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Likes and Recover Instagram Apps For iOS Now Released!

Anyone who uses Instagram will be painfully aware that it doesn’t have a ‘favourites’ feature that would allow you to easily mark things for future reference. Nor is there a way to save images directly to your phone.

Well in the last few weeks our we’ve been quietly working away on a couple of separate iOS app projects alongside our main SocialSafe app development, and the fruits of these labours are now ready to be enjoyed!

These will be of interest to anyone who uses Instagram on an iOS device, and so we are proud to unveil Likes and Recover for iOS.

Likes and Recover

Likes [App Store Link] allows you to view a stream of all the Instagrams you have liked, and download any them to your iPhone’s Camera Roll with a single tap. Holding down on an image will take you back to the original on Instagram. It’s as simple as that!

Likes - Effortlessly save the Instagrams you’ve liked to your Camera Roll

Unlike Twitter, Instagram doesn’t have a ‘Favourites’ feature that allows you to easily mark things for future reference.  With Likes you can view all of the photos that you personally liked, without having to scroll back through weeks or months worth of other photos.

All you need to do to get started is download Likes to your iPhone/iPod touch, login through Instagram and the app will show you all of the Instagrams you have liked!

Recover  [App Store Link] works in the same way as Likes, but applies to all of your own Instagram photos. So with a single tap you can save any of your photos to your camera roll, or you can press to view that photo – and any comments etc – on Instagram.

Recover - Effortlessly save your Instagram photos to your Camera Roll

By being able to save Instagram photos to your camera roll, you can do things that you simply cannot on Instagram, such as zooming in on photos, or sending the images privately to non-Instagram users via other messaging apps such as WhatsApp, iMessage, WeChat etc.

These apps are both available NOW in the app store, so please download, rate and review them!

How To Challenge Your Friends To An Instagram Popularity Contest

We all appreciate it when our friends ‘like’ our content on social networks. Whether it’s a status update we’ve posted or a photo, it’s always nice to get that social seal of approval on something you’ve created. However, what can be just as much fun is getting more likes than your friends when you post things!

Instagram users have been known for their competitive nature when it comes to how many likes or comments their photos get once posted to the photo sharing network. Well, with SocialSafe you can take this battle with your friends to the next level, by not only seeing which of your own photos is the most popular, but also by seeing which is the most popular photo for each Instagram filter.

View your most popular content

Once you’ve backed up your Instagram account with SocialSafe, you can use the general Insights to see which of your photos has the most likes and comments, and with the specific Instagram Insights you can learn more about your use of individual filters and how popular they are with your followers:

most instagram likes

Most popular image for each Instagram filter

With SocialSafe it’s easy to see which photo has the most likes and comments, and once you know how many your most popular image has, you can challenge your friends to see how many interactions their most popular image has! You can even set your own date ranges, so you could see what your most popular photos were each month, and then compare that information with your friends to see who gained the most likes for each time period!

Of course they’ll need to be using SocialSafe in order to see which Instagram photo is the most popular, but the application is free to use, so simply download SocialSafe and compare the number of likes with your friends!

How To View Instagrams From Your Desktop

One feature within SocialSafe that you might not be aware of, is to do with photos. You can jump to the original image on the social network it was posted to with just one click.

When viewing any of the photos backed up in your SocialSafe library, you should be used to clicking on the thumbnail to see the larger view of the photo, as well as any comments, tags and likes. One thing you may not have noticed is the ‘View original’ button (highlighted in red) just beneath the large view of each photo:

view instagram photos on your pc or mac

Clicking on ‘View original’ will open up a browser window (or tab) and take you to the social network where the original image was posted. This short video shows you how this feature works with Instagram photos, but the same principle applies for any photos backed up in your SocialSafe library:

One way you might want to utilise this functionality is by combining it with the Flashback feature. When you’re shown your most popular photo from today’s date in previous years, you might want to remind your friends of it. By clicking on ‘View original’ you can jump straight to that image on whichever network it was posted on, and you could then comment on it again, or reshare it so that your friends or those who are tagged in it get a reminder of the great memories you’ve created together.

There are many other reasons why being able to jump back to the original photos online could be useful, and we’re sure you’ll find your own! This is just one of the ways we try to enhance your experience of using SocialSafe and enjoying your content, and we’ve got plenty more to come!

VIDEO GUIDE: Search Your Instagram Captions, Comments, Tags and #Hashtags

One of the cool things you can do when you download your Instagram photos to SocialSafe is to search through them by keyword or hashtag. When viewing your Instagrams within SocialSafe you can click on the Search box on the left hand side of the top bar and enter the word, name or phrase you’d like to find.

Here’s a very short video showing you how to Search Your Instagram Captions, Tags and #Hashtags:

Any photos containing your chosen search term will be displayed. Hovering over an image will show you how many comments, tags and/or likes it has, and clicking on the image will open it up in a larger view, where you will be able to see the caption, any comments, who has liked your photo and any tags associated with it.

You can also change the date range [not demonstrated in this video] to only show you images from any of the preset time periods (eg Last 7 Days, Last 30 Days, Last Year etc), or set your own custom date range.

For more tutorial videos, including how to print your Instagrams as PDFs, please refer to the SocialSafe YouTube Channel where the other aspects and functionality of the SocialSafe application are covered in greater detail.

Instagram Moved 20 Billion Photos To Facebook – Did Any Fall Through The Cracks?

Unbeknownst to the hundreds of millions of Instagram users, the infrastructure that holds all of their photographic creations has quietly been dismantled, relocated and rebuilt. Impressive stuff, when you consider the quantities of data involved – the service now stores in excess of 20 billion digital photos.

Since 2010 Instagram had been using Amazon’s cloud computing service, but the number of virtual machines required to run Instagram on Amazon was getting in “the thousands”. Historically, when Facebook had acquired other, smaller properties, the process involved shutting down the service in order to incorporate it into the world of Facebook. However, according to Facebook engineer George Cabrera, in the case of Instagram “the service couldn’t take any disruption”.

So in what Facebook called ‘Instagration’, the team in essence had to carry out multiple organ transplants while both patients were still conscious. Or as Mike Kreiger, founder of Instagram, explained:

“The users are still in the same car they were in at the beginning of the journey, but we’ve swapped out every single part without them noticing.”

The project was complicated, but the team behind the data transfer have successfully transitioned Instagram to now run from its own dedicated machines inside one of Facebook’s facilities. If you’re particularly interested in what the team had to do to make sure the whole thing went off without a hitch, then check out this article by WIRED’s Cade Metz:

How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without You Noticing

While everything seemed to go smoothly, whenever your content or data is held by a network or third-party that may encounter scaling issues or could indeed be absorbed into another company’s infrastructure, there will also be a concern that data could be lost along the way. While the ‘Instagration’ is a great example of data migration done well, it’s also a reminder that there’s always the potential that the actions of others could cost you what’s yours.

We believe that the individual should be the one who owns and controls their personal data, and that is why we built the SocialSafe application to allow you to download your Instagrams, Facebook Messages, Tweets, Followers and so on, all to your very own personal data store. There’s no reason to think that the networks themselves won’t look after the originals properly, but accidents can and do happen, so why take the risk?

Start building you own personal data library today, by downloading SocialSafe for free, and backing up your memories from the social networks you use.

Scout Willis Topless Protest After Instagram Removes Her Account For Nudity

A social media storm was brewing yesterday as topless pictures of Scout Willis (daughter of Die Hard star Bruce Willis and Striptease pin-up Demi Moore) were posted to Twitter by Scout herself in protest against the apparent ‘anti-nipple’ policy of photo sharing platform Instagram.

The 22-year-old actress was originally banned from Instagram for posting a picture of an item of clothing she had designed featuring two topless women. She then took to Twitter to vent her frustrations, and then subsequently went on a bare-chested jaunt around New York City, taking photos along the way which she posted to Twitter with the hashtag #FreeTheNipple.

We’ll keep this particular blog entry free of any nude picture, but all of the images posted by @Scout_Willis can be found on her Twitter page where she also goes on to explain that it’s not just about losing her Instagram pictures:

Following Scout Willis’ public complaint to Instagram, her account was reinstated (albeit without the images that contravene the site’s policy), however she has since declared her disinterest in rejoining Instagram, saying “They gave it back, but I don’t want it…”.

However, you do have to wonder what would have happened if someone less famous than Scout Willis had complained about being banned, or if her #FreeTheNipple campaign on Twitter hadn’t seen so much support. With strict policies governing what will and will not be tolerated on social networks, it can be easy to accidentally post something that crosses the line and sees all of your content removed or blocked, and your account suspended or deleted.

Don’t take a chance with your social media memories – create a backup of your content that you own and control. With SocialSafe you can download your Instagrams, posts, tweets, photos, messages and more from a variety of social networks including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more. You never know when you might find that they’re gone.

SocialSafe v6.6.6 Released – Facebook & Instagram Login Issues Fixed

Yesterday we had to release SocialSafe v6.6.6, an unscheduled update that was necessary to address changes to both Facebook and Instagram’s login mechanisms, which would have caused issues if left unattended.

The changes made by Facebook meant that anyone trying to add a Facebook Profile or a Facebook Page to their SocialSafe library would have been unable to do so. Users who had already synced their Facebook Profiles or Facebook Pages would still have been able to sync new content however.

The Instagram issue was slightly different and manifested itself by returning errors when trying to add an Instagram account to SocialSafe or when syncing content to the library.

We have since fixed these issues, and seeing as we’d already ticked a few other items off our list that were scheduled to go in our next planned release, we included them in SocialSafe v6.6.6. This update includes:

  • Facebook Login Issue fix for both Personal Accounts & Facebook Pages
  • Instagram Login Issue fix
  • Fix for Users unable to clear Black Overlay Screen
  • Further Helper .NET Error Fix
  • Accounts View UI enhancement

We do try to keep disruption to a minimum when it comes to releasing an update so soon after another one, but we hope you understand the importance of us addressing this issue in a timely fashion.

VIDEO GUIDE – Create PDFs Of Your Favourite Instagrams

Earlier this week we added another tutorial video to our YouTube channel. Most of you should hopefully know how to create PDFs of your Instagrams with SocialSafe, but for anyone who doesn’t, this video should make it clear:

As you see, it’s very simple. When viewing your Instagrams through either the Account View or the Photo View, you can click on the PDF and Collections button in top-right corner of the app to enable content selection. Either select your Instagrams manually by clicking on individual images, or select them all by clicking the small tick now in the top-right corner.

Once you’re happy with your selection,  click on the ‘Export to PDF’ button on the left of the top bar, and choose where you’d like to save your PDF of your Instagrams. Once the file has been created it will open automatically, displaying your photos in chronological order, along with any tags, comments and likes.

Why not create a PDF of all your Instagrams that a friend has liked, and then send it to them?

Instagram Outage – How To Download And View Your Photos Offline

Photo sharing site Instagram experienced a period of downtime over the weekend that manifested itself by the app being in a perpetual period of loading the feed, but to no avail. Somewhat predictably, users vented their cynicism and ire on other social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, the latter of course being the owner of Instagram.

A lot of the jokes revolved around not being able to see what everyone was eating, or what the sky looks like, however others offered tongue in cheek suggestions for what might be causing the issue:

Instagram eventually tweeted to acknowledge the problem, identifying it as a feed delivery issue that they were working on fixing. Everything seems to be back to normal, and the outage was indeed a temporary glitch.

However, Saturday’s downtime is yet another example of what can happen when you aren’t the one in possession of your content – the other party can drop the ball and you can’t access it. This isn’t a problem if you back up your content to your own personal data store, and here at SocialSafe we’re immensely proud of the standard of our Instagram backup service.

Not only can you download all your Instagram images, but all of the comments, tags, likes and followers/following are also backed up to your library, which allows you to search across your images and people. What is more, our Instagram Insights give you the chance to examine the popularity of your images, see which filters you use the most, and see which filters perform the best with your followers:

To download your Instagrams (and also backup a number of other social network accounts), get SocialSafe for free and start backing up your memories to a place you own and control.

Look Back for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ And More

Last week Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday and reversed the normally observed tradition on such days, by giving everyone else a present – A Look Back. You’ve probably watched you own Facebook Movie, or at least will have seen them cropping up in your News Feed as a result of your friends sharing them, as Facebook Look Back videos have been shared almost 100 million times.

Everyone loves a good highlights reel or recap, and the massive number of shares is testament to that fact. But that’s just Facebook taking an educated guess at what it thinks should be in your highlights reel… I’m sure there must have been the odd awkward moment when someone shared their Facebook Movie only for their husband or wife to watch it and see that a picture of their spouses’ ex made the cut into the ‘highlights’ of the last 10 years…

What if you could go through your most popular content from not just Facebook but across all your social networks, picking out the bits that you want to add to your own collection of special memories? With SocialSafe you can do just that.

Get your whole life in one place by downloading your social network content to your own machine, creating your library of you. Within the journal you are able to search across all your content, adding items to Collections as you go, and also use Insights to see the most popular updates and photos from any of your networks over custom or preset time periods.

Once you’ve gone through and selected your own personal collection of memories – whether they include Facebook Messages, Tweets, Instagram Photos, Wall Post or whatever you choose – you can then export them all to a lovely PDF that you can share with those who mater to you the most. And because SocialSafe can automatically add new content to your library, you’ll have the ability to add fresh memories to your existing collections whenever you like.

Watch our video guides to learn more about PDF Export and Collections, and download SocialSafe for free to get all your life in one place.