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World Emoji Day 2021: REAL meaning of emojis we frequently use on Instagram, WhatsApp

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World Emoji Day 2021: REAL meaning of emojis

Emojis are a part of everyone’s life these days. There is hardly any conversation that is complete without throwing a few emojis at each other. They are the easiest way of expressing your emotions without using words. On July 17 every year, World Emoji Day is celebrated. It is said that the London-based founder of Emojipedia  Jeremy Burge created this day in 2014. For the first World Emoji Day, Burge told The Independent “there were no formal plans put in place.” It is also said that on this day, netizens should use only the emojis to converse.

From WhatsApp to Instagram, from Twitter to Facebook, emojis are everywhere. In fact, the market is jampacked with emoji goodies like pillows, blankets, coffee mugs, t-shirts, etc with emojis all over them. Over the years, many new emojis have been created and are used regularly. However, these tiny yellow illustrative cartoons are also misunderstood. We often assume the meanings of these emojis and use them in a way it isn’t meant to. So on World Emoji day 2021, let’s have a look at some of the emojis used on WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and other social media platforms and talk about their REAL meanings.

Smiling Face with Hearts

Comprising of a yellow face with smiling eyes, rosy cheeks, and several hearts floating around its head, this emoji expresses a range of happy and affectionate feelings. It says ‘in love.’ 

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Smiling Face with Hearts

Dancing Twins with Black Horns

This symbol is used to express excitement within a group of girls. However, the real meaning of this emoji is something different. And also, the black horns are actually bunny ears! According to the Japanese concept, Bunny Girl symbolises sex appeal and they are often used in cosplay.

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Dancing Twins with Black Horns

Pleading Face

While this yellow face looks like a person is on the verge of crying, it actually means pleading. It can also be called ‘puppy dog’ eyes. The emoji may also mean adoration or feeling touched by a loving gesture.

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Pleading Face

Shooting Star

We use it to express something magical on social media. This emoji is frequently used by the social media users to illuminate everything and anything we want. For example, you’re high on Vodka? Use this emoji to rate your tipsiness from zero to madness.

But do you know that it’s not a star? It’s actually meant to indicate dizziness? Think again before you use this emoji to add glitz to just anything.

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Shooting Star

The Poop Emoji

This Poop emoji is used to tell friends how ‘poopy’ they are to fill laughter in a conversation. Well, it actually does mean that but also means GOOD LUCK. Read that again. In Japanese culture, this emoji means good luck.

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The Poop Emoji

One thing is for sure, our obsession for emojis are far from over and it isn’t fading away anytime soon. Happy World Emoji Day 2021!

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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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