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Instagram banned hashtags

Once again, I found that I had used one of the Instagram banned hashtag. Now, this has nothing to do with the infamous "shadowban" practice controversy. I simply noticed a slight drop in engagement compared to previous posts, so I decided to investigate a little. Turns out that the hashtag #sunriselovers had been flagged for inappropriate content. Which meant that it was not generating any engagement because my post was

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Smartphone photography tips

I was asked by my friend Dot Lung to go live with her and talk about smartphone photography tips and how to make better photos with your phone. We both use iPhones but all we talked about really applies to Android as well. We did not talk about specific apps only available for one platform but actually discussed real examples of taking photos with a phone. Dot Lung is a fantastic

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The Instagram Box - Street Photography in New York

What is the Instagram box, you may ask? Well, Instagram has changed the way we think about photography in more ways than you can imagine. I'll just give you some quick stats about the platform: The average number of uploaded photos per day is 95 million images 40 billion photos uploaded since launch 60% of all registered Instagram users visit it daily Instagram stories have more than 400 million active

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Food blog (Furikake finger food)

Not many people know about it, but I was the first Italian male food-blogger. I started writing La Cuisine de Fabien in the early 2006. Only a few food blogs existed back then, and even only a few blogs in general. I was looking for a recipe online and found this couple websites that looked written by "normal" people (as in "not professional chefs"). Being much less of a procrastinator

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Instagram influence on Mass tourism

Despite being a fiery Italian (at least half of me is), I very rarely publish angry posts on Instagram. It might happen on Facebook, where I still keep my private life and my friends separated from the rest of the world. But not on other platforms. Today though, I woke up to fellow Instagramers from London promoting an app they are featured in (by the way, with no full disclosure about

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Photo critique

As of this month, I started offering free photo critiques through my Instagram account @fabienb. The concept is really simple. I always try to find ways to give back and help the community and this is one more mean for me to do so. I ask my followers to send me their pictures to review and critique. It's the same kind of work an editor of a magazine could do for

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Fading figure leaving along rail tracks

You might have heard of this thing called "shadowban". Allegedly, Instagram has ways to punish spammy content and counter the rise of bots, fake accounts, etc. What Instagram does is flag the suspicious accounts and consequently slash the reach and engagement that these accounts receive. And that would obviously be a good thing. The reason why you see this shadowban term surfacing in discussions is that perfectly legit accounts get

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