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Instagram influencer slams youths who robbed his Gold Coast home, calls for them to change



A Gold Coast influencer with a penchant for colourful antics has fallen victim to a notorious group of youths.

And Troy “Candy” Williams has a message for the teens who stole from him and his heavily pregnant partner: It’s not too late to change.

Watch video of the brazen crime above

Williams, a car enthusiast with 165,000 Instagram followers, says the group ransacked his partner’s Mercedes while it was parked in his driveway, as the couple loaded and installed baby gear into the home.

They managed to take a wallet and bag full of “a couple of grand’s worth of accessories”, Williams said.

The youths, believed to be part of a known youth gang, appeared to taunt Williams by tagging him in a social media video of them going through the car.

The teens posted footage of their brazen actions on social media.
The teens posted footage of their brazen actions on social media. Credit: Instagram

“They knew exactly what they were doing and who they were doing it to,” Williams said.

“They had no regard to getting caught. It was the middle of the day. We were in and out – maybe the front door was very open.

“They wouldn’t have cared to have got caught, to do that and film it and put it on social media.

Williams accused the teens of stealing from him and his pregnant partner.
Williams accused the teens of stealing from him and his pregnant partner. Credit: Anita Cassin/Instagram

“My partner, she’s having a kid in two weeks. She was freaking out, that feeling of unsafety. They clearly knew we were here and had no regard for it.”

After Williams posted about what happened on social media, the identities of the thieves were provided to him “within a very short time”.

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He did not go to police, and was instead able to retrieve his belongings after “making a few visits”.

Heartbreaking meeting

Williams spoke with a father of one of the teens and the mother of another – who then broke down in front of him.

“To see his mum break into tears, ask for help, told me her life story … and they’re off the rails and she doesn’t know what to do – that was upsetting to see,” he said.

Williams has himself been in the spotlight for brushes with the law, last month being fined $2000 for performing a burnout at a massive hoon meeting on the Gold Coast.

Troy ‘Candy’ Williams has spoken about being robbed by a group of young people.
Troy ‘Candy’ Williams has spoken about being robbed by a group of young people. Credit: 7NEWS

He has also posted footage of himself performing similar stunts in cars.

But he pleaded with the youths involved in the theft to find a way out of their petty lives of crime, saying their behaviour would end in tragedy.

“They’re joyriding cars for a bit of fun,” he said.

“You can get away with that life for a while, and you might have a few thrills.

“But eventually, something’s going to catch up with you. It’s never, ever a happy ending.

“The only times I saw people that I grew up with finally get out of that life was when something life changing happened for the worst.

“It’s not going to be long before one of these kids gets killed, (or) they kill someone.

“It’s not too late to seek help and get out of that lifestyle, and put your hand up and speak to someone.”

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5 apps for scheduling Instagram posts on iPhone and Android





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


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

BufferCredit: buffer / app store

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

Content OfficeCredit: content office / app store

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

PlannCredit: plann / apple store

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





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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