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The major changes coming to Insta as battle continues with TikTok

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Instagram has announced some new changes that will help the social giant close the gap with rival app, TikTok

The social media company, owned by Facebook, plans to more prominently display images in the search tab.

In a statement, the platform states that search on Instagram sorts through millions of accounts and posts to help you browse your interests.

“From nail art to interior design to dinner recipes, Search is a place for discovery and inspiration.”

Instagram head Adam Mosseri stated that the company has used keyword search as a way to offer visual results — certain terms can pull up pages of suggested images — but Instagram’s new plan will give those more prominence.

In an IGTV, Mosseri explains that searching with a term like “space” will pull up suggested photo and video results along with traditional accounts and hashtags, encouraging more exploration.

The visual results will still live behind a tap of a keyword, but they should be more prominent and common.

How Insta ranks ‘Search’ results:

Search is built to help you find accounts and topics of interest.

It’s different from Feed, Stories, Reels and the Explore features due to the fact that your input helps Insta figure out what to show you.

Your search tells Instagram what you’re looking for, and it’s noticeable when the results aren’t useful.

The company says ‘it’s important for them to get this right – so they try to manage search results by what’s most relevant to you — whether it be a close friend, a creator you love, or ideas for desserts.

“Let’s say you’re interested in finding pictures of space after seeing the blue moon. When you tap the search bar on the Explore page, the first thing you see is your recent searches. As you begin typing “space,” we show you accounts, audio, hashtags, and places that match the text of your search. In this case, results like @space and #space show up because “space” appears in their name.”

In addition to the text you type into search, Instagram uses information from accounts, hashtags and places — called “signals” — to rank your search results.

Instagram says, the most important signals that they use, in order of importance, are:

  • Your text in Search. The text you enter in the search bar is by far the most important signal for Search. Instagram try to match what you type with relevant usernames, bios, captions, hashtags and places.
  • Your activity. This includes accounts you follow, posts you’ve viewed, and how you’ve interacted with accounts in the past. Insta usually show accounts and hashtags you follow or visit higher than those you don’t.
  • Information about the search results. When there are a lot of potential results, Instagram also look at popularity signals. These include the number of clicks, likes, shares and follows for a particular account, hashtag or place.

So how does Insta plan to make Search even better?

Instagram is soon launching a series of improvements designed for inspiration and discovery.

Those changes will make Instagram Search more than just a way to find accounts and hashtags.

“We’re moving towards a full search results page experience that makes it even easier to go deep on your interests.”

The keywords you can use to search for content is also expanding

Instagram currently focuses on getting keyword search results right in English, and will add support for other languages in the future.

“We’re also making search results better for exploration. For example, your search for “space” will show you space-related photos and videos, too. This is especially helpful when you don’t have an exact username or hashtag in mind when searching for a certain topic.”

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Top 5 destinations for “revenge travel” in 2023

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1. Greece


Greece is a beautiful country that is rich in history and culture.

The country is home to some of the most famous historical sites in the world, such as the Parthenon and the Acropolis.

Greece is also known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and delicious food.

2. Italy


Italy is another popular tourist destination that is known for its rich history and culture.

The country is home to many famous historical sites, such as the Colosseum and the Vatican City.

Italy is also known for its delicious food, stunning scenery, and friendly people.

3. Spain


Spain is a diverse country that offers something for everyone.

The country is home to beautiful beaches, stunning mountain ranges, vibrant cities, and friendly people.

Spain is also known for its delicious food and wine.

4. France


France is a popular tourist destination that is known for its stunning scenery, delicious food, and rich history and culture.

The country is home to many famous historical sites, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum.

France is also known for its beautiful countryside and friendly people.

5. United Kingdom


The United Kingdom is a popular tourist destination that offers a unique blend of history and culture.

The country is home to many famous historical sites, such as Stonehenge and Westminster Abbey.

The United Kingdom is also known for its stunning scenery, friendly people, and delicious food

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Wall Street smashed by months of volatility

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Wall Street neared bear market territory on Friday as stocks fell sharply to end the week with the Dow down more than 800 points.

The sell-off was driven by fears of a deeper recession, as data showed that manufacturing activity contracted for the fourth straight month.

The Dow is now down 20% from its peak in February, and if it falls below 19,000 it will officially enter bear market territory.

While some analysts believe that the market is overreacting to the latest data, others say that the sell-off is justified given the deteriorating economic conditions.

It remains to be seen whether the market can recover from this latest setback, but one thing is clear: Wall Street is in for a volatile ride in the weeks and months ahead.

The Dow was down more than 800 points, or 3.2%, at 24,608. The S&P 500 was down 3% at 2,754, and the Nasdaq Composite was down 2.8% at 7,433.

All three indexes are now down more than 20% from their all-time highs set in late September. The sell-off was driven by fears of a deeper recession as the yield on the 10-year Treasury fell below 1.6%.

The market has been deeply volatile in recent weeks on fears that the coronavirus outbreak will lead to a slowdown in global economic growth. Friday’s sell-off suggests that those fears are still very much present.

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Crypto whales exchange $10 million in Shiba coins

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Two large anonymous cryptocurrency wallets exchanged a total of 855,614,973 Shiba Inu meme coins, worth approximately $9.6 million.

The data, published on the WhaleStats website, reveals that these top Ethereum wallet owners have increased their SHIB stash by $134,767,965 in value since September 21.

While it is unclear what the motives behind these transactions are, it seems that the recent surge in demand for Shiba Inu meme coins has led to a significant increase in their value.

With the price of SHIB currently sitting at $0.0016 per coin, it will be interesting to see how these anonymous investors choose to cash out their profits.

So, these whales made a profit of about $649 000 in just three days due to the price increase of both assets.

As the Ethereum blockchain network’s meme currency becomes more popular among cryptocurrency investors and traders, its price is also growing rapidly.

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