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The cast of Dancing With the Stars Season 30 was announced on Good Morning America on September 8, 2021, unveiling 15 new competitors across the entertainment field who will compete when the hit reality show returns to ABC on September 20th. With a good mixture of popular public personalities, the new season will feature Olympic medalists, social media influencers, former pop stars, reality TV show standouts, professional actors and athletes, and many more.

Of course, the best way to keep tabs on the contestants’ daily grind as they compete on DWTS to win the ultimate prize is to follow them on Instagram.

15 Jimmie Allen

Fresh off of making history as the first Black solo artist to win New Male Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards, the 35-year-old country singer Jimmie Allen is ready to wow audiences on DWTS later this month. Head over to his Instagram account, where he very recently posted a DWTS teaser image.

With roughly 270,000 followers (which is sure to balloon once the show airs), Allen’s social media is full of cool musical performance images, album covers, stylish sartorial poses, shots of his family, and celebrity hobnobbing with Elton John, Deion Sanders, and more.

14 Mel C

Once known as Sporty Spice, the mega-popular girl group band member Mel C of Spice Girls fame is set to show off years of intense dance training and her impressive acrobatic acumen on DWTS. Judging by the new image she posted to Instagram, she is mighty excited to compete for the top prize.

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With a colorfully inviting Instagram page, Mel C has amassed over 800,000 followers by posting intimate behind-the-scenes photos, dance rehearsals, on-tour stage images, cool cosplay catwalk shots, and a lot more.

13 Melora Hardin

Highly accomplished film and TV actress Melora Hardin (The Office, Transparent) has taken to Instagram to further announce her casting on DWTS 30, exuding her million-dollar smile in eager anticipation of the September 20th premiere. Perhaps she’ll be a bit more cooperative than her character The Office character Jan.

Approaching a quarter-million followers, Hardin’s social media page is chock full of glamour images, high fashion, breathtaking outdoor pictorials, throwback family photos, and a host of downhome selfies that indicate a well-rounded life that every fan would love to see more of.

12 Christine Chiu

It doesn’t get talked about enough but one of the bigger Netflix hits in recent memory was Bling Empire. The series included an array of interesting personalities, including Christine Chiu, who will be hitting the stage for DWTS season 30.

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Although she hasn’t been in the spotlight for as long as some fellow competitors, Chiu has racked up over 600,000 followers. Her Instagram account is filled with glamorous shots that prove how much of a fashion icon she is.

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11 Olivia Jade Giannulli

Mega-popular YouTube influencer Olivia Jade Giannulli will also compete on DWTS 30, hopefully bringing her massive online following with her to spike ABC’s ratings. As one of pop culture’s current tastemakers, the 21-year-old looks to sway the judges as she does her fans.

With 1.3 million Instagram and 1.8 million YouTube followers to date, it isn’t too difficult to find Olivia Jade online. Her Instagram is loaded with picturesque outdoor locales with her relaxing on a lake, doing yoga in the woods, riding horses on the beach, and posing in bikinis while on vacation.

10 Matt James

Famed The Bachelor 25 heartthrob Matt James will attempt to use his athletic background as a former football player for Wake Forest to dance his way to the winner circles beginning on September 20th. Moreover, the Lululemon brand ambassador will also bring his built-in ABC audience to the DWTS set.

With well over 900,000 followers, James’ Instagram is a fun place to be. From surfing, skateboarding, and wakeboarding images to silly bedroom selfies and exotic travel images, James isn’t afraid to show all sides of himself in public. Perhaps that will bode well when he dances in front of millions of viewers.

9 Amanda Kloots

As someone with two movie credits as an official dancer (Ted 2, The Irishman), The Talk co-host Amanda Kloots could be a dark horse contestant to win DWTS 30. The 39-year-old is also a sentimental favorite after the heartbreaking loss of her husband Nick Cordero to COVID-19 in 2020.

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Boasting 677,000 Instagram followers, Kloots’ social media is more about promoting the importance of promoting family rather than being self-absorbed. The touching tributes to her young son and late husband are a stark reminder that being a high-profile celebrity isn’t the most important thing in the world.

8 Martin Kove

Despite being the eldest cast member at age 75, The Karate Kid and Cobra Kai star Martin Kove will look to parlay his limber martial artistry to the dance stage come September 20th. For fans of the cult-favorite actor, check out his Instagram for all kinds of swag.

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Mainly a marketing tool to peddle merchandise, Kove’s Instagram has garnered over 670,000 followers. Ever the rebel, Kove’s DWTS 30 promo image is wildly different than his fellow cast members, who are seen posing on the official DWTS stage. Instead, Kove pumps his trademark iron fist as one of the gruffest and toughest baddies on TV.

7 Suni Lee

Fresh off of winning a gold, silver, and bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, fan-favorite U.S. Gymnastics star Suni Lee looks to keep her winning streak alive when she hits the DWTS 30 stage. Betting against her would be pretty unwise.

With 1.5 million Instagram followers, Suni has some of the most professionally-looking photographs, including her time at the Tokyo Olympics, her special kinship with Simone Biles, and a host of casually playful shots with her nearest and dearest friends and family.

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6 Mike Mizanin

Forty-year-old professional wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin hopes to channel his athletic prowess into a fine showing on DWTS 30. The popular celebrity with an outsized personality has a way of captivating the audience like few others.

It’s that kind of charm, charisma, and magnetism that has helped The Miz rack up 3.5 million Instagram followers and counting. Whether he is sharing cool behind-the-scenes wrestling pics, candid photos of his adorable children, striking silly poses, or attending fun public events, there’s a lot for everyone to enjoy.

5 Kenya Moore

The Real Housewives Of Atlanta superstar villainess Kenya Moore will surely expand her visibility by joining the cast of DWTS 30. The 50-year-old Miss USA Winner of 1993 could likely use a dancy distraction after some personal drama with her ex-husband earlier this year.

Currently boasting 2.1 million Instagram followers, Moore’s social media is glamorously upscale as can be, branching out with dedicated pages to her Moore Travel business, Moore Hair Care line, Kenya Collagen brand, and more.

4 Cody Rigsby

Peloton spin-class instructor Cody Rigsby brings experience to the DWTS 30 stage, having been credited as “Dancer” in the 2011 film Dark Horse. Between that and his well-established aerobic endurance, Cody might be a sneaky good contestant on the show.

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Recently posting on Instagram to express his excitement for the show, Rigsby hopes to attract all 870,000 of his followers to the hit ABC show when it debuts. With gorgeous travel photos of his time in London and Thailand, it’s no surprise that most of Rigsby’s feed features intense workout images.

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3 Brian Austin Green

Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Brian Austin Green looks to restore some luster to his name when he competes on DWTS 30. The 48-year-old TV star and recent Masked Singer contestant hopes to fare a bit better after being eliminated as the Giraffe, one of the best costumes on the show, in 14th place.

As someone who has been in the limelight for decades, there is a familiarity with Green’s Instagram page, which has amassed 620,000 followers and counting. With fun fan interactions, intimate romantic moments with his significant other, and a spate of exotic travelogues, Brian Austin Green is still doing pretty well in life.

2 JoJo Siwa

JoJo Siwa will not only be the youngest contestant on DWTS 30, but she will also make history by becoming the first participant to engage with a same-sex partner. The ultra-popular 18-year-old singer and YouTube star is arguably the biggest casting coup of the entire season.

Siwa will no doubt bring a huge swath of her 10.9 million Instagram followers to the ABC broadcast, where she looks to smash the competition from the onset. JoJo’s Instagram has more than 5,000 posts, cultivating a dazzlingly colorful party atmosphere that promises more fun than is humanly possible.

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1 Iman Shumpert

Recently retired NBA star Iman Shumpert, who also appeared as himself on the reality series Teyana and Iman, is the final contestant to join DWTS 30. The 31-year-old NBA champion has designs on using his athletic background to score a similar victory on the upcoming dance show.

Already lobbying for votes, Shumpert recently took to Instagram to promote his impending appearance on DWTS 30, which sort of flies in the face of his humble, down-to-earth posts that feature realistic, unvarnished pics of his family without all of the filters.

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LinkedIn Makes its 20 Most Popular LinkedIn Learning Courses Freely Available Throughout August

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Looking to up your skills for a job change or career advancement in the second half of the year?

This will help – today, LinkedIn has published its listing of the 20 most popular LinkedIn Learning courses over the first half of 2022. In addition to this, LinkedIn’s also making each of these courses free to access till the end of the month – so now may well be the best time to jump in and brush up on the latest, rising skills in your industry.

As per LinkedIn:

As the Great Reshuffle slows and the job market cools, professionals are getting more serious about skill building. The pandemic accelerated change across industries, and as a result, skills to do a job today have changed even compared to a few years ago. Professionals are responding by learning new skills to future-proof their careers and meet the moment.” 

LinkedIn says that over seven million people have undertaken these 20 courses this year, covering everything from improved communication, project management, coding, strategic thinking and more.

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Here are the top 20 LinkedIn Learning courses right now, which you can access via the relevant links:

  1. Goal Setting: Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) with Jessie Withers
  2. Excel Essential Training (Office 365/Microsoft 365) with Dennis Taylor
  3. Interpersonal Communication with Dorie Clark
  4. Cultivating a Growth Mindset with Gemma Leigh Roberts
  5. Project Management Foundations with Bonnie Biafore
  6. Using Questions to Foster Critical Thinking and Curiosity with Joshua Miller
  7. Essentials of Team Collaboration with Dana Brownlee
  8. Unconscious Bias with Stacey Gordon
  9. Learning Python with Joe Marini
  10. Communicating with Confidence with Jeff Ansell
  11.  Speaking Confidently and Effectively with Pete Mockaitis
  12. Learning the OWASP Top 10 with Caroline Wong
  13. Power BI Essential Training with Gini von Courter
  14. Strategic Thinking with Dorie Clark
  15. SQL Essential Training with Bill Weinman
  16. Developing Your Emotional Intelligence with Gemma Leigh Roberts
  17. Communication Foundations with Brenda Bailey-Hughes and Tatiana Kolovou
  18. Agile Foundations with Doug Rose
  19. Digital Marketing Foundations with Brad Batesole
  20. Critical Thinking with Mike Figliuolo
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If you’ve been thinking about upskilling, now may be the time – or maybe it’s just worth taking some of the programming courses, for example, so that you have a better understanding of how to communicate between departments on projects.

Or you could take an Agile course. If, you know, you don’t trust your own management ability.

The courses are available for free till August 31st via the above links.

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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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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.

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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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