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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, area libraries have had to connect with the community in new ways, including social media.

Wallingford Public Library

On Fridays, Christopher Ciemniewski, publicity and public services librarian, posts a photo of a Funko Pop Vinyl on the library’s Instagram and Facebook pages as a part of #FunkoFriday. However, this social media strategy did not start because of the pandemic. 

“I started using the Funko Pop Vinyls in social media posts around the summer of 2018,” Ciemniewski said. “As part of the Teen Summer Reading Program that year we had put together a sci-fi themed escape room. “We used a few sci-fi Funko characters as part of a puzzle in the room. The teens who participated got really excited when they saw the characters.”

Ciemniewski said they now use the pop culture collectibles as a way to promote library services, news announcements or library humor. 

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“It’s a fun way to promote library services because it may catch people’s attention more than just a plain text announcement,” Ciemniewski said. “One of our library values is to foster an atmosphere of creativity and fun so I think they help fulfill that role on our social media platforms.” 

All of the Funko Pop Vinyls featured come from the collections of staff members. 

“I think most of our staff members own at least one or two figures, but some of our staff members are more avid collectors,” Ciemniewski said. “Between all of our staff members we probably have around 300 characters available …” 

Cheshire Public Library

Louise LeClaire, library social media coordinator, said the Cheshire Public Library is active on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and blogs.

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“So if we’re having a cooking program, we might do a blog post about cookbooks or something like that and then tie it into the library program,” LeClaire said. “On Instagram, what I often do, I promote the programs in our Instagram story and sometimes I post it on our newsfeed…I often post pictures from the program after the fact … On Facebook it is promoting before the fact.” 

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As a way to bring the browsing experience to patrons online, LeClaire takes photos of the newest books and other materials.

“Usually on Tuesdays, we call it ‘New Book Tuesday,’” LeClaire said. “… So people can zoom in on the pictures and do a little browsing…If they see something they want, they can request it online and we can get it ready for them to do like a grab and go pick up. You don’t even have to come into the building.”

Meriden Public Library

The Meriden Public Library has been using Facebook, Instagram and its website “to show what we’re doing, what’s happening and also highlighting the things in our collection,” said Lauren Thompson, head of community services. 

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During Black History Month in February, the library posted about those who influenced Black history in the United States.

“It was a small campaign that we did and people could click through and see a little information,” Thompson said. “It’s a small tidbit of information, but it was a way that we could highlight Black History Month…”

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Instagram has added a few more social features to the platform, with Reels Replies being rolled out. Along with the Replies, anew feature is being tested that shows when two users are active together in the same chat.

Reels has been performing much better than perhaps even Instagram ever anticipated. The TikTok-inspired new video format (which officially claims to have absolutely no relation to the former) had some trouble really finding its footing initially. However, Reels has grown massively and while it may not be a source of the most direct competition to TikTok, it is indeed a worthy alternative.

Reels has grown to the point that it has a massive creator program attached to it, and the video format has even been migrated to Facebook with the goal of generating further user interest there. Naturally, with such a successful virtual goldmine on its hands, Instagram has been hard at work developing new features and interface updates for Reels, integrating it more and more seamlessly into the rest of the social media platform. Features such as Reels Replies are a major part of such attempts at integration.

Reels Visual Replies are essentially just what they sound like: A Reel that is being used to reply to someone. It’s a feature that’s been seen frequently across TikTok as well. Reel Replies essentially take a user’s comments, and reply to them in video format. The comment will then show up within the Reel itself as a text-box, taking up some amount of space, and showing both the user who issued said comment along with the text. The text-box is apparently adjustable, with users having the ability to move it around and change its size depending on where it obstructs one’s Reel the least.

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Overall, it’s a fun addition to the Reels format, even if the credit should be going to TikTok first. At any rate, it’s an example of Instagram really utilizing Reels’ social media capabilities, outside of just serving it up as a form of entertainment.

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Speaking of social media capabilities, a new feature might help alleviate one of the most common frustrations encountered across all such platforms. Isn’t it annoying when you see that a friend’s online, but isn’t replying to your chat? Sure, they’ve probably just put their phone down to run a quick errand, but there’s no way for you to know, right? Well, there sort of is now! Instagram is beta testing a new feature via which if both users are active within a chat, the platform will display that accordingly. It’s a work-around, sure, and one that’s currently being tested for usefulness, but it’s still a very nice, and even fresh, addition to the social media game.

Now, the active status will only appear when you are both active at the same time.#Instagram #instgramnewfeature@MattNavarra @instagram @alex193a pic.twitter.com/2chGZP9hr4

— Yash Joshi  (@MeYashjoshi) December 10, 2021

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Alright, we get it. You’re an Instagram Nostradamus.

You know exactly what you want to post and when you’re gonna want to post it. Maybe there’s a meme or comment you want to make that you know will be totally relevant for a future moment or event. Or it could be that you’re an influencer and you want to make sure you keep a steady stream of content coming, so you want to schedule posts for times when you know you won’t be active (or won’t have internet access).

You’ll be happy to know there are apps that are specialized for just such situations. So listen up, InstaNostradamuses…Instagrostra…Instadam…Insta…uh…you guys (we’ll workshop it. No we won’t. We’ll probably just abandon that effort completely. You’re welcome) — these are the Instagram-post-scheduling apps for you.

While all of the iPhone apps below are free to download, they all have some in-app purchases.

1. Planoly

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We’ll start with “official partner” of Instagram, itself, Planoly — an Instaplanner that uses a grid to let you plan, schedule, and publish posts (as well as Reels) on Instagram. The app also lets you see post metrics and analytics so you can make sure your post didn’t flop.

Planoly is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

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2. Buffer

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Buffer is another Instagram post scheduler that helps you plan your posts and analyze feedback once they’re published. Use a calendar view to drag and drop posts into days/time slots for easy scheduling.

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Buffer is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

3. Preview

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Preview offers typical post-scheduling tools and analytics along with a few helpful extras. Get caption ideas, recommendations for hashtags, and more.

Preview is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

4. Content Office

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An Instagram post scheduler with a visual boost, Content Office allows users to plan and schedule Instagram posts while learning “marketing and visual guides to grow your brand on Instagram.” Like aesthetics and using visuals to create cohesive themes? Maybe this is the Instaplanner for you.

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Content Office is available for iOS on the Apple App Store.

5. Plann

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You’ll never guess what “Plann” lets you do…

Aside from scheduling posts, get content ideas and recommendations, as well as strategy tips to ensure you’re maximizing your Instagram engagement. Ever wonder when the best time to post something is? Plann can offer you some help with that.

Plann is available for iOS on the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

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Social networking websites launch features to encourage users to get boosters

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Facebook Instagram and TikTok are launching new features to encourage people to get their coronavirus booster jabs.

From Friday, users will be able to update their profiles with frames or stickers to show that they have had their top-up jab or aim to when they become eligible.

It follows on from people previously being able to show they have had their first and second jabs on certain social networking websites and apps.

TikTok also held a “grab a jab” event in London earlier this year.

I urge everyone who is eligible – don’t delay, get your vaccine or top up jab today to protect yourself and your loved ones

More than 16 million booster vaccines have now been given across the UK.

People who are aged 40 and above and received their second dose of their vaccine at least six months ago are currently eligible to have their booster.

A new campaign advert is also being launched on Friday, which shows how Covid-19 can build up in enclosed spaces and how to prevent that from happening.

Vaccines minister Maggie Throup said:  “Getting your booster is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your family this winter.

“It is fantastic to see some of the biggest household names further back the phenomenal vaccine rollout, allowing their users to proudly display that they have played their part in helping us build a wall of defence across the country.

“I urge everyone who is eligible – don’t delay, get your vaccine or top-up jab today to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

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