Want more likes? Check out Instagram’s 2017 trends, from puppy faces to travel

how to use Instagram Stories
With just a month left to claim to 2017, Instagram is sharing the top trends of the year, from the most-used filters to the most popular non-human accounts (which goes to the Pomeranian @jiffpom). The annual look back on Instagram’s 2017 trends can help users figure out what’s popular and why and perhaps drive a few additional likes to their photos.

The year’s most-used Instagram filters are actually identical to the list from 2016, with Clarendon in first followed by Gingham, Juno, Lark, and Moon. Instagram’s augmented reality face filters only launched in May, followed by a launch for live video in the fall — so the most-used face filters is all new data, but it suggests users should choose animal faces for the win. Instagrammers opted for the puppy the most, followed by the bunny, koala, genius, and love inside Instagram Stories.

Speaking of pets, Instagram has a list of the pets with the most followers to go along with the human list. The list includes critters with a social media claim to fame like Doug the pug in spot three and Grumpy Cat in fifth. The list also includes jiffpom, nala_cat, Matutaro, Marnie the Dog, Tuna, Juniper&Fig, Lil Bub, and Loki.

In case you would rather follow people, Instagram also shared the top 10 celebrities with the most followers, with Selena Gomez leading with more than 130 million followers. The list also includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Kylie Jenner, Dwayne Johnson, Justin Bieber, and Kendall Jenner. Ronaldo gained the most followers in 2017 with more than 30 million. The list of names seem to support a study from earlier this year that suggests females get more likes.

While the list of the most popular users and the users gaining the most followers have several similarities, only one of the top Instagrammers made the list for the most-viewed Stories, Kim Kardashian. The top five for Stories also includes LeLe Pons, Neymar Jr., Olga Buzova, and Amanda Cerny.

Beyonce’s maternity photo took the top like count for the year with more than 11 million likes — the fact that the image took the top title for 2017 isn’t surprising since in just seven hours the image become the most-liked Instagram photo yet. Ronaldo had both the most-liked video and the second most-liked photo.

Instagram also tracked the top hashtags for the year, with #love winning for 2017. The top tags also include #fashion, #photooftheday, #photography, #art, #beautiful, #travel, #happy, #nature and #picoftheday. A handful of those are also among the list of tags that saw the biggest increase in use, including #photography and #travel — or combining the two together for #travelphotography. The list of hashtags with the biggest increase in use from 2016 also includes #memes, #summer2017, #naturephotography, #meme, #fitnessmotivation, #bts and #photographer.

With travel photography growing in popularity on the photo-focused platform, Instagram also rounded up a list of the most Instagrammed places. The list of cities includes New York, London, Moscow, Sau Paulo, Paris, Los Angeles; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Istanbul, Turkey; and Barcelona, Spain. Disney took four spots in the list of locations. The most-Instagrammed locations also include Times Square, Central Park, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre in Paris, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Las Vegas Strip.


Sony could be working on a screen-equipped PlayStation controller

A patent recently granted to Sony seems to point to the company creating a controller with a touchscreen. The patent was filed in 2017 and granted in October 2018, which could mean it is planned for the next PlayStation.

These 100 best iPhone apps will turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

The iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world, and we want to bring out the best in yours. Behold our comprehensive list of the best iPhone apps, from time-saving productivity tools to fun apps you won’t be able to put down.

Best Buy’s pre-Black Friday deal takes $330 off the 2017 Surface Pro bundle

If you don't need the latest Surface Pro, Best Buy has a heavily discounted rendition of the 2017 model available in its pre-Black Friday sale. For just $1,000, you can get the tablet with a Core i5 CPU.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.

Urban legends for the digital age: The best scary stories from the internet

In need of some simple scares this Halloween? We've combed the internet for the best creepypastas, urban legends, and scary stories. From found footage YouTube videos to a deceptively scary wiki, these stories are sure to spook.

WhatsApp finally gives in to the lure of cash-generating ads

WhatsApp's co-founders always said their messaging app would never show ads, but once the pair quit the company, it seemed inevitable that its owner, Facebook, would find a way to incorporate them.

Shazam hooks up with Instagram Stories for another way to share songs

The latest update for Apple-owned Shazam lets iPhone users share music tracks to Instagram Stories in a few quick taps. To enable the feature, just make sure you have the latest version of Shazam loaded on your handset.
Social Media

Dine and dash(board): Make a Yelp reservation from your car’s control panel

Already in the car, but can't decide where to eat? Yelp Reservations can now be added to some dashboard touchscreens. Yelp Reservations searches for restaurants within 25 miles of the vehicle's location.

Hackers sold 120 million private Facebook messages, report says

Up to 120 million private Facebook messages were being sold online by hackers this fall. The breach was first discovered in September and the messages were obtained through unnamed rogue browser extensions. 

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. With so many subreddits, however, navigating the "front page of the internet" can be daunting. You're in luck -- we've gathered 23 of the best subreddits to help…
Social Media

Facebook opens pop-up stores at Macy’s, but they’re not selling the Portal

Facebook has opened pop-up stores at multiple Macy's, though they're not selling Facebook's new Portal device. Instead, they're showcasing small businesses and brands that are already popular on Facebook and Instagram.
Social Media

Facebook Messenger will soon let you delete sent messages

A feature coming to Facebook Messenger will let you delete a message for up to 10 minutes after you send it. The company promised the feature months ago and this week said it really is on its way ... "soon."
Social Media

Pinterest brings followed content front and center with full-width Pin format

Want to see Pinterest recommendations, or just Pins from followed users? Now Pinners can choose with a Pinterest Following feed update. The secondary feed eliminates recommendation and is (almost) chronological.
Smart Home

Facebook's Alexa-enabled video-calling devices begin shipping

Facebook's Portal devices are video smart speakers with Alexa voice assistants built in that allow you to make calls. The 15-inch Portal+ model features a pivoting camera that follows you around the room as you speak.