can make payment through sending another SMS by typing PAY followed by the transaction ID, MMID as received from the bank and password.


The service is available to all mobile subscribers and Rs 3 is being charged per SMS and payment gateway charges are Rs 5 for the ticket amount up to Rs 5,000 and Rs 10 for more than Rs 5,000.

Note:  IRCTC hasn't however disclosed the designated number to which users need to send the SMS, more details awaited.

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Top 10 facts about Google Chrome you should know


There are many facts about Google Chrome but I have listed the top 10 interesting facts which are following.
Registry:
GoogleUpdate.exe wants to mess with the Windows Registry, Spy bot stopped that. I download legit new applications frequently but registry changes are rarely the case. Why does Google Update have to mess with my Registry? There seems not even a way to opt out of Google Update. I barred it from accessing the web via my Zone Alarm firewall.
Passwords:
I was just like “wow” when Google Chrome “imported” my passwords from Fire fox. Did I miss the “opt out” option again? Good to know that Google builds actual “password import” utilities.
Bookmarks:
I do not remember allowing Google Chrome to take my Fire fox bookmarks either. I want to keep my FF bookmarks to myself, it’s none of Google Chrome’s business.

Most viewed:
Great, now my employers can easily check out that I was mostly on arrestbush.org, sexygals.com and Digg.com instead of working. I strongly advise you to use incognito mode in such cases.
EULA:
Is this really a browser user agreement or is this just adopted from other “services”? Did you actually read it? I’m not a lawyer, but some passages sound crazy: It seems Google Chrome is entitled to share data with third parties working with Google and revoke your rights to use this “service” among other weird legalese.
Privacy policy:
Now this must be a joke! The privacy part of the EULA, the probably most important issue facing data hungry Google is just a link! It basically in other words says: “We’re known for our great privacy regulations from elsewhere, check them out”. So in case you downloaded the browser but want to install it in off line mode you won’t be able to check out the privacy policy.


Updates every 25h:

Am I really unable to opt out the daily (25h) updates? I do not even update Fire fox before I decide to do so. I just recently switched from FF 1.5 to FF 2. So now Google wants me to update every single day? I want to know beforehand why I should update and what changes have been implemented and then I decide whether I update. You can’t scare me into submission with bad ware sites etc.

Conspiracy theory:

Now we already know that Google does not care that much about privacy here (in fact even Microsoft is ridiculing them). In fact Google chief engineer Matt Cutts (“Head of Webspam”) cites a NYT article to let you know what Google engineers think about users caring for their privacy, they are a bunch of “conspiracy theorists”.
Default language:
Google decides for me which language I should use. As I’m based in Germany I was forced upon the German version although I chose the default one (presumably English) and downloaded Google Chrome with my English language Fire fox. Until now I did not find an option to change that.

Safari for Windows:

Google Chrome is based on the same engine as Safari, which was the buggiest and most insecure browser of all time from day one. Matt Cutts already announced that the daily update is for fixing security holes, so it seems they expect plenty of them. How about not building in such holes in the first place?
Now many of you will probably think that “I’m wearing a tinfoil hat” as they say about paranoid people. To be honest I use at least a dozen of Google’s services in spite of their shortcomings.
I use
  • Google search daily a hundred times.
  • Gmail also my mails are stored in the US and can be read by basically more or less 50 different law enforcement agencies
  • Google Analytics although I’m an evil SEO ;-)
  • Google Docs for writing blog posts although basically has the copyright for everything you write there

Compare Apple i phone 5s vs samsung galaxy s IV 4


Software: The largest difference between an Apple phone and a Samsung phone is software. All Apple products run its own operating system called the iOS. The new iPhone 5S or 6 will be getting a fresh version to the software called the iOS 7 since the current version is iOS 6. Samsung produces most of its high-end phones with Google Android out of the box. The new Galaxy S phone is expected to run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The existing version of the phone features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean after a recent upgrade from its original Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
Display Screen: It is now almost sure that the new Samsung Galaxy S will come out with a 4.99-inch Super AMOLED FullHD resolution screen. The company has showcased its innovative FHD sAMOLED panel at CES 2013. This display is meant as a rival to the LCD FullHD screens from companies like Sharp, LG and others. So, the S4 will be the first handset to roll out with a 1080p sAMOLED screen. It will thus be an intense competitor to the new line of FullHD phones that all have LCD screens
Nothing is known about the display of the new iPhone. The current iPhone has a really larger ever- Phone display screen. With a 4-inch display, Apple has broken its tradition of a typical 3.5-inch display and added a large one with a goal to stay competitive to the then new line of Android phones. But, things have entirely changed and now the Android market is flourished with lots of phablets, i.e. phones with 5+inch displays. So, can we expect a 5-inch iPhone time? No idea; let us wait.
Processor: The Galaxy S4 is expected to come with an Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) chip, which Samsung has recently unveiled. It will be coming inside the brand new ARM Cortex-A15 processor that may likely offer a clocking speed of around 2GHz. To support the advanced processor, the device will have 2GB RAM and a superbly powerful graphical processor. The new iPhone is to mount a new A7 or A6X chipset with the capability for taking up large-scale tasks and processing. It may also get 2GB RAM. It is better to say that Apple is really forced to include great specs to the device with a goal to lead a fight against the new Android phones.
Camera: Well, an advanced rear camera can be certainly expected on the S4. Two of its last forerunners – the S2 and S3 – have the same 8MP rear cameras, but the new trend in market is 13MP or higher cameras. So there is no reason to doubt that Samsung wouldn’t add a heavy camera on its new Galaxy S4. So is the case with the new iPhone. The Apple phone is also said to emerge out with a 13MP camera. The current iPhone also has an 8MP camera like its two last predecessors.

Conclusion
Of course, Apple and Samsung will again be taking on in the mobile market this year, despite of many highly powerful handsets from other firms. People have a special craze towards the new Apple smartphone and Galaxy S line. Last year, the victory went to Samsung. Its Galaxy S3 could outdo the iPhone 5 in many aspects of the sales in many regions.

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Google Goggles - Everything you need to know


You're wandering the streets of London for the first time, soaking up the sights and sounds all around you, when you and a friend stumble upon a gigantic tower with a bell near the top. You both know the name of this famous bell, but neither of you can remember what it is.
To solve this mystery, you whip out your smartphone and begin guessing at Internet search keyword combinations that may (or may not) help you deduce the bell's name. Meanwhile, your friend simply points her phone's camera at the clock tower, snaps a picture and moments later, she has the answer: The bell's name is Big Ben.
To find the answer, she simply loaded a smartphone app called Google Goggles.Goggles is an Internet search feature that bypasses keywords for camera snapshots instead. In short, it's a type of visual search. Snap a picture and then let Google's algorithms do the brainstorming to figure out whatever it is that you see.
Google eventually wants the app to be a universal visual search tool. But Goggles is still in development (a fact that Google stresses), and identifying all sorts of stuff by snapshot alone is a major challenge.
For now, Google emphasizes that Goggles works its magic best on iconic sights, such as landmarks, book covers, bar codes, wine bottle labels, corporate logos and artwork. But the company is working on increasing the accuracy of Goggles. Keep reading to learn more about how Goggles might help you see -- and search -- your world with a fresh set of eyes.

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