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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 23: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the New York Yankees adjusts his hat during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on June 23, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 23: Aroldis Chapman #54 of the New York Yankees adjusts his hat during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on June 23, 2021 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees offense finally showed up the past two nights. But have you been watching this team in 2021? Something else was bound to make it all come crashing down.

Tuesday night went fairly swimmingly. A convincing 11-5 win that was made possible because of relentless offense as well as the Los Angeles Angels shooting themselves in the foot.

Wednesday started off great! The Yankees knocked Shohei Ohtani out of the first inning and tagged him for seven earned runs before he could record three outs. The Yankees led 7-2 after that point. Seems like a relatively easy win, right?

Think again!

Domingo German was bad and failed to go past three innings. The offense bungled a multitude of opportunities to further put their knee on the Angels’ neck. And there were two rain delays! You know that’s NEVER a recipe for a coast-to-coast win, especially with the Yankees.

But it sure felt like it for a moment! The Yankees cruised through innings 6-8 and the Angels seemed to be lying down. That is, until Aroldis Chapman came in, walked three batters, and gave up the game-tying grand slam in the ninth. The Yankees ended up losing 11-8 after Lucas Luetge allowed three runs of his own when he relieved Chapman. Worst loss of the season. Not even close.

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Then Chapman had no choice but to go private on Instagram because fans have just about had it.

Aroldis Chapman’s awful performance cost the Yankees and prompted him to go private on IG.

There’s only so much more the fanbase can take. Chapman, who was lights out for April and May, has now been unpitchable (is that a word?) in June. When that second rain delay hit and it was clear the game would be going the full distance, we have to imagine some fans thinking, “I really don’t want Chapman trying to save a game within striking distance at 1 a.m. in the rain.”

Chapman at times psyches himself out in non-save situations. When he’s thrown off in any capacity — even if it’s because of the most minor hindrances — he can’t handle it. Control’s off for the first batter? Here comes loading the bases via walks. Aaron Boone makes you walk Carlos Santana after agreeing you’d pitch to him? Here comes a four-pitch walk to a guy who’s batting .000 to blow the lead.

Aroldis Chapman has given up 12 runs (11 earned) in his last 5.2 innings pitched (since June 10).

That’s a 19.04 ERA in his last eight outings.

— Max Goodman (@MaxTGoodman) July 1, 2021

This is the Aroldis Chapman Yankees fans have been terrified of for the past few years. Everybody knew the regression was coming after his unstoppable first two months, but, in another stunning twist, nobody figured it’d be this bad.

Chapman knows how bad it is too, based on his social media behavior. Yankees fans are ruthless and they wasn’t a chance they’d let him live that down after they were tasting the win from innings 1-8.

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That was the first grand slam Chapman’s given up in his career. That’s just the way this year’s been going. Inexplicable occurrences from every angle that cannot be avoided.

The one thing the team can avoid though? Angry fans on social media … so long as they avoid platforms and/or shield themselves in the manner Chapman did.

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5 apps for scheduling Instagram posts on iPhone and Android

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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.

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.

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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How many hashtags should you use to get the most ‘Likes’ on Instagram?

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Hashtags are a key feature of Instagram posts. In fact, they have become an essential means of ensuring more ‘Likes’ on social media – so long as you choose them wisely.

But how many hashtags should you use to maximise your popularity on the social network? The answer might surprise you.

It’s a question that many Instagram users ask themselves: what’s the right number of hashtags to add to a post? To find out, the Later platform analysed 18 million Instagram posts, excluding videos, Reels and Stories.

Interestingly, Later’s results differ from Instagram’s own recommendations. According to Later’s analysis, using more hashtags helps get better results in terms of “reach”, or the percentage of users exposed to the post. By using 20 hashtags, Later observed an optimal average reach rate of just under 36%. Using 30 hashtags gets the next-best reach rate. With five hashtags, reach hits just under 24%.

And while a post’s reach is important, engagement is even more so. From “Likes” and comments to shares and follows – on average, 30 hashtags appears to result in better engagement rates: “When it comes to average engagement rate, using 30 Instagram hashtags per feed post results in the most likes and comments,” says Later’s research.

Yet, at the end of September 2021, Instagram advised its creators to use between three and five hashtags for their posts, while warning them against using too many. The social network advised that using 10 to 20 hashtags per post “will not help you get additional distribution”.

For Later, there could be other reasons behind Instagram’s recommendations: “As Instagram continues to expand their discoverability and SEO tools, it makes sense that they want users to experiment with fewer, more relevant hashtags – this could help them accurately categorise and recommend your posts in suggested content streams, like the Instagram Reels feed or the updated hashtag search tabs,” the website explains. – AFP Relaxnews

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