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2017 Instagram Stories Day 1

My earlier post on discovering Instagram Stories had me motivated to post more content.  But I had no idea what it would transpire in less than 6 hours. 

The brilliant update provided two important elements, hashtags & location. Combining them boosts exposure. 

After officially abandoning Snapchat, I thought about how much time & effort I’ve put in on the app & WENT NOWHERE! I never do silly snaps. I’ve always put out magazine quality images & videos with matching music soundtracks. My snaps never made it on any trending stories or even a recognition from Snapchat on Twitter. 

Seeing my number of views climb every 10 minutes, I was floored. I’m slowly learning what works.  The popular hashtags that is often used for posts, does not work on Instagram Stories. Photography, New York City, United States of America, are ones catches on.  Videos & Boomerangs, are also the most likely to be featured. I managed to squeeze in 3 location stickers, plus the hashtags = it worked wonders. 

I find myself so glued to my phone, clearly addicted now. 

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Instagram – InstaStory

When I opened my instagram story this morning I notice a bright pink circle with a # – 12 viewers.  I looked at the instagram blog to see the update – Introducing Location and Hashtag Stories on Explore. WOW! This absolutely beat Snapchat! One would get more chances of visibility. AND…. The best part is – you get to see who posted the story! I wanted for the longest on Snapchat to follow the user who posted the epic snap.  So I then decided to add location hashtag #NewYorkCity & #Photography.
BOOM! Less than an hour.

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20170524_085900I feel so energized to post more of my photography content.  More than ever.

Add me on Instagram – www.instagram.com/TimDavid.IG

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Pray for Peace

Before my alarm was set to sound off at 5:00 am, I wake up at 4:40.  I glance at my phone & go to Twitter.  First thing I notice is the hash tag #PrayForManchester. In my head, not again.  As I scroll through posts & news sites, my heart sunk from all what I read.  I usually listen to music on my ride to work, but today, I just wanted silence.

When I arrived at work, I noticed a new hash tag #PrayForMarawi.  I’ve never heard of the place before.  So I was shock to learn it is from my homeland Philippines.  Marawi is located south of the country, on the island of Mindanao.  A group called Maute – a radical Islamist group, who want to identify themselves as part of ISIS, which they are not, took over the town. Haunting pictures of the men raising their guns, establishments set on fire — St. Mary’s Church, City Jail, Dansalan College, and reports of the Hospital under siege.

So much information was floating all over Twitter.  Since it was not endorsed by CNN Philippines & GMA Philippine News, I decided not to Re-Post, as it only adds fear.  I quickly gathered facts & prepared to go live on Periscope.  I know, my friends on Periscope will trust what I say & help spread the word.  I stumbled through my words during broadcast, realizing I was overwhelmed with the enormity of what has happened. Whether it is in your town or overseas, it is heart wrenching to imagine.  The pain of loosing a love one.  The agony of still not hearing from your love ones.  The horror of living in fear — knowing there are terrorists outside your door who have taken over the town — hearing bombs & gunfire.

What I can do at the time is #PrayForPeace

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