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How Plotagraphs Are Changing the Face of Instagram

How Plotagraphs Are Changing the Face of Instagram

Instagram influencers have been a widely discussed topic of conversation in recent years, for better or for worse. On average a wedding photographer will deliver 300-400 photographs. On Instagram, it’s not uncommon to see an account, and even stories, with hundreds to thousands of pictures.

Now, there are ways to make your pictures even more interactive. Unlike traditional moving photos (AKA cinemagraphs), which rely on a series of burst shots or videos to make the image move, the Plotaverse app starts with an image and uses patterns within the picture to encourage movement. The result is a gif-like image that you can share on social media for the whole world to enjoy, AKA Plotagraphs.

How Plotagraphs Are Changing the Face of Instagram

These photos could, potentially, be the new wave of photos on Instagram. Just take a page out of Patricia Manterola’s profile and see how she’s been using Plotagraphs to gain more than 100,000 Instagram followers. It takes people about 10 seconds to form an impression of your brand, so let’s see how Patricia Manterola has been using Plotaverse to grab peoples’ attention

How Manterola’s Instagram following boomed thanks to Plotagraphs

Patricia Manterola gained worldwide recognition through her Mexican music group Garibaldi and her Instagram was a reflection of her fame. With more than 600,000 followers, the Latina superstar is no slouch when it comes to entertaining her fans, both on and off social media.

In honor of her new song, Manterola posted a series of sultry plotagraphs on her Instagram account. Mesmerizing more than 44,000 viewers, these looping images showcased gorgeous moving waves around a fashionably dressed Manterola. In the span of a single day, Manterola watched her followers surge from 600k to over 700,000.

“I love when success stories like this happen,” notes CEO and Plotaverse owner Sascha Scheider. “Content Marketing has grown into a $326 billion dollar industry. Imagine trying to stand out and grab attention when […] billions of individuals are posting videos every day. It is our mission to stay ahead of the curve in market and tech trends.”

Other celebs can’t resist plotagraph

But it isn’t just Manterola who has been bolstering high follower numbers on her Instagram. Since socialite Paris Hilton started posting Plotagraphs almost every day, her numbers have skyrocketed from 80,000 to 11 million. The star has continued this trend with her new fragrance release “Electrify.” After all, up to 90% of customers that are engaged with a brand will buy more frequently than customers who aren’t engaged. It just goes to show that a little sparkle can go a long way.

How Plotagraphs Are Changing the Face of Instagram

Ariana Grande also hypnotized fans while promoting her recent interview with Elle Magazine. The starlet tossed her hair in the cover and used the Plotaverse app to give her hair a surreal spin on her Instagram page. While the original photo by Alexi Lubomirski was absolutely beautiful, the plotagraph was the perfect touch to whoo millions of fans online.

How Plotagraphs Are Changing the Face of Instagram

Even surrealist makeup artist Mimi Choi got a shout-out on the Joe Rogan podcast for her creative use of the Plotaverse app. Her Halloween-inspired makeup tripped out thousands of fans on her Instagram page. She was able to achieve such a successful plotagraph thanks to her patterned design. This is because plotographs work best when they have a recurring image or pattern to mimic. The end result is a perfectly repeated loop sure to confuse and entertain any follower you have.

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Is the plotagraph the next “it” thing? Such cool innovations have sparked interest for celebrities but there are several industries that can benefit from such moving images. It’s estimated that up to 50% of homes don’t sell the first time they are listed. Could plotagraph be used for more than just celebrity Instagrams? You’ll have to download it yourself to find out.

Solo Travelers Rejoice: Adventurely Is The App You’ve Been Waiting For

Travel enthusiast Mita Carriman felt something was missing from her solo adventures. She found visiting new cities on her own empowering but that it could get rather lonely at times. Instead of continually wishing that she had someone to join her on her travels, she did something about it. Carriman created an app called Adventurely to connect people traveling alone for leisure or work.

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With Adventurely, solo travel is getting a makeover. About 26 million trips are made on public transportation every day. From a morning commute to globetrotting, getting from here to there depends highly upon public transportation. When you’re traveling alone, public transportation can be especially intimidating. You’re in an unfamiliar place and may not speak the local language. By allowing people to find other solo travelers, Adventurely eliminates this pressure.

All you need is to download the Adventurely app and your troubles, including navigating foreign public transportation, are solved. Once you log onto the app, you can browse and add activities into your Adventurely itinerary. Just match with users interested in the same activities, and chat with them in the app to make plans together. You can also customize your settings to determine how long you want to be matched with activity partners for the activities so that you’re not getting notifications long after you needed a travel partner.

While the function of the travel app is similar to the various dating apps that work by matching users with one another, Adventurely gives individuals a way to meet travel buddies with no strings attached. Carriman, who is the official CEO and founder of Adventurely, tried to use Tinder when she would travel to find fellow adventurers interested in exploring an area together. However, she soon found out that the guys on Tinder were interested in activities other than sightseeing. Although 42% of travelers say that they feel more romantic on vacation, romance is not what Carriman wanted on her solo travels. She simply wanted someone to share the experience with. Other platforms meant to connect people, such as Meetup.com, weren’t helpful to Carriman either; the pre-set Meetups didn’t match her schedule.

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After finding out that three-fourths of all women in the United States travel alone, Carriman knew that an app to connect solo travelers would reach a massive and underserved market.

She initially released a beta of Adventurely in New York City in 2016 and it grew to 3,500 users. Whether they were traveling the 2.2 million miles of paved roads in the United States or jetting off to different cities, travelers were loving Adventurely. However, the app didn’t make it past the original beta version. Carriman spent a 1 1/2 years traveling around Europe and Latin America full-time; she found herself wishing that Adventurely existed again.

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She was thus inspired to relaunch Adventurely. Currently, the app is one of few — and possibly the only — Venture-backed startups specifically for solo travelers. In its new release, Adventurely has added Mexico City, Yucatan Mexico, and Bali, Indonesia to the list of areas travelers can use it. The company plans to add more cities with bucket-list attractions soon, as well as new group outing and community features.

If you would like to start connecting with fellow solo travelers, visit www.getadventurely.com and sign up for an account. Before you know it, you’ll be meeting up with other solo travelers and digital nomads around the globe and your lonely adventures will be over.

New Tech Innovations Inspire More Millennial Gardeners Than Ever

While many young people think of gardening as an activity for their grandparents, more Millennials than ever have started picking up their spades and shovels. With 18 to 34-year-olds making up 29% of all gardening households, a generational shift in gardening interest is spurring change in the industry. Today we’re seeing more millennial gardeners.

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Historically, we haven’t been swift to couple technology and gardening, but that’s gradually changing. This is especially true with younger interests, smaller living spaces, and the need for increasingly creative ways to grow our greens. While we already know that starting a garden indoors is the best way to get your greens to grow, companies like Apple and Miracle-Gro are taking it to the next level.

Miracle-Gro is known in the gardening community for its luxurious soils and quality plants. But this company hopes to appeal to the younger masses through its seedling partnership with Apple. It only makes sense that the tech guru would want to partner with the budding Miracle-Gro whose revenue has increased by 35%. The companies have officially revealed their new product, the free-standing, stackable Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System.

The assembly mimics that of an end-table, but the Miracle-Gro Twelve Indoor Growing System does so much more than provide a flat surface for your television remote.

 

Named for its ability to grow plants every month out of the year, the Twelve is technically a form of an automatic indoor grower. It’s equipped with UV lights and contains spots for four seeds in a sleek water reservoir. One stackable unit is only 28 inches tall with a base measuring 16.5 inches by 16.5 inches, making it perfect for a busy family or an apartment dweller.

All you need to do is assemble the structure, plant the seeds, and add nutrients into two gallons of water. From there, hydroponic technology aids in the development of your seeds through timed sprays and a grow light.

The best part? Miracle-Gro has partnered with Apple so you can monitor your plant’s development right through your iPhone. According to Apple Insider, the entire unit can be controlled right through a mobile app. You can use it to set the growing schedule, change the lighting mode to one of three settings, and address the water level when it dips too low. The app is able to achieve high levels of precision thanks to Bluetooth technology, though the 12 is meant to work for people on-the-go. It’s estimated that 96% of organizations have begun using cloud technology to help their operations.

The app can even offer advice for plant owners and millennial gardeners who are just starting out. Since this product is meant to appeal to new gardeners, in particular, this cannot make it easier to start your garden at home.

But even if you cannot afford a new piece of tech like this, there are still plenty of ways to get your green thumb into gardening. Stackable units are nothing new and using this vertical strategy in your home can ascertain that your plants survive cold winters and arid summers. You will just have to invest in energy efficient windows, which can lower your bills by up to 15%, to ensure you maintain a consistent climate for your plants. As long as you have six to 12 inches of soil depth for proper root growth, you can start building a garden anywhere.

You can also try using a range of organic soils to test how certain nutrients affect different plants. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take your love for gardening outside. For those who have space, applying a slurry to your garden can promote seed germination and turf development. You should also try relying on advice-offering apps like the Miracle-Gro Twelve app for more information on gardening and horticulture.

Here are some of the most popular apps sprouting millennial gardeners that you can use this year:

  • Florish
  • Horticure
  • Plant Optimizer
  • Happy Plant
  • Planta
  • And more!

As gardening becomes even more accessible to a wider range of people, there’s no reason you shouldn’t start letting your dreams begin to bud.

Mixology Astrology by Drizly: Cocktail Delivery to all the Virgos!

Welcome to the season of Virgo, the sixth astrological sign of the Zodiac. We’re back with our next zodiac-inspired drink recommendation from Drizly, the alcohol delivery service, in our Mixology Astrology by Drizly series. We’re saying hello the season of the virgin maiden, also known as the goddess of the harvest, and goodbye to the summer season with the delicious Elder-Peary Sangria cocktail. As fans of Sangria and St-Germain in general, we know this is one delicious libation. Scroll down to create the second Mixology Astrology by Drizly cocktail  for yourself.

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1 bottle of Dry White Wine
10 oz of St. Germain Liqueur
8 oz Pear Nectar Juice
Pear
Blackberries
In a pitcher, combine white wine, St-Germain, pear nectar juice, pear slices, and blackberries. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Serve in glasses with ice. (Optional: Top with soda water before serving).

As you can see, this is an easy-to-make sangria. The combination of simple ingredients combines late summer flavors for a very drinkable concoction that’s perfect to share with friends. We think the simple ingredients perfectly compliment Virgos, because they are said to be modest, preferring not to be the center of attention. They are also champions of health and wellness, so it’s no surprise that ingredients such as blackberries, known for having the highest antioxidant levels, and pear, known for its dietary fiber are in this cocktail. You can recreate this heavenly cocktail with either pear juice or pear nectar, but take not the nectar gives it a more fresh flavor with less sugar.

So all you Virgos, what are your thoughts on this Mixology Astrology by Drizly cocktail. Is the Elder-Peary Sangria right up your alley? To learn more about the alcohol, including the ingredients for this cocktail, that Drizly can deliver right to your door in an hour or less, visit www.drizly.com. Cheers to you Virgos!

Mixology Astrology by Drizly: Cocktail Delivery to all the Leos!

We’re a little late on this but we are in the season of the Lion; hello Leos and Happy Birthday!! We figured the best way to celebrate the fifth astrological sign of the zodiac is to raise a glass in your honor. We thought long and hard about the right cocktail but decided needed some expert advice. We turned to Drizly, the people who can have any alcohol (beers, wines, liquors, etc) delivered to your door in 1 hour or less, for the perfect cocktail for Leo. Drizly’s Chief Cocktail Officer, Trisha Antonsen has whipped up the perfect original cocktails in a series we’re calling Mixology Astrology by Drizly, and today we’re sharing her recipe featuring matching ingredients to Leo’s signature personality traits. The Blue Lagoon is a mesmerizing blue-green cocktail made with tangerine rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice and soda water.

Blue Lagoon

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1 1/2 oz Bacardi Tangerine
1/4 oz Blue Curacao
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1 1/2 oz Soda Water
Combine all ingredients in a large glass over ice
Stir gently with a bar spoon before serving

It is a perfect compliment to the confident, creative, and popular Leo. Let’s face it, Leos love to be in the spotlight, they wow you with their showmanship so, of course, the perfect birthday drink would be this eye-catching cocktail. Want to experience this yummy cocktail now? As we stated above, Drizly can deliver the perfect drinks to you from their huge selection. They currently have more than 2,000 products available from their various retail partners. Their products include beer, wine, liquor and extras like soda, and cocktail mixers (subject to state law of course), which you can order direct from Drizly.com or right from their app, available for both iPhone, and Android. It’s perfect for your next night in.

Drizly will deliver the ingredients for your cocktail of choice to your door within the hour in the following locations: Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Hoboken/Jersey City, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New Orleans, New York City, Providence, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington D.C. and Edmonton, Alberta. What are your thoughts on this month’s Mixology Astrology by Drizly, Leos? Could you go for a Blue Lagoon right now?

CallThere: Talk to Randomly Selected Users Around the World

When we were younger, we loved having pen pals and talking on the phone (as all teen girls do). We waited in anticipation for reply letters from our pen pals, learning more and more about strangers from across the globe. In the age of technology, the art of letter writing has deteriorated; even phone calls have been replaced by texting and emails. To regain the art of personal communicating, we introduce you to the new app, CallThere, a telephony app where you talk to randomly selected users around the world simply by dialing the country code of the country or city of interest.

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You can say CallThere is like chat roulette, but without the surprise of naked bodies. besides being fun and interesting, CallThere is useful for those who are learning a foreign language, traveling to a specific region, and or those who just want to learn about other places directly from the area’s local people!

Calls on CallThere are completely free,  up to 5 minutes each, and users are already using it to talk to randomly selected users in the U.S. CallThere calls are voice calls made over the internet, the app does NOT use or reveal your phone number and does NOT use your calling minutes (it’s more like a Skype or FaceTime audio call). There’s no registration or login required to use CallThere. Once in the app, all you have to do is dial the country’s international code. For example, if you ant to speak to someone in Sweden, just dial 0046 to connect, dial 0055 for a user in Brazil, 0081 for Japan, 0091 for India, and 0034 for Spain. If you live outside of the USA, dialing 001 will enable you to enjoy a real-time phone conversation with someone in the US. Do you prefer to talk to someone near you? (within 500 meters), just tap the “Call Here” button to connect to someone locally. The CallThere app is available now for both iOS and Android. Why not download the app and connect today. Are you op

Are you openminded enough to get to know and have a conversation with a stranger from another country? Why not download the app and connect today.

GIVEAWAY: Want to learn a New Language? Download the Babbel App

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language, or if you’re like us, wanted to re-learn a language you forgot? We grew up speaking French until about the age of four, when we started school. While we rediscovered the language back in high school, without anyone to speak the language with in real life, you can lose a lot of it again. We have tried other foreign language learning tools, but most of these tools cost as much as some household bills, and sadly we couldn’t keep up with those costs. Luckily we discovered our saving grace while attending Pepcom. Created by Co-Founder and President, Thomas Hol’s Babbel App is a wonderful, inexpensive way to learn a new language whether you are a beginner, need a refresher, or you just want to improve. Babbel is for all language skill levels, and one lucky My Life on (and off) the Guest List reader will win a FREE 3-month trial code to learn any language on Babbel.
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Launched in early 2008, Babbel offers courses in 14 different languages, all of which are easily accessed from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The easy to use app makes learning easy, fun and simple to integrate into your everyday life. Today the 300-team company boasts Linguists, native speakers, authors and translators who prepare course topics and create content. The Babbel app offers thousands of hours of interactive courses that are fun and effective. The result is an unlimited amount of learning at a limited price.

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With these effective language learning tool, you are able to put your new language skills to the test of your everyday life with actively engaging and relevant scenarios – from travel to work to hobbies to social situations.

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Now on to the giveaway. As we mentioned above, one lucky person will win a FREE 3-month membership to learn the language of their choice. If you need to learn a new language for that European vacation you’re planning, to get an edge on your job, or to add another skill to your resume, you shoud definitely enter this giveaway. To enter, perform the entries in the rafflecopter form below:

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