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THE YAVATMAL police arrested a 22-year-old youth, who allegedly cheated a 44-year-old Delhi based-doctor of over Rs 2 crore by posing as a woman.

“The youth, Anil Mankar, was posing as a woman residing in Mumbai on his Facebook and Instagram accounts and would identify himself as Ananya Singh Oberai. He had been talking to the doctor from Delhi on phone over the past few months after befriending him. His voice is girlish so nobody would suspect him,” said Yavatmal Superintendent of Police Dilip Bhujbal.

Mankhar, a class XII dropout, had created a Facebook and Instagram profile in the name of one ‘Ananya Singh’ nearly five years ago and updated the profiles regularly with photographs of models downloaded from the internet.

The complainant said that after getting in touch with the impersonator on social media, the latter told the victim that “she” belonged to a rich family and had businesses in Dubai. Last month, the impersonator told the victim that “her” sister was kidnapped and the culprits had demanded a ransom of Rs 2 crore.

Bhujbal said, “Mankar cooked up a story and told the doctor that he owns a hotel in Dubai but had landed in a problem as his sister had been kidnapped and he needed money to free her. Earlier, he had also purchased some gold ornaments from two shops in Yavatmal and had got the doctor to pay the bill from Delhi. After believing the kidnapping story, the doctor had come to Yavatmal on August 12 to hand over Rs 2 crore to Mankar, who had, as the girl in the social media profile, deputed himself to collect the money on Ananya’s behalf.”

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The accused later again called up the victim and told him that “her” sister had been released. He then asked the victim to deposit Rs 7,20,000 into a bank account specified by him, police said.

After the doctor transferred the amount to a bank account on August 27, Mankhar subsequently closed all his social media accounts and switched off his phone, Bhujbal said.

“But later, the doctor got suspicious as the so-called Ananya went incommunicado. So, two days ago, he came to Yavatmal with a lawyer from Delhi and another from Nagpur and approached me. Our cyber cell men tracked the two phone numbers provided by the doctor and caught hold of Mankar from city. He later blurted out the truth. We have recovered about Rs 1.78 crore from his house as also the gold ornaments he had got the doctor to pay for,” Bhujbal said.

The SP said that Mankar had created the social media accounts about four years ago and had about 16,000 followers on Instagram and over 8,000 on Facebook.

“The accused had been maintaining the profile for the past few years, including regularly posting photographs of women. There were photographs and videos of a Korean model too that he had uploaded recently,” Bhujbal said.

Asked if he had duped some other people earlier, an officer said that the accused has claimed that he had cheated three more people from across the country in a similar manner. “We are verifying the claims,” the officer added.

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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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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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